Last week was a little crazy. It started Monday when my car broken down. I have a 13 year old Honda with less than 90K miles on it, but it seems like this year has been the year of the car issues. Well, Monday I made a pit stop somewhere and it wouldn’t start back up when I went to leave. Luckily I was close to work, so I just walked back to work. I ended up getting it started again but then it broke down a half mile down the road outside a car shop. At least it was convenient for that. I ended up needing a new alternator and new battery. Not the best way to start the week and I ended up missing my gym session too. I wasn’t all too pleased, but by the time I got things straightened out, in a rental car, etc it was so late and I was starving. It’s never fun to have car issues and certainly hurts throwing down that money this time of year.
I only got in 3 runs for the week, but every run was solid. I cannot wait to get my Wednesday’s back though so that instead of doing a straight rest day, I can start scheduling an active rest and incorporate yoga again. I have 3 more weeks of Citizen’s Police Academy and my Wednesdays are back. I love the class, but it just makes for very long days with really no time to get any workouts in. Since I only got in the 3 runs and missed Sunday miles, I only had 24.1 miles overall. I would have preferred to get another 3-4 miles in, but at least the miles I did get in were great.
On Tuesday, I had planned to do 4 miles, but since it was so nice outside, I went ahead and switched it up to my 7 miles for the week. It was nice to take advantage of the great weather since Thursday ended up being a slightly colder rain for my run. Thursday’s run was so peaceful. With the colder rain, hardly anyone was out there. I pulled back to try and go easier that night, but when I still finished at an 11:03/average it actually felt easy. That certainly was not the case months ago and it feels great that I am feeling like I was almost 18-24 months ago.
Monday: Car Broke Down
Tuesday: 7 miles, 1:15:37, 10:48/mile
Thursday: 4 miles, 44:12, 11:03/mile
Friday: Drive to Maryland
Saturday: Race 13.1 Baltimore Half, 2:20:05
Sunday: Back to Pittsburgh
Total Miles: 24.1 miles
The best run of the week though certainly came during my half marathon on Saturday. Based on my race times from the KS/MO double a few weekends ago, I thought I would push to try and go sub 2:30. Weather was looking great and it was a flat course, so I thought it might be doable. Well, quite frankly I crushed that as I finished at 2:20:05. I was absolutely shocked! I didn’t think I would come in that quickly as I think truly thinking I’d finish around 2:28. This was my fastest half marathon since August 2016 and needless to say, gave me a huge confidence boost. My goal is to get the race recap out within 2 weeks so you can read more about it.
A few weeks ago, I upgraded my Garmin watch and purchased the Vivoactive 3. I had been waiting to upgrade as I wanted a smaller watch, less weight but also with heart rate. I had been eyeing the 735, but gave it some time to see the third generation Vivoactive and I am glad I did. I am really enjoying the watch so far, but what is interesting is the heart rate information so far. I am looking forward to using this information more for training, but right now just trying to take it all in. I find it interesting that my average heart rate is higher for one run but lower for another and it’s that second run where I thought it might be higher. I have a lot to learn about this, so if you have any insight, please let me know. I am all ears to learn something new!