Or, 9 weeks to go until the Illinois Half-Marathon:
This week was glorious. Mostly because the weather gave a 3 day teaser for spring by gracing us with 40 degree weather. Unfortunately, polar vortex round #3 will be greeting us this week. Why do I live here again?
This week’s mileage got done, surprisingly. I haven’t seen mileage numbers like this since I was training for a marathon and doing far longer weekend runs. I also made up more miles from a couple of weeks ago:
Monday – Rest Day
We had a legitimate snow day. It snowed 8 inches and school was cancelled. Luckily for me, I had run 9 miles the day before, so i took a well deserved rest day.
Tuesday – 35 minute tempo
(1) I’m pretty sure I don’t do these correctly. (2) This was a TERRIBLE run.
About 3.5 miles in, I started having GI issues. Like, enough to slow down. Then, at mile 4, I took a nose dive on some snow/ice and scraped my knee pretty badly. There is still a goose egg almost a week later. It has gotten smaller though, so that’s good.
Wednesday – 4 miles easy
I knew I would hate myself if I let a beautiful-ish day go to waste. So, out for 4 miles I went.
Thursday – 4.46 miles easy
Another warm-ish day. I could have fallen asleep sitting up and deeply considered it. Instead, I dragged my ass out the door and enjoyed a medium-sized run. Go me.
Friday – 5 miles easy (treadmill)
It was pretty windy on Friday afternoon. So, my friend, Meg, and I went up to our school’s fitness center. I convinced myself that I had to do a minimum of 3.5 miles and then I could see “how I felt” from there. I tricked myself into doing 5. Woo!
Saturday – Rest Day
Ran errands, graded, planned, and drank wine. It was a great decision.
Sunday – 10.25 miles (outside!)
The weather was slated as COLD. No kidding as it was 16 degrees when I started and only 18 degrees when I finished. I’m not sure why it is so damn hard to run in the cold. Like, I understand that I’m wearing at least five more pounds of clothing and runners get dehydrated faster in the cold, but a minute/mile slower than my normal training pace? Really? I’m relieved this run was completed in under 1:40.
Next week, I need to have a speed workout (7 x 400), 2 3-4 easy milers, a 5 miler (hopefully) pace run, and an 8 miler next weekend.
How did your workouts go this past week?
PS: Finally registered for the Chicago Half Marathon in September! Anyone else going to be there?