Last week was my final chill week before I start training for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon. It has been nice to run when I want, and not when I don’t, but I am pretty excited to get back to a regular schedule. I’ve had a few aches and pains that I’ve been working through, but I am feeling pretty good again, and ready to bust out some speed work.
Last Week’s Training
Wednesday: 5 miles (2 with alone and 3 with running group)
This was a pretty chill and uneventful run. I took it slow and just ran by feel (kept a 9:00 min/mi pace). It was nice to get out and move my legs a little after a week off, and I was happy to be back after some lower back pain.
Thursday: THE DAY I SAW THE OTTER!! (3.5 mile easy run)
I wrote all about this last week… but I saw an otter. It was adorable and totally made my day.
Saturday: 6 mile trail run
I went to a state park just south of town with a bunch of my friends and we hiked for about 7 miles. I wanted to get a run in, and since Hospital Hill has hills (and South Bend does not), I decided a little trail action would be nice to acclimate my legs to rolling terrain. After our hike, I went out and ran 6 miles through the beautiful trails of Potato Creek State Park. I had forgotten my ankle brace, but decided to run without it. This was the first time I’ve run on trail without the brace since the injury two years ago!
Sunday: 12 mile bike ride
I didn’t feel like running a long run (I had an 8 miler planned), since my legs were tired from all the running and hiking the day before. I instead decided to go out for a ride along some of the trails along the St. Joe River. Frank came along and it was pretty awesome.
Total Milage: 14.5 <-haha!
Well, it has been nice to be rather low on the milage and just run easy, but I’ve been pretty eager to get back to a regular schedule and add some hills and speed work. I am going to write up a separate post about my goals for Hospital Hill, but they are pretty BIG. I guess I better get to it!
This week looks something like this:
T: 10 min warm up + 20 min HMP + 10 min fast finish & Yoga
W: 35 min foundation run & Yoga
T: 15 warm up + 8 x hill + 10 cool down & yoga & Yoga
F: 40 min foundation run & Go pick my mom up! (She’s in town this weekend!!)
S: Hike + rest
S: 9 mile long run
Do you like to go trail running? Any exciting plans for the weekend?