My second week in Gasparilla training went pretty well! My ankle feels almost back to normal and I’m hoping this means I can resume full training volume soon. I haven’t been doing any speedwork lately because I’m trying to make sure my ankle can handle it, but I was cleared to try some on Wednesday morning- but told to back off if it hurts. I’m going to attempt some mile repeats that day and see what happens. I use the Galloway run/walk method, so it’s a little easier on me than it is if I were just straight running. I’m hoping to see paces in the 10’s like I was doing before I got hurt. That would be a great half marathon PR for me if I could keep that pace up- cross your fingers for me! Here’s my weekly wrap (Linking up with Tricia & Holly!)
Monday, December 5: No workout today. I was going to try to get in a few miles at the fun run tonight, but I forgot my running clothes and didn’t feel like purchasing a whole new outfit just to go run! Womp, womp.
Tuesday, December 6: Galloway group training with the UTC Fit2Run group. We were supposed to do 3 easy miles, but we were all so excited for the cooler weather that we ended up doing some tempo miles instead! “We should slow down!” “Ok, we’ll slow down on the next interval.” “Guys, we’re not slowing down, let’s slow down.” “Sherri you set the pace.” “Ok on the next interval.” “This isn’t slower I feel like we are going faster.” <– That’s pretty much how our entire conversation went that night.
Wednesday, December 7: No workout tonight. I was going to go for a run up at the condo in Tampa, but I ended up spending the majority of my night shooting a video (first and last time- ugh I hate myself on live TV!). It was for something important (not saying what yet) but it took way longer than I thought it would because I kept messing up and had to restart several times. By the time I got done, I was hungry and we opted to go eat instead of stay at the park.
Thursday, December 8: I didn’t get in a workout. I woke up in Tampa and had to get back down to work and closed that night so I wasn’t able to squeeze one in.
Friday, December 9: I worked an early shift today and then went to CycleBar for the Happy Hour class Friday night. I was late because traffic sucks- all these snowbirds and even Floridians seem to get so dumb when it comes to driving in the winter time! No one wanted to go over 35mph, even when the speed limit is clearly 45! It drives me nuts. Anyway, I rode 6 miles in class tonight. Lots of sprinting, and a few hills.
Saturday, December 10: Today I had my first ‘double’ workout of the Gasparilla training cycle. I did 4 miles in the morning and 6 in the evening. This was mainly to see if my body could handle resuming back to back training. It went pretty well but my hips were pretty sore- though I think that was from getting a deep tissue massage earlier in the day. I swear he almost made me cry- but he definitely worked out a lot of kinks I had! I love getting regular massages during training cycles.
Sunday, December 11: Today I went out to support a local 5k called Lauren’s Rainbow Run which benefits the Lauren’s One Wish foundation. The family that puts this on lost their daughter, Lauren, to cancer when she was only 18. They started a foundation in her honor to help other local teens who have been diagnosed with cancer at a young age and get them the treatment they need. It was great to be able to support a local race like this. I remember the first time I ran by Lauren’s bench- before I knew anything about her. I was taking pictures there because it was a pretty spot and I happened to read about her on the plaque that sits on the bench. When I read the plaque, I was considering stopping my workout early because I was tired and didn’t feel like continuing to run. However, after reading it, I was inspired to keep going because I realized how many people in this world probably wish they could run but can’t because they are either sick or have passed away. Lauren’s message to me that day was to keep going, even when it gets hard or you want to quit, because someday you won’t be able to do it anymore. Each day is a gift and our ability to run and be active is a gift that should not be wasted. <3 RIP Lauren.
This week was a pretty good week in training and events. My goals for this coming week are to get more cycling in and to run a longer run this coming weekend!