Hello my Cilley friends! Sorry I've been away for a while. Not physically. Just mentally.
As I reported on Thursday, a migraine was a'brewing and it landed shortly before 6:00 p.m. that night. I ate a foolish dinner (did you know that a double whopper with cheese has over 1,000 calories?? tres foolish!) that I didn't even really want and then took a pretty little vicodin with tylenol and passed out. By Friday it was gone but I was still feeling beat, both mentally and physically. I'm sure it's just the training catching up with me.
So, how am I doing? Let's recap Week 3.
Mon/Day 15 - Rest. SUCCESS! I an the Empress of Leisure. Except for that whole pesky work thing.
Tue/Day 16 - 3 miles. SUCCESS! I logged exactly 3.0 miles at a 12:04 min/mile pace.
Wed/Day 17 - Weights. SUCCESS! Except I did my upper body circuit on Saturday, making this the rest day instead.
Thu/Day 18 - 4 miles. SUCCESS! I logged exactly 4.0 miles (I'm getting better at switching off the iPod) at a 12:11 pace. This four mile run was easier than last week's run by far.
Fri/Day 19 - 3 miles and weights. SUCCESS! Even after the migraine the night before, I logged 3.01 miles at an 11:35 pace and I did my lower body circuit. Yay!
Sat/Day 20 - Rest. SUCCESS! As I said, I did my Wednesday weights here instead. I also went to a Zumba class before. I liked it, although I sucked at it, and I'll do it again. However, I didn't like that it is at noon on Saturdays. It eats up too much of my day. There is a class on Wednesday evenings, I might try to fit that in instead.
Sun/Day 21 - 7 miles. SUCCESS! I had a lovely day out at the Marine Drive trail and I did 7.02 miles at a 14:00 flat pace. I walked a lot -- I had forgotten to grab a granola bar on the way out the door and so had zero energy at the start of the run. Shortly after mile 1 I Gu'd up (SO happy I had thrown in an extra Gu) and felt much better once that kicked in. This is the longest distance I've ever done and I think I did pretty well. My feet got tired around 5.5 miles (which then became my second Gu stop) but my legs recovered quickly once I was done. Last week's six mile was at a 13:47; I think if I hadn't started out at a bonk I could have at least matched that.
Total distance for Week 3: 17.07 miles.
I did a little too much gear shopping over the past couple of weeks, which ate more deeply into my marathon fund than I had planned, but I am loving the bodybugg and yesterday I hit the Pearl Izumi outlet and found a great outer layer which I tried out today. It is a cycling jacket but I liked it a lot better than the similar ones designed for running. For starters, the sleeves zip off to convert it into a vest, and I actually got warm enough today to be extremely happy I had that option. There is also an abundance of pockets -- four, compared to the REI outler layer I had been running in which had only one. Why it doesn't even have two I have no idea. The Pearl Izumi also doesn't have the stank issue that my REI layer does. Since it wasn't raining today (yay!!) I didn't get to compare water resistance but there's no way the Pearl could get as heavy as the REI one does. I'll still use the REI layer when it's cold, but I think the Pearl will become my favorite go-to jacket.
The mileage goes up two miles for next week:
Mon/Day 22 - Rest.
Tue/Day 23 - 3 miles.
Wed/Day 24 - Weights.
Thu/Day 25 - 5 miles.
Fri/Day 26 - 3 miles and weights.
Sat/Day 27 - Rest.
Sun/Day 28 - 8 miles.
Well, I am again in the early stages of a migraine. I waited too long to eat between brunch and dinner; a "quick oil change" for my car turned into nearly two hours. But except for spark plugs I got all of the big maintenance out of the way and my little Zippy should be good for another 30,000 miles.
Here's wishing you all a great week!