Training: 73 Miles and 10 Milers

Last week was a bit of a blur.  To be honest, the cold weather broke me but luckily my work schedule was more flexible so I could run later in the day.  This was the first real week of winter we’ve had.

Monday: Easy run
Tuesday: 11.55 mile run with Liz
Wednesday: 6X1 mile repeats (6:31 pace)
Thursday: Easy Run
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Easy Run
Sunday: Icicle 10 miler (1:05.33)
Total:  73 miles

On Tuesday, I stepped outside and was immediately freezing.  Luckily I had the day off from work and Liz, and I ran later in the day.  It was 7 degrees with the windchill.  I’ve run in that weather before, but this was a shock to the system.

Workout Wednesday: 6×1 Hill mile repeats (average 6:31 pace)

This was my fastest I’ve been able to do this workout. After feeling sluggish the last few days, it was the workout I needed.

The rest of my runs were easy and uneventful. On Friday, my body was exhausted, and I needed a rest day. My quads felt fatigued this week. They haven’t been injury sore but just tired, so I’ve been foam rolling a lot more. That is not normally an issue for me.

The Icicle 10 Miler yesterday was a shock to me.  I ran the Icicle 10 miler last year in a time of 1:07.36.  I tapered and it was my first strong race after my stress fracture.  This year I ran it two minutes faster on a harder day.  It was raining and my mileage this week was anything but a taper.

icicle 10 miler 1

My goal was to have a quality training week and with mileage and workouts then to run the race on tired legs and see how I ran.  The course is hilly and it ends with a steep incline. Icicle 10 mile elevation chart

In summary, I ran the first half in 33:17 and the second half in 32:14.  I had a good race and it was even 6 seconds (I originally said 3, but I realized it was 6 seconds) faster than my Broad Street race in May. It definitely showed me I’m getting into peak fitness.

Next week:

I’ll be tapering and going on vacation out to San Diego. My husband and I booked a vacation out there a while ago and then realized the Carlsbad half marathon is the same weekend. Our primary reasoning for going out is a vacation, but the half will be a lot of fun!

I’m excited to how I’ve progressed since the Philadelphia half marathon (1:25.00). Not only was I was not feeling the best that day, but I’ve also made significant fitness gains in the last two months.

Questions for you:
Is it cold in your region?
Have you been to San Diego or LA? Any recommendations on what to do or where to go?