Training Update December 2018

Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe 2019 is right around the corner. I feel like I just got used to writing 2018, and now we switch to 2019! December has been a great training month, and I am excited to continue to build in January. Similar to last winter, I am incorporating swimming a couple days per week, which I love. I am racing a half marathon in Florida in February, and it will be fun to test my fitness for the first time since my marathon in October.

Here is my training log for the past 3 weeks:

12/3/18 - 12/9/18

  • Monday: 7 miles easy @ 8:10 pace

  • Tuesday: 7 miles easy @ 8:16 pace, 30 minute swim

  • Wednesday: 7 miles easy @ 8:28 pace

  • Thursday: 7 mile workout (2 mile warm-up, 3 mile tempo @ 6:51 average pace, 2 mile cool down), 30 minute swim

  • Friday: 7 miles easy @ 8:10 pace, 60 minute bike

  • Saturday: 5 miles easy @ 8:01 pace, 30 minute swim

  • Sunday: 10 miles easy @ 8:11 pace

12/10/18 - 12/16/18

  • Monday: Rest

  • Tuesday: 7 miles easy @ 8:21 pace, 30 minute swim

  • Wednesday: 8 mile workout (3 mile warm-up, 10 x 1 min @ 6:00 avg pace with 1 min recovery, 2 mile cool down)

  • Thursday: 8 miles easy @ 8:30 pace, 30 minute swim

  • Friday: 8 mile workout (2 mile warm-up, 2 x 10 min @ 6:26 avg pace with 3 min recovery, 2 mile cool down)

  • Saturday: 7 miles easy @ 8:45 pace

  • Sunday: 12 mile long run @ 8:09 pace

12/17/18 - 12/23/18

  • Monday: Rest

  • Tuesday: 8 miles easy @ 8:30 pace, 30 minute swim

  • Wednesday: 8 miles easy @ 8:19 pace

  • Thursday: 8 mile workout (2 mile warm-up, 4 x 1 mile @ 6:18 avg pace with 2 min recovery, 2 mile cool down), 30 minute swim

  • Friday: 8 miles easy @ 8:35 pace

  • Saturday: 8 miles easy @ 8:14 pace

  • Sunday: 14 mile long run (last 3 miles fast @ 6:48 avg pace)

The weather has been a mix of warm, cold, rain, snow, wind, ice, and everything in between. It was 9 degrees below zero in the right hand picture shown above, whereas yesterday was 45 degrees and pouring rain. I was actually warmer in the -9 degrees than the 45 degrees because I was dry verses wet from the rain!

I could not run in the winter without hand warmers - they are a life saver. We bought this box of 25 pairs from L.L.Bean. I’ve found it’s essential to open the pack about 15 minutes before I head out on my run, so they have enough time to warm up. Another benefit is they last 10 hours, so I can use them on dog walks and outdoor escapades the rest of the day. I love this brand because some types leave a black sooty residue on your hands and in your gloves, but these do not.

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Cassie and Miles have teamed up this winter to discuss several important topics including how to get their Grandma to give them a guinea pig for Christmas, how to get fed dinner 2 hours early, and how to open the treat drawer when no one is home… None of these have been successful so far :)

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Hope your Christmas is merry and bright wherever you are!