Hello there!  Remember me?  I haven’t posted in here for over a year.   I hope that I will continue to post weekly and read about all of your fun weekly activities.

This past week was my first week of training for the NYC Half Marathon in March.  I ran 4 days, had 2 rest days, and had 1 day of cross training.  My first two runs felt hard, but I stuck with it and then had two great days of running. 

December 26-January 1

Monday: Rest day.  I have no pictures from that day but I know I was home (Winter Break) with my cats.

Tuesday: Ran 3.07 miles.  I used a run/walk method and it was hard.  I did a lot of walking.  My last run was 5 miles on November 20th.  It was cold and windy too.  The snow made it tough too.

Then I cuddled with my cats.  In the evening I made it out to Oak Brook for dinner with the BFF.

Wednesday: Ran 3 miles.  Another tough run.  Did a lot of walking again and I am OK with it.  My goal for the half marathon is to have fun and finish it.  There was still a lot of snow on the ground and I had to be careful because I didn’t want to fall.

Thursday: Ran 3.04 miles.  Even with the wind this run went much better.  I stuck to the ran/walk intervals and ran/walked when I was supposed to.  Nothing wrong with walking more if needed.  I ran in my new Brooks running shoes.  I told myself no more shoes but couldn’t help buying a new pair of the  Launch 9.  

Friday: Rest day.  I did a few errands and began reading a new book.  So far it is good.

Saturday: Ran 4.11 miles.  I did my last run of the year and it was a great run!  I felt good and my average pace was faster than my last 3 runs.  It was still “slow” but I was pleased to see an improvement.  I finished the year with 494.92 miles. 

Sunday: Walked 3.39 miles.  It was a cross training day and I decided to walk.  It was in the 40s with no wind.  For those that know me, know that I rarely go out for a walk.  As much as I have tried and wanted, it just doesn’t happen.  

So that was my week.  It feels good to be running again.  I am liking these 4 days of running instead of 6 like I used to.  

I am looking forward to this year!  I am signed up for 3 races and hope to add a few more to my race calendar.  Last year was not my year of running so I hope this year is better.  

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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28 Comments on Weekly Run Down: Happy New Year and I am back!

  1. Wasn’t that Finish Strong badge a nice surprise! It totally took me by surprise, but that made it even more special. Glad to have you back linking with us! I look forward to hearing more about your training for your March race 😉

  2. Glad to hear you are running again and that it is getting easier.

    Walking is ok in my book. Just keep moving forward.

    Happy New year.

  3. Congratulations on getting back out there! If I had your weather, I would want to be inside snuggling with my cats all the time. I’m glad your runs felt better as the week went on. I’m excited that you’re training for a race and joining the Weekly rundown again!

  4. Nice to see you back! I’m trying to get back to consistently posting too! When I just started back running last month, I was doing run/walk intervals and I really liked them! It sounds like you’ve got a nice balance!

  5. Yay! I’m glad you’re being safe on the snow and ice. It’s better to have a slower time/walk a bit than fall and be out for a much longer time!

    I read Come Fly with Me and thought it was super interesting, but disorganized. I’ll be interested in your take on it.

    • I agree. I am definitely afraid of falling. I’ve fallen a few times and it isn’t fun. I finished reading the book yesterday. Yes, it was disorganized but I still liked it. I enjoyed reading it because it wasn’t just about the work they did on the plane but the history behind Pan Am and other airlines and the role they played during the Vietnam War. Oh, and the sexism was an eye opener too.

  6. I am so proud of you for getting back out there! You are amazing! And it’s awesome to have you back in this space. I’m excited to watch your training unfold!

    Tell your cats I said hi!

  7. I’m glad to see you back at it!!! Good news–Tom Skilling says above normal temps for the next 2 weeks, so no excuses! :p

  8. Yay! Welcome back to the Weekly Run Down. It’s such a great way to recap your week and get motivation from reading other blog posts too 🙂

    Congrats on a great week and closing out the year strong.

  9. It’s great to see you back on the Weekly Run Down and I look forward to following along during your training. Run/walk intervals are a great way to get back into your running after your few weeks off. You’ve got this!

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