Monday-7.5 miles, easy The day started out with nervous anticipation for what the next 14 weeks would hold for me, would I be able to train more aggressively? Would I remain injury free? Would I be able to stay in a great spot mentally? Would I be able to smash my goal 14 weeks later?
Then I got an email..
I was going to get a free pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonaras to test, and L would also get a pair. I was head over heels in love with my Mizuno Wave Elixirs but they were being discontinued, so I jumped ship to Brooks. I was THRILLED to get a pair of these to test since they would be replacing my beloved Elixirs.
When I got home I received a package from my Daad with this note:
And to top it all off, I ran up to Fleet Feet for their fun run, which was also the kickoff to my FVMBqorBUST training and got to run with Jenny and Hillary. When we walked back out of Fleet Feet we saw this:
If this wasn't the culmination of good omens, I don't know what is!
Tuesday- 6 Speed. 3x1 mile repeats 7:08, 7:11, 7:06. Followed by a load of squats, lunges, planks...
Thursday- 2.5 easy. My legs were so sore
Friday- Rest. Legs still sore. Went to the Richard Cheese concert.
Saturday- 6 Miles, hills with CB.
Sunday- 13.1 miles, 1:46:09, in the Chicago Womens Half Marathon.
Week 1 couldn't have gone any better- between the Mizuno shoes, my Daads note and a 5 second PR in the half marathon without trying, FVM training was off to a stellar start.
Monday- 5, easy recovery miles.
Tuesday- 6.25 miles, 6x800's @ 3:24, 3;23, 3:22, 3:22, 3:21, 3:19 Then I cut my toe while we were grilling.. Hurt like hell, but didnt bleed somehow. I'll spare you the visual.
Thursday- 5 easy
Friday- 7 miles with hills in the new Mizuno Wave Sayonaras!!
Since they arrived Friday, I had to test them out with an easier run of course. My initial impression is that the arch area and toe area (where the foot/toes bend) are very snug. I did not get any blisters, but I am hesitant to bring them along for any long runs until they are broken in more. My shorts also chaffed my leg pretty bad. Looks like I need to go back to running 101 and not wear stuff that has chaffed in the past. Derp.
Earlier in the day I went to the Chicago Blackhawks parade. Since the route was very close to my work I decided to go down and check it out. It seriously lasted all of 5 minutes with the busses whizzing by.
Since I'm too lazy to transfer the photos to my PC, I took a photo of the photo I took with my camera on the iPhone. Yay Blackhawks, Stanley Cup Champions!!
And the vine video I took:
Saturday- 14 miles, 2:02, with progressive splits of miles 6-14.
Woke up to 60 degrees, 90% humidity, fog and wind. YAY for cooler temps!
Felt great during the entire run once the dead leg feeling wore off around mile 6. Ran the first mile with L and then it was 5.5 more miles into the 20-30mph headwinds.
Had to "sandbag" a little once I turned around because I was instantly running 30 seconds faster at the same effort. Tailwind FTW! The progressive miles felt controlled through to the last mile.
I've already seen a dog get dive bombed a week ago...
After the long run, we went to the new brewery in town "Dry Hop." The beer is fantastic and the chicken burger with Brie, apples and caramelized onions hit the spot.
Sunday- Rest Day
Took CB to the dog park where he enjoyed sniffing tail and then played some frisbee.
Vai Brasil! Vamo que vamo!
To close out week 2 of training, L and I grilled yummy things and watched the Brasil vs Espana soccer game- which was for the Confederations Cup title. Brasil did not disappoint and easily won 3-0 over Espana.
With 12 weeks to go (83 days!) I'm feeling pretty damn good about training so far. As long as I stay on top of massaging my calf, I should stay in good health leading up to game day, 9/22/3013.