The big news this week was that I bit it during my long run. About half an hour into it, I tripped on a root and pinwheeled wildly for a few strides before falling. I put my arm out to break my fall and apart from my pride, I wasn’t hurt. Except the next time I went to demonstrate an exercise to a client, I realized I’ve hurt something in my right shoulder. I’ll live, though.
At least my injuries during training have all been ones I can keep running through without even noticing.
I also tried something new during a training run this week – wearing sunglasses. And I am a total convert.
I have never run with sunglasses before, so I was a little skeptical before heading out, but I don’t think I’ll run without them from now on. And judging by your responses when I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook, I may have been one of the last women standing (running) without eyewear. (For transparency’s sake, I should let you know I was fortunate to be asked to a media day at the new Oakley flagship store on Fifth Avenue, and these custom glasses were complimentary).
Here’s how my workouts went this week of my half marathon PR quest:
Monday: Strength training
Wednesday: Vo2 Max Intervals – an easy warm-up and cool-down, with 5 x 3-minute intervals at a 7:10 pace (2 minute jog recovery) sandwiched in between. I did this on a treadmill, because it was so windy out I thought it would mess with my pace. This workout made me feel pretty awful for an hour or so afterward. The kind of workout where you have to force down something to eat or drink for recovery because your body wants nothing to do with food.
Friday: Easy run
Saturday: Long run. I mentioned yesterday this was mentally challenging for me. Obviously falling about a quarter of the way into it didn’t help. On top of that, Roman had been ill during the week, so I’d had a couple of 4 hour night’s sleeps. AND I couldn’t find my iPod, so I was sans distraction. I was happy that despite all this I hit an average 9:05 pace for just over 14 miles, but it still messes with my head to see all those 9’s in my splits when I know I’m looking for an 8:00 pace to get that 1:45 time in the half.
Sunday: 40 minutes on a bike at the gym, just shy of 12 miles. I actually lost track of time and went a couple of minutes over, because I was so wrapped up in HGTV. I love all the house hunting shows – living in small spaces in NYC makes all those enormous kitchens and bathrooms look like some kind of fantasy land. And it blows my mind when people say a 2,000 square foot home seems ‘small’.
But I digress…
Miles for week: 24.5
Don’t forget you can still donate to the amazing charity I’m running for:
David’s House offers support & somewhere to stay for families of children receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It was founded by the family of David Cyr, a little boy who passed away at age 5, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. David lived close to the hospital. When he realized that other families couldn’t go home to sleep & shower & eat – that they had to sleep in chairs, in hospital rooms – he wanted his parents to invite them to come stay at his house. After his death, his family founded David’s House to realize his dream. Families can sleep, shower, relax, prepare meals & have one less thing to worry & think about while their little ones are being treated nearby. I’m proud to be running 13.1 miles for this charity.