Hello! It’s time for my weekly recap of training for the Antarctica Marathon (and life in general.) Here we go:
Monday: New Year’s Day! Like many of you, I had the day off of work, so I slept in and then headed down to the treadmill to run. 2 mile warm-up, 6x1200m repeats at a 7:25 pace with 1 minute recovery (I walked), 2 mile cool down. 9 miles total at an 8:40 min/mile pace.
It was kind of sad- I didn’t leave the house the whole day on New Year’s! Having the treadmill makes it too easy to do that on days like this.
Tilda spent most of the day in her cozy cove…She had a short walk, but she is not a fan of this crazy cold weather!
By the way, we had a great dinner with Dustin’s family on New Year’s Eve. Our dinner was early though, and we were home and in bed before midnight. True partiers, we are. 🙂
Tuesday: 6 recovery miles on the treadmill before work.
Wednesday: 7 treadmill miles after work. 8:40 min/mile pace. Generally I start running around 9:15 min/mile and just pick it up as I go, ending with one last 8 min/mile (or faster, depending on how I feel.) It’s easier mentally to start slow and pick up the pace as I go.
So much treadmill time this week…
Thursday: FlyFeet Tread & Shred before work. Technically my running schedule had 100m repeats on it, but I wanted to do strength and run. I’m still working through some IT band tightness (Orthology is helping a ton!) and a lot of my issues are due to not enough strength training. Same old story. But I’m doing what I can to fit it in.
FlyFeet is a treadmill based class, so I figured I’d get in enough running to make it count. We did 30 second sprints with increasing incline (all the way to 8.0!) The class alternates between the treadmill portion and then the strength training routine. Great workout.
That evening, I met up with some old friends at Book Club, the new Kim Bartmann restaurant in the old Cafe Maude space. It was great to catch up with everyone at a fun new restaurant.
Friday: Rest from running; I went to a [solidcore] class before work. I found out that it was my 99th class; my next class will be special- 100 classes is a lot!
In the evening, we met up with my sister and her family at Ghandi Mahal for some Indian food to celebrate her birthday. Ghandi Mahal is probably one of the most authentic (and delicious) Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities. I mean, I did spend 5 weeks in India this past summer and I ate A LOT of Indian food. So I guess I’m an expert, right?
Everything we ordered was SO good. Even the kids were more adventurous than expected and had a good time.
Saturday: I had hoped to actually go to my run club and run outside, but when I saw -12 actual temperature when I woke up, I just couldn’t do it. Of course, I knew it would be cold the night before and I had laid out all my warmest running clothes, but when I let Matilda outside to go to the bathroom in the morning, I chickened out. -12 was too cold for me to do my long run.
Instead, down to the basement to the treadmill for 13.1 miles at an easy 8:55 min/mile pace. I watched a few episodes of season 2 of The Crown and it went by pretty quickly, to be honest. But I am SO looking forward to warmer temperatures this week! 40 degrees on Wednesday!
Saturday night, the celebration continued for my sister’s birthday, but only with adults this time. We did one of those escape rooms (Lock & Key) with a group of her friends.
Sunday: I made the ‘trek’ all the way to St. Paul to run with my old coworker Nordica.
8 miles at a 9:10 min/mile average. Yes, I ran outside- woo-hoo! And it was wonderful.
I had a chance to wear my NYC Marathon beanie!
I also wore my Saucony Ice Peregrine shoes- haven’t worn those since last winter. They are waterproof and have pretty decent traction for running on slippery surfaces. Buy them here.
The river road paths were mostly clear, but some slippery spots. I was glad to be wearing the Peregrines.
It felt hard to run outside after two weeks straight of treadmill running. I am excited to get back outside more this week.
I mentioned in last week’s recap that my favorite barre studio is closing their Edina location, so I also squeezed in a 4 pm class there to use up my class package before they close. I did find out that there is a NEW barre studio opening in Edina, barre3 . Maybe it will be my replacement. I’ll definitely be checking it out.
Summary: 46 miles of running, 1 solidcore class, 1 FlyFeet class, 1 barre class. A good mix!
In other news, I decided to follow the advice from reader Eric as to how to mark our wooden USA map with the states completed. (Thanks Eric!)
