Here's a training recap in numbers:
|1||3 miles (3.22 miles, 9:54)||Rest||3 miles (3.28 miles, 9:38||Rest||3 miles (4.00 miles, 9:38)||Rest||4 miles (3.26 miles, 9:36)||13.76|
|2||3 miles (3.23 miles, 9:57)||Rest||4 miles (4.17 miles, 9:49)||Rest||3 miles (3.11 miles, 9:08)||5 miles (5.02 miles, 9:04)||Rest||15.53|
|3||3 miles (rest-sick day)||3. 12 miles (9:34)||4 miles (5.27 miles, 9:35)||Rest||3 miles (3.26 miles, 9:28)||6 miles (6.26 miles, 9:48)||Rest||17.91|
|4||3 miles (3.29 miles, 9:32)||Rest||5 miles (5.15 miles, 9:41)||3 miles (3.07 miles, 9:46)||Rest||7 miles (7.15 miles, 10:00)||Rest||18.66|
|5||3 miles (3.25 miles, 9:20)||Rest||5 miles (5.24 miles, 9:35)||Rest||3 miles (3.10 miles, 9:24)||8 miles (8.18 miles, 9:53)||19.77|
Week four was overall a great week that ended with a seven mile run which might have been the best run of my life! My sister and I have been running together on the weekends and we took a new route, which I think helped a lot. It was the first crisp, fall-like morning here, the sun was shining and we kept a comfy pace the entire seven miles. During this week, I also ran Thursday instead of Friday. I think that giving my legs a day off before my longer run definitely worked to my advantage. I dug my shuffle out of my desk drawer which made for a great change in playlists, too. The best gem that appeared? The Full House theme song.
Week five proved to be another that I was easily cruising through, until I hit Saturday's long run. Natalie was out of town and we were off on our eight miles by our lonesome. Running is just more fun with a friend. The cramps hit hard during this run and I was kicking myself for not drinking more water on Friday to prepare better. Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous on Saturday morning and I just kept powering through. I stopped to walk for a few minutes and still finished in under a ten minute mile, which I was pretty proud of. This was also my longest run in my entire life, which was definitely something to celebrate!
I'm trying to really increase my water intake! I drink a ton throughout the day, but I still don't think it's enough. I need to chug, chug, chug on Fridays especially so that my long runs aren't even longer when I'm keeled over with a side cramp.
Overall, I'm feeling great! Every time I lace up my shoes and head out on a run, I like knowing that I'm working towards a bigger goal. When I think running a few months ago, I'm amazed at how my mind has already shifted so much in terms of what I think is a long or hard run. A three- four mile run used to be my normal, but now I look forward to those runs as the quick and easy ones to get done!
As for shoes, I am absolutely LOVING my Saucony Ride 7 shoes. These shoes have seriously changed my running life! I was running in Nike Free Runs for the past two years and besides being cute, they really didn't do much else for my feet running-wise. Greasing my feet up with vaseline or Aquaphor has worked wonders for the occasional blister. Another great tip from my California sister.
Five weeks down, five more to go!