Saturday 18.0 miles/2:37:20/8:45 average pace
I ran on the Iron Horse Trail so that I wouldn't be away from home for too many hours, so I wasn't too excited about the route. It's nice enough but I'm getting a little sick of it. I drove up to Danville and started my run there, heading north for 9 miles to Walnut Creek and then returned. Surprisingly, I had a fantastic run!! I was feeling energetic and focused. I kept a very consistent, strong pace the entire run, and did not even listen to my iPod! It pretty much flew by and I never felt too tired until the last couple of miles. I picked up some bagels and returned home.
Zach is improving a lot and can get around the house by himself. Saturday evening my brother and sister in law came over- she had back surgery done a few weeks ago and can definitely relate to Zach. They brought up a ton of movies and some treats, then we made pizza and compared pain. Unfortunately, she wins hands-down, but we're hoping the doctors can get her back issues figured out soon.
Sunday I wasn't even sore from my long run! After breakfast I decided to get up to the pool to make my first attempt at swimming a mile. A MILE! Holy moly. Well, I DID IT! :)
I am 90% sure my pool is a 25 Yard size, so I looked up that a mile is about 1750 yards, or 35 laps. I wore my watch so I could count laps and off I went. Splish, splash, yadda, yadda, yadda, I swam a freaking mile!! It took me 37:41, not bad! I swam very consistent laps of 1:05 and only took two short breaks to adjust my goggles and swim cap. It was really fun- I can't wait to go even longer. I'm such an endurance junkie.
TOTAL miles for last week (week 5 of my 12 week program): 40 Miles
Plus: ONE mile swimming!
Here is my schedule for this week:
Monday: 5 miles Easy
Wednesday: 12 miles Medium Long
Friday: 6 miles Easy + Strides
Saturday: 15 miles (12 @ Goal Pace)
total scheduled 38
However, I think I will run another 18 or so on Saturday instead of a shorter Goal Pace run. I don't really have a hard goal for Boston anyway, so I'd rather just work on my endurance. I may run a hilly route and I might run a few miles faster than my usual long run pace, but we'll see. I am not married to the schedule this time around, so I'm just going to do what I want. *crosses arms defiantly* So there.