Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 8 (5/14-5/20)

weekly recap may 14-20

Minor Setbacks, forging ahead

My training reboot continues, but it wouldn't be my running story if it didn't have multiple setbacks every time I try to do something, right? And of course I've been chugging along too well and for too long to not hit a bump in the road. 

And last week, I hit that bump. I ended up with another UTI (like the one that took me out for 5 months in the fall). However, this time (I think, I hope), we got to it faster with the right treatment since I have a doctor who is well aware of my history. I refuse to go to urgent care ever again for a UTI since that's what started this whole mess in the first place. 

Anyway, despite the issues, I still managed to get in my miles last week and I ran a race (emphasis on "ran" not "race") in some crazy weather! So while I may have been a bit down last week, I'm not out!


Workout Summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Run: 3 easy miles at 8:13 pace
Wednesday Run: 3 easy miles at 8:43 pace
Thursday Run: 4 easy miles at 8:50
Friday Off
Saturday Run: Run Sunset Beach 5K and 1 mile fun run (with B)
Sunday Long run: 7 miles at 9:14 pace
Totals 5 runs/21 miles
Total workouts: 5

Monday

No workout. I've said this before, but I'm definitely okay with missing a Monday. Mondays tend to be really busy for me, so it's a good day to take a rest day.

Tuesday

While I planned to run 6 miles on Tuesday, my body had other ideas. I felt great as far as lungs and legs go, but I had some weird discomfort akin to that months-long infection ordeal from the fall and decided to cut the run short and make a doctor appointment just to be safe. 

 Hot, Humid running views

Hot, Humid running views

That said, this was a great run. I was flying and had no idea. I clocked 3 miles at an 8:13 pace in 78 degrees and 100% humidity and it felt much easier than I'd expect from that pace. I suppose my speed is coming back. Maybe that runner will show up to a race someday.

I also skipped F45 on Tuesday afternoon because I wasn't feeling great.

Wednesday

Since I cut my run short on Tuesday, I wanted to make up the miles so I got out for an easy 3. I don't have much to say beyond that. It was what it was.

Thursday

That discomfort from Tuesday came roaring back in the form of a full blown infection on Thursday. Fun. I did still get in a run 4 mile run and it wasn't too bad, although I wasn't feeling wonderful.

Friday

It was rainy and stormy, so water day wasn't really happening on Friday. I also had to get some work done before heading out for the day/night to Sunset Beach, NC for the Run Sunset Beach 5K and 1 Miler, so I skipped my Friday workout. Not ideal, but life happens.

 The weather wasn't awesome in Sunset beach, but we did get out on the beach for a little on friday evening

The weather wasn't awesome in Sunset beach, but we did get out on the beach for a little on friday evening

Saturday

Saturday morning we woke up in Sunset Beach to sideways torrential downpours and crazy winds. Just the kind of weather you want for a race, right? And one that is mostly on a bridge, no less! But I ran it (recap and more pictures coming later) and it wasn't too bad.

Like my last race, I only ran it rather than racing it, especially considering the horrendous weather and my health issue. I ended up 3rd (out of 53) in my age group, even though I felt like I was running like a turtle on those hills. I know the weather played a factor in it as well. Looking back over the past few years' results, this year's overall were generally slower (including the top results). I guess I wasn't the only one affected by weather. 

 No big deal, just running up and over that bridge twice in a monsoon

No big deal, just running up and over that bridge twice in a monsoon

After the 5K, we also did the 1-mile fun run, and my little runner boy ran the whole thing! He did not want to stop. And of course, I was so proud of the little guy. 

Sunday

We were back from Sunset Beach and back to the grind. I was feeling okay (maybe the antibiotics are actually working this time?), and ran 7 miles in the humidity. I think I was just as wet with sweat from humidity as I was from rain the day before. 

 Shrimp roll and a bloody mary for brunch

Shrimp roll and a bloody mary for brunch

Post-long run on Sunday, I headed to brunch at Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island with a group of friends (including Amy, aka The Tiny Terror). Brunch is always a good idea. 

So that's it. Another week of attempting to move forward in spite of setbacks. 

How was your week? Have you ever raced in sideways rain and wind?


