Well Week 3 didn’t go exactly as planned. The weekend was a lot busier then I thought it was going to be and I missed my longer run 😦 Don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway on July 30th!
Monday: 4.4 Miles (Pace 8:00)
I ran with a great group Charlotte Running Company! They really made me feel welcome, which was great since before I went to the run, I wasn’t sure I wanted to run. The course was was full of hills, so much so I’m going to consider that my hill workout for the week! The run was very scenic and I met some great people during the run. I was really glad to be in Charlotte and really happy I came to the run club.
Tuesday: 7.2 Miles (Pace 8:00)
After Monday’s run I was excited to get out and run with another new run group, but unfortunately I was let down. The group I ran with 5 on the Booty didn’t match up to the great running experience I had the night before. I ran to the group, which was about a 2 mile warm up and then a 5 mile loop with the group. The course was pretty flat and even though it was very warm the humidity wasn’t nearly as bad as it is most of the time in Baltimore. I was glad to get in a longer run!
Wednesday: 3.1 Miles (Pace 7:58)
Unfortunately, due to work commitments I wasn’t able to run with another group in Charlotte today. I actually ran during a break in the middle of the day when the sun was high and the heat was cranked up! Though it is hot in the south the humidity doesn’t compare to home. I ran a loop around the city that I am familiar with and passed by several well-known landmarks; Epicenter, Time Warner Arena, NASCAR Hall of Fame, BB&T bank, and Bank of America stadium. It was a nice run around the city and reminded me why I like visiting Charlotte so much.
Thursday: 2.25 Miles (Pace 8:11)
Well I said Monday would count as my hill workout, but as I looked at the training schedule I felt like I would be going off track if I didn’t do hills again today. I did 4×400 hill repeats. I found a hill with a good incline not far from the hotel. It was suppose to climb close to 100 degrees today, fortunately I was able to get my run in earlier in the day but it was still in the 80’s. After two repeats I took my tank top off and set if by a light pole. I had seen people do it earlier in the week and no one stole it, so I figured I would be okay. The last repeat was grueling but I finished it, picked up my tank top and ran another quarter mile to cool down. I’m glad I decided to do hills again.
Friday: 1 Mile (Pace 8:35)
I landed in Baltimore around 1830 went to dinner with some friends and since the training plan has today as a rest day I only needed to do a mile to keep the streak alive! I decided to run a mile loop around my neighborhood, after running in Charlotte all week it was sort of depressing to be back home and running through Dundalk. No worries though, next week I will be in Providence! I really do enjoy running other places!
Saturday: 15.1 Miles (Pace 8:59)
So I changed up the training plan again today; today was supposed to be a 6 mile run at race pace, but two of my friends were planning on a long run so I decided to join them. I like running with people, it makes the run go by more quickly and you are suffering together! 😉 We started early, 0730, it was overcast and not to humid, we usually loop Ft. McHenry, but they don’t open till 0900 so we ran around the city a little while before heading that direction. It worked out perfectly we arrived at the Fort just after 0900 and we were at 9 miles, so we could loop the Fort and head back and we would be at 15. By this time time the sun had started to come out and heat things up, but it was better than our last run together when it started pouring down rain. In the last three miles the sun was brutal around the harbor promenade, but we kept our pace and finished strong. Our run was a good start to our Saturday and we were all glad to get it out of the way!
Sunday: 4 Miles (Pace 7:45)
Since I switched up my long run and did it yesterday and I made up some miles I missed last week earlier this week, I still wanted to make sure I did all my miles for this week so I ran 4. Wow, did that make sense? I wanted to run at a bit of a faster pace since my longer runs are slower. I ran each mile with a negative split and actually think I could have been a bit faster but I had a pretty large lunch and my stomach was a little upset so I didn’t want to push to hard. The evening air felt nice, over the heat I had been running in this week. When I finished my legs felt strong and I knew I had a good week of training!
Total Miles: 37.05
-Veggie Fueled Runner