Running-wise, it was a really good week for the most part, notably my first race of 2013! Woohoo, racing season has BEGUN, baby! Bring it on, I’m ready to cross some finish lines!
monday. 3 mile run (9:55 pace) + cross training. I’ll be honest, I was really not excited to run after work. It was one of those days where I just didn’t want to. Not even a little bit. But, then I got this text from Heather that was the exact thing to change my attitude around (thanks again, friend!). For not wanting to get out there, I had a really solid run!
Afterwards, I headed to my cross training group and we did a Pilates based class. It was a clear reminder at just how dang weak my hips are…gotta work on that.
tuesday. 6 mile run (11:09 pace). Ugh. Just ugh. This was a miserable run, even though I was really looking forward to getting out. My legs felt like lead the entire time, I fought side cramps for a couple of miles, it was terribly cold and windy. I was so tempted to call it quits early but just had to keep reminding myself that when stuff comes up on race day, I’ve got to work through it out on the course, so I’ve got to work through it now. Some days, that reminder just doesn’t cut it, but it was enough this time around. I was crabby the entire time, but proud when I walked through the door having done the miles I set out to do.
wednesday. rest day. My regular Wednesday night class was cancelled due to “necessary studio maintenance upgrades”. BOO. I though about doing a DVD at home, but went to bed early instead knowing I had a crazy busy couple of days coming up at work, and the Mindy of Thursday and Friday would thank the Mindy of Wednesday for her decision making skills.
thursday. 4 mile run (10:11 pace). I’ll be honest…I really have zero memory whatsoever of this run. Like, not even a little bit. I know that I took a quick nap after work and so ran a bit later than planned. As for the run itself? I’ve got nothing.
friday. rest day. Although, I wore heels for a big work event and since I wear flats about 99% of the time, that counts for a workout, right?
saturday. 6 mile run (10:13 pace). I ran a little over a mile to the starting line where I proceeded to have a killer 5k at the Irish Jig (PR, baby!). I ran back home and then some to make it a total of six miles for the day. I feel like I’m at such a turning point with my running and I am absolutely loving seeing all the hard work pay off!
sunday. rest day. I had yoga planned but lost track of time, and ultimately missed class. So, I got a Shamrock Shake instead. So many people on Facebook were ranting about all the junk in them (something like 57 ingredients) and how many calories they are, and blah blah blah. But honestly? For the couple of times a year I have them, I don’t even care. Give me a damn shake, fake, junky ingredients and all.
Totals for this training cycle:
202.25 miles run.
21.0 miles biked.
18 yoga classes.
12 strength/cross training sessions.
Missed a 25k training post? Catch up here.
As a part of the River Bank Run, I am fundraising for my awesome alma mater, Grand Valley State University. The money I raise will go to the Grand Valley Fund to support students’ various needs including financial assistance (scholarships), educational opportunities (internships), and skill development (counseling services). Since I graduated in 2007, I’ve got a big goal to raise $2,007! I would love and greatly appreciate your support! You can donate here: http://bit.ly/L4LMindy.