Monday – 3 miles, Lake Merritt, Pace: 9:39 min/mile
I am beginning to appreciate the Lake and the easy access I have to it from my house. The wind proved to be annoying, yet again.
Tuesday – 5 miles, Lululemon Run Club, Pace: 9:28 min/mile
The group changed the route to start from the store and head towards Lafayette Moraga trail. This was a nice smooth route that I enjoyed, as we got further away from the traffic. I decided to push at a steady pace and was happy with the result. I even got a waterbottle for running my 50th mile with the run club! 100 mile tech shirt here I come!
Wednesday – 4 miles, Presidio, Pace: 9:47 min/mile
After my interview, I changed into my running clothes that I had brought, set my garmin and headed towards the bridge. The temperature was comfortable and the wind was a bit much, but you cannot really avoid it down by the water. Atleast I didn’t have it bothering me on my return. I stopped along the way a few times to get some classic pictures and just enjoyed the run.
Thursday – Workout B and Core
I headed out for an early morning workout to the gym. I had dropped the ball a few mornings and wanted to get back on track. I settled for workout B and proceeded with lunges, deadlifts, shoulder presses, and lat pulldown along with my usual core routine.
Friday – Rest day
Saturday – 8 miles, Sawyer Camp, Pace: 10:15 min/mile
I was so excited to have my Saturday mornings back. I think I said that last week, but I didn’t get to do my usual traveling as they stayed local at the Bay Farm Island Trail. I was hoping for a good drive over to Sawyer camp and although it was overcast, it was perfect running weather. What I love about Sawyer Camp is that it is predominantly shaded and wind protected. The winding trail also allows miles to pass quickly. I also enjoyed a trip to Starbucks after since I did have a considerable drive home.
Sunday – Workout A and Core
I got to up my weight amount and found the workout to be challenging – squats, push-ups, lat rows, step ups, and jackknifes. I squatted more weight and boy did I feel it on the last one. I also am enjoying the step-ups having never incorporated them into my routine before. I find the push-ups to be the nemesis of my existence right now, but I am determined to master them!
Total miles: 20
Strength Training: 2x
Overall: I increased my distance this week, naturally on the weekend, but also added to them incrementally during the week. Since this is my last week at Phase I, I can smell the interval training that will begin next week. I decided to push the pace and try for a good steady run to introduce the body to another quality run. Phase II has three quality runs and going from 1 to 3 may be a bit much. My troublesome calf was a bit tight and caused the arch some pain, but I am realizing that it is because of improper post- run stretching that’s causing it. I will get my strength training back to 3 this week.