Sunday, March 27, 2016

Alexandria half week 4

One third of the way through training whaaa?!? This week was the first of several busy weekends coming up. I knew it would be challenging to get all the workouts done. Success!

3.5 miles with the stroller around Solomons. Yippee.

Speed work! I did the last 400m repeats on the treadmill but because my husband loves me and wants to spend time with me, he convinced me we should go take the stroller and try to do some repeats out on the trail. I love the mindlessness of the treadmill for stuff like this, but with a 5k on the schedule for the weekend I need to remind myself how it feels to run fast with my own internal pacing. Splits were 1:42, 1:47, 1:46, 1:38, 1:41, 1:39, 1:40, 1:46. Fairly consistent! It felt hard and that pace is a bit ambitious for a whole 5k but it was good to get out and push ourselves.

3 miles with Nick. We got horrendous sleep and I was in a terrible mood but whatever. Run happened.

Tempo run. This time with stroller on nice flat, straight road. I warmed up and then sped up to harder pace that wasn't crazy hard and tried to maintain. That pace was a bit faster than 8 min miles and I maintained for 3 miles before doing a couple intervals and cool down. Not too shabby.

Rest. Hike with the baby.

5k. Fun fact, this was my return to racing last year after having D. The race is really convenient and supports a good cause so we decided to do it as our 3 "easy". Ha. Right. Obviously not going to be easy. It was raining and windy. Nick ran with the stroller. Turn out was pretty low because of the weather. There was only one runner in front of me the whole race, and unfortunately he was too far ahead for me to use as a motivator (he finished sub-20, I was aiming for low 21). Yeah... Started out too fast, finished in low 22:XX. Blah. Nick was shortly behind me because he's a beast with the stroller even in the wind. We got some sweet prizes for being first woman and second man, which sort of made up for my disappointment with my performance.

We went to a wedding in NJ Saturday night and had a long drive in the morning. We intended go run first thing in Jersey but the wind was *crazy* and it just wasn't happening. We got home to more wind and grumpy baby (poor kid spent a lot of car time over the weekend) so I opted for the treadmill. I did 10 miles/90 minutes and just chugged along.

Week total: 30.5 miles!!

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