Boston Week 1: Let Training Begin!

16 weeks to go…

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was wrapping up my NYC weekly recaps and here we go starting another training cycle. Since I really like writing these and reading back through them when I need a confidence boost, I am going to post my weekly training again. I will also be including my strength training since I have tried to put a strong focus on this in the off season and want to continue it throughout training.

I feel like I am starting with a stronger base than I did going into NYC training and I am excited to continue to build and get stronger.

Monday:                                                                                                                               Run: Tempo w/2 mi @ 7:10 – 7:20: 6.5M, 7:48 avg.                                                          Strength: None

I woke up to very cold temps (3*) so I got to test out the new cold weather running gear I got for Christmas. We had a house full of guests coming and going so I said my goodbyes to my BIL, SIL and 3 kiddos, then rushed out to run around 10 so I could get back to help play tour guide for our friends, Mike & Heather. My warm-up and cool-down were faster than “easy” pace because it was so cold, I had to MOVE. The tempo miles felt good, but I would have eased off if I had more than just two on the schedule: 7:03, 6:59. (This is faster than prescribed, but my “normal” tempo pace is sub-7:10 and I settled in there pretty easily for the first mile).

I gave myself a break from strength with all the holiday craziness.

Tuesday:                                                                                                                                        Run: 50 min Easy: 6M, 8:20 avg.                                                                                                   Strength: Warm-up with Runner’s World Workout x 2 + 2×15 Single Leg Squat

New Year’s Eve Run! Another cold day (5*), but this time accompanied by a bit of light snow on the ground. The path wasn’t plowed at all, but since I was going easy, it was a lovely, snowy run. When I am dressed appropriately, I find the single digit temps really aren’t that bad at all. Of course very little wind and bright sun help 🙂

Wednesday:                                                                                                                                 Workout: 30-45 min Cardio Cross OFF                                                                                     Strength: None

Um, hangover much? We got up to say goodbye to Mike and Heather at 10, but were back asleep on the couch shortly after until 2. I proceeded to take at least 3 more naps and didn’t finally get off the couch until 7 to clean the mess that was left from the night before. #worthit

Thursday:                                                                                                                               Run: Speed: 2×1 mi @ sub-6:50: 5.6M TM Hill workout                                                     Strength: yoga (I consider yoga part of my strength training since it is Power Yoga and we always include a targeted ab workout)

It started snowing Tuesday and didn’t stop for 3 days. By Thursday, we had over a foot of snow and there was no way I was attempting speed work outside. Coach suggested I move the repeats to Friday or do next week’s treadmill hill workout instead. After Wednesday’s slothfest, I needed to MOVE, so I headed to the gym. The workout: 3×4 min hill intervals w/1 min: 2%, 4%, 6% and 8% at “easy” pace (8:20 – 8:30). The workout made the ‘mill bearable and it flew by. I did the last set at 8:13 and think I could go a little faster if I really wanted to push.

I planned to do Jenny’s strength workout at the gym after my run, but Brad’s office closed early so I had to rush out and pick him up from the train. The tradeoff/bonus was that he joined me for an afternoon yoga class instead!

Friday:                                                                                                                       Workout: Spin                                                                                                               Strength: Yoga Blonde Ponytail’s Hunger Games Legs x 3

I drove Brad over to the train before work then hurried back to make it to the 8 a.m. spin class. The instructor was *meh* and I am still in search of one that I really love at my gym. After class, I planned to go home, change and make it to the 10 a.m. yoga class, but once I got home, all I wanted was a hot shower. I promised myself that I would get in a strength workout later, so I did Jess’ leg workout that gets my heart rate up and my legs burning.

Saturday:                                                                                                                                   Run: 1:30 flat: 11M, 8:20 avg.                                                                                                        Strength: Yoga

After Thursday’s class, Brad got bit by the yoga bug and wanted to go back again. I got up early-ish so I could get my run in and still join him for 10 a.m. yoga. The run was just… okay. I think I am fighting off a little head cold, so I felt a bit drained the whole time. Plus it was super windy and there were areas I had to walk because the sidewalks weren’t plowed. By the end I was over the slipping and sliding I was doing on the slush.

Yoga was also a bit of a hot mess. I stepped on a golf tee in the basement the day before and gashed my heel. When I was running, it hurt a bit, but during yoga, it really stung. I had to leave class to get a band-aid from my jacket at one point. I was glad I went though because the warm room felt awesome and it was a much needed stretch after the run.

Sunday:                                                                                                                                       Workout: OFF                                                                                                                         Strength: None

Miles: 29

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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8 Responses to Boston Week 1: Let Training Begin!

  1. Beth says:

    OMG – Chicago weather is crazy right now. I spoke with my sister this morning (she lives in Chicago too) and she said that the wind chill is -38!!! So, kudos to you for running on the treadmill. I must try this Yoga thing….

    • Corey says:

      I reeeeaaalllly dislike the treadmill, but I do have my limits for running outside 🙂 I will be back on it again today! I didn’t do yoga for the first time until a little over a year ago. It challenges me in ways that running never could…but it’s funny because I have good days and bad, just like in running.

  2. As someone in the DC region, who thinks 30* is REALLY cold, I am super impressed with your motivation to get outdoors and run! Nice first week of training. Also, hot power yoga is the best thing in the winter.

    • Corey says:

      haha…I am from Houston and have been living in Greenville, SC for the last 5 years until this past April, so I can completely relate to that being REALLY cold. But it’s funny how quickly how cold becomes “relative”. I find myself saying things like “It’s such a nice day” if it is 35 and sunny with low wind and then wondering WHO AM I??? I never thought that would be me 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    Dang golf tee! I can’t imagine what living in Chicago is like right now. I love my mild, wet weather here in Seattle. 🙂

  4. elizabeth says:

    ooh, Brad must’ve gotten in trouble for the that tee! And yay heather was in town! impressed with how many internet workouts you have found! given me a little inspiration 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to train vicariously through you!! 🙂

  6. Yay – you’re training for Boston is ON! Go girl 🙂 Haha….scratching your New Year’s Day workout!

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