Training Recap & PFTW

Planned                                                            Actual
Monday:  Strength                                            Rest
Tuesday:  5 easy                                              Rest
Wednesday:  4 x 400 plus strength                  Rest
Thursday:  Rest                                                5 easy
Friday:  4 tempo                                               4 x 400 + 0.75 mile walk with dogs
Saturday:  Rest or easy XT                              2(?) mile walk with dogs + 30 min bike
Sunday:  7 miles                                               7 miles
Total:  19 miles                                                 Total: 15 miles run, .75 mile walked, 30 min biked

I knew this week would be tricky because of after-work commitments and a couple of afternoon appointments.  I know I can’t keep end-loading my weeks like this, especially as my mileage increases, but for this week it was the only way to get it all in.

This week I increased the easy, tempo, and long runs by a mile each.  Thursday’s 5 miles were absolutely wonderful.  If I hadn’t been close to running out of daylight at the end of those 5, I would have gone ahead and done my long run of 7 that night.  But it was getting late and dark, and supper don’t cook itself.

I was so damn proud of myself Friday.  I mean like “call the media” proud.  It was another craptastic day at work (those seem to be coming more and more frequently lately), and I was later than usual getting home.  I had debated the whole drive home on whether or not I was gonna run that night.  When I got home, I actually had a cold beer and bottle opener IN MY HANDS but then got pissed at myself for blowing off a run.  I put the beer back in the fridge and went to the track and ran intervals instead.  Major victory for the run there, folks.  MAJOR.

Saturday I broke my streak.  I missed a run.  I’m bummed about it, but I also know it won’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things.  I’m the one that made the conscious decision to put the run at the bottom of my priority list Saturday, so I can’t be too upset about it.  Instead I did lots of things around the house that needed to be done, took the dogs to the lake, dog-sat for a friend that afternoon and night, and went out to dinner with the hubs.  I did squeeze in half an hour on the spin bike before my shower, so I didn’t totally punk out.

Sunday I put my long run off until the evening, so I was tired before I even started and was really wishing that I’d gone ahead and knocked it out on Thursday, but once I got started I felt great and had a pretty good run.  It wasn’t fast by any stretch of the imagination, but it was enjoyable, and for where I’m at right now, THAT’S where it’s at.

Monday:  Strength                                        
Tuesday:  5 easy                                            
Wednesday:  4 x 400 plus strength                
Thursday:  Rest                                              
Friday:  4 tempo                                            
Saturday:  Rest or easy XT                            
Sunday:  7 miles                                            
Total:  19 miles                                            

One thought on “Training Recap & PFTW

  1. I have had the hardest time getting in my running since the days have started getting shorter. I hate running when it is not light out. I have a head light and a red flashing light clip, but it still makes me nervous. I work 45 minutes from home, so I need to start packing clothes and running in town before heading home. I think I am just making excuses with myself, and it is time to stop that…now. 🙂


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