Week 1, Day 1 – Let the wild RUNpus start!
Day 1 was nice and easy 3 miles with 10 minutes of strength. Happy to get this started!
3 miles, 9:12 pace, 139 avg HR – Strava link here
Woke up early to get this one in with Cory. Easy 5 with a couple hills to get it started.
5 miles, 8:20 pace, 151 avg HR, 240 feet of elevation – Strava link here
Was going to get up and do this run in the morning but I went to bed with a killer headache and woke up with an even worse one. I started a sugar cut so I think this might have been the cause but I took some meds in the morning and felt good by the time I got off.
Did an easy 3 followed by 4x hill sprints at full effort for 10~ seconds followed by 10 min of strength.
3 miles, 8:40 pace, 145 avg HR – Strava link here
DRC Thursday! Met up with the club and was able guide some of them out to a local hill for our hill repeats. Like last cycle I did a .25 hill with a 5-7% incline and tried to keep it around marathon pace. The first one was a bit fast and had to slow it down for the next two. Out of all the workouts, this is my least favorite.
3 x .25 hill repeats – 1:33, 1:42, 1:42 – Strava link here
Rest day! Stuck with 10 minutes of strength only.
DRC Group run – We had a race on Sunday so Cory and I swapped out our long run to Saturday. 10 miles with some hills in them in beautiful weather! First of many long runs to come! Only problem I had for the day was that my Heart rate monitor seems to be acting a little off.
10 miles, 8:13 pace, 599 elevation gain – Strava link here
Sunday marked one of my favorite races in the winter time, the Chili Chase in Davenport. I technically had 5 at marathon pace scheduled so I originally was going to do this 4 mile run around that, but the race day adrenaline got the best of me!
Ended up cruising out pretty fast and hit some fast pacing for the race. This isn’t a flat course by any means and the last mile has a pretty good sized hill at the finish. The only good thing about the hill? You start down it too, so a quick fast mile is in order!
We had a couple of the DRC gang down there just spectating and Shannon ended up taking pictures. I ended up posing behind Cory at the start, which basically sums up our entire runs together.
I could tell I went out way too quick on the first mile and went into anaerobic pace right off the bat, which effected me towards the end of the race. Although I was shooting for 6:45~ that was soon out the window. 4 miles at 6:28 = 5 at 6:45 right? haha
I could hear some people behind me from mile 2.5 and on but I kept up my pacing so I wouldn’t get passed. I ended up picking it up on the last bit on the hill and they couldn’t keep up or pass me.
Ended up finishing 16th overall(1 second from 15th!) and felt pretty good with the race today. Again my HR monitor ended up messing up so unfortunately I can’t mine that data.
My splits ended up being 6:20, 6:18, 6:33, 6:41 – 6:28 avg with 158 elevation gain
Strava link here
Week 1 in the books! Excited to keep moving forward!
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