01.12.15 – 1.18.15 :Mileage Recap!!!

Hi Friends! I hope everybody had a great weekend! This one is a 3 day-er and I love long weekends! And today is even better because my treadmill comes this morning! I can not even WAIT for it to arrive! So if you need me this week I think it’s safe to say that is where I will be!

Mileage Recap: 

Monday-Off

Tuesday:8 easy miles-59:05 (7:23 avg pace)

Wednesday: 9 Miles 1:09:09. (7:41 avg pace) Failed track attempt!

Thursday: 7 easy hilly miles-1:02:55. I took it REALLY easy and slow for this run because it was snowing like crazy! I wore my YakTrax and a pair of shoes that were REALLY old. I could tell how old they were because my ankles always feel “achy” when I’m running in sneakers that are past their expiration dates!

Friday: OFF!

Saturday: I really had psyched myself up for this run. I knew I had to start early because I had early afternoon plans, so there was no delaying: i had to get on the road early, or not at all. I laid ALL my clothes out-the 3 layers for top and bottom-BUT I woke up Saturday morning and could not get myself excited at running in the negative temps. UGH. I don’t like waiting until Sunday’s to do my long run (I hate taking more time away from a day with the family) and sometimes, if i procrastinate until Suday, I wind up NOT doing it at all. My husband (so nice!) told me it was okay to swap my long run day around because it would 35 and not -9 outside! So I hit the treadmill for my tempo run instead (I was originally going to do it on Sunday). I am SO proud of this run-even though the paces were hard, it gave me a lot of confidence to hit these fast paces. I felt really strong the whole time and I was able to continue to pick up the pace for the entire workout. Honestly, if I had been running outside i felt like i COULD have hit all of these paces. It felt really good.

2 mile w/u @ 8:00-7:54 pace

4 miles @ 6:48 pace

2 miles @ 6:44 pace

2 miles @ 6:36

1 mile @ 6:27

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And then, after I had already logged the 13 miles in my app, I realized i should probably do a cooldown so I followed up the tempo with 2 more miles.  15 miles total-1:43:55, 6:55 avg pace.

Sunday:
2015/01/img_4700.jpgI did my long run! I was a little sore from my tempo run but i was so happy that it was 35 outside! It felt like a freaking heat wave! After my hilly run on Thursday, I had made the decision to do a long chock full of hills. My next marathon is NOT hilly, but Boston is. Even if your race is totally flat, it is a great idea to still keep running hills-they only make you stronger and feel more bad ass when you have finally climbed to the top! I love the route I did. It’s one that my running partner and I had made once on the fly. We basically took all the hills we don’t like and smushed them together into one run. My average pace was 8:28 for the 18 miles. I was really happy with this! Even though I was slower than I was last week, honestly, with legs that had done a tempo run just the day before, and on a route full of hills…I’m glad this pace still felt easy and that my legs cooperated nicely. I also feel like I could go into full on beast-mode for this route when my legs are all rested! I also wore my new Ghost 7’s that I had saved specifically for motivation for this run. There’s nothing like a fresh pair of kicks, am I right?? 

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57 miles for the week, 7:50 avg pace

Saturday was such a fun day! I got to hang out and celebrate a special bride to be with a whole bunch of my girlfriends! It was one of the most beautiful showers I’ve ever been to…and they had a dessert bar! I did not take any pictures, but take my word for it: it was amazing!! Any time mimosas, desserts, and bff’s are involved, it’s a good time!!

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I hope your weekend was amazing! Tell me something fun that you did!

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24 thoughts on “01.12.15 – 1.18.15 :Mileage Recap!!!

  1. Awesome job! I love reading your blog, it’s such an inspiration. My “dream” goal is to one day run a 3:12 marathon (after my birthday, March 12). It sounds impossible now but seeing the immense amount of progress you have made really makes me think if I work hard I can do it one day! Keep up the good work!

  2. Fantastic week, Nicole! You are getting so flipping fast 😀 And holy hills! You’re a beast! Can’t wait to see you finish your next marathon!!

  3. Holy hills Batman! That long run looks intense! My next half is relatively flat, but there is nowhere flat where I typically run (unless I’m on the ‘mill.).

    I had a fun weekend too, my daughter turned 3 so we did a lot of celebrating. And there was cake – can’t have a bad time when there is cake involved.

  4. That was an amazing tempo run! Then to follow it the next day with a hilly 20 miler at a solid pace – you are seriously #beastmode 3 months from Boston. So impressed. Can’t wait to hear how the treadmill works for you.

  5. I’m not even going to say much on another jaw dropping week by you twinnie cause you already know how I feel about ya! TOTAL BOSS!!! … ROCKSTAR!!! … annnnnnnd my SHE-RO!!! Enjoy the new tready chica!!! 🙂

  6. Holy crud girl – you are incredible!! You keep improving and I am such in awe of the leaps and bounds you make. Have fun with your new treadmill!
    I don’t need new shoes right now, but I’m craving a new pair!
    This weekend…I saw American Sniper and it was incredible. It was the best movie I have seen in a long time.

  7. Dessert bars = an awesome party! It looks like you had a great weekend 🙂 I’m not a fan of cold temps either and will definitely move a run to the treadmill if it’s cold enough (even though I hate running on a treadmill haha.

  8. I know I told you this on Instagram but wow you are fast! Like I don’t think I have followed anyone else’s training who has made such huge, continuous progress over time as you! That tempo run is crazy! (In a good way!) Enjoy your day off and have so much fun with your new treadmill!!

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