What a whirlwind of a weekend! I very rarely have a lot of plans on weekends and generally just use my time to clean, food prep, run, and walk around my house wearing sweat pants. Things were a little different over the last few days and I am NOT complaining…though I am a bit tired! I went to dinner and saw The Heart of Robin Hood on Friday, met up with Phaedra for lunch on Saturday (which turned into 3 hours of awesome conversation!), and then celebrated one of my good friends and mom-to-be yesterday! We went to MoRoCo Chocolat for her baby shower and it was absolute perfection. The people, the food, her BELLY!!! I die. So cute.
I was pretty pooped by last night but knew I had to get my run in. I woke up too late and couldn’t do it before the baby shower which was a BIG mistake on my part. Ever tried running with macrons, scones, and truffle mac and cheese in your stomach? No? Well I don’t recommend it. I’m determined to hit 100 miles this month though and dragged myself to my basement around 8pm to get it done on the treadmill. I clocked 8 miles at a surprising 8:26 average pace. I expected a lot slower given the circumstances.
I play some tricks on the treadmill that make my runs go by faster and thought I’d share them with you. They’re not really tricks but I am somehow able to fool myself into thinking that if I do these things, the run won’t be so bad.
1. Phaedra had me do a fun (I guess fun is relative but you know what I mean) kind of speed work when I was training for Phoenix so I try to still incorporate these types of runs once a week. She says they will make me faster so WHY NOT? I usually start by doing a warm up (depending on how long the run is, anywhere between 1-3 miles at a very easy pace) and then do intervals at 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy (hard minutes are in the 6′s, easy minutes are in the 9′s). I will usually do 6-8 intervals like this which end up being about 3-4 miles at the paces I run at. I always finish with a 1-2 mile cool down. So just like that, I run anywhere from 5-9 miles (depending on the day) and the run goes by so fast because I’m concentrating the entire time and changing things up so my brain doesn’t realize how long I’m actually running. Does that make sense? Probably not.
2. Yesterday I kind of wanted to die from the second I stepped on the treadmill so I told myself I had to do something to make the time go by. I ran my first mile easy and then played around with my speed every 0.25 for the second mile and repeated this pattern for a total of 8 miles. So it looked something like this:
1 mile @ 8:57
0.25 @ 8:06
0.25 @ 8:13
0.25 @ 7:56
0.25 @ 8:00
As my run progressed, I tried to make my both my “easy” miles and my 0.25 mile intervals a tiny bit faster. By the time I was done, I didn’t have such a sucky attitude and actually felt pretty good about the run.
Both of these “tricks” really work for me and beat the monotony of running at the same pace for over an hour.
Last week’s workouts:
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:30 avg. + strength training (lower body)
Thursday: 8 miles easy (pace unknown – no Garmin)
Friday: 6 miles + strength training (upper body)
Saturday: 6.5 miles (interval training – 3 mile w/u, 6 x 2 mins hard/2 mins easy, 0.5 mile c/d) + core work
Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:26 avg.
TOTAL: 31.5 miles
I’ve got 2 days and 17.74 miles left to reach 100 for the month…yikes. That’s 8.87 miles today and tomorrow. I’m not sure it’ll happen but I will definitely try. I had a hard time this month because I took 9 full days off after the Phoenix marathon so I’m playing catch up as best as I can!!