Happy New Year!
We are almost one week into the new year and I’m feeling ready for it. It’s cliche but there really is something about a fresh calendar and a new training log ready to be filled in. Although, technically I’m not officially training for anything just yet. But soon! I’ve got a good feeling about 2020!
Here’s how my week in workouts looked last week.
30 minutes Elliptical hills
Upper body cable circuit: 10 reps each, 3 sets
Cable squat row
Cable tricep ext
Cable bicep curl
Lower body KB circuit:
This workout left me sore for two solid days. Or at least I think it was all from the strength training. It could have also been from breaking trail through the snow for each of my runs and climbing the sledding hill over and over again for two days.
1 hour (4 miles) trail run with Kyle, Jen and Jenny
Woof. Breaking trail in fresh snow that also has a crusty layer thanks to freezing rain is TOUGH. But, it was so worth it to get our friend Jenny out for her first EVER trail run. She did amazing and I give her major kudos for showing up. To be completely honest, I would have bailed if I was her. We had about 6-8 inches of snow the day before followed up with sleet/freezing rain overnight and that morning. Jenny was either going to love it or hate it and never want to do it again. I’m thrilled to say that she LOVED it and can’t wait to go again. Yasssss!
1 hour (4.4 miles) trail run with Max
There’s no better way to kick of the new year than with a run, right? I slept in and gave myself an hour to run before our afternoon plans. The roads didn’t sound appealing so I took Max with me back to our fav local trail.
The running conditions were a little better than Tuesday – I didn’t have to break trail the whole way at least. Plenty of people had been out the day before with snowshoes to pack things down nicely on the trails close to the trailhead. Farther out, it was a different story. No one had been down there since our run the morning before but this time it was severely crusted and iced over. I spent a lot of time trying to stay in our footprints from before but mostly ended up tripping and sinking in knee deep snow. Thankfully, I had on Microspikes but that just meant I kicked my ankle bones a lot too. Yowch!
Regardless, it still was so pretty down by the river. Worth the tripping, sucking wind and a few swears.
1 hour (6.5 miles) road run split between Kyle and Max
The first early morning run after an extended break is a little brutal. If I wasn’t meeting Kyle, I totally would have run later. Even if that meant 8 p.m.! It was dark and cold. The streets and sidewalks were icy/snow covered. My stomach was not happy with me from all the New Years Day snacks and drinks. But we got it done and I felt better once I started running. It goes to show that the hardest part is always getting out the door.
10.3 mile road run
This winter weather is just plain wacky! I woke up Saturday morning to rain and temps in the upper 30s. That combined with the snow from earlier in the week had left the sidewalks a mess.
I ran about 2.5ish miles to meet Jenny where we thought she’d join me for about 3-4 miles. FYI – she’s the friend who had her first ever trail run on Tuesday and had never run with anyone before. She was like, “This is why you love running! It’s so social!” Haha! Well, it’s one of the many reason why. 😉
She was once again a total rock star for meeting me in the early morning cold rain. She powered through for a full 5ish miles before I continued back home. I think she’s hooked on running. Another member added to the crazy running cult. 🙂
6.6 mile trail run, 1217 ft elevation gain
I’m so lucky to have a great group of friends who is not afraid to run in tough conditions no matter the season. It’s been a hot minute since I ran Mt Agamenticus – I spent way too much time there while training for Vermont 50k and had bad juju from so many falls. We needed a break from each other!
The trails were reminiscent of an enchanted forest in the winter. The snow covered trees and the sunlight shining through were just magical. Days like that are my favorite in the winter.
What’s also my favorite is being able to bomb down the hills without worrying about rocks or roots. We seriously FLEW down each hill. Which to be honest, was still not that easy since we were mostly breaking trail in different snow conditions. A lot of it had a crust on top which made things slow going. But then we hit powder and fly with ease. My legs were D-E-A-D afterwards. But SNOW much fun!
Not a bad week for not officially training for anything yet. Base building has been going well. Training starts soon!
How was your week in workouts?
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