What a crazy week its been! And I don’t mean crazy in the sense of how busy I was (although I was busy), I mean crazy in the sense of the weather! Tuesday we were supposed to get 1-2 inches of snow, but wound up with closer to 4 inches of snow. While 4 inches doesn’t seem like a lot, the snow started during morning rush hour, and since this is the DC area, well, things around here did not go well on Tuesday. I feel lucky to have made it to work in only 50 minutes, as it took Preston over 2.5 hours to get to work that day! The weather led to our school district trending on Twitter with protests about the decision to not cancel school for the day. We received a series of apology statements from my school district, which led to them very quickly calling two hour delays for Wednesday and Friday, and a last minute change to a full closure on Thursday. It was quite the crazy week!
I didn’t let the weather put a damper on my training though. Despite how cold it was (the high ranged from single digits to the 20s for several days this week), I bundled up and made it to the gym three nights this past week. This week was also my first week of back to back training days: a 1 mile powerwalk on Saturday followed by an 8 mile run yesterday. My current plan is to walk most of the 8k (the first race of the Dolphin Challenge) so that I can push myself to a new half marathon PR the next day.
The highlights of my week were my runs on Thursday and Sunday. On Thursday, I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping to walk once. While I’ve successfully ran several 5ks on the treadmill without walking, Thursday was the first time that I increased my distance.
Yesterday I did something else that I’ve never done before: I ran outside on snowy, and sometimes icy, sidewalks. I didn’t expect them to be as icy as they were, and had I realized how bad they were I would have probably headed straight for the treadmill. But I didn’t, and somehow my pace was faster than last weekend’s long run pace.
Mon 1/5 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.32 mile cool down walk, chest, back, arms, shoulders, abs, glutes
Tues 1/6 – Rest day
Wed 1/7 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, kettlebell squat swings, abs, arms, shoulders, legs
Thurs 1/8 – 3.50 mile run on the treadmill, 0.41 mile cool down walk
Fri 1/9 – Rest day
Sat 1/10 – 1.16 mile powerwalk around the neighborhood
Sun 1/11 – 8.03 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.43 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 19.64 miles (7.52 miles more than week 7)
Total Shamrock Half Marathon Training Mileage – 96.88 miles
The icing on the cake of this incredible week of training was following all of the Disney World Marathon Weekend participants online. Congrats to everybody who participated! I loved seeing all of the pictures, tweets, and Facebook posts throughout the weekend, as well as being able to watch some of the live feed from runDisney online. Special congrats to my friend Kathleen who not only completed the Dopey Challenge but also ran her first marathon yesterday. Although I was a bit sad to not be there this year, the excitement from the weekend has me eager to run during Marathon Weekend in 2016.
QOTD: Who else followed the Marathon Weekend runners online this weekend? Who is thinking about running during Marathon Weekend next year?