My week in training 3/26 – 4/1

Running in the hot weather is a shock to the body after coming from a cold Chicago winter.  But, vacation doesn’t necessarily mean no running!  I’m still in training for a few races with the Byline Chicago Spring Half Marathon 10k being the first.  It’s only 6 miles, but I mentally need to be under 60 minutes and a goal of 54 minutes is within reach.  My coach has prepared me for learning what my body needs and I’ve learned a great deal.  No wonder I was getting so injured before I worked with her!  I had no idea how to train properly!

3/26   It was a cross training day so I did some hiking and beach wading with some core work involved.  Vacation is rough and the ocean was oh so hard on my body!  LOL

3/27   Today, I ran 6 miles and the weather was thick and hot!  It’s really not easy to breathe (or should I say pant) in this type of weather.  The first two miles were quite painful for my Achilles and I stopped to stretch it a couple of times.  After the first couple of miles, it feels absolutely fine.  Not sure why it happens because I rolled and stretched before I started.  HR stayed out of Z5 so there’s a plus!

3/28   Tempo Day!  I started later in the day when it was hotter than hell.  Smart.  The warm up mile was around 9:30 pace and the speed tempos were much faster than I wanted.  I still had major calf pain in the WU mile and not sure why that is.  It is pretty brutal and though it goes away after a mile or two, I’d like to know how to fix it.

3/29   5 miles of easy running.  Not much to say about it, but vacation makes following a training plan difficult to follow and succeed at it.

3/30   Rest day and last day of vacation means beach time.

3/31   It was supposed to be my long run of 11 miles but travelling just doesn’t allow for it.  I drove for 12 hours and I just didn’t have any time or availability to get in the run.  Cue the mini violins.

4/1   This day was all about driving home and I didn’t get my body moving as much as I would have liked.  I just needed the rest after a long drive.

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