Hey there! It’s that time again where I’m recapping my week of workouts. It’s really actually pretty fun for me to write these because I can write down more than just miles, paces, and times. Hopefully, you find them interesting or … think I’m crazy. I’ll take either. 😀
As I said in the last recap, I am starting my “week” on Sundays because those days are apparently no longer rest days for me. I’m not really used to only have one rest day a week so we’ll see how this whole thing goes. Plus, it’s been probably 5 years or so since I’ve done any running on a Sunday.
I had missed yesterday’s run due to poor sleep and other obligations, so my coach had me tack on some extra miles today. I was originally scheduled for 4 but we upped it to 8.
It wasn’t bad! A little rainy but, it’s supposed to rain all day and I’m just glad it wasn’t pouring. Or thunderstorming, for that matter. The best part, though, was stepping in a puddle with my left foot at mile 2 so my shoe squished at me for the next six miles. *sigh*
Speaking of shoes, I definitely need to get a new pair. I’m starting to feel the miles on the outside of my foot and that’s where the majority of the wear on my shoes is. It’s funny because once upon a time, I was told I pronated. Wear on the outside of the shoe is most definitely not pronation-related. I don’t think I supinate – well, not enough to need stability shoes – but I do need to be more proactive in rotating out my shoes now that I’m back to logging all the miles.
*Note to self: order new shoes!! There’s a new version of the Kinvara out! I hope they haven’t changed it up too much. Maybe I’ll just stick with the 8s?
Monday was strength and running. And it was raining. And windy. And cold. And I didn’t want to do any of it.
But, I did.
I did strength first because I didn’t want to run in the cold rain in the dark. I had spent all day Monday stuffing my shoes with newspaper to dry them out and I was not interested in running through puddles because I couldn’t see them.
Plus, this was a way to see if the rain might take a break. lol
I’m liking the Monday workouts of this new training cycle. The reverse lunges and good mornings are really good for my legs and I’ve been wanting to work more on my pull-ups. Today was 4 rounds of 8 reps each and again, I was able to knock out 2 strict pull-ups each round before I had to switch to kipping. The good news is the 3rd rep was getting closer to being real for the first 3 rounds. The 4th round? Not so much. lol
I need to start going out to my garage every day and actually doing some. The work I’m doing is good but I know I need to practice more to be able to string more together. Once upon a time, I could do 5 in a row! I want to get back to that. Personal goal – not going to affect/benefit my running at all.
The finisher on Monday this cycle is what gets me – barbell roll-outs, breakdancers, thrusters, med ball slams, and hollow holds. Ooof.
And then, because I am a crazy person, it was time to run after that! face:palm
Luckily, the rain had actually paused and it was only misting some. My run was 45 minute speedplay or fartlek work. I ran a 5 minute warm-up and then, over the next 40 minutes, I was to do fartleks ranging from 30 seconds to 90 seconds throughout. My coach said to get 10 of them. I think I got somewhere between 13-15 but … in all truth, I didn’t really do any 90 second ones. My legs said no. (see Will Smith above. lol) I was definitely beat after this workout.
And I came home and stuffed more newspaper in my shoes. *sigh*
5 mile shakeout run!
I did not want to get up. We were supposed to have rain/snow and I was just so NOT in the mood to run in the wet again. Plus, I just felt meh. Seasonal Affected Disorder is a real thing in my world.
That said, it was not precipitating at all – it was just chilly – and out the door I went.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to. But, I did a quick tally and realized that today’s run would put me at 100 miles for January and I didn’t want laziness to be the reason I didn’t get it. If I’d been sick, I’d have been “woohoo, I got 95 miles in January!” but no fever (yes, I was so meh that I actually checked) so no reason to not go. Plus, it was a shakeout run which meant I could just cruise.
I covered up my Garmin and basically ran blind. It. Was. Amazing.
And I got my 100 mile month!
Strength and cycling day!
It was too darn cold to work out in my garage. I mean, I don’t mind it being cold but when it’s 20 some odd degrees, well, that’s just too cold. So, I went to the Y and did strength right before cycling class. Luckily, it wasn’t very busy because I feel like I took up a lot of room today. lol
Did some sumo squats with a 50# dumbbell, some overhead presses with 2 20# dumbbells, more king deadlifts (still bodyweight but next week I might add some light dumbbells!), and T push-ups. Finished up with a circuit of reverse flys (2 12.5# dumbbells), step-ups (to a weight bench because the step was being occupied), plank with hip drops, frog crunches, and cross body mountain climbers.
You know, I get the strangest looks from the men when I go grab those 50# dumbbells. haha Just wait until I go for even heavier!
Followed that up with cycling and man, was it tough today. We had a couple monster hills and my legs were toast. Squeaked out 21.5 miles.
Happy February 1st!! See ya, January.
I had hill repeats on the schedule but some drama intervened on Wednesday night and I had to take today as an impromptu rest day. Don’t go thinking I rested though. Nope. In addition to drama and messes I had to literally and figuratively clean up , I had my NASM-CPT certification test that day AND my folks were coming down for a visit so I had to finish prepping everything for that, including grocery shopping!
I made some chili and cornbread and a big salad for dinner, and a Mississippi Mud cake for dessert, and we opened a very very nice bottle of wine. Being a wine snob has its advantages. 🙂 It was my parents’ 49th anniversary so I wanted it to be special. Both Things, sons-in-law, and all the Grandthings were here too. I definitely had a house full! <3
By the time Thursday was over, I was literally beat.
PS. I passed!! I am officially NASM-CPT certified! *cue happy dance*
Rest day. And I took it. I actually slept until about 7:15!! No shame in my game! haha
My folks were still here so we went out to lunch, we chilled out and took mini naps in the chair and on the couch, and then I cooked up a big stir-fry and roasted some veggies for dinner. The Grandthings were over again and it was fun to watch my mom (she’s going by Gigi) and dad (Tapa) play with them.
The only part of the day that I would like to change involves a groundhog.
I had 11 on the schedule but I met up with the group at a hilly trail (making up for Thursday, lol) and knocked out about 10.25 miles. Why didn’t I do 11? It’s a 5 mile loop. I’m surprised I actually got more than 10 miles. haha
It was so stinkin’ cold (21, felt like 16) and my lungs did not want to cooperate at first. But, I settled in and got it done!
And when I got home, I had a package waiting on my front porch!
Cannot wait to run in these bad boys tomorrow!!
Total miles for the week: 28.85
Total miles for January: 100.11
Total miles for February: 10.22