Sunday – Today was my long run – 9 miles – and it was also LR’s 8th birthday. After breakfast and presents, I hustled out to get my run done before it was time for his party. I won’t lie, I was hurting by mile 2. It has become painfully obvious that I need new shoes as mine felt like they had 0 give in them. I wanted to quit and head home but I am trying so hard to stick to this training plan! Instead, I decided to dedicate the run to LR! I spent every mile thinking of where he was and what he was doing in that year of his life. I finished mile 9 as “one to grow on” and thought about all I hoped for him for the coming year. Then we went and ate a ton of cake!
Monday – Rest. I had a migraine and we had to take LR to the clinic for the dreaded pink eye (a direct result of Sunday’s party at a trampoline park, I’m sure!).
Tuesday – Hill repeats. Everyone begged off so I stuck close to home. I ran over a mile of ladder repeats. I was able to stick to a 7:20 pace up through the second “rung” 2/3 of the way up and was at 8:40 when I crested the quarter mile hill. It’s not a monster hill, just under 5%, but I was super excited to see that time on my watch! It also felt much easier than it did when I did the same workout on this hill a month ago.
Wednesday – We were able to leave work early so I enjoyed the novelty of a mid-week run in daylight. It was our first snow so, of course, I had to run in it! It was fine for the first mile but then the snow turned to sleet and then rain. I was a bit miserable but my new tights kept me toasty!
Thursday – Gobble,gobble! The family joined me for a local turkey trot. We had a lot of fun and I was glad my husband was able to join us for his first official, timed, race.
Friday – self-directed swim. I was tempted to blow it off but I went and cranked out my mile. My shoulders felt super strong and I loved it!
Saturday – 5 lovely miles. It was chilly but not windy, my favorite running weather! I did a little experiment with positive self-talk and finished the last mile at 9:37, 30 seconds faster than my first mile (which was all down hill). It was pretty interesting and I’ll write more about it later in the week.
Bring on week four and a new month!
Miles for the week: 25.1
Total training miles: 72.3