Monday: 4mi in 36min, 9:05 pace. NYE group run with my club followed by a trail-side champagne toast. Great way to finish a great year!

Tuesday: New Year’s Day … let’s just call that a rest day.

Wednesday:  1mi in 7:00 flat and 10 minutes of planks and stuff. Last year, I ran one mile (with no warm up) as fast as I could on New Years Day. I was a day late this year, but I took 19 seconds off my time. I wanted to do a cool down mile but was too cold.

Thursday: 4mi in 39min, 9:37 pace. “Feels like” temp was 13 (and I was running at night) … but I still overdressed a little. Also I finally hit 500 miles in a pair of shoes! Congrats, Brooks Adrenaline 11s!

Friday: 7 mi in 1hr, 8:31 pace and 45 min of Bootcamp Pilates. Run was a tempo. Didn’t really hit my goal pace for tempo miles, but there were 20mph winds, so, I’ll blame that. Tempo pace averaged 8:13, goal was sub-8.

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 11 mi in 1:48, 9:49 pace. This felt hard, harder than it should have for the pace I did. Although this is my first run over 10 miles in three months, and I know I tensed up a lot when I was running over icy spots (or I just slowed down to a walk). I asked on DailyMile, and a couple people agreed that running in the cold is harder for the body – even without breathing problems, your airway works harder to warm the air and even if you don’t have breathing problems, there can be some constriction.

Total miles: 27
Total time: 5hr, 5min

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Monday (NYE), Thursday

Thoughts:

  • I really wanted my “New Years Annual Unofficial One Mile Time Trial” (Wednesday’s run) to be under 7:00. Technically I ran 1.01 miles and my mile split was 6:57, so I guess that counts. And I took off 18-19 seconds (why does the data from the same run upload differently to different sites?) from the previous year.
  • After Sunday’s long run felt harder than expected, I’m pretty sure my goal at the F^3 Half Marathon is not to PR. If the course is icy at all, my goal will be to just not faceplant.
  • I have a 5K the weekend before F^3, and like every 5K I do, I’m not going to aim for a PR, just run by heart rate and see what happens. But I do plan to push at 5K race effort, and I’ve been doing speedwork since my last 5K, so I feel like I should be able to PR. I don’t know if I’m going to do a long run that weekend. Maybe a longer run on Friday (8 miles?)