Happy Monday! I’m really enjoying my off-season between training cycles. I feel like I’ve found a good balance between running and strength training, between fitness and life, and between being good with keeping to my fitness and healthy living goals and letting loose a bit and having fun. Achieving a good balance is something I typically struggle with. In the past few years I’ve tended to let running take over my life. One of my biggest goals for this year was to find a good balance, so not only am I happy to have made progress on that goal, but it also just feels good to be balanced. I feel calmer, more centered, and more capable of fitting in everything I love to do. It’s a great feeling!
Cooler, more spring-like weather was here this week, and I loved it. Most nights Dave and I took the dog on long walks after work, and we’ve been relaxing on the patio a lot. I’m enjoying every minute of this spring.
Here’s what I was up to this past week.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 22.1
- Miles this month: 56.8
- Miles this year: 577.49
- Strength training sessions: 5
- Time strength training: 125 minutes
- Yoga sessions: 1
I did 40 minutes of full-body strength training with weights (routine here).
Easy run with hill sprints: 4 miles with 6 X 10-second hill sprints (57 degrees)
It was so hot the previous weekend that when I saw it was 57 degrees, I figured it would be hot so wore shorts and a tank top on my run. Um, 57 degrees at 5 a.m. is pretty chilly! I was the only runner out in shorts and a tank; most runners had tights, longsleeves, and even hats and gloves. But the hill sprints heated me up enough that I wasn’t really uncomfortable.
In the evening I did 20 minutes of upper body and core strength training.
Rest day! I did 20 minutes of hip-opening yoga. I haven’t done yoga in a while, and it felt so good.
Easy run: 5 miles (54 degrees)
I haven’t done foam rolling since I was training. Now that I’m starting to ramp up my miles I did some foam rolling after this run. Ouch! I forgot that if you don’t do it regularly it hurts a lot, but it also felt good. I’m going to start foam rolling a few times a week.
In the evening I did 40 minutes of full-body strength training with weights–same routine as Monday.
Easy run: 3 miles (59 degrees and raining)
In the evening I did 20 minutes of upper body and core strength–same routine as Tuesday.
Long run: 7 miles (49 degrees)
I met Anna and Jamie near the trail for 7 miles. It was cool and cloudy–perfect for running. We ran on the trail to the West End Bridge, up Carson Street, over the Smithfield Street Bridge, down through Point State Park, on the city-side river trail, and back on the 16th Street Bridge. Anna and Jamie’s long run pace is about 11:30, so we usually run between an 11:30 and 12:00 pace. I usually don’t have a problem with that pace, but today, even with the good weather, it wore me out. Afterward I was so tired and not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m not eating a lot of carbs and am eating less in general right now. Or maybe it was just one of those days.
We took Django on his walk then drove about 1.5 hours north to Meadville to have dinner with my family. My niece is in her first year of college there at Allegheny College. After a really good dinner in Meadville (I had a delicious baked spaghetti squash), my niece and her roommate took us on a campus tour. It’s a beautiful, historic campus. The college’s mascot is a gator, and apparently students pee on the gator statue regularly and put random things in its mouth a lot of nights. We were all laughing in this picture because we were warned not to actually touch the gator because of potential for it to be covered in pee, ha ha.
Easy run: 3.1 miles (53 degrees)
We got back really late from Meadville the night before, and I was so tired in the morning. I wasn’t sure I was going to run so did a few errands to try to wake myself up. Finally I went out very late for me, around 10, when it was 53 degrees and sunny. It was a gorgeous morning. I took it nice and easy, and I felt much better and more energized afterward. Afterward I did 10 minutes of a Pilates abs video with the magic ring.
We took Django on a walk through some neighborhoods near us, then Dave and I cleaned up our patio and front of the house to get ready for gardening.