This week was great, up until the horrible humid weather this weekend! My new class for the week was a special outdoor boot camp at the rec center. I get anxious when it comes to these types of classes, because I don’t know anyone going and I worry that I’m not going to be able to keep up or the instructors will be typical college dudes that aren’t very nice. I am glad to say that I was anxious for no reason – the instructors were great, incredibly nice, supportive and motivating; and I was able to hold my own with the interval circuit. I’m excited to try BodyPump this week as my new class!
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media Race Ambassador application is open! I had an amazing experience last year as an ambassador and I’m excited to join the Social Media team this year as their Instagram lead.
Monday 10/2: 2.77 mi (38:36) 13:57 min/mi
I had 2:1 intervals on my plan, but we had to take Stack to the vet for his pre-op appointment (little boy is getting fixed!). I thought I would be able to run at lunch, but my schedule at work didn’t allow for this. So as soon as we were home, Roswell encouraged me to head out the door on my run immediately. I definitely wore the wrong shoes for intervals – I wore my Hoka One One Cliftons, which are great for recovery or long runs, but not so much faster intervals. I had just worn my Brooks the day before though so I wanted to make sure I was rotating my shoes. My average paces for my intervals: 10:44, 9:41, 9:47, 10:24, 10:30, 10:34.
Tuesday 10/3: Boot Camp on the “Beach”
Wednesday 10/4: Planned rest day, but 60 minute walk at lunch
One of the initiatives of the staff council I’m on at work is something called ARHU Walks! (exclamation point might be my addition) This summer, the council kicked off with monthly 30 minute walks around campus to get staff up and away from their desks for a short while and to meet different people in the college. This Fall, we have three walks planned, culminating in a 5K run/walk at our local parkrun!
Thursday 10/5: AM Run Commute – 2.35 mi (37:27) 15:56 min/mi
This was hard, y’all. It was early, my legs were tired, excuses, excuses, excuses.
Friday 10/6: Rest
I was in definite need of a rest day. While in bed Friday morning, I was browsing on my phone and came across this article from Runner’s World: 10 Signs That You Need a Rest Day. I felt I was checking off a list – so I’m very glad that today was a scheduled rest day!
Saturday 10/7: College Park parkrun 5K – 3.09 mi (36:13) 11:43 min/mi
I’m actually really happy with this run! I PRed my parkrun time by almost three minutes (I’ve only run once before so it wasn’t too hard) and I basically did a progressive run/negative split, with my miles at 12:08, 11:46, and 11:32.
Sunday 10/8: 1.93 mi (29:17) 15:11 min/mi
The humidity was killer today. My legs were like lead from yesterday, but even moving slowly was hard. It wasn’t hot, but the air felt oppressive. Even the Army Ten Miler was downgraded to a “recreational run” due to the weather conditions. So I didn’t feel too bad about the awful recovery run.
Total mileage for the week: 12.01 miles
Training plan this week:
Tuesday: 2:1 Intervals
Wednesday: 60 Minutes Cross Training (and new class of the week): BodyPump!
Friday: 2:1 Intervals
Sunday: 40 minute Long Run