Training: 10 Degrees and 70 Degrees

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Another week of training down and what an interesting weather week it was!  Sunday started off with a run in 10 degrees, and by the end of the week, it was 70. The south is obviously a bit warmer, but it’s been unseasonably warm here all week.  Most of my runs were done in 60 degrees, and by mid-afternoon, it was up to 70+.  It was definitely a shock from last weeks 10 degrees.

Sunday: Easy 7 miles (untimed)
Monday: Workout: 6X800s
Tuesday: Easy 7 miles (8:27) 15 minutes core
Wednesday: Midweek Long Run (11.2 @ 8:27)  


Thursday: AM: 8 miles (8:35)
PM: 4 miles (8:42)
Friday: Easy 8 miles (8:40)
Saturday: MLK 5k (18:40)


After getting to Alabama on Sunday and acclimating, my legs were stiff.  Being cooped up in a car for 3 days is never pleasant, and my legs were tight for most of the week.

Workout: 6X800s (average 3:05)

The goal was to run much faster than 3:05, however, the track is actually located near a runway.  (I can’t make this stuff up!)

To give you an idea of the wind from the planes, when the planes were taking off my 800 was 3:20 (6:40 pace) and I was working hard!  Luckily, they weren’t taking off for all of the workout, and I could get a few quality 800s in as well as well as some “wind resistance training”.  It’s impossible to know the plane schedule and takeoff/landing times, so there is no point in trying to find the “best time” to workout.  If the planes hinder me too much, I’ll go elsewhere, but that is the price of living on base.

Even though some of the 800s were significantly slower than anticipated, I’m not upset.  My legs were stiff, and you have to factor in the wind (or whatever element you’re dealing with).

Easy Runs:

The rest of my runs were done in the morning with my husband.  I’ve been running around 5:30 am in the dark.  I haven’t adjusted well to central time, and I’m waking up at 4:30 am.  It’s nice to have someone to run with though!

MLK 5k: (18:40)

On Saturday, my husband and I ran the Birmingham MLK Drum Run.  Even though the course was a little long, it was well put together.  The goal of the race was to get a good workout in after a tough week of training.  I knew my body was tired and it wasn’t a PR race.

When I toed the line, my legs were stiff.  My splits were 6:07, 5:54 and 5:57.  I gave it everything I had for the day which ended up being 18:40, on a slightly long course and I am happy with the result.  I wasn’t expecting a PR, but I do know when I’m tapered I’m capable of it.

In summary, I’m happy with the week of training.  It was a quality week, and I don’t have any complaints.

Running Related Post from the week: Tips for Running through Winter

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Are you off work today? 

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  1. Congratulations on running the 5K and a great week of training. Sorry about the track being on the runway and that affecting your splits, but you have to deal with the conditions you have on any run with the weather, and I suppose things like the track location and plans affect it too. It is just another thing to deal with, but you got the workout in and a hard effort is a hard effort. Glad you are getting through the weird weather and back to running races again post-move!

    1. Thank you Amy, I think there are far worse things than a track dealing with winds. It does make for an unusual workout.

      Nice PR this weekend! That’s awesome.

      1. Thank you! I bet it is weird seeing your splits for the workout and how different the paces are for planes vs non-planes. But you’re still getting it done, the hard work will pay off for you.

  2. I’m so inspired by reading about your training activities! I’ve just started running, so my “running” is really more wogging at this point–but I hope to be at least a little closer to what you do someday! Congratulations on keeping with it even though the weird weather 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by Jamie! Do you have any races or anything planned? Happy Running and good luck 🙂

      1. Yes! I’ve signed up to walk/run a half-marathon in Dallas (March–the Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon). I’m doing a 12-week walk/run for beginners training regimen with a couple days a week of rest, couple days of cross-training. I’m just hoping I can finish in my 4-hour time limit!

  3. Oh those temps sound so amazing right now!! But that track? OMG – crazy resistance but good training, right? I saw the post on FB about you and your husband running (and winning) the 5K. You guys are too cute!! Keep up the good work and enjoy the sun for me 🙂

  4. Hey, we could’ve done our easy runs together this week, ha! 😉 Hopefully you acclimate to the temperature quickly. It sounds so tough going from winter here in the northeast to … well, not what we consider winter down south.

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