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.
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.
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?
25 minute Stepmill intervals
20 minute Treadmill incline hike (898 ft elevation gain)
Smith press seated pull ups
Bird dog DB rows
Cable tricep ext
Cable bicep curl
DB lateral lunge w/ balance
Plate SL DL w/ balance
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.
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!
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.
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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