It was another tough week of winter training here in Alaska, but I’m happy to report that Old Man Winter got chicked yet again. Marathon training is difficult enough without the cold and snowy conditions. Add those elements in, and it can make every mile feel like a battle. No such thing as “easy” miles in sub-zero temps. So you can imagine how satisfying it is to make it through a winter week and log 50 miles for the first time in almost a year!
Monday- 7.2 miles (9:06 avg) – A very cold -3 degrees, but a great run with my friend Jen. I look forward to Mondays, even when it’s -3 because I know I will forget about how cold I am and just enjoy being out there with some great company. I felt nice and refreshed starting the week after a relaxing cut-back week last week.
Tuesday- 9 miles (8:17 avg) – 2 x [2 miles @ 7:53 0.5 miles @ 7:30, 2 minute recovery jog] . Warmed up two miles and then went into the 5 miles of tempo pace. This felt appropriately difficult, unlike some of the other MP “tempos” I’ve done recently to work back up to LT pace. I was TIRED when this was over, but it felt good to run a little harder. I’ll get that speed back in these legs if it’s the last thing I ever dooooooooo! 🙂 Followed it up that evening with 45 minutes of skate skiing with the kids.
Wednesday- 6 miles (9:04 avg) – Felt warm running in a balmy 19 degrees! Trail conditions weren’t too bad, so didn’t have to struggle as much with fresh snow or clear ice. Picked up the pace in the last half and averaged sub-9 (8:30 for last mile).
Thursday- Pilates & PT exercises (1 hour)
Friday- 17 miles (8:56 avg) – Tackled the hills, cold (18 degrees) and snow in this out and back. Haven’t run (up or down) in a while so this was a good challenge. Total elevation gain (and loss) of 810 feet. Was really tired by the end, but felt like this was appropriately tough and very good prep for a marathon.
Saturday- 4 miles (9:00 avg) – Was so tired after yesterday’s long run. Eeked this recovery run out on the treadmill. Went skate skiing later with my daughter, and an eagle family decided to show off for us toward the end. It was amazing to watch them–the pictures I snapped with my phone don’t do it justice.
Sunday- 7 miles (8:26 avg) – Ran at the track (1/10th of a mile) where my son had soccer training. This worked out well because I avoided the treadmill and the cold, and I had my daughter to keep me company (she would run with me every 3-4 laps or so). Pace felt easy, but still wound up in the mid-8s. Makes such a difference to be on flat surface (no snow) and not to be battle low temps!
Total – 50.2 miles! BAM. Take that, Old Man Winter! 1 hour of Pilates, 1 hour of PT exercises, 1.5 hours of skate skiing.