Hillsborough Half Training: Week 6

Total weekly mileage

Planned: 19.2
Actual: 23.1

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Highlights:

Er...lowlights? This week was just hard. We had family in town staying at our (teensy tiny) house. The baby was home from daycare for summer break, but we both still had to work. James and I are both under crazy deadlines right now. Running felt like "one more task I have to do before I can relax and go to bed." Lame. Plus, we're going on vacation next week so I swapped this week's runs for next week (so I don't have to run 12 miles when I'd rather be drinking a bloody mary on the beach), and I think that might have been a mistake. My body really wanted the cutback week. But! I did wind up getting it done, so I am going to totally savor my vacation now. 


This week's workout: 40min tempo

Ugh. This was a whole mess. It was just one of those days where I had already pushed it back twice but I STILL didn't feel like doing it. Then I dragged myself out but my iPod died in the first half mile (I don't always run with it but I do love to have it for workouts..), plus, it was just a hot sunny humid day. After warming up I did one tempo mile and decided to scratch the workout. Yeah, it stinks but I was completely over it that day. 

Long run: 12 miles

I waited until the last possible minute (Sunday night after bedtime) AND I had a glass of rosé just before leaving (dumb, but oh well) but I got it done! I ran 10 of these 12 miles on the treadmill - too hot/humid, even after the sun went down. I started with a three mile warmup, then threw in the 40 minute tempo I had scratched a few days ago. I've never done tempo miles in the middle of a long run before and I was totally exhausted by the end, but I still had three more to do as a cool-down. Although my legs feel beat up, overall it was great. It helped me focus and the miles obviously clicked off a lot faster than they would have otherwise.

40 minutes worked out to about 5 miles in ~8:25 pace. Seems ridiculously slow but I was working hard. I'm trying to be patient and not think about any goals or hopes/dreams/etc until taper time.

Miscellaneous

Still haven't gotten more gels - Ate a handful of crackers before this run. Terrible. Don't recommend.

Next up: Cutback week! Vacation! Finally!