Another Monday, another week of miles!
This week wasn’t as stellar as I was hoping it to be. My legs were tired for most of it (I’m partially blaming that on desperately needing a new pair of kicks and having to order them because they couldn’t be found ANYWHERE. I’m finally picking up my new pair today). But, I got the miles down, and got in a solid speed session, so it’s not all bad. My work schedule also shifted a bit–but that should stop and I should have a pretty regular schedule for the next few weeks, and plan to adequately take advantage of that!
Monday – 2.5 mile walk with Rudy + abs
Mondays are generally going to be my rest days. Since I have the day off work, I like to take Rudy for a long walk through the woods. We have a beautiful trail just up the street from us, and I let him roam off leash and chase squirrels. He begs for it all morning until we go. In fact, he is currently sitting by my side whining and anytime I get up, books it toward the kitchen door.
Anyway, after our walk, I did a quick ab workout while catching up on Thursday night TV.
Tuesday – 45 min NTC “Gladiator” workout
Yeesh. This workout was a reminder of how far my fitness has fallen! This is a GREAT workout…one of my defaults when I use the NTC app. It targets your arms, abs, legs…awesome strength workout!
Wednesday– 3.5 miles (8:17 avg) + 20 quality minutes with my foam roller
My alarm went off at 5:30am and as I rolled out of bed my first thought was “Holy hamstrings!” Those suckers were tiiiiiiiiiight. I stretched a bit, went and ran and could feel them the entire time. All day at work they were bothering me and when I had some time after dinner that evening, I spent some QT with my foam roller. Halfway through rolling, I realized…they weren’t overly tight (I mean, they WERE, but that’s not all…), they were sore. Hello. I did a workout the day before with specific exercises that targets the hamstrings. THAT is how long it’s been since my legs were really and truly sore. Duh. I kept rolling anyway, because it’s good for you, people.
Thursday – Speed session
The workout I did was short and sweet.
4x400m with 400m rest
This was killer. I haven’t done a speed session in a looooooong time. Even when I was training for the last marathon, I didn’t really do speed work. I started to, and then it ended up being “Ok, run this distance at this pace.” So, I am forcing myself to do weekly speed sessions. Splits ended up being pretty good though:
What surprised me most about this was how consistent they were. I’m typically all over the place with splits when I do speed workouts. I’m nice and quick at the beginning and then slow waaaaaay down by the end. This was a good re-introduction into it, and I’m feeling good about trying it out again.
Friday – 3.11 easy recovery (8:27 avg)
My legs were tired and sore on Friday. I took it easy and paid no attention to my watch beeping. I was just focused on running my loop and getting back home!
Saturday was a loooong day. I had to be at the gallery at 7:30am to receive a sculpture shipment and then be done in time to open the gallery at 9 (While almost gettting squished by a 16ft sculpture in the process). I was hoping getting there at 7:30 meant I’d be able to take off early and complete my strength workout when I got home around 4. False. We got slammed right when I was about to take off, and I was at work an hour later then I was hoping to be. Then, the traffic in the canyon was so bad coming home, it took me about 15 minutes longer then usual. Even so, when I finally made it home, I resisted all urges to completely collapse in a heap on the floor and forced myself to do a short and sweet strength workout.
I completed the 10 min arm workout and a 15 min ab workout from NTC. It wasn’t much, but after running around all day, lugging sculptures and poles, I figured it was solid enough.
Sunday – 5 miles (8:05 avg)
It was hard to get out of bed yesterday morning. I desperately wanted to skip my run and sleep, but forced myself up and out! Jeff and I had plans to head down to Phoenix for the day, so I had to get up earlier then I wanted, and just ran quickly. I tried a new off-shoot of one of my favorite trails, and ended with 5 quick miles. I was originally planning for seven, but between the 10 extra minutes I laid in bed and then the time I took dragging my feet out the door, I just didn’t have the time.
I then got to spend the rest of the day wandering around the Phoenix Zoo with one of my best friends in the world.
I hope you all have a stellar week of workouts!