Happy Monday! I am coming off a 23 (technically 25, but I’ll get to that) mile week and am feeling great! I’m still working on my marathon training plan – I’m trying to mesh something between the beginner and intermediate plans because the beginner plan is too low volume but the intermediate is like wowzas, intense. Right now I’m still thinking 4 days a week with 1 easy, 1 speed, 1 hill, 1 long; two of those will be shorter weekday runs (the easy and speed for now) and the other two will be weekend runs with a lot more miles. I just have to assign some numbers to those days!
Getting into my 25, but really 23 mile, week:
Monday was a rest day – I had Christmas shopping to do and by the time I made home from two lousy stores (Giant Eagle and Wine and Spirits) and was spent. My patience had been spent before I left the first store so by the time I walked through my kitchen door all I wanted to do was lay on the couch. So I did. With a Woodchuck don’t judge. I actually had several more things to purchase, but could only take so many stores at a time so I split my shopping up over the last 3 days….otherwise there was a good chance you would have seen me on the 6:00 news for flipping out on someone, somewhere.
Tuesday I had more Christmas shopping to do after work so I did that and met some friends for drinks after. I knew that I would be out for most of the evening so I did my weights first thing in the morning. I went heavy (for me) with many of the sets and could feel it in my shoulders for days!
I had Wednesday off from work, so I planned on getting a longish run in but at the last minute Tall One decided to join me as long as we could run/walk. I am always thrilled when he decides to run with me, so I happily agreed to this and we took off for 3 miles of running alternating with walk breaks. I have to be honest, I am really glad we only did 3 miles because I was beat by the end. Mr. 6’4” has quite the long stride and naturally falls into a 9:30 or better pace when running so I was basically sprinting to keep up! I’m calling this my speed work for the week!
After our run, I made a special Christmas Eve treat: PANCAKES! We never have these at home, so we were both pretty excited. I topped mine with walnuts that I toasted and tossed with cinnamon sugar, real maple syrup, and a healthy smidge of butter. I had 2 big fluffy cakes and was a happy camper!
I had 3 more Christmas presents (and 1 birthday present) to buy so we headed out to collect those.
After dinner we went for a 3 mile walk (which is where the 25 total miles comes from) since it was SO nice outside. You can’t waste 60 degrees and sunny ANY day, let alone Christmas Eve in Pittsburgh!
Thursday was Christmas, and I was hosting my family for lunch so I was up early to get a quick 3 mile run in. I was even happier that I spent so much time in the sun the day before because it was cold, windy and a little rainy. I wanted to run a little more, but I had lots of food to prep and cook so I called it at 3 miles in 33:51 (11:16 pace).
We put on quite the little spread for lunch. The holidays were really hard for me this year, so it was really nice to be able to spend this day together and being surrounded by family.
I had to work Friday, but they sent us home early (YAY!!!) so we went for another walk that evening. I forgot to wear my Garmin and I’m not sure how far we went so I didn’t count it in my weekly totals. I think it was 3 miles but it could have been closer to 4. It was another beautiful day, so I was happy to be outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air!
I met Jennifer at North Park for our 10 mile long run on Saturday. I’m thinking that all of the holiday snacks and goodies finally caught up to me because this run was tough! I also didn’t eat a very big meal the night before – I wasn’t that hungry AND I forgot that we were meeting on Saturday instead of Sunday, so I just had a good old fashioned PB & J instead of my normal pre run pasta dinner. I did eat a substantial breakfast, but that apparently still was not enough! It seemed much colder than what the thermometers said and everything just required a lot more effort on this run. We finished 10 in 1:58 for an 11:50 pace. It was really nice to catch up with Jennifer and we spent a good while talking about Pittsburgh and our goals for the race! One of the BEST parts of a training partner is being able to toss ideas back and forth and get outside opinions and advice! I know this run took a lot out of me, because I ended up taking an unplanned nap later that afternoon! I was reading a book…and the next thing I knew I was covered in cats and snoring!
Sunday was another cold and rainy/misty morning. I suited for my hill run with no particular distance in mind. I decided to try out a new route and I had no idea what the mileage would be so I told myself that “somewhere between 4-6 miles” would be acceptable! I ended up right in the middle with 5.5 hard miles!
These hills were intense and a few times I had flashback to Nittany Valley so I knew that I picked a good route. I am REALLY excited to add this to marathon training in a few weeks! I have no idea what the second half of the marathon course is like and I’m hoping that this will help prepare me for that! I ran 5.5 in 1:02 for an 11:23 pace
Overall, this was a good week! Lots of good food, and good miles! As always, I slacked on my weight training but becoming more diligent in that area is absolutely on my list of 2015 goals (that I will hopefully be posting soon!).