So we have come to the conclusion of Week 9 of marathon training. Which means we are going into double-digit training week numbers. Which is almost more intimidating than double-digit long runs. Which I need to start getting a handle on, soon.
One step at a time; one run at a time; one wall at a time. That’s pretty much where I need to keep my mind.
All in all, it was a decent week.
Sunday – 9 miles
As promised. And it wasn’t without excitement. Apparently, my planned route was also that of a nice-sized triathlon, which kind of threw me for a loop. Fortunately, I had a little bit of time before they started, and the first racers wouldn’t be at my stretch of bridge until a little later. I did some mental calculations, prayed I wouldn’t need the restroom (which was pretty much in the heart of their transition area) and changed up my original plans.
It ended up being a beautiful run, even if the weather was ridiculous. I was also pretty happy that even with the temperature and four hill repeats, I kept my pace under 13 minutes. Small victories.
Monday – rest
Monday was a pretty big day: little man was due to start first grade! He was so incredibly excited about it and Mr PugRunner and I loved dropping him off at schools with the rest of his supplies.
He was so proud, walking into his new classroom, and we are thrilled that he loves school so much. It’s going to be a great year.
After drop off, I hurried over to meet Kristin for a pretty fun event. I will be filling you in on details tomorrow!
Tuesday – 3.1 miles
This was a pretty uneventful 3.1 miler. These runs are becoming pretty second nature, provided I am able to get myself out of the house early enough in the morning. Not that it’s helping too much with the high temps and humidity, but it’s better than being out there in the blazing sun. The pretty sunrises are a great motivator, though.
PS – We have a winner for that great gift card giveaway: Carole S! Congratulations, Carole! You are going to love Earth Fare!
Wednesday – yoga
Lazy, lazy, lazy day. Our temperatures have been close to 100* and it’s just so hard to work up the energy to get moving and do anything productive. I’ve gotten back into reading the Outlander series, so I spent a lot of hours just enjoying that.
Thursday – 3.1 miles
Another uneventful training run. My pace is slowing down a bit, but I think it’s completely normal given the fact that it’s almost 90 even before the sun comes up.
Friday – 6 miles
I was supposed to run 3 or 4 miles for my “long run” day, but that didn’t feel right, so I elected to do 6, instead. I need to get back up to 13 in the next week or two, so I feel more comfortable going from 6 to 13 than 3 to 13. I made sure to incorporate four bridge repeats, just to keep things interesting.
I felt pretty good afterwards, but after my shower, I laid down to take a nap. We had a pretty fabulous surprise planned for little man after school and I wanted to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Saturday – rest
Mr PugRunner had his eight mile long run planned for this morning, so I took the opportunity to lounge around with little man. We had a quick breakfast at home, and then went over to Nana and Papa Bear’s for a light lunch and to let little man have a sleepover with his grandparents.
In the meantime, we went out for a long-overdue date night and enjoyed a delicious dinner. It’s been a while since I’ve had two incredibly late nights in a row like that, but it was totally worth it.
Not too bad. I ended up running an extra day this week, but once in a while shouldn’t hurt. I think we are in a groove as far as our school morning routines are concerned, so that should make things easier as far as our runs are concerned. For the week, I tallied 21 miles, and so far, for August, I have 42 miles on the books.
I am debating a Labor Day 5K – I want to race but not really sure if I need to, if that makes sense. I guess it will be more of a game-time decision.
How was your training this week?
Have schools started back up where you are?