best long run ever & workout recap

Oh hi. Happy Valentine’s Day!


So many chocolate truffles to choose from at Godiva!

Before you go eat your Valentine’s chocolate, let’s take a look at my workouts from the week.

workout recap

Monday – 3 Miles treadmill & 20 Minutes Elliptical

I was not feeling up to a major sweaty workout. Even with Sunday off, I think last week’s miles and Saturday’s fast paced finish to my long run left my muscles tired. I skipped Pure Barre and went with an easy 3 miles on the treadmill which felt nice and comfortable BUT BORING so I switched to the elliptical to finish up my time in the gym.

This was my hungry day which I wrote about on Wednesday. Click here if you missed it.

Tuesday – 7.50 Miles

I felt much more normal and ready for a good treadmill run this morning.

Miles 1 – 3 easy @ 6.3 – 7.0

Miles 4 – 7  harder effort @ 6.8 – 7.7 plus cool down


I always gravitate to the treadmill closest to the mirror. Do you have a favorite treadmill in your gym?

Wednesday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 5 Miles

I was more than ready for Pure Barre today and thrilled to get outside for a run!


Thursday – 8 Miles

I woke up thinking I would brave the cold and run outdoors until I looked outside and saw a coating of snow on the ground. There went that idea – way too slippery. I don’t remember much about this run other than I finished the last 3 miles around an 8:00 min/mile pace.

Later in the morning – Yoga For Runners: Pre-Run

Friday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 30 Minutes Running

It was around 16 degrees but no wind or ice on the ground so for sure I was running outside! I wasn’t cold at all, although I wasn’t outside for that long. Beyond 30 minutes, I may have started to feel it.


Saturday – 14 Miles

It was very cold (16 degrees? 18 degrees?) but I wanted to run outside before it got even colder – temps were dropping and it was going to get real windy.

I am so glad that I did!  I had my best run maybe ever?

If MapMyRun was correct, I finished 13.1 miles around 1:43:30 which is almost 2 minutes faster than my PR.


I think running in such cold weather kept me going fast without realizing it. I didn’t even feel cold while I was out there thanks to several layers, a hat, scarf and the best running mittens ever created.

I don’t think lululemon still sells these fluff over mittens but if you can find them, they are worth every penny.

fluff over mittens

Sunday – No running, maybe yoga

In case you missed it:

I shared Part Two of Finding Balance Between Our Diets & Workouts on Tuesday and a fun New Treadmill Workout on Friday!  Suzy tried the workout  and really liked it. Let me know if you try it 🙂

And since it’s so cold at the moment, it’s worth revisiting my most recent winter weather workout favorites post!  I definitely needed these essentials yesterday.

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Is it beyond frigid by you this weekend? Did you run outside or indoors?

Is today a rest day or workout day?

What kind of chocolate do you plan on eating today?


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  1. says

    I did my longer run on Friday and then yesterday I stayed indoors and did yoga. The wind just sounded so crazy! I am hoping to get out for a few miles today. It’s supposed to be 15 degrees later this morning but I think right now it’s 5 but feels like 0. Then we are supposed to get all sorts of snow/ice over the next few days! it spring yet?!
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  2. says

    Yesterday was -2 with a wind chill taking us to -30. I kept it indoors yesterday and thankfully today is crosstraining so that means gym as well. I love running outside, but the gym has been calling my name this week. Not sorry, I missed my gym buddies and caught up on the news. I made a batch of butterfingers on Thursday and I still have a few left so I’ll eat those and stock up on cheap candy tomorrow 🙂
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    • says

      Ugh new running shoe issues are not fun! I still recommend the boosts but you would have to test them out to see if they were a good fit for you. I think I need a new pair of alternate shoes for my easy runs and that won’t be an easy decision either!

  3. says

    I am so impressed you ran outside! It was in the negatives yesterday with the windchill and there was absolutely no way I was running outside. 11 miles on the treadmill … Gotta do what you gotta do!

    I will be eating all the chocolate today. And the chocolate I don’t eat, will be chopped up and baked into the cookies I will be making (and eating) later 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
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