Monday, August 11, 2014

week in review; august 4–10

Week 6 of Dopey Challenge Training:

Monday, August 4: rest day

Tuesday, August 5: 3.32 miles

Wednesday, August 6: rest day

Thursday, August 7: 3.55 miles

Friday, August 8: 30 minute walk

Saturday, August 9: 30 minute walk

Sunday, August 10: Chicago 10K (6.2 miles)

Training this week went pretty well. Tuesday I was a bit tired, and my legs felt heavy, but my pace was still pretty good. My runs on Thursday and Sunday felt really good. During the 10K Sunday, I felt really strong for the first 4 miles, though annoyed that I couldn't follow my intervals completely because I was  getting caught in the congestion of other racers. At times, it was impossible to pass people, so I got caught walking when I wanted to be running multiple times, which lead to a slower finishing time than I would have liked. Around mile 4.5 I started to feel tired and my breathing became a a bit labored, along with feeling extremely warm. The weather was great, and before the race it was nice and cloudy keeping the day cool, but right when we started the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and it was sunny the whole race, making for a warm run. 

Other than the congestion, I thought the race itself was a good one. The shirt and medal for this race were awesome. I’ll have more in a recap (at some point... still super behind, sorry!). I was supposed to do 7 miles, according to my training plan, but that wasn’t able to happen since I had to get to a bridal shower after the race. I’ll make up for the lack of .8 miles when I run a half marathon on a day that only 11 miles are scheduled.

Other than running, I went for two walks during the week for my cross training. I can’t say my eating habits this week were great, but I’ll talk about that during my Weekly Chase post tomorrow. 

As for non-exercise related items, my husband and I went for a wine tasting and dinner date night on Wednesday, on Friday night I had packet pickup, Saturday was a cleaning day and we hit up our favorite brewey, and then there was Sunday. 

I had an early morning with the race, and then I had to hurry home to get ready for a wedding shower at a location a little over an hour from my house. I was a bit late, though wasn’t too worried since I had warned the mothers that I'd be arriving late. I actually ended up getting there right when they had started on salads. Perfect timing ;) The shower was lovely and they received a lot of wonderful gifts (some highlights being a scrapbook of the groom that his mother made (for the bride), and a special recipe book the mother of the bride put together). 

After the shower, my husband and I hit up the brewery again for some pizza from a food truck and some drinks. I’ve found that I really enjoy Bloody Marys on Sundays. It’s the perfect drink to end the weekend on. We finished the night with True Blood. I can’t believe there are only a few more episodes left. It’ll be interesting to see how they end the series. 

On a side note, while out on my walk Saturday, I stopped at the library to drop off ‘Doctor Sleep’ and pick up ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ – anyone read this book? I went almost all of last week without a book to read, because I had already finish ‘Doctor Sleep’, so I’m glad to have something to read on my commute this week.

Another side note: The pain in my feet/arches has gotten much better over the course of this week. I've been doing stretches and rolling, and I think it's really helping. I also think I was overdoing it with the run streak, so glad I gave myself the OK to stop and give my feet a break. I think it's done a world of good.

How was your week/training/races? Would love to hear about it! 

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