In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular. These are weeks seven and eight.
Monday October 16 – Sunday October 29
Total Miles Planned: Week 7, 15. Week 8, 13.
Total Miles Ran: Week 7, 11.5 ran, plus 2 walked. Week 8, 13 ran, plus 3 walked.
Favorite Run: My week 7 long run felt incredible, even though I somehow managed to take a left instead of a right and not notice it until I had run a mile an a half in the wrong direction. OOPS. I had 8 miles planned but thanks to mishap, I was still 3 miles from home when I hit my mileage goal. I texted Nick who came to my rescue, and we met at the Denny’s parking lot. My legs felt really strong, even after quick sprint repeats for the half mile I ran at the end of the run to Denny’s.
Least Favorite Run: The first run of week 7, a two miler, was ROUGH. My legs were incredibly tight from week six’s training and I really had to focus on just moving forward and not giving up to get it done.
Other Workouts: Along with my short and easy runs throughout the week, I’ve been making post-run yoga stretching a priority after my weekend long runs and trying to fit in a 10-20 minute morning and/or evening session a few times a week, too. I still swear by Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, but have added a few other yogi’s to my rotation, too:
- Yoga by Candace << she recently published a new restorative hip opener practice that is calling my name this week!
- Bad Yogi
- Internet pal Katie Levans has a couple of practices up on her YouTube space, too!
- Bex Life
- Brett Larkin Yoga
- Boho Beautiful there are some wake up and get sleepy videos on this channel that I’ve been using when I travel for years.
- Sarah Beth Yoga
Listening Notes: During a 1 mile for time run during week 7 I listened to the first few songs on the Hamilton cast recording, but all other miles were logged with podcasts in my ears.
- 7: SMASH – I Hate It But I Love It
- S30.E14: Pretty Little Backstabbers – The Inner Circle Podcast
- We Accidentally Made a Halloween Episode – How to Do Everything
- Mini: TV Girls Trip – Extra Hot Great
- Episode 014:Thanksgiving TV, bottle episodes, and the Butterball hotline – Appointment Television – ATV is one of my favorite podcasts about television and I’ve been catching up on old episodes every now and again. Thanksgiving TV episodes tend stack up at the top of my list and this discussion didn’t disappoint.
- #105 At World’s End – Reply All
- #30: This Awful Side of Me – Nancy Podcast
- S30.E15: Rampage – The Inner Circle Podcast
- Mini: Crossing Over to The Good Place – Extra Hot Great
- Javier Munox and David Harbour: The World Turned Upside Down – Ask Me Another // This podcast is so perfect for long runs; several segments + trivia to play along with + lots of literal LOL’ing mid-run = great way to pass almost an hour of time.
- John Hodgman – Pop Culture Happy Hour
- Call Your Girlfriend Hangs Out with Nerdette – Nerdette // really loved this discussion!
- Mini: Just Kidding – Again With This: Beverly Hills 90210
- Monsters Under the Bed – Pop Rocket
#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: [in list form this time around, because let’s face it, listing is my favorite.]
- One of the runs that feels most successful this training cycle is the four mile run I skipped in week 7. I’m the kind of person that struggles not completing 100% of any given task, so the concept of not completing a run I had originally intended is frustrating to me. Even if I intended it 8 weeks ago when I wrote out the plan without any insight of the future. Choosing to skip the run all together without any intention to “make it up” later was the right choice for my tired and sore body, but that doesn’t mean it felt 100% easy to follow through with that choice without doubt and negative self-thoughts. But I did it. I fought the doubt. And I fought the negativity. And I am darn proud of fight I put up for the sticker-less “4” on my 15K training sticker chart.
- Along with choosing to not run that four miler, I also re-evaluated my plan after seeing a HUGE difference in how I felt after my long run in week 7 than I did in week 6. Scaling back my mid-week mileage seems to be making a great difference, because my long run this weekend felt pretty darn awesome, too.
- Even though I had forgotten that the route I decided on started with a 4 mile uphill climb. UGH. But the long, slow downhill 5 miles that followed totally made it worth it. The race route is not nearly as much of a elevation climb, so I think I’m just about done with giant hills for the year
- I got new running shoes and my legs are very very happy about it.
- I love fall running oh-so much [the colors are looking REALLY pretty these days!] but Saturday morning I postponed my run a few hours because when I first got up to run it was 34 degrees and I’m just not ready for that, yet.
- The race is now less than 2 weeks away and I’m pretty much stoked. I’ve started training for this race SO MANY TIMES over the past 10 years, but have not once found myself at the starting line due to injuries, schedule conflicts, and downright laziness. Actually running the race this year feels like a giant victory in itself, so that is definitely goal number one for race day!