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Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 7 (5/7-5/13)

Weekly recap May 7-13

hot, Hot, Hot! (Finally)

Summer is here! And shockingly, I'm actually pretty glad about that. After 6 years, I think I've actually acclimated to the Southern summer heat to the point where my body prefers to run in it as opposed to the cold. We'll see if I'm still singing that tune in August, but for now, I'm liking my hotter runs.

Other than running in the heat, I'm happy to be spending more time in the water and less time wearing big hoodies to try to fend off the cold.

This week was definitely a good one and I'm pleased in general with my progress on this reboot.

Don't forget to check out my Bahamas photos post:
Bahamas Vacation Snapshots


Workout Summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Run: 5 miles at 9:12 pace
F45 strength
Wednesday Off
Thursday Run: 5 miles at 9:09 pace
Friday Swimming: 25 minutes
Saturday Run: 3 miles at 8:17 pace (quasi-speedwork pushing my pace just a little)
Sunday Long run: 8 miles at 9:21 pace
Totals 4 runs/21 miles
1 strength
1 swim
Total workouts: 6

Monday

No workout. I'm definitely in the okay with missing a Monday crowd. So I missed Monday and went to the pool in the evening. 

poolside
pool time

Tuesday

Tuesday I headed out for some easy miles with temps well into the 70s and the humidity climbing (although, this was my coolest run of the week), but I felt great the entire run. In the evening, I headed to F45 for a strength workout after work.

Wednesday

I've got to figure out Wednesdays a little better. I don't really want to be taking a day off from workouts on Wednesdays, but I'm not sure I want to add a 5th running day in every week either. Once I can get myself to the track in the evenings (if my husband's travel schedule ever lets up and/or we find a new regular babysitter), this will work itself out, but until then, I want to find a different workout other than running. 

But I haven't figured out Wednesday yet and work was busy, so no workout.

Thursday

I was supposed to do speedwork on Thursday, but I got out later than I wanted to be and it was hot so I ran easy instead. I had an event in the evening so that didn't leave me time to get to F45 for my post-work strength workout. But I'm okay with skipping that to hang out with friends and drink wine.  

 It might be hot, but at least I've got some shade for part of my route

It might be hot, but at least I've got some shade for part of my route

Friday

Continuing my Water Workout Day on Friday, I went to the neighborhood pool for a 25 minute swim. Maybe I'll be strong enough by the end of the summer with swimming to think about training for a sprint tri?

Saturday

I went out with the intent of an easy 3-miler, but I felt so freaking good once I got out there that I decided to push my pace just a little to see how I felt (and since I skipped speedwork on Thursday). I didn't go all-out, but I definitely moved faster than I normally do on my runs. But it didn't feel as hard as I expected it to, so there's some progress, I suppose.

Sunday

I didn't really want anything for Mother's Day other than a nice long run and a break! I ran 8 miles out by the sound and even though it hot and 100% humidity, I felt really good the whole time. I'm happy with this whole not minding the heat as much thing I've currently got going on.

 See that clearing past the marsh? That's the Ocean. And that treeline beyond is an island. Life isn't so bad when these are my running views.

See that clearing past the marsh? That's the Ocean. And that treeline beyond is an island. Life isn't so bad when these are my running views.

 I'm loving the dog in the water in the upper right corner of this picture!

I'm loving the dog in the water in the upper right corner of this picture!

After my run, we headed to brunch at Sol where I had delicious huevos rancheros and a sangria. And we ended the day by hanging out at the beach. All in all? A good day. 

How was your week? Did you do anything exciting for Mother's Day? Are you enjoying warmer temps where you are?  


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Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 6 (4/30-5/6)

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SUMMER!

After two crazy weeks (one including travel to California), I managed to get myself back on the training track. I got in all of my workouts, including 4 runs, 2 strength, and a swim (yay, summer!).

It's so nice to finally be complaining about humidity instead of the freezing cold. I am definitely a summer person!

