Monday, December 19, 2011

Life Gets Busy

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:
And today I am making cookies. I have made 10 dozen already and will be decorating this afternoon. I like to give out cookies as gifts so figured I better get moving this morning.
Time to get back to work. I will have update pictures for you all later this week.

How do you get ready for the holidays? Are you ready?

5 comments:

Jill Chisholm said...

I'm pretty tired just reading about your week. My goodness, and to think I'm worried about doing 40+ mile weeks as I prep for Boston. Very cute cookies, I spent 5 hours yesterday baking cookies.

Laura said...

WOW! I'm with Jill, 40 + is usually my max, beyond that I get injured. Have you always run such high mileage, or have you been building up to this? Your girls look so sweet. I understand the breaks-- we leave tomorrow and it will be hit or miss all week, enjoy the extra family time!

Stephanie said...

why didn't you tell me you are making cookies?!? i need to do this as a gift for my office and those look so much better than mine. please make mine for me. today was the craziest day. no i did not get in bah. oh well. i did send my resume to Team in Training anyway, i am contemplating whether I would want to coach for them. have yet to make a decision on that yet. feel so bad about your knees. i am sorry. i hope they are better. ahhh the cold sounds so scary. i am not going to be good at this. are we on for saturday btw? meanwhile do you like how i made this comment a freakin email to you, oopps. haven't talked to you all day, not my fault

Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs said...

Your girls are adorable!

Oh my - I am exhausted just reading about your week!! I can't imagine fitting in 50 miles - let alone 75! You are such a rockstar. What's your secret with the treadmill? I can last about 6 miles on it and then I am DONE.

Umm and 20 degrees for 20 miles? Wow.

Suzanne said...

75 miles in one week?! You are killing it!