Due to the fact that last week I ran my highest total weekly mileage of 2015, I decided it deserved a blog post! It was an especially special week because this past Wednesday was National Running Day! I think I celebrated all week though and my mileage showed it! 😀
My Believe journal (which is, by the way, the best running journal you could ever invest in), held me accountable for my weekly goals. I was able to run more than 40 miles. I went hiking this weekend. And my dad and I tried dehydrated food for the first time to prepare for our hiking trip.
So here’s how the week went:
Monday – 3 miles fast. My dad and I had to race a thunderstorm – this is a common occurrence for us in the summer. We were almost 1.5 miles away from home when we heard a (way too close) boom of thunder.
Tuesday – double day! 3 miles with my friend John who was just coming off his 2 weeks of recovery. Then just a mere 4 hours later I ran another 6.3 miles with my Dad and our ultrarunning friend and it felt easy! I was very excited that my first double of 2015 seemed easy!
Wednesday – (AKA NATIONAL RUNNING DAY! – make sure you read my blog post about this wonderful day worth celebrating!)….I ran a mile with my mom, another 2 miles with my dad, and then 4 more miles by myself (total of 7 miles). I decided to change the pace after mile 5 so I picked it up and my 6th mile ended up being a 7:26….it seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate National Running Day!
Thursday – this was my night run of the week which I also blogged about (check it out here!) My dad and I ran 4 miles with our headlights on and lightning bugs lighting up the trail.
Friday – another double! I ran 3 miles in the morning with my dog, Gwin. And then ran another 5.4 miles with my dad later in the day. I was feeling a little tired but I knew that I would give myself an easy Saturday to adequately recover.
Saturday – I hiked 4 miles in the morning with my mom, dad, and 2 dogs at a state park in DE with loaded backpacks (mine weighed in at 18 lbs) so that my dad and I can get used to wearing a big pack for our hiking trip in July. Then in the afternoon I ran an easy (and slow) 3 miles. I was feeling tired.
Sunday – LONG RUN DAY!!!! (my all time favorite day for training runs as described in yet another previous blog post)…somewhat last minute long run plans with Angela (aka TheRoadLessRun)…we ran 11 miles and averaged 7:52 pace. Mile 7 was the fastest (at a 7:41 mile split) due to getting a tad bit carried away with our conversation topic. We’ve decided this is a common issue because whenever we start ranting about something the pace picks up…oops. Long runs with friends are always so much more enjoyable and more effective for training purposes than if you do them alone – so next time you do a long run, find a buddy!
Total miles = 45.4. It was a GREAT week of training spent with numerous different runners of all speeds, styles, and goals. But that’s what makes running amazing – no matter how fast or slow, long or short, runners who train together understand each other, and everyone can make one another the best possible runners they can be!