Training, December 10-16

Monday: Body Sculpt class

Tuesday: 5mi, 45 minutes, 8:56 pace.

Wednesday: Pilates-Yoga class

Thursday: 6mi, 55 minutes, 9:10 pace. FNRC group run; ran with Kelly.

Friday: Pilates Bootcamp class

Saturday: 3mi in 37 minutes, 11:57 pace. Chicago Running Bloggers fun run.

Sunday: 10mi in 1:32, 9:10 pace.

Total miles: 24
Total time: 6hr, 33min

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  • No speedwork this week, but I tried to focus on what McMillan suggests for my easy and long run paces. I still want to stay close to my usual heart rates, but I think sometimes, when I run alone, my easy paces are too easy. It’s still supposed to be a workout!
  • No cross training, but I am happy with the three strength workouts in one week!
  • During Sunday’s long run, I ran [outdoors] with music for the first time in a long time. Over two years. (I still need music to run on the treadmill; but it’s been probably a year since I’ve done that.) Running with music on Sunday was OK. I don’t think it will become habit again, but on Sunday, after a two-party Saturday and drinking mostly coffee (and not much water) before my run, and with the cold, dreary weather, and not really wanting my thoughts to wander as they normally do, given the recent events, I figured it was a good day to try running with music again. But I doubt I’ll do this very often, as I get sick of playlists very quickly. I’ll just save it for the days I need extra motivation.

Do you listen to music when you run? How has your running been going with the colder temps and shorter days? Have you been running off the Christmas cookies? Speaking of which, I need to make some cookies or cookie-like things this week. Have any good recipes? 

Don’t forget – I’m doing a Runner Photo Challenge – share a picture of Christmas lights seen on your run!

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8 Comments on “Training, December 10-16”

  1. I never wear headphones when I run. I run in the city and there are always cars and bikers everywhere, even on “pedestrian only” paths. I like to be aware of my surroundings and stay alive! 🙂 Also, I think running is for unplugging, I am “plugged in” enough at work and at home. I actually enjoy hearing real life when I run like the sounds of the city, birds chirping, my breathing, people saying “hi”, etc.

    1. I typically feel this way, and leave the music at home for safety, and also to feel unplugged. After giving music another try, I still prefer to run without it.

  2. I only ran with music when I did the Columbus marathon 3 years ago. I was running alone and thought I would get bored. Turns out, the headphones were such a nuisance. Other than that, I’ll only use my iPod when I am forced to run on the treadmill.

  3. I usually listen to music when I run but i tend to keep the volume low so I can hear what goes on in my surroundings. Great job on the strength training, I’m horrible about strength training so doing it 3x in a week is awesome!

  4. If I’m running by myself, I have to have music. I listen to music at work and while commuting, so it just makes sense to me that I’d have music while exercising. I just like having it to focus on, and it helps me to think about running in terms of song by song, so like when I finish this song, what’s next?

    I posted my favorite family Christmas cookie recipe yesterday, but I have a couple others to share! My mother-in-law and I made these gingerbread cookies this weekend ( – they were really good and so easy! And I’m making these white-chocolate topped gingerbread cookies ( for a party this weekend. And if you don’t want to bake, these nutella balls ( were really good, made with Kahlua (just make sure you use real nutella, not any of the off-brand chocolate hazelnut spreads).

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