I printed out small logos from each marathon, laminated them, and stuck them on with two-sided stickers. It turned out pretty well and more meaningful than just little dots to mark each race.
Now you can actually see which race we ran in each state.
That’s about it for my weekly recap. I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and her new cohost, Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly link-up. Check them out!
Congrats on another awesome week of training!
I have to agree with Tilda. If I weren’t training for a race, I probably would have bundled up in my bed after work each day last week lol.
Love that idea of printing out small logos for your marathon map – super creative!
Thanks Kim! I suppose it’s good we are training so we actually leave the house this winter 🙂
That wooden USA map is totally cool! I love your idea of using the race logos as markers…very creative! The hubby and I, just last night, on a whim started watching The Crown…we got through the first three episodes. He lived in England many years ago (when he was in the military), so he knows quite a bit about the monarchy and the Royal Family. I thought the three episodes we saw were great! That said, there’s no way I could handle a treadmill run for the duration LOL
Yeah the Crown is a little slow for the treadmill but I put on closer captions so I don’t miss anything and it kept me entertained! Unlike your husband, I don’t know that much about the Royal family so I feel like I am actually learning a ton! History lesson while running 🙂
You had a great week! I can enjoy one day without leaving the house, but more than that and I feel stir-crazy. I LOVE the mural by your treadmill — is there a story behind it?
Hi Coco! The mural was painted by a family friend; it’s sort of a map of the lakes my husband and I run every day, with a few important landmarks on there, like our run club, the church where we were married, and more! I love it so much 🙂
Hey Jessie – that map looks awesome! Thanks for the shout out. I like to say that ideas are easy – execution is the key. You did a great job with the logos and it looks classy.
I did run 13.1 outside on Saturday, because I thought there was not going to be any wind. Oops. Between the cold, the distance, and the snowy footing, I was hurting all weekend. Great week of running and workouts for you!
I’m impressed by everyone in the Twin Cities who took their runs outside Saturday!
Thanks again for the idea on the logos, I’m happy with how it turned out.
I love your marathon board! What a great idea! After nearly two weeks of below zero runs, the thirties felt heavenly this week! I agree -12 is okay for a shorter run, but too cold for a long run. and then as I typed this I remembered the title of your post. How cold do they expect the Antartica Marathon to be? BRRR!
I’ve been told that Antarctica won’t be -12! Usually it’s in the 30’s but I suppose the weather varies, just like anywhere!
So it was actually colder here than in Antarctica, which in my book sounds like great prep for the marathon there! I’m excited to hear about it–it’s coming up!
Most of the time the Antarctica marathon is in the 30’s but it could be VERY cold…TBD!
I’ve done Barre3 before and LOVED it! I don’t know it would compare to your previous classes but Barre3 is great!
That’s so great to hear Amy! I look forward to trying it!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that wooden US map! What a cool idea! Weather has been less than ideal here in Boston, but somehow I managed to only hit the treadmill up once when I only had 20 minutes (up in VT where it was -29). My 18 miler was a little dicey being on snow and a bit of ice, but I was lucky to get it done. Temps will be warming up this week here so hope they do for you as well! Great week of training!
THANK YOU Kim K.! I’m glad you like the wooden map!
Yes, weather has been less than ideal cross the country. We have had a warm-up for a few days but then it’s going to get wintery again…
Nice work on your 18 miler! What marathon is next for you?
You’re the second person I’ve heard this week talking about a treadmill based class. I think that’s a pretty cool idea! I love the scene in your basement! Did you paint that yourself? Also, that’s a great idea to commentate races with the wooden map. Thanks for linking!
A family friend painted the mural in our treadmill room; she’s super talented!
Stopping by from Kooky Runner! Nice to meet you!! I’m a MN girl, born and raised, but I moved to Las Vegas about 5 years ago. Could take that -12 actual anymore. LOL
I love your wooden map and printing out tiny logos of the races is brilliant!
Good luck with your training for Antarctica!
Nice to meet you too Clarinda, and thanks for stopping by!
You are a smart woman, moving to a warmer climate 🙂
Awesome job with your workouts, you had a really great mix of activity! Your 50 states board is so cool!
I love the wooden map!!!!! Very cool.