Hey friends, hope you had a great weekend! Mike came down with another cold, and I was feeling a little under the weather, so our weekend was full of soup. Udon, pho, and ramen from a new restaurant in Virginia – Boru Ramen. It was a hit! We prefer the tonkatsu style (rich pork broth) like Toki, so when I saw this place specialized in tonkatsu, I had a feeling we would like it :) Our big adventure on Sunday was venturing out to get some pho and make a stop at T.J. Maxx for a new gym bag for Mike, and I couldn’t resist getting this happy mug! Should cheer me up in the months to come…because you guys, winter is coming.Let’s talk about training last week. Mileage is definitely starting to go up!
Richmond Marathon Training: Week 4
I’m nearing the end of my build-up phase, so I’m happy to say this this week went pretty much as planned. I needed to hit all my runs and make the higher mileage this week since week 3 was a bit of a set-back. I wasn’t feeling 100% (it looks like Mike brought home another summer cold from the office) but I took boatloads of echinacea every day, made sleep a priority, and pushed myself to run even when I felt pretty tired. In general, I find that I actually feel better after a run, and that was the case every time I ran this week.
Mon: Attempted speedwork on treadmill (4 miles total) – the plan for today was a 6 X 800 meter workout, and I managed to get through the warmup and about 3 repeats before feeling exhausted. I attempted the fourth repeat, felt lousy about 1 min in, and decided to throw in the towel and try again in a few days. Followed up with some core work at home.
Tue: Rest day – still exhausted
Wed: 6 X 800 meters outside (6.5 total) – I decided to try this workout again outside, and it went much better. The weather has been a bit cooler this week, so despite the usual humidity, I was able to hit the slower end of my goal pace range. The intervals ranged from 4:07 to 4:10, or about 8:12-8:20 pace.
Thurs: Rest day – I did a little core work.
Fri: 5 race pace miles outside (6.5 total) – This was a pretty great run – I never hit my goal pace (9:09) exactly but I felt strong and steady aside from the last mile, where I stopped a lot to catch my breath. Mile paces – 9:19, 9:12, 9:07, 9:14, 9:16 with a 9:14 average pace. I added a half mile warmup and 1.5 mile cooldown for 6.5 miles total.
Sat: 10 miles solo outside (10:41 pace) – I decided to sleep in and run solo, but Lucy had other plans for me ;) Anyone else have cats that get abnormally clingy in the morning? I gave up trying to sleep around 7 and rolled out for my run around 8. The run went great, despite 89% humidity (!)- I wore my hydration pack full of ice and gatorade/water, listened to podcasts and just trucked along. Some core work at home afterwards.
Sun: 6 miles on treadmill (10:51 pace) – We slept in again so I ended up pushing my run to the afternoon on the treadmill. Easy miles while listening to the Serial podcast (still finishing up season 1, lol). I started tearing up halfway through as I pictured my impassioned defense on the stand if I were Adnan and consequently lost the discussion thread for a good five minutes. Totally normal, right?
Do you ever imagine weird situations while you run/exercise? Sometimes I daydream that I’m being kidnapped and I single-handedly defeat my attackers with a combination of martial arts and my Bruce-Willis-like shooting technique.