Week 2: DONE!!
Let’s rewind to my long run this morning..
On the schedule was 7 miles. I was excited to run with Kaitlin – yet also a little nervous. I mean… I’ve never run with another person – unless it was doing laps at a soccer practice.
We both had similar fears – holding another person back – or feelings of being held back by the other person. We decided we would just see what happened – if someone wanted to take off, then so be it!
Then as I was leaving … I didn’t know whether to bring my iPod or not. I did. Sorry.. just can’t run 7 miles without music.
I was surprised with my time… in a good way (kind of).
- Mile 1: 8:27
- Mile 2: 8:02
- Mile 3: 8:15
- Mile 4: 8:44
- Mile 5: 8:49
- Mile 6: 8:27
- Mile 7: 8:19
In case you are curious – we ran into a little road race during miles 2 & 3.. Being competitive – we both picked up our paces because we wanted to pass people. This was good to get some speed work in (I suppose ) but we paid for it during miles 4 & 5.
My average pace was 8:26/mi and I finished the 7 miles in 59:06. Not a bad way to start off a Saturday.
Now let’s get to the other stuff…
13.2 WEEK 2!
So I ran a few more miles then I planned, but I always expect this.
I know the one thing that is GLARING you in the face. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REST DAY!
I’ve been under a lot of stress lately. Yesteday was a stressful day too. Working out not only helped to relieve my stress — but it also kept me busy. When you are stressed about something – being busy helps. Since I am on summer vacation – working is NOT really something that I can use to keep busy. (Yes, I did wish I was working at some points.)
Good news is.. my calf felt great this week!! I took extra time stretching it – and rolled it with my foam roller regularly. Whatever the reasoning was behind it. I am very glad that it was short-lived!!
Now let’s take a look at what is coming my way next week!
I have already made some changes – like adding in a rest day. Like I said – I REALLY needed to work off some stress yesterday – and even though I didn’t run, I needed to rest.
My plan is to rest tomorrow – but I may go for a jog to loosen up my legs depending how they feel. And i LOVE running near the beach. And since I will be there.. welll .. I don’t want to pasts up the opportunity!!
I’ve also found a bunch of races that I may throw in along the way as I progress in my training. I mean – I don’t necessarily plan to do these at a race speed.. but rather to replace my long runs and just run in a different atmosphere… we shall see!
There is a 9 mile run and a 10 mile race on at the end of August and early Sept respectively… and they are only $8.00. (And are a part of the series that Kaitlin and I bumped into today!) PLUS there is a 10k in my home town that I may run on a week where I may cut back my miles – closer to my half!!
It’s time to hit the road, friends! Have a LOVELY weekend
Are you training for any races right now?! How is it going? Do you ever use other races as a form of training?.