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.
|Tuesday:||11.55 mile run with Liz|
|Wednesday:||6X1 mile repeats (6:31 pace)|
|Sunday:||Icicle 10 miler (1:05.33)|
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.
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.
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?