Half Training Week 8 and The Oscars

Another Monday, another weekly recap of my training for you!

Monday – 6.1 miles in 49:00 (8:01 avg pace)

This run felt like it went on forever and ever.  I can’t believe how sore I still was from the weekend’s long run.  Not painfully sore, but more sore than I’d like to be for a 13+ mile run at this stage in the training.

Tuesday – OFF. Major fatigue from the weekend’s long run caught up with me.

Wednesday – 8 miles w/ 1 x 2.1 miles & 2 x 1.1 miles

This workout was a huge success.  It was originally supposed to be 4 x 1 mile repeats.  But since I was going to be on the treadmill for the workout, part of me wanted to change it up a little and do a “wave tempo” workout I learned about from NYC Running Mama because it sounded both challenging and like it’d keep me entertained on the treadmill.

However, I still wanted my screen covered up so instead of basing my speed changes on the distance (ever half mile), I decided I’d change speed with each song change.  So after a 2.5 mile warm-up, I started at a 7:03 pace, went down to 6:44 after 1 song, then back up to 7:03, then back down to 6:44 for a total of 4 songs and 2.1 miles.

Then I opted for a little break of a .3 mile jog at 8:34 pace.  Then I did the same thing, but broken up into 2 x 2 songs, so each repeat ended up being 1.1 miles.  I did this in the same “wave” fashion – the 1st was 6:58 & 6:40 pace for each song, then the 2nd was 6:53 & 6:35 pace for each song.

Dayton Flyers tank

And I wore my Dayton Flyers tank that I wore during the 2013 Chicago Marathon.  So I was channeling the fast vibes.

Thursday – 8.5 miles in 1:07:00 (7:52 avg pace)

I had a doctor’s appointment, so I took the afternoon off work.  Unfortunately, it was still pretty cold and windy, so I decided to go for the treadmill.  But since I was at my parent’s house, even a different treadmill sounded like a much-needed break from my usual treadmill at my work gym.

Friday – OFF. Unplanned, due to time constraints.

Saturday – 10.9 miles in 1:27:10 (7:59 avg pace)

Another beautiful Saturday for a long run!  I did 10 miles on my own, then was thinking I’d hit up the Fleet Feet fun run for a few extra miles.  But I was wiped out after those 10 or so miles, so I ended up just heading home.  But I did manage to run into Olivia, so then I met up with her and her friends for a few post-run beers!  And then a few more beers to celebrate my cousin Jennifer’s birthday!

Goose Island Post-Run

Sunday – 6.15 miles in 48:35 (7:53 avg pace) & “Deep Stretch” class

Despite the beers…not hungover on Sunday #blessed.  So I did a few easy miles on the lakefront.  It was a tad windy though, but I got over it given the fact that I was able to wear shorts.

Later in the day, I decided to join a yoga studio right around the corner from my condo because it’s only $49 for your first month and they have a variety of classes outside of just straight-up yoga.  I signed up for “Deep Stretch” and that it was.  I’d call it a yoga for beginners in a normal-temperature room.  So I didn’t sweat or anything, but it definitely stretched me out and helped to continually point out how inflexible I am.

TOTAL – 39.65 miles + 1 Deep Stretch class

So this was a “down” week, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s still a higher mileage than I can say I’m used to.  But that will change eventually.  It was definitely a down week in the sense that I had 2 off days.  And that upset me a bit because Friday was not a planned rest day, but I ended up needing to be at work longer than planned.  Then had to hurry up to get ready for dinner, so no time to fit in a run.

In other news:

I had this donut yesterday from Glazed & Infused.

Glazed and Infused Sprinkled Hawks Donut

Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself.  But I’ve also been treating myself to desserts way more frequently lately, so for the next 6 weeks until the race, I’m going to attempt to really limit the sugar intake.  So it was like a last hoo-rah donut.  And I just kept hearing about all the great donut places, so I needed to give one a try.  After the donut & coffee, I continued strolling around and peaked in a few stores on Michigan Avenue.  Wearing my sweet leggings and hat:

VS Leggings and UA Hat

Sorry about my face…I don’t know what a “normal” selfie face is supposed to be.

I can’t wait til I win an Oscar.  It’s only a matter of time.  But in the meantime, I’ll just commentate on some goings-on at last night’s Oscars:

Did Steve Carrell have glitter in his beard?  Or is he just getting soooo silver and not even gray?

Tom Hanks is still my favorite actor ever.  He should just win.  Every year.  20 years since Toy Story…that’s crazy talk.

I LOVED this dress:

Alicia Vikander at Oscars, Dress Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast

(From: www.instagram.com/todayshow)

Also, seeing that picture again now really makes me want to nix all the donuts and desserts going forward.  And really wish I had a fancy occasion to dress up for.  I’ll just stick to leggings for now.

Who do you think was best-dressed at the Oscars?

What was your favorite Oscar moment?

Favorite Tom Hanks movie?

One Thought on “Half Training Week 8 and The Oscars

  1. Glazed and Infused is fabulous. I bought one of their jumbo donuts as my birthday treat for the office last year (we bring in our treats for our own birthdays here) and it was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Imagine a donut the size of a large pizza, and that’s what I lugged all the way to work. After your race, you should definitely check out Stan’s, if you haven’t yet – I think that’s my favorite donut place in the city I’ve visited thus far.

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