Happy Thanksgiving week, my friends! I can’t believe how quickly 2015 has flown by. Seriously. It both seems like eons ago, and like just yesterday, that I was training for my first full marathon. That was back in January. And now here we are again. It’s almost January.
Thanksgiving is my ultimate favoritist holiday. Ever. But I’ll talk more about that later. Today let’s talk training! I had a pretty great week of training last week. I ran two days in a row, twice! Coach had me running three days in a row but I was nervous to push it, so I split my runs up a bit. Here’s how my week went:
Tuesday — 4 miles
Tuesday was super fun! Noemi, Julie and I got together for a few miles together before Julie had to go to work. Wake up time was 5:30 am, running time was at 6:00 am. I felt so accomplished. I had run 4 miles before anyone in my house was even awake yet! What a great way to start the morning.
Wednesday — 5 miles
Track day! I wasn’t planning on such an early day but unfortunately my husband sprung it on me the evening before that he had to leave for work much earlier than usual. I met up with Noemi at the track at 6:00 am (yes, another 5:30 am wakeup!) to get some repeats in. We had a pretty good time. It was windy as all get out, which both worked in our favor and was a bit annoying. Overall it was a really fun morning. And we didn’t even need our headlamps!
Thursday — strength and core work
On Thursday I focused a lot on my IT band rehab routine, as well as strength training. I felt pretty good. I’m sorry I wasn’t doing these exercises with my IT band when it first attacked me back in May. I think I probably could have gotten this much more under control before my marathon, but you know what they say… hindsight’s 20/20.
Friday — 3 miles
Okay so Friday was kind of a disappointment. Goal was a 5 mile tempo run. Unfortunately that didn’t quite happen. There were so many contributing factors to the failure of this run. One of them was that I wore too many layers and I was frankly just too darn hot. Another one was that I experienced GI distress. Gah, so annoying when that happens. But it does, so we deal with it. I cut my run short and headed home, hot, sweaty, and with a tummy ache.
Saturday — 8 miles
Saturday was a big improvement over Friday! I headed out to meet up with one of my clients and caught the most amazing sunrise. When I turned out of my neighborhood, the sky behind me looked blood red. It was gorgeous. I tried to get a photo later on down the road but it doesn’t even do what I saw justice.
We ran 8 miles. It was both of our longest runs in quite some time! The weather was chilly but not unbearable. I dressed appropriately this time — less layers! — and ran with my hydration vest. We kept a fairly even pace, around 10 minute miles, and even saw an owl! I’m so glad she pointed it out because I was completely oblivious. It was by far one of the coolest experiences of my entire life. Way cooler than seeing a bald eagle when I was a kid, even though they were on the endangered species list for a while. I spent the rest of the day on cloud 9. It was truly amazing.
Overall it was a really great week. I’m so thankful that I’m out of the red zone and can finally enjoy my runs again. Looking forward to a couple more races in 2015 and then it’s peace out ’til 2016! I’m still working on my race calendar so we’ll see what happens. I haven’t decided if I need a racebreak or if I’m going to #runalltheraces again this year. Time will tell!
How was your training last week?
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
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