Happy Sunday! I’m here with my weekly recap of training for the Houston Marathon, which is coming up in just two short weeks!
(P.S. the pic above is courtesy of the talented Ami Koch Photography!)
(another P.S. If you missed it, be sure to check out my recap of all 2018 HERE!)
Here’s how training went this past week:
Monday: New Year’s Eve! I did have to work, but was done a bit early. I did my 7 miles on the treadmill after I got home, 9:10 min/mile average.
That evening, Dustin, Matilda, and I went over to my sister’s house in Eden Prairie for pizza, games, and a low-key celebration.
My sister, my niece, and I all wore basically the same Athleta top!
Matilda did not make it until midnight, ha!
Tuesday: We spent the night at my sister’s on NYE, and eventually got home around 11 am, at which point I did my ‘quality’ run of the week on the treadmill: 2 miles easy, 10×5 minutes at 8:13 min/mile with 1 minute recovery, 10 minute cool-down. 10 miles total.
Wednesday: Easy 7 miles on the treadmill before work, then a vinyasa yoga class at Corepower after work.
Thursday: 50 minute strength class at ALTR before work, then 9 miles easy on the treadmill after work.
Friday: Yet another treadmill run- 5.5 miles.
Saturday: OMG, a run outside! I met my friend Nordica and her friend Britt, who are both running the Houston half on the 20th. I had 17 miles total, Nordica had 15, and Britt had 13, so I did a few before, then met Nordica for a few more, then the 3 of us did 13 together.
(Shout-out to Ellen, who we ran into on the Ford bridge , who said she reads the blog! Made me feel special, hahal!)
We mostly ran along the river road path, which was quite clear of ice, especially on the St. Paul side. It was also sunny and in the upper 30’s- perfect running weather!
Remember when I saw a deer fall off a bridge during a run? Well, this time we saw something quite different..I tried to censor it a bit for you, but you get the idea. Quite random to be stuck on the side of a porta-potty on the running trail!
You never know what you’re going to see on a run outside!
Saturday night, Dustin and I went to dinner with my sister and her husband at Young Joni to celebrate her birthday. Young Joni was delicious as always. Happy birthday Cresta!
Sunday: Another run outside! This time just 5 miles easy with my friend Christie.
Summary: 60 miles of running, 1 yoga class, 1 strength class.
60 miles- not much of a taper yet! I think the next two weeks will be a more significant taper before the marathon, though even with a decrease, I’m nervous about how much running I’ll be able to fit in while in Miami for work Monday- Friday, but fingers crossed I can still do all my runs!
Thanks so much for reading and be sure to check out all the other great weekly recaps that are a part of HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home ‘s weekly recap link-up!
Enjoy Miami! Love the cover photo of you with Matilda.
Fun to see Minnehaha on a map, I know that as a boat on Lake George in upstate New York. It’s funny how we all lust over others’ routes: running on the Mississippi must be amazing. That handle, LOL. Ahh some New Years mischief I’m sure. And yay meeting a blog reader.
The Mississippi running path is very nice! A very popular route in the Twin Cities.
Yes, definitely some NY mischief!
I love that photo of you and Matilda – she’s such a sweet girl! I also had a similar low-key NYE – pizza, salad, champagne and TV – just how I like it!
Umm…the “item” you saw on your run made me laugh so hard when you posted it in your IG stories yesterday LOL.
I hope that you have fun in Miami! That’s one city that I would like to visit eventually.
Haha I’m glad you got a laugh! I wasn’t sure if I should post it but, hey, it was out there on the path!
Such an adorable photo of you and Matilida! I’m always amazed at the randomness that I see on a run although I can’t say I’ve ever seen one of THOSE. Lol!
wow only 2 weeks away! I am so excited for you!
Um. OMG. hahahaha!! I don’t know what I would do if I were to find such a thing while out on a run. That’s quite an area you were running in. LOL!!!
I’m with Matilda. I didn’t make it to midnight on NYE, either. 😀
It was definitely a first, to see that on the path! What’s it’s story, you know? Where did it come from, where is it going?
I hope you get to run in Miami–the heat will help you acclimate for Houston! Hasn’t this winter been fabulous for running?
It sure has! Except for the melt/refreeze that has kept me on the treadmill.
Sounds like you had a really start to the NY & it’s always nice to be able to run outside! At least Miami should sort of acclimate you to Houston a bit.
I never stay up to midnight — although I think I fell asleep & then woke up around then. Totally random.
Good point! Miami will hopefully be a bit warmer than Houston.
Wow, two weeks!!! I’m so excited for you! Hard to believe all that’s happened in the past 11 months 😉
Yes, it’s been a long road!
The very start of my regular running route had something similar spray painted onto the parking lot. I ran over it and watched it fade pretty much every day for 4 years, then the city repaved the lot this year and it is gone. But not missed.
Lovely photos! Are those velour pants in the Young Joni photo?!?!
Haha, it’s funny how you “miss” those things after they’re gone!
My pants are crushed velvet. I love them!
Wow, a big week still: you’re all done and ready to taper now, aren’t you! So very well done. And that … item. That’s so funny. Never seen anything like that and I’ve seen some sights (it’s probably just confirmation bias but we seem to collect sets of things seen on long runs – a full set of clothing once, bit by bit (not from the same person, just shoes here, a tie there), a full set of FURNITURE including a toilet, shower tray and bath …
Haha you definitely don’t see these kinds of things on the treadmill!
oh my! that portapotty!!!
2 weeks before the marathon and 60 miles! wow! have fun in Miami, though with good weather and the desire to run outside could be quite tempting to get some miles in right? Have you done the Houston marathon before?
Hi Renee! Nope, I’ve never run Houston! I’m slowly ticking off the 50 States and 7 continents (check out the tab 50 states on my blog sometime to see which ones I’ve done!)
That’s a beautiful photo with Tilda. 60 miles is a very impressive week. I’m glad you were able to get some outdoor runs in too. Also, I’m loving that Athleta top you are all wearing. Enjoy your taper and your trip to Miami! Thanks for linking.
Well…I’ve seen plenty of nasty graffiti in park/trail bathrooms, but I think your portapotty sighting takes it to a new level!
Enjoy your taper and good luck in Houston!
Happy tapering! I’m so happy for you as you near your marathon comeback date!.
How lucky that you live so close to your sister!
It’s great to have family nearby!
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