Another week of training is in the books! I took it a little easier this week and didn't have any speed workouts. I was having a little trouble with my piriformis muscle (aka a muscle deep in the buttocks if we're being all science-y). This is a pain that I experienced during the Biggest Loser Half, so I knew that I had to take it slow and get in some icing and heat therapy. I think my two days of speed work last week was too much- live and learn!
I also got in two days of cross training which is my goal for the month. I went to a Zumba class and also did some yoga. I finished the week with 26.2 miles (just had to do a little extra to make it to that distance!). Here's a look at my week:
3 miles / 27:10 / 9:03 pace
Great run in the evening! The weather was gorgeous, and I ran on my old cross country course. It was the perfect course for me- lots of rolling hills and soft surface to run on!
In the evening, I went to my gym for a Zumba class! I used to go pretty frequently last year, but it's been a while since I've gone! The class was so much fun. I'm a terrible dancer but just enjoyed trying out the choreography and getting in a workout at the same time. I will be back- soon!
3.8 miles / 33:10 / 8:43 pace
I was surprised that I felt so good on this run! It was my fifth day of running in a row, and I was tired out from Zumba as well. My legs felt great though, and I ended up with a smoking fast time! I didn't have my Garmin, so I just set a timer and was shocked at how fast I was running!
3.25 miles (untimed)
|Old pic- credit True Runner|
True Runner hosted a "Light Up Your Run" event with Saucony and Nathan. I got to try out a new pair of shoes and got a safety lesson about nighttime running. The run itself was great- I ran with Lynne and we took it nice and easy. Afterwards, there was a hot chocolate bar which was a great touch on a chilly night!
4 miles (untimed)
I was feeling a bit sore, so I took it really easy and hit the trails again. I didn't time myself and didn't measure the distance either- but it felt great to keep the pace slow and enjoy the trails!
5 miles (untimed)
I ran with Lynne again and took her to North Park! It was her first time running there, and it was a perfect morning. Nice and cool with a slight breeze. We chatted the whole time and kept the pace nice and brisk. It was challenging but fun! Isn't it always better running with someone else?
7.15 miles (untimed)
Yet another untimed run! I plotted out the distance ahead of time, and just took it really easy on the run. I wasn't trying to hit any paces, just get the miles in.
Lots of stretching and hip opening exercises, which really helped me feel better!