Ahhh ... March. You've got to love a month (and in this case a week) when you experience all four seasons. This week was crazy. We had cool, cold, warm and hot. And snow. 6 inches of snow! Thankfully, it didn't affect my workout, but it really did make me mad. Like Unikitty* mad. *hint - theme!- there will be more cats in this post!
Week 12 [March 16-22]: 5:35:33 hours (35.5 miles)
Monday: rest day
Thursday: easy run
Friday: rest day
Saturday: long run - 20 miles
Monday I really enjoyed the rest day. I was feeling pretty good despite my 18 mile run the day before.
Tuesday was a walk/run - easy 5 minute walk, 35 minute run. It was about 45 degrees when I left the house. And by the end of the run, I had rolled the arm warmers down.
Tuesday was also St. Paddie's Day! Who enjoyed a black and tan? This girl.
Wednesday was speedwork. I had a busy morning, so I opted to do it at the Y after work and on the treadmill. It was fine. Nothing crazy. The volume was lower than in weeks past, so it felt like a little gift.
Thursday. Easy run, but it was cold again. It felt like a kick in the teeth after the warm temps earlier in the week. Obviously I am thrilled.
Friday was a rest day and thank goodness, because it snowed this day. Grrr.
Saturday I had a long run of 20 miles. I went to my son's basketball game at 8:30 and ran when I got home. Thankfully the temps warmed up quite a bit, so the snow was melting and the trail was clear. The run was 20 miles, all endurance pace. It was a great run for most of it, but at the end, I struggled. I will illustrate in the best way I know how - with kittens. The first 16 miles, I felt like this:
There were even moments of this:
Then once I hit mile 16 or so, something changed. There was a shift. I felt a little like this:
And here is what got me through those final 3 miles: knowing a Sprite was waiting for me. Oh and I got new sneakers! I love them. I've continued to buy my ruby red Sauconys since I first found them in June, and I think it's time for a change. The new blue suits me just fine.
Sunday was a very easy workout. I was sore from the 20 miler, but this one felt good. 15 minute walk - then 5 x 4 min run/1 min walk - then a couple minutes walk.
This week is not so bad training wise, and it will culminate with the Love Run half marathon on Sunday. My coach has me running about 5 miles before the race. Here's hoping this one is a good race!