Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week's runs

Last week was my highest mileage since my marathon a month ago!  In part because I have been careful to not push my body too much and in party because it's been challenging to get more miles in with life and sick kids.

My neighbor and I alternate weeks driving to school.  The weeks I drive, it's very difficult to run in the morning.  The kids and I have to be ready to leave the house at 7:30am--with lunches and whatever else is needed for the day.  Realistically, I would need to wake up at 5am to run on these days.  Realistically, I also do not go to bed early enough to wake up at 5am.

Since I was driving last week, I made the grown-up decision to not stretch myself too thin by running in the morning.

By Tuesday I hadn't run in three days.  I was really needing to run.  I brought my running stuff with me to work, plowed through lunch and was able to slip out a little early and squeeze a run in before I picked the kids up.  I went to the local (man-made) lake, planning 3-4 miles.  It felt great to be out there, but I felt sluggish and my legs were heavy.  I kept on though and ended up with 3.65 miles.

I forgot my Garmin, and it was paining me to not have a measure of my exact distance and pace.  I remembered an empty baggie in a carseat from an eaten snack.  I shook out the crumbs and put my iPhone in it, and stuck it in my sports bra.  Classy, I know!

I wasn't checking my pace or distance during the run, just going by feel.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that my overall pace was still 10:00min/mile.  I was expecting more like 10:30.  I have been working on pushing myself a little more and running a little faster and I guess it's working since my "sluggish" pace that day was what's been my default pace for some time now.

Thursday my oldest stayed home from school with a sore throat.  My husband has class on Tues/ Thurs and is only home for about 90 minutes.  Bless him for letting me get out to run when he got home from work!  I was on a time limit to get home, and my course was slightly longer than I thought, so I had to push myself.  I ran 3.65 miles at 9:55 average pace.  That made me very happy! Anytime my pace is under 10:00 for more than a few miles, it makes me feel fast.

On Friday I had 3 extra nieces & nephews hanging out.  The kids all play together well, so it's not a big deal.  And our family helps us out all the time managing work schedules and kids that anytime we can return the favor we do.  Late in the morning we all headed outside to expend energy.  My treadmill is in the garage, so I figured I might was well get some exercise in while keeping an eye on the kids.  There were plenty of interruptions, but I did 1.7 miles in intervals, with strength exercises in between (lunges, squats, push-ups, standing abs etc).

I've felt ready for a 4+ mile run for a few weeks now and I finally was able to get it in on Saturday.  I headed to the lake and ran 5 miles.  I ran the first 3 miles too fast and I knew it .  I was around 9:45.  I kept trying to slow down, but I just couldn't.  The 4th mile was over 10:00, and then I brought it back down for the last part of the 5th mile and had a 9:54 overall pace.

I am thrilled that I ran 5 miles with a sub-10 pace!  I know my splits weren't ideal, but it helps me so much to know I'm capable of those paces and to continue to push myself on my runs.  I have been trying to do more strength training and DVD's (Jillian Michaels and Insanity) which I know helps too.

I am very happy to have logged 14 miles last week.  I am hoping to do the same or more this week!