This past week was week number one of six weeks of base training. It’s always exciting for me to start a new training regime. I feel like it brings some purpose back to my running. Here’s a recap of this past week’s workouts, as past of the Weekly Wrap link up hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’.
I decided to try a new approach this week by working out in the mornings during the work week. I have been struggling with motivation ever since daylight savings time ended, since it is dark when I get home from work now. It’s dark in the morning when I exercise before work, but so far I’m really happy with getting things done in the morning.
Monday – 3 mile easy run on the treadmill before work
Tuesday – Strength training (10 minutes of abs, then a sequence of lunges, squats, and calf raises)
Wednesday – 4 mile “hill” run on the treadmill before work
Thursday – Cross training (Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD, level 1) before work
Friday – 5 mile trail run at Claytor Lake State Park. This was my long run for the week. I moved it to Friday since we had a full day scheduled for Saturday.
I was busy all morning and didn’t get out for my run until 2:00 PM or so. I had a great run and felt awesome, which was a little surprising since I really hadn’t eaten much or drunk any water. Apparently that’s the key for a successful long run! (kidding ). I think it was just one of those runs that goes great for unknown reasons. But it was also one of those runs that makes me feel like the goals I’m chasing are attainable. They’ll take work, but they are not impossible.
There were two other crazy/random things about this run. One, I realized I forgot my Garmin shortly after leaving the house. I didn’t feel like going back for it, so I just guessed on the mileage (based on posted mileage for the various trails at the state park). At the end of the run I didn’t know exactly how far I had run or how long it took me, and it didn’t bother me in the least.
The second thing was that part way through my run I realized I had a hitch hiker on my shoulder. He startled me right at first, but then I just kind of laughed about it and attempted to take a selfie 🙂
Saturday – 3 mile easy run with Kim and my college buddy Jackie (who was in town for Friendsgiving and the football game) at a nearby park. It was a very cold morning, with temperatures around 25 degrees at the start of our run, but the wind wasn’t blowing so it didn’t feel too bad. I felt good and had a lot of fun running with Kim and Jackie.
Right after our run Jackie and I had to rush back to my house to grab showers and get up to Blacksburg with Barry for some tailgating before the football game. Barry and I bought tickets from Debbie last month from this game. At the time neither of us knew it would be head coach Frank Beamer’s final home game at Virginia Tech, as he will be retiring at the end of the season.
Emotions were definitely high for the game, but in the end we couldn’t pull off the win in an overtime thriller. I sure wish we could have sent coach out with a win for his final game in Lane Stadium, but it was still an amazing day to be in Blacksburg.
Barry and I headed home after the game (to take care of the dogs) and then went back to up Blacksburg later that evening for Friendsgiving. We had about 20 people attend, many of whom I went to college with and others who became new friends by the end of the night. It was a lot of fun to have everyone together and Barry and I stayed up entirely too late, until 1:30 AM!
Sunday – Rest day. I was much in need of this rest day after a busy first week of training and a long day on Saturday. I spent most of the day cleaning the house (we are hosting Thanksgiving, per usual) and then baked banana bread in the evening.
Total Miles: 15 (ish)
This week I hope to stick to my morning workout routine, for the most part. It will get a little funky with Thanksgiving coming up, but I have plans in place to make sure I still get all of my workouts in!
Who else is having a cold snap? I don’t mind so much. This is what November is supposed to feel like
Does anyone else ever have a “friendsgiving” in addition to their regular Thanksgiving?
How would you feel about doing your long run sans Garmin/watch?