Happy Friday, friends! Well, it’s been quite the week, with my first work trip of 2012, and I honestly wasn’t sure how my run challenge week would play out. But, I am proud to say that despite some challenges, I am getting ‘er done this week. So, without further ado, my run challenge week 7 in bullets:
- I got in 3 of my 4 runs (with my 4th, recovery run planned tomorrow pre-barre n9ne!) done this week!
- I *even* did my 7 mile ‘long’ run on the – groan – dreadmill today (my goal is to boost that to 7.5 next week…but only if I can manage to run it outside!). It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I even upped my pace for half of the run to 6.4 (9:20ish pace!), which was huge for me. Who knew?
- I had some weird knee pain that I alluded to in yesterday’s post, but it is now mysteriously non-existent. Honestly and truly! Gone. As if it was never in pain. No puffiness. No achiness. Nada. Didn’t even hinder my run. Guess those two off-running days was worth doing, huh?
- I rocked 5 mile interval run on Monday before I left for my trip, and continued my ‘rolling intervals’ approach to it, 6.8 – 8.0 at two minute intervals each (with 60-90 second recovery in between).
- I also did my spin workout 😉 Cross-train, baby!
Things I need to work on:
- keeping up with at least one outdoor run per week. I am going to try and do my quick 3 tomorrow outside, but it is going to be arctic and I am feeling a wuss-out moment coming. I’ll just be upfront about that part 😉 But considering I have done at least 1-2 outdoor runs a week since I started the challenge, the fact that I may not hit that goal this week (partially given my travel week!) is okay with me.
- increasing my pace when I run outdoors: this is something I definitely need advice on, friends. How do I keep increasing my pace when I run outside for my longer runs? I found that my pace was slower for last week’s long run than it is on the dreadmill, in large part because of course, the dreadmill does help boost you along just by nature of what it is (just a little). How do I not slide into ‘routine’ when I run outside? I guess this is my out-of-comfort zone area still rearing up. I am not sure how to keep my stamina going at a faster clip when I am outside, facing hills and different road conditions than a consistent flat treadmill offers me. Thoughts?
So, there you have it – a pretty good week, all things considered. I hope that once the mornings are lighter when I am traveling that I can run outside a lot when I am in California…because let’s face it, those runs will be a glorious change to bundled up cold runs here, right??
Now it’s your turn…report back! What did you do this week? Anyone doing my run challenge care to report back?
**asslap to everyone adding some sweat to their lives, no matter what form it comes in…yoga, running, walking, swimming, kickboxing, barre, you name it, it counts **
Have a wonderful weekend, friends, I am thoroughly looking forward to catching up on sleep, seeing friends, M, and family, and just being home.