Weekly Workout Recap – Dec. 21 – 27

This past week was week number 6 of base training. It also happened to be my final week of base training before I officially start training for 2016 races. I’m linking up with the Weekly Wrap linkup today, which is hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’.

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Monday – 4.5 mile easy run on the treadmill in the morning.

Tuesday – Strength training. Ten minutes of abs and my usual squat and lunge circuit. I also spent several hours getting my final batches of Christmas cookies done. That counts, too, because I was worn out by the end and my arms and upper back were sore. It’s hard work icing those cookies!

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Gingerdead men – the hardest cookie in the history of Christmas cookies to decorate!

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Wednesday – 14 mile long run. I switched my long run to Wednesday to make sure I was able to get it in before traveling to my dad’s house for Christmas. I decided to do this one on the treadmill. In addition to not being crazy about doing long solo trail runs right now, I had another reason for hitting up ‘Sven’. I don’t like going out on long trail runs on my own at unusual times – like a random Wednesday morning. When it comes to long solo runs, I just feel better on days when more people are out and about (i.e. weekends). So I did this run on the treadmill while watching Christmas movies πŸ™‚

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Thursday – Rest day. We had a big family gathering for Christmas Eve.

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Friday – Another rest day, unless folding napkins for Christmas dinner counts!

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YouTube is a great teacher.

Saturday – 5 mile trail run at Burke Lake with Barry. It was rainy, foggy, and very humid!

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A little after the first mile, Barry and I got passed by this guy that proceeded to run a bit in front of us but seemed to be running the same pace. I joked to Barry that maybe we were in a race that we didn’t know about.

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Around mile 3 Barry branched off to use the restroom and I didn’t see him again until the end of my run. I continued to gain on that guy that had passed us earlier, until finally catching up with him. But when I went to pass him, he blocked me and sped up. Okay, I guess we are racing. Bring it on πŸ˜‰

I knew I had a little less than two miles to go, so I just kind of settled into a pace behind the guy again. I started to reel him in, but not enough for him to notice. After hitting mile 4 I noticed we were running at a faster pace. The guy kept looking at his feet, shaking his head a bit, and then picking it up a bit more. I normally run between 11 and 13 minutes per mile on trails, depending on the trail. Up to this point I was averaging right around 10:30 to 10:40 as an easy run (it’s a flat trail). But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a race!

My final mile was a 9:40, and I edged the guy out right before I hit 5 miles. I win πŸ™‚ The best way to win a race is when the other person doesn’t know you’re racing. But the second best way is when your competitor doesn’t know where the finish line is!

Sunday – Rest. I had planned to do an easy run in the morning but ended up skipping it. I was worn out from three full days of family time and festivities and my right calf was sore from Saturday’s impromptu trail race. Oops! It feels better this morning, though.

Total Miles: 23.5 miles

I feel like I dropped the ball a bit on my final base training week, but it was the week of Christmas after all. I missed one easy run and one cross training session. This coming week will kick off week 1 of training. What for? You’ll have to come back on Friday for that! I’ve got some exciting news πŸ™‚

Have you ever been involved in an impromptu race? Do you ever “race” others without them knowing it’s a race?
Who else had hot and humid weather this past week?

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  1. Sounds like you’ve built up a solid base to me! Can’t wait to read about what running adventures 2016 has in store! I was in DC this week too, next time we’ll have to try to meet up!
    Logan recently posted…Hideaway 100My Profile

    1. Definitely! Let me know the next time you’re east coast-bound!

  2. I ran in warm temps and rain this week, but today I’ll wear lots of layers – in the 30’s in TX. Looking forward to seeing what your next race will be!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…Running News (December 23)My Profile

    1. That’s pretty cold for Texas!

  3. I LOVE your skeleton gingerbread men! Very creative and well executed! I only do smiley faces on my gingerbread men because I really suck at decorating. I agree that competition can be fun on even training runs. Have a great week!

    1. The skeletons definitely take a lot of work, but sometimes I feel like making those little smiley faces is more challenging! I find it harder to make dots and small smiles than doing all the bones and the skull.

  4. What a weird dude! If someone wants to pass me when I’m out running, I go ahead and let them. But yay, you won!

    No heat here – it was about 1F this morning on my run. I’d love for it to be just a little warmer!
    Alison recently posted…Christmas in PicturesMy Profile

    1. I know – it was very strange. I wouldn’t block people trying to pass me either! Brrr it’s cold there! I hope it has warmed up a bit for you.

  5. Ha totally true about racing and the other person not knowing where the finish line is! That was funny! I bet he’s thinking dang I got beat by a girl! Yea, take that!!! Ohhh I do like exciting news too! Have a great one Meagan!
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…Weekly Wrap #21 Stone Mountain ChristmasMy Profile

    1. It’s a great way to win!

  6. You forgot to mention lifting and opening all of those heavy gifts. Doesn’t that count as strength training?

    LUD.

    1. Sure does! How could I forget? πŸ™‚

  7. I’m raising my hand for the hot and humid week. Does looking at your feet and shaking your head help you go faster? Apparently not. I love that you chose the finish line. Your gingerdead mean have incredible detail. How in the world did you do that? At my house, they’d immediately become ghost — all white. You didn’t drop the ball. Anything you accomplished during this holiday week should be commended! Thanks for linking Meagan and Happy New Year!
    HoHo Runs recently posted…My Year in BlingMy Profile

    1. Not for that guy, at least! A lot of people have asked about how I decorate those deadmen and my only answer is “carefully” ha! I just go slowly and have to have patience with it.

  8. Those cookies look too good to eat! I love gingerbread cookies! Those napkins are neat too. Friendly competition on a training run can be motivating. Hope you have a Happy New Year!
    Debra @HappyRunningSole recently posted…2015 Running RecapMy Profile

    1. They’re very sweet when you do eat them – so big and so much icing! I hope you had a happy New Year too!

  9. HaHa! Congrats on beating that guy; even if he didn’t know you were racing!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…A Renewal Of GoalsMy Profile

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