1. My arms were so tired of playing the violin on Thursday they just stopped. Seriously, I couldn’t hold them up anymore!

2. Friday is my favorite day, but not because it’s the end of the “work” week (honestly there isn’t a day I don’t work), but because I get to go to Pilates with my friend Laura. There might be a lot of giggling since another awesome friend has the spot before me. We are trouble.

3. I signed up for two more auditions (cue freak out). One of them is on my birthday. The last time I had an audition on my birthday I was in grad school, and I won the assistant principal 2nd violin chair. This might not be a bad thing.

4. I don’t understand why companies put stevia in protein powders. I had to stop using my favorite when I discovered issues with whey protein. Two brands that I’ve tried had buckets of stevia. The third didn’t, but it was really gritty. All that stevia makes me wonder what they’re hiding in there…

5. I’ve been having fun playing with instagram this week:

6. For the first time in 3 years I am not working on my birthday. I’m a mixed bag of emotions on this one. Sad because I didn’t get a contract from one of my favorite groups, confused because I don’t know what to do, and happy I get to actually get to celebrate my birthday. Good thing I found an audition.

Marathon training – week 3

Behold the coveted recovery week!! Man did I earn this one! What is a recovery week? My coach does two weeks of building, when my mileage is higher, followed by a week of lower mileage so my body can recovery, and boy was my body ready for a recovery week. I have spent a lot of nights up too late watching the Olympics. Couple that with audition prep, and I was a bit wiped out. And then my confidence took a bit of a hit at violin lesson I took to get ready for my audition (ironically the same day I wrote a post on the mental game of auditions. Notice that one hasn’t been posted yet…). By the middle of the week I was falling asleep on the couch by 9:00, but part of that was the beach volleyball, which just couldn’t keep my interest.

So, all three runs this week were exactly the same thing, a fartlek run. A what? Take a breathe, and get out the giggles. Fartlek is sweddish for “speed play.” So, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday each had a 45 minute run with as many pick-ups as I wanted between 1 – 2 minutes at my 5k pace. Needless to say I’ve discovered that my 5k pace has gotten faster.

Tuesday’s Run:

4.73 miles in 45 minutes. average pace 9:35

pick-up splits: 8:08, 7:49, 8:08, 7:49, 7:48

who doesn’t like a sub-9 pace on the cool down

Wednesday’s Run:

4.67 miles in 45 minutes. average pace: 9:37

pick-up splits: 7:52, 7:48, 7:57, 7:32, 7:52, 7:42

Saturday’s Run:

5 miles in 45 minutes. average pace 9:03

pick-up splits: 7:50, 7:29, 7:15, 7:44, 7:18

who am I? That’s my easy pace?

I have to say I really like fartlek runs. They seem to agree with me. 🙂 Or maybe Saturday’s speediness came from straightening my hair Thursday. So, I washed it and straightened it again. Hey if it works stick with it! I learned a lot about myself as a runner this week. You know you’re on the right track when your coach is bouncing around, and excited while talking about a race 4 months away. The fact that I’m hitting runs with an average pace around 9 minutes a mile already is huge. I’m not sure I can wrap my head around what the final number will be when I cross the finish line, but honestly I’m just going to train, and not worry about that too much right now.

This week we’re back to base training. Excited to see what I can do on these runs!