RnR NOLA Training Week 1: 11/20-11/26

I’m calling this training cycle “training” without specifying a specific distance because the truth is I don’t know what distance I’m doing yet. I’m signed up for the full, but I’ve been thinking I’m not sure I’m ready to jump back into full marathon training yet. So for now, these will be labeled “training” because I’m definitely training for something I’m just not sure what yet. Hopefully by the end of December we will see if I’m ready to jump back into marathon training- none of my super long runs start until January so I’ll be able to have a better grasp on how my body is handling things by then I think. Fingers crossed- but until then I’ll be waiting to make a decision! Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

My training this week went pretty well, except it was very inconsistent. For those who don’t know/haven’t heard me talk about it yet, I work for a small running retail company, and despite the fact that we are smaller, it doesn’t mean we are any less busy on the biggest shopping weekend of the year! I spent all day Wednesday setting up my store, Thursday with my family for Thanksgiving of course, and Friday and Saturday working 12 hour days in my store. So to say I was exhausted is an understatement. I’m glad I was able to get some miles in this week though! Daniel’s plan recommends that, when coming back from a planned break in training, the first week you do 50% of the mileage you will be doing for the rest of the training plan; the second week you do 75% and finally in week 3 you’re back to full mileage weeks. This is how my first week back went!

Tables like these were set up all over the store calling out promos for the weekend!

Monday, November 20: Planned: Cross Train; Actual: Cross Train

I had an impromptu inventory for this morning at my store, so instead of taking the CrossFit class I was intending to take I ended up working. I managed to make it to the gym for open gym time later in the afternoon however. The workout I did was:

  • 5×5 Front Squats
  • 21-15-9 reps of Thrusters followed by Burpees (that was tough!)
  • Farmer’s carry with 10lb plates in each hand followed by rope climbs x 4

It was pretty intense on my upper body, but that was the only time I was able to get to the box all week, so I wanted to make the most of it!

Tuesday, November 21: Planned: 6 miles speedwork; Actual: 3.5 miles speedwork

Today’s run was a tempo run- the plan called for 6 miles of varying interval speedwork, but because I’m cutting it in half this week per the instructions, I cut it down to 3.5 miles of speedwork. It felt great- my overall pace was 9:56/mile. I can tell I’m getting faster since the weather has gotten better. It’s easier to run at paces like this now. This makes me happy for future racing! I feel like I will be able to meet some PR goals I’ve set for myself.

Wednesday, November 22: Planned: E day + 8 striders; Actual: 5 miles bridge repeats

It was supposed to be an easy day today with no actual recommended mileage (on these days we are just supposed to do “filler” mileage to get us to the overall weekly goal mileage); however, I decided to go out with the bridge repeat crew. I found this group during my first marathon training and I really enjoyed working out with them, so this has become a weekly staple for me! This time we did bridges followed by some easy pace run down the decline side. Normally this would be my second cross training day, but due to work I was unable to make it to my CrossFit box today.

Thursday, November 23: Planned: E day or rest; Actual: Rest

Originally I had intended to do a Turkey Trot this morning, but after being at my store until almost 11 pm the previous night I was too exhausted to get up early to run. I opted to sleep in and enjoy the day with my family.

Friday, November 24: Planned: 7 miles tempo; Actual: 3.5 miles tempo

I didn’t think I’d be able to run today originally due to the craziness of Black Friday- but I had running clothes in my car and decided after work that I needed to run off the day. Therefore I ended up with 3.5 miles of tempo run at a 10:19 pace. A guy under the bridge I run at stopped me to ask why I wasn’t freezing: I was wearing a sports bra and shorts and it was in the 60s outside. I told him I was running and therefore hot and his response was “Oh, I couldn’t do that. I hate running.” Um…ok dude, thanks? It was funny though.

These bras are so cute! Check out fit2run.com to get one for yourself 😉

Saturday, November 25: Planned: E day + 8 striders; Actual: rest

Today I didn’t go run- I didn’t have time in the morning as I had to be to work by 7am and after work I decided to go home because I was exhausted. It was a long two days.

Sunday, November 26: Planned: 90-110 minute long run; Actual: 7.3 miles

Today’s run called for 90-110 minutes, which for me would be somewhere between 7-9 miles. I opted for the 7 miles since I’m just getting back into running. It felt pretty good and I maintained a nice easy pace for me at 11:11/mile.

This week was a good week getting back into running. I really enjoyed all my runs and felt great the whole time. I’m really glad to have the next two days off and I can work on cross training with some running thrown in too 😉 Right now I’m enjoying the “no pressure” and just getting the miles in. And this cooler weather is a godsend!!

How’s your fall training going? Any big races coming up? Have you ever trained for two back to back big races? How did you feel about it? 

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8 thoughts on “RnR NOLA Training Week 1: 11/20-11/26”

  1. Great week easing back into it! I usually don’t race a ton compared to other people but the plan I’m on now calls for tune up races so I guess that’s kind of back to back for me even though it’s two weeks apart. I’m always amazed by those women who run marathons all the time.

    1. I don’t run marathons all the time though I do do a lot of half marathons. I just really like the racing part and hate the training part mostly lol. It helps that I have groups of people to run with these days but I’d rather race every weekend than do long runs haha!

  2. You’ll enjoy RnR NOLA. I ran the half marathon and it was a pretty flat course. That bra is super cute. My husband always tells me I’m going to freeze when I go out for a run. 😉 He doesn’t get how hot it really feels. I ran back to back marathons (well…3 months apart). I trained for the first and then did a mini cycle for the 2nd. Good luck with this training cycle. Thanks for linking!

    1. I think I’m going to do a mini cycle. I really just feel like had it been cooler I could have gone sub 5 which makes me want to try for that time again. And since I’m already in good shape…

  3. I’ve have run RnRNOLA several years only the half though. In fact this is the first year I am not signed up already to do it. I run back to back half’s but that is all I’ve done. Kudos to you and big races!

    1. Thanks! I’m thinking at this point I may drop down to the half…I have some much bigger races coming up next fall and I could use some smaller events first. Like i said, no deciding until the end of December! Then I’ll see where I’m at mentally and physically.

  4. A couple summers ago, I did Grandma’s Marathon in mid June, then my 6-hour overnight ultra four weeks later. I treated the first race more as a (super) long training run for the ultra (which was more of a goal race/event …though I can’t actually call it a “race” because that involved 6 hours of careful pacing to stay awake and vertical LOL).

    1. That’s close to what I’m going to be doing next year…doing a Toughest and some other 8 hour endurance events in preparation for the World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour one in November. I just can’t give up endurance racing haha.

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