- Training for: Glass City Marathon, April 28th
- Miles run: 50 this week
50 miles!! 50!! Despite having a bit of a wonky knee, my training has really ramped up this week. I ended up with 50 miles for the week, which is my highest in forever. Ran 6 days this week, and lived to tell 🙂
Monday – 6 miles, intervals – treadmill. This is typically my easy day, but needed to switch up my workouts this week. 10 mins warm up, 3 x 1600m with 3 min rest, then cool down 10 mins. This went decent enough. The target pace was 7:50-8:20, so I did 8:00 miles for the fast part. I got through it, and walked during the 3 mins rest. Happy Monday!
Tuesday – 5 <early> miles. 5 at 5am! It was the 3rd annual Paczki run, on Fat Tuesday. If you’re not familiar with Paczkis, they are a Polish donut that is filled with fruits or creme and is made a bit richer than regular donuts. They only sell them around here for Fat Tuesday.
We ran our 5 miles, and made sure we were one of the first ones to get our treats when the shop opened at 6am.
Did I mention it was freaking sub freezing?? Friends and donuts are the only reason I’ll be getting up that early in the super cold!
Well that, and I was also excited to wear my “glow vest” again. My sparkly Athleta hat was pretty great too.
Wednesday – 6 easy treadmill miles.
Thursday – 9 miles, tempo day! This run was 5 miles of pace miles alternating with threshold pace, sandwiched with 2 miles each of warm up and cool down. Playing with marathon pace is interesting (and a good practice!). I wasn’t super fast – but I did get my paces within my plan’s “range”, so I’m happy with that!
Knee update – I was actually having pain on my toe from a blister last week and thought it was infected. I went to the Dr to have him check that out and also to look at my knee. It was the most disappointing visit ever! My toe was not infected (boo, gotta let it get better on it’s own) and he said I just need to stretch my knee before I run! What?? No PT exercises or anything. So I guess that’s the A-OK to keep running on it. Still, I feel like my diagnosis was slacking a little. 🙁
Friday – 5 easy miles around the ‘hood. Fun trivia – 5 miles covers every street in my neighborhood. How convenient!
Saturday – 18 miles long run…. + .75 “filler” miles! I was lucky enough to have two friends join me for this run. Lori ran 10 miles (7 with us) and Shannon ran her 14 miles with me. I was nervous about running so far. 18 is a big deal!! I feel like this went pretty well. The only part that could have gone better is when we were going to run 4 miles at marathon pace, at mile 11. I made it through 3 miles, and then thought we were done with that. At that point I pretty much checked out mentally and physically and I’m not sure I would have been able to do another mile at that pace!
One fun part of the run was when I approach something laying on the trail and I realized it was my glove! I didn’t even know I had dropped it. Lucky that!
Post run we had some fun taking pictures. I was super proud to have accomplished that run!
Here’s proof to me that I’m getting stronger: my recovery said only 23 hours! At the start of the plan it would have said something like 5 days!!
After a nap, and snuggling with my kitty, I had some business to finish. I noticed that my weekly mileage was 49.3 miles!
Well, I couldn’t let that go, so I ran another .76 miles to top it off to 50. Woot!!
Sunday – Rest!!
Next week I’ll be cutting back in miles a bit, but right now this is all feeling good enough. I’ll do a few exercises in hopes that my knee issue will go away completely and keep up with icing it when needed.
Looking for some inspiration? This week I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Wrap. Lots of great stuff to read in all of the blogs there!
Q: Do you like to incorporate some pace miles into your long runs, or just leave them long and steady?
Those pace miles were killer. Not a confidence boost!
Q: Do you regularly go for any early runs outside?
Nope! It’s usually the treadmill for me when it’s dark out!
Q: Do they sell Paczkis where you live?