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CIM 2016 Training Week 1

Considering I haven’t blogged here in a few months, I haven’t told you all yet that I’m registered for the California International Marathon!  And with that, I obviously feel like I need to start this up again to document my training :)  So training “officially” started 2 weeks ago now, so week 1 was the week of 8/15 – 8/21.  In the next few days I’ll have Week 2 training and recaps of a few summer races, including the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon.  But for now, let’s back track a bit to 2 weeks ago:

Monday – Off

Nailed it.  After running 22 of my 34 miles last week over Friday – Sunday, I decided Monday should be an off day.  So I very easily stuck to my first official day of my training plan.

Tuesday – 6.05 miles in 48:50 (8:04 avg pace)

Pretty typical run up and down the lakefront.  Nice and cool at first, but then got hotter/sunnier as it went on.

Wednesday – 8 miles in 1:04:30 (8:04 avg pace)

I was super nervous for this run since it’s a tad longer than my “normal” runs and it was hot and I have not been in the best mood lately and didn’t want to do this alone.  But I went and I got it done.  The first few miles were really hard and i was unsure I’d be able to finish, but the 2nd half felt way better.  Lately it seems like it takes me a long time to warm up.

And I need to call out my splits for this one because they were amazingly consistent: 8:22, 7:59, 8:03, 8:03, 8:03, 7:56, 8:00, 8:07

Hit exactly 8:03 for 3 miles in a row.  All 6 miles in the middle within 7 seconds of each other.

Thursday – 7 miles in 57:30 (8:12 avg pace)

I felt super efficient because of this run.  It was storming in the morning when I woke up, so I curled back up to sleep longer.  I had plans to meet Bethany for ice cream at Jeni’s up in Lakeview, so I brought my running backpack to work so I could run straight from work to Jeni’s.  I didn’t map this beforehand, but estimated it at about 6 miles…it ended up being 7 though so I was a little late.

Friday – 6 miles in 49:10 (8:11 avg pace)

Again, just another run up and down the lakefront but at least had some company for part of this one, so that made it go by more quickly than usual!

Saturday –  (AM) 12 miles in 1:39:00 (8:15 avg pace) & (PM) 3 miles without a watch

Ran with Catherine and the Elmhurst Running Club on the Prairie Path!  Cath and I did 10 miles with the group, then 2 on our own.  It was timed perfectly because we made it back to the car RIGHT as it started to downpour.  This run felt hard at the beginning, like I was racing to keep up with the group…but again, after I few miles I felt warmed up and much better.  But of course then the end was hard.  Still need to get used to the double digit runs again.

Later in the afternoon after the storms cleared up,  I was in a bad mood and needed to do something to make myself feel better and had to move my car anyways from where it was parked, so I ran around a bit to get my car.

Sunday – 6 miles without a watch

I really wasn’t sure if I’d run today or not because of how tired I felt after yesterday’s long run…and then figured the bonus 3 miles wouldn’t help that either.

But when you wake up and The Weather Channel app says it’s 60 degrees, you can’t not go for a run.  So I did just that right away when I woke up before I had the chance to talk myself out of it or for it to get any hotter.  I wanted to avoid the lakefront because of the Air & Water Show, so I ran my “normal” route north and then back south on the lakefront because I realized it actually was still early enough since the show wasn’t starting for another hour or so.

Later in the day, I ended up walking down the lakefront path on my way home from lunch with Erin and that was a huge mistake.  The Air and Water Show is a nightmare.

Total – 48 miles

So that was a lot of mileage (for me)…all within the same general pace.  This past week was another week of just “normal” mileage, then I’ll start getting into some speed workouts this week.  I also feel like I need to really slow down my easy runs.  I say that frequently though and then never end up going much slower.  Why is that so hard to do?

 Does it take you awhile to feel “warmed up” for runs?  It seems like it’s taking me a lot longer than usual lately…

How much does your pace vary both within a run and across runs each week?

