Happy February and best wishes to those nursing a Super Bowl hangover this morning.
I had a pretty good week with some runs and more cross training than I’d like. I’m not pushing the run distance or pace and just enjoying the process right now. It’s really nice to be back in pre-run and post-run pics with everyone.
In real girl life news, I saw a new doctor on Friday because I decided that (at 32) I probably need a primary care doc. The new doc is understanding, spends a lot of time with you, and is neither “rest happy” or “needle happy” when it comes to running injuries. I’m five pounds over my happy weight and generally out of shape, but my resting heart rate is 47.
At least some remnants of my athletic past are sticking around.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Wednesday||6.1 miles + 30 min. stair climber|
|Thursday||5 miles + 60 min. BodyPump|
Monday was a boring cross training day. It’s February and even non-injured people are still packing the gym.
Tuesday was chilly, so I headed to Planet Fitness to treadmill. They replaced the treadmills, so none of the new treadmills were hooked up to the TVs/sound. I watched TV with the subtitles on, but Planet Fitness had no music so it was eerily quiet. I only managed five miles on the treadmill before the extreme silence was too much for me.
On Wednesday, I did a quick stair climber sesh then headed to track to run with friends. I did something that kinda resembled a marathon pace tempo run while everyone else ran speedy mile repeats and 200s. I miss the fast stuff, but there will be plenty of time for it once my mileage and strength are built up.
Thursday was another easy run and more BodyPump. I like BodyPump, especially the new release (104), and will increase my weights on the leg tracks more next week. Lifting gives me an excuse to drink chocolate peanut butter protein smoothies.
Saturday was Charleston cold. That means it was cold enough to “feel like” below freezing and wear pants. The stupid groundhog was right, and since I needed serious motivation, I decided to crash the Summerville YMCA in Training group run that met to run the bridge. I knew meeting the group would keep me accountable and sharing SOME of the miles with friends would make the whole run that much easier. Plus, the group met at Whole Foods and I needed to buy some overpriced groceries and spend my whole technical writer paycheck.
We warmed up, ran to the top of the bridge, then ran back down to run up again with the other runners behind us until everyone was at the top. Some ran back down for a 4-5 mile run and others continued to run the whole bridge for 7 miles. I ran the bridge, then felt good and kept going. I ended up with a little over 10 miles- my longest run since the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. It feels good to hit double-digit runs again.
After running, grocery shopping, and a quick stop at home to get cleaned up, I went downtown for lunch at Dellz Uptown with Emily.
Dellz Uptown is a vegetarian/vegan/healthy restaurant that has delicious salads, wraps, pizzas, and is budget-friendly. I had the Tummy Yummy Mahi wrap, which was more like a burrito and I could only eat half of it. Dellz also has some really good chocolate chip cookies and other desserts, and I already want to go back and try everything else on the menu.
On Sunday, I headed to Hampton Park for the OnShore Recreation group run, but turned around after 3 miles instead of continuing on for the full 8 mile route, so I had a 6 mile easy run. We had a good crowd and it was nice to beat the forecasted rain- just like last week, the rain started as soon as we finished the run. The wind was crazy but we got it done.
I hope everyone has a great start to February. Stay warm!