This week has not been my week.  I think I should just be happy that I’ve gotten out there and gotten the mileage in, and just not stress over the pacing right now.  It’s really not my strong suit, and I know I need to work harder and do better.  I’m just so tired right now, and running seems more difficult than it should.

The basics:

Run designation: steady

Distance: 4.5 miles

Intended pace: 10-10:30 per mile

Actual pace: Not even close at 11’27” on average

How did the run go?

Today’s run was ok, but it was humid and very windy and I felt like I was struggling throughout the entirety of the run. I was just tired and frustrated, but I did have the new Blake’s 7 audio to listen to, which was a yay!

Tomorrow will be the third run of the week and I have a massage scheduled for the afternoon and hopefully that will sort me out for a bit!  Definitely need some self-care right now!

This week has not been the best week.  My first run of the week was on Monday.  I didn’t get a lot of sleep having stayed up to listen to some of the Red Sox.  I had also gone out the night before, which I rarely do, and was just dragging in addition to the lack of sleep.  I also woke up Monday morning to a completely dead phone.  So instead of getting more sleep and then going for a run, I had to go into city centre to get my phone replaced before coming back to take on the first run of the week.  As a result of being so tired, I only ran 3, swapping the Thursday run with Monday’s.

The basics:

Run designation: easy

Pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 12’16” on average, i.e sucky

How did the run go?

This run wasn’t great.  As I said I was tired and I just had a hard time moving at all.  It was extraordinarily difficult.  I don’t function or run well on less than 8 hours of sleep.

 

And thus concludes week 4 of training!

The basics:

Run designation: long, easy pace

Distance: 5 miles

Intended pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: my Fitbit said 10’52” average and the treadmill said 11’08”

How did the run go?

It was supposed to rain all day.  It rained before I went to the gym and it rained after.  It didn’t rain while I was actually on the bloody treadmill!  Of course!  Oh well.  The run was fine, I felt fine, my foot didn’t cramp up, and this means I’ve taken nearly 7 minutes of my 5 mile time since last year.  I’ll take it.

Starting next week the long runs will becoming longer by the week until a slight step down in week 8, which I might swap with week 9.  I am running a 5 mile race on the 19th of August and it will be easier to tack on an additional mile after instead of 3.  It all depends on how I’m feeling and what else I’ve got planned for those weekends.

Cumulative distance thus far:

Overall distance for week 4: 17.05

Overall distance for week 3: 18.15

Overall distance for week 2: 14.08

Overall distance for week 1: 12.70

Yesterday I went to Stirling with Steph and walked around.  By the time I got home I’d walked nearly 11 miles.  I wasn’t too tired, so I headed out to do my 3 mile run, swapping yesterday and today’s run.

The basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 3 miles

Intended pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’14”

How did the run go?

Besides the sun that was in my face the entire way back, it was a great, quick run.  I wasn’t really tired and I felt pretty good for the duration of the run.  I was pleased with the run overall.

 

Today was another story.

I was tired, I hadn’t slept well, and my legs were aching.  I ran some errands and then went to the gym to do upper body work and run.  It was quite windy and threatening rain, so I figured the treadmill was my best bet today.

The basics:

Run designation: steady

Distance: 4.5 miles

Intended pace: 10-10:30 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 10’34” average

How did the run go?

I’ll be honest.  I wasn’t all that happy with this run.  I was tired and I had to make myself bargains to finish.  My foot kept cramping as well, and that just made me feel frustrated.  I was thrilled when it was done, and I was able to come home and take a long hot, epsom salt bath and read.

One more run for this week on Saturday and then it will be one full month of training down!

 

Welcome to week 4!  Week 4 means changes in 2 of the 4 runs.  The 4.5 milers now require me to pick up the pace a bit and try to maintain a steady 10-10:30 min/mile pace.  Eeeek!  Considering that I’ve barely managed 11 and change lately, this felt daunting, if I’m honest.  So. . .

The basics:

Run designation: steady

Distance: 4.5 miles

Goal pace: 10-10:30 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 10’50” on average (So, better than I expected!)
And for once, Runkeeper said that my run was the fastest of it’s type rather than 17 or 35th fastest, which always seems so passive-aggressive!

 

How did the run go?

Actually, it went better than I expected.  I feel like I have two default speeds when I’m outside: too fast or too slow!  I had a very hard time keeping in the 10-10:30 range.  I often looked at my watch and was at 9:40 or 11:00.  So I definitely need to work on my pacing.  Had I been on the treadmill, I could have set it to 10:10 or 10:20 and just kept at that steady pace, but outside when the wind is in your face, and the terrain undulates every now and again, not to mention dodging pedestrians and cyclists, it’s not that easy (at least for me)! I also think had my first mile not include my warmup, then I’d have been closer to goal pace.  So, I either need to suck up those 5 minutes, or warm up before I start my tracking.  Food for thought.