The above photo makes me laugh every time I see it. This week we were treated to a rare and brief visit by the sun, and yes, I had nearly forgotten what it looks like. Apparently January was one of the gloomiest months on record. I believe it. When I am sweating buckets during my runs in July and August I will remember January and be thankful for the sunshine.
I ran 80 miles this week, one over my scheduled 79 (sorry, Coach!) because I just had to test out a new pair of shoes, the Skechers GOmeb Razor. Of course a mile was not enough to make a concrete decision, but so far, so good. I am looking for a shoe to use during shorter, faster runs. And taking recommendations!
I had two quality workouts, and the first one was a huge confidence booster. After a three mile warm up, I ran 8 x 1 mile at marathon pace (7:03) with 200 meter jogs between repeats. I finished the run with a three mile cool down. I had no trouble hitting 7:03 for each mile repeat. I can attribute this to gaining fitness or leftover glycogen from all the birthday cake I ate. I'm hoping for the former. My second work out for the week was a 13 mile run, the middle five miles consisting of a progression segment. I started that segment with a 7:40 mile and finished with a 7:00 mile.
My long run this week was 20 miles. After mile 4 I incorporated one minute surges at half marathon pace. I am a little unsure of what half marathon pace is right now so I went off of effort and averaged around 6:40 per mile pace. I had one scoop of UCAN prior to the run and took one Huma gel at mile 14. I had plenty of energy the entire run and no stomach issues, which used to be a frequent occurrence. When I have time I like to make a UCAN paste to use as a gel mid-run but I have found Huma gels to work well in a pinch. My December 30, 2016 post is an in depth review of Generation UCAN's great products.
My mileage total for January was 340. This is not my highest monthly mileage ever, but I do believe it had the most quality sessions in a month. I also noted this is possibly the first month ever of running every day. Prior to starting this training cycle I took one day off each week. This time around, I am running the same mileage but spreading it out over seven days instead of six. Of course I can/will take a day off when I need it but right now I am feeling really good. The world's longest running streak just came to an end, lasting 52 years and 39 days! I am pretty sure I won't be giving this guy a run for his money. You can read about it here.
My birthday present was delivered this past week - a new treadmill! Review of this to come soon. I also started working with a new coaching client. He is fairly new to running but full of potential and I'm so excited to witness his journey. So yeah, not much sunlight happening right now, but overall, a pretty great week.