Yay!!! I ran this week so I actually have a bit of a recap for you!!
I’m so happy that my rest paid off and that I’ve kicked my nasty chest infection and hammy strain away. By resting instead of running through it I was able to continue working. In my younger days I’d run through illness and not get the rest I needed to recover, leading to me having to take a few days off of work to get better etc. (Admittedly babies that woke up 3-4 times a night didn’t help – I’m so glad to be through with that!).
Sunday was my first run back and it was heavenly. I then took Monday off to allow my body to recover. I spent my lunch hour taking advantage of the early Black Friday deals at the Children’s Place – they decided to use their store in the mall next to my work as a test site to see if starting the deals early helps to ease Friday lineups. No one really knew they were going to do that so I was able to snag some really good deals on clothing to give the girls for Christmas, and their dresses for all of our holiday parties.
On Tuesday I ran 5k nice and easy around the park. It felt SO GOOD to be able to get out on my lunch break to run off some steam *grin*. I was planning to do BodyPump on Wednesday, but I was approached by Scott at Team All-American with an offer to coach me for a month. Wednesday and Thursday were my first two workouts created by him. They were both based on time, and pace, not distance. On Wednesday I ran for 40 min and on Thursday I ran for 30 min.
Friday was a rest day, only I decided to give the Runner’s World Run Streak a try, so Friday night I bundled up the girls for a chilly 1 mile walk together… Amber, my youngest one, peed her pants less than half way through the mile. She was cold and embarrassed, so we waddled home as fast as she could for a warm shower to clean her up. Ahhhh motherhood. Working up the motivation is one thing, then sometimes even after you’ve done that something else stands in your way.
Saturday and Sunday I was supposed to run for 40 min and 50 min respectively but I didn’t manage to find the time go in between the girl’s hockey, having visitors, going out as a family on a date, and putting up the tree as I had promised the girls.
While I didn’t run as much as I had wanted to this week, I’m very grateful that I’m healthy enough to run again.
Total this week: 18 km
4 week total: 82 km
This week I’m going to have to rearrange the training schedule to accommodate a girls shopping trip to the US (Buffalo) with my girls friends. I’m taking Thursday off as a vacation day, and we’re driving over Wednesday night. Fingers crossed that I get some deals!
Monday: 50 min run
Tuesday: 40 min run
Wednesday: 30 min run
Friday: 44 min lactate threshold (4 x 5 min at 8:25/mile)
Saturday: 40 min
Sunday: 40 min VO2 Max intervals (5 x 2 min at 7:50-8:00/mile)
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming hard week of training because I am very well rested and very ready to run again!
Have a great week everyone!
Question: Are you finding it difficult to train through the holidays too?