I think I expected to feel a little more rested + normal this week with a cutback in running mileage, but I was already sore and tired by Wednesday. I took my second Pure Barre Empower class this week, and it was just as fast, high heart-rate conducing, and awesome as my first. I’m going to try and take that class once a week when I can. Then my brother Benji left for college on Wednesday so we squeezed in his first class together on Tuesday evening. He had admittingly underestimated the class (like I did), and he rode the pain train like a good sport.
Just as in this spring’s half marathon training, I credit my ability to run this ever increasing running mileage (including my first ever three 40+ mileage weeks) to putting in the work at Pure Barre. Finding a time-efficient, effective strength workout that I actually love to do has made a world of difference in making me a stronger runner.
By Wednesday morning, I pushed the third Pure Barre class I had planned off the table. I needed to sleep in. I’d already gotten 2x cross training sessions in, I wanted to rest, and that’s okay.
As my best friends were traveling to the Midwest for a reunion this weekend, the last thing I wanted to do was spend any of it running. Thankfully I fit in my “shorter” 10 mile long run on Friday morning, and Sunday’s run was done only a wee bit hungover… On the bright side, my “easy” pace actually did feel easy and was a little faster than I intended, even as I actively tried to slow down.
This long run rearranging will pay off even more next week, as I’m traveling to China (!) on September 1st to visit my brother. I need to run 18 miles midweek to avoid running on a hotel treadmill, and it’s good to have as many days as possible between two long runs. Wish me luck!
- Monday: Pure Barre Empower
- Tuesday: (am) 2 mile warm-up, 5 miles at marathon pace, 1 mile cool-down. Goal was ~10:07 and the miles were 9:30, 9:26, 9:26, 9:28, 9:25, 9:27 + (pm) Pure Barre w/ my husband and my brother.
- Wednesday: Rest day
- Thursday: 4 easy miles – a little shorter than planned due to a late night/early work meeting
- Friday: 10 miles, including 3 with the pup
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: 8 easy miles
- Weekly mileage = 30
I’m linking up Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC’s training recap.