Week 1- Training Recap

Upcoming races– Castle to Coast 8.2 m
Surf City Half

Focus– Finding the rails.  As you saw in my mileage post, I derailed a bit in December.

I’ve been doing some thinking and with having a goal free 2016, I decided I didn’t want my recaps to be based around race training.   The year has 52 weeks though right?  Who wants to bet on how long it will take me to lose count?   😝  That said, I still want the upcoming bigger races highlighted so I figured I would open with those as well as what I focused on during the week.   This is all new so I may be ironing out a few kinks in the next few weeks.

Monday- Rest
Tuesday-4.66 miles
Thursday-Rest- crazy day at work/ New Year’s Eve
Friday- 1.25 miles
Saturday-Work/ Cleaning of the closet
Sunday- 6.22 miles


I worked on Saturday so I had a half day on Tuesday.   I was feeling optimistic and had wanted to try for a longer run around 8 miles at the river path.    My stomach had it’s own plans and was an asshat Monday and Tuesday.    I still wanted to try to get a few good miles though.  I headed to the lake path to see how things went.  If worse came to worst, I figured the laps of the lake would make it easier to get back to the car.   It was actually a pretty good steady run but by 4 laps in, I knew I was done.  

I really could have used a run on New Year’s Eve but my gym closes super early and there was no way I could get there before work ended.  Boo.

Ok, Friday looks small but it was awesome in reality.   A local business- Moore Sports Recovery had posted about a short New Year’s Day group run led by none other than Olympic hopeful Jordan Hasay.  Hmm, really?  But I don’t mingle well with strangers, I’m so awkward.  Never fear- enter Heather of SloLuckyRuns and Ashley at Rather Be Runnin’.    Both are bloggers that I had multiple conversations with on blogs, Twitter and Instagram but not met in person.  We’d seen each other at races but never really chatted.    Where do I sign up? 

Heather, Ashley and myself

The event was great.  It gathered quite the crowd for a smaller event.  Jordan started the event with a group stretch and then we all went out for the run.  It turned out to be shorter than planned but that’s ok.    I ran with Heather- she knows everyone!- and Ashley and it was awesome.   After the run, we took a tour of the recovery area, Ashley tested out some of recovery tools and we took photos with Jordan.  She was super nice and it was great meeting her.    After, Heather, Ashley and I chatted so long we were there longer than anyone else.  😄      I can’t wait to hang out with these ladies again.

Jordan!!! and my eyes are closed, oops
Saturday was odd, I had planned on running after work but it just never happened.  I started cleaning my closet and it just grew into this huge organizational project that ended up expanding to rearranging all the bedroom furniture.  

I’ve been fighting a tickle in my throat for days and Sunday morning it reared it’s head.  I’m not very surprised, people were dropping like flies last week at work.    I slept a little longer and ran some errands before heading out for a run.    The weather was perfect for a t-shirt and shorts (mid 50’s) but I bundled up in full pants and sleeves just to be on the safe side.   I knew it was going to be a slower run and again I was fine with that.    Overall, I ran 6.2 miles around an 11:00 minute pace.  Some miles were faster and some were slower.  I took fewer walk breaks than I thought I would need so I am calling it a win.

So it wasn’t a super strong week but it went a long way to getting to back on track.   I found the rails again!   Three days of running is a good start to that.   I am keeping my plans flexible for the coming week.    The first heavy El Nino storms are supposed to hit so I may be spending a lot of time on the treadmill. In the gym.   In the first week of January.    Wish me luck!

How was your New Year’s?

Did you have a good weekend?


9 thoughts on “Week 1- Training Recap

  1. Yay for finding the rails! Definitely not a bad start to the year 🙂 So cool you got to meet some fellow bloggers, and an Olympic hopeful! My weekend/week was nowhere near as exciting. I volunteered at a race, went for a walk with my fellow injured run club peeps, and read a bit. Not awesome, but not too shabby!

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    1. Right? Can’t complain about that week! Volunteering is awesome! I love working races, I need to find more to volunteer for. Oh reading, one of my failed goals of 2015. I seriously used to read like 10 books a month, last year I didn’t even read 15. I really need to work on that this year.

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  2. That is an awesome week! and I was so jealous that you got to run with Heather – good for you getting out there and going for it!
    I hit 59 miles for December, which is up from my lower Oct and Nov, and over my average, so I am actually setting a goal of running 50 miles per month. And a goal to run (2) 5k’s. First year to ever have a “fitness” goal, so I’m just taking those goals that you aren’t setting 😉 And I signed up for my first 5k at the end of the month, my BFF is running with me, he said yes and I wasted no time registering us! LOL. He runs faster, but it will still be nice to have someone at the race with me!


    1. It was great getting the chance to really talk to her! Now if only you were closer! 😃

      59 miles is awesome, congrats! Races with friends are awesome! I am rarely the same pace as my friends when we run races together but it’s awesome to know that they will be at finish line! And I’ll be cheering you on from out here!

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  3. Awesome week, Fallon! So fun to meet fellow run bloggers. My running group had a New Year’s run too that I joined up with. It was so hilly and everyone was exhausted LOL.


    1. Thank you! It was a great experience, I really need to push myself a little more socially speaking. I struggle with my long runs, I need make those more of a party. 🙂 Hope you had a great New Year’s!


  4. Looks like a good first week! I’m still struggling with motivation post-holidays, but my official marathon training starts next week, so I’m sure that will help. Unfortunately I am also experiencing some tickle of the throat and a sore ear, so I’m hoping that doesn’t develop into a cold. Fingers crossed!


    1. I’ve been down for 3 days now! I barely make it through the work day. That said, being unable to run makes me want to run more! But prior to this I was struggling with motivation. When does the time change? 🙂


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