Training 3/21 – 3/27

Another week of training down.  I’d say this was a pretty solid week – some hiccups with a tempo run and the length of what was supposed to be my mid-week long run, but still hit close to 50 miles.  And got in a 15 mile long run!

Monday – 7 miles in 56:55 (8:07 avg pace)

Pretty normal run between 8:05 – 8:10 per mile the whole time.  Glad to be getting outside more lately, but the wind really sucks.  I can’t wait til summer when it’s a little less windy.  But then I’ll probably be complaining about the hot temperatures.  It’s rare that the weather will just perfectly cooperate in Chicago I suppose.

Tuesday – 8 miles in 1:03 (7:52 avg pace)

I was supposed to do a tempo run, but today was not my day.  I felt OK on the warm-up (2.4 miles), but then started the tempo and it was rough and I only hit a 7:20 but felt like I was running much hard and kind of was expecting to see a sub-7 mile for how hard that felt.  So then I did an easy mile (8:13), then hard (7:33)…which again felt like the effort was way harder than that, then easy (8:07), and hard (7:13).  Then I followed it up with a .6 mile cool-down for 8 miles total.  Definitely a discouraging workout, but at least it ended up being something and I didn’t totally quit on myself.

Wednesday – 5.3 miles in 42:40 (8:03 avg pace)

This run was so hard.  I was fatigued from last night’s workout (this run was in the morning, so about 12 hours later) and the weather was terrible.  It wasn’t overwhelmingly cold, but cold enough to wear gloves and headband.  But. the. WIND.  It was out of control.  And coming from every direction.  I would not have been surprised if I would’ve mapped this one out to have been going a 10 minute pace because I felt like I was crawling.  So I was a bit surprised my pace was “normal.”  I was so proud of myself for getting out there early because the previous 2 runs were after work and I had big plans to do 10 miles, but it felt so miserable.  At least that left me some extra time to get random stuff done in the morning.

Most importantly…I won $20 from a scratch-off lotto ticket!


That’s gonna go towards my solo-vacation fund.

Thursday – 8 miles in 1:00:00 (7:30 avg pace)

Some redemption for Tuesday’s failed tempo run!

I didn’t have a real plan going into this other than knowing I wanted to do some type of tempo workout.  Last time I did a continuous tempo on the treadmill it was 4 miles avg about 7:15 by alternating half miles between 7:30 and 6:58.

So I decided to go with that, but increase the speeds each time – so each half mile (approximately – I actually changed at the song changes) pace was:

7:30, 6:58, 7:24, 6:54, 7:19, 6:49, 7:14, 6:44

So in total averaged about 7:05 – 7:10.  And another crazy thing is that even though each song wasn’t exactly half mile, the 8th song finished EXACTLY when I hit the 4 miles.  I’ve done mile and 2-mile repeats at about this pace or faster, but I’m happy I was able to do these paces for a continuous 4 miles.

Then I did a mile with each half @ 8:00 & 7:54 as recover, but then wanted to try to get in a little more fast work to get the run to 8 miles.  So I did another fast with each half mile @ 7:08 & 6:40 (and actually even increased to 6:27 for the last .15 miles).

I had enough of the treadmill then so I didn’t do a real cool-down, but just walked for a few minutes and stretched.

Friday – 5 miles in 41:00 (8:12 avg pace)

Easy-peasy run on the treadmill as recovery from last night and in preparation for Saturday’s long run.  After the run, I met up with my old friend the Metra train to go back out to the suburbs for the weekend.


Saturday – 15 miles (no watch)

I haven’t had a good long run in a few weeks, so this was what I needed as some assurance going into the St. Louis half in 2 weeks.  I have no idea on time since I didn’t wear a watch.  I wanted to concentrate on making sure I got in the distance, without regard to pace.

