Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CHM Training Week 5 Recap

About 66 miles for week 5 with 2 strength sessions and 1 booty kickin yoga class.

Monday: 10 miles easy

Tuesday: 11.02 miles in 1:23. Strength circuit.

5 mile tempo run
Splits: 6:50, 6:35, 6:29, 6:34, 6:31

This tempo was a bit all over the place because I was running by feel and not letting the garmin dictate my pace. I love a good tempo run but I feel like most of the running population has no idea how to run this workout, including myself. Seems like a lot of us turn to graphs, stats, and charts to determine what pace to take our tempos. I've done this in the past, but have recently decided that for me I can't necessarily put my workouts into charts to get the most benefit from them. Honestly I'm a bit thrown for loop lately because I feel like I've gained speed in the past several months which makes it difficult for my workouts to fit correctly into standard stats, so everything for me is based on feel as of right now.

Wednesday: 9 mile recovery run

This was such a beautiful day that I was almost tempted to turn this run into another accidental 20 miler, but I didn't. Instead I just rocked out to some good tunes along the lakefront while soaking up the warm rays of the sun, I'll save that second accidental 20 miler for another day.

Thursday: 12.01 miles in 1:31. Strength circuit.



Celebrated the hubby's 28th birthday.

Speed workout
3 Sets of 1x1600/2x400's
Splits: 6:21, 1:31, 1:31, 6:21, 1:34, 1:31, 6:18, 1:33, 1:31

Friday: 8.5 mile recovery run. Hot yoga fusion at Core Power Yoga, 75 minutes.

I consider myself a fairly fit female athlete that can take on a lot of physical challenges, but never in my life had I ever been challenged in the way this hot yoga fusion class did. My mat looked like a slip and slide by the end of class and my body sweat out about 4 lbs. of toxins. By the back end of the class I couldn't even hold a downward dog because I was basically swimming in my own filth and couldn't grip my mat. I went to the class over dressed and under prepared with no towel. I was a gross mess by the end, but can't wait to get back for another class.

I always find value being put out of my element in fitness, and this class taught me that no matter how fast or far I can run there are still a lot of other physical challenges that can kick my butt.

Saturday: Unexpected day off. Legs were really tight and achy from Friday's yoga session.

Sunday: 15.14 miles in 1:59, 7:50 pace.

Started off my 28th birthday with a long run at the early morning hours of the day. Legs were still feeling kind of heavy and sluggish for most of this run, but it felt so nice to start my day off in the wee hours of the morning with the stillness of the lakefront path as my backdrop.


I collect aprons, so the hubby gave me a funky new one to add to my collection. Love feeling girly and cute while dicing up some serious mirepoix or deboning chickens in my kitchen.


He also bought me some racing flats, the Adidas Adios. I haven't ran in racing flats in about 10 years and  feel like my legs are finally ready to again for my upcoming spring races.


They're a bit bright, but feel perfect on my gigantic feet.

Came down with a violent bout of the flu yesterday morning, so not sure where week 6 will have me. Just hoping to get in a few miles once I'm able to stand without the room spinning and ingest food without it prematurely coming back up.

24 comments:

  1. Great week Britt! I love that apron, very girly!

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  2. Those cupcakes look pretty yummy! My hubby and I share the same birthday week too! His birthday is on the 3rd and mine on the 8th. He usually gets the party and then I get the leftovers, lol.

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    1. Ha, thats funny because it's the same for us! We had 3 day old stale cupcakes for my birthday that were left over from his!

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  3. Cupcakes look great, did you make them? Your runs look great I think your going to kick your spring race's ass!
    I love the shoes! Happy belated bday!

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  4. Happy Birthday to both of you--I'm glad the flu held off long enough for you to celebrate!
    Love the juxtiposition of the Nike running top with your funky new apron! Feel better!

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  5. Great week! Hope you feel better soon!

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  6. A) I wish I could accidentally turn a 9 miler into an easy 20 miler. One day :)

    B) Yoga fusion classes are HARD! I went to one and I got so worked. Such an awesome workout!!

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  7. I love that you two have birthdays so close together! What a great apron he found you. I can't believe you haven't run in racing flats for ten years. I love mine :)

    Great job on all your training and hope you feel better soon!

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  8. Amazing week of running! Dig those shoes too!!

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  9. You had an awesome week!! I love your apron and your new shoes!!

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  10. Awesome week! You are getting fast. You know, about paces, etc...I am doing a lot of HR training and it really makes sense to me. I have my first tempo tomorrow, 7 miles in a certain HR zone. The fitter I get, the faster that pace will be. This works good for me. Happy belated bday to both you and the hubs! Love the apron!

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    1. Always appreciate your feedback AM as you are a speedster yourself that seems unstopable! Hope that your tempo was amazing.

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  11. Your apron is adorable! I also love Core Power - the yoga sculpt is a great class too!

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  12. Great week! And great speed! I have some sort of speedwork on tap for tomorrow, my favorite day:) I have a pair of racing flats in my "shopping cart" online. Deciding whether or not to go for it, but I need to decide soon if I'm going to wear them in April! I'm going to check out the Adidas Adios, I've looked at them before but don't know much about them. Hope you kick that flu quickly, seems like everyone is getting it:-/

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  13. Hope you feel better soon! I love that apron, and love that your birthdays are in the same week.

    Your Thursday workout is rockin'. All of them are. I wish I was as fast as you so I could run as much. Hee hee.

    I like that you are a strong enough athlete to do your tempos by feel and get your butt kicked at yoga. I love when I take a class and it kicks my butt. It lets me know that I can keep growing!

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  14. You had an amazing week! And happy birthday to you and your hubby! That apron is so cute too. It seems like you have really grown as an athlete and are even smarter about your training now. I really like the idea of running the tempos by feel instead of a computer generated result of a complex formula. I'm going to
    Remember this for when I start to run again after being sidelined for so long.

    Hope you are feeling better and are able to enjoy this fabulous weather very soon.

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  15. I am a new reader, and I love your blog!! I lived in the city for 7 years (we are now in southwest FL!!) so it was fun to read your race recaps since I am familiar with all those races!!

    Your speed workout was insane!! Great job! Looking forward to following you, and getting some workout ideas! And happy birthday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Olivia and thank you for the lovely words of support and encouragement.

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  16. I LOVE that apron! how cute is that! you should show us some pictures of your other cute ones too!

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  17. Happy birthday to you both! You have such a balanced training plan--I like seeing that strength circuit in there! ;)

    And, how adorable. I wonder if I cooked in an apron that would make my food taste better! I have been seeing that the temps back home in the Midwest have been stellar. Oh how I long to be back there!

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  18. I love those shoes!!! So pretty!!!! I hope you had a great birthday! I love running on my bday. Makes me feel awesome.

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  19. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great year of racing! Those shoes look super speedy!! :)

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  20. I love how much CorePower yoga kicks my butt, too. It also makes it easier to run in the summer, I've discovered.

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    1. I never thought of that detail, I guess the body learns to adjust to the humidity sooner doesn't it?

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