Training Week 9: Best Damn Race Savannah Half
I admit it: life is much easier without Gizmo, but I can’t say that life without him makes me happy, either. I miss him. When you’re in caretaking mode, you don’t realize just how much time that caretaking consumes. I didn’t really think that he was that time consuming — but he was.
- Monday: Yoga (7 minutes), Visit parents & multiple Dogwalks
- Tuesday: YFPR Hamstrings (20 minutes), 8 x 400s for a total of 5 miles, Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga
- Thursday: Yoga AM (7 minutes), 4 mile “Progressive” Run
- Friday: Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk, YFR Hamstrings (10 minutes)
- Saturday: Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
- Sunday: 9 Mile LSD, DM Total Body (16 minutes), YFR Hamstrings (10 minutes)
Mileage: 18 (-6)
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Monday was a beautiful day, just perfect for running, but I was basically stuck inside almost all day. This morning, when I did my speed work, it was chilly — although 50 by the time I finished! — and very gray. Still much better conditions than we’ve seen in a while.
This speed work went much better than last week’s tempo. I didn’t hit my paces on all my intervals, and ended one short by mistake, but I hit the right pace on quite a few so I was satisfied. It was still hard. It will always be hard! It’s supposed to be hard.
It was a very gray day — again — but not gonna lie. 44 felt really nice. I wasn’t chilled for hours afterwards.
I set out to do a 5 mile progressive run. I decided 4 miles sounded just fine as I was running. The first mile was a little bit slower than I wanted, then I increased pace way too much the second mile. The third was a little faster, and the last mile was my fastest. So not quite what I was aiming for but I’ll take it. It always takes me a couple of miles to warm up.
I had plans to meet up with someone but it fell through. Which allowed me to get out there a little later — it wasn’t crazy windy like Saturday, but it wasn’t warm, either. This was a surprisingly speedy run for me. I don’t know why. I wasn’t really pushing it, but I held a relatively consistent pace that was just a bit faster than my normal easy pace. I pulled it back just slightly at the end — I’d rather be speedy in my race than in a training run!
Favorites of the week
That chicken noodle soup again after my long run today. It really hit the spot.
Banana chips. Have you ever had them? I made some energy balls with them this weekend. The balls were great, but the banana chips were definitely addictive. I had some of them on my long run today. I guess I need to pack a few. I also need to make sure they’re not somewhere easy to get at at home, I could definitely see these being a problem.
In case you missed it, I wrote another post about Gizmo filled with more stories and photos. Read it here.
Looking forward to some future warmer runs!
Let’s get the conversation started:
Have you ever tried banana chips?
Have you ever eaten banana chips to fuel a run?
For those trapped in snow and polar vortex, were you able to run outside this week? All my runs were outside — there were only three of them, LOL!