Hills, hills, hills. That was the theme for this week’s mileage. What a shock to the legs though, wowzers! I’ve never once done hill repeats only because I get enough hill work just by heading out the door to run around here, but because our winter has been so gross, I’ve been stuck on the treadmill for so long and the hills, along with my quad strength, faded into the background. It was time to climb.
I was also able to run a few miles with Andrew this week too, which made me so happy! My weekly mileage was a bit too high (64 miles) but I feel like they were a good balance of tough and easy. I kept up with my strength work which feels really good too.
Monday– At 6am I did 6 miles super slow around the icy neighborhood and then since Callum isn’t feeling well, he had an afternoon nap so I hopped on the treadmill and did 4 miles with 3 of them at 6:40 pace. It felt easy. I wonder if I should be doing more miles at this pace? Maybe I’ll try 4 next week.
Tuesday– Seven stroller miles down and then up a giant ass hill. OOOF.
Wednesday– I slept in again and so I had to run while Callum was awake. I pushed him in the stroller down and up that stupid hill again (ABSOLUTE KILLER) for 6 miles. And then Andrew told me he wanted to run tonight so I joined him after I put Callum to bed. He did great! We ran 4 miles together in the dark.
Thursday– I procrastinated and procrastinated and procrastinated because again, I slept in and again, I had to push Callum in the stroller down and up that mountain again (the flatter route is under major construction). That hill kicks. my. ass. Which is good, I guess because I’ve lost a lot of leg strength from being stuck on the treadmill for so long. I added in some squats and push-ups later on and then went with Andrew on his 4 mile run after Callum went to bed.
Friday– Last night was HORRIBLE. We are trying to get Callum to sleep in his own bed and he protested from 11pm until 2:45am. He nor I slept a wink during those hours. I napped him for an hour and a half this afternoon and ran 6 miles outside (Andrew was at home) and it was a pretty brutal run. Super slow, heavy limbs, tired everything.
Saturday– I got to run outside! In the middle of the day! Without the stroller! I took off and ended up clocking the middle 7 out of 10 miles at a 7:03 min/mile pace! No idea where that came from, and now I feel like I’m getting sick; I’ve got the chills and a sore throat.
Sunday– I woke up feeling a bit better but super tired from dealing with an unruly toddler all night. I ran 6 miles this morning pushing Callum in the stroller and then another 4 this afternoon with Andrew while Kylah babysat Callum! Time for El Nopal!
Are you guys lacking on the hills lately because of too many treadmill miles?
Anyone else out there battling a virus?