My Training Log Week October 17th – Happy October Running!
In last week’s training log I have mentioned how sick I was for about 10 days and how hard it was to find my way back into my training schedule. This week started on a much better note. After a miserably failed 10 Miler on Sunday night I gave my long run one more try the next morning, and I was able to log in a long run of 10 Miles. I felt so frustrated when my run the night before didn’t work out. I promised myself that I will give it my all one more time in the morning. I headed outside right after dropping my kids off to school and got it over with. 1o miles done. Finally. What a relief! I was officially back in Half-Marathon training! It so wasn’t a piece of cake. The stomach flu and the antibiotics wrecked my system and depleted me quiet a bit. In the days following I have been trying to work on my pace again with so so results …but hey at least I’m running!!
When I struggled through my 10 Miler I thought about my very first runs about 9 years ago.
Here are some really funny running facts about me I bet yo have never read anywhere else before!
- When I first started running I exclusively was only running on the treadmill. Never outside. Not even once!! I was way too shy and thought I wasn’t a good enough runner to hit the pavement outside.
- I signed up for the Boston Half-Marathon “Run to Remember” after I have been running on the treadmill for only 6 month and never ONCE outside.
- Wait it gets even crazier…
- I showed up on the starting line in Boston at the end of May, without ever running outside once at this point, meaning the Half-Marathon would be my very first outdoor run in my life!!! I still have no idea why I didn’t feel intimidated by this fact. I simply thought I just run it.
- wait it gets better….
- In order to make sure that I was able to cover 13.1 miles, I ran 13.1 miles on the treadmill 5 days before the actual Half-Marathon. Just to make sure I was fit enough to cover the distance… I had no idea I was suppose to taper or cut back on my running in the days leading to the Half-Marathon.
- I also had no clue that I needed special running clothes. I wore long black thick cotton lycra Yoga spandex leggins and a black 100% cotton T-shirt and no special running sneakers when I showed up at the starting line that morning. It was the end of May in Boston and the temps were in the mid 70s!!!! What was I thinking?
- During the race I also never stopped to have a sip of Gatorade or water because I thought once I stop I wouldn’t be able to put one foot in front of the other anymore, so I just kept running.
- I finished in 2:01
- I also never thought I would have a running blog one day. 🙂
After this Half I was hooked on outdoor running and running gear shopping!!
This crazy stuff came to my mind when I read the discussion on Runners World over the weekend that treadmill running alone doesn’t produce runners. Well…there you have it.
I wasn’t able to find race pics of this day. Once I find them I will post them. Funny stuff…
Anyway… here is how my training went this week:
Monday: 10 miles to Juno beach and back. I started off slow. When I reached the Donald Ross Bridge in Jupiter I ran 6 bridge repeats while waiting for the drawbridge to come down, in order for me to cross. I never stop and wait when a draw bridge comes up. I keep running the bridge up and down until it’s safe to move. Just standing around until the ship floats by underneath can seriously destroy your running momentum. Another fact Florida runners have to deal with – draw bridges!! Pace 9:50
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 6 miles easy around my neighborhood, no idea what pace, something slow.
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 5 miles. Such a humid sticky morning run. I couldn’t even round this run up to my favorite number of 6 miles. Yikes!
Saturday: 7 miles. I threw in a few 1/2 mile repeats, but I was struggling with my stamina during this run.
Sunday: 67 degrees in Palm Beach!!!! I couldn’t believe this awesome running weather. I have been waiting for this since March! I headed outside for 7 miles, pace 8:51. I wished I could run in weather like this all the time!!
Total mileage for this week: 35 miles, plus Yoga and stretching
How was your training week?