Hello hello! My weekend flew by – I had my long run on Saturday, which takes up about 1/2 of my day by the time I run/shower/eat/recover and then Tommy and I went to Durham for a birthday party. It was for my close friend Tasha, whom I hadn’t seen in well over a year. It was so wonderful to see her. We used to work together and I really miss having such a close friend just a few steps away!
Sunday was church (our sermon and music was SO good this week) and lunch with friends at Burger Batch, and then I took Maizey on a long walk before looking at a few houses with my realtor. Grocery shopping and dinner (pineapple jalepeno pizza) took up my evening. Now we’re back to a work week and I can’t believe it.
Here’s what last week’s workouts looked like!
M – REST
T – 11 miles, 8:45 pace
I did this run at night since it was cold in the morning but it would be warm by the end of the day – I was so excited to run in shorts & a t-shirt! I rarely run after work but it was so relaxing. There was less traffic, I wasn’t rushing to get into the office, and the dark made it feel like I had the whole world to myself. I stayed on main roads in the neighborhoods so I never got sketched out in the dark. (I’m easily spooked!)
W – 5.7 miles with Ali, 8:55 pace
Th – 9 miles, Yasso 800s (6x) + warmup/cooldown + CrossFit
F – RomWOD, focusing on lower body stretching
Sa – 18.25 miles, 8:25 pace. I ran the first 10 miles with my friend Kate and then finished solo. I was so happy after this run and that I was able to do the distance at a strong pace.
Su – REST. I took Maizey on a long walk.
Well, really a walk and a long sit in the park. She mostly wanted to sunbathe since it was such a beautiful day. I’m obsessed with this turtleneck from Lululemon – it’s so cozy and the perfect weight for random warm(ish) afternoons in the winter like yesterday. I like throwing it on after running or CrossFit too. (The sneakers are the ones I blogged about here and the jeans are Paige from Nordstrom; these are the exact pair I’m wearing. I love the way Paige jeans fit my muscular thighs and have multiple pairs.)
How I feel: Pretty good. I’m using this tool to keep an eye on my weekly mileage increase to help keep injuries at bay. My IT band acted up around mile 11 on my long run on Saturday. Although, I’m wondering if it’s not my IT band since, while I feel pain around my knee, it radiates down my leg in my calf and ankle — not up my leg towards the top of the IT band. Also, the pain is worse on uphills, not downhills (which is typical with IT band pain) and seems to lessen if I increase my speed so I must alter my stride at a lower pace. I have on my to-do’s this week to schedule a massage and an appointment with my PT for needling. Since my marathon is 7 weeks away, I don’t have time to mess around! 😉