Week 5 is the final week in the program of "just running" was laid out like this.
Looked straightforward. Ha.
On Monday evening, I noticed some drainage in my throat. I ran early Tuesday but felt worse through the day. Wednesday and Thursday, I hardly got out of bed, the cold and flu bug was so severe. Friday, I went back to work and managed an afternoon run. By the weekend I was close to normal again.
And, then a big snowstorm blew in overnight Friday! 23 consecutive hours of snow, dumping about 8" of heavy, wet snow on us, our first significant snow of the season. I knew Boston Training would include some snow/cold running but have been lucky so far. That's done.
So, the actual runs for the week looked like this:
Tuesday: 5.3 miles @ 10:47...the head cold was coming on
Wednesday: scheduled rest day but I was sick anyway
Thursday: curled up in bed...no training run
Friday: Rare weekday afternoon run, 5.3 miles @ 10:37
Saturday: Run on 3" of snow covered paths, 8.1 miles @ 11:19
Sunday: Run on slick roads, 6.1 miles @ 11:11
I chose to add Thursday's scheduled 4 mile run to Saturday's scheduled 4 mile run and do a single 8 mile run, to get the miles for the week done. Not sure what the Hansons would say about this but I did it.
The slower-than-specified paces on Saturday and Sunday ( targeted at 11:00/mile) were due to the sloppy, snowy footing. I'm not too concerned about this in the days after a snow storm but non-dry pavement will make intervals and tempo runs a lot more difficult next week. We'll learn as we go here.
Did I mention it was snowing on Saturday?? Here's what the ice looked like on my face after the 8 miles.
This was a typical view of Saturday's run...every bit as grey and snowy as this looked.
Next week, the serious training starts. Intervals, tempo runs, long runs, six days of running. Hang on.