Mostly fueled by wine and cookies. With Christmas behind us it’s time to get back to some more reasonable eating habits, but overall my first week of training for NJ went as well as I could have hoped despite some very late nights and a little too much holiday cheer. Good thing week 1 is less mileage than I’m used to.
Here’s how things shaped up:
Monday, December 22: Hal said rest and this is one way that I’m modifying his plan. Monday is my Body Pump day. I had a GREAT class, plus Sara was there and it’s more fun to be tortured with friends. My usual Pump instructor has been out with a slipped disc and we had a sub. She was insane. I had made a pact with myself to up my weight since it was the start of my training and I immediately regretted it because the class was the hardest I’ve ever taken, new weight or not.
Tuesday, December 23: 3 miles. I can’t remember the last time I only ran 3 miles. I did a slow half mile warm up, a toned down version of 6×400 intervals, and then a slow half mile cool down.
Wednesday, December 24: 5 mile pace. It was a monsoon outside so I took it to the treadmill, set a 1% incline and pace to 8:20. This run felt awesome.
Thursday, December 25: Fa la la la la yay Christmas! Plan said 3 miles, but I got my new watch and decided that 3 miles was not enough even though it was all kinds of windy and I had a little bit of a headache because Christmas Eve chocolate cake martinis. (YUM.)
I ran 5 a little faster than I should have (7:44). I guess those holiday socks got me a little too excited. Probably better that I got a couple extra miles in anyway to offset the face stuffage that would occur later.
Friday, December 26: REST. It ended up being a pretty active rest day. I took a nice walk with Betty and my mom and did some strength training in the evening.
Saturday, December 27: 8 miles. Lots of hills. Beautiful sunrise.
So pretty right? I was still sluggish from Christmas and had a rough start, but finished pretty strong. Then I shopped a lot which is my favorite way to cross train. Betty got her first pair of light up sneakers. I’m jealous of them.
Sunday, December 28: Cross train day. I ended up running a couple easy miles to test my new watch on the treadmill. IT’S SO COOL and pretty accurate to the readout on the ‘mill. (.05 mile off on both attempts.) I also spent some time on the elliptical and then went to a new class at the gym. It’s a fusion of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates and I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it will be my new Sunday thing.
Week 1 Total Mileage: 24
Goal for this week: Cutting waaaaay back on sugar and wine. The piece of pie I ate at family Christmas #3 on Sunday night was my last hurrah with dessert for awhile. I’m ready to tackle week 2 and will be kicking it off with Pump class again!
Why do I have a feeling the next 17 weeks are going to go by in a blink?
Is anyone else training for a spring race right now? How did the holidays affect your training? Do you consider shopping to be a cross train?
I hope all of you had the merriest weekend!