1st full week of 2016 training is finished. I’m excited to get serious about training again!

Though I don’t love winter training it actually works best with our family schedule right now. My kids don’t have sports on the weekends and overall we “do less” and are at home together more. Because it gets darker earlier, all of us go to bed earlier and get up earlier which is also conducive to training.

For the past 3 months I’ve had a running coach, and while it was good for me at the time, I have decided to part ways with him and for now self-coach again. Self coaching has worked for me in the past, so I believe that it can work for me again. Now that my motivation is back and I’ve figured out some things that were dragging me down, I hoping that 3 months I’ll see some improvement, much like the improvement I see over where I was at the beginning of September of this year.

I didn’t run a fall marathon this year, so instead of taking December as a recovery month and not really doing much, I’m using it as the start to my training. Every step I take this month is getting me to the goal of waking up January 1st and feeling good about the year vs waking up hung over and down and out. Every run currently feels worth it, knowing that each one is getting me closer to my goals for next year.

Monday’s run: 7.08 miles – 8:30 average – easy run – 8:52, 8:51, 8:49, 8:37, 8:14, 8:06, 7:57

Tuesday’s run: 9.10 miles – 8:22 average – fartlek run – 10 x 1 min on 1 min off – 4.3 mile warm up – 7:03/8:35, 6:51/8:11, 7:04/8:25, 6:40/8:49, 6:34/10:18, 6:21/8:43, 6:32/8:26, 6:18/8:50, 6:25/8:40, 6:33/8:25 — cooldown — Felt good about this run. It was pouring rain and cold out. The trail was flooding in parts and I really wanted to skip this run because I didn’t feel like being wet and cold. Glad I pushed through that feeling and went anyways. After this run I decided that the rain actually isn’t all that bad, I’d rather run in rain any day than run on a cold, windy day.

Wednesday’s run: 5.12 miles – 8:49 average – recovery run – 9:36, 9:20, 8:58, 8:13, 8:00

Thursday: Rest – yoga in the basement was my only workout that day

Friday’s run: 16.50 miles – 8:32  average – long run – 8:53, 8:43, 8:56, 8:40, 8:42, 8:27, 8:37, 9:02, 8:39, 8:12, 8:42, 8:42, 8:40, 8:01, 8:00, 7:56 – Was really pleased with this run. I haven’t run long since Vegas and I believe the last time I ran 16+ miles was when I was training for The Great Wall of China Marathon. I’ve struggled in long runs lately, so it felt good to finish the mileage on this. Plenty of runners can combine speed + long runs – I’m not really one of those runners. I’m never able to hold race pace for any significant amount of time during a long run. I’m working on not getting sucked in to comparing myself to other runners who are really strong with their paces on their long runs and am focusing on where my strengths are – knowing that I’m never going to be strong in all areas of running.

Saturday’s run: 4.06 – 8:49 average – recovery run – 9:16, 9:13, 8:32, 8:16

Sunday’s run: 9.34 {5.05 miles – 8:27 average & 4.29 miles – 7:40 average} working on leg speed/turnover – 10 x :25 in the middle with 1 minute recovery. Paces are on instagram HERE

I’m rotating my shoes now and using different ones based on the workout and on how my legs feel. My Saucony’s are now in rotation with the Brooks Launch and the Adidas Ultra Boost.

Over the weekend I signed up for InsideTracker. It’s on my schedule this week to go have my blood drawn. I first read about Inside Tracker on Julia’s blog and have wanted to do it since. I’m really excited about what I am going to learn and hopefully this is going to help me lay a solid foundation nutrition wise for next year!

 

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Really happy with how the first week of training turned out. It feels good mentally {and physically!} to have some goals in mind and to start to take the steps to reach them!

You can find my latest post for Women’s Running HERE and you can find me rambling away daily HERE

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