Finishing off September with strong workouts even after getting stitches in my finger. It was a busy week though and I took a full rest day on Friday (no yoga, just getting in my step goal) to let my body recover. Let’s get into it!
Monday, September 24
Great day of cross training today! Started off with a lower body focused bodyweight session and then finished with 30 minutes on the stairmaster (spin class was canceled). But I was itching to get out on a run since my finger was feeling great after getting the stitches put in.
Tuesday, September 25
3.25 miles ~ 30:07 ~ 9:15 min/mile
Back to running after getting stitches on Saturday! My tempo run felt amazing (hello 50s) and I had a faster pace than my last tempo run. Now to take care of my tight calves because they were making their presence more than obvious!
Wednesday, September 26
3 miles ~ 29:38 ~ 9:51 min/mile
A nice, easy feeling run at a sub-10 minute pace! I'm still amazed at how good these faster runs are feeling. My calves are still super tight though, hopefully they will loosen up again soon.
Thursday, September 27
3 miles ~ 29:25 ~ 9:47 min/mile
Bright colors and a speedy easy run on a cloudy day. At least I've got that going for me since I'm pretty sure I'm about to get my period. But this run felt a ton better than the last run I had right before getting my period. No sloppy form, no physical or mental fatigue.
Friday, September 28
I was feeling pretty exhausted after work so I took a nice bath and read with Vinnie in bed. No yoga but it felt really good just to relax and let my body calm down after a busy week.
Saturday, September 29
5 miles ~ 48:07 ~ 9:37 min/mile
A nice, easy run this afternoon. I had even splits (except for one faster downhill section) and it felt amazing running in this cool weather! I had gotten my hair done in the morning and didn’t want to run before when it was in the upper 30s. It was only in the upper 40s when I headed out but it was perfect.
Sunday, September 30
8 miles ~ 1:19:53 ~ 9:58 min/mile
An awesome long run to finish off September! After not getting in a long run last week, it felt so good to get out for over an hour. I also got in a quick core workout which I hadn’t done yet this week so it was challenging but I finished off strong.
Weekly Effort Summary from Strava
I kept my effort within the “steady progress” range, which means I’m building my fitness levels! I was at the upper range of this and could have easily gone into above my normal range, which would have increased my risk of injury or overtraining. But so far, everything is feeling good at these faster paces and it’s helping me to keep an eye on my pace during my non-speedwork runs to make sure I’m not pushing too fast.