The Charles Street 12 is really starting to sneak up on me! I only have 1 more really long run before I cut back for the race. Since this is a shortened training cycle, it’s going by really quickly!
I am still feeling good overall. The workouts I have done seem challenging but manageable. Laura has pushed me more than I would have pushed myself, but not too hard. Now that I have run 11 miles, 12 miles doesn’t seem overwhelming anymore.
Monday: Strength training
All was going well with this workout until halfway through when I noticed a huge spider across the room. Usually I am ok dealing with them, but this one was really big. And fast. I managed to trap it under a small trash can. Later that morning Rob managed to vacuum it up and then get it outside. It was an interesting start to the week!
Tuesday: 6 miles with 2 x 15 minutes at tempo pace
This run reminded me of marathon training 4 years ago, when I did a lot of long tempo runs. These were only 15 minute intervals but they sounded intimidating. The first set was a lot slower than the second set. I think I held back during the first set because I didn’t think I could hold on to a faster pace for that long.
The first interval averaged an 8:12 pace and the second interval was 7:38.
Wednesday: Strength training
Luckily there were no spiders seen during this workout!
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 3 stroller miles
I’ve complained a bit about stroller running on instagram. Sometimes it feels fine- I mean, as good as it can feel to push a stroller with a 17 pound baby in it. But often times when I have the front wheel locked I can’t get it aligned properly so it veers to the side. Many people have reached out and said they don’t lock the front wheel. I tried that too and for a few minutes it was fine and then it started kind of bouncing and swiveling. I think I just need to keep trying different things to figure out what will work.
Saturday: 11 miles
This was such a nice break from the heat and humidity we had the past few weeks. I got out at 5:15 and was done by 7:05. It always feels good to start off the weekend with a long run!
I forgot to change my watch back after my tempo run to lap at each mile so I really didn’t know when I was done with each mile unless I looked down to check. (Usually I have it set to vibrate at each mile). In a way this was good because I barely looked at it and the miles went by pretty quickly!
Sunday: 4 stroller miles
We went out for our weekend family stroller run and completed 4 miles. I started with the stroller and did just over 2 miles with it. After some adjustments before the run it was feeling good again! Hoping this continues.
Next weekend I have another long run (12 miles) and then I will cut back before the race. Although I move around my workouts quite a bit, I do feel like I am finally in a nice routine with my running and workouts. Next week will be another weird week but I’m sure I’ll be able to get most of my workouts done. And fingers crossed I finally have this stroller thing figured out. It’s so much more enjoyable to run with it when it’s moving well!
Are you scared of spiders? Will you handle them on your own or get someone to help you?
Did the weather cool off for you this week?
Do you follow a similar schedule each week or change things up?