Monday: 6 miles in 58 minutes, 9:30 pace. After feeling a little bit of knee pain on Saturday, I wanted to just run without pain. So I wore my newest shoes, and started off slow. I wanted to do at least 5 miles, because that’s when I felt the pain on Saturday. I didn’t feel any pain, and still ended up getting close to my goal easy pace.

Tuesday: 9.32 miles in 1:32, 9:30 pace. Met fellow Chicago Running Bloggers Kim, Amy and Kim’s friend Carrie after work for a run. Wasn’t sure how many miles we would do and at what pace, and also wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to get speedwork in any other time of the week, so I started off solo with a 1 mile warm-up, and 2 x 1 mile in 7:30 and 7:37, with a short recovery in between. Then I ran with the gals and we just kept going …

Wednesday: Strength work at the gym for 1 hour. Wanted to go to Pilates, but didn’t get to the gym in time. So I just wandered around and did a bunch of stuff – resistance bands, planks, weight machines, etc followed by foam rolling and stretching.

Thursday: 5 miles in 43 minutes, 8:36 pace. Meet up with the FNRC for our usual Thursday night group run, and did a tempo run with Kelly. Our goal was to do the tempo miles just under 8, and they were 7:55, 7:53, 7:52. We were able to sort of keep a conversation going, but by the end it was mostly gasps of “are we done yet?”

Friday: Rest (er, pack and drive to Indy)

Saturday: 4.39 miles in 46:51, 10:41 pace. Ran around our hotel in Indy. Didn’t stop my watch when I stopped to take pictures.

Sunday: Rest. Thought about going for a run. Didn’t happen.

Total miles: 24.8

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  • I feel like I hit my goals for the week. My easy miles were around my goal easy pace. I was able to work in some speedwork (and a half). My miles are right where they should be, but honestly I want to start regularly hitting closer to 30 miles per week.
  • Friday and Sundays are almost always rest days, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. That’s a great opportunity to at least work in some strength. Even simple stuff. I downloaded an app that has 10-20 minute strength routines, including stuff I can do at home with no equipment. I should be able to work in 2-3 of those routines on at least one of those days.


Chicago Running Bloggers
Tuesday - Chicago Running Bloggers! Plus one.
Thursday's Group
Thursday night's run included a little "photoshoot" for Photoshop purposes. Do you think Kelly and I are starting to take the "we're just like Shalane and Kara!!!" thing a little too seriously? No? We didn't think so either.