Welcome to the end of Week 7! I officially hit 40 miles for the first time!!
Week 7 recap:
Monday 8/3: 5 miles @ 8:26 average pace
Tuesday: 7 mile workout (1.5 warm-up, 6 x 3:00 tempo, :90 easy/off, 2.12 cool down), 7 miles hiking from Mt. Whitney campground to Lone Pine Lake and back
Thursday: 6 miles @ 8:22 average pace, 40 minutes swimming
Friday: 9 mile workout (3 miles warm-up @ 8:30 pace, 3 miles tempo @ 6:48 pace, 3 miles cool down @ 9:18 pace)
Saturday: 3 miles @ 8:29 average pace
Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:48 average pace
Total: 40 miles running, 40 minutes swimming, 7 miles hiking
Comments: This week was pretty tiring; I only had one complete rest day (Wednesday) because I had to run 3 recovery miles on Saturday to hit my mileage for the week. I didn’t do much cross training because we were at Whitney. Tuesday was my first college workout!
On Thursday, my brother was supposed to bike next to me, but he didn’t actually end up really doing that. Don’t tell my mother. Long story short, he’s kind of an idiot.
On Friday, I had my first tempo run. In high school, my tempo runs were 10 minutes warm-up, 20 minutes tempo, 10 minutes cool down for a total of about five miles. This was my first time having six extra miles to run outside of the tempo (for a total of nine miles), and the last three miles were absolutely killer! My legs would just not move- I was crawling along the sidewalk. #lacticacidprobs. Oh well, it was supposed to be a cool down anyway…
This week was my first time not having two non-running days because I ran three miles on Saturday. I just ran recovery pace along the sidewalk, so it was not difficult at all, but it was one of those days where I just wanted the run to be over.
This morning was my ten-miler. I wore a water belt for the first time ever because SoCal is dry and lacks water fountains (although I ran a new route that actually had a lot of water fountains…), and I felt like a marathon mom with my snazzy blue bottles. The extra pound and a half or however much it weighed made me feel like I was going super slow and couldn’t lift my legs, so I was pretty surprised to see my average pace at the end! (I don’t look at my watch while I run, except to check for the turnaround point.) My pace was like 25 seconds faster than last week! I even had a random 7:24 mile thrown in the middle of this run.
Exactly the last half mile of my long run was straight up a steep hill, and I almost chickened out and ran longer along the flat sidewalk on the main road so that I could be done before the hill. However, I reached the bottom of the hill and thought, “no, I’m better than that. I can conquer this.” So I selected “Till I Collapse” by Eminem on my running playlist and pounded up the hill with the music blasting in my ears. THE HILL WAS REALLY DIFFICULT. I climbed 190 feet after already having run 9.5 miles.
I ate a lot of food this week, including some stuff I probably shouldn’t’ve eaten but did anyway. Last night, I fueled up for my long run with spaghetti and meatballs, a ginger ale float, and strawberry shortcake. That ginger ale was the first or second soda I’ve had in the past year! I had Starbucks (mocha with extra whipped cream) and Panera (lentil quinoa broth bowl with chicken) and even a tiny bit of Chinese food (orange chicken and sweet shrimp) after my long run today, but it’s cool. Moderation 😉
I also ate a lot of salad, fruit, and the rainbow trout that I caught. My brother and I used to eat the fish eyeballs when we were little. It’s hard to get much fresher than that!
Next week is more of a “recovery” week, so my mileage is decreasing to 35 miles.
TWELVE DAYS UNTIL I GO TO COLLEGE! I’m ridiculously excited.