It’s really hard to believe that today is the last day of April! It feels like Spring just arrived and suddenly summer is already on the horizon. This season has gone by especially quickly since winter seemed to last up until last week. Now that I have a full week of spring running under my belt, I can say for certain that I do not miss running in the freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation.
This week was peak week of my 25k training plan, with my highest mileage since the New York City Marathon. It sure feels great to be increasing my mileage! This week took a bit of rearranging due to a funeral, a graduation and a doctor’s appointment. Switching things up really forced to me to channel some internal motivation when I was stuck working out in the evening after dinner, but I am so glad I kept up with the workouts.
Here is how week 12 of 25k training played out.
25k Training Recap: Week 12
Monday, 4/23: 5 mile tempo run. I ended up having to switch my workouts around this week so I ran on Monday instead of Tuesday. Getting motivated for this run was really tough, and mentally I was not on my game until about mile 3. Despite it’s challenges, I’m really happy how this run turned out. My miles were almost negative splits, with the exception of mile 3 that was pretty much a mile long hill. This run was a great test of my mental stamina, and I felt so great when it was done.
Tuesday, 4/24: 30 minutes of yoga. I switched things up and completed the full Essential Yoga for Runners routine from Runner’s World rather than just the Recovery Yoga. It took me a while to get motivated to do yoga since I had to do it at night after dinner, but I was glad I did. My calves have been especially tight lately and this yoga really helped out!
Wednesday, 4/25: Strength Workout + 15 Minute Complete Core Workout. I am alternating between my Strength Pyramid Workout and classic Strength Workout now, so this week I was back to my regular 30 minute strength workout. The strength workout felt pretty easy this week but these core moves left my abs burning after just a few minutes. I am excited to continue to focus on my weak spots and see if I can improve my strength!
Thursday, 4/26: 8 miles. I was definitely not motivated to head out for this run, but after the first few miles I really got in the groove and felt like I could run forever. It’s funny how our perspective changes – just a few weeks ago I was gearing up for an 8 mile long run on Saturday thinking it was just that – a long run. Whereas this week the 8 miles felt like a short, midweek run. I love how following a training plan really shows you how far you’ve come!
Friday, 4/27: 15 Minute Core Workout + 2 mile walk. I was feeling really lazy in terms of getting in my cross training, so I opted for an easy no equipment core workout and got in a short walk outside. My legs were feeling surprisingly sore from Thursday’s run, so I was really trying to get in some light cross training. This core workout really helped me work up a sweat in a short amount of time though!
Saturday, 4/28: 14 miles. I was so stressed about fitting in this run because we were heading out of town for a busy weekend Saturday morning. I ended up meeting my mom at our favorite trail (about 30 minutes away) at 6:15 am to start. The beginning miles felt like they went pretty slowly, but the last half flew by. I felt pretty strong this entire run, and we both finished with ease! This was the last long run of the training plan and it felt great to finish knowing that there will only be 1.5 more miles to go on race day. This was another successful long run!
Sunday, 4/29: Rest!
This peak week of 25k training was a good one, and I am certainly happy to have the confidence boost after missing 9 days of training a few weeks ago. Peak week was a success and I am really starting to get excited for race day. Less than two weeks to go now! Here’s to a great start of taper this week.
Previous Training Recaps:
- 25k Training Recap: Week 11
- 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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