One more week done of my training for the Glass City Marathon full. I ran 39 miles this week, was a little less than my plan, but I had to cut out a training day due to a ski trip. Even though we had a warm up which melted the snow mid week, a storm rolled in with ice and snow and school was cancelled on Friday. We took the opportunity to take a ski weekend and got quite a bit of snow and cold up north. Here’s how the week played out…
Flashback to last Sunday: we were course marshals at a 5K! It’s a fun job, but I totally failed on my outfit. No matter how silly you might feel, a pair of snow pants is always the best choice for a course marshal in a winter Ohio race! It was a Valentine themed race and we saw many friends along the course. Good times!
Mon – 5 miles, track workout, treadmill style. I had to shuffle my workouts around this week due to a fun weekend coming up. So today is my track workout, 4 x 800, 4 x 400 with 1 min rest between. With the warm up and cool down I got 5 miles done. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed chocolates and I got some beautiful roses from Alan. Notice the Wordle themed Valentine card I made for the chocolates 🙂
Tues – 6 easy miles. I have to keep bumping my alarm clock earlier to get these runs done before work, but so far so good. Another treadmill run.
Weds – 8 miles, speedwork. This run was a tough one. My least favorite of our training plan! 1 mile warm up, miles 2-3 at marathon pace, miles 4-5 having ½ mile surges with 1 minute recovery, miles 6-7 at marathon pace and 1 mile cooldown. Phew! I had to start this in the dark due to a full day of early doctor appointments and work but at least the temperature was “warmer”. I did make the time to enjoy a Starbucks afterwards. Have you tried the iced pistachio latte? It was a buttery yummy drink. I never eat pistachios so I had no idea what to expect. I liked it!
Thurs – 5 miles, easy. Rainy morning, no problem! Hit the treadmill for this run. I’m really loving Celebrity Big Brother so I didn’t mind spending more time watching TV. I also enjoyed a nice stretch after my run. It’s really a luxury for me to stretch out post run more than a regular event due to time constraints!
It was a tough afternoon for me. I had a job to swap out 3 new PCs in the office, which I predicted would take a max of 90 mins to complete. Imagine my frustration when technical difficulties arrived and I spent 5 ½ hours at the office!!! I don’t think it could have gone any worse. Ugh. Sadly, no one even bought me lunch. The real miracle is not that I finally got the computers to work, it’s that I survived that so without food. LOL!
My husband and I took our nightly walk. Based on the date, it was 17 minutes. The rain was turning to snow!
Fri – 15 mile, long run. Some runs are confidence boosters and some are character builders. This was the latter! It was a snow day for the school system starting with some ice and then snow, so it was finally time to bust out my Yaktrax. The first part of my workout was figuring out how to put them on my shoes. It’s been years since I’ve used them!
Then I realized my original route was not going to work because the roads were partially snow covered so a lot of pavement was showing. Not good for the Yaks! I decided to go on the bike trail which worked out really well, except it was tiring. So very tiring. And a messed up route made this run drag on forever!! There were walk breaks, and picture stops. By the time I got back to my neighborhood I still had just under 2 miles to go, so I had to loop around for a bit. I pulled off the Yaktrax to finish on the clear pavement. It ended with “come on, only 5 more minutes to go. You can do this!!”. It was exhausting! Actual picture of me post run. I look wonderful! haha! Interestingly I had the same exact pace as last week, but this run by myself was so much worse than the run with my friend last week! Later in the day we packed up the car and headed up north.
Sat – Skiing! A full day of skiing at the Highlands at Harbor Springs (which was renamed from Boyne Highlands). Super fun because our daughter joined us too! We got quite a bit of new snow, but it was cold and windy in the morning. So basically a typical ski day in Michigan!
After dinner we walked around Petoskey. They had pretty ice sculptures around the town. I love ski towns. You can go to dinner in ski pants and hats and feel perfectly comfortable!
Sun – more skiing, and hopefully a relaxing evening at home!
Q: Are you able to spend time stretching after running?
Lately I try to a minimum of a couple of scorpion stretches after all of my runs, but I often don’t have more time than that. It’s something… baby steps!
Q: Have you ever been a course marshal at a race?