Sunday, August 21: Yoga.
This one, kind of:
I quit 34 minutes into the video for a variety of reasons. The practice felt far more intense than I needed or wanted for the day after 18 miles, I wasn’t a fan of the instructor, and quite frankly, I had one zillion other things I needed to be doing that day to get ready for vacation and didn’t feel like wasting my time on a yoga practice I was hating when I could’ve been doing things like going to CVS so I’d actually be able to carry liquids onto the plane.
Monday, August 22: 8 miles (tempo-ish) in 1:2x:xx for a 10:28 pace.
OOF. That’s how I’d summarize this run. I mostly gave up on RunnersConnect several weeks ago because I was sick of paying for workouts that felt far beyond my ability level and even more sick of one of the coaches on the website, who, when I voiced concerns over my weekly mileage in my training plan, basically told me I was an idiot for believing what I’ve read on the Internet about weekly mileage (because, clearly, everyone else is wrong, and this guy is right, that it’s totally okay and safe to jump from 18 miles/week for six weeks to 32 miles in a week with no buildup whatsoever. Right.), and then turned right around two weeks later and reprimanded me for running what he deemed to be too many miles over the course of three days. *rolls eyes* That particular coach turned me off RunnersConnect so much that I decided to stop using the site at all, with the exception of two more workouts to take me through the end of August (at which point I plan to cancel my subscription). One of those workouts was Monday’s: an eight mile alternating tempo run, with a one mile warmup, six miles of alternating tempo (RunnersConnect called for something ridiculous like 8:45, 8:35, 8:45, 8:35, 8:45, 8:35, to which I said LOLNOPE, and instead I aimed for more like 9:45/9:35, which is, you know, my normal tempo pace), and a one mile cooldown. I really was doing just fine through mile five, more or less hitting my paces and all of that, but at mile five I hit the wall HARD. My legs clearly were not up to that kind of workout two days after an 18 miler, so I ran/walked the last three miles of this run. Good thing I don’t have time goals this year.
Tuesday, August 23: Strength training.
NTC’s Slim Chance 2.0. I love this workout, though I do wish it lasted more than 30 minutes. Originally, I planned to bike on Tuesday and do strength training on Thursday, but as I was heading to the gym Tuesday morning, I realized there was no reason why I couldn’t do strength training on Tuesday, and opted for that instead. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I likely won’t have time at all to work out on Thursday, and I’d rather skip biking than strength training in favor of a rest day. I suppose I also like to take two rest days before races, so even though I’m not thrilled about taking a rest day on Thursday, I can justify it.
Wednesday, August 24: 5.25 miles in 53:24 for a 10:09 pace.
Meant to do six, but my stomach had other plans. I don’t usually have GI issues while running *knocks on all wood available*, but I had a heavier-than-usual dinner the night before and ran basically as soon as I rolled out of bed Wednesday morning, and around mile 4 my tummy decided it was done with this nonsense. Not the most enjoyable experience of my life, but I got through it.
Thursday, August 25: Rest.
I’m not usually one to take a rest day due to a lack of free time–I will find time to work out, darn it!–but that was the case on Thursday. I literally did not have any time to work out, and even if I had, I think it was in my best interest to take an extra rest day anyway. My legs had felt tired for three consecutive runs, and when you add in the stress I felt from trying to get ready to go on vacation, I think additional recovery was in my best interest.
Friday, August 26: Rest.
Saturday, August 27: 13.28 miles in 2:15:11 for a 10:10 pace.
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon, by my watch.