Whelp… I’ve lost an entire month this time, but never fear I’ve still been running. It’s winter and it’s cold, so I’ve been running well outside (heat is my enemy), but I’m currently fighting with my treadmill… we have not been getting along.
week 4: 47 total miles including 17 mile long run. I added in a couple of pilates classes, tempo and speed. My long run started off rough during the first 6 miles with my friends. Fortunately, I was able to get in to a groove on the remaining solo 11 miles.
week 5: 40 total miles including a long run of 16 miles. This week only called for 4 days of running. I backed down the midweek 12 mile run to 10 miles. I’m finding that backing a few miles off of the midweek long runs helps mentally and physically. I’ve mentioned this before, but this plan often calls for two mid week runs of 10-12 miles each. I struggle with the time it takes to get those runs in during the week and a lot of the time they are on the treadmill, which can be maddening. Rather than stress over them, I shoot for 8-10 miles instead and its so much more manageable. I don’t think those few miles are going to ruin my training, so I’m not stressing about it. I also got in a few a yoga classes this week.
week 6: 44 total miles including a long run of 15 miles. I had one decent day on the treadmill, but the following day was terrible. My 15 mile run was in 12 degrees, but despite the frozen eyelashes, it went really well. On Saturday, I was able to run 3 miles with my friend Amie. This was her first run back post baby, and I was thrilled to have her back! I threw in a couple of yoga classes including a buti yoga class.
week 7: 49.35 total miles. Can we just call that 50?
Tuesday: 12 mile mid week run. Did 9 miles total with tempo intervals. This included a 20 minute warm up followed by 1:1:2:2:3:3:2:2:1:1:2:2:3:3:2:2:1:1. alternating hard and moderate, followed by a cool down. It didn’t go well. I followed this rough run with an awesome slow flow yoga class. I was able to touch my toes tonight!
Wednesday: Unintentional rest day, baked cookies.
Thursday: My plan called for mid week 12 mile run, but I was planning my long run for friday. I had a frustrating day at work and decided to just go out for 5-6 easy miles. I looked at my watch at mile 1. My time was 7:47 instead of the usual 9 minute first mile. I kept running, mile 2, 7:41. It was clear i had some aggression to get out. I ended up running 9 miles at a 7:50 pace and it felt amazing.
Friday: Today was my first 20 miler of this training session. I was a little tired from my aggression run the previous night, however it went well. I had different friends with me through out the entire 20 miles which was amazing. My overall pace was 8:32 which was a bit slower than I have been doing my long runs, but is right about where I should be.
Saturday: 5.05 mile recovery run. Pretty slow and stiff.
Sunday: 6.3 miles. I met up with some member of my running club for our inaugural Christmas Eve morning run.
There are 4 more weeks to go in my training plan. The weather forecast is calling for single digits which is going to make things tough, but overall I’m pleased with how things have been going.