Oh yayyyyy it’s Monday again! And we really don’t have to talk about what happened with football over the weekend. I’m cool with it. Now I can get my weekends a little more focused on this race, especially now that my long runs are about to start building up!
Week 3 Grade: A
The first part of the week was VERY successful. I challenged myself to put down the wine glass and pie fork in the hopes that I could start regaining some of my pre-holiday (and even pre-foot injury) fitness that I feel has been lacking a little. Sunday through Wednesday I didn’t drink much of anything aside from Nuun/water and I’ve been feeling fantastic! I had a few drinks this weekend, but now I’m ready to take up this challenge again for week 4.
Monday, January 5: Body Pump. Good class. Added on to my squat weight again!
Tuesday, January 6: 3 miles. I decided to make it a 5k and since this week was lighter than usual on miles I wanted to have some fun with intervals.
I already recapped this here, but it was definitely a high point of the week. I also warmed up and cooled down for a half mile apiece so technically my Tuesday mileage was 4.
Wednesday, January 7: 5 mile pace run that I ran too fast (8:06). We had some nasty, nasty weather roll through on Tuesday and then the rest of the week it was so cold that I kept getting nose bleeds. (TMI sorry.) The streets and sidewalks in my neighborhood were a mess of snow and ice so I took this one to the treadmill, set to a 1% incline. Then in the evening I headed back to the gym for an hour of yoga.
Thursday, January 8: 3 miles on the treadmill again (8:00 pace) because I just could not even with this nosebleed weather. Sara was there too so I had someone to run with (she just could not even either).
Friday, January 9: Rest day, but I inadvertently got a short workout in during our production meeting. You see, when I got there there were no chairs left so a friend challenged me to a timed wall sit. Obviously I was going to have to stay that way through the entire meeting because when you dare me to do something, I’m all in.
Well it ended up being one of the longest production meetings we’ve ever had; usually they are brief, but people kept bringing stuff up and every time they did I was silently screaming at them to STFU. In the end, I wall-sat for 15 minutes and 50 seconds and then could barely climb the stairs to get back to my desk.
Saturday, January 10: The shortest long run of this training cycle: 6 miles. Because it was only 6 miles I convinced myself that I could do it outside.
It was cold. With the wind chill the temps were right around zero, but the first mile and half wasn’t awful. Then I met the wind. It wasn’t constant, but bad enough that when it did hit my eyes would tear up and occasionally one would spill over and I felt like it was going to freeze on my face. Most of the sidewalks are clear now, but some aren’t (see above) so there were a few near slip-and-fall misses. I really need some Yaktrax or at least put some screws in a pair of shoes if I’m going to attempt something like this again.
I wanted to go out slower than I did, but it was so cold I wanted to be done. I ended up running a little faster than marathon pace (8:18). Then I got home and jumped in a hot shower and screamed because it felt like all my skin was going to peel off.
Sunday, January 11: Cross train. Because yesterday was only 6 miles, Hal suggested a short easy run as an option so I took him up on it. 3 miles (8:35 pace) and then I got on the elliptical for a half hour.
Week 3 Total Mileage: 21. (Roughly. Actually a little over that.)
This week my Wednesday run will gain a mile and then my long run will jump to 11. Also I may run in a race this weekend (depending on weather and whether or not someone can watch Betty for an hour or so) which means I will be long-running on Sunday. That would actually be kind of nice since Mr. Salt is off work and I would be able to sleep in past 5am and take my time out there.
If you’re training, how did your week go? Any good snow runs lately? Have you ever done a timed wall sit?
I hope everyone had a great weekend! I started working on one of my New Year goals yesterday and got all signed up for new web hosting so there should be some fun changes around here soon!