That's not to say that my runs weren't good, because for the most part they were. My training was frustrating due to all the technological/other problems that decided to pop up this week. I guess I should be happy they popped up early in the training cycle instead of later on when I'm much more stressed in general, but it still sucks.
Monday: Workout A of my strength training plan. I am happy to report the pushups are getting smoother again (and believe it or not I credit the yoga challenge for helping with this)! Then I did #30DaysofYoga day 18.
Tuesday: Here's where the issues started. First of all, my laundry wasn't dry so I had to wear my "last resort" bra that I really don't like for running. It's great for everything else, but just doesn't feel right while running. So I spent some of my run being annoyed by that. My run was planned to be 8 miles, with the last part being 10x100m strides. I went to the South Side and did my loop over the bridges. Sometime during the first few miles my hrm started acting funny. It happens sometimes and usually shifting it a little to get it to pick up some sweat for conductivity does the trick. Not this time. I kept having to pull myself back because I was running too fast on the easy part. When I finally got in a groove I totally zoned out and missed the start of my strides! lol So I had to tack on an additional half mile to get them all done. All issues aside, I was pretty freaking stoked to have my pace dip down into the 6:20s without a lot of effort and while feeling good!
After my run I did #30DaysofYoga day 19!
Wednesday: I headed to North Park to do my 5 mile recovery run around the lake. It was pretty snowy, but that is just fine for a slow recovery run. Again, after the first mile my hrm was just not giving me accurate readings and starting to jump all over the place. So, I flipped the hr numbers off and instead just went by pace/avg pace to try to put myself around an 11:00 mile, which is where my recovery runs have been. It was tough - really tough - but I came out at 10:58 average so I didn't do too bad.
Later that day I did Workout B of my strength training plan. It went well - even those split squats. #30DaysofYoga Day 20 rounded out my day.
Thursday: 10 miles at general aerobic pace on the schedule. I went to the North Shore, craving a bit of a break from rolling north park, especially with my hrm not working well. This was where I finally decided I needed to order a new soft strap when I got home. I'd already replaced the transmitter battery and obviously that wasn't the fix. Anyway, I had to do what I did the day before and try to pace myself without heart rate info. Since my recent easy runs have all been around the 10:00 mark, I set that as my goal and did my best to keep a steady pace around there. The trail was slushy but really not bad at all and I came in at 9:55 average. A little fast, but I didn't feel too bad. I also wore my new shoes on this run. What a perfect way to break them in!
#30DaysofYoga day 21 finished off my workouts.
Friday: Another dose of brutal honesty - I was a hungover mess Friday morning. Thursday was my husband's birthday and we partied pretty hard. So I was thankful that this was my rest day and doing #30DaysofYoga Day 22 really helped me recharge and feel better.
Saturday: 4 mile recovery run on the snowy North Shore Trail. With my hrm officially dead my husband gave me his to try out. I just could not get it to work very well for me so again I was left to my own pacing. I came in at 10:50 - faster than I wanted/should have ran with a 15 miler the next day. I was pretty frustrated with things by this point and honestly scared of attempting a 15 mile run the next day without my hrm telling me to slow down/speed up. I spent the rest of the day trying to talk myself down and came to the conclusion that hey - I trained for a marathon before without a hrm for a 15 miler, obviously I'm capable of doing it again.
The #30DaysofYoga video for day 23 was shorter than the previous few days and was a welcome break.
Sunday: 3 loops around the North Park lake. I wore a hrm anyway just in case (read "wishful thinking") it decided to work. It was obviously still caput in the early miles that I pretty much took off out of the boathouse running at race pace because my watch was having a GPS fart in addition. :-\ I got myself settled in a bit by the end of the first loop (I was running faster than I should have but really did feel good at this point) and then I remembered reading about how some people have an easier time getting a hrm to read with the transmitter tweaked to the side a bit. So I yanked the strap over and whaddayaknow - something happened and it picked up reading right where it should have for how I was running. So the second loop I happily ran as usual and I felt great. Then the third loop happened. I felt good the first mile and a half to two miles and then I just fell apart. Those early too fast too hard miles were starting to catch up with me and I just got tired. By 13 miles it felt like work to keep my heart rate up where it should be. I did let my pace fall off a little for 1 mile and then I kicked it in gear and finished where I should. My average pace was 9:04, and it really should have been around 9:15. I know 11 secs per mile doesn't sound like a whole lot of difference, but over the course of many miles it really is and takes its toll. But, the run got done, I don't feel too terrible (a bit more tired and achy than previous long runs) and I can move on.
#30DaysofYoga Day 24 felt amazing. I sometimes moan and groan about "having" to do it when I'm tired after a run but it feels so good (and probably helps a lot!).
Total Miles Ran: 42.6
Total Running Workouts: 5 - 1 easy with strides, 1 easy, 2 recovery, 1 long
Total Strength Workouts: 2
Total Yoga Workouts: 2
Nutrition this week: Aside from Thursday night's birthday party (pizza, cake, cookies, and ice cream) and booze binge this was a great week. One thing I am coming to terms with again is the fact that I need to make sure I'm eating enough. I dropped 5 lbs again and am literally .1 from being underweight again. Not good. So my focus this week is going to be on calorie and nutritionally dense foods. I always find that more difficult when increasing carbs for marathon training. I burn carbs off like wildfire. It's that whole metabolism thing.
On to week 5! This is actually my last "working week" of this endurance building cycle before a recovery week. Here's to getting it done so I can enjoy some rest! My new hrm strap is supposed to be here by Thursday so hopefully I can run effectively until then.