The Rehoboth Beach Marathon was 4 weeks ago. Recovery time is over and it’s back to quasi-training. Quasi since I’m not training for anything specific, just maintaining my base (in the event that I do decide to train for something specific).
I really dislike training in the winter and the past 3 years I trained for a Spring marathon. Some years (2012) were mild while others (2011) were awful. I hate planning my training around Mother Nature, resorting to the treadmill, bundling up, and freezing fingers despite 2 layers of gloves.
But…I worked hard in 2012 and I want to maintain all that base building. So I’m putting in the mileage but not worrying about my long run if Mother Nature decides to dump a foot of snow on a Saturday. That’s the perk of quasi-training!
I realize I kinda stopped recapping my weekly mileage after Boston so here’s what I’ve been up to post-RBM:
Week 1 post – no miles (mandatory recovery week)
Week 2 post – 23 miles + barre
Week 3 post – 34 miles (including a run with Abby!) + barre
Week 4 post – 45 miles + barre
My goal is to maintain my base mileage in the 40s with appropriate drop back weeks built in. And keep up with barre class once per week.
This weekend in pictures…
I love Philly.
Are you quasi-training or training for real this winter?
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
Great plan! I think it’s good mentally and physically to have a little bit of a break from the rigidness of a training schedule too. But if you do want to know how to warm up to switching to the treadmill, find an iPad and get hooked on a guilty and mindless tv series.
Can’t wait to hear what you have in store for this year!
Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel says
When are we going out again?? 🙂
I’m rethinking the marathon (again!) and Brent and I are close to registering for a 50 milers in Shenandoah. Lots of long runs in my future this spring…
I love running but I’m not sure I’d be able to run with no goal in sight…bc I am lazy. Maybe not though. I never tried.
I like the concept of quasi-training! I’m one of those that often signs up for the next thing before I even finish the current one, so not sure if it would work for me. LOL!
I hear you about winters! I am fine in a “normal” or mild winter, but gnarly ones like 2011 just suck. I would say I’ve been quasi training too, and now that I need to really start training I get sort of injured. Grrr. Oh well, right? But I do think maintaining a good base is always a good idea – you did work so hard in 2012, so it’s good to keep it up!! Hawk is adorable as always. 🙂
I prefer running in the cold than in the humid, muggy hot weather. Ugh. Fortunately, we’re having a really nice week this week. 40s-50s. Can’t complain for winter weather.
I’ve got a few a races lined up. I’m running the NYC Half in less than 3-weeks, possibly the Brooklyn 10 mile race in February and then the big one… Shamrock Marathon. 3-weeks after is 10-mile Cherry Blossom. Pedro’s gonna kill me. LOL I’m really hope for a sub 4:00 but I won’t be mad if I don’t get it. Is that a big lie or what? LOL
Love your pictures. Where in Philly is that taken?
Definitely training for real, but I don’t hate winter as much as you do. In fact, I ‘d rather do a cold long run than a hot August one any time (though this year I may end up having to do both).
Those pictures are gorgeous. They make me want to go back to my college library and read by the fire.
For the first time in several years I am not doing a spring marathon so I am also quasi-training! While I don’t hate winter, it is nice to know that I don’t have to do a 20-mile run in 20 degrees. I have been keeping my “long” runs to around 10-12 miles which is very tolerable, even in the cold.
Love the Philly pics, too! 🙂