Monday: Day off of work- I took advantage of the holiday by sleeping in, lounging on the couch with coffee and a book for a while before finally heading out for my run around 10:30 am. I think I was dreading the workout a bit, as it was my coach’s notorious 15-10-10-5 workout. 1 mile to warm-up, 15 minutes at 10k pace, 5 minute recovery, 10 minutes at 5k pace, 5 minute recovery, 10 minutes at 5k pace, 5 minutes recovery, and then the final five minutes ” as fast as you can;” 1 mile cooldown.
This is always a tough workout, but Monday wasn’t my day. The trails were still not clear and I felt like I was working really hard and not hitting anywhere near the paces. Then my Garmin just totally froze up! I had to power it off and restart the workout. Fortunately on the Garmin you can skip ahead within a programmed workout to the interval that you’re on.
9 miles total at an average of 8:30. Workout fail. I asked my coach for a redo of this workout next week. I am hoping for clear trails and/or I will just attempt it again on the treadmill.
This run was the first time I tested out my Saucony ICE Peregrine shoes. Waterproof, supposedly decent traction similar to YakTrax- perfect for Minnesota winter running.
I did have to size up a 1/2 size from my Brooks size 8.5, FYI.
I have worn these now on every outdoor run this week except my long run. I think they help on the slick stuff, though they are a bit clunky/heavy.
Later that evening, I went to an Alchemy class with my friend Lindsey. I hadn’t been to Alchemy in months, but I did purchase a 10 pack of classes awhile back, so when she said she was interested in trying it, I jumped on the chance to go with a friend. We took the “AStrong” class which is just a short (but intense) 30 minute strength workout. It may be short but it’s efficient- I could definitely feel it in my legs for a few days. But it was okay since I had already done my “big” running workout of the week that morning. The next few days would be recovery for the sore legs.
Tuesday: Warmer temps led to a lot of snow melt on Monday but temperatures in the teens overnight meant Tuesday was slippery. Instead of risking it on the trails, I did my 7 miles of recovery on the treadmill. 9:10 min/mile average. Tuesday was actually a “double” run day, so I had another 5.5 miles after work (outside- just slushy at that point!), 8:50 min/mile average. 12.5 miles on the day.
Wednesday: 8 miles after work with my friend Christie. It was a balmy 38 degrees, no wind.I didn’t even need a hat or gloves! 9:15 min/mile average.
Thursday: Another double! 7 miles in the morning with a few friends, still slippery so we took it easy, 9:25 min/mile average. Another 6.75 after work with 8x300m sprints in the middle, 8:50 min/mile average. 13.75 miles on the day. Ready for a rest day.
Friday: Rest from running. Hit up a 6 am solidcore class taught by the owner, Alyssa (who is awesome!)
I tried to snap a ‘subtle’ selfie of my JCrew/New Balance gear that I wore to the class; not a great picture, I know. I don’t know how people take good selfies 🙂
BUT I have to tell you that the tank (reviewed in this post) is on sale right now! I also still am lusting after this top, this top, and this jacket!
Saturday: 17 mile long run, 9:10 min/mile average. We did a hillier route out past Theo Wirth. It could feel it in my legs for sure after a big week of running.
Sunday: 7.6 mile recovery run, 9:20 min/mile. I tagged along with my friend Lindsey, who was doing a 20 mile long run in preparation for the Phoenix Marathon (that I did last year!)
Now I am about to board a flight to NYC for a quick work trip. I’m excited to run in Central Park (the forecast shows highs near 50 degrees, I’ll take it!). Other than morning running, I won’t have any free time, but fortunately my hotel is very close to Central Park and our meetings won’t start until 8:30 or 9. Priorities!
This was my highest mileage so far for Boston, but overall I feel pretty good. Dustin and I are still members of “Hello Fresh” for 3 well-balanced meals per week. Food is fuel! Sleep of course is as important as ever, as well as taking my easy runs easy. Only 12 weeks to go!
(FYI, if you haven’t entered my giveaway for a Handful bra, but sure to do so! Instructions on this post!)
And speaking of bras, I couldn’t resist ordering of these gorgeous Jane Bras from Oiselle. I tested it out on today’s run and loved it. It’s from their Spando line, which kind of reminds me of swimsuit material. I’ll share a full review later this week.
This is the back:
I’m linking up as always with Jess at Jess Runs ATL. Join us, instructions below!
And here’s a picture of Matilda because she wants to say hi.