Another step forward this week! I had an exciting week on several fronts with Esther arriving home on Tuesday from her month away while also getting in my first short workout in over 8 weeks!
On Tuesday, I made my way to Charlotte to pick up Esther from the airport and got in my morning run at McAlpine Park. Although it is a decent place for a run, I finished my 85 minute run feeling very blessed that I get to train in the Boone/Blowing Rock area as I was quite bored by the end!
On Wednesday morning I woke up and decided that I would try to hop in with Tyler and Griff for their fartlek session. They were doing a classic 5 to 1, 4 to 1 minute fartlek and I decided I would jump in for part of the 5 to 1. I ran the 5 minute and 4 minute pieces with them around 4:50 pace and then finished the remaining 3-2-1 on my own. Pete advised me to keep each piece evenly paced while Tyler and Griff were planning on progressively getting faster with each piece so I smartly went solo for the last few harder pieces.
Overall, it was a fun little session and my hamstring felt pain free throughout. I was sore the following day but that was to be expected.
On Friday, Esther’s parents, Martin and Hope, arrived from Richmond to get some last minute wedding errands done and help fix up some things around our new house. They were very helpful and I enjoyed the weekend. Most of the work is done for the wedding thanks in large part to their efforts.
To close out the weekend, Tim and Julie Meigs held an end of the summer party at their cabin in Blowing Rock. Most of the ZAP crew were in the attendance as well as some of their neighborhood friends. As usual, Julie served some AMAZING food and it was a great night! Thanks you for hosting us Uncle Tim!
Thanks for reading!
Here is my last week of training (8/30-9/5):
Sunday: AM: 9 miles PM: 5 miles
Monday: AM: 12 miles
Tuesday: AM: 11 miles (8×20 sec post run) PM: 5 miles
Wednesday: AM: 9 miles (5 to 1 fartlek) PM: 5 miles
Thursday: AM: 14.5 miles
Friday: AM: 11.5 miles (10×20 sec post run)
Saturday: AM: 8 miles PM: 4 miles
Total: 94 miles, 11 runs