Week Four of Training

It wasn’t a bad week! I am still somehow feeling super drained and tired from the time change, but the weather wasn’t that bad and I was able to get in the necessary workouts for half marathon training this week.  Despite some snow on Sunday, we had mostly spring-like weather for the rest of the week. The snow was melted by Monday morning and I was able to get outside and run, which always makes me happy.  

My training goals for this week were:

  • Speed training: 35 min tempo run
  • Long run: 8 miles 
  • Core work most days (8-10 min videos)
  • 2-3 other runs, 30-50 minutes each

Here’s how the week turned out:

Sunday: 5.5 treadmill miles  – I woke up to it snowing, and snow already on the ground, so I decided to just hit the treadmill before B and GM got up. I haven’t typically been great about running more than 2-3 miles nonstop on the treadmill, but for some reason I was able to get in a good run on Sunday. I finished up the latest season of Emily in Paris and started the last season of YOU to keep me entertained – and it worked!  Later in the day, it stopped snowing and most of it melted, and I saw people running outside, but it was a good thing I kept it inside in the morning. 

I did 5 miles without stopping, then 1/2 as a cool down.

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Here’s what it looked like when I was going to go out for a run:

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And then just a few hours later – already partially melted and blue skies!

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Monday: 35 minute “tempo”ish run, plus 1.5 mi walk and core workout – I was so happy that by the time I got outside, most of the snow from Sunday had melted. I did get to some icy parts, but for the most part, the run was smooth. My goal was to do four miles, each mile progressively faster, and I succeeded. I know this isn’t technically a “tempo” run but I’ll take it. I also got in a good walk with the family after dinner. One good thing about Daylight Saving is that it’s staying lighter later and makes post-dinner family walks doable!

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Tuesday: 8 mile run and ab workout –  The night before, I looked at the weather for the week and saw that W-F looked like warm (yay!) but rainy mornings. So to be safe, I decided to get in a long run Tuesday morning when it was chilly but clear. Good choice! I felt good most of the time and was happy to get it in early in the week. The weather was pleasant and bright out, so we  also took a family walk after dinner – this put me at 22,000+ steps for the day!

Wednesday: 4 mile run and ab workout, plus 1 mile walk — I thought it was going to rain on me, but luckily it stayed mostly dry on the run. It was also WARMER than usual – I was able to wear capris and no hat. Hooray!

Thursday: 2 mile walk/run plus 1.6 mi walk later and ab workout – I am so bad about taking rest days. I realized that I hadn’t taken one since my surgery at the beginning of the month, and maybe that’s why my legs/toes were sore. I decided to take the day off.  But, then I got antsy, so I did a one mile SLOW run, ran/walked until I got to 2, and also did an 8 min ab workout and a little walk later in the day.  

Friday:  4.06 miles and ab workout –  I was TIRED again. Like so tired that I snoozed for almost an hour and thought about having some caffeine later in the day (I don’t typically drink coffee). I still somehow made it outside for ~4 slowish miles before the weekend began.

Saturday:  3.5 easy miles run and 2ish mi walk  I woke up to some drizzling, but it was light enough that I was still able to get in a short run. Then, while the kids were napping, I got in a nice walk too.

Total mileage: 31 mi

Questions for you:

  • Are you good about taking rest days?
  • Did you get any snow this week? 

I am linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

12 thoughts on “Week Four of Training

  1. Your weather is so much like ours! Looks like you got a lot in this week. It’s no wonder you’re so tired. I schedule in a rest day every week and I’m pretty good about sticking to it.

  2. I don’t take many full-on rest days, but I am a strong believer in active recovery. I love being outside, so I take a lot of walks on my non-running days, so it’s a win-win for me. I’m also on my bike a lot (as you know), and that fills in nicely when i need a no-impact cardio fix.

  3. I almost always take a rest day once a week. I know what you mean though- I used to hate them and feel awful. Now I do it on Saturdays, because I work on Saturday mornings and am pretty active at work. So I don’t get that groggy, depressed feeling I used to get from a day off.
    You had a good week! Nice job getting all those runs in.

  4. That’s so depressing with the snow! But at least it didn’t stay long. Your mileage is great as always. I normally take a rest day each week but some weeks I’m happy not to, but have a day when I take it more easy, like just do some rowing in the morning.

  5. I’m not good at taking rest days, but I have gotten better at taking easier days and not running every day.

    We really didn’t get any snow this winter at all!

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