Happy Sunday! Did you all have a good week? I’m happy to report that our weather was back to “normal winter temperatures” this week. Runs feel so much better in 30-40 degree weather vs. 0-10 degree weather! OF course as I’m writing this, we’re back to single digit temperatures again (real feel of 0). Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!
Week #3 of training was interesting…let’s discuss!
Barre Class (45 mins).
3 mile run.
Remember ClassPass? Well they gave me a few credits in my account that I can use for classes. I decided to use some of those credits for a lunchtime barre class which was SUPER hard! So much leg shaking and glute activation! After work, I drove to a local park to get in my 3 mile run. Of course it started snowing just as I was leaving work which made for a fun run.
6 mile run.
I haven’t done a lunchtime run in a really long time and I really enjoyed it! It was a little windy but the temperature was perfect.
I decided to skip my weekly boot camp class. I was tired and super sore (probably from the barre class) and I had no desire to do a hard workout. I knew this was the right decision since I was in bed by 9pm that night.
Yoga DVD workout (30 mins)
6.5 mile run.
I woke up feeling much better and did a quick yoga for recovery session from my Yoga for Runners DVD before work. I also did another lunchtime run. I was able to get in some tempo paces but I had some tummy issues toward the end of the run that slowed me down a little bit.
16 mile long run.
This run was HARD. It was good until around mile 9. The wind was a problem for most of the run but it got really intense during the second half of the run. It got to the point where I had to focus on just completing the miles vs. hitting my paces (luckily my paces were faster the first half of the run so in the end it all averaged out okay). Also the temperature continued to drop as I was running – there was literally a 30 degree drop from the time I started to the time I finished. I’ve never had that happen before during a run. The last 4 miles were torture as my back was really hurting me. I had to stop after every 1/4 mile to stretch. I’ve had some back pain before on runs but nothing that intense. Luckily it’s feeling better today but I will be keeping an eye on it. This definitely wasn’t an ideal long run, but I’m proud of myself for not quitting.
Spinning (60 minutes/25 miles)
Today’s spinning class was just what I needed to get my legs moving after yesterday’s run. My back feels better but it’s still not 100%, but at least my legs don’t feel as sore!
Total Weekly Mileage: 31.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 84
Grade – A
Overall another good week of training. I was surprised that my body wanted an extra rest day, but I didn’t question it. Because I’m following a 12 week training plan, my coach really stressed the importance of rest and recovery. I definitely took her advice and didn’t try to “push through” a boot camp class when I could tell my body would hate me for it. Next week is a cut back week for me so the timing is perfect.
I was happy to complete all 4 of my runs outside this week so that I could take part in the lululemon 40/80 Challenge. With Saturday’s run I surpassed the 40K mark. When I first signed up for the challenge I thought I would easily hit the 80K mark, but none of my runs from Jan 2-7 counted for the challenge since they were all treadmill runs. If only it didn’t feel like Antartica outside during that week lol. I need 18 more miles to hit the 80K mark but there’s no way I’m doing that considering the challenge ends tomorrow and I ran 16 miles yesterday. But I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I considered it for 2 minutes before quickly coming to my senses/back to reality!
Speaking of outdoor runs, I have to say that I really enjoyed my lunchtime runs, or #runch miles, this week. Granted I might not be able to do these every week as It depends on my work projects, if I have morning vs. afternoon meetings at work, etc, but I like splitting up the monotony of the work day with some lunchtime miles. I also felt more alert after the run and didn’t get the dreaded “afternoon slump”.
On the nutrition front, I started my “vegetarian week” on Jan 2. After the week was up, I had a chicken caesar wrap for lunch on Wednesday and I just didn’t like the way I felt after – it kind of felt like the chicken was just sitting in my chest. So after that I decided to go back to vegetarian meals. I like to call myself a “vegetarian-in-training” as I’m still learning about this. I’ve tried some amazing meatless brands such as MorningStar, Quorn and Beyond Meat, but if there are others you recommend, please let me know!
Did you have warmer weather this week? Do you ever run during your lunch hour? Did you participate in the lululemon 40/80 Challenge?
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