Fall weather has arrived and I couldn’t be more ready. Actually it’s not even really “fall” because it’s still pretty warm out during the day. The mornings are prefect for running and most days have been sunny and clear, not too hot and not too cold. For someone who is always complaining about the weather, it’s nice when these perfect weeks roll around! I’m definitively embracing fall this year and hope this weather lasts a little longer.
Running was pretty much the usual this week. I did end up on the treadmill on Wednesday morning because it was raining. By the time I was done the sun came out and we were able to get outside for a walk a little later. I’ve really been trying to take advantage of getting out with the stroller since most of my solo runs are in the darkness. At this point I’ve pretty much decided not to train for anything else in 2019 and will be running just to run…which I actually really like. I think I just got caught up in the excitement of being back to racing.
Speaking of racing excitement, this was a pretty inspiring race weekend. With some big races lately, 2 hours being broken in the marathon, and a new women’s world marathon record, I’ll admit it’s tempting to want to set big goals and go for them right now. Hopefully by waiting I will just get more eager to race and won’t lose the motivation I’m feeling right now.
Weekly Run Down
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: 4 Treadmill Miles
Thursday: 3 Stroller Miles
Friday: Strength Training
Saturday: 9.1 miles
Sunday: 4 stroller miles
I finished another phase of my strength training plan this week. Usually I request the next phase when I am in Week 5 but I forgot to do it until a little late, so I’m not sure when my next phase will be ready. So maybe this week I will take a little break or just do my own thing for strength workouts.
My long run on Saturday felt really good! It was 50 degrees which was easier to adjust to than last week’s 44 degrees. I mixed things up a bit by running a 1 mile warm up followed by 1.5 miles hard and .5 miles easy 4 times to reach 9ish miles.
A few months ago I wrote about how I was feeling frustrated with my easy pace. I felt like my warm up mile was always slower than 10 minutes/mile and easy or moderate runs were slower than they used to be. Well I guess between the weather cooling off and my fitness coming back I finally feel like I am back to where I used to be, for the most part. Not every run feels great (which is to be expected) but most runs I am naturally starting out around a 9:30-9:45 and settle into a 9 minute mile pace or a little faster without feeling like it’s too hard. I don’t stare at my watch the whole time, or try to focus too much on paces if I’m not following a specific workout, so this is just what I’ve noticed when I look at my stats after a run.
In other news, I turned 36 on Saturday! For the first time in awhile I was actually kind of excited for my birthday. After my run, I came home to Grayson wearing this shirt and the look on his face when he saw me wearing a headlamp was priceless. I got my nails done which was a nice treat and then we met my parents at a brewery and hung out at their house for dinner and cake.
I hope that wherever you are reading this from that you are enjoying some nice fall weather too!
Do you prefer training for a race or running just to run?
How as the weather been for you?
What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?