It is interesting, sometimes when I am faced with scheduled miles on a training plan and I just want to crawl in to bed and ignore it . . . but then I've got nothing planned and want to go run and run and run. Hmmm, on second thought, maybe I should just throw training plans out the window all together! Ha.
It was mostly a great week on the workout front, though. Will probably end up finding a nice groove just before being hit with my girls' winter break!
Tuesday: 3 Mile Run
So this is where I started pushing it too much. I didn't think I was going to have time for a run this day so when I unexpectedly had half an hour free, I jumped on it. After stepping out the door I decided I felt good enough to do my own personal version of speed work. There is a three mile out-and-back run from my house that is flat and goes through a few stoplights. The goal is to cover the 3 miles in under 30 minutes without stopping my watch (so, the longer I am stuck at stoplights the faster I have to run!). I ended up running in about 27:30, which was fun and also, BY FAR the fastest I have run in what felt like forever.
In hindsight, pushing myself that hard right now is not in my best interest-- so luckily it won't happen again for a while.
Wednesday: Strength Workout
Sarah and I met at her gym and did a killer leg workout from her trainer. Short and intense. Perfect! The last time we did this workout my buns were so sore the next day, it is a good one! Lunges with kettle bells, squats, double leg presses, single leg presses, glute bridges and then some overhead tricep extensions for good measure.
Thursday: 7.75 Mile Run
I woke up and felt like running a certain route around my neighborhood. It ended being the farthest I had run on pavement in several months (I think!). I felt just fine on the run, which included an almost mile long hill right in the beginning, but was flat the rest of the way. It wasn't a particularly speedy run (about 10 min/miles), but running on roads typically means faster pace than trails, so it was quicker than I was used to.
Later that day, however, my legs felt like I pushed them through a tough half marathon. I was so very sore, which seemed really unusual given the length of my earlier run. I'm not sure if it was too much, too soon after the marathon, or the pounding on the pavement, or still being tired from the strength workout the day before . . . anyways, it kind of sucked.
Lots of hamstring stretching, was was perfect for how terrible my right hamstring has been feeling lately.
Saturday: 5 Mile Run
I met the High Heel Running Group at Cougar and originally planned on doing 7 miles. Then I realized it would likely be better for my body to just stick to 5 and call it good. It was a great run, I made a new friend and we took it nice and slow and chatted the whole time.