Pretty proud of last week in terms of training. Only missed one of my planned runs and I was okay with that…just a 3 miler. Here it is:
Monday: 3 miles – track workout. Did this on the treadmill again because of the weather. 1 mile warm up, then 3×800 meters at 7.2 on the treadmill, cooldown. I forget what 7.2 pace is…I think 7:46 or something? It was 3:52 per 800. This was tough. It’s one of the workouts in the Run Less, Run Faster book, and I was supposed to do 4 but I was struggling by that third one. But I used to struggle with 6×400 at 8.2 pace and finally was able to do all 6 so I know I’ll get there!
Wednesday: 5 miles – tempo run. 2 mile warm up, 2 miles around 9-9:30 pace, 1 mile cooldown. Didn’t quite hit the paces, first mile was 9:07, second mile was 9:54 (clearly I died haha). But it was a consistent effort. I always doubt myself in tempo runs because I don’t think I’ll be able to push myself for miles at a time. Though I guess that IS the point of tempo runs isn’t it? To gain confidence.
Just wanted to point out that this whole outfit is from T.J. Maxx! You all know I love workout clothes from T.J. Maxx! <– click that link for a round-up of my favorite deals, which I wrote a few months ago. The top I’m wearing is “Head” (the tennis brand, but it is so cozy), and the pants are “Marika Tek.” I think each one was around $12-$15? My favorite brands I use from T.J. Maxx are RBX Activewear, Marika Tek, and MPG. In case you cared or were wondering
Thursday: 7 mile – long run. This is the longest we have ran in a loooooong time. It was just an easy paced run. At mile 2 there was a 1 mile long hill, no joke, 1 mile. Needless to say our pace dropped precipitously (SAT vocab right there). We ran from my town to our YMCA, which was 7 miles. It was really hilly and we walked a few times but we plan on doing this route regularly. And it was finally in the 50s, so I could wear a t-shirt and shorts!
Saturday: 4 miles. My mom and I met at the Y and ran on the treadmill. I know for many of you 30s isn’t cold but I prefer running inside when it’s below 40 We did this treadmill workout, which made time go by much faster.
Sunday: Off…this was the day I should have ran 3 miles. I was out all day with Dan and then we went out to dinner with his family in the evening.
Total miles: 19. Still not a huge number but working my way up! Would like to get to 25-30s consistently before starting marathon training.
Do you think running hilly routes helps for a flat course? Or should you run flat routes for a flat course?
What’s your temperature minimum in order to run outside?
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