Happy Monday! I hope everyone in the US who has a day off today is enjoying the long weekend as we honor and celebrate Memorial Day.
Yesterday I capped off the final day of my first training week for Chicago. Instead of just sharing my training log, I thought I would do something a little bit creative and put together a short training video. It’s only about a minute long but it covers all the basics!
I’m training to run 5:59 in Chicago which means this is my Hansons pacing guide for this training cycle:
The easy days and long run day paces are difficult to manage because it’s really not possible for me to run or even jog 15:42 pace without taking strategic walking breaks. Since I don’t think Hansons really supports using the run/walk method I’m probably never going to do 15:42 pace but that’s probably okay? I still stayed within the guidelines but was closer to the faster end than the slower end of the prescribed pace, especially after my calves loosened up later in the week.
I wrote out a heat adjustments guide for myself since the weather is quite warm now and I’m still acclimating to it. Because my plan doesn’t start including speed or strength paced workouts for a couple more weeks I don’t think there will be any issues. I should be acclimated to the heat by then, although how do you really get acclimated to 90*F weather at 7pm?
I’m not giving myself the freedom to run at the slower heat adjusted paces when the time comes. However, I thought it would be nice to know what they are so on the days when the effort is there but the pace feels impossible I don’t feel like I’m completely failing at executing the plan.
Other than enjoying this first week of training with all easy, short runs I also enjoyed a little BBQ/pool party I hosted on Saturday.
A little bit of rain tried to crash the party early on, but eventually the skies dried up!
The day was fun and I got to finally use these cute plates and cups I bought at Target:
The plates were only $1.25 each and I think each set of four cups was only $9.99! The matching pitcher was… $6? I can’t remember exactly but they’re all so summery and I love them!
I also got around to putting all my bathroom things into a box to make my counter spaced more organized. If you watch my vlogs then you know my bathroom counter is usually a mess of makeup brushes and random other things!
Now everything has its own little home. We’ll see how long the organization lasts!
(BTW, I know there are things in there made by brands that still practice animal testing. I don’t want to waste them so I’ll be finishing them up before replacing them with cruelty free brands.)
The new comforter has been a big hit with everyone. Can you spot a hidden Cecil?
He was so good with the guests that came over Saturday. Very friendly and social! People are always surprised at how un-skittish he is, but Cecil is a man of the people. He loves being where the action (and treats and head rubs) are!
I hope you’re having a great Monday!
Talk soon :).
Anyone else BBQ this weekend?
Best part of your training last week?!