Monday--AM: Switched up my usual Monday routine and met my MIT gals at Steph's house for some "leap day loops"! Very proud of myself for keeping the pace super relaxed--with their help, of course! First 5 miles were all 10+ min/mile, and the last one was only a bit faster! Overall pace: 10:01.
PM: 20 minutes of glute strenth work plus 20 minutes of body strength work (squats, push-ups, etc.).
Tuesday--Again, decided to skip my early-morning trainer ride. I just turned off my alarm and rolled over for another hour. My body is tired of the 4:30 AM starts, and while I'm motivated to get up and meet friends to run, I'm not so motivated to get up and ride on the bike right now! I did go to my Yoga for Runners class in the evening. Great night of hamstring stretching... what runner doesn't need that?!
Wednesday--No speed work this week. Allison S. and I met up for 6 "easy" miles. I put the "easy" in quotes because we sucked at keeping the pace slower than 9:15. 3 of the miles were just above 9:00/mile, and 3 were just under 9:00/mile. Overall pace: 9:04.
Thursday--AM: Tamara, Jennie and I met in Tamara's hood for some nice "recovery" miles. The first two went well, but then (of course) we sped up a bit. Overall pace: 9:10.
|Fun early miles with these two!|
PM: Headed to the rec center for a swim. I didn't realize that it had been a MONTH since my last swim! I need to get in there more often. Legs felt tired at first, but by the end I felt great. Longer pulling set plus a sprint ladder set that was fun. 2000 yards total (short enough to give me time for a soak in the jacuzzi afterwards!).
Friday--Rest, rest, resty rest day! Love my rest days.
Saturday--Drop back week... my friends had 12 on their plan, and I had 12-14. So 12 just made sense! We were supposed to do miles 10 & 11 at an 8:12-8:30 pace. Two 6-mile loops from the rec center again. I'm struggling more with controlling my pace on runs. I keep speeding up :( Splits were 9:26, 9:11, 9:13, 9:07, 9:21, 9:04, 9:16, 9:07, 8:11, 8:12, 9:02. Blah. I need to be more attentive to my watch, or find slower running partners who will yell at me! I do love my girls though... today Allison L., Amy, Jess, Tamara and I had Beth join us for the first loop and Megan S. join us for both loops. Great conversation as always!
|My marathon buddies (Allison, Amy, Jess and Tamara) plus Beth, Lindsey, Megan and Mary!|
Sunday--I did 20 minutes of my glute strengthening exercises (only the second time this week--boo, I need to do it three times a week!), and then rode the trainer for an hour. So hot! I can't wait to get outside! I do feel my hamstrings and quads getting stronger from my rides, though. Tried to keep it steady today (81-84 rpm).
Other miscellaneous notes:
I'm trying to not be too hard on myself that I am not adhering to the 9:15-9:30 pace range that I'm supposed to be doing. I talked a bit to my coach and she said that I'm getting more fit, which I sure hope is true! I am going to keep listening to my body and trying to keep things easy when they are supposed to be. This month is a big one for miles, and the speed work will get faster. I feel very good right now, and I hope that I can keep things strong (physically AND mentally for the next 7 weeks!