Last Week's Training

>> Thursday, November 14, 2013

The time change did not treat me well with regard to my 10K training. Stephen and I usually split up the evening for working out, and I always want the later shift. By the time my turn rolled around, though, I was greeted with frigid air and pitch black skies.

Not fun at all.

Here are last week's workouts.

M: Rest
T: 4 miles
W: Rest
R: Rest
F: 6 miles
S: Travel day (spa weekend)
S: 5 miles

Total: 15 miles

Yikes. That's a far cry from the 30 miles I was supposed to run. So far, though, I'm back on track for this week. I even have my Sunday 10-miler scheduled with my running buddy. The truth is: I usually have some trouble transitioning when either weather or daylight changes. It's just something I know about myself as a person and as an athlete, so I wasn't terribly worried that I fell a bit behind.

That being said, I am excited for this season of running -- even if it means retreating to darkness and wearing all my layers at once. Stephen and I returned to our gym after a long hiatus. We ran on the treadmill, did some kettlebells, and finished with burpees. My old yoga class was also being held at the same time. They just converted the standard pool to a saltwater one. Ada is now at a point where she can re-try the gym daycare, too.

Despite my body's desire to hibernate in winter, I usually find this season as an opportunity to get fitter than ever. I don't know if this is a shared experience or not. I slog my way through my outdoor miles, but when I head indoors more, I challenge myself to go faster (to avoid boredom on the treadmill), try new things (like strength training, which is always a struggle for me), and stretch (via yoga).

How do you change things up in winter? Any ideas to share?

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