Tag Archives: St. Pats

Training Catch Up

23 Mar

Wow, I haven’t blogged in a looong time – sorry about that!! I still find time to read all of my favorite blogs though during my morning coffee 🙂 Here is my training for he past 3 weeks (I’ll write separate blogs for the more exciting stuff!) :

2/28      Run  – 5.45mi easy (51:24)  Tipton Trail  36*
3/1         Run – 4.5 mi (38:00) w/u & c/d for track workout ISU hood                
                Run – 6 x 800 (3:10, 3:13, 3:20, 3:11, 3:10, 3:12) ISU track  36*
3/2        Run – 7 mi (50:19) 7:12 pace – Tipton Trail 34*
3/3        OFF
3/4        Run – 3 mi easy (26:30) w/u for race                 
               Race  – 1 mile (6:06) North Central College Indoor Meet
3/5       OFF
3/6       Run – 15 mi long (2:24) Constitution Trail 36*
               Bike – 30 min

Weekly Totals:      Run – 38.9 mi
                                    Bike – 30 min

3/7       Run  – 7 mi tempo (54:10) 7:45 pace (Ryan’s Hood) 34*
3/8       Run  – 3 mi (28:00) w/u, c/d for track workout – ISU track 
               Run – 4 x 800 @ 3:15 – ISU track
3/9       OFF
3/10    OFF
3/11     Run  – 4.77 easy (41:08) my hood
3/12     Run  – 5 mi easy (43:34) St. Pats Loop
3/13     Run – 6.5 mi easy (58:05) w/u, c/d for race  27*
               Race – 5k (21:00) 6:47 pace PR 27*

Weekly Totals:       Run  – 31.3 mi 

3/14     Bike – 60 min
3/15     Run – 5.3 mi (45:36) ISU hood
3/16     Bike – 60 min
3/17    Run – 3 mi easy (26:00) w/u. c/d for track ISU hood
              Run –  5 x 1000 @ 4:00, 90 sec rest  ISU track
3/18    Run – 8 mi tempo (1:05:15) Ryan’s hood
3/19    Run – 5 mi (41:05) 8:13 pace (Hill Reps) from OR to Jersey Hill
3/20   Run – 4 mi easy (38:55) w/u for tempo
              Run – 6 mi tempo (7:30, 7:20, 7:20, 7:27, 7:31, 7:28) Const. Trail

Weekly Totals:         Run  – 33.8 mi
                                       Bike  – 2 hours

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Sweet Tomatoes

21 Feb

On Saturday after the track meet my friends Ryan and Melisa insisted that we eat at Sweet Tomatoes. I LOVE trying new things and they raved about how fresh everything is at this restaurant. Here’s a quick blurb from the website :

Let’s just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it’s on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we serve original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.  www.souplantation.com

A.maz.ing!!! I wish we had one closer as I’d be eating there 24/7 a regular visitor for lunch. YUM 🙂 After we were full we decided that we needed to find a place to walk all the food off before our long car ride home – what better place than an outdoor mall?? duh.  After getting Starbucks we wandered into the Adidas store – I got 2 new running tops, some awesome shorts (I get psyched when I find short running shorts – I hate long ones) and a new light coat. This was pretty much a perfect day… running, shopping, eating, Starbucks… people watching… random small towns are great for people watching 🙂

It was unseasonably warm here in Illinois last week which meant lots of outdoor running 🙂 Thankfully I have plenty of runner friends who also share in my excitement of getting some miles in outside. I got in 4 runs outside, 1 on the track, and zero on the treadmill!!! As you can see, I’m pumped for spring to get here – I hate running on the treadmill. Anywho I took off a couple hours early on Friday to get in 2 loops of a local 5k race course (St. Pats) with Ryan and Bernico. It was gorgeous!!! I got to wear shorts and actually took my jacket off for part of the run – I was wearing a smile the rest of the day 🙂 Sunday’s long run was another story… it was 34* with a 20 mph wind. I met up with Jess and Laura (their husbands and Ryan ran way ahead of us) and we set out for our 13 miler. We ran along a trail that is paved and goes through most of our town out into the country. What we didn’t realize is that the first 7 out were with the wind at our backs – coming back we were running right into it. I literally was almost blown over several times haha. When we got close to the cars we noticed the boys weren’t back yet so we kept going… and it just felt funny to me to stop a run at 13.57 miles so we just made it an even 14. My longest run to date!!! It felt great – although I did take a nap when I got home 🙂  ** Note ** I tried Carboom! Raspberry flavor at about mile 6.5 – I liked the Stinger Honey Gel I took last week better.

2/14      Bike  – 30 min easy (Slice)
                XT – 60 min Strong class

2/15      Run – 2.7 mi easy w/u for track workout
                Run – 12 x 400’s (90 sec pace – 3 mi)

2/16      Bike – 2 x 10 mins @ 170 HR , 10 mins easy

2/17      Run – 5.62 mi very easy (58:54) my hood

2/18      Run – 6.2 mi easy (9:15 pace) St. Pats course

2/19      Run – easy 1.5 w/u for race
                Run – 1 mile race (6:17)  Westwood Track

2/20     Run – 14 mi long (2:13:15) 9:32 pace Trail *new daily high!*

TOTALS:         Run: 34 miles    *new weekly high!!*
                               Bike :
1 hour
                                XT:
 1 hour