We’re another week closer to Christmas!
I love the holidays. I decorated both Christmas trees this week, which should totally count as cross training, and attended the Charleston Running Club Christmas party. I have a few more Christmas parties on the calendar too. I’m pretty extroverted (proud ESTJ), so a party each week from now until Christmas excites me big time.
This coming week, I have some speedwork planned, but aside from that, I plan to take it easy until Saturday’s Reindeer Run 5K. I’d really love to beat my 21:47 from the Florence Turkey Trot, especially since the course is flat, and hopefully I won’t go out too fast!
|Monday||BodyPump + 6 miles (Tour de Parking Garages)|
|Tuesday||60 minutes Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday||Sunrise Yoga + 7.65 miles (Treadmill Speedwork)|
|Total||42 miles + 1 BodyPump class + 1 yoga class + 60 minutes Arc Trainer|
Monday morning started as it always does, with 6 AM BodyPump. It sets the tone for my week and the 4:55 AM wakeup call is worth it. Since my legs were already shredded from higher than usual mileage last week and I don’t have any races coming up this week, I decided to increase my squat weight.
Increasing my squat weight has been a huge mental battle for me because I’m always either recovering from a race or getting ready for one, but I just went in and said I was going to squat 2 large plates on each side of the bar, and I did. I didn’t have to take any breaks or decrease the weight, but the hardest part is always getting the bar off my back after all those squats! I did a 6 parking garage run that night as well.
Since my legs were feeling last week’s mileage and the parking garage run, I decided to cross train on Tuesday and arc trainer-ed for an hour. It’s less impact than running, but a great workout for your glutes and hamstrings, and I worked up a major sweat!
It rained on Wednesday night, so I did not attend my usual track workout and opted for the treadmill instead. Treadmill running sucks, but being slow sucks more, so I got it done.
Here’s the workout I ran:
|Warm up (10 mins.)||5 mins. @ 6.5 mph
5 mins. @ 7 mph
(40 mins., 4 rounds total)
|4 mins. @ 7.5 mph
3 mins. @ 8 mph
2 mins. @ 8.5 mph
1 min. @ 9 mph
|Cool down (10 mins.)||5 mins. @ 7.5 mph
5 mins. @ 7 mph
Planet Fitness has Food Network so I watched a group of chefs build a life-sized gingerbread house while I did speedwork!
On Saturday, I ran Sawmill Branch with the Wednesday night track group and Summerville Running Club. A ton of runners came out and ran various distances (you just turned around when you felt like it). Jon, Tammie, and some other people are tapering for Kiawah, so most people didn’t run super long. Melissa, Theresa, and I ran 12 together. Theresa got 3 more in for her marathon training 15-miler.
It was a beautiful and chilly morning to run Sawmill Branch. I went by Earth Fare for some goodies before coming home, too. They had an awesome BOGO sale this weekend, and I got some Califia Farms Almond Milk Eggnog, herbal tea, and an assortment of protein/granola bars.
Saturday night, I went to the Charleston Running Club Christmas party with my friends Emily, Jacci, Aisha, and Aisha’s husband Rick. It was held at Marion’s downtown and had lots of good food and beverages, and all of us cleaned up nicely for it.
I ate and drank entirely too much at the party (more than one plate). The food was really good, but it’s just not worth sacrificing training for, and I hope to get back on track next week. Eating too much at parties has been the story of my life lately, and running 40+ per week doesn’t exactly give me the right to eat what I want. I’m 5’0” and it seems like every ounce shows. The struggle is real.
I woke up Sunday morning having stomach issues from Saturday night’s party food. I felt like a busted can of biscuits, which wasn’t good since I had a tempo run planned. I ran 10 miles with OnShore Racing’s Sunday group, with about 4.25 at tempo pace instead of the 6-8 I wanted to run. I ran back with Jacci on her last few miles. It was her last long run before Kiawah, and she will do great. Best wishes to all the Kiawah runners tapering this week.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!