What a weird week weather-wise. It felt colder than I can remember it ever being! And it was SO windy…urghhhh…..I hate wind….
Monday-8 miles, 1:00:11, 7:31 pace. Most of this run was at a 7:49 pace, but the last few miles I upped it to be faster miles.
Tuesday-Off. I did strength videos with weights at home for a workout- legs, arms, back, abs…it was awesome and so exhausting. I love the different kids of sore I am after doing a weight workout!
Wednesday-8 miles. 1:00:02. avg 7:30 pace. This was pretty much the same as Monday’s workout.
Thursday-10 mile tempo, 7:06 avg pace
Saturday- 20 miles. I hated my long run on Saturday.. Ughhhh. It was so cold and i was SUPER angry at WINTER. It is pretty silly to be mad at things that you cannot control..especially cold weather in January in New England. But OH WELL i was still mad. I need July. And August. And June and May…those months are just all so lovely! I started off the run NOT feeling good. My legs were heavy, slow, and didn’t want to move. I wore more layers than i EVER have for a cold weather run.
(It felt like 3 degrees and not at all like 17. Not that 17 is warm…but I would have taken a “real feel” of 17 degrees over 3. )
At mile 3, i went to sip my Camelbak and it was already solid and the water didn’t want to come out of the hose. So stupid. At mile 5 i realized i couldn’t take 20 outside, i just couldn’t. I ended up doing 7 outside, and 13 inside on my treadmill. My face was wind burned when i came in, I’ve never seen it so raw from a run before!
It killed me to hop on the treadmill–> the same thing I had been on for the entire week–but i couldn’t take being outside another step. I hopped on the treadmill, nearly cried 17
fifty times…and banged it out. I ended up simulating the same run I would have done outside, and even took my gel’s & drank my water (I wore my Camelbak even on the mill-this was the 1st time doing this) at the same exact time. This run was REALLY mind over matter.
A lot of being a runner in marathon training is mind over matter. I DID NOT WANT to run 13 miles inside on my treadmill, but i did it anyway. I wanted to do a bad ass awesome long run outside like i have been doing every week for all of the cold months we have had so far, but sometimes you’ve gotta just call it like you see it: I saw a DUMB winter day that was only going to BEAT ME UP so the treadmill won. BLAAAA. YES- Running in winter makes you stronger for spring, builds your confidence, and makes you an all around better runner but you know what else? RUNNING IN THE WINTER SUCKS AND SOMETIMES I JUST DON’T WANT TO DO IT! Phew… now i feel better, thanks for letting me get that offa my chest, friends!
I kept tricking my brain by saying “Okay, at mile x you can stop.” and then i WOULDN’T stop and i would re-trick my mind until the next mile. Those 13miles took me the same amount of time as if I Would have done them outside, but they sure as hell felt LONGER. YES, i could have done a shorter run (it occurred to me about 87,000 times to change my run to a shorter distance) but i had already had it in my mind to do the 20 so i did it. And swore like a sailor (in my head and out loud!) while doing it.
It felt like a “bad run” but really, it wasn’t. I got down into the 2:40 range which is something I’ve been aiming to do for SO LONG!!! I simulated a fast-finish long run just like I try to do outside. These types of runs push my legs to go faster when they are tired, and that REALLY helps on marathon day!!
Sunday- recovery run, 7 miles in 58:22 @ 8:20 avg pace. This run felt SO relaxing and lovely. I did a really hilly route and there was little to no wind…it was perfect…and not too cold!
53 miles for the week, 7:44 avg pace.
Post run on Saturday was an awesome family fun day with SIL/BIL and the kiddos! SOO much Fun! SIL ran 12 on Saturday so there was a whole lot of run talk going on! (the guys just loooooved that!)
And wine. Yes, yes, delicious wine!
I couldn’t resist a delicious, piping hot meal so it was homemade chicken pot pie again, for the win!
And THAT is where I leave you today! It’s 7:50 EST and I’ve been writing this post for an hour as i drift in and out of sleep! Time for bed!!!
What was your favorite run of the week?
My tempo run, hands down!
Does anybody count chicken pot pie as one of their favorite comfort foods?
Yes, yes and YES.