Marathon Training Recap Continued (Week 7)

Hello, hello!!! It’s been a while–the holidays are always a crazy time and it’s been even more crazy because my family from Ohio came to visit me! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s been so much fun having them here since I rarely get to seeย them.

But I’ve still been running.

In fact, this past week was my first full week of vacay from work and you better believe I took full advantage ๐Ÿ™‚

On Monday I got in 6 miles on the treadmill. I actually don’t mind treadmill running but for some reason, this was a tough run. I think it was because it had been a loooong time since I done miles on the ‘mill.

On Tuesday I was back outside and ran 5 much better, easier miles. It was one of those feel good runs that leave you feeling happy. I love those runs โค

Cuz I'm happy!!! (now you'll have that song in your head all day)

Cuz I’m happy!!! (now you’ll have that song in your head all day) ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Eve I felt the need to run so while I should have maybe rested, I went out and met up with Santa

Santa is my homeboy

Santa is my homeboy

I took Christmas Day off and hung out with my kids. We grilled outside (LOVE my Arizona weather) and just had a very relaxing day.

The next day ,Friday, is my usual rest day so I chilled out with my family again. In the evening, I foam rolled and stretched in anticipation of the next day’s 14 miles scheduled long run. It was to be a veerrry cold morning according to the reports.

And it was…..

I met up with my run club in full layers at 5 in the morning. A half dozen brave souls wanted to start out early and then come back and meet up with the 6 o’clock crew. The plan was to do 6 miles the first hours, and then do 8 with the rest of the group.

The first six were great, uneventful, just how I like it. After we picked up the second team, Harry, a buddy of mine, kept me company as my other mates had shorter runs that morning. Harry came super prepared for the cold as evident by his fashion gear lol!

Me and Harry

Harry and me

It was just a little chilly (yeah.....)

It was just a little chilly (yeah…..)

I was very happy with my average pace and my splits were really consistent. It was, despite the cold, freezing temperature, a very, very good long run. The previous Saturdayย I had also run 14 miles and my times were almost identical. Love it!

14 miler Part I

14 miler: Part I

For a grand weekly total of: 29 miles! This has been one of my highest mileage weeks in a while–I’ve definitely been utilizing my vacation ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe I’m already at the halfway point of training! Less than 8 weeks til Phoenix Marathon!

How was your holiday running week?ย 

Anyone doing a New Year’s run? (I am!)

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year! I’ll be back in 2015 โค

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17 responses

  1. I hear you about the holidays getting in the way of blogging, but working on it. Yeah, I think the south is finally getting winter. It was pretty chilly around here the past week or so and it’s supposed to get worse this week. Still out there running though!
    Nice job on your runs!!!!

  2. Great running week! I had a great running week, but then midnight turned and it is gonna be a different story this week. le sigh. But so glad that you are having so much fun and getting it done!

  3. And here I thought we were spoiled in Maryland with a sunny day in the 50s – definitely not grilling weather. I also got a good laugh at your friend’s gear for a run when it’s nearly 30 out =)
    Good luck on your New Year’s race!

  4. I haven’t run in almost 3 weeks since I injured my hamstring ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I did manage a good 32 minute walk last night pain free! No NY run for me but I am volunteering at a NY Eve run so that should be fun!
    Happy New Year!

  5. Yep still haven’t run in like 6 weeks…not good especially with a marathon I need to be training for. Your training is going great! Keep up the good work!

  6. Those are some great runs ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll also be doing a New Years run! I’m not planning on racing it though – just figured it’d be fun to start the year with a run. Hope I don’t oversleep!

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