Six weeks down, 10 weeks to go. This week brought another round of cold weather which landed me on the treadmill for most of the week.
Monday: 5 miles easy, outside
Wednesday: Speed work, 1 mile w/u, 3×1 mile, 5m in c/du, evening strength work
Thursday: 3.5 mile recovery run, treadmill
Friday: 4 miles easy, treadmill
Saturday: 14 miles, outside
Sunday: Core work
Total Miles: 31
Since last Saturday’s long run had me doing 3 fast miles during it, Monday’s run was just an easy run rather than a moderate pace run. It was nice to have a relaxing run outside. My husband headed out of town on Monday morning and didn’t get back in until super late on Tuesday, so Tuesday morning I had to skip my regular strength work so I could fit in the dog’s morning walk and get to work on time. My husband walks them in the morning and I walk them when I get home from work, but Tuesday I had to pick up both walking shifts.
Wednesday’s speed work was rough. I was actually due for hill repeats, but I didn’t want to do those on the treadmill so I opted for mile repeats. My goal pace was actually slower than the fast miles in last Saturday’s long run, but it felt harder. I think a huge part of it was that I was on the treadmill and that just sucks. I also ran out of time so I cooled down for 5 minutes rather than a full mile. Thursday and Friday I was also on the treadmill, but I really didn’t want to do 14 miles on the treadmill Saturday so my friend Katie agreed to hit the trail with me.
Our running group was cancelled on Saturday due to the temperatures, but we decided we would brave the elements rather than hit 14 on the treadmill. Once we got out there and got going it wasn’t too bad. The trees on the trail blocked a lot of the wind and I bought us some great toe warmers and hand warmers that made a huge difference. There was one section when we were right next to the river where the wind was pretty bad, but overall it wasn’t horrible like I expected. The one upside to cold weather is that my Vanilla Honey Stinger gels get a little frozen and then it’s like having an ice cream treat during the run. I layered really well and didn’t feel weighed down.
Yep, those are shorts, long johns, fleece-lined leggings, and top-layer leggings. My legs tend to be the coldest and this amount of layers worked great and I didn’t feel restricted. I probably could’ve left out the tank top under my fleece-lined UA shirt, though. I also decided not to wear the hat and that turned out to be a good decision. There was a think layer of snow on the trail, but it made the miles a bit softer so I didn’t mind much. My legs were tired afterward, but I’m glad we got outside and got it done. It ended up being one of those runs that shakes up the monotony of training a bit and makes it more memorable.
After a hot shower, stretching, and some food, I snuggled up with Archie in the living room while my husband & I watched the Olympic Marathon Trials. I was happy they aired them live and even though the temperatures were so hot there, it did make me miss running in shorts and a tank top! I was pumped that Meb made the team again and really enjoyed spending the afternoon watching the trials.
Today brought another cold day, but this one without windchill. When it’s this cold our dogs have to wear paw covers to protect their feet. Gus has gotten used to them and is pretty good about it, but Archie is still new to them and it’s pretty comical watching him walk around in them.
They’ve been good sports though and have been pretty chill despite not having a walk since Friday evening (it’s just too cold to keep them out for that long).
Week seven is a cut back week so all of my runs will be easy and I will likely take an extra rest day this week to help recover from these first few weeks of training. On Friday my sister is coming into town for my birthday so I will be looking forward to the end of the week.