Brrrr! Old Man Winter hit Wisconsin hard this week. Monday, with the wind chill, it was “feels like” -25. Every morning this week, it was either in the low single digits or well below zero, so I spent a fair bit of quality time with the treadmill. Running on the treadmill is hard for me. It is just so painfully boring. But I have to admit, it is weeks like this week I am so thankful I can still easily get my run in simply by heading downstairs.
Monday is my rest day.
Tuesday I had a fartlek workout on tap. 20 minute warm-up, then 4 x (2 minutes @ 6:40 pace; 1 minute recovery; 1 minute @ 6:40 pace; 30 second recovery; 30 seconds @ 6:40 pace; 2 minute recovery); 20 minute cool down. I ended up with 8.4 miles (average pace: 8:20). The workout wasn’t too hard and it felt great to get some quality work in. I really needed that.
Wednesday I ran an hour easy on the treadmill – 7 miles (8:50 pace).
Thursday I was exhausted and ended up sleeping in. That meant I needed to do my workout after work, which is always challenging. Fortunately, I was able to get in 80 minutes with 4 pickups without too much trouble. 9.25 miles (8:41 pace).
Friday I ran 45 minutes easy on the treadmill. 5.2 miles (8:42 pace). I also did my arm weights.
Saturday I was able to run outside! Woo hoo! It was sunny and in the 20s. Since I had been on the treadmill all week, I intentionally hit some good hills. I ran for 2 hours – 13.66 miles with 4 strides (8:47 pace).
Sunday I had an hour on tap. I was scheduled to run at my easy pace (8:45-9:00), but I talked my husband into running with me and told him he could set the pace. We ran 4.2 together and then I talked my son into running the last 2.5 with me. I ended up with 6.7 miles @ 9:20 average pace. It was a bit slower than scheduled, but it was great fun to get to run with my boys! :)
Total: 50.2 miles
This is the first 50 mile week in a long time, so I am pretty happy. I am feeling much better this week too. Next week I start 2 quality workouts per week and I am looking forward to taking things up a notch. Bring it on!