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Sunday, December 20, 2009

One week down, how many to go??

Week One of Training:
  • I got through week one of training after a slow start. I didn't do anything on Monday due to some time constraints. Nothing like kicking off an 18 week plan with a big empty spot on my log, but the rest of the week went as planned.
  • I ran 5.5-6 miles outside on Tuesday with hill repeats in the middle. It was "nice" outside with temperatures close to 40, so I took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. I missed the group at the Y due to torturing my kids at the dentist that morning (upside was no cavities!!), so I was on my own to get in a good workout. I knew they were doing hills, and after much internal deliberation, I went ahead with a hill workout. It probably wasn't as hard as the group run, but it was tougher than I would normally do on my own!
  • Wednesday was cross-training with a ride on the stationary bike for 45 minutes.
  • Thursday was running group at the Y. We stayed inside because it was 14 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds. We did drills in the gymnasium to warm up and then 4 repeats of 800 meters at 5k pace/21 kettle bell swings/5 pull-ups, followed by a slow pace cool-down on the treadmill. The kettle bells and pull-ups beat me up! I am not used to doing much strength training AT ALL, although it is part of my goal for training this year. As a result, I have been feeling the pain when I cough or get dressed or try to pull the blanket up to go to bed! The last two days weren't pretty! The winter plan for the group drops us down to one day a week, but will include a lot of strength and drills, which I desperately need.
  • Friday was "rest" day which I spent running around like a crazy lady trying to get ready for Christmas and the arrival of family which may make up for the missed day on Monday! With only one more full day of school for my kids and a big snowstorm rolling in, I was inspired to try to get as much done as possible in the few hours I had free!
  • And Saturday, I did 10.75 miles around town, trying to beat the snow that started falling last night. I had planned on 10, but miscalculated the route before I went out. My long run next weekend is scheduled to be 11 miles, so I should be in pretty good shape to get that done. I had a good run averaging about 8:25 minutes/mile. If weather and time allows, I'll try to sneak in an easy 3-4 miles today on the treadmill or ride the bike. Or we may just bake cookies and eat them as quickly as they come out of the oven!! We've got a lot of snow on the ground right now (close to a foot), so hunkering down inside is looking like the winning plan.
I am looking forward to this week which brings the arrival of my family. We are all happy to have the opportunity to spend some time together for Christmas. This is the first year we will all be at my house for the holiday. I love having everyone around, and am so glad that we are able to pull it off this year. It's always good to be together. It's what the holiday season is all about.

Be good. Be strong.

1 comment:

  1. If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    IF, by Rudyard Kipling