Welcome to week five of my Shamrock Half Marathon Training Recap. Each week, I’ll share how my training went and what the week looked like. I’m doing this because: 1) I love reading about how other folks train and 2) it’s great for me to have a record of what I did each week. Also, honestly, it helps keep me accountable when I know I’ll be writing about it. I also post almost all of my runs on Instagram as well. I wrote about my thoughts on my training plan after one month here, if you want to check that out.
Monday: Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and so I ran a bit later than usual. It was bitterly cold and the wind did not help things. I ran 5.19 easy miles for the day.
Tuesday: Track Day! It was another bitterly cold morning, so that meant that I did track work during lunchtime instead of in the dark morning hours. I had 5×1000 repeats on deck and my goal time for each 1000 was 5:12. Here are my splits: 5:03 / 5:03 / 5:07 / 5:05 / 4:59. It was another lonely track workout in the cold and wind but I was proud of myself for pushing deep and getting it done. Little did I know that my hardest workout all week was yet to come. With my warm up and cool down miles, I ran 6 today for the day.
Wednesday: rest day, Pure Barre class.
Thursday: Tempo Day! I’ll just let my Instagram picture speak for itself…6.2 miles
Y’all. This was the first run of this training cycle that I ALMOST gave up on. For real. For Hansons plan, tempo runs are race pace (so 9:09 for me). My warm up mile was too fast & my first tempo mile was too slow. I felt defeated and really wanted to just go back home. But. I stopped, took a sip of water and told myself that I would give it one more tempo mile & then if I couldn’t hit it, I’d head home. Next tempo mile (next two actually) were sub 9. The last one was spot on at 9:05. Of course it was cold & windy but I’m used to that by now so I’m not sure why this run was such a struggle early on. The point is sometimes runs suck. If you can put your legs on autopilot & just conquer your mind, you’ll get through it. I may or may not have started talking to myself out loud during the last push of my last tempo mile. Hey, whatever it takes, right?!?! #blizzardof2016 #dc
Friday: Ah. SO. The Blizzard of 2016 was quickly approaching and weather reports were that we were going to get up to two feet of snow (spoiler alert, there were right) so I decided to move my Saturday long run to Friday. I ran ten fun miles and the temperatures rapidly dropped and the snow started to fall during that last mile. The snow didn’t stop falling until about 36 hours later…But ten miles, done!
Saturday: There was NO running happening on Saturday. The forecast was correct and we were buried under just about two feet of snow. I did shovel three times, which if you’ve ever shoveled snow, you know is a great cardio workout!
Sunday: The morning after. I desperately wanted to get a run in so went out for a little over three miles with Caitlin in my new Yaktrax. It was glorious. The sun was shining, the neighborhood was happy and we just had so much fun. Running will be really interesting this next week as the city continues to thaw out.
Total mileage for the week: 30.5 miles
Total mileage for the year: 120.39 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 166.81 miles
I’m determined to keep my running schedule as much as I can this week and I am really proud that I only missed a few miles even during a blizzard. I actually was only short 5 miles and since running through snow is almost twice as much work, I’m really chalking it up to being right on point!
How was your week? If you are on the East Coast, are you all dug out yet?