My Week in Workouts

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A part of me was not planning on posting about my week in workouts this week. I mean, what’s going on in the US and the world right now with COVID-19 is a lot more important than how I sweated last week.

But then, I started thinking that even though things are so far from normal right now, I want to keep the normal things in my life that I can control. So workout sharing will continue. And you can probably expect at home workout ideas to follow. I’m staying away from the gym and will be trying to navigate Ron working from home (some days) and me heading into work (as of now at least) while homeschooling our kids.

It’s an uncertain time for sure but stay strong, talk to your friends and family with your worries and keep on keeping on.

Monday

10 min Arc Trainer warm up

30 min Stepmill intervals

Mobility + strength training

I woke up to a little soreness in my quads thanks to the last 1/2 mile of Sunday’s run. We took the super steep road DOWN to the trailhead lot which promptly trashed my quads. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel on the Stepmill but after an easy warm up on the Arc Trainer I felt better than expected. I still took the intensity on the lower side for the Stepmill for at least 15 minutes before I felt good to crank it up.

Tuesday

6 mile trail run, 11:42 avg/pace, 438 ft elev gain

It was another Microspike free trail run! I know I said it last week but it feels amazing to run spike free. Jen, Jess, Anya and I (The J’s and A’s!) hit up the relatively dry for this time of year trails. We had a few wet spots but surprisingly not that much mud. Don’t worry…it’s still early. Mud season is just kicking up.

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FYI – I’ll let you guess what’s going on in this picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wednesday

4.5 mile treadmill run, 8:13 avg/pace

Strength training

In an effort to save time, I ran on the treadmill at the gym before hitting the weights. I thought about running outside from the gym but that would have meant waking up earlier and feeling rushed to get everything done. If I ran on the treadmill, I didn’t have to put more clothes on/take off.

In all honesty, I didn’t mind running on the treadmill. I did a 5-4-3-2-1 workout with 3 min recovery in between. It was actually fun! What I did mind is how long 5 minutes can feel when you pick up the pace! Holy cow. The first time I looked at the timer, I had only run 90 seconds. Jeez! I swear time slows when on a treadmill. And also sweat increases by 1000%. True story.

Thursday

5.5 mile road run with Kyle, 8:46 avg/pace, 476 ft elev gain

1.7 mile cool down run with Max

Morning Flow Yoga

Nothing says GOOD MORNING like cranking up the pace on the hills and recovering on the downhills/flats. Although I will say, hills really screw up our catching up time. It’s hard to chat while gasping for air!

Later on, I hit the yoga studio for some mat time. I’m so glad I went! Charlene hit up all of my tight spots. I walked out of the studio feeling at least 5 inches taller. Always a good sign!

And then later that day, it seemed like reality exploded and the realness of social distancing and everything being closed was to become our new normal.

Friday

rest day!

Saturday

4.56 mile mountain run, 93 minutes, 1,472 ft elev gain

Kyle and I had been planning this mountain run date since early February. Originally, Ron and the kids were going to tag along and ski/board at Gunstock while Kyle and I ran. But then by Friday evening, I started to see other ski mountains closing early because of COVID-19 precautions. Ron and I decided they’d stay home and I’d meet Kyle but would stay out of the lodge and only run the trails.

We met up with two other friends and headed out. However, Jenny and I were the only ones who brought our Microspikes. I knew there was still going to be ice in spots but the other ladies wanted to try even if it meant sliding on their butts to get around ice.

Holy cow! That was one treacherous run even WITH spikes. I fell twice with my spikes on. It was sheer ice which meant very, very slow going. Ultimately, Kyle and Sarah aborted the run because of the ice and ended up running down a ski run. Not the safest thing but much safer than trying to get down with all the ice.

FYI – it was Jenny’s first EVER mountain run! If you remember, she just started trail running in January. She was so funny when she said, “This may be an everyday occurrence for you guys but I’m feeling like a major badass right now!” Hahaha! I clearly remember having those same feelings on my first mountain run too.

Sunday

11.25 mile road run, 9:07 avg pace, 601 ft elev gain

I didn’t have a ton of time available so I opted for a road run. Thankfully, Kyle was planning on an early road run too. We ran for about 8 miles together before I peeled off and finished on my own.

I was feeling a little beat up later in the day and observed to Ron that even though I ran 10.4 miles last week on the trail (which took 2+ hours), I felt so much better than after 11.25 miles (1 hr 40 min) on the road. That shows that even road runners should hit the trails, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with the Weekly Run Down.

8 comments on “My Week in Workouts

  1. You know I’m a trail running newbie but as a child we played in the woods, so I feel like I was doing it before it was a thing, lol! I agree with what you said that road runners can benefit from trail runs. My trail runs are slower but that’s because trail running is more challenging–uneven terrain, obstacles, and sometimes you have to stop to walk. I’m in love with it and this is a great time to get out there.

  2. I think it’s important to keep up the normal stuff for ourselves and for our kids. They take comfort in it as well. Looks like a pretty good week for you over all. Stay safe and thanks for linking up

  3. I am clinging to the “normal” and leaning into the calm running brings as well. That icy mountain run sounds intense! I’m very happy I was able to stay on the trails all winter long this year. That rarely if ever happens!

  4. This new “normal” will be an interesting endeavor for all of us. I’m up for the challenge and am thankful I already have a jump start on the at-home scene. I think maintaining as much of our usual routine is critical to keeping things on track with all the daily changes/updates.

  5. you had a great week! I know what you mean about almost not posting through… that’s why I posted so late. I bet Jenny felt really badass on that slippery run!! I’d have felt like that too!

  6. For me, running trails seems to take forever. I’m unfamiliar with our trails and a lot of them are short I guess, because I always feel like I should be farther along! Even so, it is beautiful scenery so I’m trying to get out there more often. With no marathon plans on the near horizon, and self quarantine, it shouldn’t be too hard finding time! ๐Ÿ™‚
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