Happy New Year! I hope you were able to get out for a run today!
After a few dismal weeks of mileage, I am happy to report that I had a decent week, book-ended by two outdoor runs IN SHORTS! My marathon training does not technically start until 1/18 so I have a few more weeks before I am officially on plan. This week, I did not have any agenda except that I wanted to get one hour-long run in.
Monday December 26: It was so warm this day that I wore shorts, a long sleeve and a trucker hat! The only thing I had to deal with was plenty of wind, and lots of slushy sidewalks from melting snow.
6.01 miles, 43:15 (7:12 avg pace)
Tuesday December 27: Off
Wednesday December 28: 4.01 miles, 29:50 (7:27 avg pace)
Thursday December 29: 4.02 miles, 29:24 (7:18 avg pace)
Friday December 30: off
Saturday December 31: 3.01 miles, 21:25 (7:07 avg pace)
Sunday January 1: Again, I was in shorts! I was pushing it a bit as it was 40 out, but I had knee-high compression socks on with two layers on top, hat and gloves. I also broke out a new pair of shoes for this run: Saucony ISOs. They are really cushy. Since I have been running so much in my Adidas Boost 3, the Saucony felt heavy. I started this one out too fast but was able to finish fast. I need to start slowing down and practicing a slower pace. Paces in the Hanson's Marathon plan are VERY specific and all of this week's runs are way too fast.
8.41 miles, 1:00:02 (7:08 avg pace)
Mile 1: 6:56
Mile 2: 7:22
Mile 3: 7:26
Mile 4: 7:18
Mile 5: 7:21
Mile 6: 7:01
Mile 7: 7:02
Mile 8: 6:41
Mile 9: 7:08
Weekly Total: 25.46 miles
I already posted that I met my December goal of retiring my Adidas Boost 3 running shoes. My December ended up with 88.87 miles total, which was 33.56 miles less than December 2015. December 2015 was a good month for me as it was the month of my marathon training ramp up after several less than stellar months. I am hoping that my more consistent second half of 2016 will pay dividends as I ramp back up in mileage for marathon training this month!
2017 is going to be a great year and I look forward to running through it!