Week 2 Grade: B+
Although things were still pretty thrown off due to New Years, I had a decent week. I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to leave the holidays behind. Plus Betty came down with something on the 1st and I feel like I might have been fighting it off myself over the past couple days. Luckily I still got all my workouts in even if I wasn’t feeling 100%.
Monday, December 29: Body Pump. Our regular instructor is back, which is cool because I really like her. You know what I don’t like though? Lunges. We had to do a lot of them. Lunges are the only exercise that make my trouble foot feel not-so-great.
Tuesday, December 30: 3 miles @ 7:16 pace. Also a half mile warm up and cool down. My training plan calls for no speed work (at least not that I’ve seen so far because I haven’t read ahead), but Tuesday has always been the day I do them anyway so I’m sticking with it whenever I can.
Wednesday, December 31: I woke up in no mood to run and was even less into it when I walked outside and got socked in the face by a burst of freezing cold air. It was around 18 degrees. So I grabbed some shorts and went to the gym. 5 treadmill miles with hill intervals @ 8:11 pace.
Am I a wuss? Maybe a little, but I was a warm and comfortable wuss and a run is a run.
Thursday, January 1: Happy 2015!! 3 miles @ 7:55 pace. I had a few too many of these the night before….
…so it was not the best feeling run. Also as I said I think I was starting to come down with something.
In case you are wondering, those are Fireball whiskey Jell-O shots with whiskey buttercream icing and yes they are absolutely as delicious as they look. I usually stay far away from Pinterest, but it certainly comes in handy sometimes. I was very popular at the New Year’s party.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my very first yoga instructor from years ago just so happened to be teaching a special New Year’s Day class at the gym. She basically helped kickstart my love of it. I couldn’t say no when she asked me if I was coming to class so in addition to my run, I did an hour of yoga. It was exactly what I needed.
Friday, January 2: Rest. I took care of a poor, sick B and got my hair cut. 5″ gone! My sister-in-law does my hair and she’s awesome. I don’t know why I waited so long…my ends were split practically halfway up my head.
Saturday, January 3: Long run. 9 miles @ 8:22 pace. I am making an effort to really slow down my long runs because I have a history of doing them way too fast and I know dialing it back will help me avoid injury. This pace is a little quicker than what I was hoping to achieve (my goal marathon pace is only a couple seconds faster), but this run felt good and relaxed. I could have kept going at the end.
Then in the evening I went out for the football game and figure I must have burned an additional 8,000 calories screaming and jumping up and down. We won and it was EPIC. That’s all I will rub it in on here because I do have some lovely friends who are Steelers fans.
(PS. Go Ravens.)
Sunday: January 4: Cross train. 60 minutes which I split up between the elliptical and the stepmill. Nothing too exciting.
Week 2 Total Mileage: 21.
It seems like I’m barely running at all! In a few weeks I’ll be looking back on that statement and laughing.
Now on to week 3! As I mentioned earlier…SO glad the holidays are over. It’s time to focus on eating better, less wine/more water, and getting more sleep. I did very well with those things at the beginning of last week and I felt great as a result. I’m excited to challenge myself that way again this week.
If you’re training, how is it going? Did you do anything fun for New Year’s? Have you ever had a Fireball Jell-O shot? Did you watch football this weekend?
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a happy start to the year!