I can't believe how fast a week can go by. This past week was my peak week for training. I felt like between my kids and running, I had no time to even breathe. I have enjoyed my small vacation from my computer and may continue to take breaks throughout the holiday. There are just so many little things that I can do with my kids, and I want to enjoy that time while I can.
As for my training. Did I ever run last week! I was scheduled for 70 miles ending with a 20 mile run yesterday. Because of my race last week, I threw in an extra run on Monday, since I didn't run much last weekend. So this is what my week looked like:
Monday--3 mile recovery run in 29 minutes. I did this run on the treadmill and strength trained for an hour after.
Tuesday--6 miles recovery in 57 minutes in the morning and 4 miles recovery in 40 minutes in the afternoon. These runs were not easy, I think my legs were still tired from the 5k on Sunday.
Wednesday--11 miles in 1:33. This was my speed workout for the week and I did it on the treadmill because I had my kids home with me. I ran 6x1000 @ around a 6:50 pace. My treadmill runs fast so this pace was pushing it for me.
Thursday--15 miles in 2:21. Another treadmill run due to my kids. There really wasn't much to say about this run except I was ready to quit from the very beginning. I wasn't tired or too sore, I was just bored. I had what probably will be my last Physical Therapy session an hour later and could barely move my legs.
Friday--8.31 miles in 1:15. I treated this as a recovery run and just ran by feel. It felt surprisingly easy. It was a beautiful day and I pretty much got lost in my book on my iPod.
Saturday--8 miles in 1:03. I promised Steph I would meet her for her longer run this weekend, but I didn't think she would be cruising along this quickly. Each mile seemed to be faster than the previous mile and we ended with a 7:36 mile. The run overall felt fine while I was doing it, but I was worried the rest of the day about my long run the next day because my knees felt pretty tight. But, I was also proud to pull out such a strong run in the middle of a high mileage week.
Sunday--20 miles in 3:08. Colleen and I met down at the Charles River for our long run of the week. This run was mentally a very challenging run. It was only 20 degrees and with the wind it felt less than 10 degrees. We ran the first 9 miles into the wind. This really drained our energy immediately. At about 8 miles in, we realized our water bottles were all icing over. I know this is normal of the winter, I just wasn't prepared for this to already happen. We ended up stopping about 12 miles in to use the restroom, warm up, and drink some water. I have the worst time drinking when I am cold so I only consumed half as much water as I normally do on such a long run. We finished strong as the wind was with us on the way back, but overall this was a very mentally tough run.
So I finished the week with 75 miles. I was exhausted yesterday but didn't feel as if my body was yelling at me by any means. My hip feels fine and I am ready to taper!
Besides running I also spent the weekend getting ready for Christmas. I finished my Christmas shopping on Friday. Saturday I got my hair cut (first time in almost a year) and we got our family pictures taken. (First time in 3 years!) Here are my daughters in their Christmas dresses:
How do you get ready for the holidays? Are you ready?