Now that you are all up to date with my busy but fun-filled weekend, let’s back up a bit and talk about last week’s workouts. As I mentioned on Friday, I switched up my strength-training a bit last week so I want to share how that played out. I was actually really glad I did so much strength in the beginning of the week, because once I was traveling I was unable to really do much (although I did some planks and push-ups in the hotel room, but that was really it.)
Sunday: Molly Murphy Memorial 5k plus warm up (5.3 miles total)
PM: 45 minutes online yoga. I signed up for a 15 day free trial of The Yoga Collective because it’s been really difficult to attend studio classes since we have moved.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles with hills and Core and balance training for runners
Thursday: 5.27 mile progression run and myrtle routine. Surprised myself with faster splits than usual.
Friday: 5.1 miles easy, a few push-ups, and 2 minute plank
Saturday: 3.7 miles with no garmin (distance based on Vivofit so not sure if it’s accurate)
Total: 22.9 miles
I realized as I was typing this that all my runs this week were either 5 or 3 miles. As Rob and I were running on Friday we were talking about how we have both sort of stopped doing “long runs” over the past few months. (Did you know that in my RRCA training last summer we learned that a “long run” is considered more than 90 minutes?) The longest I have done in the past few months is 8, and most weeks I top it off at 6-7. He has done some 7 milers and his last long run was the Rock N Roll USA half in March. It’s kind of nice to take an extended break from long runs when you aren’t training for any long-distance races!
That being said, I would like to start increasing my long run a bit, once things start settling down this summer and I’m not traveling quite so much. I think that the better I am at getting into that zone and feeling like I could run “forever” (sort of) it helps to push through some of those tough parts, even in shorter races.
I’m also signed up for the Charles St 12 in early September, so that is a good focus for working on my mileage over the summer!
What is your typical “long run” if you’re not training for anything?
When is your next race?
Do you ever try to do certain workouts early in the week because you know you won’t get to them later?