Training Updates + Christmas Wish Lists for Runners

Happy Monday of Christmas week!

I’ve been listening to Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate and really feeling festive. 🙂 In keeping with the holiday spirit, I figured I would share a few of the running-related items on my wish list this year.

But first, some training updates!

Monday – 4.6 miles easy on the treadmill (legs were definitely still tired from the Yulefest 5k + intervals I had done the day before).

Tuesday – 5 miles easy again on the treadmill (damn these cold, dark mornings!)

Wednesday – 5 easy miles outdoors before the sunrise. Can you spot me?

2 Generations RunningThursday – I did a core workout in the gym in the morning. I was planning on an easy 4-miler with my running club in the evening but these temperatures made me rethink that plan and end up skipping the run.

img_2093Yeah, no. I wasn’t running outside in 4 degrees.

Friday – Workout day. 2 mile warm-up, followed by 10 x 300 meters, 2 mile cooldown. I did this on the treadmill which kind of sucked, but if Thursday was cold, Friday was positively ARCTIC – I’m talking -16 degrees with the windchill. So I sucked it up and took this to the treadmill, which would have been fine, but it was a little annoying since the treadmill is set to miles in distance, so I had to convert meters to miles, and add .18 to each distance when I began the rep to know when to stop… If that sounds confusing, it’s because it was.

Saturday – 4 miles easy on the treadmill. I had had my office holiday party the night before so I slept in and just kind of relaxed in the morning before getting my act together to head to the gym. It was snowing pretty decently so I was happy enough to knock these miles out on a treadmill indoors where it was warm. 🙂

Sunday – 6.4 miles outside. This run was not exactly the pleasant jaunt I had hoped for. The few inches of snow we had gotten the day before had rapidly melted with the sudden swing in temps (50 degrees), which meant that the sidewalks everywhere were a slushy, flooded MESS. I did my best to weave around them but there were some spots where the puddles were just unavoidable. Long story short, my feet were pretty soaked by the end of this. No bueno.

img_2110-edited31 miles for the week! I am slowly starting to build my base up again and overall, my legs are feeling good.

Ok, now for those of you who may still have a little bit of last minute Christmas shopping to do, here are a few (of the many) running-related items from my Xmas list!

Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook

run-fast-eat-slowShalane Flanagan’s cookbook has been out for a while, and I’m finally getting around to checking it out! My mom and I actually both wanted this, so we bought 2 copies. I have heard such good things about these recipes and I am really excited to do some cooking over the holidays.

Sunglasses for running

Tifosi SunglassesI have been wanting a pair of sunglasses for running for a while, but I’m kind of picky and wanted to make sure I was able to try on a pair before committing to them. When I was home around Thanksgiving, my mom and I visited the local Fleet Feet store and I picked out a pair of Tifosi sunglasses that came with 3 interchangeable lenses. I can’t wait to wear these. 🙂

A pair of Oiselle tights

Oiselle tights

I discovered Oiselle earlier this year, and I have to say, I’m becoming a big fan of their products. While they can be a little pricey, the quality of their running apparel is far superior to the workout gear you can find at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. It’s also super stylish – I have one Oiselle top that I can easily wear to work in my everyday life just by dressing it up with a necklace.


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