Last week I promised great things for this training week. I had counted on a quiet week at work, and I was going to get back on the steady training wagon after a couple of weeks of vacation. Naturally, the best laid plans oft go astray, and last week was no exception.
Here’s how last week’s training went down:
Week 7/15 – 7/21
Supposed to be yoga. Ended up with, um, rest. Had a long meeting with a new client that killed yoga plans.
Supposed to be a bad-ass tempo run, but I slept through my alarm and then my workday took an alarming turn into Jersey City, so I got home late and didn’t feel like running.
Completed an insanely killer workout that managed to be a combination of both tempo and speed. 15m warm up, 4m @ MGP, 2 mins recovery, 800m @ 10k pace, cooldown. Total mileage: 6.6m in 59:23, or overall average of 9:00 min/mile. Tempo mile were an 8:09 average, and 10k was 7:26 average. Hot hot hot.
Suppose to run easy or spin. Ended up doing a very easy 30 minute run with Steph along the West Side Highway. Steph is experimenting with heart rate training, so we were sticking to “zone 2” for this run, resulting in 11 plus min/miles. It felt awesome.
Long run time! I had 105-115 minutes on my plan, but on the hottest day of the year, and with a heat index of over a hundred, this run was always going to be a struggle. I was getting the miles in before work, and started at 6.30am. By 8.30am, I had done 95 minutes of running multiple water / walking / breathing breaks. I quit about 2 miles from home and ran to a Starbucks where I proceeded to traumatize Midtown office workers with my streams of sweat. The subway ride home was an exercise in becoming that person that people complain about on Buzzfeed. I apologize to everyone for that.
Supposed to do yoga. Even got to the yoga studio. However, the thought of hot yoga on an even hotter day depressed me, and I walked home via Pinkberry instead.
40 minutes of glorious, cooler temperature and some sneaky sub 9 miles (hello? where have you been? Oh wait, dying in the cesspool sauna that was the North East this past week). I even saw some horses on the Bridle Path. Finished this run at Birdbath because every run should end with a pretzel croissant. Sometimes I think I should call this blog “running off the carbs”.
A big factor in my plans this week was the fact that I’m going to travelling for work for the next three weeks. Unlike most consultants, I do not do a lot of business travel, so this is a bit of a an upheaval in my plans. However, I’m embracing the fact I’ll have access to a gym at my hotel. I’m going to be in Phoenix, which, you know, is an ideal place to visit in July. Apparently it is possible to run outside. I’m guessing between the hours of midnight and 4am. Having had one very unsuccessful gym visit in the last three years, I’ve done some preparation by downloading the Nike Training App and tweaking my running plan to make sure that there aren’t any crazy speed sessions planned. I seriously question my ability to run 400m repeats at 5k pace on a treadmill without flying off the end or committing some other serious gym faux pas.
Plan for Next Week
Tuesday: Tempo Run / Strength
Wednesday Easy Run / Strength
Saturday: Easy Run / Yoga
Sunday: Long Run / Yoga
How was your training this week? Have you big plans for next week?