Happy Belated Easter everyone! I hope you all were able to spend precious time with your family and loved ones. My Easter weekend was really fun as the weather is finally cooperated with us! I spent almost the entire weekend outside, and was able to get in two great runs. My Saturday long run was the longest training run that I’ve done in a year! From here on my long runs will be in uncharted long run distance – I haven’t run so far on weekends “just for fun” since the last full marathon that I ran way back in 2004! And let me tell you, recovering from those was way easier because I was still in my 20’s (not pushing 40) and didn’t have three kids to care for after my run. Man, life has really changed!
Ran 9.36 km on my lunch break with an average pace of 5:34/km (8:57/mile). I was able to get my cadence up to an average of 86. It was a crazy windy day and it felt like a strength workout trying to push against the wind.
Worked out in the pool with my conditioning coach. I find I can work harder in the pool because I just don’t feel as hot, sweaty and icky. It’s amazing how many running specific training drills that my conditioning coach can come up with. My workout was pure torture but in a good way.
Ran 9.69 km on my lunch break with an average pace of 5:16/km (8:29/mile). This is probably one of the fastest almost 10k’s I’ve ever run in my life! I felt amazing – like I was flying! A chick ran by me when I was at 7k so I picked up the pace and tried to follow her around the park for another lap. She was super speedy and paced me for 3 km: 5:07, 5:09 and 4:56! I’m starting to believe that I may actually be able to qualify this fall! Cadence was 85.
Worked out in the pool with my conditioning coach.
Good Friday – no work! I woke up, relaxed a bit with the kids, then headed out and ran 10k with an average pace of 5:50/km (9:24/mile). My pace was all over the place because I alternated between “why on earth am I doing this?” and “man, I love running”. I saw my friend Juliette out running so I joined her in her last km as she ran to a 5k personal best. My cadence was 85.
Long run day! My body felt pretty beat up from my training week before I even started. I ran the first 8k on my own, then the last 10k with Juliette. My average pace was 6:01/km (9:41/mile) and my average cadence was 84.
Rest day! I enjoyed the day with my family and hosted an Easter Dinner with my parents. We had ham, broccoli, carrots, scalloped potatoes and a quinoa bean salad. After dinner the kids and I decorated eggs:
Total this week: 48k
23 week total: 525k + 48k = 573k
This week’s training will be pretty much the same as last week’s. I also plan on hitting the pool once on my own to slowly add in my triathlon training:
Monday: Run 10k at lunch – work on increasing cadence.
Tuesday: Training with my conditioning coach in the pool.
Wednesday: Run 10k at lunch – work on increasing cadence. Swim lengths at the pool after the kids go to bed – goal is to swim for 30 min.
Thursday: Training with my conditioning coach in the pool.
Friday: Run 10k on my lunch.
Saturday: Run 18k (10k with Juliette).
I’m really excited because there are only two more hard training week’s in this half marathon training cycle, then I begin a two-week taper. I haven’t missed any long runs, and at this point I don’t plan on missing the next two either. I will be very ready for the MEC Half marathon come May 17th!
Have a great week everyone!
How was your Easter weekend?