Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in Review and ProCompression Winner!

HI FRIENDS!!! In case you were wondering:

 I meant to write up a blog post Friday, but it ended up flying by and I didn't have a chance to really be on the computer much and not at all yesterday.  SOOOOO, first things first, thank you to everyone who commented on my post with how you get through your a slump in your training and your next big goal.  I put all your names in a random name picker and the winner is ANNE! 

Congratulations girl!!!  Anne wrote:

Anne-August 17, 2015 at 3:23 PM
My big goal race is a small local 5k coming up in a few weeks. I'm aiming for a 20:30-ish with a long term goal in the next year of sub-20!
When I get in a training slump, I usually take the opportunity to explore new places/routes/trails taking it at whatever pace my body tells me. It usually re-ignites something in me!
I feel like everyone is dealing with the tough humidity right now! I just keep telling myself that we will see the effort pay off once fall hits :)

Anne, please send me your email address through my contact form so I can get your address and send you the socks this week! 

This weeks training:
Coach Nark's PlanOff 8 miles w 8-10 x 400m @ rep pace w 200m recs 4 miles slow recovery pace 4 miles easy 20 miler @ no faster than 8:45 avg pace until miles 16,17,18 - which you will do at 8:05-8:10 pace then slow for last 2 miles Off 40ish weekly miles - Off

Monday- Off.  My coach held a running seminar and there was a great turnout! 

Tuesday: Met up with some teammates at 5am. It was still about 90% humidity when we started and it never really broke. BLAHHHHHHHHH. #gross 
8 miles with workout:
2 mile warmup to track (9:26, 8:50)
10x400s (goal 1:40-1:42) 1:31, 1:41, 1:39, 1:39, 1:38, 1:35, 1:34, 1:33, 1:36, 1:34.  
2ish mile c/d (9:26, 8:50)
The track was pitch black dark.  I blame my 400s being a bit too fast on the fact that I couldn't see my watch at all. 

Allison & Dennis doing their workouts

Also made this delicious salad with a Trader Joe's Turkey burger and roasted broccoli.  Tucker and I like to eat together.

Wednesday: 5.2 recovery miles// 9:35 pace 

and followed up my run with a 1 hour strength class and lots of coffee. 

Thursday: 5 easy miles// 9:33 pace//  at 5am followed by a 1 hour strength class

Friday: 20.6 miles// 8:25 avg. pace
We had a busy weekend ahead so I was up and out the door at 5 to meet Allison for 20 miles.  All the early mornings had caught up to me a bit and I felt really tired.  It was also pouring rain and still 88% humidity. I ran 5 miles alone to our gym and met Allison to finish our miles.  We ran 5 before met up with our coach around mile 10.  We both had faster paces to run from 15-18 and I was seriously doubting I'd be able to hold onto an 8:05 pace at the point.  I fueled with a pack of Sharkies Organic Energy chews, 1 full Crank Sports e-gel in raspberry and some water.  I held around an 8:45 pace until mile 15 when Allison and our coach took off to run her faster pace.  I was holding an 8:05 and honestly, it felt better than when I was running the slower pace.  I looked down at my watch a few times and was seeing 6:55 and 7:00s pop up and pulled myself way back.  I think the combination of a low mileage week with 90% easy running and finally fueling properly gave me a little extra boost.  I ended running the final 5.6 miles in 8:08,7:58, 7:36, 7:28, 8:53, 7:51.  I honestly felt really great about this run, especially coming off such an easy week.  My coach did not feel the same way.  He's the boss and has been running and coaching for many many years, so I trust what he says (even though I have a hard time listening to him a 100% of the time).  He's worried that I've been running hard and pushing myself and that if I don't pull back, I could peak too early and not fully accomplish my goals in Chicago.  It's so hard to pull back when I am feeling so great.  I have never trained like this or included the strength training that I do twice a week.  I feel strong and I feel like more of an athlete than just a runner.  It's also hard and discouraging seeing a lot or my teammates running faster than I am and with 60+ mile week.  It makes me feel like I'm going to fall behind and that I'm not doing everything I could be doing and won't reach my full potential.  I have to constantly remind myself that my training and my goals are my own and I cannot compare myself to other runners, ever.  I know that my coach wants the best for me and for all of runners he coaches.  That he ultimately wants me to reach my goals just as much, if not more, than I do.  I wonder if runners will ever NOT worry about what other runners are doing. Probably not.   Even though I got yelled at, I was still really pumped about this run.

My mom and I went for pedicures later that day because my feet were gross.  Husband and I celebrated our best friends birthday that night and, while we were on our way to dinner, my coach texted me and said I was already close to my weekly mileage and to take the weekend off.  Didn't have to tell me twice (okay, well I did a little whining first and had a small panic attack about what I would do with myself for 2 day with no running) but I got over it. 
We had dinner at New World Bistro and all shared some appetizers, my husband and I split the local kale salad with apple chutney, goat cheese, cashews & curry vinaigrette and for my entree I had a the Thai BBQ faroe island salmon that came in a lime, lemongrass & garlic dressing, sprouted peanut slaw, braised greens and smoked roasted carrots.  And a side of french fries. :)  It was all so amazing! 

Saturday: OFF---I have been keeping this secret since July 4th.  Our friends were planning an engagement party, but they were actually GETTING MARRIED. 

Sunday-- OFF. AGAIN.  I'm just over here feeling sorry for myself that I'm not out running, eating half a watermelon and writing this post.
I love training for races, but really, I just love to run.  Having nothing on my plan all of a sudden for 2 days in a row feels weird and I'm honestly a little cranky and irritated.   I shall survive. Don't fele too bad for me, I slept in until 7:00am yesterday and 9:30 today.  Hope you all had a great week and weekend friends!!

Happy Running!


  1. Yay!!! Thanks for the giveaway. I sent you my address :)

    1. Yay!! Thank you! They are going out to you today!! I hope you love them! :)

  2. Awesome speed week! Congrats on the fast finish long run.