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?

3 comments:

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

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  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 :/

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  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!

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