Since my DH had to leave early for work this week, my training days were not quite what I had initially planned. On Saturday morning, I finally squeezed in an easy 6 mile run. My average pace was 10:18. Total time: 1:02. I felt no pain, but I realized that my dogs are tired and I needed some new shoes.
On Sunday, I forgot to set my clock ahead and I was late meeting Jackie. Although I have a really bad reputation for being tardy, I am never late to my Sunday runs. I swear!
I searched feverishly for my phone and I was digging through my car when Jackie drove past my house. I apologized repeatedly for my tardiness, which now caused us to get a late start on our early run. Funny enough, Jackie was actually grateful for the mistake, since this is her first time running before 8:00.
Since Jackie needs to slow down and I need to pick up the pace a bit, we met at the middle with a 9:40 pace. Probably still a bit too slow for the both if us, but this is still my first week post-marathon and Jackie’s first run longer than 4 miles. Total time: 58:03.
After our 6 miles, I felt like I could do a few more and wanted to try pushing myself further. I took the next few miles a bit slower with more walking and water breaks than the first 6 miles. I ran another 4.1 miles with an average pace on 10:37. Total time: 43:36. My shoes are shot for sure! Not to worry, I bought a new pair yesterday.
At the end of the month, I am planning to run in the Chasco Challenge (formerly Rally to Remember). I still haven’t decided which race to run in, the 10K or the half-marathon. Last year, I placed first in my division and I would love to beat my PB, but I would love to also qualify in my division for the half. Decisions…decisions…
Over the next few weeks, I will try to push myself a bit more and wait until the last minute to decide which race.
As for training this week, I need to get into routine now that my DH’s schedule is back to normal again. I also need to incorporate more strength training and cross-training back into my schedule. I’ve been so lazy and sloppy over the past few weeks.
For my half-marathon training, I am following Hal Higdon’s post recovery plan with the Runner’s World on-line Smart Coach, which uses my past times to develop a plan right for me. However, I think the paces on the Smart Coach are a bit too slow.
My body is crying for yoga today. I need to stretch. This week, there will be lots of short runs and another long run on Sunday. I think I’ll do 10 miles again. I never did hop on my bike last week and I really want to put biking back into my work-outs. If only my DH meeting’s would stop messing with my training! Sheesh!