This week was a pretty good week. Had a few family events with the New Year and things, but overall I got in most of my training time, with the exception of Friday. I just had zero time to get to the gym or get out for a run, so I took it as a rest day. Here is how the week went down.
This week I managed to log 32.26 miles in 7:11:46. You may notice that most of my runs this week were pretty short. In fact, most were under 4 miles except for the one 5 mile day and today’s run (which I will get to in a second). I decided to try and add in some cross training on the elliptical this week and run less miles to see how my body handled it. I have heard that 1 mile running is the same (cardiovascular-wise anyway) to doing 1 mile on the elliptical. If that is true, I put in an extra 13.6 miles this week which would bring the total to 45.8 miles. I don’t know if that is true or not, but a little running break can’t hurt.
This brings us to today’s long run. A run that I had every I had to do on the treadmill because of the snow/ice sub-freezing weather we have been having. I went into the run with a goal of 11 miles. About half way through, I just decided to go for it and run the full half marathon. I actually finished it 1 minute and 3 seconds over my goal time of 2 hours or less. I could not believe it! It was a challenge to stay motivated on the treadmill for 2 hours. It was also a challenge to keep my shorts up! They started falling down around mile 5 or 6 and I had to tie them while running. Was probably funny to watch but I got it done. Also ran into an issue with the treadmill shutting down when I hit 99 minutes. Apparently it doesn’t want you to run longer than that? I had to restart it which took a bit of time, so I am guessing I would have been closer to my goal time had it not been for that technical limitation. All in all, it felt amazing to actually run the half and know I can do it, before I have to do it for real in a few months. It also gave me a chance to see how my 15K time should be when I run my first 15K race in February.
All in all, it was a good week training!
As you may have read here, I have already signed up for the Green Bay Cellcom Half Marathon. Well, I signed up for a few more races as I am trying to plan out my year with races and camping that I want to do and everything else that is going on.
First, I signed up for the Seroogy’s Valentine Run that will be taking place in De Pere, WI on February 7th, 2015. There is a 5K and 15K option for the race, but I opted for the 15K. I want to do a longer run to see how I would fare for the up coming half, and I would like to use it for a bit of speed work to try and improve my half marathon time. You can sign up for that here.
The second race that I have signed up for is the Orthopedic and Sports Institute Miron Construction April Fools 5K Fun Run. This one will be taking place in Appleton, WI on April 3rd, 2015. There is only a 5K option, so that is what I am doing. The money raised for this race goes to the Appleton Area High School athletic programs. I guess over the last 4 years, over $60,000 has been raised, so that is pretty impressive. Nice part about this one is I was able to sign up at Fleet Feet in Appleton and buy last years Brooks long sleeve shirt for only $5 on save the online fees! If interested you can sign up here.
There will be a bunch more races that I plan on doing but that is all I have on the books right now! If you know of any, leave a comment and I will check them out!
That is it for this week. Hope everyone has a chance to get out and run and has a great week!