What a rubbish week’s running! So much frustration here!!
I had a great plan. Some running at the start of the week, two days tapering and then Saturday’s trail half-marathon, Summit Rock. And it was all going so well.
Monday: Rest Day
After the past weekend’s tempo run and long run, my legs were tired. I’d planned to go to my new gym (I even visited it and officially registered) but in the end, I did nothing. I needed that rest day.
Tuesday: Hill Repeats
After the morning’s encouraging visit to the cardiologist, I celebrated with hill repeats. Seal Point was deliciously green after the recent rains. I ran just over a mile as warm up and then 10 repeats up the hill, which was roughly 0.1 mile up and the same down. I then ran a cool-down to make it to 4 miles. I’ll be honest, the hill repeats were tough. I’ve not run hills for a long time. The weekend’s race (up a giant hill) would be fun. 4 miles at 10.04 pace.
Wednesday: Cruise Interval Run
A new workout from 80/20. Ten minutes warm up and then 4 repeats of (8 mins tempo pace, 3 mins recovery) and then jog home. I actually really enjoyed this run. I’m not sure of my pace but when I glanced down, each tempo pace seemed to be about 8.30, more or less. 6 miles at 9.14 pace.
If you didn’t hear about it, a massive storm hit the Bay Area. High winds and deluges of rain. Here on the peninsula, we were pretty lucky – there was a lot of rain and some localised flooding, but nothing crazy. SF had massive blackouts, dramatic tree-uprooting and widespread blackouts. Further north, wine country had severe flooding. It gained the hashtag #hellastorm and I was grateful for a roof over my head and for a well-timed rest day. Some sobering photos here.
Friday: My second ever Zumba Class.
Summit Rock Half Marathon
Sob. Instead I met the grinning, muddy, happy girls at BT’s and joined in the brunch as if I’d run the whole thing myself as well. My ankle was still sore but not painful, if that makes sense.
Edited to add: Please also note the tortoise on BT’s hand (to my left) 🙂
If this was a weekday, I would have gone to the gym and done a spin class but in the end, I decided to give my ankle another day to heal.
I’m pretty disappointed with my 10 sad miles this week and quite frustrated with this set-back in training. I’m not freaking out. I know from experience that I can run quite easily again after an ankle twist, but I am annoyed at the lack of long run in particular.
I still cannot fathom how I can PR come February, looking at my paces but I shall keep training. I’m actually really enjoying training – I love the focus it’s giving me, the motivation to get out the door a few times a week at 6am. I’m loving running at the moment and that’s probably more important anyway!
One fun thing that happened this week was that 2015’s running-themed calendar arrived. ‘Exciting?’, you ask. Why yes…because I made it myself! This is either extreme narcissism or just a lovely way to celebrate some amazing places I’ve run to encourage me to run further in 2015. You decide 🙂
As I write this, on Sunday evening, my ankle is still a little sore but I’m going to strap it up and try running on it tomorrow. I think it will be okay. Let’s hope my Birthday PR campaign gets back on track this week!