I know I really have no room to complain as our weather is incredibly mild in South Louisiana but given the fact that a gym membership is not in this mommy’s budget, I have been doing all of my runs in the cold, windy weather! I think I have finally recovered from this awful cold that plagued me all last week but my mileage has suffered.
To recap, my training last week:
- Monday: 4 miles
- Tuesday: 4 miles
- Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: off/sick
- Saturday: 10k race + 3 mile warm-up/cool down, totaling 9 miles
- Sunday: 3.75 miles easy
Total: 21 miles
Ideally, I was hoping to be in the 27+ mileage range last week and with this lingering cold, the cold weather, and some early morning appointments I have had, this week’s mileage is not looking much better. But, I am trying not to be too hard on myself if my training does not go as planned. I have to remind myself to be thankful and grateful for all the freedoms I am granted, and not get too focused on “detours” in my plan as a result of my busy life/schedule.
Yesterday, I did my first attempt at a speed workout. I woke up yesterday still feeling a little under the weather Wednesday but wanted to try the workout and see how it went.
- 2 miles easy
- 5×30 sec pickups @ 1500 pace with 2.5 minutes active recovery
- 2 miles easy
I loved doing the pickups as it add some variety to my run and ended up running 5.5 miles in 45 minutes (8:10 pace). I made the mistake of not resetting my Garmin screen to show the current pace versus the average pace so I was not sure about my pace on the pickups but I just focused on running a quick, steady pace. My run was slower overall because I was still feeling a bit fatigued and was conservative on the cool down/recovery portion of the workout. Overall though, I was happy to get my workout in!
I have been struggling a bit the past two weeks as the only time I can seem to fit in a run is at 5:30 before my daughter wakes up and my husband is off to work. This is going to be my reality for my mid-week runs until April I really enjoy my runs in the morning and this time for myself but there is something nice about being part of a running group/community to support you in your goals. After April 15th, I hope to start running with a local group at least once a week.
Ok, enough complaining for now! I will get out there and do my early morning run, even if it means running in the 26 degree weather…yikes!