I started 2018 with a New Year’s trip to the rainy Alps, where I did some hiking and walking, lots of eating, and no running. Back in Berlin last week, I jumped back into training right where I’ve been for the last few months: around 30 miles per week with two or three workouts per week (generally a long run and one or two faster-paced workouts). We’ve had a relatively mild winter with temperatures hovering around freezing, sometimes a little rain or wind but no snow or ice yet, so I’ve been running outside.
My next goal race is the Berlin Half Marathon on April 8th, about 3 months away, so training will ramp up in the next weeks.
Sunday, Jan. 7th: 8 miles on trails. A rust-buster after a week off!
Monday, Jan. 8th: 4 miles easy, not feeling like the rust has been fully busted yet.
Tuesday, Jan. 9th: 4 miles easy. Realize it’s that time of the month, which is probably the real reason I feel so slow and creaky.
Wednesday, Jan. 10th: 12x200m reps on the track. When it’s cold and windy, it’s hard to feel truly speedy, but got it done. Strength training afterward.
Thursday, Jan. 11th: 7.5 miles easy on the rainy, cold streets of Berlin.
Friday, Jan. 12th: 5 miles including 4x1km at threshold (aka half-marathon) pace. It was very windy and my legs never warmed up, so it felt more like a vigorous hobble than a workout. Each rep was a few seconds too slow. It happens! Strength training afterward.
Saturday, Jan. 13th: Rest day.
Total: 33 miles.