I intended to try to meet up with the Dick Pond running group at Busse Woods, but apparently during the winter months they don’t meet where their website says they meet and actually meet somewhere else.  So I started on my own with the intention to do 2 loops (~7.3 each) and right when I got going, a group of a few runners were coming up to me on the path and I could hear them behind me for awhile, so I figured they were going about the same pace.  After a little over 3 miles, I stopped for a quick second until they caught up and I asked if I could join them.

We all chatted for a bit and then 2 of the guys started going a bit faster because they were doing only 9 or 12 miles, whereas the 2 others in the group were doing 20 in preparation for Boston.  So I stuck with the guys going a little faster – they are each going to be trying to break a 3:30 marathon in the next few months.  One of them did have a Garmin, so one of the times I heard it beep I asked what pace we were going and he said right about 8.

I ran with them for 4 miles until we finished that loop.  Then they were heading back to the Starbucks where they met, so I turned around and headed out of my second loop going the opposite direction.  After about 2 miles into the 2nd loop (so probably about 9.5 miles into the run), I started to struggle.  I ended up taking 2 short breather breaks during the 2nd loop, but I considered that a success considering there are always little breaks that happen during long runs and neither was long by any means.  Just a quick mental regroup and stretch each time.


After the run, I hit up Panera!!  Their hazelnut coffee is my favorite.  And obviously their bagels.

Then I went straight to the outlet mall to pick up something I regretted not getting when I was there last weekend (and actually ended up getting a better deal on it!!)  More to come on that purchase soon…

Sunday – OFF!

I probably would’ve done Body Pump or maybe spinning at the Y if it wasn’t Easter.  But it was, so instead I had a busy morning of church and brunch.  And since I didn’t get to sleep in Saturday, I wanted to sleep in on Sunday.

TOTAL – 48.3 miles

Where (or what) do you like to eat after a long run?

Highest Mileage Week Yet! (51.95 Miles)

I feel like I could probably keep re-using the same title for this post over and over in the next few weeks.  At least I hope I can, because I hope I’ll keep improving and keep increasing the mileage a little further.  I’m actually surprised how well my body has been handling it lately.  There was a rough patch when the weeks first started getting over 40 miles, but now I feel mostly accustomed to it.

So here’s the recap from my highest mileage week ever*:

Monday – 6.7 miles in 54:15 (8:05 avg pace) & “Boot Camp” class

Just a normal run in the morning (didn’t feel amazing, but got it done) and then “Boot Camp” class in the afternoon.  Loved the class at Yoga Six.  However, now a week later I haven’t had a chance to go back yet.  I need to make that a priority for the next few weeks to make my trial month worth it!  The class was mostly tabata-style.  A lot of plants, jumping jacks, burbees, and weight exercises with 10-pound dumbbells.

Tuesday – 8.25 miles in 1:06:00 (8:00 avg pace)

I don’t remember anything about this run.  So it probably wasn’t anything special.

Wednesday – 12 miles in 1:30:30 (7:32 avg pace)

PR for longest treadmill run everrrrrr – read the deets here.

Thursday – 5 miles in 42:00 (8:24 avg pace)

Super short, easy run after yesterday’s hard workout.  I was in a poor mood, so I kept it very easy on the treadmill.  I was actually surprised how good I felt though.  I thought I’d be insanely sore.  #progress

Friday – OFF

Just couldn’t motivate myself because I was still in a crappy mood and just run down from the week.

Saturday – 12.5 miles in 1:39:00 (7:55 avg pace)

I didn’t wear the Garmin on this one – just my normal watch.  There are some mile markers along the lakefront trail, so I timed myself for part of it and was hitting exactly 7:40 miles.  So I was probably going slower at the beginning and at the end because the 5.5 miles I timed were in the middle of the run.  And I’m sure I was “subconsciously” going a tad faster since I knew I was timing myself.  But really, there wasn’t too much that was noteworthy about this run.  Then I felt like death afterwards.  Not sure why, but it took me a few hours and a few cups of coffee to get my energy back up.  But my mom came over and we walked to get lunch so I think that long-ish walk (maybe about half mile each way) helped to loosen me up.

