Catching Up: Last Week’s Recap + Running Goals for this week + Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello friends! Happy Valentine’s day!

It is Wednesday and I’m writing my first post of this week. Life has been a little crazy over here hence why I’ve been MIA. Plus my blog was down for a couple of days and didn’t know about it until today. Thank God I could fix the problem quickly. I’m really sorry if you’ve stop by and the blog was not loading.

Anyways. Lets quickly catch up on my last week’s runs before I dive into this week of training shall we?:)

Monday: Like usual, this was a rest day for me. I’ve been wanting to switch it up but at the same time I don’t. I guess it’ll stay like that while I make up my mind.

Tuesday: 30 min tempo. I wanted to do it on fresh rested legs. So that’s why I started the week with a tempo. During those 30 min I got to run 2.58 miles. However, I did 3-4 mins of warm up before starting my watch. So I guess that will make it around 3 miles in total for that day.

Wednesday: 5 miles at 11:26 average pace.

Thursday: Unplanned rest to avoid cramps during that time of the month.

Friday: 3.2 miles at 11:31 average pace. I did have to cut this run short as I was running late for work.

Saturday: 8 outdoor miles at 11:41 average pace.

Sunday: Rest day.

Total miles: 19.2 miles. My highest weekly mileage ever.

I really wanted a doughnut after that. So Luke got me a dozen.

Even though  I had to cut a run short and having my period made things a thousand times harder for me, this was an amazing week of training. I’m seeing progress big time and I’m happy about it. Not only I ran more than 18 miles injury-free but I’m also running faster. I feel positive.

Goals for this week:

– See if I can reach the same mileage.

– Keep my long run at 8 miles or less. My training plan is calling up for 9 this week, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that just yet. Those 8 miles made me feel uncomfortably fatigued.

Now, to catch up with what this week has actually been for me, I have only two things to say:

– Monday was a rest day as usual.

– Yesterday was a cross training day. I needed a mental break from the treadmill. So I went to the gym and did 10 min of intense stair master along with some core exercises. After that, I was really missing my run. I guess I just needed one gym session for that mental break to be over.

– Today was a running day. But I’m keeping those details for tomorrow’s post!

I really hope you enjoy your Valentine’s day.

We decided we’re staying home this year as we’re looking to save money. Luke is cooking my favorite steak, and I’ll be baking him his favorite chocolate chip cookies <3.

What are your plans for Valentine’s day?

What are your goals for this week?


The Story of a Very Unexpectedly Good Run

Happy Thursday friends!! It’s almost the end of the week, woot woot!

This week is passing so fast and I’m loving it. Yesterday I went the usual, 5 miles on the treadmill.

I woke up at 4:00 am and I was so incredibly tired. I sat on my couch with my cup of coffee as I was struggling to keep myself awake. Even after finishing my coffee I considered taking a 10-min power nap. But I forced myself not to do it as I knew I was going to end up sleeping in.

My running motivation was below 0. I definitely did not want to go to the gym and run. I had no idea on how I was going to even run the 5 miles. Just the thought of moving my body was making me want to cry a little bit.

But then I remembered my Dad’s words of wisdom: “Just don’t think too much about it and go. Do it. Beat that momentum.”

So I went ahead and got dressed. I got out the door and into my car I though “I don’t want to do it.”

Got to the gym and on to the treadmill, and I was still wondering “why? why am I putting myself trough this?”

0.5 Miles finished and I could only think “My legs hurt. I am tired. Am I even going to be able to run 5 miles today?”

Mile 1: “Finally warming up. It feels nice to warm up. Maybe I can increase the speed to warm up even more.”

Mile 2: “Man this feels good. But it’s starting to feel a little bit comfortable. I will increase this speed a little bit more.”

Mile 3: I started to get the runner’s high at this point. So the only thing I could think of was that I wanted to run faster. I knew I shouldn’t as I was getting way out of my comfortable easy pace. But I did it anyways.

Mile 4: “I’m tired. But I don’t want to stop. Maybe I’ll decrease the speed just a tiny bit.”

Mile 5: “Wait a minute… did I just run 5 miles in 56.3 min?”

I normally run 5 miles in 1 hour. So this run meant a decrease of 4 mins on my overall time, around 7% improvement. According to my calculations, this is approximately 11:20 average pace per mile. That’s fast considering I was doing it on the treadmill. If I was running outside it probably could’ve been around the 10 minutes per mile, which is an incredible progress for me.

To judge by how I felt before my run, I couldn’t even believe I ran so fast. However, it’s incredible how our bodies can respond in such an amazing way to our determination. The main lesson learned here is that my dad is right and I’m glad I sticked to his advice in such a difficult morning. Missing out on that amazing run would’ve been pretty disappointing.

Have you ever had a run like this?

Tempo Run + That Time of the Month

Happy Wednesday Friends!

How is your week going so far? To me is passing by so fast. But I’m perfectly ok with that as I am looking forward to the weekend.

I have so many DIY projects in mind for the house and the weekend is my only chance to make them happen.

On another note, yesterday I ran a 30-min tempo on the treadmill. According to the training plan, this is a run about time, not distance.

That was about 2.6 miles. I had a 4 o 5 min warm up before counting the time on my phone. So I think it was a total of 3 miles yesterday.

You’ll see the average pace per mile was 12:00 min because I walked for the last minute and that messed it up. However, I believe it the real average pace was around 11:20 min.

That tempo run from yesterday really helped me with my run today. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see (on my Insta Story) that I “flew” over the miles today and I felt so (so) good! More details about it on tomorrow’s post.

I’ve been needing to push myself a little extra this week. I think I’m PMSing and therefore I find myself constantly hungry and constantly tired. Tiredness is the hardest thing to deal with. Feeling like you’re falling asleep at your couch after having 8oz of black coffee is not fun. And that has been me every single day of this week. I do wake up at 4:00 am in the morning so that might not be helping me much during this stage.

When was the last time you ran a tempo run?

Was the worst thing you have to deal with when you’re PMSing?