Even with a week of super cold weather, and a little bit of snow, week 1 of Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training was a huge success. After not being “in training” since the beginning of November, and feeling a bit lost with my fitness during the month of December, it feels good to be back “in training.” I can’t wait to continue training for my 11th half marathon, which I’ll run on March 11th.
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Monday, January 2nd
After spending Christmas and the week after at my father-in-law’s house in New Jersey, we drove back to Virginia mid-day on Monday. After arriving back home I had two doctor’s appointments (my yearly eye exam followed by the chiropractor), but I couldn’t let my first day of my first week of training go by without doing any exercise. I spent 15 minutes while watching the season premiere of The Bachelor doing strength training, focusing on abs and upper body.
Tuesday, January 3rd
After work I headed out the door immediately after getting home for my first run of the new training cycle. It was 43 degrees for my 4 mile run, which I ran on one of my regular neighborhood routes. The enthusiasm of my first run of RnRDC training helped fuel my run, and I felt very strong during all 4 miles. My splits were also very consistent: 9:38/9:39/9:31/9:23. I finished up my run with a 0.51 mile cool down walk.
Wednesday, January 4th
After work I immediately went to the gym. I didn’t leave work as early as I would have liked to, and thus didn’t get to work out for quite as long as I would have liked to. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical (2.53 miles), followed by 20 minutes of weight training. Thanks to doing multiple exercises that worked multiple muscle groups at the same time, I was able to get in a full body workout, even in a short time.
Thursday, January 5th
This was one of my planned rest days of the week. Little man had his one year doctor’s appointment at the pediatrician that afternoon, and after getting home from his appointment we spent the evening together as a family.
Friday, January 6th
To make up for not being able to run on Thursday, I moved my second weekday run to Friday. It was a cold 27 degrees during my run (with the wind chill at 20 degrees) so I bundled up before heading out the door for a 3.50 mile run. I’ve never been a fan of running in the cold, but I’m trying to be better about pushing myself out the door even when its cold outside. I struggled during this run to find my groove, and my splits were a bit all over the place: 10:01/9:00/9:51/4:50 (half mile). Clearly I need to work on running a consistent pace when its cold outside. I finished up my run with a 0.28 mile cool down walk.
Saturday, January 7th
We woke up Saturday morning to our first snow fall of the year. It only snowed about two inches in our neighborhood, not even enough to fully cover the grass. However, it was the first snow with little man big enough to take him outside to play in it (he was only a month old during our blizzard last January). He wasn’t quite sure what to think of the snow, and had a bit of trouble moving in his winter coat and snowsuit. His snowboots are also a bit big on him. Hopefully he’ll have more fun the next time that it snows!
Outside of playing in the snow, we spent the day inside as a family. It was a very restful, and relaxing, rest day.
Sunday, January 8th
After church and lunch I headed to the gym to complete my first long run of RnRDC training – a 10k. Yes, I’m trying to be better about running outside in the cold (the wind chill was in the single digits yesterday afternoon), but I draw the line at icy roads and sidewalks. Most of the sidewalks in our neighborhood are a sheet of ice, and its not worth the safety risk to me to run outside with ice. Since I ran on the treadmill, I took the opportunity to complete a progression run, which I find difficult to do when running outside, but its obviously very easy to control the pace on the treadmill. I ran my first mile at a 10:00 minute/mile pace, and after each mile slowly increased my speed, finishing at an 8:59 pace. I maintained 4:30/0:30 run-walk intervals, only completing one longer walk at the halfway point in order to take a Gu. Despite walking into the gym with a headache, I felt both mentally and physically strong until the last mile of my fun, and my head didn’t bother me much while I was running. However, during my 0.57 mile cool down walk my head started to bother me again, and I began to felt nauseous. I wound up feeling terrible by the time I arrived back home, and spent the evening battling a full blown migraine.
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.59 miles
Total RnRDC Mileage – 17.59 miles
QOTD: Do you find it difficult to stay focused with your exercise when you aren’t following a specific training plan?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.