- Monday: AM: active warm-up, 7 miles @ 7:45 pace on treadmill, GS1. PM: active warm-up, 2 miles @ 7:39 pace outside, strides, circuits.
- Tuesday: active warm-up, 2 miles @ 7:45 pace, treadmill fartlek (2 x :90h, :90float, 4x:60,:60, 6x:30,:30), 2 miles @ 7:50. PM: ice skating.
- Wednesday: 7 miles @ 7:02
- Thursday: AM: active warm-up, easy 7 miles @ 8:00 on treadmill, upper body lift at home. PM: 2 miles @ 7:55 on treadmill, 2xhill stride simulation, circuits.
- Friday: AM: workout at “indoor track”. Active warm-up, 2 miles @ 7:30, drills, 2×200, 2 x [1000, 400, 800] with 200-400 recovery, 2 mile cool down. Splits: 36, 37, 3:32, 77, 2:52, 3:40 (ouch), 81, 2:50. Honestly, this track is awful, so the effort was much harder and I’m not too worried about the splits. PM: 23 min aqua jog.
- Saturday: 30 min bike + core
- Sunday: 11 miles on the treadmill (7:20s-7:30s, finished a bit faster). I reeeeally didn’t want to do this on the treadmill, but I only had time in the morning and it was -3 degrees. Almost put a baseball bat through the treadmill if I’m honest.
Total: 51 miles + 55 min XT
Physically, I got in some good work this week. My runs and lifts all went pretty well, I didn’t hammer too many maintenance runs, and I got in some quality strength. Surprisingly, I am not stressing too much about the fact that my mileage buildup has been a little lower throughout winter break. It’s hard to train alone, the higher-quality work is done back on campus, and we have a long season(s) ahead of us. I’ve been taking care of myself and getting in good work, and that’s what matters 🙂
However, I was definitely going stir-crazy (and dreadmill-crazy) by the end of the week. The lack of sunlight didn’t help, either…
While it wasn’t fun to train primarily indoors, there were a bunch of highlights this week!
- I ran with a friend on the canal on Wednesday, and the run flew by because we talked nonstop.
- Homemade pizza night!
- Convinced the aforementioned friend to join me for an indoor track workout on Friday! I would not have been able to do the workout without a buddy.
- Made some delicious homemade bars (with walnuts, dates, oats, chia and flax seeds, and chai spices.)
- Went out for pho with friends and talked for three straight hours. It was a blast.
- Started working again, and my out-of-town friend showed up unexpectedly, which was so much fun.
- Due to a massive, random craving, I picked up some salteñas after cross training on Saturday. They were just as incredible as I remembered.
- Got through Sunday’s long run without killing anyone! Even though I bailed out a mile earlier than planned.
- A networking brunch with the people I will be working for/with! It was a lot of fun, and I’m really excited.
So yes, lots of positives this week. This coming week is my last week at home before I go back to school for the spring semester, and I want to make it a good one! My friend joined me for 7 early miles this morning. This early riser hadn’t actually risen early in awhile, so my alarm was quite the shock! It was fun to catch up with her (and run outside…blessed). I had another quality run in the afternoon, followed by strides and a general strength session that felt awesome. I am definitely not taking today for granted; it was really, really nice 🙂
My goals this week are to enjoy training, work more hours, remain positive and continue to remind myself why we are doing this training, get ready to move back to school, cook some new foods, and prioritize sleep and foam rolling (been slacking a little…). And don’t feel bad about spending a few hours not doing anything at all! (I’m terrible at this.) Classes begin next Wednesday, and our first race is in less than two weeks! I know I’m not in the best shape ever, but I’m excited to get through a few more workouts at home before rejoining my teammates. That always makes workouts more fun and effective 🙂 I’m truly excited to race on an indoor track (and race a track race in uniform!) for the first time since freshman year!! Here’s a throwback to my first race in uniform: