I’m officially in half marathon training mode! I am so so excited to get back into the swing of things, and to hopefully run 13.1 miles in Albany, NY on New Year’s Day (unless there’s a giant snow storm). This past week of running was pretty great, as well as the week before! I didn’t post a recap of two weeks ago because it only involved two runs because of traveling and a heavy work load. However, a great thing happened so I’m recapping those two runs along with this week.
Runs 10/27 – 11/1
Monday 10/27 – 3.1 mi, 27:12. A new all time 5K PR! I know it wasn’t a race, and I went out for an easy run, but I just felt so good and flew through the first mile. I couldn’t believe how good I felt and it was a huge confidence boost. I even walked twice in the last mile due to me knee feeling a little tweaked and I still got that time! (Knee felt 85%)
Wednesday – 3 treadmill miles on “hill workout” mode. I don’t know my time because I got kicked off my first treadmill due to a reservation and had to switch. A majority of the time I ran at 6.2-6.4 mph, with a couple minutes of 6.0 mph. (Knee felt 85%)
Week of 11/3 – 11/9/14
Monday: 3 mi, 28:26 (Knee felt 100%). This day was beautiful and I actually got to run in shorts and a t shirt! That was probably for the last time until the spring, though.
Tuesday: Rest – I needed a run on this day so badly, it took all I had not to run. I almost went to the gym but with a week full of tests, I had to use the little free time I had to get groceries. Lame.
Wednesday: 3 mi, 29:00ish. My garmin didn’t want to connect to the satellites, but I did my normal route and I estimated the time based on the clock when I started/finished. I forgot my IT Band strap, but my knee still felt pretty good until I hit 2.5 miles (Knee – 90%).
Thursday: 3 mi on the treadmill, rolling hills setting, 31:00. Had some wicked side stitches, which wasn’t surprising because I was eating/drinking in class up until I left for the gym. I planned it to be 3 miles at HMGP (9:30) but it ended up being about 2 at that pace. Also did my typical leg weight circuit (Knee – 100%).
Friday & Saturday: Rest. I planned to go to the gym on Friday for some cross training, but after my awful week at school, my bed won that battle. It won’t happen again, I swear. And if it does, it’s okay because school is exhausting.
Sunday: 4 miles with a friend, 41:38. The first 2 miles were rough because of some strong head winds, and it was much colder out than we thought it was. I got into the zone after the wind died down, though. It was so nice to run with someone else – he’s typically much faster than me but stayed with me and it was so much more enjoyable. The struggles I normally feel didn’t appear. We planned to do 5 miles but we cut it at 4 because my knee wasn’t feeling the best after mile 2.5. Fitness-wise, I felt like I could do another mile or two, but I’ve got to keep the ITBS-based knee pain happy. (Knee – 80%)
Weekly Miles: 13
Miles in this training cycle: 19.1
The first two weeks of running again have felt great and thank god I can run again because my stress levels need it right now! I’m looking forward to another good week, although it just keeps getting colder. I’ll hit the treadmill at least once for some hills and attempt a HMGP run again. The training plan calls for it to be a 4 miler, but after I couldn’t do 3 this week I’ll make it a 3 miler. Hoping to do 6 next weekend if all goes well.
How were your runs this week?
Have you ever set a distance PR while just casually running?