Happy New Year! Started 2018 off strong with 7 morning treadmill miles, 2 miles outside in the afternoon, two strength sessions, and the first of many intentional Meatless Mondays!
I will do a New Year’s post recapping 2017 and discussing my goals and intentions for 2018, but for now, gotta wrap up the last week of 2017!
Week of 12/25-12/31:
- Monday: active warm-up, 7 miles, circuits
- Tuesday: AM: 30 min bike + lower body lift. Pushed weight and did 21/24 chin-ups! PM: 7 miles, 4 x strides, 5 min core (got bored).
- Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:00 pace + 30 min swim. SORE. Felt pretty shitty.
- Thursday: Travel ALL DAY. Active warm-up to keep warm… 8 miles @ 7:30 pace on treadmill at night after getting home.
- Friday: AM: active warm-up, 2 miles, drills, 4 mile pace run (watchless), 2 miles. Upper body lift. PM: 20 minute aqua jog…didn’t stretch afterwards, oops.
- Saturday: 11 miles in the snow @ 7:35 avg (felt harder because slippery).
- Sunday: OFF. Aches and pains from snowy long run. 45 min yoga/stretching.
Total: 45 miles + 80 min XT
After essentially taking five days off from running the previous week, I ran six days in a row this week and hit semi-normal mileage. Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but it was convenient!
I pushed Tuesday’s lift and woke up sore on Wednesday! Wednesday’s run-XT combination was kind of dreadful, and I had to talk myself through every minute of it. “Come on, just swim one more lap. You can do it.” Along with the perennial lie: “There’s nothing you’d rather be doing right now!”
We woke up at 4 am to travel home from California. We were supposed to be home by 4:30 pm Eastern time, so I was planning on doing a maintenance run and then going to the gym to lift. Unfortunately, we got a little stranded and didn’t get home until close to 7 pm. It was 80 degrees in California and 15 in the DMV and we did not have coats. I ended up doing some active warm-up routines to keep myself warm while we waited outside for the train for half an hour. It worked, and the release of endorphins made me less crabby after traveling all day! When we finally got home, I ran eight miles on the treadmill and did not lift because it was like 8 pm at that point.
I didn’t do a workout until Friday’s pace run, and my watch died 3 minutes into the warm-up, so I went off of effort. It went significantly better than the pace run I’d done the previous Monday! My right leg locked up per usual, but otherwise I felt strong and confident. No idea how fast it was. I spent the afternoon making homemade bagels with my friend, and we went to the pool afterwards for a quick shakeout.
Overnight snow and ice made Saturday’s long run a little treacherous. It wasn’t the most stellar run ever, but I got through it…However, the gait changes I made to compensate for the slippery bike path caused me to wake up sore and hurting on Sunday. I was planning to cross train, but I took the day off, did some yoga, and hibernated inside after attempting to go to the farmers’ market in zero degree weather.
I had New Year’s Eve plans, but after visiting a friend and eating a lot of mac and cheese, I got minor food poisoning. So I ended up staying home and celebrating with my family. (and by celebrating, I mean eating brownie sundaes, drinking champagne, watching The Holiday, and falling asleep before midnight. Party animals!)
Even the dog was a party animal.
I’ll write more about the year transition in the next post! I’ve felt a bit…stale…towards life and training recently, although a rejuvenating double outside in the cooold helped reinvigorate me today 🙂