Goodbye 2013 and hello 2014! This past week of workouts saw my final miles of 2013 and my first miles of 2014. It also saw me stretching and icing (my shins) not only after every run, but after every workout. Starting the year off right. Fingers crossed that I get to run all the miles with healthy shins this year!
Monday- Complete rest day. Today was supposed to be my final day of the 30 day plank challenge, with a 5 minute plank. But I was just so done with planks. They had really gone downhill, to the point where I wasn’t hitting the times I was aiming for, and I made the executive decision to nix the last day.
Tuesday- 2:40 plank (just because I quit on the last day of the 30 day plank challenge doesn’t mean I quit on planks).
4 mile run with Sven (the treadmill), while Barry biked on his road bike on the trainer I got him for Christmas. This run felt really good and it was nice to get one last run in before ringing in the New Year.
Wednesday- Cross training. I did a new Jillian Michaels workout that focuses on “trouble areas” which translates into working everything from your shoulders to your knees. It was set up as a 40 minute circuit workout, with seven 6 minute intervals. I enjoyed the new workout, found it challenging, and got a good sweat in. However, I did feel like quite the cliche trying a new workout on New Years day!
Thursday- I was sore from my shoulders to my knees from Wednesday’s workout! Those lunges and shoulder strength moves really got me. I decided an easy 3 mile run was a good way to go. I toyed with the idea of running up to 5 miles, but when I hit 3 I felt like that was enough. Then I spent a long time stretching. I also decided it was time to cut the jingle bells off of my shoes since the holidays are over.
Friday- 4 mile run on the treadmill. I took it easy during mile 1 to warm up and then continually bumped up the speed during miles 2-3.5, before slowly bumping it back down to cool down during the last half mile. I ended with an average pace of 9:47/mile which was nice to see. I’m hoping to get back to where 9:45-9:50/mile is my comfortable short, easy run pace.
Saturday- 3 mile trail run at Mountain Lake with Barry. When we finally got parked, we only had about an hour until sunset, hence the shorter run. This was my first time running on trails in the snow and it certainly added an extra challenge. We were pretty much either going up or going down the whole time and the snow made both difficult.
That’s all the details on this run for now, because I’m planning to do a full recap later this week.
Sunday- Level 3 30 day shred workout. If you’ve ever done the 30 day shred you know that it’s short but intense. When I finished this workout, my hair looked the same way it does at the finish line of a 5K when it’s 75 degrees outside. And that’s why there’s no picture for this one.
Total Miles: 14 miles
Total Miles of 2013: 1,076 miles (the first time I’ve ever run more than 1,000 miles in a year)