Weekly recap 5/1-5/7: Whatever the pace may be

Pace, pace, pace. Runners are obsessed with pace. And this runner has been especially obsessed with pace lately because I spent so long being sick and struggling and watching my pace get slower and slower. Now that I'm better, it's exciting to be keeping tabs on my pace again.

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In general (and over time), pace is a good indicator of our improvements as runners. But it's not the only indicator and it's also really easy to get wrapped up in pace and forget other ways we've improved.  And sometimes, a pace that feels slow one day is fast the next (or vice versa). 

And this week was one of those weeks. One day I was tearing it up at a 7:45ish pace and it felt easy, but another day, that was about as fast I could reasonably muster even though I was hoping to be more in the 7:15 range that day.


Workout recap

Last week's goals

Goal 1 5 runs Hit
Goal 2 At least 2 barre classes Miss

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday:  Easy run - 5.01 miles @ 8:48 pace 
  • Wednesday:
    • Easy run - 3.08 miles @ 8:34 pace (splits: 9:53 (talking on the phone and awkwardly running while holding the phone to my ear), 8:17, 7:43) 
    • Barre class
  • Thursday: Family bike ride - 5.5 miles 
  • Friday: Speedwork - 6.01 miles, 4 easy, last 2 faster (7:42, 7:45), overall pace 8:37
  • Saturday: Easy run - 3.01 miles @ 8:48 pace 
  • Sunday: Long run - 8.01 miles super easy @ 9:20 pace

Last week's totals

Total miles: 25.12 miles
Total runs: 5
Total barre/yoga: 1
Total bike: 1
Total workouts: 7

Goals for this week

Goal 1 5 runs
Goal 2 2 barre or yoga workouts

The first day when I felt great at 7:45, I was well rested, but the day my speedwork rolled around and I really wanted to be able to push harder, I was tired from a toddler who didn't want to sleep the night before and I wasn't feeling great (cramps, headache - that kind of fun stuff). A bit disappointing since the weather was gorgeous this week with cooler temps and low humidity, and that's probably the last we'll see of that until November. But I did what I could. And it was good enough.

I love the running trails near my house

I love the running trails near my house

On the shorter runs, I trust my pace a bit better right now and am able to go at a pretty decent clip without issue, and I'm surprising myself with how easy the faster pace feels.

On the long runs? Not so much. It's been such a long time since I've run long and at any semblance of speed that I approach my long runs (even though "long" this week was only 8 miles) with extreme caution. I go out much slower than I think I should and hope I can hold on. This week I did just that on my long run and ended up with an overall back half that was faster than the first half, at about 30 seconds faster per mile. Success!

Right now those long runs are about getting in the distance. I'm not working on speed at all with those, so the slower the better. Eventually my pace there will pick back up as my endurance increases.

Another gorgeous trail

Another gorgeous trail

But overall, I'd say my week in running was pretty good, even if I didn't hit some of the paces I wanted to hit. And my pace (other than my long run) was still faster overall than I've been in a long time. And that's improvement. 

Another area of improvement for me? After several months of barely running and only doing very easy workouts (and less of them), I started to feel really squishy and my clothes weren't fitting quite right. But after about a month back of running harder, I'm way less squishy already and I wore a pair of jeans last night that were too tight a few weeks ago. YAY! 

I missed my goal of two barre classes because B was home sick on Thursday and that meant I had to push my speedwork day to Friday, and Friday was when I was planning that second barre class. Instead of running, we went on a family bike ride on Thursday so B could relax in the trailer. Life happens. I'll try again this week.

Right now, I'm just pleased that 3 out of the past 4 weeks I've run at least 5 times (and one week I ran 6 times). So, whatever the pace may be, I'm doing just fine.

And before you go, here are some posts from the week that you may have missed from last week:

Mother's Day gift list
My 5 year runiversary

How was your week?



I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post, as well as Eat, Pray, Run DC for her weekly training recap.


Gift list: Mother's Day

Gifts for the active, beachy mom. (Hint, hint, D.)

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links and that helps me keep this little blog chugging.

Still looking for what to get an active mom for Mother's Day? Stop panicking. Here's a list. 

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Boga Yoga Air 2016 inflatable yoga SUP board - Have board, will travel. Perfection. This inflatable SUP board packs up in its own rolling bag, making it easy to transport your board to wherever you're going.

Kopari Multitasking Mini Bag - There's nothing quite like the smell of coconut to transport your mind to the beach, even if you're completely landlocked. 

Rose Gold Drop Bottle - Runners need water. This bottle makes it tastier (infusing fruits and herbs!) and prettier. 

"Ohana" Mantraband - "Ohana means family, and family means no one ever gets left behind or forgotten." (Lilo & Stitch). A reminder right on your wrist. 

FitBit Alta with heart rate monitor - The FitBit Alta now has a heart rate monitor. And a nice line up of accessories so its look can range from sporty to elegant and everything in between.

Into the Glimmer throw blanket - Cozy up on the couch with this soft blanket. Or take it to the beach and sprawl out under the sun.

Kate Davis Coordinate Necklace - Map out a place you love (where you were married, where you live, where your child was born...) and wear it around your neck.

Live & Love mug - Runners and mothers need coffee. Mother runners especially need coffee. This mug is the perfect vessel. 

Brooks Launch 4 - "I have enough running shoes," said no runner ever. Shoes are like jello. There's always room for more (even if your closet says otherwise). 

 

Posted on May 3, 2017 and filed under Life.

Happy 5th Runiversary to me!

It's official. I've been a runner for 5 years now. It seems like such a short time, but so much has happened (and not happened, really) since then. 

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What started off as an amazing journey turned into a struggle after about a year. I've been through pregnancy, recovery and comeback, 10 months of sleep deprivation with an infant, terrible asthma and allergy problems, and most recently low iron and Vitamin D.

Through it all, I kept on running (slogging is probably more accurate), even though it's been two years since I've seen a PR and because of all of those issues, I'm not much faster than I was when I first started out. 

But I still kept going. I pulled back over the past several months to really get my issues straightened out and give my body a rest, but now? I'm back.

I've been back out on the road and doing well for a month. Running is consistently enjoyable again. Yes, some runs are better than others, sometimes I have more energy than other times, but I feel good. I feel normal. I feel healthy. I'm not reaching for my inhaler every few minutes and I'm not exhausted and miserable. 

While I haven't pulled the trigger on signing up for a race yet (other than running an untimed fun run last weekend), I think I'm getting there. I'm not expecting anything fantastic as we head into the slogging season here in Charleston (otherwise known as summer), but come fall, I'll be ready. But mostly more than anything, I'm just happy to be enjoying running again. 

Posted on May 2, 2017 and filed under Life.