I know, you thought I died or something.
HOW COULD I NOT UPDATE YOU ABOUT MY RUNS IN OVER A MONTH?!!?!!?!?!
Laziness I guess. Or busy-ness. Or both. Know what I just noticed? Lazy:laziness::busy:business. Weird, probably should have made that connection years sooner.
But anyway I have told you guys that I am running with a group now, so I’m running pretty regularly (read: 30-35 mi/wk) and trying to get a good base to really train hard for Boston. Really. I’m talkin 3:05.
So what does this look like in practice? Here is the week of 12/17 – 12/23. I will say, fitting in my runs between working at the Reily center before 9 hour days at Ochsner bariatric surgery clinic AND traveling home was a little rough, but I tried to work it out:
MONDAY: Rest. Ran long the day before (15 – more than I should have seeing as my previous longest run was ~10. Whoops)
TUESDAY: The speed workout I was supposed to do Monday with the group that I missed because of work and rest. The plan was this: 3 or 4 x 3 minutes hard (90 seconds easy), 10 minutes very slow jog or walk between, 3 or 4 x 3 minutes hard (90 seconds easy). My goal was to run the hard intervals at 6:45 for the first set, then 6:40 for the second set with the rest 1:30 around 7:30 pace. I nailed the intervals but my recovery was a little slow.
WEDNESDAY: Happy’s running club! A.K.A. a 5k jaunt around downtown followed by 2-for-1 beer. I made Andrea come even though she was nervous about it and I ran with her. I didn’t use my watch but we ran around 3 miles at a leisurely pace and followed it up with some fun times, including posing for the camera while getting a tour of a car that Nissan brought to show off (while handing out some swag). Running, good friends, good times.
THURSDAY: 4.5ish miles with the running club from the Rusty Nail! It wasn’t super fast – 7:18 pace – but for some reason it hurt a lot. Two runs down Bourbon in two days – can’t complain. I really love the hecklers along that route, they are endlessly entertaining.
FRIDAY: Traveling day!
SATURDAY: 16 (ish) miles. Planned to run 2 hours at 7:35 – 7:40. The only long routes around here have greater vertical than the entire state of Louisiana, so I was pretty nervous starting out. I even forgot about water and fuel so I grabbed a handful of stale gummi bears that I found in the kitchen and threw a bottle out the car window about 5 miles into the route to sip on when I got there (I stopped at a bagel place 10 miles in after emerging from the wilderness). Turns out I ran a 7:36 pace despite the 655-foot elevation gain, snow flurries, and 45mph wind gusts. Felt pretty darn good about that! I did end up doing the full 16, though I jogged it out for the last half mile or so after I hit the 2-hr mark when I stopped my watch before then so I could have my average pace for the planned run…#obsessed
SUNDAY: Recover from partying in Boston. Luckily I survived the drive home on very little sleep and not enough coffee. Yet another triumph for the weekend!
Overall: ~30 miles, some serious hills, a considerable amount of pain, and LOTS OF FUN! Man, I love running. =) The best part now is that when I’m doing a crazy ass speed workout that makes me want to puke (like the one I did on xmas eve), I can just tell myself Lauren, you would have sold your firstborn to do this a few months ago. Suck it up and DO IT! And it’s totally true. I’m a lucky girl to have friends to train with and support me, a schedule that allows me to get in some serious running time (even if they do start at 6AM sometimes), and legs that will take me the distance. Life is sweeeeet