This was basically my 6th week of official training for the Charles Street 12. While my long run was cut back to 8 miles, I still had a tough workout on Wednesday along with my 2 easy runs. Next week I will cut back even more.
The week started out with more hot and humid weather but then we had a huge drop in temps on Friday. It was crazy; when I ran on Friday morning it was in the 70s and still really warm. A few hours later it started raining and the temperature dropped into the 60s and it was actually chilly outside. I was so grateful for a cooler long run on Saturday!
As much as I like getting in a workout on a Monday, it’s also really nice to have it as a rest day, especially after a full weekend of running.
Tuesday: Strength Training
This was my last week of my Phase 12 workouts. I’m thinking I will wait until after the race to start my next phase.
Wednesday: 5.25 miles with 5 x 4 minutes at 10k-15k pace
I felt strong during this run! It was pretty warm out so I didn’t know what to expect, but for my last set I ran a 7:04 pace! That’s faster than my recent 5k paces so probably a little too fast for this workout, but it was the last set so I gave it everything I had left. (Although to be honest, I did feel like I could do another set or two if I had to).
Thursday: Strength Training
This workout wrapped up Phase 12! I also went on a 30 minute talk with Grayson after he woke up.
Friday: 3 miles easy
I wrote a long Instagram post about my pace for easy runs.
This run had me thinking a lot about my “easy pace”. Maybe because it’s the first easy run I’ve done in a while without the stroller. I think I’ve had this expectation that my easy pace should be getting faster, even including the warm up mile before a workout. While my workouts and long runs are on target and my fitness is clearly improving, for some reason my easy pace feels stuck. That first mile is always a slog and is usually around 10:30 min/mile.
But why does this even matter? Why do I even care? Before I was pregnant my easy pace was more like a 9 minute mile. I actually had a hard time slowing down much more than that even when I knew I should. It felt weird to me to run much slower. Once I was pregnant I started seeing paces I had never seen before and learned how to run slower because I had no other choice. Now I notice much more of a difference between my easy paces and workout paces.
Here are a few things I reminded myself of this morning:
1) I am still only 8 months postpartum which really isn’t that much, especially after a C-section. And I didn’t start really running consistently until around 6 months.
2) Its summer and the humidity it awful! Of course my paces will be slower.
3) My body needs more time to warm up and maybe that is just something new for me after pregnancy and childbirth.
4) It’s better to run easy paces really easy and be able to nail those harder workouts.
5) This is a good thing. It means I am working hard on my other runs and my body needs a break.
6) Who cares?! It’s an easy run and it’s more about effort than pace. I need to not look at my watch and just focus on how my body feels <—Easier said than done right 😂
Saturday: 8 mile run
Thanks to the weather this was such a great run! All of a sudden my paces were below a 9 minute mile. I actually felt like I had to hold back to not go too fast a week before the race. It would be great to have weather like this next weekend!
Sunday: 3 miles
This was another early morning run which meant it was too dark to take any pictures. I can’t believe its already that time of year when its dark out for my entire run!
Now I am on to the last week of training! So far I am feeling good about the work I have done. I think I’ve made a lot of progress with my fitness in a short period of time. Now the challenge will be actually racing. It’s been so long since I have raced! And my last few races were 5ks.
The good news is that I prefer longer distances and this is one of my favorite courses. So if nothing else, I just want to have fun!
How were your workouts last week?
Do you prefer racing longer distances or shorter distances?
Do you strength train the week before a race?