My Week in Workouts

My week in workouts consisted of a cut back week in running mileage. Official 30k training doesn’t kick up for a bit yet so I have to remind myself to give myself some down weeks in between the “fun” weeks. Not saying I’m not having fun. It’s always fun thanks to the return of snow and cold. Gotta keep winter running interesting.

Monday

30 minutes Elliptical random intervals

Strength training and mobility

My right hip was feeling a little tight after Sunday’s trail run so I took it easier on the elliptical for some non-impact sweat. I also kept my lower body strength session on the lighter side and and focused more on mobility work. It did the trick because it felt better throughout the day.

Tuesday

3.8 mile road run with Max

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

In an effort to get back into my yoga flow, I opted to run a short road run with Max before going to class. I have never felt this tight in my life so yoga is a priority. Is it just me or does anyone else feel the stretches so much more when in class? I can do the same yoga poses at home and feel nothing. Why is that?

Wednesday

25 minute Stepmill intervals

20 minute Treadmill incline hike (898 ft elevation gain)

Strength training:

Bench press

Smith press seated pull ups

Bird dog DB rows

Cable tricep ext

Cable bicep curl

Barbell squats

DB lateral lunge w/ balance

Plate SL DL w/ balance

Box jumps

Plank matrix

I wasn’t feeling 40 minutes on the Stepmill so I swapped out some time on the treadmill for hill hiking. I increased the incline every minute from 5%-15% for 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes steady climb @ 15% while keeping a faster pace. And of course, NEVER holding onto the railings. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine at the gym.

Thursday

5 mile road run with Kyle

This run almost didn’t happen. I woke up multiple times during the night feeling nauseous. Lots of people have the flu right now so I felt for certain I was coming down with something. My stomach didn’t hurt I just felt like I was going to puke. I finally fell asleep and woke up feeling fine so I hit the road.

I’m glad I was able to because it was snowing big fat snowflakes for the duration of our run. There’s just something so peaceful about running in the snow. Even if we do talk the whole time!

Because of said snow, the kids ended up having a 2 hour delay so my plans of hitting up another yoga class were squashed. I still made it to my chiropractor appointment where he addressed my hip flexor that has been talking to me since bombing down the snowy trails 2 weeks ago. He fixed me right up and encouraged me to do more trail bombing. I can do that!

Friday

Rest day

Saturday

5 mile road run with Max

Usually, I’m ready to run come Saturday morning. But I was full of procrastination. If I would have had someone to meet or if we had to be somewhere, I would have been out the door. But we didn’t so I delayed the run for quite some time. The reason for my procrastination? My mind…and the cold. I got too much inside my head about the single digit temps and wind chills.

When I finally made it out, I realized it wasn’t that bad. Once again, mind over matter prevails.

I did get quite a chuckle from a woman who decide to give me unsolicited advice while out on the run. She stopped her car to tell me that it was too cold for Max to be running. What? He’s a LAB who thrives in cold. Second of all, he was in no distress at all. He was not showing any signs of being cold (paws up, shaking, me dragging him instead of him dragging me, refusing to move etc) so we ran.

Thanks for the advice, lady.

Sunday

6.5 mile trail run with Jen, John and Kevin

We got dumped with about 6-8 inches of fluffy snow Saturday night which made for a very fun and hard AF trail run Sunday morning. Quite a change from our weather LAST Sunday! We opted for Microspikes instead of snowshoes because the snowshoes would have been equally as difficulty since we were breaking trail.

The trails were gorgeous with fluffy snow covered trees. We were aiming for 8 miles but then around mile 5.5 I rolled my ankle off a snow covered bridge. It was a doozy that had me seeing stars for a little bit. I was able to walk it off and eventually could run again.

As I type this Sunday afternoon, I’ve been icing and babying my ankle. It’s not really swollen but tight. It’s nothing major so I’m hoping that things will calm down quickly. The irony of the whole thing is that we were talking about ankle sprains minutes before I fell. That settled it: more ankle sprain talk is allowed on runs!

How was your week in workouts?

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    • Not my best ankle work so it’s all good. Just taking a few days off from running to make sure it doesn’t grow into something bigger.

  1. Oh no…OUCH to the ankle! Your procrastination on Saturday morning sounds A LOT like mine, except mine was for the treadmill. And my run was almost as painfully frustrating as I’d anticipated LOL Oh well…they all can’t be fun, right?

  2. I feel you on the tightness and yes, yoga is on my priority list too! I”m so sorry to hear about your ankle. Hopefully, it’s just a tweak and you’ll be able to smooth it out with the icing and some stretching.

    I just love your snowy trail photos. And who is that woman to just offer unsolicited advice? Does she even know anything about dogs?

    • I’m happy to report that I made it to yoga class this morning! How’s your yoga mat? πŸ˜‰ And apparently that woman knows EVERYTHING about dogs. Should I have been offended that she didn’t tell me that my lungs would freeze from running in the cold? Haha!

  3. I showed my husband your first picture of the snowy trail run because we used to love running together in the snow (before his knee decided that he can no longer run).

    I hope your ankle injury isn’t anything big and that you don’t need to take any time off from running.
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    • There’s something magical about running in the snow. It’s hard AF but you overlook that when the sunlight filters through the snow covered trees and makes the ground shine like a million diamonds.

  4. Oh wow sorry about the ankle roll. Hate when that happens. All future running sort of flashes in front of you. Fingers crossed it’s not a serious one. Your snow is gorgeous! We had a snowy, icy weekend, but we still haven’t got a really good dumping. Now that I put it out there maybe I’ll attract it. Haha!

    • I hope you get your good dumping at least once this year. It sure does make everything prettier to be covered in fluffy snow.

  5. I’m so sorry about your ankle! I was going to say how gorgeous all that snow was, but not if you fall!

    Your pupper is adorable and looks like he’s loving the snow!

  6. I hope your ankle is okay! Ollie loves the snow too and running in it is never too cold for him. On really chilly days he wears a coat, but that’s if it’s like windchill in the teens. That woman must not know dogs, especially labs!

    • Max loves the cold, too. In fact, he’ll want to go outside just to lay in the snow. Dogs will let you know when they don’t want to be outside.

  7. Oh no about your ankle. I hope it isn’t anything serious. Your first picture of the snow is beautiful (even though many times I do hate the snow). πŸ™‚ I have held on the railings on the treadmill for just a few seconds so I don’t fall,but that’s it.

  8. Fab photos and it looks like an exhilarating experience running in the snow! I do love snow (for the beauty it brings to the surroundings) but I’d be the first one down on the ground probably if I was running in it. I’m better off sticking to the gym I think!

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