Here’s my recap of marathon training:
Monday: Still in Big Sky. Dustin and I ran 7 hilly miles outside before hitting the slopes one last time (about 9:10 min/mile.)
Tuesday: Our flight from Bozeman to Minneapolis was at 5:45 am- eeks! After we returned home, I crashed for a few hours before heading downstairs to the treadmill. The temperature in Minneapolis was in the upper 20’s, but the trails were VERY slick so I opted for the treadmill. 2 mile warm-up, 6 miles at a 7:35 min/mile, 2 mile cool down. 10 miles total at an 8:18 min/mile average. This workout was incredibly hard for me; I had to take a water break/breather halfway through the fast miles.
Wednesday: 8 miles in the AM on the treadmill (9 min/mile) and another 5 miles after work (8:45 min/mile). 13 miles on the day.
Thursday: 9 miles on the treadmill (9:15 min/mile). So much treadmill!
Friday: I slept in so I had to do my run after work. Not ideal, since that meant less than a 12-hour recovery period before the long run, especially since I had a workout: 2 mile warmup, 6x800m at a 7 min/mile pace with a 2 minute recovery, 2 mile cool-down. 8.25 mile total at an 8:35 min/mile pace. Tough workout- several of the 800’s were a bit slower than the goal.
Saturday: 18 mile long run with the Calhoun Beach Running Club, 9:15 average. It was a really nice (well, really nice for Minneapolis in February) morning, mid-40’s and sunny. Clear trails! We followed the run with a scrumptious brunch at Tilia (my favorite neighborhood restaurant!)
Like my sweatshirt? I bought it here.
Later that evening, we headed over to St. Paul to the Fitzgerald Theater for Prairie Home Companion. We have attended this live radio show several times back when the host was Garrison Keillor. I was excited to check it out now that the host is Chris Thile.
Chris Thile was fantastic. Such a fun evening.
Sunday: 9 miles in the morning with my friends Christie and Lindsey at a 9:22 min/mile average, another 4 in the afternoon at an 8:45 min/mile average (I had Dustin with me for a few miles of this run; I usually don’t have doubles on Sundays, but I missed one earlier in the week).
13 miles on the day. The sun was shining and it was so nice get that dose of Vitamin D!
I just bought this vest at Run n Fun– 50% off! I love it.
Summary: 1 day of snowboarding, 78.25 miles of running. So close to 80 miles (I have never hit 80!) I was tempted to add on 1.75 just to hit that elusive 80 mile mark, but I took an epsom salt bath instead 🙂 ha!
Lots of running, but not a lot of strength training/cross training other than snowboarding one day. I hope to get back to my regular routine of strength training this week now that I’m back in town.
JANUARY PLANK CHALLENGE:
So my January plank challenge is over and the winner was Eric Roling (from this guest post!) He donated his $100 prize to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). This organization is dedicated to finding a cure for these inflammatory bowel diseases. He selected them because his daughter has Crohn’s disease, and he hopes that a cure can be found so that she does not have to suffer for the rest of her life. He and his family participate in the annual Take Steps for CCFA walk each June- if you’re interested in supporting this cause, check out the link HERE.
Speaking of fundraising for a good cause, my friend Jess from Jess Runs ATL knitted me this awesome hat in Boston Marathon colors. If you’re interested in your own custom handmade hat, check out her Etsy site here. She’s making these hats to raise funds for charity (read more here). She needs your support!
In unrelated news, poor Matilda somehow injured her paw. We don’t really know what happened- it could have been anything, maybe playing with another dog at Pampered Pooch Playground while we were traveling, who knows? Unfortunately it got infected and caused an ‘abscess.’ We took her to the emergency vet on Thursday night after it swelled up quite a bit. She’s now on antibiotics, pain meds, and has to wear the ‘cone of shame.’
The worst part is she can’t go for walks or runs- she can only go outside to go to the bathroom. An injured vizsla is like an injured runner! She’s going stir crazy as she’s obviously feeling better and has all her normal vizsla energy, but no way to burn it off…We’re all anxious for her to heal!
I’m linking up as always with Jess at Jess Runs ATLwith our weekly recaps. Join us! Details below.