Sweet essence of heliotrope, where did the warm weather go???!!!
Sweet essence of heliotrope – my grandma used to say that. That was her version of F&#$, Sh*t, D&mn. I always loved it. So ladylike. 🙂
My mom worked with a lady who said “foot.” LOL. It does have a good mouthfeel though.
Normally, I love winter. I love sweaters and layers and crisp breezes and the clean feeling you get when breathing in cold air but man, I’ll tell you what – I am so over it already. Is it Spring yet?
Man, I love a good deload week!! What’s a deload week, you ask? Basically, it’s a week that the training is scaled back some; it’s not so intensive. And it’s the greatest thing ever! haha. Seriously though, the body needs rest and recovery time, not just within each week, but during training cycles. During rest is when the body/muscles does/do most of the work. If I want to get stronger/faster, I have to work at it but I also have to give my body time to recover and get ready for harder workouts.
Just had strength today and I was able to work out in my garage! It was cold but I kept the rolling doors shut and I wore layers, gloves, and a hat. I missed my garage and my equipment! The only bad thing about today was my portable radio quit working. I think the innards froze and when I hooked up my iPod (yes, iPod. I’m old school like that.), it wouldn’t register. I also couldn’t change it from aux to radio so that’s how I know it was the radio. It was a very silent workout. LOL
I warmed up on my spin bike and I did some jump rope to get that heart rate up. Then, it was on to sumo squats, push-ups, front-back lunges, thrusters, single arm alternating rows, and lateral box step-ups! I’ll tell you what, those step-ups were hard! I used my 20″ box (the Y has a 12″ box) with a 15# weight. Only time I felt like taking off the layers. haha
5 mile run at marathon goal pace. Looking at the pace chart for the Boston qualifying time for my old lady age group, I need to maintain an 8:58/mile to hit 3:55 but everyone that knows qualifying times knows I need to run a little faster to make sure I make the cut. So, I’ve marked marathon pace as about 8:50/mile.
I wasn’t sure how today was going to go because my legs were still a little tired from Saturday. Plus, I just wasn’t really feeling like going out there. lol. Of course, I did and while my first mile was a touch slow, the other 4 were smokin’ and they felt so good!! I really didn’t expect it to feel so good. haha
Strength training and cycling class! I decided to do strength before cycling this time and see how my legs felt. I could have worked out in my garage since the weather was a little better but I opted for the Y instead. Deadlifts, db chest press, walking lunges, single arm press, squats, and reverse flys were on the menu. All pretty tasty stuff!
Man, I love that cycling class! We climbed all the really long hills, listened to a great playlist, sang out loud to a couple songs, and I hit 23 miles! Which, is actually pretty decent considering how many hills we did. And that my legs felt a little toasty from the strength workout.
I’m undecided if that will be my new routine. Either way, my legs get wobbly. LOL
Thursday was supposed to be a hill workout.
But, it snowed on Wednesday.
And Thing 2 needed me to babysit Grandthing 1.
And we went over to play with Grandthings 2 and 3. <3
Hill repeats. On the treadmill.
And I lived to tell about it!! *high five*
I would have preferred to have found a hill outside but there was still ice on the ground so…. #nowayjose
Warmed up with a mile and then it was 6 rounds of 1/4 mile hill (incline between 6.0 and 8.0) run at a 10k effort followed by a 1/2 mile cool down (incline 0). Finished with a mile cool down for a solid 6 mile workout.
I set my first hill at 6.0, the next 4 were at 6.5, and the last one was at 6.0. Hey, my legs were tired! haha. I kept my speed on the hills at 6.8 or 6.9 which is about an 8:40-8:50 pace.
Long run with the group!
Did 10 1/2 trail miles today and it felt so good! I actually felt like I could have run a couple more miles!
But, that wouldn’t have been smart so I didn’t do it. 😀 It does feel really really good to have that feeling, though!
And then I came home and ate a donut. #sorrynotsorry
PS. the warm weather is back. It legitimately got to 60 degrees today. I think Mother Nature may be on some sort of illicit substance. #justsayin
Although, I’ll walk my dog and probably do yoga again because it felt so good last week. 🙂
Total miles for this week: 21.9 (and that was with only 3 days!!)
Total miles for last week: 26.6
Total miles for January (so far): 66.4
Total miles for December? 48.17
Oh yeah! I am loving this being able to run business!! <3