One of my goals for this year is to work on building strength and endurance, and to do that I’m going to need to vary my workouts a little bit. I’m also going to need to lift more heavy things, but we still need to move our weight set from the old house to the new house, and I haven’t found a doorway at our new place that works well for TRX yet (I found one that didn’t work well, and fell on my forehead). In the meantime, I’m getting back into the swing of running as I start to train for the Hot Dash 10 mile race in March and the Earth Day Half Marathon in April. Here’s what the last ten days looked like while I tried to get back in gear with running:
Monday: Run 4 miles (not terribly quickly—my early-season runs usually start out slow, but also with the snow and ice it’s easier to take smaller steps and not fall on my butt than try to push the pace and end up with lots of bruises)
Wednesday: Spin class and abs class at work (I’m very lucky to have a gym on campus at work, and on Wednesdays I go to a 45-minute spin class followed by a 15-minute abs class called “hard core.” It is appropriately named. My abs kill the next day, which I love.)
Saturday: “Run” 4 miles with Chewy (Chewy was fired from being my running partner this day, which I wrote about in an earlier post this week—because he was so all over the place, this run was spotty at best. I really wanted to lay a good foundation for next week, so I decided to go again without him on Sunday.)
Sunday: Run 5 miles. This was a run-walk, partly because I was tired from running two days in a row, and partly because I really wanted to pick up the pace and wasn’t able to do that for five continuous miles. I ran the first mile, walked a few times between 1 and 3, ran a 9:30 continuous mile between 3 and 4, walked for a few minutes at the beginning of the last mile and then ran the rest of the way home. It was a tough run, which they usually are at the beginning, but I know it will make next week easier. I also did some abs when I got home, and had aspirations of doing push-ups and some other strength work, but gave in to Chewy licking my face instead.
Monday: Moderate strength training at home. I did some push-ups, abs, kettlebell squats, kettlebell swings, and plank variations— for about 30 minutes total (plus another five or so of playing with Chewy/convincing him to leave me alone. See above.) My goal is to do heavier lifting, but in the meantime I just needed to do something other than cardio.
Tuesday: Run 3 miles. It was cold as balls this morning, so even getting out the door was a win. Spent part of the run discussing how the phrase "cold as balls" doesn't really make sense (but I live in mini-snow-tuh and find that I really need phrases in my life like "cold as balls" in order to get through mornings that are...that cold. So, I don't see that one going anywhere.)
What’s missing from this week is definitely the strength work, which is what I want to focus more on (aside from abs, which I’m doing plenty of). This week I’m planning to add at least one more day of moderate strength training in with the cardio, and in the months to come you can expect to hear more about experimenting with different lifting and TRX routines.