Dopey Challenge Training – Week 19

wp-1478529539953.jpegI think I was tired this week! It was a recovery week, so I cut back the number of days I was running and got a little more rest. I tried a new warm hatha yoga class, but found that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I also ran a 5K on Saturday and still managed to get my long run done on Sunday. My legs were tired, but I guess that’s kind of what this training is about – learning to continue running on tired legs.

I’m starting to worry about my training now that the sun is setting incredibly early. It will be dark by the time I get home from work. So I have a few options – run in the dark, run at work before the sun sets, or run on the treadmill. I’m guessing there’s no right answer here and I’ll probably end up with some combination of the above.

So friends, how do you stay motivated to train in the winter? Any suggestions or winter survival tips?

Monday 10/31: Rest

Tuesday 11/1: Warm Hatha with Jane

I was looking forward to trying a different kind of yoga class today, thinking that warm hatha would be a good intro back into to heated yoga. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular practice. The room wasn’t actually heated as I expected, it was just the overflow heat from the hot vinyasa in the studio next door.

Wednesday 11/2: AM: Fit Star Warm it Up & 7 Minute Workout | PM: 3.01 mile run (39:16) 13’03”

My goal lately has been to start waking up earlier and get some strength training in before work rather than after my runs (since I’m usually tired and starved!). I used my FitBit Blaze with the pre-loaded FitStar workouts. It was super easy to use and I look forward to using them again.


Thursday 11/3: AM: Hatha Yoga with Alison | PM: 6.34 mile run (1:23:46) 13’11” pace

Started the morning with yoga and concluded the day with a 6 mile run. I asked Roswell to come with me that evening since I knew it would be dark before I got back.


Friday 11/4: Rest – Packet Pick up for 5K on Saturday

Saturday 11/5: Great Pumpkin Run 5K at Crumland Farms (34:42)  11’11” pace

This trail 5K was fun – it took runners through the farms haunted hayride path into the corn field and around to the finish. I’ll cover more later this week in my race recap!

Sunday 11/6: 7 mile long run (1:31:58) 13’08” pace

Long run to Rockville Town Center, where Roswell and I grabbed brunch and watched the NYC marathon. It was awesome watching Molly Huddle cross the finish line third in her first marathon! I loved this run because it was so pretty with all of the fall colors!

Total mileage for the week: 19.1 miles
Total October Mileage: 71 Miles!

Linking up this week with the Weekly Wrap, hosted by Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin!


11 thoughts on “Dopey Challenge Training – Week 19

  1. Chaitali says:

    That 5k sounds fun! I’m not sure of my winter plan either. I’ll probably run one evening on the track at a local high school since it will be lit up and one evening on the treadmill at the gym. I often work from home on Fridays so hopefully can get in an afternoon run then.

  2. Jolene says:

    Saw your blog through the weekly wrap! I’m training for Disney too! Dopey sounds crazy! I’ve done a challenge weekend before but it didn’t include a marathon! Good luck! I saw the fireworks before the Wine and Dine on Sunday morning and it definitely made me excited for marathon weekend!

  3. Kimberly Hatting says:

    winter survival….just do it 😉 I’m in Iowa, and it gets cold, snowy & very windy here, but I’ll take that (almost) any day over the treadmill. Typically, I run after work (in the winter),but this fall I have been doing a lot of my runs in the early morning hours when it’s still dark. I’m going to try to maintain that routine over the winter after my marathon because I love getting it done and not having to think about it all day. That’s my plan on paper for now 😉

  4. says:

    I love the fit star workouts on my blaze! The ab one is a great workout and I love that the it’s all on your wrist from what to do, and a timer!
    I think the key to staying motivated through out the winter is mixing things up. Do all that you said, don’t stick to the same run!
    Good luck in January!

  5. HoHo Runs says:

    My motivation during the winter is to register for a big race. I’m a before work runner as I am completely unmotivated afterward. Once you get used to a that early wakeup, it’s not so bad. When it’s completely dark, I have a flashing LED armband I like to wear so the very few drivers can see me. My neighborhood streetlights thankfully light the pavement enough. I was so impressed with Molly Huddle’s first marathon finish! It sounds like the trail 5k was fun. Thanks for linking, Heather!

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