Training: From -2 degrees to 62

me running winter

The last few weeks of running have been boring.  They haven’t been good or bad, but there has been a lack of excitement to them.  This is for a few reasons: I’ve been running by myself, a lot of indoor runs watching TV, and zero races since early December.

Believe me, if there was a race every weekend, I would be there.

Moving forward, I was able to get two workouts in last week.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12X400s/400 rest
Thursday: Easy 30 minutes
Friday: Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday: 14 mile run with


Usually, I take a rest day each week.  In fact, this is the first week in a very long time I haven’t.  To be honest, the 60-degree weather on Thursday lured me in.  Did I have to run?  Of course not.  Was it the smartest?  Maybe not…however, we haven’t seen the 60s in a few months and shorts weather was welcomed.  I kept it shorter just to be smart but enjoy some warmth.

Wednesday: 12X400s (average 88 seconds, 400 rest)

I haven’t done 400s on the road in a long time.  Truth be told, if a track is not open I’m more likely to do them on the treadmill.  However, I don’t race on the treadmill and so on Wednesday when the roads were fairly clear (clear of ice at least), I found a quiet spot in a neighborhood and did my workout.  I was ecstatic with how it went.

Sunday: 14 miles run with 7 miles at 6:58 pace

This was my fastest long run since coming back from my break this summer.  I am both happy and surprised with my effort.  I do know, I’ve been able to run workouts faster because I’m not racing, but I am still looking forward to racing.

In all, I had successful runs and workouts this week.  Boring, but I never claimed to blog because I was an exciting person.

Posts from the Week:

December Training Log

How to Run through the Winter

Tips for Morning Workouts

Questions for you:

How was your week of running? 

Do you have snow on the ground?

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