RW Run Streak Week 2! (11/30 – 12/1/15)

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I’m not lying if I tell you that I never thought today would be my 11th day in a row running. 11 days! Before this the longest I had ever ran without a rest day was 6 days, and that was back in high school. I’m loving the run streak so far, although my IT band is bugging me a bit and yesterday was a sheer struggle to get my butt off my bed and just do it.

Monday (day 5): 1 mile. I went to the gym wanting to do 5, but I knew as soon as I stepped on the treadmill that 5 miles wasn’t going to happen with a tight IT band and calves. I ended up doing some strength work, went home to roll and called it a night.

Tuesday (day 6): 3 miles, 31:00. I’ve love to say this run felt better than the day before, but it didn’t. The gym felt so hot, and with long capris on I overheated real fast. I was really hoping to run outside on this day, but it poured a freezing cold rain all day long.

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How do I look almost happy in this? I felt like I just ran in the desert!

Wednesday (day 7): 3.5 miles w/ intervals. .5 WU, 6 X 400 (8:40 – 8:20 pace) w/ 400 recovery (10:20 pace). I felt so great during this run, aside from the last interval when my knee/IT Band had had it.

Thursday (day 8): 1 mile easy, 10:45. I was SO HAPPY to get outside, even though it was dark and a bit rainy. It was nice to scope out some Christmas lights in the neighborhood.

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When you can’t find your winter headband and find a Buff lying around, things are good (and WARM)

Friday (day 9): 4 miles: 2 miles easy (~10:00 pace), then some strides. I did 6 x 30seconds at a 8:10 pace with 1:30 recovery at 10:20 pace, finishing up with a half mile at a 10:00 pace. I loved the short fast strides until the end, where yet again, my IT band felt pretty bad.

Saturday (day 10): 1 mile easy, 11:30ish. I took this super easy on purpose and followed it with a nice, warm epsom salt bath to loosen things up a bit.

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Epsom salt baths are the bomb.com. The beer was a must.

Sunday (day 11): plan is 7 miles. I’ll stay in flat areas so keep my IT Band happy (uphills are fine, it’s the going down part that kills). It’s supposed to be beautiful out today, so it’s a perfect time for one last run by the lake.

Total miles: 20.5 <– a 20 mile week?! OH MY!

I’m looking forward to some reasonably warm outdoor afternoon runs this week, followed by a long weekend of running in Florida! I can’t wait to race in Orlando, which will be my 6th state. I’m not working towards any state goals, I just think it’s cool 😉

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7 thoughts on “RW Run Streak Week 2! (11/30 – 12/1/15)

  1. Are we twins? Haha. I just came across your blog from the sweat pink group and as I was reading, I thought, I’m totally reading about myself right now:). I’m also doing the run streak and can’t believe I’ve made it this far. And I too, have been struggling with IT band issues, though it’s getting much better (knock on wood). Anyhow, congrats on sticking with the run streak! Can’t wait to follow along.

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  2. I’ve only ever done Epsom salt baths for my feet, but now I really want to take a real one! Now that I have my own bathtub (instead of a shady apartment one), I should take advantage. Great job on the run streak – getting out the door is the hardest part. Have a great time in Florida!

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  3. I love Beer Showers as they are lovingly referred to in our house. Getting into a warm bath or shower with a cold beer, there is just something so magical about it. Great job on your streak so far!

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