Weekly Fitness Recap

Another week has come and gone, so it’s time to look at the miles I put in.

 

Monday– Off

Tuesday– 5.2 Miles, 9:20 pace

Wednesday–  Off

Thursday– Off

Friday– Off
Saturday– 3.5 Miles, 9:10 pace

Sunday– 5.7 Miles, 8:58 pace

Total – 14.4 Miles, 9:05 average pace

 

I started off the week enjoying the most likely last nice weather of the year. I met up with Mallory Tuesday night and we decided to run Roscoe and finish up around town. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned as we spooked ourselves out a mile into the run when we discovered the park was completely dark and noises (leaves and deer) left too much to our imagination. We decided to play it safe and headed to some neighboring developments to finish up the run. We ended up with a little over 5 miles, not bad for a Tuesday night.

Party pants for night running!

Party pants for night running!

 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday running just didn’t happen. I felt a little guilty at first, but figured I could make up for lost miles on the weekend and enjoyed a little bit of free time.

Saturday I took advantage of the nice weather (30 degrees and no snow) and ran into town. The run was chilly and windy, but I convinced myself I’d be begging for this weather come January and February when we’re in a deep freeze. The run was uneventful, which is always a good thing.

Sunday I was joined by Cynthia and Ladd as we ran Lester for some easy miles. We chatted the entire way, which helped to pass the miles. They tried to push me to run a little faster and to move out of my comfort zone, which certainly happened as we finished up the last almost complete mile at an 8:35 pace. Throughout the run I realized that maybe I haven’t been pushing myself hard enough, and what I consider a comfortable pace of 9:00 minutes, could move closer to 8:30 someday.

Off trail exploring

Off trail exploring

It wasn’t the week I had originally planned, but I still got some good runs in and I made every mile count. This next week should be fun as we finally have snow, but we also have some cold weather coming!

 

How do you push yourself out of your comfort zone?

 

Weekly Fitness Update

This week was a little rough. There seems to be a never ending list of things to do with not enough hours in the day. And with limited time, getting to the gym wasn’t always an option. I’ve run outside after work a few times, but I’ve hesitated to make it a common thing. Getting workouts in this week was clearly a struggle, but that’s the beauty of a plan with no plan, a missed day isn’t the end of the world.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 1 mile (outside)

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: 2 Miles (outside)

Sunday: Off

Total Miles: 3 Miles (Running)

Even though the week was tough, I made up for it on Saturday. I only had time for a short run, but I had to take advantage of the perfect weather.

Shorts? On November 16th?

Shorts? On November 16th?

I’m not sure if it was the perfect weather or the perfect outfit, but I was able to negative split on my two mile run, hitting times I hadn’t seen for quite some time. First mile in 9:08 and second in 8:57. I couldn’t have been happier, and the run made up for the lack of running I had done all week. I was even able to find a new path on my run, which I’m really looking forward to exploring.

This is how you do Saturday mornings

This is how you do Saturday mornings.

Something that came up over the past week was the idea of getting a treadmill. Even though we  belong to a gym, there is something that seems so much easier about just walking down two sets of stairs to the basement to get a run in whenever we feel like it. We’re still thinking about it, but it’s definitely a possibility. It’s time to make a list of pros and cons to see which one ends up on top.

This next week should be returning to normal, so I’m looking forward to getting a lot more runs in.

Did you take advantage of the abnormally warm weather this weekend? Thoughts on a treadmill, or suggestions on a certain kind?