Hi friends. Man oh man. The last two weeks were pretty wild. On Friday (9/16), my car was rear-ended while I was at a stop light. I’m pretty sure the guy who hit me was on his phone. Christopher was in the car with me and it was absolutely terrifying. He was startled by the noise and the jolt but thankfully, he is ok. My car, not so much. I found out on Friday (9/23) that it was totaled. So now I have a new car with two new car seats. We have Geico insurance and they made everything really simple. They set me up with a rental, reimbursed us for the new car seats, and every time I spoke with someone they made sure to as if my baby was ok. It made a shitty situation better.
I definitely cut out a few of the easy runs during the last 2 weeks but overall I got my speed work and long runs done and that is what is important (to me, anyway).
M 9/12: off
T 9/13: T25 core
W 9/14: 4.3 mi, 5 x 15 sec strides
Th 9/15: 6.5 mi (3 tempo: 7:28, 7:49, 7:25)
F 9/16: off
S 9/17: off
Su 9/18: 14 mi (Newport Half Marathon, official 1:50:39, 8:27 avg + cooldown)
Week 6 Total: 24.8 mi
Despite being nervous about having to run 13.1 miles, the half marathon was the highlight of Week 6. This race was a perfect addition to my schedule. I was able to knock out a long run (while hitting my goal paces) on a beautiful course that was close to home.
The goal was first 8 easy, last 5 around 8:00 pace or a decent effort. I hit the 5 mile mark at 43:45 (8:45 avg), the 10 mile mark at 1:25:30 (8:21 avg) and the last 5k with an 8:08 avg pace.
I am definitely happy with the finish. I felt really good for most of the race. The course was never crowded and the views were awesome.
If you live in the area, I highly recommend this race! It is only $50, packet pickup is a breeze, and the after party is really fun and has great food!
M 9/19: T25 core
T 9/20: 6.5 mi (1.5 mi wu, 12x400m with 1:30 rest, 1 mi cd)
W 9/21: off
Th 9/22: off
F 9/23: off
S 9/24: 4.75 mi easy, 5 x 15 sec strides
Su 9/25: 14 mi (Bronx 10 miler, official 1:16:24, 7:39 avg + wu and cd)
Week 7 Total: 25.25 mi
I did the 400m repeats after work. I was SO nervous! 6 or 8 was probably the most I’ve done. It was a tough workout but I am so happy to have finished feeling pretty strong! Goal was 1:32-1:35. Actual: 1:38, 1:35, 1:36, 1:37, 1:36, 1:37, 1:34, 1:34, 1:37, 1:38, 1:37, 1:36 (pace range 6:16-6:32).
On Sunday morning, I PR’d the 10 miler! I wasn’t planning on racing at all. I just had a long run on my schedule but then Lindsey told me to go for it so I figured, why not? I was mentally all set to give it a go until the morning before the race. On Saturday, we went to a brew fest and despite being in bed by 9, I was pretty hungover when I woke up (I am old AF).
After getting to the race and doing a warmup, I felt pretty good so I decided to stick with the plan to race but without putting too much pressure on myself. I figured I could always slow down if I felt anything but good. Luckily, I felt great the entire time!!! The course is so awesome. It’s mostly an out and back, has some pretty decent hills, and a killer downhill finish.
I am so damn happy. I didn’t think I could handle this pace yet. Chris is only 6 months old! I never felt like this even when Jennie was over 1. My postpartum running experiences are essentially opposite. Last time it felt like a chore, this time it feels right. It goes to show that comparing yourself to others (and especially your past self) is never a good idea.
This race was a huge confidence booster. I am so pumped for the rest of training.
WOW that was a long post. Have a nice week!