|At the end of Saturday's run|
It's time for the Weekly Review linkup with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. My training cycle focuses on the Broke Man's Winter Warm Up (7 miler) and the Paradise Coast (Naples) Half Marathon. You can read about each race in Week 1's recap.
Week of Dec 28 – Jan 3
Monday: 4.1 miles, 8:51 pace
Tuesday: 6.2 miles, 8:39 pace
Wednesday: 4 miles, 9:05 pace
Thursday: 1.1 miles, 8:13 pace
Friday: First on the First 5k (recap)
Saturday: 9 miles, 9:19 pace
Sunday: 1 mile, 8:21
Total: 28.6 miles
This was a big week! Some distance milestones, a PR, and a great long run.
Monday's miles were on the local track. My knee was bugging me last week so I wanted to run on flat, soft ground. It worked. By Friday's 5k my knee pain was a distant memory.
|Bear mural at the track|
|My new alumni mug for my training group (Marathoners in Training)|
|I thought this would be my last foot shot for a while. I may be wrong...|
Thursday was a streak day mile. The run brought me to 105 miles for the month and 800 for 2015! I've never had a 100 mile month and in 2014 I ran 550 miles, so 800 is a huge jump. Wahoo! After my run we chilled out at home. We were supposed to go to a party downtown, but Alex was under the weather so we had to skip. Instead, we split some wine and watched the movie Get Hard (I recommend) and some of the NYE stuff (yawn) before bed.
Friday was the First on the First 5k (recap). I had a pretty great PR on a non-PR course, so I'm excited to see what I can do on a faster course. We may sign up for the Easter 5k we did last year, but we'll see how it works out. After the race we watched the Ohio State bowl game and went to my mom's house for pork and sauerkraut.
Saturday was my long run. I slept in and skipped a group run (last unofficial run before next week's big kick off, so I didn't feel too bad skipping). Alex had side work and said he'd ride his bike while I ran, so I spent my morning taking down the Christmas decorations, tossing junk, and watching 13 Going on 30. He brought home some food and we chilled out til the last possible moment (to avoid running after dark). We headed to the trail around 3pm and I started my 9 miler.
The Heritage Rail Trail was a new place for us and it did not disappoint. It's not too exciting scenery-wise, but it's flat and mostly straight and perfect for a long run. It was really cold and windy along some of the farm fields, but the sun made it bearable. I felt really strong, especially after my monster 5k. We stopped for a few minutes at 4.5 so I could eat my gel and have some water, but beyond that there weren't any stops and my last 4 miles were my fastest. I couldn't have planned a better long run. Historically, I only get through long runs because of my running group, so it was a great confidence booster to see I'm gaining traction on solo training!
|Public art at the end of the trail (I am not flexible after a run.)|
Sunday was a streak mile. I planned to stop the streak on the 31st, but then I ran on the 1st and 2nd... and I have to run Monday thru Wednesday next week, so I decided I'd just keep going until I either get sick/injured, really don't want to run, or I complete my next half marathon (February 14). I can't imagine running the day after a half, so at least I know I'll stop then!
How was your New Year? Did you do anything exciting?
What is your next race?