Week 4 Training Recap

Upcoming Races-  Surf City 13.1

Focus this week- Long Run

4 weeks in and I already lost count.   Oops.    But I was just doing the numbers and this week was intense for a Slacker.  😃

Monday- 4 Miles  Ugly, ugly run.  It was the kind of run of that makes me feel like an imposter.  I could not get it together.  My head and body were in 2 entirely different worlds.  I felt the beginnings of one of those weird asthma/ panic attacks.  Maybe it’s a Monday thing?  There’s a reason I usually take Mondays off.   The last 2 weeks had rough Monday runs but how can I pass on running on a day off?

Tuesday- 11 miles Stationary bike-  A recent obsession with Z Nation has been making these bike miles fly by.  Who knew zombies would help me cross train?😀

Wednesday- Rest   I had packed my gear to hit the gym and run but things went weird partway through the day.    I just odd, just very not right for lack of a better description.   I’m transitioning back to a lower carb diet and trying a new medication for my stomach issues.   I think things just combined in a less than great way on Wednesday.

Thursday -12 miles Stationary bike-   I was feeling better but just could not stomach the idea of heading to the gym and running on the treadmill.   It was the last thing I felt like doing.  I knew I had big plans for my long run this weekend so I figured an extra day off of the feet wouldn’t be horrible.😛

Friday- Rest  Cookie Friday also won.  #lowcarbfail

Saturday -12.4 mile long run!!!!  3.8 mile puppy jog  Who got up and ran 12 miles in the morning?!  This Slacker did!   12 miles is like my white whale.   I chase it but never hit it.  I think I have run maybe 2 or 3 12 milers tops since I started running.   Maybe.   And they were all miserable.  With Surf City 2 weeks away, I really wanted to get a 12 miler under my belt.  Both for training purposes and just to say I could do it.  I had mapped out a route that was incessant loops or hills the night before.  The plan was to meet up with my mom halfway and she would join me for a bit.   My route would then double back to where she parked and we would head to lunch.    Except when I texted her at mile 3, she said wasn’t meeting me.   Well, crap.  I had planned on getting more water from her plus now I had to change my route mid-run.    Mid-run math always make my brain hurt.  I knew I had to make it home so I was either going to end up short of 12 or over but I wasn’t sure which way it was going to fall.  I tried to keep my pace as steady as possible aiming for between 10:45-11:15.  My overall average pace was around 11:03 but my miles were all over the place.    Mile 5 saw a 9:20 and mile 7 an 11:55.  Oops.   Mile 5 had me running across the bridge and hate the bridge so much that I usually speed up.  Mile 7 had a long slow climb and I started having odd feelings in my toes.  I also knew there was no way I was going to have enough water.   Grr.   Mile 9 had some drama with loose dogs too.   It was one of the busiest streets in town and chocolate lab and wiener dog were running lose.   A lady was trying to catch so I stayed with her for a bit.  She then went on to follow them in her car and I ran on.  I hope she was able to help them. 


Ok, total #firstworldrunnerproblem moment.  I was looking forward to seeing 12 miles on my watch, I needed to see it.    Except my battery started to die.  Seriously?!   Finally I decided I didn’t want to risk losing my data so I stopped it at 10.2 miles, saved it and then started it over.  It ended up lasting the whole run and I am glad I didn’t chance but I missed seeing that 12.  10.20 and 2.2 just doesn’t have the same ring to it.   Plus I still ended up half a mile from my house when I stopped my watch the second time. 

Sunday- 5 miles Stationary bike–   All right, first 20 mile week in a long time had me feeling sore.   I chose the bike over running as I didn’t want to push my legs too hard after a 16 mile Saturday.  Plus I wore the wrong shoes on the puppy jog, so I was feeling familiar aches in my knee.   5 steady miles were freakin’ hard.  But better than nothing right?  Oh and I took a nap.   🙂

I am kind of proud of this week turned out.  Running, cross training and I only had pizza once, I’m calling it a winning week!  ✅👍🏽👏🏽  Question is, can I do it again??  Luckily I am only aiming for a 10 miler next weekend so I am hoping for 3 days running and 3 cross training.   Which means I will have to go to the gym and use the treadmills.   Grrr.   I am counting down to the time change.

How was your week?

Do anything fun this weekend?

Do you have a white whale?




15 Comments on “Week 4 Training Recap

  1. If you need more zombie distractions, Zombies Run (smartphone app) can be used while running, cycling, rowing, really any cardio!


  2. Nice job tackling that white whale 12-miler!! *high fives* Bummer about the watch crapping out though, I know what you mean about wanting to see the proof! Also, I love your photos… that one of the bench is especially gorgeous to me! Maybe because everything here is white and gray/brown and dead 😛


    • Thank you! It’s sad how badly I wanted to see that 12 on my watch face!! But I also didn’t want to lose all the data either. I’ve actually turned the bench into my home screen on my phone- I’ve never seen that area so green before- it was awesome! Thank you!


  3. Wow, good job! That is a wonderful week! I checked my miles for the month the other day and was like, Okay, if I am to hit 50 miles this month, I have 8 miles to go and 5 days to do it in… 5k race is Saturday, so technically I only have 5 miles to get in… so, with that in mind, and the race this weekend, I got in 3.2 this morning, (we have way cold weather coming the next 2 days) and I’ll do 2 more days of a 2 miles and then the race! (And let me tell you how many times I did that in my head Sunday as I was trying to make sure it all added up! LOL) 🙂


  4. What an amazing week! Sounds like a perfect 12-miler 🙂 I can’t believe all the biking you’ve been doing too. All you need is the right motivating factor!


  5. Great job! I still haven’t done more than 10 miles on a training run (which will be changing soon!), so I totally understand about the white whale thing. And I also would have been bummed about not having “12 miles” on my watch.


    • I would like to get to the point that 12 miles is less stressful and thankfully I think this run helped. It wasn’t perfect but I made it happen so it was a pretty good confidence booster. Maybe next time I will actually get to see 12 on my watch. 🙂

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