Happy Sunday! I’m here with my weekly recap of training for the Atlanta Marathon on March 1, which is just 12 weeks away!
Training this week included a lot of treadmill time; the temperatures weren’t terrible outside, but the trails were terrible, so I opted inside for the safety of the treadmill. Dustin was also traveling for work, so I felt guilty putting Ruth (our younger vizsla puppy) in the kennel/crate to run, when she’s already in there a lot during the workday. (We do have a Rover come over to walk her and Matilda each day, but I still feel guilty.) So, the treadmill was my best option for most runs.
Monday: 6 easy miles on the treadmill before work at 9 min/mile. Discover Strength after work.
Tuesday: 7 miles on the treadmill before work, 9 min/mile pace.
Wednesday: 9 miles on the treadmill after work at 9:15 min/mile. This run was broken up quite a bit because I had to keep logging back to my computer to work on something urgent, but I got in the miles… over a long period of time 🙂 I guess that’s another benefit of the treadmill, right?
Thursday: Another treadmill run, 8 miles total with 12×45 second intervals at a 7 min/mile pace mixed in the middle.
Friday: Rest from running, but I did do a Discover Strength training session. Friday was a big day for Ruth- she got spayed! She’s doing just fine, but has to sport a cone for a few more days.
Saturday: 12 miles outside, 8:55 min/mile pace. It felt so fantastic to run outside! I met a few friends on the West River Road, where the running path was perfectly cleared of snow and ice.
These trails were in much better shape than the lake trails. I suppose its because the river road gets a lot more sun and a lot less drifting/blowing off of the lakes, but I may be doing a lot of my long runs there this winter. I can suffer through weekday runs on the treadmill if I can at least get outside on the weekend (in the daylight!)
We picked up a Christmas tree Saturday afternoon and spent some time decorating it and our house. Christmas will be here before we know it!
Sunday: 4 mile run around Bde Mka Ska (i.e. Lake Calhoun). The trails weren’t great, but at least I could see to avoid the slippery spots. 4 miles at an 8:45 min/mile pace.
Summary: 46 miles of running, 2 strength sessions.