Happy Sunday! Another great week with running along with a few classes on the bike. The weather was up and down with very windy days, to chilly weather, and warmer weather. I hope this month is more consistent.
I had some great workouts this month! I am seeing faster splits which I am hoping will translate to a few PRs either this year or next year. I finished April with 96.10 miles. I was hoping for 100 but it is a big jump from last month (78.22 miles).
I didn’t run in the morning on Monday but instead did it after work. It was nice and warm but WINDY. Glad it was “just” one mile.
Tuesday was a speed day. It was still windy but not as bad as the day before. My workout was 4 miles with 4-45 second surges. Splits were 8:10, 7:55, 7:45, and 7:25. Definitely fast for me but still manageable. I have no idea how other runners can run long miles in those paces. I did this workout on March 9th but with 30 second intervals. Those splits were 9:16, 8:15, 7:39, and 9:30.
These past couple of weeks I’ve done 1/3 and 1/4 mile intervals. On Thursday I did 4-1/2 mile intervals. I am not a big fan of long intervals. I always start off too fast and then struggle with maintaining that pace the rest of the interval. My splits were faster than what my coach asked me to do (10:44, 10:42, 10:28, and 10:18). I was tired at the end. In the last interval I stopped my watch for about 5 seconds for a quick break. I don’t think I could have done another one.
Saturday was 7 miles with one 90 interval/90 recovery after each mile but stopping at 7 miles. I like this run because it makes each mile a bit more interesting. I did this run 2 weeks ago. I compared the splits and while some were faster in yesterday’s run, some were also slower. That is OK. I am still pleased with how I did.
I thought a Live DJ Run would be a fun class to take. Wrong! OMG, the constant talking between the instructor and the DJ was very annoying. Never again will I take these classes. The Calvin Harris Run was OK. I like him but I recognized maybe 2-3 songs.
I also did 3 bike classes (2 with Denis). He is a great instructor! I am liking his classes and the music is great too.
It’s been a year since I started working with my coach. I am very happy with him and have enjoyed my workouts. I am excited for this upcoming week, month, and future months!!
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.
You had a really strong April! The wind here was crazy last week as well. We had a few wind advisories which is kind of rare for us.
Of course the weather would be like that this year. 🙂
Looks like you’re making good progress on your intervals! Myself, I have to see the splits on my watch to know if I’m making any progress because they all feel the same…HARD. Keep up the great work 😉
Thanks! It feels good to see numbers like that. And yes they all feel hard!
It’s great to work with a coach! So happy that you’re so happy with yours.
Our weather has mostly been on the rainy/cooler side (hello, it’s supposed to be MARCH showers) and we have quite a few mornings still in the 30s.
Makes for nice running — if you can motivate yourself out (and when it’s not cold rain!).
You’re doing great with your streak, Zenaida!
The weather has been all over this year. Of course it is 2021, right? 🙂
Solid week Zenaida! So glad you’re happy with your coach so far. Sounds like a good fit!
working with your coach seems to be going really well for you. congrats on a great month of running! You look happy!
I am very pleased with everything. I’ve had my months where I struggled but then the good ones coming along. I know every runner goes through that too.
Nice miles this month, Zenaida!!!! I was close to 100 as well, with 91. I’m going with the quality over quantity theory…lol
Great month for you! I agree the weather needs to settle down and be consistently nice already. It’s freaking May after all!
And what a shift from the weather this weekend! At least we don’t have snow.
Your streak is alive! Sounds like you had a great week with some speed thrown in. i know what you mean about those paces- what feels like a sprint for me is some people’s marathon pace! Sheesh.
I know some elites run at either 5 or 6 minute mile for marathons. Yikes!
You are on an AWESOME roll now Z—kudos on your outstanding discipline and focus. It is a pleasure and an honor to be working with you; it is something I am truly enjoying. As you pointed out, given your prior month’s mileage volume, we needed to make sure that the increase was done in a way in which both your mind and body would adjust in a positive way and safely make gains from it, and it’s great to see you were able to accomplish that. I have no doubt you’ll continue to build on this strong base and easily eclipse the 100-mile mark in May, and be well on your way to whatever you set your sights on this summer/fall!
Hi Juan! I hope you had a great race at Glass City and enjoyed the visit to my town 🙂
Hey Lisa! Thank you, the Glass City Half proved to be a GREAT race for me; I was able to break a PR that was more than 3 years old by 3 minutes so I’m super happy with it. On top of that, I truly enjoyed the course and everything around the university. I might go back and run the full next year–maybe. We visited the zoo and the Maumee Bay Brew Pub, and a Peruvian restaurant just a couple of blocks from the university while we were there and enjoyed it all–tons to be proud about Toledo!
Yay!! Congrats on your race! It was a good day. I think they did a great job with the event this year. I hope you do come back!
Looking forward to it! Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement!!
Awesome job this week! That takes discipline and motivation.
Wow, a year already with your coach? That’s great! Your hard work is showing with those great paces lately. Well done! I get super excited to see a 7:xx on a pace no matter what the distance!
I am going to enjoy seeing that number as much as I can. Hopefully soon it will feel more comfortable.
You are getting so strong! It’s been fun to watch you progress – it sounds like your coach has been a great investment!
I am so happy I decided last year to work with him. I remember feeling lost and unmotivated and need someone to get me out of that funk.
great week for you! it’s always nice to see progression! I also am not a huge fan of longer intervals but I’m trying!
I still don’t really understand how treadmill classes would work. I mean, I get on my treadmill and stick netflix on and that’s my workout hahaha!
Right now I am doing 90 seconds and they feel so long.