I know I’m not the only one who can’t believe it’s already December. Thinking back on past years, December is usually a pretty good month for running. The weather is still relatively mild, and running helps ease some of the holiday stress. I also have some extra time off from work which means more time to run!
The month started out with 11 miles on December 1st. I actually took the rest of the weekend off running which felt kind of nice. I even spent a few minute doing some yoga which only happens once every few weeks now (if that)!
Rob had signed up a long time ago for a half marathon this Saturday. I was hoping to run it, but didn’t want to sign up too far in advance. On Thursday night he said “Oh yea, I have a half-marathon on Saturday”. It had totally snuck up on us! I considered registering but decided it was just too last minute for me. I had already done a hard run and two strength training sessions that week and just didn’t feel mentally ready for a half. Oh well!
So I moved my long run to Friday morning so that I could go cheer him on at the race. I definitely want to run this next year. It was the Race 13.1 and it’s only the second year that is has been held in Baltimore. The course is flat and goes around my old stomping grounds down near the harbor. They had great weather too. I have to admit I was a little jealous!
Here’s how the rest of the week looked!
Monday: 6 mile fartlek run
My plan was to follow this fartlek workout but ended up extending it a bit by doing a few more rounds of the 1 minute intervals. The longer intervals were tough but I felt good by the time I got to the shorter ones.
The workout looked like this : 1 mile warm-up, 5 x 3 minutes hard with 1 minute recovery (7:43, 7:37, 7:14, 7:32, 7:29), 7 x 1 minute hard with 45 second recovery (6:49, 7:02, 7:04, 7:00, 6:40, 7:02 6:52), 1 mile cool down.
Tuesday: Strength training
Wednesday: 3.5 miles easy
The weather this week was pretty good for running. I feel like I need to acknowledge that since 99% of the time I am complaining about the weather! It was nice to just head out for an easy run to start the day.
Thursday: Strength training
Friday: 11 miles with a fast finish
I was leaving for work a few minutes later than usual so had time to get in a long run. It was pretty crazy to have finished 11 miles by 6:45am! I gradually picked up the pace throughout the run and pushed it a bit during the last few miles.
Just walked around a bit while spectating Rob’s half marathon. He didn’t train for this at all, but still did really great. When I take time off running it’s SO hard to get back into it for those first few runs, and my pace really suffers for a while. I think he actually runs some of his best races without training!
Sunday: 30 minutes yoga
I was thinking I would move my cross training day to Sunday, which is usually riding the spin bike. Instead, I just felt like slowing down and doing some yoga.
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How do you feel about December running?
What’s the latest you have ever signed up for a half-marathon?
Ever run a half after taking a few weeks off of running?
Do you like getting your long run done on a Friday?