And in case you missed it, I posted a few times on the blog, too:

April Goals Recap
Bahamas Vacation Snapshots
(finally, for those of you who have been waiting for pictures)


Workout Summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Run: 5 miles @ 8:54 pace
F45 strength
Wednesday Off
Thursday Run: 5 miles - speedwork, .1 fast/.4 recoveries
F45 strength
Friday Swimming: 25 minutes
Saturday Run: 3 miles @ 8:59 pace
Sunday Long run: 7 miles @ 9:06 pace
Bike ride: 6 miles
Totals 4 runs/20 miles
2 strength
1 swim
1 bike
Total workouts: 8

Monday

I think I was still in a bit of a daze from my trip and the timezone changes. Instead of pushing myself to do something on Monday, I took the day off from workouts.

Tuesday

I knew I needed to get myself back on my regular training schedule so I don't continue to derail, so even though I was tired and dragging, I hauled myself out for a 5 mile run. It was just an easy run, and I felt tired and my legs felt like lead the entire way. But I came in at an 8:54 pace, so if that's my "I feel like crap" pace, I suppose I'm improving. I'll take it where I can get it right now, that's for sure.

 Love this run route!

Love this run route!

In the evening, I went to F45. It's been a few weeks since I've been there and my body let me know it in no uncertain DOMS terms. But at least the DOMS were the good kind of DOMS where you know you got in a good workout instead of the "my whole body aches and I want to stay in bed" kind that I suffered from while sick.

Wednesday

I didn't plan or specifically want to take Wednesday as a rest day, but I couldn't get my schedule to work with a yoga class and SUP (paddle boarding) classes haven't started yet, so I didn't have a ton of options. I also didn't want to run because I felt like I should give my legs a break. So. No workout for me on Wednesday.

Thursday

I had speedwork on my schedule per my coach. I'm terrible about speedwork. I always get it in my head that I can't do it, then I wimp out and avoid it. Part of that was because I've been sick and weak for so long that speedwork just sucked (not in the good way). Now that I'm feeling better, speedwork still sucks but not in the I might die because my body can't handle this. It's more like, I might die because I actually can push myself this hard. 

 Run views

Run views

Anyway, I did 5 miles and was supposed to do .1 fast (pace target of 6:45, which honestly frightened me after all this time) and .4 recoveries. My .1 splits ended up much better than I thought they would: 7:00, 6:36, 6:47, 7:14 (this slower one was on sand), 6:21, 6:43, 6:43, 7:05, 6:55. I also kept my recovery pace very steady between 9:30 and 9:45 (a few were a bit faster, one was slower).

Given that I was still dealing with some DOMS from Tuesday (ugh) and that it was 75 degrees, sunny and 100% humidity, I can't complain at all about this run. I was pretty close to my pace target for all of my splits except the one on sand. 

And because I want the DOMS to stop, I went to F45 strength training again in the evening. Gotta get back in the habit.

Friday

I've declared Friday "Water Workout Day." This means I'll either swim or paddle board (or both) on Fridays while the weather is nice.

swimming pool

Since it's summer now here in Charleston (spring just went speeding on past us - maybe you've seen in it your part of the country?), I can get myself to our neighborhood pool and do some laps, which I'm sure will be entertaining for anyone watching because I really have no idea what I'm doing. I do know how to swim and I'm not doggy paddling or anything, but I've never done any kind of competitive swimming.

Paddleboarding classes start next week, so I'm hoping to get those going as well.

So, on Friday, I swam.

Water Day. It's a good thing.

Saturday

I was a bit tired on Saturday since I wasn't used to all the intense workouts, but I got myself out for a recovery paced 3-miler, knowing I had my long run on the schedule the following day. 

saturday run

Sunday

I wasn't sure what to expect from my long run on Sunday since it was 100% humidity and in the 70s, plus my legs were still a little tired from the week. But it ended up being a really good run!

My legs definitely felt a little tired, but not heavy and weak like they have in the past with illness. And my asthma was totally under control with no breathing difficulty despite the humidity. I ended up running my fastest 7-miler so far on this training reboot and in the hottest weather. Improvements!

The rest of Sunday was spent on a family bike ride (6 miles) and by the pool. 

 Someone was cold when he got out of the pool so he curled up in a baby ball and refused to move

Someone was cold when he got out of the pool so he curled up in a baby ball and refused to move

How was your week? Has spring (or summer?) finally sprung where you live?  


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