Training Log 12/21 – 12/27/15

This week I ran 5 times, which is the most days I’ve ran since the beginning of December. After experiencing some ITB pain during the first week of the month, I took it easy running-wise during finals, my vacation to Florida, then moving back to NH. I was happy to get into a bit of a routine this week and get some quality outdoor miles in while the winter weather was delayed a bit.

Monday: 4.25 miles10:14 avg pace. I ran a loop that the last time I ran at home, was so challenging mentally. It felt great this week, aside from my ITB starting to hurt at mile 1.75. But, I had to get home somehow. I stopped to walk about .25 mi from home because I was in a lot of pain, but I was proud I stuck it out as long as I did.

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Running in the freezing rain on the airport trail. So many running memories here!

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3 miles. I did a pretty typical route for myself, and was “interrupted” half way through when I met my grandpa and little cousins on Main St. I visited for almost half an hour, making the second half of the run feel pretty awful because I tightened up. I ran in my PureFlows and my ITB felt significantly better (5/10).

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Thursday: 3.1 miles, 10:13 avg pace. My legs felt heavy and sluggish, but it was an absolutely beautiful day. I ran in shorts, ProCompression marathon socks and a long sleeve and I was HOT. I loved it. 

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The sun didn’t quite pop out.

Friday: 1.5 Christmas miles, 10:21 avg pace. Once again, my legs felt shot. I ran in my Newton Motion sneakers I bought last year and my ITB felt a little better (4/10). It was absolutely beautiful out and by the time I got home I regretted not wearing shorts.

I always walk across this bridge in fear of falling off. Always.
I always walk across this bridge in fear of falling off. Always.

Saturday: Rest.

Sunday: 2.5 mi, 26:35. This was sucktastic. These were my only indoor miles this week, and were in turn my worst. I hated the treadmills I was on (I used two diffrent ones) and I was so low on energy. Between not eating well before the run and drinking a fair amount of wine on Saturday, good miles weren’t meant to happen. Surprisingly, my ITB felt pretty good.

Weekly total: 14.35 miles. 

Aside from Sunday’s run failure, I’m happy with this week. My ITB pain has been frustrating, but I’m rolling and wearing more minimal shoes which normally help it subside faster. Running 5 days was great for my confidence, as I start half marathon training this week (more on that later). I’m hoping this week I’ll see more improvement in my ITB symptoms and have a good first week of training!

How were your runs this week? Did you have any good Christmas miles?

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6 thoughts on “Training Log 12/21 – 12/27/15

  1. Good for you for getting those runs in! I’m upping my runs to 5 days a week (I typically run 4) in order to prepare for my March and May half marathons. I ran 5 days last week, but didn’t get in a longer run since we were running around all weekend visiting family. How do you like the Pure Flows? I ran in Newton Gravity shoes when I was training for my first half and got horrible calf/inner ankle pain, so I’ve been super nervous ever since to run in a shoe that has a less than 8mm drop. Have a great week!

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    • I like the Pure Flows a lot, but I too get calf/ankle pain so I don’t run in them too often. Newtons and any minimal-type shoe place a lot of extra pressure on the calf/ankle so it’s important to convert gradually. I mostly only wear them when my ITB bothers me, as the flatter shoe tends to feel better. You have a good week too!

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