Week 13/52 of Training – 2015

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!

Tuesday: off

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. 


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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 :-P

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!


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Friday: Off

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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  1. Way to go! On my run on Sunday, it started out 30 degrees and my nose literally felt like it would fall off from the cold! But thankfully by then end of my 7 miles, it warmed up a bit and the sun was shining!
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  2. Cute outfit-havne’t shopped at TJMaxx in years. I could never find anything!
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  3. Tempo runs always freak me out, way more than speed workouts. The thought of holding a pace consistently for xx amount of miles just seems so daunting! Way to go on getting it done. And I’m so happy with temps in the 20s and 30s right about now. After this winter it feels downright tropical!
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  4. I hope you were going the speed limit ;) haha jokes aside, any temp is fine with me. I live in Canada so running during the winter just happens. The code is annoying but after a while, you get over it :)
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  5. Sounds like a GREAT week. Love that foggy picture!
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  6. You are doing great! I also hate working out when it is cold! Great picture of the fog. :)
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  7. Great week! I’m adding sprints in 4 days a week! Trying to drop some winter fluff
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  8. Great week! I’m adding sprints in 4 days a week! Trying to drop some winter fluff

  9. have you decided which plan you are going to use for marathon training? i will run in almost any temp – ran a race in 20ish weather this past weekend. bah. not the best, but what can you do!
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    • I am going to do RLRF but run easy on the other days as opposed to cross training. I’m going to try running about 5 times a week…we’ll see how it goes!

  10. I love getting workout clothes from TJ Maxx too! (RBX is one of my favorites too! <3!)

    That fog picture looks awesome! :]
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  11. I definitely think that adding hills to any training is helpful be it a flat course or not. Hills strengthen your glutes which will make you a faster runner in the long run. Do the hills!
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  12. LOVE TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack for workout clothes! I’m weird I run better on hilly courses than flat ones… interesting. (though rolling hills vs steep inclines!)
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    • I actually run better on hilly courses too! But like you said, rolling hills not crazy inclines. I’ve never shopped at Nordstrom Rack – I will have to check it out!

  13. Way to go! While it might not seem like much to you, that’s super impressive to someone who doesn’t run :) And love your outfit!
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  14. I shop a lot at TJMaxx and Marshalls. I get the best stuff there!
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  15. First can I say how much I love that you count the week we are in. It makes me remember I still have so many weeks to meet whatever goals/intentions I set for this year. Number 2, 19 miles is STELLAR! I say way to go. I laughed at you in shorts with snow on the ground, not sure how that happened!! LoL Love TJ Maxx. I’m thinking of hitting them up this weekend for some new workout clothes!
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    • Isn’t it a great idea? I stole it from someone I follow on Instagram :) I would always write the week of training for a certain race I am in, but counting the week of the year I feel like helps you see the big picture.

  16. So inspiring! I barely got to the gym last week cuz of a weird random illness but I’ve planned out my workouts for this week and hopefully I kill them like you did your runs :D
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  17. Awesome training week! You’re on your way to 25-30 weekly miles!
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  18. GREAT training week…way to go! Not a runner, but yesterday I took a 3-mail walk in 91 degree weather. We have not had too many cold {or even comfortable} days where I live.
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  19. Great week!!! Working your way to 25-30 miles gradually is the way to go!
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  20. Thats a great week of running! Way to get out there :)
    I definitely think running hills is a great way to train for a flat course. Definitely increases your strength as well as cardiovascular system. Plus sometimes its fun to run up a hill rather than flat the entire time!
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  21. I definitely love the deals at TJ Maax and especially love MPG. Have found some super cute stuff from them. I think running hills is important no matter what the course is like. Hills will give you super strong legs!
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