Sunday – 7.5 miles in 59:00 (7:52 avg pace)

Easy run.  I had walked all over the city earlier in the day for some shopping and for a coffee/lunch date with my friend Bethany so I had already met my step goal for the day (12k steps) before I did this run.  And I considered not doing it.  But Erin gently reminded me that I took Friday off.  So I ran.

TOTAL51.95 miles & 1 “Boot Camp” Class

*Technically speaking, my highest mileage week ever was one week in July of 2009 training for cross country, but that was 7 days of running and also included a 2-a-day on one of the days, so that was 8 runs.  This past week was only 6 days.  Maybe sometime I’ll get to the point where I’m doing a 14 day cycle w/ 1 off day in every 2 weeks, but we’ll see.  Baby steps.

Going forward, I’m looking to hitting the >50 miles for week much more often!  My downfall in the past has been inconsistency with training – a 20 mile week, followed by a 35 mile week, followed by a 15 mile week, etc.  But now I’ve been better about running definitely 5, usually 6, days/week.

What is your highest mileage week ever?

Half Training Week 8 and The Oscars

Another Monday, another weekly recap of my training for you!

Monday – 6.1 miles in 49:00 (8:01 avg pace)

This run felt like it went on forever and ever.  I can’t believe how sore I still was from the weekend’s long run.  Not painfully sore, but more sore than I’d like to be for a 13+ mile run at this stage in the training.

Tuesday – OFF. Major fatigue from the weekend’s long run caught up with me.

Wednesday – 8 miles w/ 1 x 2.1 miles & 2 x 1.1 miles

This workout was a huge success.  It was originally supposed to be 4 x 1 mile repeats.  But since I was going to be on the treadmill for the workout, part of me wanted to change it up a little and do a “wave tempo” workout I learned about from NYC Running Mama because it sounded both challenging and like it’d keep me entertained on the treadmill.

However, I still wanted my screen covered up so instead of basing my speed changes on the distance (ever half mile), I decided I’d change speed with each song change.  So after a 2.5 mile warm-up, I started at a 7:03 pace, went down to 6:44 after 1 song, then back up to 7:03, then back down to 6:44 for a total of 4 songs and 2.1 miles.

Then I opted for a little break of a .3 mile jog at 8:34 pace.  Then I did the same thing, but broken up into 2 x 2 songs, so each repeat ended up being 1.1 miles.  I did this in the same “wave” fashion – the 1st was 6:58 & 6:40 pace for each song, then the 2nd was 6:53 & 6:35 pace for each song.

Dayton Flyers tank

And I wore my Dayton Flyers tank that I wore during the 2013 Chicago Marathon.  So I was channeling the fast vibes.

Thursday – 8.5 miles in 1:07:00 (7:52 avg pace)

I had a doctor’s appointment, so I took the afternoon off work.  Unfortunately, it was still pretty cold and windy, so I decided to go for the treadmill.  But since I was at my parent’s house, even a different treadmill sounded like a much-needed break from my usual treadmill at my work gym.

Friday – OFF. Unplanned, due to time constraints.

Saturday – 10.9 miles in 1:27:10 (7:59 avg pace)

Another beautiful Saturday for a long run!  I did 10 miles on my own, then was thinking I’d hit up the Fleet Feet fun run for a few extra miles.  But I was wiped out after those 10 or so miles, so I ended up just heading home.  But I did manage to run into Olivia, so then I met up with her and her friends for a few post-run beers!  And then a few more beers to celebrate my cousin Jennifer’s birthday!

Goose Island Post-Run

Sunday – 6.15 miles in 48:35 (7:53 avg pace) & “Deep Stretch” class

Despite the beers…not hungover on Sunday #blessed.  So I did a few easy miles on the lakefront.  It was a tad windy though, but I got over it given the fact that I was able to wear shorts.

