Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I was happy to have a four day weekend to start off the year, and I tried to enjoy and make use of that time off as best as I could!
The Run Streak is definitely one of the wildest rides I’ve had since I’ve been running. In a lot of ways this was more challenging than training for a half marathon! It takes a lot to get out the door every single day, but for me, I made sure to keep my mileage as low as possible since I have never been a high mileage runner. My longest run during this experience was probably 4.5 miles, and I’m okay with that! I learned quite a bit doing this challenge, and here are my biggest takeaways.
Oh, and last–I am NEVER doing the Run Streak again! I’m glad to know that I can do it, but it did take away time that I would have wanted to focus on other workouts, not to mention those calves! Maybe I will change my mind when it comes back around, but for now….I’m good!
Now that the Runner’s World Run Streak is over, I have time to get back to what I really want to do: cross train! My first big event of the year is the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb, and I really need to get ready for it.
So I’m thinking that I need to work on those squats, lunges, and practice on a LOT of stairs. I also need to work on my core and flexibility–I hate when I feel stiffness from doing too much with weights! So yoga will definitely be in the mix as well.
A few weeks after the stair climb is the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and the Clean Air Council 5K. I am going to contact Coach Kristy in the next week to discuss a training program. By the way, if you’re a new customer, Kristy’s offering a FREE month of online coaching! This is what I used to get through training for the Rock and Roll Philly Half, and I would absolutely recommend her services!
Monday 12/29: Ran 2 miles after work, with my Superfeet insoles back in for the first time in a few weeks. About a mile in, my shins were giving me problems again. I was able to run in average pace of 9:37, but I could barely walk when I finished. So that was definitely a clue for me to slow down.
Tuesday 12/30: What was supposed to be a 4 mile run with Bret ended up being only 3 miles for me. Even though I kept it slow, in little over a mile and a half I had to stop because my calves couldn’t take it anymore. I did some nice long calf stretches and walked a bit, ended up having an average 12 minute/mile pace.
Wednesday 12/31: I ran 1.54 miles with a 9:48 average pace.
Thursday 1/1: The last day of the run streak! I ran 1.58 miles with 9:35 average pace. I actually felt really good, and finally my shins/calves didn’t make it excruciatingly painful.
Friday 1/2: A FULL day of rest!!
Saturday 1/3: It was rainy all day and I was lazy…no workouts
Sunday 1/4: “Perfect Score” 30-minute workout on Nike Training Club. Lots of core work and weights, so that was refreshing.
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