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W9D5: easy 6 

That was a humid one. My legs are tired, but I got it done just in time for Bryon to get here.

Long runs early tomorrow.

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W9D4: tempo 4 

My stomach hurt all day. I then had miso and sushi for lunch, which actually settled it down. Who knew?

My company represents a certain amazing snack brand, and a large quantity of jelly beans arrived today. Running fuel! Things were looking up. It was also perfectly overcast and breezy

After last week’s disaster, I was anxious, but my 2nd attempt at a tempo 4 went great. Very happy to be making my 8:37 pace goal.

And college football is back! Tickets for the ND game in Indy arrived yesterday. Go Irish!

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W9D3: easy 5

This felt sore, but the mild weather by the lake made it enjoyable. My alt rock radio station did play Ziggy Marley at the end. Antithesis of running music.

A deer came within 2 feet of me. She didn’t care that I was running. Not even a little.

Is it Friday yet?

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W9D2: 5 x 1k at 4:54 

It didn’t feel 86. It felt 76, so I’m thinking the weather app is a liar? Thank goodness it cooled down or maybe I adjusted? Not likely.

Now that the speed workouts have longer intervals, it’s a different type of challenge. I’m doing slightly better at not all out sprinting at the beginning. Wish I would’ve realized I was just a few seconds over on a few intervals.

Lastly, Lacey would like to wish you a very happy dog day! She’s the funniest little dog. The apartment would be too quiet without her.

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W8D7: easy 6 

I helped with the dessert project. Good thing you can’t really “steal” from this dessert before it’s served. It looks and smells amazing.

I managed to run by myself along the canal without getting lost. Success!

Patachou was delicious, even if it was messy. Our waitress was pretty grumpy. I needed more coffee.

All in all, despite minor struggles, this was still a pretty high mileage week. August also still has a full week left. If I hit all my workouts, I’ll be over 150 miles. First 100+ mileage month is out of control.

Cheering JRW this afternoon! Best baseball team in Chicago!

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W8D6: long 10

Bryon woke me up at 5:45 ET. I’m lucky he’s a patient and kind man. I am not the easiest person to deal with that early. He cooked us up some eggs and toast and coffee, so that we could actually survive our long runs.

We ran the tow path in Indy and it was wonderful. It’s clay which was a nice break for my knees. I also ran mostly negative splits and worked my way from the 9:20’s to 8:40’s. It averaged out to 9:07. I’ll take it.

My tempo run Thursday was a heart burn/heat mess, and I took Friday off in a bid to let me tweaked knee heal. I definitely needed it. It was the right choice to listen to my body. Hanson’s is more mileage than I’m used to. Today felt much, much better.

Now we get to be lazy! Woohoo!

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W8D3: easy 5 miles

I normally do tempo runs on Wednesdays. My knee was a bit sore, and it was too hot. Where did these 86 degrees of heat come from? I also battled stomach pain all day and ate lunch too late. Not the recipe for 4 tempo miles of success. Will try again tomorrow. 

I keep a water bottle at my desk and refill it from the water purifier all day. When I leave, I take a full bottle for my run. There are more in my trunk. It’s getting to be a problem. 

Lots of miles left this week and some of them will be in Indy!

W8D3: easy 5 miles

I normally do tempo runs on Wednesdays. My knee was a bit sore, and it was too hot. Where did these 86 degrees of heat come from? I also battled stomach pain all day and ate lunch too late. Not the recipe for 4 tempo miles of success. Will try again tomorrow.

I keep a water bottle at my desk and refill it from the water purifier all day. When I leave, I take a full bottle for my run. There are more in my trunk. It’s getting to be a problem.

Lots of miles left this week and some of them will be in Indy!

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W8D2: Rest/Yoga

I used to look at Pinterest fitness boards for workout inspiration. I never really took the whole “every damn day” thing seriously. How times have changed. 

This was my coffee table after the weekend. 

1) keys to tie in my shoelaces
2) 3 runs worth of hair ties/headbands
3) ace bandages for holding ice packs on my knees and shins
4) my amphipod from Bryon
5) my garmin 

Not pictured: a full bag of Swedish fish & my mug of Gatorade. With Hanson’s + stretching it really is an all the time training plan. 

Yoga felt really good. I enjoy working through my muscles and taking time to work out aches and pains. It was the best shivasana of my life, there was gently rolling rain outside. I probably could’ve rested there forever, just bliss. 

I also love, love, love riding my bike at night. It’s so quiet and Bucktown is lovely. The rain had just stopped, and it was that perfect smell of summer. 

My roommate made me stir fry which was loaded with protein - shrimp, Lima beans, water chestnuts, and eggs. So good! 

All in all not a bad rest day.

W8D2: Rest/Yoga

I used to look at Pinterest fitness boards for workout inspiration. I never really took the whole “every damn day” thing seriously. How times have changed.

This was my coffee table after the weekend.

1) keys to tie in my shoelaces
2) 3 runs worth of hair ties/headbands
3) ace bandages for holding ice packs on my knees and shins
4) my amphipod from Bryon
5) my garmin

Not pictured: a full bag of Swedish fish & my mug of Gatorade. With Hanson’s + stretching it really is an all the time training plan.

Yoga felt really good. I enjoy working through my muscles and taking time to work out aches and pains. It was the best shivasana of my life, there was gently rolling rain outside. I probably could’ve rested there forever, just bliss.

I also love, love, love riding my bike at night. It’s so quiet and Bucktown is lovely. The rain had just stopped, and it was that perfect smell of summer.

My roommate made me stir fry which was loaded with protein - shrimp, Lima beans, water chestnuts, and eggs. So good!

All in all not a bad rest day.

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W8D1: 6 x 800 (goal: 4:00)

It’s runningwithpump's birthday, so of course that meant speed work.

1 - 3:47
2 - 3:59
3 - 3:59
4 - 3:57
5 - 4:02 (grr)
6 - 3:59 

Hotter than expected, but it is August and my trail has shade. It totaled 6.7 miles. I needed every second of my 3:00 minute recovery periods.

So happy to have my running partner/amazing boyfriend/coach in my life. I’m looking forward to our next adventures. Happy Birthday Bryon!

P.S. Lacey says so too!

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W7D7: easy 6

Highest mileage week ever. It’s hard to believe I’m only training for a half sometimes. 

It was like running through clouds today, very foggy and cool. Strange weather for August. I was thinking I was going to be suffering for the 5 weeks of speed training of my plan, but as of week 3, it’s still an atypical summer. 

My normal route is 3 or 4, making it 5 or 6 has been an adventure in Chicago neighborhood running. That many miles here means crossing 4 or 5 major roads. You can reach a different world in that time. Today I made it to West town (I think). It’s very quiet on Sundays! 

I’m also trying to learn to fuel. I mixed a little Gatorade in my water. My stomach didn’t love it, but I think it helped me get through. I’m going to keep experimenting. 

It took me a long time to get out the door.

W7D7: easy 6

Highest mileage week ever. It’s hard to believe I’m only training for a half sometimes.

It was like running through clouds today, very foggy and cool. Strange weather for August. I was thinking I was going to be suffering for the 5 weeks of speed training of my plan, but as of week 3, it’s still an atypical summer.

My normal route is 3 or 4, making it 5 or 6 has been an adventure in Chicago neighborhood running. That many miles here means crossing 4 or 5 major roads. You can reach a different world in that time. Today I made it to West town (I think). It’s very quiet on Sundays!

I’m also trying to learn to fuel. I mixed a little Gatorade in my water. My stomach didn’t love it, but I think it helped me get through. I’m going to keep experimenting.

It took me a long time to get out the door.