Happy Holidays, everyone! How was your Christmas?
This past week featured more cookies and wine and less miles than normal, but that is part of the holidays: eating, drinking, being merry, and just enjoying life and time with family. Weeks like this keep me motivated and disciplined during the rest of the year to train hard and eat healthy.
Lake Sammamish Half Marathon Training Week 2
Be sure up on Week 1 of training!
Monday: AM: 7 miles with 2 x 10 minutes at tempo effort; PM: 15 minutes advanced Pilates.
Unlike Hansons, Hudson’s plans gently ease you into threshold training and speed work, which aligns with my own training and coaching philosophy. Today’s workout was included a 2 mile warm-up, 2 x 10 minutes at tempo effort (with the second faster than the first) with a 5 minute recovery jog, and a 1.5-2 mile cool down. The first 10 minutes averaged about a 7:29/mile pace and the second 10 minutes average a 7:20/mile pace. This was a good workout; I finished feeling strong and as if I could have repeated the workout, which is desirable for these early season workouts. You only want to leave everything in a run when it’s a race.
I only swore a little during this advanced Pilatesology workout. Something as minor as slightly raising the other leg during single leg circles increases the intensity from “good core workout” to “my core is burning.”
Tuesday: 7 miles easy, 9:09/mile.
These easy runs focus on recovering from the previous day’s workout, maintaining the aerobic base I built over the past two months, and increasing my mental and physical fatigue resistance. This whole week in Seattle was spent running in the typical light rain that we experience this time of year. Not enough to really bother me during the run, but just enough to soak my clothes and shoes over the course of an hour!
Wednesday: 10 mile progression run with last 20 minutes hard, 8:22/mile.
I kept my pace easy for the first 7 miles due to the wind and averaged around an 8:50/mile pace. I pushed myself for the last 2.7 miles with splits of 7:40, 7:19, and 7:18.
Ryan and I had the best intentions to strength train in the evening, but we ended up getting drinks and Mexican food instead. Life’s all about balance, right?
Thursday: 2 miles easy with Ryan and Charlie.
You may have noticed that I haven’t run with Charlie in a while. Back in early December, we decided to fast Charlie from running until the day of our flight to St. Louis. Charlie’s endurance builds quickly, but his first run back after a break always succeeds in tiring him. We wanted a tired puppy for that flight, so Charlie had a break from running until this day.
We ran super early and kept our run at 20 minutes (including several puggle potty breaks). We wanted to get to the airport hours before our flight, which worked to our favor since our first flight was delayed so late that we would have missed our connecting flight. Fortunately, the people at SeaTac switched us to an earlier and direct flight to St. Louis. Thankfully, Charlie behaved well during the entire process of security lines and flying.
I don’t run on Christmas. Each year I take Christmas Day as a rest day, because family and church come before running. Although the pleasant weather in St. Louis certainly made it tempting to head out on a run!
Saturday: 3 miles easy with Ryan, 9:24/mile
We woke up to rain in St. Louis and knew we had to get in our run earlier than later. It ended up raining 7+ inches, but thankfully we enjoyed a a lighter period of rain to squeeze in three miles before the downpour began (which literally started when we got back to our car). Running with Ryan is one of my favorite parts of vacations and holidays.
More rain and wind in St. Louis, so I took this day as an off day.
Run: 29 miles | 1 supplemental workout | Hike: 0 miles
This will be my last post of the year: I’ll be taking the rest of this week off to enjoy time with family and friends, since it’s not often that Ryan and I get to see our family since we moved to Seattle. I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to catching up with you on Monday, January 4!
I leave you with a photo of two puggles dressed in their Christmas best:
Do you and your spouse/significant other run together often?
How was your Christmas?
Do you cut back on workouts for the holidays?