Carmel Training Weeks 7-9

Week 7: 5M/4M Doubler

I’m now in the building weeks and weeks 7 to 9 were just that. More miles. Week 7 started with a hot yoga vinyasa class and 50 minutes on the bike trainer on Monday. With these frigid temps, hot yoga was much needed. Tuesday was a rest day. Wednesday was an 8 mile run at race pace. I did this on the treadmill, but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it. I had to break up the miles and just couldn’t seem to hold 9 minute miles. So instead I broke it up and averaged a 9:15 pace. Thursday and Friday were both rest days. I don’t remember why these were rest days. I’m blaming it on the cold. So Saturday I decided to make up my skipped runs by running a double. My first run was 5 miles at easy pace and then my second run was 4 miles at easy pace. Sunday was 14 miles at easy pace. I had convinced Bryan to go to LA Fitness with me and also run 14 miles. We got on treadmills next to each other. Obviously he is way faster than me,  but it was fun to be running next to each other. It definitely kept me motivated because I broke up the run into 10 miles with a 2 minute break for water and then 4 miles. I was totally in the zone that I would have done all 14 in a row but the treadmill stopped counting at 10 miles. My average pace was 9:43. Week 7 Total Mileage: 31 miles + 50 min bike trainer session + one hot vinyasa yoga session.

Week 7: 14 miles easy pace

I needed to continue building during week 8. However, I started Monday off with a rest day since I just came off of a 14 miler. Tuesday was also a rest day. I realized, that my New Balance training shoes were over 500 miles after last weeks 14 miles. It was time to retire them and save them for a rainy, muddy run. I converted my Nike Flyknit Lunar +1 running shoes reserved for racing into my new training shoes. So I guess I’ll have to get a new racer before the big day. I’m leaning towards the Adidas Energy Boost. I’ve been happy with the New Balance 890v2 and Nike Flyknit Lunar, but am wanting to try something new. Wednesday was an 8 mile run. Tired of running on the treadmill, my husband suggested an indoor track to run on. It felt great to run on the ground and I felt like I was flying. I will say, it was really hard to keep track of how many laps I had ran. One mile equaled 10 laps. So 80 laps total. My average pace was 9:23 give or take because I may have ran a few extra laps or a few less. Thursday was another rest day due to a doctor’s meeting after work. Friday was 4 miles at easy pace. Saturday was a brick workout: 50 minutes on the bike trainer and then 4 miles at easy pace. Sunday was another long treadmill run: 15 miles! But I did it! I broke it up into 6M/6M/3M with a few minute water break in between each set. My average pace was 9:51. Not too shabby. Nice way to start my super bowl Sunday. For the first set of 6, I read Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits. It was a struggle to read and run at the same time. I kept losing my place and having to re-read. I even had Bryan bring down my glasses because the book was sitting on the treadmill just far enough away that my near sighted eyes couldn’t make out the words. I’ve ran with sunglasses before so the glasses didn’t bother me too much. For the second set of 6, I listened to music and watched a Sex & The City marathon on television. I probably could have ran a little faster for easy pace at 9:45 but the reading slowed me down a bit. Hopefully I can maintain a faster pace while reading next time. It took my eyes time to adjust with all the bouncing around. But it definitely made the time go by much quicker since my mind was preoccupied. Week 8 Total Mileage: 31 miles + 50 min bike trainer session.

Week 8: 15 miles easy pace

Week 9 was a struggle for me. I had a complete mental breakdown. The cold has taken hold of me mentally again. It just sucks the motivation out of me. After being cold all day at work, the last thing I want to do is go workout. I want to go home, put on sweatpants, and cuddle with my little furbaby Carson. Also, I’ve had to stay at work later than usual since we are a little short staffed at the moment. That being said, Monday and Tuesday were rest days. Wednesday was a 4 mile easy run followed by 50 minutes on the bike trainer. Thursday was another rest day. Friday was a rest day and I literally crawled in bed at 7pm and watched the Olympics not moving until Saturday morning. I should have done my 5 mile run but I literally couldn’t make myself move. I’ve noticed that my running music has changed quite a bit from my Chicago Marathon mix. Again I’m blaming it on the cold. I’ve been running to angry rap lately, Jay Z, Ludacris etc. It fits my I’m pissed at mother nature mood right now. Over the summer I mostly ran to electronic dance music. Bryan borrows my shuffle on my rest days for his long runs and said that he’s had to skip over a lot of songs. Sorry babe, I’m angry and want to listen to angry rap haha. Saturday we drove up to Chicago for my best friends 30th surprise birthday party. My goal was to run 13 miles on the treadmill at the hotel. But I completely forgot to nourish and hydrate my body during the drive up (I don’t think a donut counts) and so I only ran 8 miles and it was the absolute worst run of my training. I had no energy, no speed, nothing. It was awful, but at least I did it. Sunday I had every intention of making up my 13 mile run once back in Indy,  but my 30 year old self cannot handle a night of drinking anymore. I was a zombie all of Sunday and stayed in bed all afternoon and evening watching the Olympics and eating Garrett’s Chicago Mix popcorn. Well done Melissa. Way to have a mental and physical meltdown at the half way point of training. I need to snap out of this funk! Week 9 Total Mileage: 12 miles + 50 min bike trainer session.

Lana’s 30th Surprise Bday Party in Chicago

Next week starts the big miles….time to get tough for my 18 and 19 mile runs. I can’t even fathom doing these on a treadmill. Maybe it will warm up a bit so I can finally get some miles outside. Come on mother nature, work with me here!


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