I have an extra day off tacked on to the end of the long weekend. Four days off in a row has been glorious. I can’t say I thought about work at all this weekend, because I was so busy with friends, family, eating chocolate, and running. Isn’t that what the best long weekends are made out of? I think so, anyway!
So, last week was a big week in running for me. It was my highest weekly mileage in a long time. I touched on that in this post, but here are my honest feelings: I loved it.
Wait a minute. “You loved running 64km in ONE WEEK?” You ask? Yep, I did. And you know why? I loved it because it is TESTING me physically and mentally. I need that mental stimulation in my life to keep me thriving. Without a challenge or a goal to work towards, I will sit there and twiddle my thumbs and throw in the towel. However, I know that I am not that person. I am not a quitter, and once I have put my mind to a personal goal I want to accomplish it. That’s just who I am by nature, and I don’t think that sense of drive will ever go away.
That being said, running 64km last week required some planning. You guys already know I am a huge fan of my training journal, so I took some time the week prior to plan out my mileage. I’m not jumping ahead in huge leaps and bounds with my mileage, either. I do it smart and strategically, planning carefully, and ensuring I give myself time to RECOVER. That is a huge part of a training plan. While I am not the best distance runner in the world, I push myself to become a more confident ME, and setting weekly mileage goals is just a part of that. I am passionate about my health, and sharing my journey is a way I hope to inspire others to embark on a fitness and wellness journey of their own.
So, last week ROCKED. I had one of the best running weeks I’ve had in a long time. I stuck to my training plan to a T, fit in two awesome full body strength training work outs and two core workouts, foam rolled and stretched, ate well, and slept well. It was great! Now, I know not every week is like this. I mean, the week before certainly wasn’t, but it forced me to look at my training plan and say to myself, “Either you get serious about this going into marathon training or you half-ass it and feel crappy about yourself because you didn’t TRY as hard as you could’ve.” Okay, so. That was the swift kick in the ass I needed to sit down and put my nose to the paper and PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. In fact, I planned out next week as well and guess what? It’s two miles higher than last week. Let’s do this.
One of my favourite runs from last week took place on Thursday. I had a 6.2 mile tempo run on my training plan. Coincidentally, the day before I found this awesome pace workout on Hungry Runner Girl‘s blog. She had a link to a pace calculator on her blog as well, so I plugged in my half marathon time and it calculated my easy run pace, marathon pace (which I am hoping to shoot for in October, if not a tiny bit faster), threshold, interval, and repetition paces. I have never done a workout like this before, and it was just the challenge I needed to get myself out of my comfort zone and end the work week with a BANG – I say this because I take Fridays as a rest day.
So, I warmed up for about 15 minutes, then ran easy. My easy pace was more around 9:50-9:40 per mile as the easy paces on my sheet were… Well, too easy for me. I am in the process of trying to build speed, so the closer I am to marathon pace, the better. After I was done the workout, I cooled down for another mile and a half(ish) until I was at my daily run goal. This workout pushed me HARD, especially the interval and repetition paces. You know what, though? I loved it! I felt SO DAMN ACCOMPLISHED after. Sure, I was dripping sweat and could barely blink without sweat going in my eyes, but it was amazing. I felt so good after this run that I did a full body strength training workout & some core work as well. It was just the run I needed to boost my confidence and fuel my fire.
Speaking of confidence boosting runs, Saturday’s long run as another good one. I mean, I could chat about running all day and give you guys my paces, how I felt during the run, blah blah blah. I’m sure not everyone who reads my blog is a runner – which is totally great! You do you – but that’s not the point. The point of today’s post is to get organized and GET POSITIVE. Push yourself because you can do hard things, whether it’s a hard workout, a long run, or getting out of bed earlier in the morning. If you go into the week with a crappy attitude, you’re not going to have a good week. However, if you wake up every day with the “gratitude is the best attitude” mentality, then chances are you will have a better week. I try to adopt that mentality 99% of the time, because I find it just makes life easier when I’m not a crabby pants. Right? Doesn’t that make sense?
Post 11 mile run and strength training with two thumbs up. I felt good. I felt strong. I felt hungry.
LOL. So, of course I had to have my usual post-long run over easy eggs and veggies. So good, so easy.
Aaaand gone in 60 seconds. Two cups of coffee went down the hatch too since, you know, I’m drinking coffee again and all ; )
The rest of the day was pretty relaxed. I lounged around the house in my snowman pajama pants and Ryan’s hoodie that may have shrunk in the wash (so now it’s automatically mine), repotted a couple plants, and read my book (Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult). Then it was time for Easter dinner at my parents’ house!
I hope you guys all had a wonderful weekend. Take ten minutes out of your day to plan the week ahead & look at the fresh week we have with a different perspective. I will be chatting a bit more about this on Wednesday, so stay tuned for that! : ) Have a great day!