April is flying by already and here we are at the end of week 11 of 25k training. Only 3 weeks to go now! The weather was definitely less than ideal at the beginning of this week, but it finally warmed up and we saw the sun again by the end. The weather forecast is finally looking more appealing, and I think that spring running is here to stay (knock on wood)! This 25k training plan seems to be no different than the rest, as I’m still finding it hard to believe that it’s quickly nearing the end.
Week 10 of training brought a much needed running comeback after a full week of rest while I dealt with the flu. While I could definitely tell that I’d missed some training, I was pleasantly surprised with the ease at which I was able to jump back in to my training plan. This past week turned out to be even more successful, and I was finally able to complete some speed work and increase my mileage. This past week brought my highest mileage since the New York City Marathon back in November!
Here is how week 11 of 25k training played out.
25k Training Recap: Week 11
Monday, 4/16: 30 Minutes of Yoga. I had planned to mix it up this week, but after running 8 miles on the treadmill the day before my legs really felt like they needed some recovery. So once again, I completed my favorite Recovery Yoga Routine from Runner’s World. The treadmill is so different than running outside, and I could really tell that my legs were not used to running on flat ground. They were a little more tight and sore than usual today, so yoga really helped out.
Tuesday, 4/17: 4.75 miles – 9 x 400s. This interval run was a success! My body felt so much better than last week and I was able to push myself again. I could still feel a few hot spots from the treadmill, but overall everything felt pretty good. I achieved negative splits for the 9 intervals, which made me pretty excited because I tried to run this workout without looking at my watch. It snowed this entire run and was pretty windy, but I kept my fingers crossed that this would finally be the last winter run!
Wednesday, 4/18: Strength Workout + 8 Minute Abs. This week I decided to change up the routine slightly and complete my Pyramid Strength Workout. This workout was really effective in creating short burst of high intensity. It contains all my usual strength moves, but mixes them up into more sets with lower repetitions each time. My hips were feeling especially weak this week!
Thursday, 4/19: 6 miles. I was really dreading this run but it turned out to be my favorite from the week! It wasn’t too warm during this run, but the sun was shining and there were blue skies the entire time. I forgot how uplifting it feels to run in the sun for the first time after a long winter. My fingers are crossed that this run was the turning point in the seasons, and spring running is finally here to stay. These 6 miles felt easy and fresh!
Friday, 4/20: 15 Minute Complete Core Workout + 15 Minute Bodyweight Workout. I am a huge fan of core workouts and just couldn’t resist adding one in to my cross training day this week. This core workout had my abs burning within the first few minutes and really challenged me more than I expected in just 15 minutes. After completing this bodyweight workout last week and feeling sore the next day, I decided to try it again this week. It still worked up a great sweat but I was much less sore the next day this time!
Saturday, 4/21: 12 miles. I ran around my neighborhood early in the morning on Saturday and definitely was not feeling motivated at the beginning. The weather was supposed to be beautiful and warm on Saturday, but of course it still felt cold at 6:45 am. It took about 3 full miles before I finally settled into this run, but once I did it turned into a pretty good run. The worst part about it was running loops around our neighborhood to fit in the 12 miles because there is no trail near us. However, all in all these 12 miles turned out to be much better than I expected! I was happy that it didn’t feel like this distance took a lot out of me.
Sunday, 4/22: Rest!
This week was just what I needed to get back on track after an extended break due to illness. There is only one long run left before taper begins for this race! It’s hard to believe. Training has a way of really putting time in perspective and helping you realize just how quickly it goes by. I am excited for this race and happy to be increasing my mileage again!
Previous Training Recaps:
- 25k Training Recap: Week 10
- 25k Training Recap: Week 9
- 25k Training Recap: Week 8
- 25k Training Recap: Week 7
- 25k Training Recap: Week 6
- 25k Training Recap: Week 5
- 25k Training Recap: Week 4
- 25k Training Recap: Week 3
- 25k Training Recap: Week 2
- 25k Training Recap: Week 1
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