Hello and Happy New Year! Last week was quite an end to the year (as far as running goes). I ran 25 miles and managed to hit 90 miles for the month. But most importantly, I finished the year feeling strong and healthy. I really needed that after the year it’s been! Now I feel confident to move into 2017 and leave the injury of last year in the past.
Monday: 10 minutes spinning + BBG Arms and Abs
I don’t think these BBG workouts are getting any easier! I did a few weighted exercises after the workout (chest presses, lunges, deadlifts) just because I feel like I haven’t been using heavy weights as much now that I’m following BBG. It was a good workout for a non-running day before heading off to Michigan to celebrate the holidays with Rob’s family.
My SIL’s birthday was that day, and we had a surprise party for her when we got in. It was great to see everyone and hang out with our niece!
Tuesday: 6 treadmill miles + core work
I woke up earlier than everyone so headed over to the hotel gym for a run. The gym was empty which was really nice! I ended up doing 6 miles and didn’t really mind being on the treadmill. After my run I did some planks and other core exercises.
Later that day was our annual beer tasting at Rob’s grandpa’s. We had a smaller group this time, and tasted about 19 beers. Always a fun tradition!
Wednesday: 4 treadmill miles
This time I was able to get Rob to come to the gym with me. Once again we were the only ones in there which worked out since there are just 2 treadmills and an elliptical. We ran next to each other and both did about 4 miles. We spent the rest of the day traveling back to Baltimore so it was nice to get a workout done first thing in the morning.
Thursday: 30 minutes spinning + BBG Legs and Cardio
Another tough workout, but got it done. I was off from work and spent the day doing chores and errands. I was more exhausted than after a day at work!
Friday: 4 miles + a modified BBG workout
I woke up feeling a little off- my ears were really clogged and sort of had a headache. It was like that feeling from flying on a plane, which didn’t make any sense because I hadn’t been on a plane in 2 days. Between my head and also doing BBG the day before, I modified this workout (I knew I wouldn’t want to do it over the weekend so figured I would get something in). Running felt great, and I didn’t notice my head at all. There were even some flurries while I was running! The kind of snow that doesn’t stick is the best.
Saturday: 11 miles!
Secretly I was hoping I could finish out 2016 with a strong long run but also knew that I have been running a lot more than I am used to lately. I ran over to a nearby lake and just did loops so I knew I could head home whenever I felt like I was done. I was thrilled to make it to 11 miles. This distance makes me feel content and I don’t feel the need to run much more than that anytime soon.
Sunday: Rest day
It had been a long time since I had a real, true rest day. Not gonna lie, I was a little jealous when Rob headed out for his run on Sunday morning. But I figured with Monday off I could get in a good workout then and my body would appreciate the day to recover from one of my toughest weeks in a while.
In case you were wondering, New Year’s Eve was very low-key around here. We went to church and dinner and then home to drink wine on the couch. I haven’t stayed up until midnight for a few years now and this year was no different. I think we were in bed around 9:30, and I don’t feel like we missed anything. It’s nice to wake up refreshed on New Year’s Day (without a hangover!)
Did you stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve?
How was your last week of 2016?
Do you get jealous of other runners on your rest day?