Later in the day, I decided to join a yoga studio right around the corner from my condo because it’s only $49 for your first month and they have a variety of classes outside of just straight-up yoga.  I signed up for “Deep Stretch” and that it was.  I’d call it a yoga for beginners in a normal-temperature room.  So I didn’t sweat or anything, but it definitely stretched me out and helped to continually point out how inflexible I am.

TOTAL – 39.65 miles + 1 Deep Stretch class

So this was a “down” week, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s still a higher mileage than I can say I’m used to.  But that will change eventually.  It was definitely a down week in the sense that I had 2 off days.  And that upset me a bit because Friday was not a planned rest day, but I ended up needing to be at work longer than planned.  Then had to hurry up to get ready for dinner, so no time to fit in a run.

In other news:

I had this donut yesterday from Glazed & Infused.

Glazed and Infused Sprinkled Hawks Donut

Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself.  But I’ve also been treating myself to desserts way more frequently lately, so for the next 6 weeks until the race, I’m going to attempt to really limit the sugar intake.  So it was like a last hoo-rah donut.  And I just kept hearing about all the great donut places, so I needed to give one a try.  After the donut & coffee, I continued strolling around and peaked in a few stores on Michigan Avenue.  Wearing my sweet leggings and hat:

VS Leggings and UA Hat

Sorry about my face…I don’t know what a “normal” selfie face is supposed to be.

I can’t wait til I win an Oscar.  It’s only a matter of time.  But in the meantime, I’ll just commentate on some goings-on at last night’s Oscars:

Did Steve Carrell have glitter in his beard?  Or is he just getting soooo silver and not even gray?

Tom Hanks is still my favorite actor ever.  He should just win.  Every year.  20 years since Toy Story…that’s crazy talk.

I LOVED this dress:

Alicia Vikander at Oscars, Dress Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast

(From: www.instagram.com/todayshow)

Also, seeing that picture again now really makes me want to nix all the donuts and desserts going forward.  And really wish I had a fancy occasion to dress up for.  I’ll just stick to leggings for now.

Who do you think was best-dressed at the Oscars?

What was your favorite Oscar moment?

Favorite Tom Hanks movie?

Weekend in TWOs

This was quite the productive weekend for me… let’s break it down into sets of TWO:

TWO runs totaling almost 19 miles…

On Saturday morning, I needed to get in my long run of 12 miles for the week.  I was a little nervous for this because last week I didn’t do a long run since I was sick and the week before, my 10 mile run felt reallyyy hard at the end.  And I haven’t done any runs over 10.25 miles yet this training cycle…or actually since the Boston Marathon exactly 10 months ago.

But the face that it was a beautiful sunny & 55 degree day in February made it a lot easier to get my butt out the door.


See the people just out strolling with no jackets?!

Right before I was about to head out, my friend Jocelyn called and I told her I was about to run and she said “That’s exactly why I’m calling! I wanted to see if you want to run?”  So Jocelyn met me at my place and we headed towards the lakefront.  She ended up splitting off after just 2 miles, but it was great to have a friend to start with at least and chat for a bit!  Miles 1 & 2: 8:29, 8:46.

I continued on my merry way heading south. Miles 3& 4: 7:58, 7:57.  Downtown, a girl hopped on the path at an intersection and she was running maybe about 5-10 seconds ahead of me, going slightly faster than I was…so then I just started trying to not let the gap between us grow any further.  Miles 5 & 6: 7:44, 7:40.


That girl stopped shortly before I hit 6 miles/my turnaround point, but I managed to keep up that pace even without chasing her :) Miles 7 & 8: 7:38, 7:52.  Around this point, I was starting to think hmmm maybe I should’ve just been keeping it nice and easy.  Miles 9 & 10: 7:49, 8:14.  But then after slowing myself down a bit during the 10th mile, I felt refreshed.  Miles 11 & 12: 7:47, 7:42.  I had decided to add on an extra mile to my 12-mile run since Jocelyn and I took a bit of a walking break between our 1st and 2nd mile.  So, mile 13: 7:44.  And then some change til I arrived back home at 13.35 miles!

