Week 3 was an easy week, which meant no long run and I got to break up my Thursday treadmill run to go to breakfast with the group. Woo hoo! In lieu of a long run, I ran my first race of 2013 and my second since having Nathan, the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K. I didn't PR, but I ran fairly well except for a small stretch mid-race and am definitely getting my fitness back. Plus, Nathan decided to have an uncharacteristically pitiful sleep night the night before the race (1:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m., and 5:30 a.m. wake-ups, thankyouverymuch), so I was running a bit groggy. But, he apologized for it later by being ridiculously cute, so I couldn't be mad at the little fella.
6 miles treadmill. On Tuesday morning, I decided to do a trial run of what life may be like when I go back to work in 2 weeks (sniff) and Nathan goes to day care (crying eyes out). Logistically, I will have to get my runs in either early in the morning before the day starts, or late at night after work and after Ken comes home so he can watch Nathan/put him to sleep. So when Nathan got up around 5:30 a.m. to eat, I fed him, fed myself when I was burping him, put him back down, quickly got ready to run, and then hopped on the treadmill half asleep at 6:20 a.m. As painful as it was to not go back to sleep, it was a productive and - most importantly - uninterrupted run. I repeated the workout that Adrian wrote for me the week before (the one where I either up the incline or the speed every 45 seconds - perfect for someone with the attention span of a goldfish).
6.0 miles @ 56:33/9:25 min/mile average
4 miles recovery. I took this run really easy, but increased the incline to 2.5 to make up for it. Then, I met my friend Kristen and her son Nico for lunch and ate fried chicken. Win!
4.0 miles @ 40:32/10:08 min/mile average.
6 miles treadmill. On Thursday I repeated Tuesday's workout - sort of. I ended up having the break up the run into three parts. First, I ran 2 miles. Then Nathan and I took a couple hour break while we met the running crew for breakfast in Brentwood. After breakfast, Nathan went down for a nap and I jumped back on the treadmill for the rest of the run. Unfortunately, Nathan's nap only got me through 3 more miles, so the last mile was finished a bit later after I went to get him and put him in his bouncy chair. I didn't run it as fast as I should have, probably due to all the starting and stopping, but it got done.
6.0 miles @ 57:30/9:35 min/mile average.
4 miles recovery.
4.0 miles @ 39:32/9:49 min/mile average
Race day! As I wrote about here, Sunday was the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K, which meant a break from the long runs but I actually had to do some fast running for a change. It also meant getting to celebrate with a few crappy beers with the awesome team. I had to skip out on the post-run, post-beer bottomless mimosa trip, but maybe next year.
6.2 miles @ 48:41/7:51 min/mile average
Total for the week = 26.2 miles