Week 14 of 2013: Apr 1-7

Mon, Apr 1: + Rest

Tues, Apr 2:

+ 6.32-mile Track Run

I took my sick car to another shop to try and figure out what is causing its illness so I was carless on Tuesday. With no transportation to the track, I did this track workout on the running path around my neighborhood. The workout was essentially 400's. I misjudged the distance and had to do two out-and-backs. While it doesn't bother me to run 'round and 'round the track, I was so bugged by having to repeat any part of the non-track route. Odd, I know.

Wed, Apr 3:

+ 45-min Strength Training

Another training session with Trainer Dave. The past two weeks he's had me do circuit workouts with less reps but no rest in between sets. It really gets my heart rate up and makes the workout sweat fest.

+ 4-mile Run

Easy run with no Garmin...but 71-degrees and HOT.

+ 75-min Gentle Hatha Yoga Class

My only yoga class for the week (so sad, not intentional, and I've already missed my April goal...)

Thurs, Apr 4:

+ 6-mile Run

A terrible, confidence-crushing run that made me swear off running forever.

Fri, Apr 5:

+ 1-hr Spin Class + 10 extra minutes

I took the day off for the SF Giants Opening Day but still got myself to a 6 am Spin class.

+ 45-min Strength Training

This was similar to Wednesday's workout of fewer reps in the circuit and no rest in between sets.

Can I also say how much I loathe TRX Atomic Pushups?

Sat, Apr 6:

+ 16-mile Run

After Thursday's terrible run, I decided not to swear off running for good, and give it another shot.

But I didn't know if I could bring myself to run all 16 of the assigned miles.

I ran through the streets of San Francisco, without my Garmin or iPod. It was foggy and rainy...and for the most part, glorious.

Because of the weather, the streets weren't as crowded as they usually were. The temps were cool and I didn't need very much water.

The energy of the City kept me engaged, although there were a few dark miles where I wondered, "Why the hell do I do this?", convinced myself I wasn't cut out for running, and swore to never run another step again. But another voice inside me kept saying, "Keep going", and a few miles later I felt a runners high that I haven't felt in a long, long time.

It turned out to be one of my best runs in recent memory. The time seemed to fly by, and at the end of the 16-miles, I didn't feel like death. I wasn't famished or thirsty, and my legs (and the rest of my body) felt like it could keep going. And I didn't even have any post-run soreness.

Now I just need to figure out how to make the rest of my long runs from here on out like this one...

Sun, Apr 7:

+ 4-miles Running, 4-miles Walking = 8 miles total

I didn't wear my Garmin again, but I mapped out the route I took when I got home. The run/walk breakdown is a guesstimate but I think it's pretty close.

A bunch of us planned to meet up at our favorite Genki Ramen for lunch so I had a couple of hours to kill in Golden Gate Park before then.

With no set plan, I decided to just walk for a bit. I never walk in the park and so I decided to take advantage of the plan-less day and take in the serenity and beauty of GGP.

I walked 30-min down JFK Drive, passing a DSE 10K and Cate who was among the top Female finishers of the race (and she pushed Baby Ellie in the jogger stroller the entire time!)! Then I walked back up JFK for 30-min and went to Stowe Lake.

Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park
Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park

I ran 3-miles around the lake, then a mile back to Genki where I had a long overdue lunch with some of my favorite BARFs (Bay Area Running Friends!)