Monday, January 9, 2017

Princess Half Marathon Training - Week Five

January was being January this week, and I can honestly say I was not ready for cold. I have lived in Pennsylvania my entire life and I always forget how cold it actually gets. Fun fact, this isn't even as cold as it has been!

Monday was thankfully a rest day from running. I did roll a good amount since I was feeling a little tight. I also did a hip strengthening workout that I can tell you was everything I needed.

Tuesday we had the cold front roll through with weather and pressure. I felt really terrible and decided to do a kettle bell workout instead of running. My joints and head do not like pressure changes so I usually feel pretty terrible. I was happy I could get a little over a half hour kettle bell workout in.

Wednesday's workout was something. Here is how it went, awful. It was awful. I didn't hit a single split. The wind was insane and nothing felt right. I was expecting a bad workout sooner or later, and boy did it show up.

2 mile warm up
2 x 3 miles @ HMP (8:08, 8:12, 8:04)(8:18, 8:39, 8:24)
3:00 recovery between
1 mile cool down
9.2 miles total

Thursday was my final rest day of the week. Hubs and I had a ton of running around to do and we actually had time to do it together! The next few weeks leading up to Disney are jam packed. I need to maximize these rest days.

Friday was going to be the warmest day of the weekend so I decided to do my long run. A balmy 16 degrees with a wind chill under 10. I made myself a promise that as long as the sun was out I would attempt to run outside. We also got snow Thursday night so I decided my long run would be six two mile repeats. Not the same route six times, but I would never be more than a mile away from my car. Just in case I slipped or something happened. 

It was great! Despite how terrible my run was on Wednesday, this run was perfect on pace and I felt great. I have been trying to put a focus on my long run pace and run by feel. Not too easy but not race pace. I ran 12 miles at an 8:53 pace.

Saturday I had planned on going to the Pittsburgh Marathon kick off run, but it was 11 degrees when I woke up with a wind chill of 2. Nope. Not again. I did go to the treadmill for four easy miles to shake off the long run. 

Sunday hubs and I spent the morning twitter stalking my friends running in Disney, and watched Disney movies. It was pretty awesome. I eventually hit the treadmill for five miles with my last mile building in speed, since I was suppose to do strides.

Weekly Total: 30.2 Miles
January Total: 36.2 Miles

I ran my first 30 mile week in almost a year! I can't believe it! I'm more shocked how great I felt after that 12. Even though my paced mile run was awful, that long run has really showed me how far I have come in these past five weeks. My first long run this cycle was almost 30 seconds slower per mile and that was four miles less than I ran this week. I'm really excited with how I have been progressing!

What was your best run of the week? How cold was it?


  1. Awesome job!! It was definitely cold but way to go getting runs in!

  2. Great job on the long run! That's such a good pace, especially doing repeats like that. I was crazy and ran outside all weekend..I guess that's the up and downside of not having a treadmill :/

  3. Awesome! It's great to see clear progress like you had with your long run. I've been thinking that I need to start repeating short loops for longer runs so I can make water stops. It's just too cold to carry water!