Happy New Years Eve! Can you believe that 2017 is officially over? It was a weird year for me because while I didn’t hit my main running goal, I still enjoyed running in races this year. I especially enjoyed meeting new people in both the blogging and running worlds. I’d also like to say a special THANK YOU to Holly and Tricia for hosting the Weekly Wrap each week as it has connected me with so many awesome women this year.
This may have been the last week of 2017, but it was also the first week of my marathon training for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and the first official week of winter. Let’s discuss that last word “winter”…. Many parts of the Northeast have had “arctic blast” type weather this week. I’m talking brutally cold…like negative wind chill cold. Even though I prefer winter running, this week was really hard and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for “normal” winter weather soon (30 degrees please)!
Fun fact: As I was writing this recap I just noticed that next year is the 45th anniversary of the race. This will be my third “anniversary” marathon in a row (New York and Chicago were both the 40th anniversary). Marathons are special, so the anniversary just makes it extra special, right?!
Let’s get on to the weekly recap, shall we?
4.5 mile run.
Merry Christmas! Who kicks off marathon training on Christmas? This girl! It was actually perfect because I started a tradition a few years ago of running on Christmas morning before opening presents, eating breakfast, etc. This was also the last day of “normal” winter weather for the week!
This wasn’t the plan, but I just had no desire to do anything after work so I made this a rest day.
2 mile run + boot camp class (60 minutes).
My legs were toast after this workout, but it felt good to get in a good sweat after taking off a rest day on Tuesday.
Cardio/Strength Workout (45 minutes).
I did two workouts from the Fitbit Coach app and it was really good! There was a mix of cardio (running in place, jumping jacks, burpees) and strength (push ups, squats, etc). What I really enjoyed is that they were all bodyweight exercises.
12 mile long run.
Sweet Jesus this was a HARD run. It was 10 degrees (real feel of 0) and I was deep in the pain cave for the last 3 miles. I couldn’t tell if my legs were in pain from the cold or the run – it just wasn’t an enjoyable experience, but I got it done!
The only good thing from this run? My wool Pro Compression socks! They kept my feet nice and warm for 2+ hours!
6 mile run.
As soon as I was getting ready to leave the house it started snowing…great. So I ran back upstairs and got my Yaktrax (my sister gifted me a pair for Christmas). I had no idea what to expect but they worked perfectly! I didn’t even remember that I was wearing them for most of the run! I had to cut my run outside short because I couldn’t see (wind and huge snowflakes), so I completed the last 2 miles on the treadmill. I’m all about getting my run done, even in less than ideal situations!
Spinning (55 minutes – 20 miles)
I was running late to class so I missed the first 5 minutes. My legs were also super sore from back-to-back running days (18 miles), so I didn’t push as hard as I usually do during class. My legs did feel good (not as tight) after class so that was a huge plus!
Also it seemed appropriate to post my #2017BestNine collage on the last day of the year. It’s a great representation of my year – running, running and more running, LOL. But I was happy to see the Chicago Marathon and the AirBnb Brooklyn Half Marathon included on there as well.
Total Weekly Mileage: 24.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 24.5
Grade – A
I’m ecstatic with my first week of marathon training. So far I’m hitting all my paces and the runs (except for Friday) have felt good overall. After my long run my knees were KILLING me. Going up the stairs was really bad. This just tells me that I need to tape them up with KT tape before long runs. I also need to spend more time stretching, foam rolling and doing my PT exercises. When I was training for Chicago, I was very diligent about doing all three of those things so I just need to get back to that mindset.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year! If you’re going out tonight, please be safe (and warm)! Here’s to a fun-filled 2018! 🙂
How was your week? Are you training for any 2018 races?