I haven’t put up a weekly training recap in about a month, because quite honestly, there hasn’t been much to report back on. May was a pretty dismal month for me. In fact, I only put up 52.6 miles and 30% of those miles were from race miles. So far this month in only 11 days, I’ve put 31.3 miles, so I am certainly doing a lot better. Even though this week was low overall mileage, I go out for 4 runs throughout the week. On top of that I also did 3 beach body on demand workouts. I mixed it up with the variety of their workouts but I certainly was getting up my heart rate and was certainly getting my sweat on.
My next race is Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. It’s in 5 weeks. I know nothing much can happen in 5 weeks, but I’m going into these weeks with some gusto. I’m going to do my best to completed a mini training session. I went for 6 miles this week and the plan for the next 4 weekends will be 8-10-12-8 miles. I think it works out in terms of being able to feel confident in attacking my next half marathon. I’ve certainly had pretty miserable results all year. I just hope there isn’t death heat come race day. The idea of running a half marathon in downtown Chicago in July is actually pretty miserable.
Monday: Beachbody Workout x2
Tuesday: 3 miles, 33:03, 11:01/mile
Wednesday: 3.7 miles, 39:46, 10:45/ mile
Friday: Beachbody Workout
Saturday: 6 miles, 1:09:27, 11:35/mile
Sunday: 2.5 miles, 47:39, 19:04/mile (Trails)
Total Miles: 15.2 miles
My 6 miles on Saturday were exactly where I wanted them to be. I had my fastest miles in miles 4 and 5 and really paid attention to keep it slow in the beginning and a longer cool down mile home. I actually hit the river trail which isn’t somewhere I run a ton, even though it’s just a mile from my house. I typically think it’s over crowded and I hate battling the geese. In fact, the last set of geese I passed, came at me. I dodged one but then almost ran into the other. I think they planned that. Damn, geese!
My Sunday adventure took me to Raccoon Creek State Park. I’ve been wanting to get out there for years, but I never have made it. I figured I would get out there, hit the trails for some miles and then go relax on their beach at the lake. Unfortunately, I picked a short trail, so I just kept looping. I also have a hard time calling it trail running as my pace was beyond dismal. I think it was more of a power hike. The trail was mostly single track and pretty over grown. I think I would have been better without the crazy vegetation. After the miles though, it was nice to take a quick dip in the lake to cool off and then just relax and read for a few hours. I was one of the first one on the beach and by the time I left around noon, it had picked up. It really was a wonderful way to spend my Sunday morning.