Monday: Rest day. Well, I woke up to a glorious day, which meant I couldn't not do anything. I headed out on my bike and got over 13 miles in as well as my MYRTL exercises. I need to be more diligent about doing these exercises on top of my strength training and my cross training. I feel like I am doing really well with my cross training but the rest, well, I am a work in progress. Just doing 12 minutes of MYRTL kicked my butt and felt so good. In fact I could feel my hip kind of release during and felt much better the rest of the day.
Tuesday: My first speed work session of the training cycle. 1 mile warm up, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy x 8 and then one mile cool down. Coach gave me lee way on what hard was. I didn't program a number on my watch, but just went by feel and just let whatever happen, happen. Post running, the 2 minute hard was kind of all over the place. I had some as low as 8:51 minute miles and some as high as 9:33. I will take it because the humidity was high and was affecting my breathing.
Wednesday: Real rest day. I went to bed Tuesday night feeling VERY tired after a full day of running, coaching the kids at track practice, and then driving back to town for something tony needed for work. I had decided since I rode my bike monday, to skip my bike ride, get some extra sleep, and strength train with the kiddos at track club. We had SO much fun talking about the exercises and what they do for your running. I am so going to miss these track kids!
Thursday: 5 miles with 5x30 second strides. This was the morning of no good. I had a beer before bed that was a huge bad idea. My tummy was off from the minute i woke up, PLUS my stupid iphone decided to die and play possum the one morning i didn't have a running partner. I seriously considered not running, but it was cool (though humid) and I just needed to get my run done no matter what my tummy and or phone wanted. Got through the run, but it was tough. Bleh. Of course my phone isn't on any plan and is 6 months away from an upgrade so I guess I will be buying a phone off of someone and or using my mom's old iphone for now. You don't realized how connected you are to your phone till you don't have one. Mark my words, my damn van will probably break down now, since I won't have a phone. (p.s. it did not and my phone miraculously starting working normally again although we do think it is a bad battery and are leaving it out of the case for now meaning I probably will shatter the screen soon).
Saturday: 4 mile recovery run. Well, was suppose to do my long run BUT hubby had to work. I am not going to complain, over time is a great thing and steady work is a great thing. I can adjust my schedule no problems. Saw a beautiful sunrise that made me forgot for a few minutes how horrible the humidity was. Came home and did my MYRTL exercises. Post running, andrew and I kidnapped my grad student and showed her the lazy river/splash park in front of the discovery center, the insect zoo and KSU, and the KSU gardens. We also had lunch at subway at Andrew's request. Daddy worked most of the day but we did get to go to the street dance post work. Our little town has a band come in and play and blocks off the downtown area for everyone to come down and put their chairs and blankets down to watch. This year they had kid's activities and art and more food and a bigger beer garden. We had so much fun but i had to watch it since I was heading out for a long run the next day. The band played some great 80s and 90s classic rock and I could have hung out all night but had to head back so I could get in bed at a decent time.
Sunday: 10 miles. I knew this would be tough because i just didn't get into bed as early as I had hoped. Plus, I had 2 beers because it was just a perfect night for a beer. I had drank 2 bottles of water post street dance, and then had some more water when I got home, so I had hoped I would be okay. I woke up later than normal, fueled with coffee and food, and promptly went back to bed to wait out digestion. I then drug myself back out of bed an hour later, and headed out way later than normal. I was blessed with some nice cloud cover that at least kept me from baking in the sun, but the humidity was ouch. I had decided since I am still not acclimated yet and it really affects my breathing, that I would allow myself a walk break every 2 miles. I also decided to just carry stella and not drag deuce along, as the humidity was so bad and she typically handles humidity better. The run went well with walk breaks intact.