Weekly Fitness Recap

This week turned into a recovery week. I woke up pretty sore on Monday as a result from Sunday’s half marathon. Guess that means I worked for it, right? This meant I ended up taking the week a little easier than planned, especially towards the weekend when my body let me know it needed a break.

 

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 3 Miles

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 5.5 Miles + Abs

Friday: 0

Saturday: 0

Sunday: 11 Miles + Abs

Total Miles: 19.5 Miles

 

I started this week with a treadmill run on Tuesday. My legs were still a bit stiff and with the weather, I really had no motivation to run outside in the dark. The first mile was a bit tough, but I eventually got in the groove. I ended up with three because despite Netflix, I was beyond bored. How did I ever run 10 on the treadmill?

Thursday I met up with Mallory and we were forced to head to the rec center. It actually wasn’t that bad because it was relatively empty. Time to take advantage of it now because that will change in about a month and a half. We spent most of our time on the indoor track, with a short stint on the treadmills. I followed it up with some ab work once I got home.

This weekend also did not go as planned. I ended up with a migraine on Friday morning, which completely derailed my day. Follow that up with insomnia from 1:30-4:30am and some back/kidney pain Saturday morning, my body decided that I was not running on Saturday.

But come Sunday, I was feeling great! I met up with a rather large group of MCRR and we headed to Hinckley for some trails. It’s been awhile since I’d run the trails, but it felt great to take a break from the roads. Even with the trails covered in leaves, I felt pretty stable throughout the run. We kept a decent pace, I fueled around 6 miles, and never had any leg pain that had previously been bothering me.

Hinckley Trails Group! photo credit: John

Hinckley Trails Group! photo credit: John

I was definitely a lot more worn out from the half marathon than I thought I’d be, so it was a good week to scale back a bit and recover. Just one more week of hard running, then another short taper and race day!

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

Week one of getting back into working out is complete and it felt great. After a month off, I could tell my body was craving some time on the pavement and I’m excited to be getting back into shape. I can already tell that I’m losing that blah feeling and starting to feel like my normal self again. This week was really easy, but I also didn’t feel guilty about not making every workout. We’ve only been in our house for two weeks, so unpacking took time over spending an hour at the gym. Call it selfish, but I can’t live out of boxes forever.

Monday: 1 mile (outside) & lifted

Tuesday: 1.5 miles (indoor track) & 2 miles (stationary bike)

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: 2 Miles (outside)

Sunday: Off

Total Miles: 4.5 Miles (Running) & 2 Miles (Cycling)

I was able to get outside twice this week, which was great. I started the week slow, but by Saturday I was down to a 9:3x mile pace. As long as I keep up this schedule, I should be back to my regular pace and distance in no time.

Goals for this week include more time on the bike, attend yoga or do yoga at home and run further.