The Love Run 13.1- Training Week 4 Recap

Last week's weather was full of ups and downs, which resulted in a mixture of treadmill and road runs. While the training plan called for a "down" week of 26 miles, I ended up running 34.5 miles since I had only run 20 miles the previous week. Overall, the week was really satisfying and I felt relatively little pain in my right achilles which had been giving be trouble before.

WEEK 4: 34.5 Miles
Mon Jan 27 Easy Run Dist: 5.5 Mi @9:19
Tue Jan 28 Easy Run Dist: 45Mi @9:30 (treadmill)
Wed Jan 29 Speedwork Dist: 6 Mi, inc. warm; 3x1600 in 7:30 w/800 jogs; Cool down (treadmill)
Fri Jan 31 Easy Run Dist: 5 Mi @9:48
Sat Feb 1 Long Run Dist: 13 Mi @9:38

The hardest run this week was definitely the treadmill speedwork. The temperature was in the single digits on Wednesday, and I did not foresee an enjoyable run outdoors. I have never done mile repeats on the treadmill before, but those 7:30 miles felt crazy hard compared to the road. The good thing about doing speedwork indoors is that I can easily control the pace and distance, which is difficult to do outdoors since I misplaced my Garmin. I'd like to do speedwork on a track in the future, but the one near me is only open during the daytime when I'm at work.

It was amazing to get outside to run on the few warm days we had this week. This was the first week of the winter that I felt I could finally see a light at the end of this arctic tunnel.  Having said that, I am definitely looking forward to going snowboarding up in Vermont this weekend! Since I'm driving up there on Friday, this will likely be a low mileage week, but I'm not too concerned since I still have 8 weeks until the big race.

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And last but not least, I signed up for the Broad Street Run 10 miler this week! The Broad Street Run is the biggest race in Philly, and runs down Broad Street from North Philly to South Philly, hence the name. It's a lottery registration, so there's no guarantee of getting in, but I think last year most people who entered got in the race. The Broad Street Run will be my next goal race after the Love Run, and I'm looking to set a new PR for the 10 mile distance there as well.

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