Week 4 of marathon training, done! For some reason I thought this was the end of week 3. Really, 4 weeks already? I feel like a beginner still. This week brought 34.5 miles of running, lots of treadmill miles, cold temps, and a lot of work at my job(s). I worked at 2 companies this week, helped out a friend, and finally put a project in production. I’ve only been coding the software since April… no big deal, right? Phew! I didn’t think I would ever see the end of the tunnel on that program. Now to fix all of the bugs that come up when the program is actually in use on Monday. Haha! (but so true)
Here are some pictures from our hike/picnic last Sunday. The snow made everything look so pretty, but also made the hike take a bit longer! It was 4 miles round trip. We grilled hot dogs in the shelter and even had hot soup thanks to all of the camping accessories we carried out there. And cookies. I ate lots of cookies 🙂 Across the river was a bald eagle nest and we saw them flying around. Such a pretty day!
Mon – 5 miles on the treadmill! A nice start to the week. I’m pretty sure my latest Athleta find is a yoga bra, but it was comfy for a run too!
Tues – 5 miles treadmill, with fartleks. I’m not very speedy on the treadmill, but I made an effort so that’s what matters.
Weds – Rest day, with a walk after work because it was “feels like 16”. A heatwave! I stopped by my parents house to deliver a birthday gift to my mom. Happy birthday mom!!
Thurs – 7 miles treadmill. Due to time constraints caused by a work appointment, I needed to knock this run out right away. The thought of running around my neighborhood in the dark cold (feels like -8!) didn’t appeal to me, so it was another treadmill run. Once again, I didn’t hit the paces I would typically outside for this tempo run, but I gave it a try.
Hair update – I tried out that Olaplex mask and left it in overnight. Look at all of the soft curls as it dried on my hair!
Fri – 5 miles, outside! Oh snap, it’s cold out there! I bundled up but still had freezing legs by the time I finished. My Klimat.app said “feels like 8”, but I’m sure it was lying.
I stopped by to help out a friend with computer stuff. It’s a sad situation – her husband died a few months ago very unexpectedly at the gym. He was a client of mine, but really I considered him a friend. He was only 52 yrs old. She is getting a handle on life without him, which includes inheriting the business he owned and just generally doing things she has never done before, like figuring out the computer. My heart just breaks for her. He was a good guy and I’m happy I can help them out.
Friday night was getting my program all ready for Go Live on Monday! Dinner at my desk at work 🙂
Sat – 12 miles long run! When I saw -4 for the temps, I was a solid “no” on running two hours outside. So, I started my long run on the treadmill. After 6 miles I saw it was 1 degree outside, and sunny, so I finished up with 6 miles outside. I added a few more layers and felt OK, other than my freezing face! Not the ideal way to get my long run done, but it’s fine. Funny part was after I finished I was scrolling through Strava and noticed our training group only ran 10 miles. Then I looked at my calendar and saw “11 miles” marked on it. I had bumped up my mileage (on purpose) this week, but for some reason I thought I was supposed to run 12 miles! DOH! I really need to look at my plan better.
Sun – Rest day! We are taking our son to Ray’s, the really cool indoor mountain bike park. It’s going to be a fun, active day!
Q: Would you rather endure the cold and/or use the treadmill for a run in the morning, or wait until afternoon when it’s warmer?
Morning run for me, whatever it takes!!