June 24, 2013

My first time pacing a group

Finally back to training last week, I hit it hard knowing that I have vacation coming up that might force me to slack off again. 

It's been about two forevers since I posted any workout reports on here, so I thought I'd break that streak and give you the ... 

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Workout wrap-up!

Monday: yoga. Finally! I've skipped yoga for a couple of weeks, and it felt great to be back.

Tuesday: 2.5-mile run on the treadmill with my gym buddies then foam rolled. Pulled a double and ran 4.5 with the Life Time Run Club that night. 

Wednesday: workout with trainer Mike. See below. 


Thursday: early morning 4.67ish-mile trail run with these cool dudes. 


Friday: 4.11 miles of speedwork (first time in a few weeks, and if felt refreshing and HARD) plus more working out with trainer Mike (bottom middle).


Yes. we did that. But we had just done this.


And this. 


And lot of other stuff to deprive us of oxygen. 

Saturday: run with the Birmingham Track Club. I paced the 12-mile group at 9 minutes per mile. We ended up with 12.48 miles in 1:52:04, and when I typed it into my Runkeeper app, it spit out our average pace was 8:59. Bam, almost right on! Of course, because they are runners, the group was rad.

Photo by Mruns.com
Photo by Mruns.com
Photo by Mruns.com

This was my first time ever officially pacing anything other than myself. It wasn't a race or anything with PRs on the line, but it felt great to stick with a group until the end and know we had all worked hard together. Plus, did you see that Mekelle, my last year's Savannah training bud, was there?! Reunited!

Sunday: trail training. About 8 miles at Oak Mountain, following the Hotter 'N Hell course to prep for the July 27th race. The race is 9 miles (we skipped a small part) or 18, if you feel up for a double loop. If yesterday was any indication, race day will not be hotter in hell but hotter than hell. 

Breaking to wait for runners, who, we later figured out, ran in the opposite direction.

The worst hill of the bunch (below) was around mile 6. It was burning my legs up.


What was your favorite workout last week? The last three days all tie. We were definitely the goofiest at my Friday, pyramid-building workout, so that ranks high up there. 

Which one was your hardest? That trail run was pretty darn hard, especially since my legs were tired from working hard all week. Looking forward to spin class today and no pavement pounding.