I’m beyond happy with all that I accomplished during this past week of training! Not only did I successfully stay on track with my training during Thanksgiving, but I also completed my first double digit run!
The first part of the week was uneventful. I completed both of my weekly maintenance runs on Monday and Wednesday, and we left Thursday morning for New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws. Despite facing temptation with two feasts (one at Preston’s grandmother’s house early afternoon followed by a second gathering at his aunt and uncle’s house that evening), I forced myself to not eat a second dinner and only touched a couple of appetizers and dessert at dinner #2.
Although I woke up very full Friday morning and didn’t want to do much beyond sitting on the couch watching TV, I knew that following through on my training would help me to feel much better about all the food that I consumed on Thanksgiving. When Preston and I packed, we planned on having to complete our training walks outside in the cold, but when we arrived on Thursday we were pleasantly surprised to find out that my father-in-law’s gym was waiving guest fees on Friday. Since Preston and I both hate the cold (we’ve opted to complete our last two long runs on the treadmill because of the cold), we immediately jumped on the opportunity to train inside. We also adjusted our training plan for the weekend. Per our adaptation of Jeff Galloway’s Dopey Challenge training plan which Preston is currently following, we were supposed to walk four miles on Friday and ten on Saturday (I’ve been walking extra to support Preston in his training), we decided instead to only walk on Friday, which also allowed us to conserve energy for Sunday’s long run. I wound up walking five miles, and Preston ran/walked six miles. Although we reduced our training by a day, I still consider our Thanksgiving weekend training a complete success.
The highlight of my week was without a doubt my first ever ten mile run! When I started running back in March, I never imagined how relatively easy it would be to get myself to ten miles. Of course, its been a slow progression with some aches and pains along the way, but I’ve now gotten to double digits! With the help of a couple old episodes of the Amazing Race on my iPad, the first several miles flew by. Unfortunately, just like when I set my previous personal distance record (PDR) of nine miles, my left hamstring flared up during my run. Fortunately, it didn’t start bothering me until the last couple of miles. Between Preston’s encouragement (he ran 17 miles on the treadmill beside me) and my constant reminder to myself that I knew I could complete the planned distance, I made it to the ten mile mark!
And if that accomplishment weren’t enough, I walked another (albeit slow) 3.44 miles so that I could support Preston as he completed his 17 miles. Between my running and walking, I managed to complete a half marathon yesterday! Unbelievable!
And if that still weren’t enough, I also hit the 500 mile mark in my training on Sunday! Since March, I have ran, walked, and ellipticaled over 500 miles! Unbelievable! I can’t wait to have my training high from this past week carry me into the coming weeks as I get closer to closer to completing the Donald at Disney World!
Mon 11/25 – 3.36 mile treadmill run, kettlebell squat swings, abs, foam rolling
Tues 11/26 – Rest day
Wed 11/27 – 3.87 mile treadmill run, glutes, foam rolling
Thurs 11/28 – Rest day
Fri 11/29 – 5.22 mile treadmill walk (powerwalked at 14:05 pace!)
Sat 11/30 – Rest day
Sun 12/1 – 10 mile treadmill run, 3.44 mile walk, foam rolling
Total Weekly Mileage – 25.89 miles (8.26 miles more than week 12)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 205.59 miles
QOTD: How did the long Thanksgiving weekend affect your training?