Weekly Fitness Recap

Well here we are, the time between two training plans and I need to prevent myself from losing everything I’ve done over the past 11 months. So, to make sure that I’m still putting in the time and miles, I wanted to start up my weekly fitness recaps again. It’s my way of making sure I’m not letting everything go, but also, a time where I can try new things without it messing up any formal training plans.

Monday- 3.4 Miles, 9:35 average pace
Tuesday- 4.25 Miles, 10:35 average pace
Wednesday- Off
Thursday-4.4 Miles, 9:00 average pace
Friday- Off
Saturday- Off
Sunday- 3.2 Miles, 8:48 average pace
Total – 15.25 Miles, 9:30 average pace

I was actually pretty nervous to get back into a regular routine, but I knew I needed it. My running had been pretty sporadic over the past few weeks, so I felt like I was extremely out of shape even though I knew I wasn’t. Knowing this would be the last week of evening runs with a sliver of daylight, I tried to get as many miles outside as I could.

Monday and Tuesday were probably my last outdoor runs of the year in shorts. Monday I stuck to the developments checking out Halloween decorations, and Tuesday, I met up with Mallory and we ran Blue Heron. Nothing says Halloween week like running an abandoned golf course at night! Both runs were enjoyable, but Blue Heron definitely pushed my legs because of all the hills. Even during my best week of marathon training, I couldn’t break a 10:15 average pace because of all the ups and downs.

Thursday I met up with Second Sole, and we ran to Roscoe Park and back. We really only got about a mile and a half of decent daylight before we relied on my headlamp and our own memory of the path. It felt a little like the Blair Witch project, but it was a good run, with a faster crowd so I was able to push myself more than I would on my own.

Sunday, after watching the New York City Marathon, I couldn’t help but want to lace up and head outside. I warmed up with Darren, but after about a quarter mile, I headed to the back roads and ran some rollers. I pushed myself to run an 8:50 pace on the smaller ones, and 8:40 pace on the larger ones. And while I know I can go faster, it was nice to ease myself in after focusing so much on distance rather than speeds.

I spent most of my time running routes with rolling hills and navigating the dark. I ended up with just a little over 15 miles, which is right where I want to be. The month of November, I’d like to stay between 15-20 miles per week, just enough to keep me active, but not too much I’ll get burnt out. December I’d like to push the mileage to 20-25 a week, the perfect amount to build my base for spring training. For my first true week back post marathon, I’d say I did pretty good.

Base Week 1

I’m only a few weeks out from my next training cycle so it’s time to start getting my body into a regular schedule. These next 5 weeks I’ll be ramping up my running and figuring out the best way to cross train to stay injury free this year. Most importantly, I’ll be using DailyMile and this blog to help me me accountable and on track. I’m almost certain that this time frame will be harder than the actual training cycle because I’ll be traveling the entire time. Between five different states and three different time zones, working out will be a challenge, but if I want to run sub 2:00 this year, I’ve got to stick to my plan and not back down.

The first full week of January was a great starting point. New classes were starting at the gym and with other people making resolutions, you can’t help but have a little extra motivation. This quarter I’ll be taking two classes, I was hoping for more, but classes are limited in the evening. Body Fusion is a new class at the rec this year, and I was excited to try it. It starts with a half hour of lifting, ab work and squats and the second half of the class is 30 minutes of yoga. This class couldn’t be more perfect for me because lifting was something I desperately needed help with. Following it up with a half hour of yoga was great to unwind and let me body relax again. The second class I’ll be taking will be Yoga again. Unfortunately because of the water issues this week, the rec center was closed Thursday, so that meant the only way to get some yoga in was a DVD that I had at home.

Monday: Body Fusion Class – 30 minutes of lifting/abs/squats & 30 minutes of yoga

Tuesday: 3 Miles

Wednesday: 2 Miles

Thursday: Yoga – 30 Minutes at home

Friday: Off

Saturday: 3 Miles

Sunday: 7 Miles

Total Miles: 15 Miles

This week I completely fell in love with running again. It’s taken a long time, but I finally reached the point where I look forward to every run again. I’m no longer looking for excuses, but rather keep pushing myself further. There have been points where I thought I was ready to come back, but now I’m ready to get out there and run as much as I can. I even made the decision on my fall race, but more on that later.

Tuesday was my first run on back on the track in a long time. I also started going straight from work, which helps combat the couch keeping me captive all night. Most of the machines were taken and the track was pretty busy, but I will gladly choose the track over the treadmill any day. I was a little tight still from Monday’s class, but nothing a few stretches couldn’t get rid of. I followed Tuesday’s run with a short run on Wednesday. My legs were extremely tight, so I kept it short, but gave it all I had, finishing in 16:29. I’m no where near what I used to be able to run, but I’m hoping these runs over the next couple weeks are the slowest I run all year.

Saturday I had to take advantage of the perfect weather, so I made sure to get a few miles in. I already had plans to get a long run in on Sunday, so I kept it short and managed to get in a little over three miles. The sidewalks were mostly clear, with a few exceptions, and I was able to explore some new streets in a nearby neighborhood. I’ve been fortunate enough to move to a location that allows me to run from neighborhood to neighborhood so the amount of routes I can take just keeps growing.

I finished up the weekend with my first long run of the year. I ran with Crystal, a fellow MCRR member and we headed out on a nearby trail. Footing wasn’t the best, as part of the trail still had some ice on it, but it was so nice to explore a new path and not have to run alone. With the trail and part of my neighborhood we ended up covering seven miles. I felt great and it was the perfect confidence booster to keep me on the right track. I’m thrilled with how much I was able to accomplish this week and hope that it continues to get better from here on out!

Did you start fresh in the beginning of January? Would you rather run on the treadmill or indoor track?

Weekly Fitness Update

This week was a lot better than the last and I can tell I’m getting back on track. I was able to get three solid runs in this week, including one in 60 degree weather. Luckily I saved up enough vacation time this year that my last day of work for 2013 was Thursday. This meant I was able to finally join the MCRR Friday morning run.

It was a small group, but we kept along the same pace so no one would be left behind. We ran 4.5 miles around town and followed one of my favorite paths. It was a little icy, which made for some fancy footwork, but it was great to have others to run with. We followed up the run with coffee and talks of training, races and running gear. I was even persuaded to sign up for my fall race, one I’ve had my eye on for a few years. I love running alone, but sometimes it’s great to have a group to motivate you along the way.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 2 Miles

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Off

Friday: 4.5 Miles (MCRR Group Run)

Saturday: Off

Sunday: 3 Miles

Total Miles: 9.5 Miles

My total miles are consistently growing and I have no doubt I’ll be back to my normal running routine in a few weeks. My biggest challenge will be traveling the next seven of eight weeks. It will be hard to get runs in, but I’m determined not to let myself start from the bottom again.

Would you rather run by yourself or with a group? How do you get your workouts in while traveling?