Training Week 251

By , August 10, 2014 9:51 pm

Highlight of the Week: Kicking ass with my Iron Girl team!


Monday | August 4, 2014: 5 m run (w/Kelly) + teaching strength class
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 64°/64°, Time: 50:13, Pace: 10:03 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay/sluggish
Strength: partner resistance bands + body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: bummed I couldn’t join in (even # of students)
Tuesday | August 5, 2014: 3.1 m run (w/Kelly)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 64°/64°, Time: 30:50, Pace: 9:56 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: decent
Wednesday | August 6, 2014: 4.5 m run (w/Kelly) + Full Moon 5K (w/Rachel)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 58°/58°, Time: 44:03, Pace: 9:44 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good – 1st bathroom stop this week! 
Loc: Madison, Temp: 71°/65°, Time: 32:01, Pace: 10:15 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Thursday | August 7, 2014: rest
Friday | August 8, 2014: teaching strength class + 4 m run (w/Bobbi)
Strength: partner resistance bands + body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 58°/60°, Time: 41:48, Pace: 10:27, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Saturday | August 9, 2014: 16 m run (w/Bobbi)
Loc: Grayslake and trails, Temp: 61°/67°, Time: 2:57:13, Pace: 11:05 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: really good
Sunday | August 10, 2014: Iron Girl Sprint Relay (bike)
Loc: Pleasant Prairie, Temp: 69°/71°, Time: 35:08, Pace: 20.5 mph avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: really great


  • Okay, really, this week was fabulous and it was hard to pick a highlight. I got to run with Kelly THREE times, travel to Madison to run with Rachel, and had a fantastic long run with Bobbi! Woo hoo! But Iron Girl takes the cake. Everyone on my team worked their butts off AND had fun doing it! And we placed second overall, and weren’t too far behind first! 
  • Have you ever had an encounter with a skunk when running? I have two times now! The first time was at the beginning of a 26.2 mile training run, and I went the other way. It was too early to deal with that. And Kelly and I saw one this Tuesday! I applaud her for seeing it in the dark, “without her glasses,” as she said. Man. I run away as fast as I can when I see a skunk! I can’t imagine getting sprayed!
  • This week’s long run was so much better than last week’s! Probably because the time I was done with it this week was before I even started last week, and I had great company! 
  • In the spring I started using these electrolyte tabs that really help me out in the heat/sun… when I remember to take them! Too many times now I’ve left and remembered I forgot them. I need to just put them with my fuel!

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7 Responses to “Training Week 251”

  1. I used to run before the sun, when my boys were little, and on garbage days the skunks were out there en masse! We are overpopulated with skunks in our neighborhood. If I passed by them too closely while they were gorging themselves, I would get chased. Or they’d get in the spraying position. Freaked me out every time!

  2. Great week of training. I love your training photos. You look like you are having so much fun!

  3. I smelled a skunk yesterday, but never saw it. You best bet I ran my butt off to get away from that stench! (Mostly because I loved my outfit and didn’t want to ruin it, haha.)

  4. Awesome relay finish! And I’m glad your long run went well. I had a skunk encounter earlier this summer–it was in the grass along the side of my running trail. Started lifting its butt and shaking its tail in the air and I quickly ran past the critter. Getting sprayed is not a fun way to end a run, I’d imagine.

  5. I’ve never seen a skunk!

    Which electrolyte tabs do you use?

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