Happy Sunday! How did everyone enjoy the Super Bowl last week? I thought it was a good game but I was very underwhelmed with the halftime show. Although I wasn’t really cheering on a team, I was happy that the Pats lost. I find both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to be obnoxious.
But the best thing to come from the game was that I won some money in my Super Bowl pool, $150 bucks to be exact! Considering I only put in $10 to the pool, I’m excited about those winnings! I’ll most likely put that toward a pair of sneakers.
After the Super Bowl I went to bed to prepare for peak week #1 of this training cycle. I knew it would be a week full of running and it was definitely hard, but I’m glad I survived and got in all of my workouts. Let’s discuss!
7 mile run + 40 supermans.
Coming off of the 18 mile long run on Saturday and spinning class on Sunday, this was a nice and easy run. I didn’t push the pace and it felt pretty good. These old school ProCompression USA socks seemed appropriate since the Olympics started this week!
8.5 mile tempo run + 40 squats
Oof! Y’all know I hate tempo runs, especially longer tempo runs. 4.5 miles of this run was at tempo pace and it pretty much killed me, but I was glad to get this run done earlier in the week.
45 min strength workout, including 40 russian twists
We had a snow and ice storm so the roads were pretty bad. I didn’t want to risk driving to the gym so I did a strength workout at home.
4 mile run + Yoga for Recovery (30 minutes)
This was a busy day so I had to split up my workouts. 4 mile run during lunch and then 30 minutes of Yoga for Recovery after work. I felt like my body needed some TLC after 5 days of hard workouts, so I opted for yoga over another strength training class.
REST DAY (but I did 50 squats for the challenge)! …and the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics!
I give the Opening Ceremonies a thumbs up! Team USA looked AMAZING and I hope that they do well.
…and can we also please give a round of applause for Pita Taufatofua from Tonga? I mean…c’mon now!! You can read a bit about his incredible story/journey here!
20 miles + 50 russian twists.
I did a quick 10 minute core routine to help fire up my core and back muscles before the run. It seemed to help a little bit but I still experienced pretty bad back pain by mile 12. I’m hoping that with more focus on daily core workouts and stretches that my back will be in better shape for the marathon in a few weeks. Please send any good vibes my way – I need them! One great thing about this run is that I was able to do all of it outside because the weather was perfect (upper 30’s) and WAY better than last week’s frozen run, LOL.
I guess running 20 miles earned me a new Fitbit badge too – hooray!
45 minute spinning class.
As usual, I went to my Sunday morning spin class. I had to run a few errands so I was late to class, but that’s okay because my legs are still a bit sore!
Total Weekly Mileage: 39.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 213
Grade – A
I survived peak week #1 so I’m giving myself an A based on that alone, lol. It was a rough week, but I tried to stay present mentally through all my workouts. Can we get real for a minute? I’m REALLY pissed off at my back. I swear it seems like once something feels good, something else fails. My knees are finally feeling great, and then my foot/ankle acts up. I change my sneakers and my foot feels 90% back to normal, and now my back is giving me issues. It’s just so frustrating and dissapointing. Can all my body parts just work in unison for once?!
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that left a comment on my New York City Marathon – yay or nay? post. All of the advice was so good and I value all of the feedback. I’ve decided that I’m not going to run the NYC Marathon this year. It was a hard decision, but I am confident that it’s the right one for me. I don’t think that my head/heart would be into training and quite honestly, my body just isn’t bouncing back like it used to and I’m a firm believer that when your body talks to you, you HAVE to listen. One thing that makes me happy is knowing that someone that entered the lottery will essentially get my spot since I’m not claiming my guaranteed entry – I take a lot of joy in that. I’ll focus my efforts on the half marathon distance moving forward.
Before ending my post, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Wendy for sending me a buttload of Tailwind. Runners really are the best friends!
Did your team win the Superbowl? How were your workouts this week? Do you treat yourself after a peak week?