After taking just over two months off from official training after the Chicago Marathon, I kicked off Princess Half Marathon training back on Monday, December 18th. By starting my training on the 18th, it’ll give me 10 weeks to prepare for my next set of races – the Princess Enchanted 10k on Saturday, February 24th and the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday, February 25th.
My friend Kathleen and I will be running these races together, and our one and only goal during Princess weekend is to have fun. Thus, the focus of this training cycle is on preparing to run safe races. With there not being a PR focus, some of the pressure for this training cycle is alleviated and the main focus is to just get the miles in.
Kicking off training during the height of the Christmas season was far from easy, but I did my best to fit in workouts when I could, and overall had a great first two weeks of training.
Monday, December 18th
I kicked off Princess training with a 5k run. To celebrate the beginning of Princess training, I decided to wear my Belle Sweaty Bands headband since she’s my favorite Disney princess.
Tuesday, December 19th
Due to little man feeling under the weather and being extra clingy to me, I wound up taking an unplanned rest day. #MotherRunnerProbs
Wednesday, December 20th
I headed to the gym for a cross and weight training session, during which I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes doing full body weight training, and 10 minutes on the stairmaster.
Thursday, December 21st
Thursday evening was one of those nights when the stars aligned for me. All day I had been thinking that I would have to bundle little man up and put him in the BOB stroller in order to get my run in. However, my husband wound up coming home enough early from work that I was able to run on my own. During my run, I was able to enjoy an absolutely beautiful sunset, and managed to run negative splits during my run. Yay!
Friday, December 22nd
Friday was a complete and total rest day as far as fitness was concerned, but with little man’s 2nd birthday the next day and Christmas right around the corner I was kept plenty busy with lots of chores and errands.
Saturday, December 23rd
My first long run of Princess training wound up being one of those runs that just did not go according to plan and I had to cut my run short. I had intended to run 7 miles, but around mile 5 the wind really picked up with gusts well over 20 mph. I struggled for over a mile, running into the wind, and at the 10k mark knew that I needed to stop. I wound up walking the last mile home, so I still completed all 7 planned miles, just didn’t run all of them.
Sunday, December 24th
Christmas Eve was a rest day as far as fitness was concerned, but with plenty of family activities for the day it was anything but a relaxing day.
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.92 miles
Monday, December 25th
Between being tired from all of the Christmas Eve and Day activities, coupled with the wind being over 20 mph outside, I opted to bundle up and complete a powerwalk during little man’s nap instead of my planned run. The most important thing is that I got outside and got moving, and made time to do so on a very busy day.
Tuesday, December 26th
While we were out of town visiting my in-laws for Christmas the weather was anything but runner friendly. Between the temperatures well below freezing, as well as the wind, I was not feeling up for braving the elements. Thankfully, my sister-in-law was kind enough to let me run on her treadmill Tuesday evening, so while our sons were upstairs playing I took a quick break from the family and ran on the treadmill in her basement.
Wednesday, December 27th
I was absolutely exhausted from all of the Christmas family activities and was in desperate need of this rest day. I even took a nap during little man’s nap. I cannot remember the last time that I did that!
Thursday, December 28th
Even though I didn’t do any formal exercise on Thursday, I was quite active, as Preston and I spent the day in New York City. We spent the morning and early afternoon down at the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and St. Paul’s Chapel, and spent mid and late afternoon doing a walking tour of some of the store holiday displays in Manhattan. According to Apple Health I walked 9.6 miles that day!
Friday, December 29th
After driving home from New Jersey and then taking little man to his two year old doctor’s appointment, I found some energy from I’m not sure where to do an at home workout. I spent 25 minutes using my ankle weights doing a lower body and ab workout.
Saturday, December 30th
Saturday’s treadmill run was one of those when I felt strong from start to finish. I carried that strong feeling with me after my run when I did a 30 minute full body weight training workout.
Sunday, December 31st
Unfortunately, Sunday’s run did not go anywhere near as well as Saturday’s did. The last three miles of my eight mile run were both a physical and a mental struggle. My body was sore from Saturday’s workout, and the further that I ran on the treadmill the more bored I became. I wound up taking some extra walk breaks, but the important thing is that I didn’t give up and that I finished.
Total Weekly Mileage – 18.72 miles (0.80 miles more than week 1)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 36.64 miles
QOTD: How do you mentally and physically manage the challenges of cold weather running?