Holiday Training Week 4

This week for training has been strange for me (and probably everyone who was traveling for the holidays).  I can break up my training into two periods this week:

Before Christmas mayhem

After Christmas relaxation

Monday: 5 miles recovery (Sunday was 17 mile LR)
Tuesday: 10.15 miles (stomach ache time crunch)
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: Christmas Long Run (15 miles)
Friday: 10 miles easy with brother
Saturday: 10 miles easy
Sunday 10 miles easy:
Total: 61 miles


Before Christmas Mahem:

Last Monday feels like forever ago.  On monday I woke up extremely early.  I didn’t sleep well (I never do after my long runs).  I went for a 5 mile run.  My legs didn’t feel terrible, post run.

On Tuesday, I finally got caught up on sleep but I slept in much later than normal.  I woke up and had to directly go for my run.  I think the combination of shock and WTF just happened made my stomach feel a bit off.  I kept getting the weirdest cramps during my run.  They weren’t painful but I hadn’t experienced that before.  Wednesday I took off because I needed a day off and that fit well.  I drove back to VA on Wednesday evening.

After Christmas Relaxation:

On Christmas I ran my weekly long run.  I’m doing two races next week: Beat the Ball 5k (begins at 11:35 New Years Eve) and Hair of the Dog 5k (New Years Day).  I’ve done this race combination a few times and enjoyed it so I decided to again this year. I didn’t want to do a long run on Sunday (too close to the races) so I chose to run 15 on Christmas (partially with my brother and dad).  I didn’t want to do my longest long run post injury either this week (so I could hopefully recover for the races).

Friday, Saturday and Sunday all felt pretty good.  I have no real complaints or digs at those miles week.  They were all very easy base building miles with no goal in my mind.  I want to continue to build my endurance.

Thoughts of the week:

In my opinion, I had a pretty solid week. I cracked 60 miles and stayed healthy.  I don’t have any complaints (especially due to the more risky finish to my week), the week was just a blur.

Next week: I am doing two races:

12/31 Beat the Ball 11:35 PM (Your goal for the race is to run under a 25 minute 5k.  That being said, it’s not serious at all and everyone is there to support each other)

1/1 Hair of the Dog 5k

In terms of mileage, I’m going to cut down a bit.  I will be taking at least 2 days off and possibly another cross training day.

My goals for the races (honestly) are to be faster than my 5k a couple of weeks ago.  If I can do that I’ll be happy.  Finishing injury free (as well as staying awake that long are also big goals of mine.  My body is feeling a lot better than a few weeks ago so I’m hoping I will feel good.  I’m running comfortably so we will see!  I haven’t done any speed in over 2 weeks so it will be interesting to see where I’m at.

Question for you: How was your week of training?



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  1. The holidays always create the oddest running circumstances, but there is nothing better than getting in that Christmas Day run. Be careful to rest that foot some!

    PS – My week of training was …weak! 🙂

  2. If I run today, I plan too, I’ll have 20 miles for the week and I’m thrilled! I can’t wait to be training normal again! I love reading your training recaps

  3. My week has gone well. I’ll recap tomorrow bc mine is Mon-Sun and I’m a slow writer, but I had to adjust a few things due to weather and holidays but it was good. I think weather affects injuries because I had some weird pains on rainy days right after mine… never hurts to take a day off or take it easy if you’re worried. You still had a very strong week.

    Good luck with your races! Beat the ball sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. My week has been up and down. I had a lovely run on Xmas day, but we’ve also had some days where the sheet ice has not cleared at all. I’d rather have snow, because that’s easier to run on (and see ~ a lot of it is black ice and that’s just a nightmare). Even the grass isn’t safe because it’s frozen solid and almost as slippy as the ground, and the trails are completely frozen over too. Sigh. My mileage is dropping by the day and I’m already freaking out about it.

    Good luck for both your races ~ I always think the Beat the Ball race sounds particularly fun.


  5. I wish we had a New Year’s Eve 5k up here! That’s my idea of a fun way to ring in the new year. 🙂

  6. I had a tough week of training this week too. Today was my last long run before my (hopeful) race in two weeks. This week will be a lot of training in ZR and some cross. I can’t wait to read a book on the bike! 🙂

  7. That some impressive mileage for base building! Occasionally I’ll have an odd run with weird annoyances. But you still ran 10 miles with it. Are you or will you be training for a long distance race soon? My week was 1/3 of yours with only 21 miles! But add new husband, kid, and inlaws and it was tough to get anything in lol

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jess. I normally run pretty high mileage actually. We all do best in different amounts of mileage, no need to compare ours! 🙂

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