Sunday, June 29, 2014

ROC Week 4: Turning things up

I should probably set the mood for this post.....Sitting in Starbucks (yay AC!), headphones in for a jam sesh, sipping an iced coffee, and a goofy smirk on my face. Today was a good day, and this week has left me feeling in a really good spot with training.

Last week was my lowest mileage week since before Boston, and afterwards I knew that it was going to be a good thing. (It wasn't a planned cut back week, but it worked out really well that way with travel and all). This week takes 2 highest things... highest mileage week in over a year, and longest run since Boston (I have had a 20 mile day, but not all in one run). 

So the miles went up this week, as did the temperature. I was feeling really tired this week, maybe some residual travel gunk combined with the heat. I knew it was time to start putting in more miles but also knew I couldn't be pushing paces. So this week was definitely on the easier side as far as paces were concerned, no workouts to be done. I'll go back to workouts this coming week, but I honestly needed to hold back a little this week and let my mind and body do some unwinding.

Sunday's long run will take the win for best run of the week. It wasn't about paces or anything other than time on my feet with one of my best friends. We had a fabulous time catching up on each others lives and getting some hot and hilly miles in. The rest of the day was spent unwinding in the sun on the lake- so much winning to be had. 

7.03 miles after work (7:42 pace)
Morning: 35 Minute Core/Upper Body workout
5.16 miles with a friend after work (7:46 pace)
9.5 miles after work (7:44 pace)
5.11 miles after both jobs (7:49 pace)
6.44 miles between jobs (7:28 pace) 
8 miles before night shift at work (7:50 pace)
18 mile morning run with Heather (8:58 pace)

Total running miles: 59.2 miles
Running ROC Training miles: 206.2 miles

This week finished so much better than it started, luckily with much more energy. I feel refreshed, happy, and ready to keep turning things up. I had some good pep talks this week, and I have a LOT of things to look forward to in the coming weeks (and some big things this fall!). Focusing on the little things makes me so much happier. I'm human and I have certainly questioned things lately, particularly my training and whether I am good enough to reach the goals I have. While I'm not there right now, I know that come race day I will be. I just need to keep putting in the work, doing everything I can to get to where I want/need to be. At the end of the day I know I have been working my ass off, and the consistency is already paying off. No one else can tell me otherwise. 

As for this coming week, I have my workouts that I will do but when they are happening is still being shuffled around. I am not sure what my work schedule is going to be with the Holiday (nothing like last minute planning...drives me BATTY). Should be another solid week of training though, time to really start working :)

Plans for the 4th of July?

Best run last week?


  1. I can't imagine training for a marathon in this heat & humidity. You are a rockstar :)

  2. Looks like a great week of training, good job getting it in between the jobs too!

  3. Great week of mileage! Great call taking the long run slower if you hadn't been feeling the best earlier in the week. It looks like positive things await your training this week!

  4. your smile is infectious Laura--you look SO happy these days and i am proud of you :)
    i am the same way and have set goals that i feel may be far bigger than i can achieve (300# Dead lift and start doing crossfit competitions in 2015) but i know that with some hard work and motivation i can do it =)
    my birthday is the 3rd so i'm going to be spending time over the 4th with friends and family back home, wouldn't have it any other way!

  5. I'm glad you guys had such a good run together (glad and jealous). How you get all that training done between your jobs is truly remarkable. I think the down week was probably good and it allowed your body to recharge and ready to kickbutt this week.

  6. An 18 miler is great!! Yowzers. your mileage is looking terrific!
    I am still on the fence about racing this weekend. I'd love to, but if I do, it won't be all- out. Im supposed to pace a friends marathon in a few weeks and I need to be in one piece for it! Best run I have done recently was also 18 miles, but then my foot was sore afterwards. :/

  7. I'm glad you had a great week. 4th of July will be spent in the pool at my parent's house.

  8. Wow, Laura! That's an impressive week of workouts and pretty speedy for "easy" paces- your training is going so well!!

  9. Nice week! :) I need to figure out another big race... or else I might have to run Rochester again! I don't really have plans for this weekend, Id be up for a run if you'd like some company :)

  10. Awesome week of training.
    I am planning to start my 4th with an easy workout and then some family time.

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