Actually, who am I kidding? I am probably going to go through a bought of depression now that they're done. Isn't it crazy how attached you can become to people on TV over just a few nights or weeks? I am already counting down the days until the Winter Games.
I did manage to pull myself away from the computer each morning for a run, so let's take a look at how the week went.
Total Weekly Mileage: 43.8 miles. You better believe I would have ran 0.2 more miles to get up to 44 miles, but I didn't count up my mileage until now.
Monday: 5.6 miles at 8:15/mile pace.
The legs felt surprisingly good even after the 12 miles from the day before. There was a lot of cloud coverage and a few sprinkles along the run, but they were welcomed. It was nice to not have to squint in the sun. After two slow miles in the beginning I picked up the pace to finish out the run.
Tuesday: 7.7 miles with a speed workout.
I made my way back to the track and soon discovered that they had just laid some fertilizer on the field. Awesome. I also discovered that the man who was "mowing" the lawn decided to "clean" out a storm drain around the 300m turn of the track, blocking lane one and taking a good 20 minutes to do it. Even more awesome. I ran two 1600ms at 6:47 and 6:52, but at the start of my third one I immediately felt dizzy. I had been feeling dizzy during afternoons for a bit and don't know if that dizziness was due to what I have been experiencing or if it was the fertilizer, but I did know that there was no way I was going to keep running and conveniently pass out in front of the storm-drain-cleaner-man. I felt better on the way home and ended up averaging a 7:40/mile pace on my warm-up and cool-down runs. Oops.
Wednesday: Day off!
Thursday: 5.5 miles at 7:38/mile pace.
Tom and I had to drop off the car for an inspection in MD so we decided to run back home instead of driving two cars. The guy at the garage could not believe we were running so far. He thought we were out of our minds and tried to tell us the shortest way to get back. He definitely was NOT a runner!
Friday: Two runs at 4.2 miles and 2.8 miles
It was actually raining on this day! DC is 8 inches behind in rain fall this year, so I was not going to complain with the sprinkles. Tom and I ran 4 miles in the morning and I ran 0.2 after to get to my car. The additional 2.8 miles came from a run with the XC Head Coach and captains as they showed me running routes that they'll be training on this fall.
Saturday: 10 miles averaging 7:56/mile.
I ran sooooo slow for the first 3 miles. We had a good friend staying with us Thursday and Friday, and did miles of walking around museums, the mall, and the capitol. By Saturday my legs were exhausted and my muscles were quite tight. Fortunately, they loosened up after the third mile and I cruised over the next 7.
Sunday: 8 miles averaging 7:39 pace.
Let's just say that I felt a little inspired after watching the men's marathon and there was no holding me back for this run. The weather was gorgeous, in fact, it felt Vermont. It was cooler (78) and had less humidity. It was a perfect day for an 8 miler.
Goals for this Week
1. Get new running shoes
1. Get new running shoes
2. Continue to follow the training plan when we head back to VT for a few days. Must. Keep. Working. Hard!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to back to the Closing Ceremony!