I’m trying to get back into the habit of sharing my weekly training updates for my next marathon. Boston is 12 weeks away (from Monday). Mid-April sounds so far away, but in reality, it’s just ten long runs. And for me, it’s actually only eight since two of my weekends are taken up with races (a one-miler and half marathon).
Last week was another week of base building and getting used to running on a regular basis again. Because there were no speed workouts or set paces for any of the runs, I took advantage and ran all without a garmin. I’ve run the roads by my home so many times that I know the mile markers based on cracks in the road.
Garmin-free running has made the last few weeks so incredibly enjoyable. There’s no worry or thought about pace – running too fast or even too slow – and just running what my body feels is right for the day. It’s allowed me to enjoy the simple act of running – and to fall in love with running all over again.
So no speedwork last week. The only faster running was on Monday – my coach had me do some sets of strides at the end of the run.
Planned: 8-9 miles with 6×20 sec strides
Actual: 8 miles (middle 4 on trails) with 6×30 sec strides at end
I’m thankful that I have some great trails to run on within a mile or two of where we live. Most days, I have no idea of which route I take until I am out running – I’ll run for a bit on the roads and then it’s a quick turn into the park where there’s some great trails that hug the coast and water.
Nothing special about these runs – just easy, enjoyable miles oustside (I ran the 5 miles on Wednesday on the treadmill).
Planned: 14 miles (7:40-8:10 pace)
Actual: 16.3 miles (pace unknown)
The forecast for Saturday morning looked awful all week. I didn’t want to postpone my run until Sunday – so my options were run outside (as long as it wasn’t icy) or log the miles on the treadmill. Thankfully, Friday was fairly warm and Saturday hovered around freezing – so the ground wasn’t cold enough for ice to develop.
There were about 4 inches of snow on the ground when I started but eventually, the snow turned to a freezing rain/sleet/rain mix. I ran garmin-less again (not on purpose this time – just forgot to charge it Friday night) but based on the routes and my Vivosmart – I think I clocked about 16.3 miles.
It was one of the most enjoyable long runs. The weather was less than ideal – and I got sprayed by freezing slush no less than 10 times while I was on the roads (which was beyond gross and annoying). But there was something so magical about running on trails or paved road in the park that hadn’t yet seen a footprint. I ran a few miles on the roads, then made my way to the trails by our home. I had never run in this much snow before – it was an absolute blast!
Total: 50.3 miles
Hope you are having a great week so far!
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