Last week actually felt like a decent training week. The mileage wasn’t high, but I got in 4 runs, 1 flag football game and 1 weight session. I’d certainly rather see lower mileage but getting out there than only 2 runs which might consist of a half marathon and one other random run. I probably have not run 4 runs in a week in a few weeks. I do wish I got in a cross training day, but I didn’t get to the gym for a second day. It’s hard to claim flag football as cross training, but with the summer weather back that night, it certainly was a sweat fest out there.
Since I only did 1 day of lifting this week, I concentrated on upper body. I think it’ll be best going forward, to separate and do a day for lower body and a day for upper body. I have also thought a lot about joining another type of gym. I used to be heavy into cross fit but stopped back in 2014 as my running picked up then. I found that I couldn’t balance the two and they were contradicting training plans versus being complimentary to each other. I’ve seen some local gyms that do cross fit style workouts but seem more welcoming. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be open to hearing them all. I’d love to find a dedicated place that I can fit into the schedule 2 days a week. I have also just toyed around with the idea of joining Orange Theory. Hopefully soon I can figure it out.
Monday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 3 miles, 34:20, 11:27/mile + 30 min weights
Thursday: 3 miles, 36:06, 12:02/mile + PSL Flag Football
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: FlyBy 5k, 31:45
Sunday: 3 miles, 36:00, 12:00/mile
Total Miles: 12.1 miles
The biggest highlight of the week though was certainly the FlyBy 5k on Saturday. This was the 3rd year of the event, but first time I have been in town to run it. Based on how I have been running lately, my goal was to try and hit 11:30-11:40 pace. Well, I certainly surpassed that! A big part of it was that we woke up to real Fall weather on Saturday morning which was absolutely beautiful. Instead, my legs felt like going and I had a 10:15 average pace with negative splits. I was certainly shocked to see those paces, but it was a great confidence booster. I also didn’t do any walk breaks, which means I know I don’t need the walk breaks, but it goes back to them being a crutch. It’s something I mentally struggle with. Hopefully with Fall finally here, I feel better about getting out there and begin to see things swing back to where they were months ago!