Hey all -- I share in the commiseration - this winter's been horrible. And I haven't done the math yet, but I estimate that the twin DC blizzards ended up costing me about $1200 between water damage repair, snow removal supplies, and other storm-related costs.
Regarding the differences in suffering between different types of races, my take is that each race has a different combination of pain and boredom. I handle pain much better than boredom, and so I prefer the shorter stuff. Good luck to all racing 5Ks in the next few weeks!
As for me, this was the first of 2 weeks of high mileage for me, before tapering for my half-marathon. 86 miles running, plus 2 hours on the bike. I'm still kinda meh about the half -- I feel that I've lost a lot of fitness, so it's no longer a goal race, just a "let's see where I am" race.
My week broke down like this:
Monday: 8.5 miles outside at easy pace (8:40 pace) plus upper body strengthwork.
Tuesday: 21 miles total. In the morning, 14 miles on the treadmill, including “a tempo with surges” workout – three intervals averaging 2 miles each, generally holding half-marathon pace (6:52), but throwing in a surge of 30 seconds at 6:07 pace every half mile. In the evening, 7 miles very easy outside (8:56 pace)
Wednesday: In the morning, 90 minutes at easy effort on the bike, as two segments of 50 and 40 minutes, with a yoga class in between. In the evening, 4.5 miles outside at very easy pace (9:05)
Thursday: In the morning, 14 miles on the treadmill, including an interval workout. The workout was two sets of six intervals of .3 “on”, .2 “off”, with “on” at 6:07 pace; “off” at 8:49 pace (meaning just under 2 minutes of “on”, and then 2 minutes of “off”). I followed this up with a tempo mile (6:40 pace).
In the evening, 30 minutes on the bike, plus leg strengthwork.
Friday: 9 miles on treadmill at easy pace (9:11) plus a yoga class (did 5 miles before yoga, and 4 miles after).
Saturday: 8.5 miles outside at easy pace (8:44), plus 2 sprints of 15 seconds each up hill of 17% incline. The hill sprints were difficult and slow – I need to do more of them (I haven’t done any since I got injured in December). Followed up with some upper body strength work
Sunday: Just over 20 miles outside – most at easy pace (8:30), but miles 14-17 were at goal half marathon pace (6:51).