This past week was one of those weeks where everything seemed to run as smooth as butter. At some points, I think I may have been anticipating something to go wrong, but it never did. (Except when my Garmin went dead, but that story’s for another post…) For that, I am truly grateful.
Last week (7/16 – 7/22), I tackled “Week 4″ of my training schedule for the Chicago Marathon and the Nike Women’s Marathon. (In case you need to catch up on why I’m running both…click here.) All in all, the week went by pretty smoothly. The mileage was on the low side, so any hesitation or nervousness I had was on the low side as well. Here’s what “Week 4″ looked like:
Tempo Run = completed 1 minute to 1:30 faster than race pace
The team at Nike Women is doing an excellent job of making sure I am in shape and ready for these races. As a part of my training, my coach, Marie Purvis has me completing the workouts that are included in the Nike Training Club App. That app is only available on iPhone, iPod and iPad at the moment. When I informed Marie that I don’t have any of those devices for the workouts (that SHE helped to develop for the app), she had an iPod Touch sent to me.
THANK YOU, MARIE AND THE NIKE WOMEN TEAM!
To say the least, I am absolutely over-the-moon to have it. I haven’t had a chance to use the NTC app just yet since I didn’t receive the iPod until Thursday evening, BUT… I can’t even tell you how excited I am to try it out. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the app. My workouts are about to step their game up!
My new running shoes (Nike Zoom Vomero’s) also came this week and I took them for a spin on my Friday short run. As well as tried on some of the awesome clothes I got. That pink top in the picture? I think I’m in love with it. As expected, the Vomero’s have been fantastic shoes. Lightweight and neutral.
So, after a great week of running and training, I thought I’d spend my Sunday “resting”. Well, I was very far from it. I met up with my good friend Antoinette of Authentic Noise to catch up and eat some pancakes. And then, drove over to the West Loop to meet up with some friends to reminisce about the good ol’ days and jump some Double Dutch. Yup, Double Dutch! It was a real blast from the past and we had SO much fun recalling the days when we were able to jump for hours at a time and not get tired. HUGE thanks to my homie Christie Edwards for organizing the meetup and taking video and photos!
You’d think we were in our 50′s because every ten or fifteen minutes, we had to stop and take a break. I couldn’t have ended the week any better. What a great “rest” day. Wanna see me jump? Check out the video!