TRAINING WEEK JAN.19th THRU JAN.25th
Last week I ran 18.62 miles and set a goal for this week to hit 23 miles. Besides hitting the 23 miles I wanted to get more outside runs in.
MONDAY- I was planning on bringing my clothes to work and run some new courses, but I ended up coming home and running from my house. One thing about where I live is if I want to run from my house you have to go up a monster hill. Normally I drive up the hill and start my runs from the flat ground. I decided this would be the day I really see what my lungs had in them. I started with 2 monster hills before hitting some flat ground. My first mile split was a 10:23 and I was breathing heavy. I however kept calm and got back on track and ran 4.32 miles in 40:12, 9:19/mile splits. I felt really good after the run and was really happy my lungs were starting to get back to normal.
TUESDAY- I had to work a bit late so running outside was tossed out the window. Last year if I worked late I would have probably just skipped the run. Not this year though, this year I am heading to the gym at 9 at night to get in my run. I ran 5 miles in 45 minutes. 9:00/mile splits. Besides getting yelled at by the workers at the gym for wrapping my hoodie around the machine so I couldn't see the time, all went well. When I was finished I noticed my shins were a bit sore. My shins and the treadmill just don't get along.
WEDNESDAY:REST DAY - With my shins being sore I figured this would be a good day to take it easy.
THURSDAY- Another late day at work and another night at the gym. I had every intention of doing speed intervals. The plan was 1 mile at a 7:00 minute mile then drop down to 9:00 minute miles for a half mile. With in the first 2 minutes I knew my shins were not going to let this happen. The pain was almost unbearable. I managed to finish the first mile in 7 minutes and even finished my half mile. I knew doing anymore was out of the question. Instead of just calling it a night I headed to the bike and did 4.5 miles in 20 minutes.
FRIDAY- I got out of work early and was pumped to be able to run outside again. I tried a new course around my neighborhood. It was mostly flat with only 2 hills. I ended up running 5 miles in 47 minutes. Not a great time but my lungs felt good, and my shins didn't give me any problems at all.
SATURDAY- I had to go to UPMC and give a presentation with some other people on running. I really learned a lot from the other speakers. I believe there is another one in February. I suggest if you go to these. You will learn a lot and meet some amazing runners. I was talking about gear and what you should wear in cold weather.
SUNDAY-TODAY- I was really excited to get up early and head to North Park and run with a few people. I only did 6.2 miles, but I used this run as my first long, slow run. I finished in a time of 58:53 with a 9:22/ mile split. Not to shabby for a slow run. I also was wearing my NIKE Pro Combat HyperThermal shirt for the first time. I am hooked on this shirt. Normally I would be wearing a t-shirt a compression shirt with long sleeve running shirt over it and I would still be cold. Today all I wore was a light t-shirt with the pro-combat shirt over it and I was warm and I stayed dry for the entire run. I don't even care that it was so bright you could spot me a mile away.
GOAL FOR THE WEEK:23 miles
TOTAL MILES RAN 22.1 not going to harp over less than a mile
GOAL FOR NEXT WEEK: 25 miles with a full speedwork
How did your week go?
What do you normally wear in the cold weather?