And run number TWO this weekend was 5.5 miles on Sunday in 42:30 for a 7:44 average pace.  Normally Sundays are my off day, but this week I took Friday off because my legs were very tired so I wanted to rest them to be sure I could get in the full long run on Saturday.  I think I was going faster-than-usual again because it was cold and windy and I needed to get back because my mom was waiting for me to continue on with the other big weekend activity:

TWO days of painting using TWO gallons of paint…

Ever since I moved into my condo just over 2 months ago, I’ve been needing to paint.  We did get the closet painted almost right after moving in, but have been delaying the rest because I wasn’t sure if my parents and I could do it or if I should hire someone.  My mom decided we could at least do the upstairs ourselves and that this weekend was the time to do it.

Before (or kinda in progress):


And after:


Not the best of pictures because it was already dark out when we finished, so the lighting is weird, but it used to be a dark beige and now it’s a lovely light mint green.

Despite the running and hard labor, I did get some fun in this weekend, TWO friends eating TWO tacos and seeing a comedy show

Catherine and I went to the #dateme comedy show at Second City.  It was hilarious and I’m glad enough other people also feel the pain/annoyances of the dating apps like I do that they made a whole show about it.  Beforehand, we got tacos at Buzz Bait in Old Town.  I’ve been to a lot of the restaurants/bars on Wells, but had not been there yet and wanted to try.  They definitely did not disappoint (I had 1 chicken and 1 shrimp) and I love tacos so I’ll definitely be back there for more in the near future I’m sure.

Speaking of food, my mom and I took a break from painting on Sunday and went to Happy Camper for TWO pizzas


So that was my weekend!  With some pockets of time doing some work, cleaning, and watching a bit of TV of course too.

Tell me TWO things about your weekend.  Did you have great weather too??

What is your favorite type of taco?  I think I have to go with shrimp.  Every time I get a shrimp taco, it’s always delish.

STL Half Training Weeks 3 & 4

Good morning!  I have TWO weeks of running updates for you today.

Week of 1/18 – 1/24:

Monday7.5 miles in 59:00 (7:52 avg pace)

Just a normal run of 7 miles + .5 uptempo.  This was on the treadmill and I felt great!  And wore my new shoes!

Tuesday – 5.75 miles in 47:00 (8:10 avg pace)

Treadmill again but this run was exactly why this death machine has the nickname of the “dreadmill.”  Could not get off this thing fast enough.

Wednesday – 7.7 miles in 1:01:40 (8:00 avg pace)

This was quite the run.  After 2 days in a row of the treadmill, I made up my mind that I would go outside no matter what.  And then it snowed overnight and continued to snow a bit throughout my run.

The sidewalks were very slippery and not in good condition, so ultimately I ended up running in the bike lane up and down Clark St. as much as I could.  There were obviously no bikers out and very few cars.  I usually just had to get back to the sidewalks when a bus was coming because they take up the bike lane.  Similar to the honey badger, CTA buses don’t care, CTA buses don’t give a sh*t.

Thursday – 6 miles in 47:00 (7:50 avg pace)

Back to the treadmill, which I was planning on so I could set my pace for this workout.  The original plan called for 4 x 1:00 again, like the previous week, but Stu changed it the morning of to be 4 x 2:00.  I started the workout portion after 25 minutes and did the first 2 intervals at 6:40 pace and the last 2 at 6:31 pace.

Friday – 5.15 in 42:00 (8:09 avg pace)

Outside after work.  My Friday nights are crazy.

