Hello again and happy Monday!
Thank god for weekends though! I had another great one filled with plenty of runs. On Saturday, I decided to do another tempo run. In the past, I never really focused on hitting a certain pace during my half marathon training and just relied on race day adrenaline to make me faster. Coming off the 5k series this summer though, I feel like my speed is right where I want it to be and I’m not ready to lose it yet! So with that in mind, I set out to push myself for a speedy 7 miler on Saturday.
Almost a progression run! And I’m especially proud of that last mile given the brutal double hill combo it has in it. I’m hopeful that this could lead to a new 13.1 PR on October 10th, but I also know that the next few weeks are going to be a little crazy and running will probably not be number 1 on my list of priorities. Why is life going to be so hectic? you may be wondering. Well… for one, I’m moving out next weekend! After a little apartment hunting, I finally found a great place much closer to my work (yay for no more 2 hour commutes!). I’m psyched that I will finally have time for morning runs again and on top of that, I will be living directly across the road from a gym! So I will really have no excuses. 🙂
But I still have to survive the stress of moving first.
On Sunday, I met up with my running club for the monthly brunch run, which featured a fun Oktoberfest theme (I’m not exactly sure why given that it’s still September, but I didn’t question it). We split up into groups for a shorter 3.5 mile loop and a more challenging 7-miler. There were way fewer people who opted for the 7 mile loop, but I figured if I had run that distance the day before at a speedy pace, that it wouldn’t be too hard. Plus, I wanted a semi-long run for my Sunday Runday. 🙂 It ended up being a pretty impressive challenge though because HOLY CRAP, STOP WITH THE ROLLING HILLS ALREADY!!! These hills made the hills on my 7-miler the day before look like little bunny hills. Our average pace ended up being 9:25/mile (last mile at 8:32!). All I can say is that I’m glad the half I’m running in a few weeks is completely flat. After we got back, I happily chowed down on a bagel and a little quiche while catching up with everyone.
Overall a solid weekend of running, relaxing, and catching up on my Zzz’s.
How was your weekend?