Week(s) in Review: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 + Dec. 4 – 10

After being so sore I could hardly run after some lower body work, I moved some things around for the second week and I think I found a better schedule this past week that I’ll be able to stick to once official 10k training starts. These past two weeks were a good test to see what I can expect for spring training. Instead of doing another tempo on Sunday’s, I’ll probably just do what I feel. In the winter, especially on snow covered roads, I’m taking it mostly easy — this makes it easy right now to still do lower body strength and not have it interfere with set running “workouts”. Which, I know sounds funny — I’m training for a RUNNING race, right?! Well, I’m just going off past experience with this training plan. I’ve never used the 10k plan, so this part is all new to me. But for longer distances the 3rd day was the easy day. If I feel fantastic and don’t feel like I need an active but easier day, I’ll go ahead and do another tempo. I’ve been wanting to keep my strength workouts even though my training plan doesn’t count it as cross training (I’m going to do HIIT for my cross and the weights/strength workouts will be a bonus). Right now, I’m pretty heavy on the cross training since my goal is to increase strength. I used to have a lot of problems getting injured and my doc always told me it was because I had weak glutes and hamstrings. So fingers crossed this will all pan out for me! I’m really excited for next year’s race calendar!

Here’s what the past two weeks looked like… **note: I forgot to write down the yoga class I take on Friday’s — BOTH weeks ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ** …

Anyone else geeking out about spring training already? I can’t wait for race season to start again!!


Week in Review: Feb 26-March 4

We’re getting close to spring break and all the fun races! I’m changing up my race calendar though. I’ll have a post up tonight about the BIG changes in my fitness routine that are coming as soon as I cross the finish line at the Nashville half!

But for now, here’s a peak at what I did this past week:

Sunday – Rest day.

Monday – 7 miles total this morning. The plan called for 2x (6×400) w/ 90 sec RI and 2.5 min recovery between sets. Ended at 6.82 and decided to continue easy to 7. Beautiful sunny morning enjoying the view! The first set was more accurate as far as splits were concerned (goal was 8:14 pace or 2:03 time). Definitely feeling it by the time the second set came around.

Tuesday – Biked 50 minutes (10 minutes easy, 20 tempo, 5 easy, 10 temp, 5 easy). Instead of walking on the treadmill, I went downtown and walked 3 miles. Did 3 x 1 minute planks.

Wednesday – Rainy and foggy day called for 8 miles on the treadmill (Plan: 1 easy, 6 at 9:38 LT, 1 easy). Since there wasn’t a 9:38 option on the treadmill, I ran the first 4 of the LT section at 9:40, and the last 2 at 9:31 to average out to 9:37 pace.ย 

Thursday – Rest day. I reintroduced cashews into my diet and had a bad reaction. Felt like I had zero energy along with the GI issues ๐Ÿ˜ต. Those are staying on the avoid list!

Friday – Ran 12 miles at 9:51 pace. 10 miles were hills (5 up, 5 down) and 2 flat at the end. 600ft total gain.

I went into this run with a few strikes against me: little to no sleep Thursday, I didn’t get enough water Thursday, and the obvious…8 degree real feel temps are not easy to move in. It was so cold I couldn’t feel my face or behind the entire run ๐Ÿ˜‚. But, the sun at least made it pretty outside and I’m pleased with how this run went.

Saturday – Biked 40 minutes (20 easy, 10 tempo, 10 easy). Walked 3 miles on the treadmill. No picture from workout today, but we took our daughter to Disney on Ice this afternoon. Here’s a pic from that ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Seeing the Disney on Ice show got me ย excited to go back in a few years! We are already planning a trip back for when Toy Story Land opens ๐Ÿ˜ƒ…and more importantly meeting my Insta-running bff! Have you been to Disney World? What’s your favorite park and attraction?