Looking back, this week seemed to fly by, but during the week, I was SO tired and SO unmotivated. I still managed to do all my workouts, though. Plus, I threw in a few yoga practices on my rest days. I need to do more yoga; it always feels so good!
Monday, 1/9The Plan ↠ REST
Reality ↠ Ah, rest! 🙌
Tuesday, 1/10The Plan ↠ NTC Workout | The Complete Crush | 45 min
Reality ↠ NTC Workout | The Complete Crush | 47 min
This was a great workout! Lots and lots of lunges. Plus push-ups and planks (which I fully modified, but still felt the next few days), but I really love how it also included a few minutes of seated deep breathing. Because isn't it easy to forget to breath when doing a hard workout? Or is that just me?
This was a rep-based workout, which usually takes me much longer to do than estimated. This one only took me an extra 2 minutes. I was pretty damn proud of myself.
I also tried my first ever single-serving microwaved blueberry muffin.
Wednesday, 1/11The Plan ↠ Benchmark | 7:00 Warmup - 3:00 run - 5:00 Cool Down
Reality ↠ Done!
Not sure how I really feel about these benchmark runs. I like the theory of them, but I don't feel like they really help improve my running. And, I never seem to get any faster from one to the next.
Thursday, 1/12The Plan ↠ REST
Reality ↠ 30 min of yoga.
This practice focused on stability and being grounded (YouTube link). I liked it, and it felt really good, but I maybe would have enjoyed a practice with some deep stretches a bit more. I was still feeling a bit sore from Tuesday's lunges.
Friday, 1/13The Plan ↠ Speed | 6x200m | 7:18 pace | 4:30 rest
Reality ↠ Speed | 6x200m | 7:46 pace | 4:30 walk/jog
It was a little drizzly out there, and to be honest, I kind of tried to talk myself out of doing this run. I just wasn't looking forward to it. I DID IT ANYWAY! It wasn't my best interval speed workout. Only one of the intervals came even kinda close to the goal pace, but I'm OK with that. 7:18 seemed pretty ambitious anyway - especially with the wet sidewalks. I possibly could have pushed it a bit harder if I were running in dry conditions, or an indoor track.
4:30 rest periods seemed LONG and it was chilly and drizzly, so I walked a bit and jogged a bit more instead of just stopping. That brought my mileage up to about 2.5 miles for the run.
Saturday, 1/14The Plan ↠ REST
Reality ↠ 1 hour of yoga.
I did two 30 min videos (YouTube links here and here). The first one eased me into some sun salutations (and gave me a great idea for the Spring Equinox) and then moved into some balance poses. The second one was an opening practice filled with really yummy deep stretches.
Sunday, 1/15The Plan ↠ Long Run - 6.25 miles | 11:06 pace
Reality ↠ Trail Run - 10.00 miles | 13:56 pace
It had been way too long since I hit up this trail! Today seemed like the perfect day to do it. The sun was shining and keeping me warm. I love the scenery out at McCullough Hills and the trails aren't too technical, so it's one of my go-to trails.
I also discovered something about myself on this run. I've always known that I'm one of those runners that actually SLOWS down on the downhills, but today, I realized that it's at least partially due to that fact that I approach running the downhills the same way as running flat or uphill. So, I made the very conscious effort to lengthen my stride for the downhills and slightly turn my toes outward. I think it really helped! But I did have to keep reminding myself to do this.
|January 9 - 15|
Clean It Out, Use it Up updateWeek 1: Raspberry gelatin, which I used to bake cookies.
Week 2: Italian Style bread crumbs, which I used to make macaroni & cheese
What was the highlight of your week last week?
Did the un-motivation bug hit you?
I'm linking up today with Tricia & Holly for the Weekly Wrap as well as Ilka & Angela for Sunday Fitness & Food.