Last week I shared some of my thoughts on running lately, and how I have found myself in a bit of a slump, feeling like I haven’t been making the progress I would like to see. It was really helpful to read all the comments and hear about other runners’ experiences with this. It sounds like we all go through ups and downs with our running, sometimes due to life, and other times the causes are not so apparent. While I am sure that my body is responding to my workouts different now (at 32) than it did when I was 22, it doesn’t mean I still can’t improve and train hard, I’ll just need to adjust based on how I am feeling.
Anyway, this did end up being a cut-back week and I think I needed it. However, last week was also a stressful week at work, and usually during weeks like that I turn to running to help me get through it. Sunday was a nice, relaxing day off from running which I definitely needed! Not sure what this upcoming week will bring, but I did come up with a schedule that I can always modify based on what the week brings.
Monday: Strength training- I actually pulled up a Body Pump workout on YouTube, and kept my weight really light since I haven’t done this kind of workout since last June. It definitely left me sore for a few days! I finished up with 8 minute abs (how hysterical is this video?! I usually stick with planks and stability ball exercises for core work but this type of workout leaves my abs burning in a different way, so I thought I would add it back in from time to time.)
Tuesday: 4.2 miles easy, core and glute exercises
Wednesday: 6.23 miles with 2 x 1.5 miles at 7:30 pace, 8 minute abs
Thursday: 3.32 miles easy, Pure Barre Tone in 10 for arms and abs
Saturday: 7.3 miles…this was a dreary morning for running, and I wasn’t really feeling it. I said to Rob before I headed out that if the weather were more spring-like that I would be much more excited to get out there. Although there was nothing “bad” about the weather (38 degrees and cloudy) I was just really in the mood for sunshine and warmer temps.
Sunday: Rest day (did this 35 minute yoga video and went for a walk)
Total: 25.35 miles
Walked: 21 miles Push-ups: 4 days
Yearly Total: 481/2016
I think between the cooler/rainy weather and the time change, this week made me feel like spring was gone and winter had come back. We even had snow on Saturday (although it didn’t amount to anything- but initially they were calling for several inches!) At least this week looks like it will be a bit sunnier, and warmer by the end of the week.
Do you like to do workout videos on YouTube?
How were your workouts last week?
Has spring arrived where you live?