Total Mileage: 70.92
In July, I tackled a Peloton Digital challenge, where you did a workout using the Peloton App every day. This could be any of their available on-demand classes: spin, running, strength, yoga, stretching or meditation. I managed to eek out a 'W' on this challenge, even though some of the workouts were done at 11:30pm that day. It was fun, but reminded me that being attached to any type of digital workout every single day is just too much for me; I need to be able to do my own thing in my own time. I suppose this is why the Beachbody or Daily Burn programs never worked out for me but I can spend 18 weeks training for a marathon.
Speaking of, I decided to start training for a marathon. Did I mention that already? I can't remember and I'm too lazy to go back and look. I haven't signed up for it yet; I'm testing the waters with a half marathon in October and then we will see where I'm at. In the meantime, I'm enjoying following a hybrid of Peloton's marathon training program (guided outdoor runs and strength sessions) and doing whatever the hell I want. I've also joined a late summer/fall speed session group, which meets on Tuesdays and have been enjoying getting in quality workouts where I "keep myself honest" on speed. I often surprise myself with how hard I am able to push while sustaining a pace. What this means for race days, I'm still not sure yet, but there is time to figure that out.
August 27: a speed session workout that included drills, hill repeats, & some light strength before we hit the meat of the workout: a 14 minute 'race simulation' on one of the local HS tracks. The workout was built like so:
1:00 hard/1:00 recover - 1:10 hard/ :50 recover - 1:20 hard/ :40 recover - 1:30 hard/ :30 recover - 1:40 hard/ :20 recover - 1:50 hard/ :10 recover - 2:00 hard
I was tired and told myself I wasn't going to push at 2 mile pace like suggested, but then the workout started, and I ended up with two rabbits. I ended up passing said rabbits a little over halfway through the workout and had one more rabbit, who I passed on the 10 second recovery (talk about the fastest 10 seconds of my life) and then passed me back because I had no rabbit to keep me going fast, LOL. I didn't pay attention to my splits, but was happily surprised with the paces when I looked at them later: 7:50 - 8:08 - 7:54 - 7:51 - 7:55 - 8:33 (when I passed rabbits) - 9:06 (had no rabbit)
I also set a 1 mile PR during the first half of this workout and learned that rabbits are super helpful for keeping my pace honest.
Favorite Long run:
Oddly enough, the 8 miler where 1) I got lost cuz I missed one of the turns for the group run and 2) got hungry enough that my stomach started grumbling. This was also the run where it started to down pour a quarter mile before I was back at the finish. In that time I was fully soaked, squishy shoes and all. These moments aside, the run just felt good.
I've started running back to back days on Saturdays and Sundays, which so far MJ has been tolerating. I still have low impact (re: recovery) spin classes I can take on the recovery days I don't feel like running, which I did do once because I just needed to give my knees a break. With my favorite crushed gravel trail out of commission due to the spring flooding along the Missouri River and my favorite local track under construction, I am hitting concrete and pavement much more than I usually do. MJ and my knees are feeling it. Here's hoping I can stretch and strengthen enough to keep them happy.
Header photo: from August's trip to the zoo in Omaha, NE.
What was your favorite run in August?