Training Week: May 24 to May 31

The running week started out well with fresh-ish legs for a base run, but only a couple days later the unthinkable finally happened: I had to tap out on a workout with Trainer. It only took 3 1/2 years and 10 weeks of Shelter-In-Place for it to occur, but it did. Boooo. Turned out to be a good thing though, so read on for how the running week went, including this most humbling of events.

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Training overall began with a solid day of lifting heavy. I had been concerned with losing too much muscle, because while I have been continuing with my regular running mileage, I had not been able to lift at my regular gym or train with my coach during the first few weeks of quarantine. Anyway, I am fortunate that my coach is partners in a private gym, so I was able to work out with him one-on-one in privacy, and on Monday, we had a lower body heavy lifting session. I love feeling strong.

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I also had a fun run with my OG running crew. With these new working conditions, we are able to meet for mid-week runs, so we went to a spot I found that has a semi-private straightaway — just perfect for 400m repeats. So we did 6x 400m repeats with a 400m recovery jog in between. It was great seeing people, and since E is a bit faster than I am, it pushed me a little, and I had a couple repeats that were under goal pace and was able to finish the workout somewhat comfortably, which may or may not be a good thing as we’ll see below.

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Well, silly me. I knew the day after my 400m repeats that I was meeting Trainer for a hill run which, I wouldn’t normally do a hard back-to-back like that, but I thought I could handle it. Like maybe I would be a little slower, but I’d still be able to get a solid run in. Welp. I got to .28 miles up that hill and was like “No mas!” My quads were burning, and there was just no way. I was a little baffled because my mileage is good, and even if I’m not doing heavy lifting, I still do prehab and was feeling pretty healthy, so I was quite surprised that my legs felt so dead.

In discussing things with Trainer, turns out I have not been pushing myself enough to build up the lactic acid necessary to get faster and stronger. Yikes. I feel seen. Ha. Listen, obviously I push myself, I’m a semi-competitive runner, but let’s be honest…if I train by myself, I won’t push myself to the level I need to in order to see gains. Let’s put it this way: I never want to puke and black-out when I’m doing 400s on my own. I never feel like my legs — and even my arms! — are swimming in lactic acid when it’s just me. So in order to replicate that somewhat Trainer suggested doing a lot of hill training…so here we are…8 horrible trail miles where I had to stop several times on the way back. It’s OK. I will attempt this again next week. A challenge is good.

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Hope you all are safe and doing self-care in these times. It’s a lot. Peace.

Total Weekly Mileage: 31
Long Run: 8 miles

Five Things: COVID-19 Edition

I mean, they might all be pandemic editions for a while, but here’s the first.

Best Purchase: These UGG Fluff Yeah Slides >>>
My super generous bosses got me gift cards for Administrative Professionals Day, so I bought these WFH quarantine slides! Now if these don’t put a smile on your face…*

*Thanks for the tip on these from my friend and stylist extraordinaire Natasha Petit. If you need a style overhaul, check out her site!

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Training Week: … Oh Who Even Knows What Week it is Anymore

Forreal though, what day is it? Today was the end of the ninth full week of quarantine. Running has certainly changed over these weeks — not necessarily for the bad. It’s just a shift, and I remain curious as to what God is trying to reveal to me in this time. So read on to catch up on the running stats.

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Training Week: April 6 to April 12

Not really sure how to grade this training week. Thursday marked Week 3 of Shelter in Place for California, and my philosophy about my running has been to on the one hand, stay the course and stick with routine, so even though I don’t know what race I’m training for, I am acting as if I have a race in the summer. So it’s foot to the pedal on the one hand, but on the other, I am also being gentle with myself. This time is stressful, and so I am allowing myself to be more flexible. So I hit two out of three of my hard training runs this week…not 100%, but seems like it was perfect for this time. Here’s how the week went.

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Training Week: March 30 to April 5

This week was a little harder mentally, and I felt myself struggling a bit. Luckily this was a cutback week, so I had lighter runs. I am also not doing extreme speed and strength training with Trainer right now — tho I did get in one day of work. At a six foot distance, of course. So grateful that I can still run outdoors, and of course for this gift of running.

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Bloop: Three Training Weeks, Two Upended Training Plans

So I had A Plan. Actually I had two plans…then COVID-19 happened; hence, no plans. Grateful to be healthy and safe and still able to run. I have tentatively made a third plan, but honestly, like everyone else, I’m just winging it. Below are notes from my training journal in real time. Hope everyone is staying well and at home! We got this.

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