A quick shout out to my dad who celebrated his birthday yesterday!!
This past week was week 3 of base training for me. It was more of the same, just with more mileage than the week before. I had a good long run on trails on Saturday afternoon. These long runs definitely help build my confidence and help me become more comfortable on trails.
Monday – 4 mile easy run with Sven (my treadmill). I ended up having to do this run in the evening because I just could not get myself out of bed Monday morning. The crazy thing was I was awake for my run, but I just laid in bed for over an hour before getting up to get ready for work. So it gone done in the evening.
Tuesday – Strength training. Ten minutes of abs, then a circuit of squats, lunges, planks, and push ups.
Wednesday – 4 mile hill run with Sven. With thoughts of Monday fresh in my mind, I got my butt out of bed and got this run done before work. I included 5 quarter mile hill repeats in the middle of the run.
Thursday – Rest. Friday is typically my rest day, but I was feeling unusually tired on Thursday so I swapped the days.
Friday – Cross training – 30 Day Shred level 2 DVD workout.
Saturday – 8 mile long run on trails in the Jefferson National Forest. Barry and I headed up to the Christiansburg/Blacksburg area late in the morning to do several errands. We got over to Pandapas Pond around noon to start our run. We both did our own thing (the couple that runs together but not together) and ran separately.
Like I mentioned, I had a really good run. It didn’t feel super easy or anything the whole time, but I felt strong and capable. It was a really nice afternoon, too, with temperatures in the upper 40’s.
I had several creek crossings during my run. The water was only shin deep, but it was icy cold due to temperatures the night prior being down in the 20’s. My feet got wet just shy of mile 3 and stayed soaking wet the rest of the run.
Sunday – 5 mile run in the morning with Kim at the trail in town. It was in the 20’s and we had such a heavy frost it kind of looked like the trees and grass had snow on them.
Just before mile 1 I tripped and went flying as we were crossing the road. I took a hard fall on the pavement and landed mostly on my left knee. In my defense, the road is at least 2 inches higher than the trail because they repaved recently. The good news is I didn’t tear my pants and Kim was the only witness.
I was able to finish the run, but my left knee was pretty sore the rest of the day and is bruised and a bit swollen today. I am going to strength train today and move my easy run to tomorrow to give it an extra recovery day.
Total Miles: 21 miles
How was your week last week? What did you do this past weekend? I ran and decorated the house for Christmas!
How do you get yourself out of bed when you just want to stay there?