Sunday, October 28
Planned: Easy Run, no distance planned
Completed: 5 miles
This was my weekend to detox after running three half marathons in a row, and I did. I volunteered at the Morgan Hill Marathon in the morning, ran a couple of miles along the course there to cheer, and then ran 3.5 when I got back to San Jose in the afternoon. It was a relaxing day. I was a course marshall for the marathon at about mile 2.5, so I spent a while cheering on runners and making sure they turned left. After that, I cheered for the half marathon finish around mile 12 and met up with friends at the finish. Kevin ran the half at Morgan Hill, although he didn't have the best day and ended up with a sore foot from landing funny downhill. Overall a really nice event.
Morgan Hill Race Crew shirt, love the bright green.
Kevin at Mile 12.
Us with friend Alisyn at the finish.
Monday, October 29
This turned into a rest day, although I'd planned to go to a track workout. My allergies aren't super happy right now, and I had one of the worst headaches I can remember on Monday so I went to sleep.
Tuesday, October 30
Planned: Barre class + 5 miles
Completed: Barre class + 5.5 miles, including hill repeats
I began going to a barre class at lunch and I'm loving it. I absolutely feel it, but for some reason it doesn't feel mentally hard even when I'm getting a good workout. This is turning out to be great for added strength training and toning.
I did my speed workout in the form of hill repeats because I missed the Monday track workout. I ran 3.3 miles with a friend to warm up, 6x hill repeats with downhill recovery (uphill paces 8:02, 7:28, 8:17, 8:15, 8:27, 7:45), and about a mile cool down. I was very happy with this workout and felt exhausted after, which I consider a win.
Wednesday, October 31
Planned: 6 miles
Completed: 6 miles
6 miles at easy pace to follow my hill repeat day. I felt good, weather was cool and breezy; this was one of those awesome I-could-go-on-forever days.
Also on Wednesday, I volunteered for the ZoomRunning Halloween half marathon and 5 mile. Most people run this in costume and it was so much fun to see everyone dressed up. I dressed up too, and after the race went out for beer with a couple of friends. More on these Halloween adventures here. In hindsight, I wish I would have run this race too but I didn't want to back out of volunteering!
My referee costume.
Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 2
Planned: 6 miles
Completed: 6 miles
This was a trail run morning with friends, a highlight of the week. We ran the hills at St. Joseph's Open Space Preserve in Los Gatos, which is a normal meeting spot for us. I love this trail but the uphill definitely gets you!
Saturday, November 3
Planned: 16 mile long run
Completed: 16 mile long run
It's getting close to CIM, and this was my longest run so far. As you may have read in my post about me and marathons, I decided to take this training cycle lighter based on wanting to do more half marathons in the fall and not enjoying the marathon distance right now. I'll be ramping up to 18 instead of 20 this time; we'll see how it goes. I know tons of people that do this or even less, but in the past I've gone the other direction and run potentially too many 20 milers.
The 16 mile run went ok and I was below my planned marathon pace, so that's good. Kevin came with me but we left too late in the morning; we were out on a very exposed path in the heat of the sun for a long time. My side cramp came back again, although it wasn't as bad as it has been and I focused on breathing correctly to keep at bay. On the bright side, the city paved a significant portion of Guadalupe River Trail that used to be rocks and dirt, and it's fabulous for running now! They have even more of it grated and prepped to pave, so the trail is getting better and better for long runs. Good news for us.