Good Morning and Happy Monday! Hopefully, by the time this posts, I’ll be in sunny Mexico soaking up the sun and getting acclimated to the hot running temps! After a recovery week, I got my mileage back up again this week and broke 80 kilometers!
[ Training week 7 / 9 weeks until the Boston Marathon ]
Monday – W07D01 – Steady Run (10 kilometers/49:43/4:58 pace | Strava Results). Started the week off with a steady 10-kilometer run on the Beltline trail! The snow was packed down quite a bit, so traction wasn’t an issue at all. Legs felt recharged after a down week!
Tuesday – W7D02 – Workout (warm-up | 4 x Long Hills | 4 x 200m, 1:00 rest | 2 Short Hills | 4 x 200, 1:00 rest | 2 x Short Hills | cool-down) | (Strava Results). My least favorite workout is hills; there, I said it. I’d rather experience the lactic acid build-up in my legs after a difficult interval workout that the burning in my chest powering up and down a hill; however, hill workouts are one of the best strength building workouts you can do! I’ll also share I was a bit anxious to perform this workout because I was mixing in a few short intervals.
As soon as I completed the first four long hill runs, the anxiety melted away! I’m very happy with the way this workout went down and I may actually be liking hills a bit more now!
Wednesday – W07D03 – Recovery Run (12.13 kilometres/1:08:10/5:37 pace | Strava Results). Legs felt a bit sore from yesterday’s workout, so I decided to take it easy on today’s run. It was snowing quite a bit which gave me even more incentive to take it easy and enjoy the run which I did!
Thursday – W07D04 – Workout (10km Progression Run) | (Strava Results). Here’s the thing about running in the snow; it’s so fun, but can also leave you really sore! Some may feel soreness in their ankles or knees from the uneven terrain and others, like me, will feel it in their hips. My hips were really sore when I woke up today, so instead of trying to crank out a progression run on the slick sidewalks, I modified the run a bit and stuck to the treadmill. It’s just soreness, so I’m not concerned about it impacting my training!
Friday –W07D05 – Easy Run (6 kilometres/33:00/5:30 pace | Strava Results). Hips are still a little sore, but starting to feel a little better. Took it super easy on today’s run! It was snowing again and I tried to limit my time on the trails. I have a big run scheduled for tomorrow, so I’m not taking any chances today.
Saturday –W06D06 – Long Run (33 kilometres/3:03:11/5:33 pace | Strava Results). My second 33km (20-mile) run of the plan and it felt great! The roads were a mix of snow, slush, and puddles, and my feet were starting to get wet towards the end, but my hip felt so much better! So happy to have knocked out this run! I met up with my buddies Dom and Daniel who joined me for 20 kilometers of my run. It’s always nice to have company when you’re putting in a lot of kilometers and it’s always great to have the company!
Sunday –– W07D07 – Rest Day!
Super happy with week seven of my plan! A little issue with my hips after Wednesday’s run, but it didn’t cause any issues at the end of the week. It’s going to be interesting running in Mexico this coming week, but my coach gave me permission not to stress out too much and enjoy my vacation; which I plan on doing!
Total kilometers this week – 83
Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!