I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and had a happy weekend however you celebrated!
In the summer I usually dream about moving to a colder climate like Alaska, but this past week I was thankful to live right here. The weather was perfect–cool with no snow and no ice. I wish it were like this year-round. The perfect weather made for a great week of training. I feel like I finally got my groove back, and all feels right with the world.
I unfortunately did no strength training. It was just too hectic with holiday prep.
I also made an important discovery that I should have made a while ago. I’ve worn Asics GT-2000s ever since I started running. They’ve always worked for me. I bought the latest version, the GT-2000 4, to wear for the marathon and put about 50 miles on them before the race. I knew the new version is tighter and more narrower, but it didn’t register that the shoe may now be too small for me. In one of my last long runs, I thought I turned my ankle on a chestnut because my right ankle hurt. It continued to hurt mildly but not enough for me to think much of it. Ever since I started training, I’ve noticed some slight ankle pain in my right foot. Sure enough, when I wore my old shoes, the pain stopped. Isn’t it weird that it’s only in my right foot, though? Also interesting is that I have the trail version of the GT-2000 4, and they aren’t as tight and narrow. I hope I can find a wide-width version, or else I’ll have to go up a half-size. I can look for older models, but I think I’ve bought out the older models in my size. I’m happy I figured this out before I messed up my foot, but I’m also bummed that I sank a bunch of money into new shoes that I can’t wear running anymore. I’ll wear them walking, but still.
I made some adjustments to this past week of training because my first training week was a bust at only 7.5 miles. I knew it wouldn’t be wise to jump right into a 30-mile week with hard workouts after that, so I planned to do five easy runs instead to build up my mileage. While my runs the first week seemed a chore, this past week they were all enjoyable. My legs wanted to go! I confess I ran faster than a truly easy pace a few times, but I was just feeling so good. I’m a firm believer that all the easy runs have helped me stay injury-free, so I do need to back off on pace from here on out.
Last Wednesday was my last day in the office. My break started last Thursday and lasts until Tuesday, January 3. It will be nice to train in the daylight instead of at dawn before work. This upcoming week I’ll add more mileage and start both my speedwork and tempo runs at half marathon goal pace. I’m excited. I did speedwork at the beginning of my marathon training in the summer, but then moved to marathon-specific workouts at slower paces. I’m ready for some speed!
It’s been a while since I tallied my miles, so I went back to Garmin Connect to double-check all my numbers. I was shocked at my miles for the year (as of Sunday, December 25): more than 1,380! I’ll be doing a year-in-review post this week to report on other stats.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for small, local, rails-to-trails Boston Trail Half Marathon near Pittsburgh on April 15 using the Hanson’s Half Marathon Method advanced plan with modifications
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 19.55
- Miles this training cycle: 27.05
- Miles this month: 58.37
- Miles this year: 1,380.56
Easy run: 3 miles (19 degrees)
It was a chilly 19 degrees but nowhere near the single-digit temps from the previous week. It actually felt great! I headed out toward the city on the trail but had to stop when the trail was flooded from the river. This part of the trail floods pretty frequently, so I just looped around the baseball stadium instead.
Easy run: 3 miles (27 degrees)
I was way overdressed for this run and got really hot. I started tearing off my clothes as soon as I got in the house before remembering to snap a pic, hence my sweaty, red-faced pic.
Rest day but we did pick up our new car! It was bittersweet since I hated to give up my old car. But driving away from the dealer in my new car was an incredible feeling. It’s so fast! And so clean! And smells so good! And I just love it so much. The only thing is that I’m terrified of something happening to it so am now that person who parks in the space farthest away in a parking lot to avoid someone parking next to me and potentially dinging my doors.
Easy run: 4.2 miles (28 degrees)
I tried to take my runfie with my new car but someone managed to not show much of the car. And something’s wrong with the resolution–sorry.
Easy run: 5.35 miles (43 degrees)
I joined the Pro Bike & Run group run for their winter training kick-off run on the South Side trail. I saw old friends and met new friends, which was a great way to start Christmas Eve. I love how welcoming and friendly this group is, and there were holiday cookies and coffee after the run. I hope to run with this group more.
Easy run: 4 miles (36 degrees)
I did 4 easy miles on the trail before heading to my mom’s house to spend Christmas day with my family. There were a lot of runners out, as well as walkers and dog-walkers, and pretty much everyone was in good spirits and greeted each other.