Saturday, May 21, 2016

Weekly Workouts 5/16-5/22

Monday: A very uninspired T25 workout. I just wasn't feeling it. I think I was suffering some burnout from four or five weeks of really strong training.

Tuesday: I had an after school meeting and then we had an art showcase until 7pm, so I only had time to squeeze in some yoga between 4:30 and 5pm, when parents began arriving. The yoga was...again, not great, but my legs felt good afterward and at least I put on workout clothes!

Wednesday: Best workout of the week! I think finally my burnout gave way. Because of scheduling, I had to run alone (although Matt joined me last minute) so I ended up getting a late start. I wanted to run the bridge four times; I did what felt like an easy warmup (2/3 mile) and was surprised to see a 9:19 pace! The bridge felt great; I saw some 8s on the ascents and descents on the first two repeats; then I wanted to quit. But I finished it off and did the entire workout.
Around mile 3.7, I let myself walk a tiny bit when I got to the top of the bridge for the last time. Even with that walk break, I kept my overall pace well under 10.
Because I crossed the street at the end of the bridge to run the opposite side, I was able to get the benefits of the different slopes. I also only climbed on two of the four slopes, and descended on the other two; in other words, I can look at my elevation map and my paces and know if I was ascending or descending, and it's kind of awesome to see 8s on the ascents!

This run gave me a huge confidence boost. Not only did I feel strong, but I didn't let myself quit when I wanted to. I ended up doing 5 miles and finished the last tenth at an 8:49 sprint. I thought, "I need to run Saturday's entire race at this pace" and felt a bit defeated because it felt so hard, but Matt pointed out that the sprint was at the tail end of a 5 mile bridge run, so I really shouldn't feel bad about how hard it felt.

Now I'm hopeful that I'm ready for that 10k PR I'll be aiming for at Sanibel in October.

Thursday: More meetings. This time of year is insane. Rest day!

Friday: Other than some planks and foam-rolling, another rest day. I hydrated like a crazy person in preparation for Saturday's 5k...to the point that I had to lock my students out of my classroom briefly so I could use my bathroom in peace haha!

Saturday: The Sup & Run 5k! I'll post more about this Tuesday but let's just say...it went very well!
Stay tuned for a full report Tuesday!
Sunday: We drove to Orlando for Shane and Mark's baby shower/a college reunion of sorts, and I wasn't sure if I'd want to run or rest Sunday morning. I packed running clothes in case and played it by ear. After a long day and late night with friends, I decided to rest Sunday. 

What was your highlight workout for the week?

ABK

8 comments:

  1. WOW really nice bridge run! I think it's a little bit weird that Hansons doesn't include any bridge runs for speedwork. It seems like you enjoy doing bridge repeats, and I actually "like" them too. I mean, they're tough, but it's the only time we get any real elevation change in a run isn't it? Hah!

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    1. I think it's weird they don't put any hill stuff in, but I guess they figure we know whether the course is going to be hilly or not and should do our long runs or easy runs on hills? Who knows.

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  2. Great week, Ali! I can't wait to hear more about your 5k! What is your 10k PR right now and what are you aiming for?

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  3. Awesome bridge run! I saw your hint about your 5k on IG & can't wait for your recap. So excited for you!

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  4. That is very exciting!! I am pretty confident that you met your 5K Goal!! Cant' wait to hear more tomorrow!

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  5. Congratulations on the shiny new PR!!!!!

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  6. I'm interested in hearing more about your 5K! I haven't done a "timed" 5K in a while and am hoping to work towards a few this summer!

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  7. You had a good week hitting your goal! I meant to tell you in your 5K post, if you can rock a sports bra and you can! enjoy it :) It is freaking hot in Florida lol

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