The last week has been a crazy one for me. Due to some unexpected issues I had to take a couple days off running but went back at it yesterday!! Boy oh boy could I tell I had missed four days worth of working out!!!! I literally didn’t do anything over the weekend. I spent three straight days on the sofa or in bed. It wasn’t fun. I was miserable. Now that I am feeling better I am trying to get back to running with as little discomfort as possible.
Last night I changed, laced up my shoes and headed out the door not really know what to expect! Dare and I ran to my sisters, snatched up my nephew and headed out! The plan was to just run 5 miles total. Since my sis’ is a half mile away we decided on 2 miles out and back. I am not a big fan of out and backs but it worked for the night!
It was beautiful out! 40° and sunny ☼ with a slight cross wind. We started off and just started talking. I told them both I wanted to just run and get in the mileage. 5 miles later….
I hadn’t expected to have an average that low so I was happy with it for sure. Best part is I never felt like I was working hard. I had this same kind of run last Thursday, 4 wonderful miles that helped with a very very stressful day. I needed it. My soul needed it.
After I ran the kids were hungry, I was hungry and we needed food. I was too lazy to change so I just threw on some shoes and headed out the door….anyone else do that? People must think I have no sense of fashion at all!!
In other news, I had some very delicious strawberries over the weekend. I could have eaten the whole bowl but I shared. 🙂
I am now 6 weeks out from my next half marathon. I will be running the Tear Drop Half Marathon in Chatsworth, GA on April 30th. It has a net elevation loss of over 2000 feet in the first 8 miles of the race with the last 5 miles being small rolling hills or flat. For the next few weeks I am going to be doing a lot of hill running both up and down for most runs. This along with some specific training on my quads and hamstrings. To make sure my legs are complete trash when I get done with the first 8 miles. Side note: The downhill in the first 8 miles is listed at having anywhere between 5-10% grade. <–wowzer!
Regardless of the course I am super excited to get down there!! I am a part of the I Run 4 program and my buddy lives in the area. I am going to be able to meet him and race for him right in his own home area! This is going to be great!! If you aren’t part of the I Run 4 program check it out! As a runner you get paired with a buddy (the wait is long) and then keep in touch with them via Facebook or any means that you choose. You dedicate the miles you run to your buddy that will never be able to experience the love of running. Seriously….check it out!
Monday: 5 miles √
Tuesday: HIIT/Strength Training
Wednesday: Downhill training
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: HIIT/Strength Training
Saturday: 9 miles
Total: 20 miles
Any tips for downhill running?
Are you a part of IR4?