Another week comes to a close and once again, it’s time for the Weekly Wrap! I’ve been so inspired and motivated today by all of the Instagram posts of all those who took to the streets of Chicago this morning to run the 40th Chicago Marathon. Congratulations to you all …time to celebrate and relax!
It was an uneventful week of marathon training for me as I am still very early in my training cycle ….so I’m keeping things slow and steady with the sole purpose of reaching the starting line (and hopefully the finish line as well) uninjured.
I’ll just be honest here, with the recent move, there has been
very little zero cross training and strength training happening in my world. I’m hoping to remedy that this week as running alone doesn’t do much for my metabolism …which inevitably leads to a thickening of the waistline. But I did at least get my scheduled runs in …
4 mile easy: Tuesday morning, I set out for my easy 4 miler only to find my watch dead. Well, that’s one way to ensure an ‘easy’ run. I have no idea how slow it was, just that it was slow. Mission accomplished.
4 mile progression: Wednesday evening, the hubs and I hit the gym for our progression runs. He had 5 miles to do at a much faster pace than I, so we figured we would probably finish around the same time. I misread my starting pace of 11:20 as 11:45 (I think I read the prior weeks email) and realized around mile 2.5 that if I was going to make the last mile’s pace of 10:50, I’d have to kick it up a couple of notches. What actually happened? 11:45, 11:32, 11:19 and 10:50…. 30 seconds faster on that last mile hurt a little! Lesson learned …pay close attention to your training schedule.
8 mile long run: Saturday morning I was out the door by 7 for what I thought would be a nice cool morning 8 miler. Ha! I really don’t know why I was so surprised to find it a swampy mess out there …I have lived here all of my life. Maybe it was the fact that it is October or maybe it was the fact that the last couple of Saturdays, the early mornings have been a little less humid …I don’t know. But regardless, it was a steam bath to say the least…. a hilly steam bath at that. However, there was plenty of cloud coverage and several training groups out with their pacers making for a motivating run despite the humidity. 8 miles done!
In other news…. I’m feeling much more ‘settled’ now in the new house. The highlight of my week was getting our fence finally installed, no more ‘poop scooping’ for me! (you can read about that on the Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and Coco). And although it doesn’t feel much like Fall, I’ve been doing some fall baking.
I even spent a few hours yesterday giving my patio flower pots an overhaul with a few pansies, fox-tail and asparagus ferns …while sipping a glass of wine, of course!
….and that’s a wrap! A low-key week, which is exactly what I’m needing these days. However, I know that many of you ran some pretty big races this weekend and I’m anxious to hear all about them …so get those recaps ready!
Before I go, I would appreciate it if you all would chime in with your thoughts, opinions and favorite brands/models of hydration vests. I think I want one that will hold both water bottles and a bladder… or do I? Which ones are light weight, non-chafing and what is the best bladder size?
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one run at a time!