Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Final Winter Running Challenge + Increasing Speed Treadmill Workout.

Happy New Years Eve! Today marks the end of the Winter Running Challenge that I set for myself back in October. I squeaked by and made it, running 100 miles in 10 weeks! I had grand plans to get up early and run this morning before work, surpassing the goal. But, it's currently 3 degrees outside and I have been fighting off a bad cold {and running through it for the past few days} so I decided to give myself a break.

Chicago had beautiful, spring-like weather on Saturday, reaching the upper 40's. K and I went on a long run/walk in an attempt to fight off my cold with fresh air - I only ran about half of it, but I'm counting the full distance for effort.

Completing this challenge resulted in a much higher comfort level with treadmill running for me, and the ability to run faster too - approximately 0.5 mpr faster than I could in October. I'll count that as a win. Here are the final stats:

Winter Running Challenge Log: Week 10
Saturday: Ran/walked 4.7 miles {outside}
Sunday: Ran 4.5 miles {treadmill}
Monday: Ran 3.8 miles {treadmill}
= 13 miles
Week 9 = 11.5 miles
Week 8 = 13.5 miles
Week 7 = 8 miles
Week 6 = 11.55 miles
Week 5 = 14 miles
Week 4 = 0 miles
Week 3 = 14 miles
Week 2 = 11.35 miles
Week 1 = 3.1 miles
100 miles ~ 100% to goal

This is the last run I completed on the treadmill for the challenge, and it's a quick and fast workout. I ended this cycle of two by sprinting for 3 minutes, starting at 6.0 and ending at 6.5 mpr.

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