Saturday – 10.25 miles in 1:20:00 (7:48 avg pace)

Treadmill at the Y due to the state of the sidewalks in the suburbs – 6.7 miles normal + 3 miles uptempo + .55 cool-down easy.  I did the first 6.7 miles at just over 8 minute pace average because I was just easing into it.  Then for the 3 uptempo miles, I started at a speed of 8.1 (7:30 pace) and increased the speed by .1 every song change, which worked out to be almost exactly every half mile.


Sunday – OFF!

TOTAL – 42.4 miles

Week of 1/25 – 1/31:

All the runs this week were outside!!

Monday – 5.9 miles in 47:05 (7:58 avg pace)

This ended up being 5.7 miles normal + .2 miles uptempo.  I ran into my brother Kyle while he was on his way to work.

Tuesday – 6.2 miles in 49:00 (7:54 avg pace)

Finally, during this run I felt like 8 minute pace is a piece of cake again.  This run ended up being 5.9 miles normal + .3 uptempo at the end.  These uptempo pieces at the end of my runs are new for me, but I think they are helping.

Wednesday – 7.2 miles in 55:10 (7:39 avg pace)

KILLED this tempo run.  Tempo runs are scary.  I always have issues with them.  I think it’s mostly a mental thing.  So even while I was doing the first few warm-up miles, I was severely doubting myself.  I was only supposed to do a warm-up of 2 miles, but I didn’t feel ready to start, so I made the warm-up 3 miles.  I ended those 3 miles right when I got on the lakefront path at Belmont and then started to pick up the pace.

Even the first few minutes of the tempo portion, I was not having it.  I thought “OK I’ll do a mile, then maybe just stop and make it a normal 7 mile run.”  I thought this was going to be a real struggle to even hit 7:30s.  My watch beeped after that first mile at 7:13.  Seeing that time gave me confidence, so I kept going.  I told myself “don’t let it get easy” because I wanted it to feel “comfortably uncomfortable” which is the best way to describe it.  The 2nd mile was the best mentally and ended up clocking a 7:01.  The 3rd mile, I was back to checking my watch way too often counting down how much time I probably have left.  I ended up finishing that mile in 6:58 (woohoo!) and then ran easy back to my condo.

I was dead after…


Thursday – 5.05 miles in 40:00 (7:55 avg pace)

This was supposed to be a cross training day, but I had to rearrange my weekend schedule and knew I wouldn’t get much in then, so I just shifted up Friday & Saturday’s runs to Thursday & Friday.  So, nice and easy run as usual before my long runs.

Friday – 8.6 miles in 1:07:20 (7:49 avg pace)

Another great long run!  Can I still consider 8.6 miles a long run?  That distance is starting to become more commonplace in my training, but I do like this whole easing into the distances thing and not immediately trying to run 15 miles.

The plan was 8 miles with the last 2 uptempo.  Did just that with splits of: 8:32, 8:14, 7:52, 7:51, 7:52,7:49, 7:06, 6:56 … and then .6 easy back to my condo.

Felt soooo much better on those uptempo miles than I have on any of my previous long runs.  Not that I didn’t want them to be over haha, but definitely felt a lot better!

Saturday – OFF!

We made a secret trip to St. Louis because my brother got engaged!


Sunday – 3.2 miles (no watch)

Easy run in St. Louis just up and down the street the hotel was on because I didn’t want to get lost.  Didn’t bring a watch, so I had no idea how far I went and just mapped it when I got back.

TOTAL – 36.2 miles

Most noticeably missing is my lack of any weight training or core work.  I guess depending on how in-depth it is, I wouldn’t include it in my log, but no I didn’t actually do any the past 2 weeks so that’s a problem.  I’ve been hitting the runs really well, but not doing anything extra outside of that to further my abilities.  So that’s my goal for February now that I have the running routine down pretty much.

As you can tell, last week was a cut back week, but now I’ll be increasing the mileage again for the next few weeks!  I’m excited to see how that goes with some longer workouts and higher overall mileage.

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