This week I was off from work, with no vacation plans. So it was staycation 2021! Rob was off as well, and we had considered keeping Grayson home a few of the days but since he had missed so much time from being sick we sent him on his usual days. This allowed us to get a lot done around the house and do some relaxing as well!
It was a really solid week of running. Not really much of a surprise there, since being off from work means less stress and more time to run and do all the other little things (like get enough sleep!) I was able to lift after my harder runs which meant I could keep my easy days really easy, plus I got my long run done on Friday. Always nice when that works out!
Training Week 8: Staycation 2021
Monday: 6 Easy Miles with 6 x 30 Second Strides + Strength Training
I started out the week with an easy run, but added some strides at the end. Even though I was off I wanted to get this done early. I had lots to do throughout the day! I cleaned out the entire upstairs of the house…all my clothes, all Grayson’s clothes, and our spare bedroom. Then I read outside for a bit, prepped dinner, and lifted weights. A very productive day!
Tuesday: 4 Easy Staycation Stroller Miles
We went to the park in the morning to run on the path and of course play on the playground. We all made it two miles and then the boys went to play while I kept running. My legs were so sore from lifting the night before! I thought it would be better to lift at night rather than right before my run (which also meant I could sleep a little later) but I think it just gave more time for the DOMS to set in.
Wednesday: 7 Miles with 2 x 15 Minutes Threshold + Strength Training
Hard workout day! Last week I did 3 x 10 mins at threshold, this week it was 2 x 15. Same amount of time, with less breaks. I hit my goals, although I will say I ran less hills than last week. The foxes have seemed to chill out for now so I’m venturing back to my flatter roads a bit again.
A little later in the morning I did my strength work. I like the idea of lifting the same day as a harder run, but logistically it doesn’t usually work with my schedule. Since I had more time this week I figured I would try it out this week. I also don’t like to lift the day before my long run, and since I was doing that on Friday it was good to lift on Wednesday.
Thursday: 3.6 Trail Miles
This was going to be my super easy day, which just a few miles. After dropping off Grayson I drove to a nearby trail. I took a different path which was very narrow and had lots of rock and turns and a few steep sections. My pace was nice and slow, but it wasn’t as easy as I would have liked.
It got awkward when I was about .25 miles from where I was going to turn around, and I saw some people up ahead. One guys was over to the side taking pictures. I was able to pass him. But the 2 other walkers ahead were on the trail and there was no way to get by without asking them to move over. There really wasn’t anywhere for them to go with trees on both sides of us. Instead of trying to pass them, and then having to do it again so soon, I turned around early. I went back to the main path and finished up my run there, which is much wider and easier to run on.
Friday: 15.3 Miles
I decided to would drive to a different trail for my long run since it would be shaded and flat and I wouldn’t have to think about where to go. I waited until Grayson got up, helped Rob get him ready for the day, and left the house around 6:40. The trail is about 25 minutes away and I missed a turn, so it was around 7:10 when I got there.
That morning as I was getting my hydration pack ready I realized I had torn a hole in it from freezing ice awkwardly. It was high up so I tried taping it but also threw my smaller bottles for the front pockets into my bag just in case. When I got to the trail the pack had already started leaking, so I poured the water into the smaller bottles instead. Less water, but not worth having a leaky pack the whole time!
Mentally, this was a tough run. I had been nervous leading up to it (not sure why) and the later start made it harder for me. All the miles look the same, and I’m used to lots of turns and hills. I tried to just zone out and listen to my podcasts. The good news is that my splits were pretty even, slightly faster at the end. I pushed it a little during the last few miles and finished feeling strong, despite the mental challenges. By the end I was just glad to be done because it was almost 10 am and getting really hot out! I stopped at Panera for a smoothie before heading home to enjoy a staycation Friday.
Saturday: Staycation Rest Day
It’s kind of nice to take a rest day after a long run. Before having Grayson I used to make Sunday my rest day and do my long run on Saturday. But now I need to take advantage of having more time to run on the weekends plus its a nice little family tradition to do a stroller run on Sunday. We did get out for a walk in the morning!
Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles (Planned)
In keeping with our Sunday tradition, I’m planning to drag everyone out for a run on our last day of staycation.
8 weeks down, 8 to go! This is where the fun really starts. It’s really just 5-6 weeks until the taper, which is kind of crazy to think about.
In other news, did you watch the Olympic Marathon? Wow, what a race!! I loved seeing Molly’s note from 4th grade that she wanted to win a medal in the Olympics. After only running 2 other marathons she made it look easy, even in tough weather conditions. So amazing!
You can find my other weeks of training here:
Closing Out July (Training Week 7)
Lower Mileage and Lower Temps (Training Week 6)
Runstock 2021 (Training Week 5)
Focus on Effort (Training Week 4)
Making Adjustments for Heat (Training Week 3)
Training for a Fall Race: Start Where You Are (Training Weeks 1 and 2)
How were your workouts last week?
When you have more time during the week do you run in new places? Change up your routine?
Do you prefer to lift and run hard on the same day or alternate?
Have you ever taken a staycation?