Hello from Alaska!! We are two weeks into our three week vacation and having an absolute blast. The last 15 days have been filled with nothing but outdoor adventures, delicious food, beautiful weather and time with family.
Running and training have gone exceptionally well, especially given that we are on vacation. I’m always cautious about training during vacation. It’s definitely a fine line – I want to maximize time with family but I also want to maintain my fitness and momentum with training.
I’m thankful that my husband and in-laws are supportive and encouraging of my running. Out of the 15 days we’ve been here, I’ve run 13 – the two missed days were because of jet lag (the 2nd day) and a packed day of hiking and driving last week. But several of the runs have been cut short – by 1-3 miles – because of shortage of time or just lack of interest to be gone for 70+ minutes at a time when the weather is nice and there are fun activities to do. And I mostly have eliminated core and strength work and cross training for the time being.
In recent years, I would feel so constrained by the training plan and if I ran anything less than what was prescribed, I’d beat myself up. But, I’m thankful that I’ve reached a point where training isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of my life. Family and life come first and training comes after.
Couple of highlights so far:
1. 8 mile tempo fartlek run – 1:00:31 (7:34 average)
I did this run last week in lieu of a formal speedwork (which coach and I decided to skip while here because of the hilly terrain). The plan was pretty loose – run hard on the uphills, recover on the downhills. Moderately hard effort. I felt better and better as this workout went on and pushed hard the last mile to finish fast. 900 feet of gain for the whole run.
Splits: 8:22, 7:44, 7:45, 7:41, 7:26, 7:25, 7:09, 6:58
2. 14 mile moderate pace long run – 1:49:45 (7:50 average)
The weather could not have been better for this long(ish) run. Low 60s, calm and overcast. I ran the first 10 on my own and then my husband jumped in to run the last four with me (I was doing short laps at the top of the hill by my in-laws house until he came out!). The pace felt comfortable despite the hills. Almost 1700 feet of gain – lots of climbing!!
Splits: 8:22, 8:01, 7:59, 8:00, 7:58, 7:48, 7:57, 7:52, 7:38, 7:43, 7:55, 7:43, 7:33, 7:15
3. 6 miles with last 4 tempo – 42:06 (7:01 average)
I had no expectations for this run. I ran 7 miles way faster than I should have the day before. I’m usually really good at keeping easy days easy, but it was hard to slow down – we had traveled south to Girdwood and there were less hills and gorgeous mountains to take in.
We spent the rest of the day hiking up the mountains – over 4 miles of walking. I woke up on Wednesday and my legs were shot and I felt exhausted.
But the important thing for these workouts is effort, not necessarily pace, so I convinced myself to work hard for 4 miles. The workout was 3 up, 4 tempo, 3 down, but we were already running late and had a long list of things to see and do for the day, so I did 2 up, 4 tempo, 1 down (no GPS – just ran back to house we were staying at).
I kept looking down at my watch the entire run and I couldn’t believe the pace – it was way, way faster than I expected – and even more surprising, was how strong I felt. It was my fastest 4 mile tempo ever outside (had 221 feet of gain, too) and first time I’ve ever run a 6:3x in a training run (not including mile repeats).
Splits: 7:39, 7:42, 6:48, 6:43, 6:40, 6:32
(Note: I ran 2.9 miles later than evening with my sister-in-law, so I ended up getting in the 10 miles for the day!)
I’m really pumped to announce that I’m teaming up with Garmin to give away one of the NEW Forerunner 225s!! I just got mine in the mail and am loving it already!
I want to run with it a bit longer before I do a formal review, but if you are interested in learning a bit more about it, head over to Ray’s blog (DCRainMaker) for an awesome review.
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