Sunday, January 12, 2020
Weekly Sweats: Humble Pie Edition
A tale of 23 miles and frustration with my work life. Werk has been pretty heavy duty lately and my first full week in the office after Christmas break came down hard with no mercy. The only way that workouts happen in weeks like these is when they happen at dark o'clock in the morning.
I'm not really training for anything except life right now. I don't need to start training for my April half for a few more weeks (and anyway my half marathon training plan is just "run a lot"), so the goal now is to start increasing my mileage a bit. In full transparency, my body was not impressed with the treadmill this week, and you'll see that a few of my workouts came with a side of humble pie. That's life friends, I wouldn't have anything to write about if everything was easy.
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Monday: 3 treadmill miles easy with strides, insane work day so just some quick body weight stuff for weights.
Tuesday: 4 treadmill miles and a slice of humble pie. That's a one mile warmup, 4 x 5 minutes fast with 2 minutes recover. I hadn't done a workout like this in a few weeks because oh yes I've had races on Tuesdays for the past few weeks (Christmas and New Years). My body was like "whoa, excuse me, what are you asking me to do!?!"
Wednesday: no running, was able to get away from work for 20 minutes at lunch for some weights. Yay! And it felt so good, so note to self, stop skipping weights over Christmas break.
Thursday: more humble pie. 5 treadmill miles, and I was aiming for 6 x 400 with 2 minutes recover but after the 4th interval my legs started to feel tight in an "uh uh don't do it" kind of way so I bailed and ran easy to finish the workout but my body pipped up and said "hey I'm bored, just go a little bit faster but not that fast and oh by the way I want some distance so keep going for a bit" and I ended up feeling like a Real Runner by the time the workout was done.
Friday: my third piece of humble pie this week with a 3 mile treadmill hill workout. My body took to the 3% intervals like a champ but balked at 6%. I couldn't get away at lunch for weights so I got some quickie body weight in later.
Saturday: Humble pie be gone! 8 miles outside, which is the longest run I've done since my last half in early November and my body was ready for it. I'm trying to push myself a bit on my long runs instead of just letting my body plod along but I really didn't have to push to get some fast-for-me paces. I don't want to read too much into two consecutive sub 12 minute paced Saturday runs - my fitness story is unfolding week by week, so all we're looking at is a chapter and not the whole book, but I like what I'm seeing. The weather was unseasonably warm but volatile, and I had a severe headwind pulling me back on the last half of the run and still had a nice overall pace to show for it.
Last week I quipped that outdoor runs in January are not to be taken for granted, and I must have appeased the weather gods, because this week my quip is that outdoor runs in shorts and a tank top in January are not to be taken for granted. The weather forecast says that the rest of the month is going to be more typical for January.
Best Fitness Post of the Week: you tell 'em Meredith!