Happy Belated Valentine’s Day & Training Re-cap


I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day!!! While I am fully aware that this is very much a Hallmark Holiday that brings the floral and greeting card industry a nice little profit….I still kinda love it.


I am really not much of a flowers kinda girl though (basically because they die rather quickly in my care :)). I would much rather get a new pair of running socks or go out for ice cream than get flowers. But really, the best part about Valentines Day is spending time with those you love!

My awesome husband brought home a chop salad from Wildfire on his way home from DC on Thursday, so we had that on Thursday and Friday night.


Our girls are spending a little time with some family in Ohio, so my husband and I are enjoying spending some extra time together :).

We decided that since we both had a 14 long run planned for Saturday that we would go to a trail and do it together. Even though we both run, because of our schedules and the fact that we are usually going different distances at different paces, we almost never run together.

I am not quite sure what I was thinking…it was SO icy!


We had a great time together, but after 10.25 miles I bailed out. My husband had just gotten some new YaxTrax for his trail ultra in 2 weeks and he wanted to try them out. They worked amazing and he loved them. I will not be doing any more icy trail runs without getting a pair. He was able to get through even the iciest of places with no trouble at all. He was able to easily finish the 14 miles and he even finished with his last mile in 6:43! I, on the other hand, was part running, part ice skating the whole way (it was probably comical to watch). I’m sure it was great cross training and I was able to get in some decent stretches where I could run, but it just didn’t feel like I got what I needed for a long run. When we got home (after I warmed up a bit), I decided to go out and do another 8 miles on the roads.

Here is my training from this week:

Mon- 8.3 miles- 8:21 pace

Tuesday- 2 mile warm up and 3 mile cool down with 3 x 1 mile repeats with a 2:30 walk in between. 6:07, 6:14, 6:20

Wednesday- 8.3 miles at 7:50

Thursday- 8.3 miles – 8:03 pace

Friday- 8 treadmill miles started at an 8 minute pace down to a 6:44 pace at a .5 incline

Sat- 10.20 trail miles some miles running some walking/skating on ice…10:10 pace. Then 8.34 miles at a 7:34 pace on the roads.

Sunday- rest…..which I am definitely ready for. My ankles are sore after that trail run and it is pretty much freezing!

I was also able to get in 2 strength training sessions. One of the times I focused on arms the other time legs. I am not very good about being consistent with this so 2 times in one week is great for me!

Total mileage: 59.44

Hope you are having a great weekend!!!!! I know it has been pretty cold in a lot of places (if it is not cold where you are, I am totally jealous!!!) and the poor east coast is getting more snow so stay warm!!!!!


Does your spouse run?

Do you run together?

What is your favorite salad?




  1. says

    Way to rock the 59.44 week Jen!! Awesome work and love that Tuesday workout – you were kicking butt on the mile repeats! Woo hoo!!

    Love that you and your husband both run! Love that your hubby is serious about his running πŸ™‚
    My hubby runs a bit, but not marathons. He did one marathon and not sure if he will do another. He loves to bike more now. I am hoping to talk him into training for another marathon and we can do it together – I would love that πŸ™‚

    Humm – my favorite salad… I would have to say Kale Salad. There is a Kale Salad that I get from the deli at Whole Foods that is so, so good. They put cranberries and nuts in it – yum! I also love a really good Cobb Salad too.

    So nice that you two had special time together this weekend! Have a great Monday πŸ™‚

  2. says

    Holy mileage mama!!!! And the ice is why I haven’t even attempted to run outside this past week…that and all.the.snow we keep getting. It’s so great that you and your husband both run. Mine runs for about 1 mile on the treadmill as part of his workout. I know there are probably a lot of downsides to spouses/partners running also but I would love to be able to do a 10 miler with my hubby πŸ™‚ And YES to YakTrax!!!

    • Jen says

      I am more consistent than he is, but he has been pretty consistent training for this ultra :). If I do anymore winter trail runs I am definitely getting Yaktrax! I could not believe how he was just running like there was no ice and I was slip sliding along πŸ™‚

  3. says

    My hubby does run, but we very rarely run together. He is much faster than me. We have run a few races together and we have agreed to use it as a date. He slows down a bit for me and I speed up a little. We always enjoy doing that! You are a speedy mama!

  4. says

    I have yet to venture onto the trails in snow and ice…and I’m missing them! Maybe I need to strap the yaktrax on and give it a go.

    My husband used to run and we ran together even when our firstborn was in a jogger, but he’s since switched to basketball pretty much all the time now. Glad you and yours got to enjoy a run together–especially nice that you were childless for the weekend!

    Did you grow up in Ohio? I am from the Akron area originally–parents are still there.

    • says

      I just started doing trails in my last marathon training cycle to help with the long runs and I really liked it! I have never really done them in the winter. For some reason I when I suggested how fun it would be, I was thinking that since the roads were clear the trail would be too…..I was wrong! :)…Definitely grab the Yaktrax before you hit up a trail πŸ™‚
      I grew up in Ohio, but we have some family that moved to Ohio several years ago. They are pretty close to Coschocton…pretty much between Akron and Columbus :).

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