Training for the Glass City Half marathon is back ON.  In a big way this week!  After spending our weekend driving home from Colorado it was time to get back on track for training.  A routine is a good thing for me right now and exercise is good for physical and mental health.  I pretty much got all of my scheduled workouts in for the week, which was a bit unexpected!  29 miles of running this week, and a couple of gym visits.  I’ve also started back at my PT exercises (hey there angry knees!).

Mon – 5 easy miles.  Luckily I had one more day working remote, so I got to sleep in a little and run on the treadmill.  I really miss our ski adventure as I scrolled through my Strava entries to create this blog post.  I’m looking forward to going back next season!!

3.75 miles walking after work.  I went out for a neighborhood walk with my friend for a much needed catch up on life.  So much has happened and we chatted for over an hour.

Tues – 5.25 miles.  Another treadmill run, but this time it was speedwork.  1200m intervals.  I didn’t hit a specific target but just ran faster.  It was exhausting, and that’s good enough! 

Weds – 1.75 mile walk.  I have been taking walks with my mom at a nearby park on Weds and this week we decided to go at lunch time instead of after work.  No pictures today, but it was good for both of us to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Happy Valentine’s day ❤️❤️ My husband made a wonderful dinner for me and got me chocolates.  He is really on top of things which I very much appreciate!!  

Thurs – 5 miles.  This was supposed to be 6 miles, the middle 4 at race pace, but after just one mile of “maybe kinda close to race pace”, I was exhausted.  I gave it my best effort and after a few rest breaks I decided to cut this at 5 miles and call it a day. It was a character building run that will hopefully show me how far I’ve come when race day rolls around!  Also, my knee was feeling “pinchy” and barked at me about a mile into this run.  The dreary weather didn’t improve this run either!

I did a fun thing this week – glass art!  I’ve wanted to do this for years.  This was my Christmas present.  I was a bit nervous working with the super hot glass but the teachers were awesome.  I’ll show you my work of art next week when it’s ready.  I can’t wait to do it again!

Fri – 5 easy miles.  You know what can improve your running? Looking good! Glad I spent more than 5 seconds thinking about today’s outfit because I was happy with my appearance, and I stopped and chatted with a friend during my run. Yay! My knee complained at almost 2 miles into the run.  That’s progress I think 😉

Sat – 9 miles, long run.  When I adjusted my plan to ease back into running, I wrote “7 or 8 miles, instead of 9” since we have three weeks of 9 mile runs.  But then, I got the call to be a sub coach for the 10:15 pace group.  This is the group I have coached in the past and the location was close by.  And, my husband would be at the group run – so all signs pointed to Do It.  I’m glad I did. It was good to be social.  There was snow on the path so the pace was perfect.  I couldn’t have run any faster!  My body reminded me that I haven’t run this far in a long time (I ran 7 miles three weeks ago!)  and this simple 9 mile run felt like 18 by the time I got done!  PHEW.  I spent most of the day exhausted.  

Yes, I did reward myself with a Starbucks after this run, despite my frozen face!!

Sun – What’s on tap for today?  Originally I was just going to stay in my comfy clothes all day long and get stuff done in the house.  But I woke up to a gorgeous sunny, and still slightly snowy, morning.  So heck yeah, I am getting outside today for some sunshine!!!  A walk in the park is a must.

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

Here’s a fun advertisement that showed up in my inbox this week. This was from years ago when my family and a friend ran the Glass City Marathon as a relay time. The kids were so little!!

Q: Have you ever run as part of a relay team?

I highly suggest it. It was such a fun group activity!!

18 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – back at it”
  1. Looks like you are a great pacer- right on the prescribed pace even in the snow! Great week back at it, way to go!

    How lovely you can spend some time walking with your mom each week.

    1. I was especially pleased with the overall pace because I had to walk up a hill on the route, while the other people kept running! But I did catch up with them again and nailed the pace. Yay!

    1. The drive from Colorado didn’t seem that bad. It was around 20 hours, but we took turns driving and the weather was good. I listened to audiobooks when I was driving, and cleaned up my email when I wasn’t. I wouldn’t mind doing it again! It is surprising how flat and boring the drive is though. Not much to see!

  2. Great strong work, well done! I’d never do a relay as I know I’d let everyone down. I am back on it, though, too, with a good functional 6 mile run broken up by buying a tablecloth, packing it in my rucksack and setting off running again …!

    1. Good job on getting a task done during your run!
      Aww, I’m sure you wouldn’t disappoint a relay team! You don’t have to be the endurance runner or the fastest – there’s a place for everyone on a team 🙂

  3. I’m sure your exhaustion is residual from all that skiing! What an amazing couple of weeks you had. You’ll settle back into your routine soon enough.

    I’ve never done a relay, can you believe it? I was asked a few times to do Ragnar, but I just know that without sleep, I’d be a mess.
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  4. No, i have never run as part of a relay team, but I want to- it looks really fun.
    Sounds like you had a great week- yes, it’s good to get back into a routine. You’ve had a lot of life events, AND it’s hard coming home from an amazing trip. I always laugh at your cold Starbucks drinks on these cold days! You do know they make HOT drinks, right??? : )

    1. Wait, hot drinks at Starbucks?? haha! Some day I’ll indulge in one. It really hasn’t been that cold around here. I remember years past when it was below zero. None of that this year! I’ve barely had the chance to wear all of my winter running clothes. I’ve got quite a collection too!

  5. I have done a couple of marathon relays (and several of the Market to Market 76-mile relays), and they’re SO MUCH FUN!!!! I think it would be a blast to get a group of us bloggers together for a relay 😉 Anyways, looks like you had a great week getting back into 26.2 training mode 😉

    1. You are very familiar with relays! I agree, a blogger relay would be quite fun! Note – I’m only training for the half at Glass City this year… so back up to speed on my 13.1 training!

  6. I have run several relays, and I loved it. Some were “quick”, just part of a regular marathon, and others that were overnights. So fun.

    That glass art night looks amazing! We have a place here, but I wish they did spheres like you show in your photo. I don’t care for the designs they offer.

    1. I did not make a sphere, although those are quite mesmerizing. My artwork will be revealed in Sunday’s post! 🙂 I could spend all day just staring at the works of art they have at the glass studio. So pretty!!

  7. It’s so good to see you back at it, doing what you love! I’ve run a couple of Ragnars and Hood to Coast so yes to relays. Pretty sure I’m not up for that van life again though. Haha! How cool to do glass art! What a great gift!

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