Normally I rest on Monday but it was suppose to be the nicest day of the week. I decided to kick my training off right. I ran four miles with four strides thrown in. Man, after not really running for two weeks, I was shocked by an 8:30ish pace! You know what, it didn't feel hard!
Tuesday I did a strength workout and took some extra time to roll. I promise I am focusing on rolling!
Wednesday I had some time between jobs so I did my planned workout for Thursday. This workout was a sorta tempo workout. One mile easy, one mile at HMP (8:00 goal) x2 then a two mile cool down. Can I tell you how shocked I was to see my HMP miles were 8:02 and 7:34? A 7:34!!!! Six miles total for the day.
Thursday I did another strength training workout after finding out about being named a Pittsburgh Marathon Blogger! I am still in disbelief that I got picked for this. I've been thinking about running another marathon for so long and not saying anything about it (except to a few people) it felt nice to finally say it. I cannot thank you all for the messages/tweets/texts about my decision. I know this experience will be much better than the first time I took on Pittsburgh.
Friday my new shoes were in and I had to take them for a spin. I ordered the Saucony Freedom ISO as my second shoe since my Hoka Clifton's are dead. I plan to review this shoe in the next few weeks for you guys, but I had a great and cold four mile run with four strides.
Saturday was my final rest day of the week. It was really cold and I was glad I didn't have to run in it. Got my third strength training done and packaged up some holiday cheer for some good friends of mine. I needed the day to sit at home and relax. It was nice.
Sunday I woke up with snow on the ground and a wind chill in the teens. Nope. I do not run in fresh snow because you don't know what is under it. I took my long run to the treadmill. I ran eight miles and increased the pace every two miles. Despite Dangle throwing some toys at me, it felt very comfortable. I was just happy that I completed all of my workouts for my first week of training!
Weekly Total: 22 Miles
December Total: 25.1 Miles
Everything feels good! Rolling after every run has kept things in line. I also have been doing some of the hip strength training's between scheduled days. I know my hips are my weakness right now and I need to work on them.
Week one of training is in the books! Only 11 weeks to go!!
When do you start training for your next big race? Do you run in the snow?