I am going to be completely honest. I have spent the last several weeks just soaking up every last minute of summer! We have been enjoying the long days and beautiful weather. The days have been filled with swimming, water skiing, camping, tubing, cook-outs, bonfires, friends and family! Summer is hands down my favorite season and it seems to just fly by!!!
Here are some highlights:
Although I have had a bunch of blog posts swirling around in my head, I just have not had a chance to sit down and get them on the computer.
I thought the best place to start would be with a catch up of training. I just finished week 7 of an 18 week training plan (oh boy, I thought I was farther along than that). Over the last 3 weeks I have had training runs where I felt like my training was going amazing and runs that I felt terrible! I do think the good old heat and humidity contributed to some of the terrible feeling runs, but that is part of summer. I did make a few changes to the plan due to some traveling that we were doing.
So here is my 3 week re-cap….
Mon– travel day so took this day off and ran the day before
Tues– 9 miles in Wisconsin with 5 tempo (6:44, 6:53, 6:32, 6:39, 6:45) 7:18 overall average
Wed- 11 miles 8:11 pace
Thurs– 1 mile race in the morning as the running leg of a triathlon at camp- 6:17. 7 miles later in the day 8:08
Friday- 5 mile 8:35 & a 1 MILE SWIM!!!!!! The swim was a challenge they had at camp to swim across the lake and back. All of you triathloners out there are amazing!!! 1 mile is a long way for someone who never swims (or cross trains for that matter). It was hard and I swam it super slow I am sure, but I did it!!!! My oldest daughter did it too and my youngest daughter made it 1/2 way.
Sat- 8 miles 7:48 pace- no time for a long run this week
Mon- 8 miles 7:53 pace
Tues- 11.75 miles with 10 x 100 (all about 19 seconds) toward the end. This run was terrible. The paces were fine, but I was falling apart and could not even finish.
Wed- 5 miles 8:56 pace
Thurs- 8 miles 8:09 pace. This was supposed to be 10, but I decided to go with 8
Friday– 5.5 miles 8:46 pace
Sat– This run was AMAZING! It felt good from start to finish. 18 miles 7:32. Last 4 miles 7:19, 7:08, 7:05, 6:50.
Mon– 9 miles 8:09 pace
Tues- 10 miles last 5 tempo 6:36, 6:27, 6:43, 6:38, 6:38. This run was also another really good run. The tempo was supposed to be 1/2 marathon pace. For me, that should have been more like a 7 minute pace, but I this pace felt good so I kept going. I know I could not keep that up for a 1/2 marathon, so I am not sure if that was smart.
Wed– 5.5 miles 8:46
Thursday- 12 miles 7:56 pace
Friday- 7 miles with 10 x 100 at the end. My 100’s were again all about 19 seconds.
Saturday- This run was terrible. I fought from mile 8 on to just keep going. 16 miles 8:08 pace
So, here we are. August is ending, another summer is in the books, and school is in full swing. My girls are both in junior high and I can hardly believe it!!! The days are getting shorter and it is time to start breaking out the pumpkin recipes :). The teacher in me LOVES back to school time!!!
I have been writing down all my post ideas so I can catch up on those too. I am pretty sure I should just start carrying a pen and paper with me when I go running because that is when I always get ideas!!!
Anyone else already miss summer?
Whose kids are back to school?!
How is your training going?