Also to be known as the week I’m really glad I spent more time running outside because things aren’t looking so hot weather-wise coming up. Quite the opposite actually, especially next week. Florida cannot get here fast enough.
Week 5 Grade: A-
Monday, January 19: Body Pump. They introduced a new routine and I should have reconsidered adding extra squat weight when I had no knowledge of what was coming. That class was BRUTAL. I believe I’ve mentioned the pain in my ass on here…like actual pain in my glute area. Without having seen a professional, I’m diagnosing myself with a high hamstring strain and I think all those squats are exacerbating the issue. I
I’ve decided to forego pump class this coming week and see if it helps. Not that class will even be happening tomorrow anyway because it’s about to snow and my gym has the most ridiculous inclement weather policy on the planet. They are constantly canceling classes and opening late when it hasn’t done much more than rain.
Tuesday, January 20: Plan said 3 miles. Usually I run on the treadmill on Tuesdays, but I was feeling burnt out on it after last Sunday’s 11 miler.I ended up doing 4 outside (8:11 pace).
Wednesday, January 21: 6 miles at whatever pace I wanted which ended up being right around marathon pace. Honestly I haven’t been entirely happy with my paces this week (hence the – in my grade) and I felt like I had to work much harder for this run than I usually do. I’m hoping it’s just my body not jiving well with the winter temps plus the added stress of my hamstring.
In the evening I did an hour of yoga because by some miracle the gym didn’t cancel it despite the fact that we got some snow that day.
Thursday, January 22: Too much snow on the ground so I took this run inside. 3 miles (7:44 pace) and then hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes.
Friday, January 23: My feet hurt. So glad for a rest day.
Saturday, January 24: 12 mile long run. Oh god where do I even begin with this. I had been watching the weather like a hawk all week because they were calling for several inches of snow overnight. I REALLY didn’t want to do another long run on the treadmill. I figured I would play it by ear and see what was going on in the morning.
My alarm went off at 5am and when I looked at my phone there was a text alert from the gym. Of COURSE they wouldn’t be opening until 7 due to inclement weather. Like seriously? I’m thisclose to writing a complaint letter. Mr. Salt works at 8. Obviously there was no way that a 12 mile long run was happening in the matter of one hour.
Unless I ran outside.
I went to the window. It didn’t appear to be so bad. I got myself dressed, headed out, and…yeah it was freaking POURING. The roads and sidewalks were covered in slush. I almost turned around and crawled right back into bed, but instead I (wo)manned up and got to running.
It was a complete mess out there. I was sliding everywhere and my shoes were full of water. I was soaked all the way through. Running on ice is an incredible workout. I used muscles that I don’t think I’ve ever used before. I finished my 12 miles smiling, 8:43 pace overall which was pretty great considering that I was practically crawling through parts of the run. It was easily the worst weather conditions I’ve ever run in. If I had driven by me in a car I would have thought I was insane.
I’m smiling, but I REALLY hope I never have to do that again.
Sunday, January 25: A cross train day to rule them all. In the morning I went to the gym…30 minutes on the Arc trainer, 15 on a bike, and then I did 2 miles on the treadmill where I alternated walking briskly at a 10% incline for 5 minutes with running at marathon pace on a 1% incline for 5 minutes. I really liked that workout and plan to do it again for a longer distance.
In the evening I had my spa retreat event complete with an abbreviated introduction to Yoga Wall class.
Looks a little intimidating, doesn’t it? I’ll do a full recap later this week (and a recap of everything else I got to experience at The Still Point Spa), but this class ended up being a wonderful and very necessary stretch session. And I got to hang upside down! Yay for head rushes!
Week 5 Total Mileage: 27
My main goal for week 6 is more stretching and taking care of my hammy. Maybe adding in some extra yoga. Hopefully stepping back from Pump class for a bit will allow that to heal. It’s a step-back week mileage-wise so I’m grateful for the extra rest. All my other body parts are feeling pretty solid though!
If you’re currently training, how was your week last week? How’s your weather? Are you being impacted by this crazy snow storm right now? What is the longest really bad weather run you’ve done? Have you ever tried Yoga Wall?
I hope everyone had a happy weekend! It definitely went by much too fast, but at least I’m ready to start the new week in a relaxed way thanks to The Still Point Spa!