While wild temperature changes in Ohio are not exactly unusual..running (and sweating) in shorts and a t-shirt in February is still bizarre. The weather cooled down considerably on Saturday, but since I had it scheduled as a rest day, all of this week’s runs were quite pleasant. I’ve been relying on the treadmill a lot during the winter for my mid-week runs, but as the mileage cranks up, keeping myself entertained on there is difficult.
Special notes on this week’s training: Friday’s run was pushed until after work and made possible by the fact that Alex volunteered to ride his bike next to me as I ran. It kept me accountable and more comfortable as I finished out the last couple of miles on the bike trail in the dark. This was also the first week I really practiced my half marathon goal pace (11:05), and Friday’s 5 miles averaged at 11:06. I’ll take it.
Finally, I drove about a half hour to the Oak Opening Metropark for my long run, and I am so glad that I did. It’s no secret that Wildwood is my favorite place to run in NW Ohio, but Oak Openings gave it a run for its money. I ran through sand dunes, meadows, and gorgeous red pine forests. After the initial fear of getting lost subsided (I like knowing where trails meet and connect), I really enjoyed it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, one easy way of breaking up the monotony of a long run is finding new places to get it done.
- Monday: Pure Barre
- Tuesday: 2 mile warm-up*, 4 x 400m at 3k pace, 1 mile cool-down for a total of 4.6 miles, including rest
- Wednesday: Pure Barre – this time I brought my little sister to class!
- Thursday: 5 easy miles*
- Friday: 2 mile warm-up*, 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace, plus one more, and a 1 mile cool down for a little over 8 miles
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: 10 miles on trails in Oak Openings
- Weekly mileage = 28 miles running
*Warm-up first: hip raises, single-leg hip raise, clamshells