Gasparilla Amber Challenge Training Week 2: 12/5-12/11

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.

After the UTC Galloway training

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.

First workout in the AM- new area to run on Anna Maria Island!

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.

Lauren’s Bench
Crystal and I…this was her last race before she leaves for North Carolina.

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!

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6 thoughts on “Gasparilla Amber Challenge Training Week 2: 12/5-12/11”

  1. You sure live in a pretty area! Hearing of families losing loved ones breaks my heart, especially when they are so young. It’s a blessing that they have taken that tragedy and used it to encourage others.

    1. I love that they make something positive out of a tragedy too! There’s another one in January that honors the memory of a kid killed in a car accident during his spring break. I think it also keeps the parents moving forward when they know they have these events to plan.

  2. You crack me up about yall talking about slowing down and you never do! So funny! Sound like me and my girlfriends except it’s the opposite. We need to speed up, we are next mile, I think we’re going slower, yea, saving it for the finish…. It’s a freaking training run! Lol
    I am so jealous of you getting to do Gasparilla! I want to so bad but I’d have to fly and it is just not doable. Hubs won’t let me go alone even to meet friends there. So 2018 it’ll have to be!
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    1. Definitely make a Gasparilla trip sometime in the near future! It’s such an awesome event and a great course along the water! I’m hoping for good weather 🙂

  3. That’s a truly inspiring story about Lauren. What a beautiful view at the location of her bench and I love the balloons over it too. Gaspirilla will be so much fun! Your tempo run conversation with your friends sounds a lot like the one going on inside my head! LOL. Thanks for linking, Montana!

    1. Thanks for hosting Holly! The local 5k’s do a lot of good for charities in town, so it’s awesome to be a part of them! Gasparilla will be SO much fun.

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