Weekly Fitness Recap

Here we are at week two of 2015 and just one week away from my first training cycle of 2015. This was also the first full week of my 365 day streak, and so far so good. But this week wasn’t easy. We had our first polar vortex of the year with temperatures dropping to -23 with windchill. Yikes! But, I made it through, spent a bunch of time at the rec center, and managed to get my highest weekly mileage since the marathon.

Monday- 1 Hour PiYo+ 1 Mile
Tuesday- 5 Miles + Core & Lifting
Wednesday- 3 Miles
Thursday- 3 Miles + Core
Friday- 1 Mile
Saturday- 3 Miles + Core & Lifting
Sunday- 1 Mile
Total Miles- 17 Miles

Monday started with a new class at the rec, a PiYo class. I had barely heard of PiYo, nor taken a class, but after reading the description, I figured it was worth a shot. It was faster than I expected, and my whole body got a work out (my whole body was sore until Thursday). I’m not 100% sure what I think of it, but I like the teacher, so I’ll give it another try. After class I ran my one mile, where my legs felt like jello and called it a day.

Tuesday we got back to our “track tuesday” where we actually did speedwork on the treadmill. Both Mallory and Mo have started their training cycle, so I followed along what they had on schedule, but modified my pace. We ran four 800 repeats with 400m recovery, and I felt exhausted. For some reason, 800’s on the treadmill are so much harder than on the track. I also felt pretty sore from class the night before. We finished up with some core and lifting.

Wednesday and Thursday were relatively uneventful. I ran on the indoor track by myself, both days an easy three miler and listened to Serial. Yep, I got hooked. I finished up Thursday with core and about a million questions for Adnon.

Friday, which is typically a rest day, was just one mile. I also did some core and some lifting, just to even things out.

Saturday I was tempted to run outside because it was absolutely beautiful out, but considering it was in the negative temps all morning, I went to the rec. I managed to run three miles with negative splits. I’m reaching my limit of days that I can run at the rec center per week, but hopefully it’s just because of the added amount of people. I tried to do core and lift, but it was too crowded, so I finished that up at home. And Sunday was supposed to be a longer run, but after Chipotle and after the Packer’s game was over, all I could get out was my one mile.

Overall, I felt pretty good for my first full week of running every single day. For running 11 days in a row, I think I’ve tried to balance things out pretty good. I’ve been able to build a small base these last few weeks which will help to transition into my training cycle.

How do you deal with super cold temps? Do you prefer the treadmill or indoor track?

Weekly Fitness Recap

After a temporary cut back, I’m back to posting my weekly fitness recap. I had a few weeks where I just didn’t get to run much. This week wasn’t exactly perfect, but this time of year schedules can be a little challenging.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 5.5 Miles
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: Off
Friday: 3.2 Miles
Saturday: 5 Miles
Sunday: Off
Total Miles: 13.7 Miles

I certainly haven’t been keeping up with my goal of 15-20 miles a week, but I’m getting back on track. This week was the second time since September I focused on speedwork. Instead of running on the track, we ran 6 sets of 400 repeats on the treadmill. We started at an 8:00 pace and moved up one notch each set, eventually ending at 7:30. I felt pretty good, but slightly out of sprinting shape. We also spent a good half hour doing abs and lifting, which was good to get back into.

Friday was the MCRR Holiday Run. It was my first time attending, and I was so glad I did. We decked out in our best festive gear and ran from the square to the fairgrounds and back. At the fairgrounds, we slowed our pace and took time to see all of the Christmas decorations displayed around. They went all out with different themes and I loved it. As we made our way back, we sang, busted through a few shops on the square sharing our holiday cheer and made it back to Sully’s to eat, drink and be merry!

MCRR Holiday Run

MCRR Holiday Run

Saturday, Mallory and I slogged through 5 miles at Buckeye Woods on some icy, snowy trails. We couldn’t get our legs going, and decided to focus on the miles and not the minutes on the clock. I definitely noticed the downside of my lack in running when I felt out of shape by Saturday, but my base mileage needs to go back up because training will begin in just one month!


BW Barn

Next week I hope to get more miles in and work on my 2015 race calendar. It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over, what a running year it has been!

Have you ever run a holiday run or race? Do you dress up?

Weekly Fitness Recap

Another week back to off season training, and this one was a little hard to start with. Since the time change I now get home to complete darkness, so unfortunately it takes a lot more effort to get myself up and out the door running. Luckily the local rec center has not only treadmills, but an indoor track, so I can get some running in without feeling too caged.

Monday– Off
Tuesday– 3 Miles
Wednesday– Off
Thursday– 4.1 Miles
Friday– Off
Saturday– 5 Miles
Sunday– 2.65 Miles
Total – 14.75 Miles

I didn’t quite hit my goal of 15 miles, but I was close. I started the week at the indoor track and forgot how quickly it can become boring. But I definitely felt strong and speedy so the laps went by quickly. Thursday I met up with Second Sole and we braved the rain and windy for a 4 mile run around town.

Saturday I met up with some MCRR members at Buckeye Woods and had my longest run since the marathon. The wind was brutal so it was a little tougher than I had hoped, but it was nice to run with a group at my favorite park.


Hills for days

Hills for days

Sunday I knew I wanted to try somewhere new, so I checked out one of the local parks. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it ended up being a harder run than I originally thought. Allardale is full of trails and hills, but I managed a decent pace and quickly fell in love with the park.

This week wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but that’s the beauty of off season. If something doesn’t go as planned, it’s ok. Now I just need to work on extending my long run and getting used to running the indoor track.