This was also the first week of my officially being coached by Kristy and I could already see a difference. It was more difficult to fit my runs in this week and the weather made two of the workouts more challenging. Being accountable to someone else helped me stay honest and kept me from justifying changes that I may have snuck in otherwise :)
Monday: 3 miles easy (9:41 avg pace) and strides
Kick-off to marathon training with a low and slow 3 miler!
Brian had a doctor's appointment that afternoon and I went with him. My godparents were visiting, so they were on babysitting duty with my parents....and I think they all loved every minute of it :)
Tuesday: 4 miles easy (9:45 avg pace)
I got up to do this one before the boys woke up and then we went out to a late breakfast with my parents and godparents that morning. We took the boys to the beach that afternoon and when we got back, my brother had arrived. So we had my godparents, parents, and one of my brothers all together - that hasn't happened since Brian and I got married (6 years ago!).
Well this one was a doozy. I got up early to do this before the boys woke up, but it was already really soupy out. It was also my first time doing speed work since before Bayshore....and I was mentally distracted by what the day had in store. So who knows the reason, but I didn't come close to hitting a 7:15 pace. My splits looked like this: 7:34, 7:34, 7:43, 8:00, 7:38, 7:53, 8:23, no data (I didn't hit the lap button), 7:49, 8:04.
Brian had knee surgery that afternoon. We were on a run together the previous Monday and something happened - he came to a sudden stop and we walked the rest of the way. That happened two days before we left Michigan and he was in significant pain. We got him set up for an MRI when right after we landed in Philly and he saw an orthopedist my parents know the next day. It looked like he had torn his meniscus and we decided to stay here and have the surgery. The surgery went great and was a huge success! Turns out, there was only a small tear, but the major issue was a build-up of plica that was rubbing on the knee and had to be removed (ironically, the same thing I had knee surgery for in 2011). It was a long day, but he showed incredible strength and made me proud.
Friday was my scheduled off day, but I swapped it for Thursday. When we're away over the summers, Brian and I take turns watching the boys while one of us runs, but we had to adjust to a whole new morning routine on Thursday and I was not prepared to do that and fit in my run :)
Thursday was a tough day for Brian, but he managed to get out that night for his first walk!
Friday: 3 miles easy (9:53 avg pace) and strides
Short and sweet and I got it done before anyone in the house was awake and was home in time to get the boys up, Brian taken care of, and breakfast for us and the boys.
Saturday: 1 warm-up, 4 @ 8:35, 1 cool-down
Pace-work runs are my favorite (along with long runs) and I felt good about this one. My splits were 8:32, 8:33, 8:36, 8:36. I did an out-and-back route and ran against wind on the last half....so I suppose I ran with wind on the front-end (although I didn't know it at the time).
Sunday: 13 miles easy (9:37 avg pace)
This was just plain hard. I learned from my long run the previous week and I brought money with me to stop for drinks, but I relearned other standard rules when doing long runs at the shore during the summer: get out there early and wear a visor and/or sunglasses. I didn't want to ask my parents to wake up as early as they would need to in order to get the boys up, so I convinced myself that I could get the boys up and fed and get out by 8:00 and still be okay since I didn't have any pace-specific miles and I would bring plenty to drink.....wrong. It was humid, the dew point was super high, there is no shade at the shore, and it was pretty miserable. But I got it done. And I have already ordered sunglasses and a visor for this weekend's long run....learning curve, people.
I know Brian would love to run and I know what it feels like to watch others run when you can't. So he has been in the back of my mind all week when I was fighting the heat and humidity on my runs, it's part of what kept me going when I wanted to stop. Perspective is a good thing :)
Total mileage: 37
What type of runs are your favorite - long, easy, speed work, pace-work? How do you get through times when you can't run? Would you rather train through the summer or the winter?