Sunday, July 17, 2011

Week 7 Recap

Goal miles 69
Actual miles 68

I lost my mind this week. FOR REALS. Too many complicated projects, family activities, and miles this week for me to maintain sanity. My husband is a good man for sticking by my side in my ugly moments, and those were plentiful this week.

Monday: Planned on doing a fartlek. It didn't happen. Instead I ran 11.75 miles easy.

Tuesday: Easy 10.19 miles

Wednesday: Easy 10.05 miles

Thursday: Ran a 5K, 19:26 a new PR for me. I don't know what happened to my timing chip, but it never activated and I'm not in the results listing. Shoot that stinks. I would have finished in the top 5 women according to their info, but their results are way messed up.

I don't know why but my right arm always hangs out "raptor-style" when I run,
maybe I was a dino in a past life.

Friday: Easy 9.53 miles. Legs felt surprisingly okay after the race the night before, no soreness which means I probably should have been running a bit faster.

Saturday: What should have been the 2nd 20 miler of this cycle actually became my 1st. This run was basically the recipe for disaster from step one. A weeks worth of nights with only 5-6 hours of sleep+ running at 5 am when I never run at that time+no gu in the house and substituting with sweedish fish that were making me feel sick+no breakfast before hand+ humid temps+legs that would have much rather still been in bed=one challenging run. Nothing to brag about here, nothing impressive. Wanted to attack this workout progressively, but the legs weren't feeling it and it was an extremely challenging run for me. I don't think my legs were yet ready for this from the 5k two days prior. I'll get it next week.

After my 20 I spent the day celebrating my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary. I tried to recreate their wedding cake but replicating authentic 70's style in 2011 is difficult, and to make matters worse it was so hot that the cake was melting away.

Week 7 Goals

Sleep. I need at least 8 hours a night of sleep to function properly, this week I've been averaging between 5-6 a night and I feel like a zombie right now. I naturally have a bit of a saucy attitude, mix that in with little to no sleep and I get extra spicy. It's not pretty.

Hit the weights. Okay I'm serious about it this time. Every week my goal is 3 resistance sessions, but lately I've only been able to fit in two. When life gets busy this, and regularly doing my laundry, is the first thing to go.

70+ miles. Highest mileage week so far this year with a tempo, fartlek, and a progressive long are my target runs this week with the remaining miles easy. Practically all of my mileage last week was easy so I'm ready to take on some aggressive speed work.


  1. You are so honest, but 20 miles in the conditions you ran in ARE an accomplishment. Congrats again on the PR and wishing you many restful nights of sleep this week!

  2. Sounds like an awesome week to me even though it was "easy"! Get some more sleep this week and get yourself some GUs!!!

  3. Even with the timing issue you still had an amazing week! I love reading your posts. Your honesty inspires me to continue on, even when I just want to throw in the towel.

    I hope you get more rest and have a great week #7 of training!

  4. I think you had a great week---especially finishing those 20 miles not in the best conditions. Good luck for the next week!

  5. I don't know, I'm just gonna throw this out there: I'm pretty sure you kick ass. Really, it's hard for me to relate to the kind of mileage you put in, but it sure is fun to read about. Take care of yourself and keep kickin' ass, Britt.

  6. Amazing job on your miles! That is so awesome. (I am so with you on the sleep issue.)

  7. Great week! First 20 miler of the season, a 5K PR...that's some good stuff!

    More sleep, love that idea. I'm working on that too.

    I am going to start weight training in a couple weeks, I have an appointment to see a professional so he's going to set me up with a training plan.

    And that cake looks awesome.

  8. What a great weak you had! PRs are such a wonderful feeling, so happy for you :)
    More sleep is just so darn important, so i hope it helps you out...I need more too!

  9. I do really poorly on long runs when I have had little sleep too. I average about 6 hours a night though. They always say to get more rest the few weeks before a race - I wish I could get more rest all the time! I hope your next 20 is better :)

    The cake looks awesome from the pics!

    That totally sucks about the timing chip. Oh well, you know you PR'd!

  10. Wow what an amazing week!!! I don't know how you do it!!! I've been tired lately with my mid-20's miles!!! Lol

  11. Every week I read your recaps you continue to blow me away! Simply amazing:)Hope you get some rest this week to power yet another jump in miles!

    also - in the photo above, what type of sports bra are you wearing?

  12. I am in awe of your planned miles! Go get em!

  13. I think I say this every week - but you are suck a rockstar! I love reading your weekly recaps. It's nice - not all runs are good, not all runs are bad. You remind me that even if you are faster than the wind (like you!), you can struggle (not that I like to see you struggle).

    You MADE that cake?? Amazing! I can't bake my way out of a paper bag.

  14. hoping you get some good sleep this week. way to push through a rough 20 miles.

  15. Celebrate that 20. It's 20, no matter how you slice it (no cake pun intended)!

  16. I'm looking at your Daily Mile widget to the R. 20 miles @ 7:45P sounds pretty KICK ASS to me!!

  17. that sux your time for the 5k didn't count. That happened to the girl who won a 10k I did recently. But everyone knew her so that still let her be the winner. Great job on the serious mileage!

  18. Okay you totally impress me! I am trying to get my act together because I have to start my half marathon training in a couple of weeks and you are on one of my inspirations! You are so dedicated to getting your miles in! Good job girl!

  19. Bahaha @ the raptor arm. Looks more like a T-Rex arm to me. Or maybe an Allosaurus?

    (I read A LOT of dinosaur books to my kids).