Training Log 12/21 – 12/27/15

This week I ran 5 times, which is the most days I’ve ran since the beginning of December. After experiencing some ITB pain during the first week of the month, I took it easy running-wise during finals, my vacation to Florida, then moving back to NH. I was happy to get into a bit of a routine this week and get some quality outdoor miles in while the winter weather was delayed a bit.

Monday: 4.25 miles10:14 avg pace. I ran a loop that the last time I ran at home, was so challenging mentally. It felt great this week, aside from my ITB starting to hurt at mile 1.75. But, I had to get home somehow. I stopped to walk about .25 mi from home because I was in a lot of pain, but I was proud I stuck it out as long as I did.

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Running in the freezing rain on the airport trail. So many running memories here!

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3 miles. I did a pretty typical route for myself, and was “interrupted” half way through when I met my grandpa and little cousins on Main St. I visited for almost half an hour, making the second half of the run feel pretty awful because I tightened up. I ran in my PureFlows and my ITB felt significantly better (5/10).

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Thursday: 3.1 miles, 10:13 avg pace. My legs felt heavy and sluggish, but it was an absolutely beautiful day. I ran in shorts, ProCompression marathon socks and a long sleeve and I was HOT. I loved it. 

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The sun didn’t quite pop out.

Friday: 1.5 Christmas miles, 10:21 avg pace. Once again, my legs felt shot. I ran in my Newton Motion sneakers I bought last year and my ITB felt a little better (4/10). It was absolutely beautiful out and by the time I got home I regretted not wearing shorts.

I always walk across this bridge in fear of falling off. Always.
I always walk across this bridge in fear of falling off. Always.

Saturday: Rest.

Sunday: 2.5 mi, 26:35. This was sucktastic. These were my only indoor miles this week, and were in turn my worst. I hated the treadmills I was on (I used two diffrent ones) and I was so low on energy. Between not eating well before the run and drinking a fair amount of wine on Saturday, good miles weren’t meant to happen. Surprisingly, my ITB felt pretty good.

Weekly total: 14.35 miles. 

Aside from Sunday’s run failure, I’m happy with this week. My ITB pain has been frustrating, but I’m rolling and wearing more minimal shoes which normally help it subside faster. Running 5 days was great for my confidence, as I start half marathon training this week (more on that later). I’m hoping this week I’ll see more improvement in my ITB symptoms and have a good first week of training!

How were your runs this week? Did you have any good Christmas miles?

Weekly Recap 6/1-6/7/14

The first week of my half marathon training (well, for my 12 miler, then half) is complete! I am using the Hal Higdon “novice 1” plan that has been tailored a bit so that my long runs will fall on Saturday instead of on Sunday.

Sunday 6/1 – Rest, 5,902 steps. Spent the day at my brother’s fiancee’s bridal shower.

Monday 6/2 – 3.1 miles (29:38), 14,130 steps. Took my grandmother and her sister to Portsmouth to go shopping and bought myself these beauties! (I didn’t check my training plan in the morning…I was actually only supposed to do 2 miles this morning – whoops.)

Brooks Ghost 7's
Brooks Ghost 7’s

Tuesday 6/3 – 3.5 miles (36:37), 12,975 steps. This morning’s run was hard physically and mentally. I had a different breakfast than normal and it was warmer than I was expecting. The sun really got to me and I thought about giving up and walking home. But I did it and I was proud of making it through the struggle. Also walked 2.4 miles with my mom.

Wednesday 6/4 – Rest, 10,247 steps. Walked 1.3 miles with my mom.

Thursday 6/5 – 3.2 miles (35:11 – on trails), 12,115 steps. This week’s attempt at running trails for the Solomon Trail Running Series  was much more successful than last week. I learned early on that I took a wrong turn last week and ran .6 extra (that .6 was a very hard, switchback/hill singletrack trail). This week’s attempt was much more enjoyable and I walked less. I’m looking forward to improving more next week! Walked an additional 1.3 miles while my mom did 2 min walk/jog intervals. I really enjoy helping her reach her new fitness goals!

Friday 6/6 – Rest, 10,854 steps. I woke up itching to run. I understand the purpose of rest days, but this is a day that I wished they weren’t necessary. Walked 1.8 miles while my mom jogged. I swear she got me the garmin so she could use it 😛

Saturday 6/7 – 5 miles (56:24), 10,370 steps (at 10:30 am). This was the first “official” long run of my half marathon training. It did not go so hot, at all. I couldn’t get into a rhythm and I kept experiencing stabbing pains in my shin. Between that and feeling nauseous starting at around mile 3.5, I almost gave up and went home. While I walked a few times, I’m glad I did the whole 5 miles. I can’t say I’ve been eating/drinking healthy the last few days which probably didn’t help me. Hopefully next week’s long goes better!

Weekly Miles: 15.7 running, 6.8 walking with mom

How did your long run go this week?

Do you go walking/running with your family?