Week 3 of marathon training is in the books! I love marathon training because it’s easy to take things just one week at a time. I never really look ahead for what is coming up next – just focus on the week at hand, and it flies by!
Monday, January 15 – 4 mile run: I think Mondays are a great running day, you know? It sets the tone for the week and starts things off on the right foot – literally. With a holiday from work, Pearce and I headed out around 10 am so as not to completely freeze to death, although it was still very cold. Our pace ended up being 10:02, which we were happy with! And then AJ and I went to some vineyards and spent the rest of the day tasting wine because #YOLO. Judge us if you will for sending our foster son to his daycare on a day we didn’t have to work, but you know what? Sometimes you just need to drink wine with your spouse without children’s voices in the background. #blessed
Tuesday, January 16 – 5 mile run: With a packed schedule for this week and the threat of “winter weather” aka one inch of snow on Wednesday morning, the only possible running time was this morning! BOO!!! BOOO WAKING UP EARLY! The temperature was in the teens and it was pitch black when Pearce and I headed out. I knew it would be a slow run (early morning runs always are for me) but I just wanted to focus on getting the miles in. We survived and finished without frostbite (barely) and at a 10:50 pace. Not ideal, but the miles got done!
Wednesday, January 17 – strength training: So, that winter weather that was threatening? Turns out it actually happened! We woke up to a few inches of powdery snow on Wednesday, which of course completely incapacitated the entire city. Thankfully, I have a 4×4 SUV that I bought for just such an occasion, so I still made my way to the gym! I got in a really great full-body session and I realized that doing full-body workouts at the gym is actually very hard. I constantly feel like there are so many exercises that I’m missing out on, and I want to add “just one more.” It’s kind of frustrating, but I guess I can’t fit everything in if I’m only strength training 2 or 3 times a week! Something’s gotta give. I’m focusing big time on legs, glutes, and backbody work.
Thursday, January 18 – 4 mile run: A little ice on the roads doesn’t scare us! Actually, it kind of does, so we walked anywhere that looked remotely icy, but Pearce and I got our 4 miles in on Thursday at lunchtime. I can’t say I felt fantastic, but our pace wasn’t too bad given the number of walk breaks we ended up taking, so I guess we were moving pretty well on the running intervals. Overall pace: 10:24.
Friday, January 19 – strength training: I needed a little gym inspiration (it turns out that it’s kind of hard to come up with your own workouts when you’re just used to someone telling you what to do all the time), so I turned to – where else? – YouTube for some new leg moves. I have already done a lot of different things with my trainer, but sometimes you just need a reminder of what’s out there. I ended up using this video as inspiration and incorporated a lot of the movements into my full-body workout. Um, by the way, one-legged squats are horrible and my attempts at doing them were so, so sad.
Saturday, January 20 – 8 mile run: This weekend’s long run was a solo endeavor! I loaded up a new episode of the Ali on the Run podcast and headed on about my way. The first two miles weren’t my favorite, but once I warmed up, I felt pretty good. Despite 3 snow days in a row, Saturday’s high was nearly 60 degrees, so I was able to do my run in a short sleeved shirt. I pushed it during my last mile and ended the run with a 9:19 mile and a 10:05 pace overall. I’ll take it!
Sunday, January 21 – OFF: I’m still pretty sore from my strength training workout on Friday, so a rest day was much appreciated. I probably should foam roll or do something productive…
LEAVE A COMMENT: Did you have any snow days this week? Anyone out there who runs regardless of whether or not there is ice on the road?