To go along with my effort to train more consistently, I’ve also been trying to write more often. So it’s time to get back to the weekly training recaps. They aren’t super exciting, but they help keep me accountable and on track, so here we go:
Monday: Early morning treadmill run, just getting in the miles. I HATE dragging myself out of bed any earlier than I have to, but I know that I’ll feel great afterwards and that it gets easier every time I do it, so when my alarm went off this morning, I forced myself to grab my clothes and run into the bright light of the bathroom rather than crawl back into my warm comfortable bed. A moderate 3.3 miles while enjoying some Ginger Runner videos, and I was on my way to work with my morning off to a good start.
Tuesday: Day 2 of getting those morning workouts in! This morning was a little harder to get going than it should have been, due to a late bedtime the night before, but I managed. Another 3 miles on the treadmill and I was feeling pretty accomplished. I would much rather run on the trails right outside my door, but it’s still pitch black out this early in the morning and we live in the Rockies, with bears, mountain lions, and moose in our neighboorhood. Best not to tempt the wildlife with a tasty snack. So it’s the treadmill for me in the mornings. If I want to get in some trail time, I can always take a run break during the day while I’m at work. Or save those for the weekends.
Wednesday: Another late night on Tuesday finally caught up to me and I was unable to overcome the black-hole-like gravitational pull of our bed when the alarm went off. So instead, I managed a brisk 4 miles in the evening, still on the treadmill. I spent my time enjoying the National Geographic documentary about Nike’s Breaking2 project with Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa, and Zersenay Tadese. These guys are incredible. And I was so impressed with Eliud’s response to the final result (no spoilers here).
Thursday: Rest day!
Friday: No morning workout again! I’ve been terrible this week about getting to bed early enough to make me not hate the 5 am alarm. If I’m not in bed by 10 at the latest, there’s just no way it’s happening. So it was another 3 miles on the treadmill that evening, enjoying Jamil’s Western States recap from this year.
Saturday: Today’s workout consisted of super fun yardwork! (Known in our house as Jake’s Gym. “You get buff. We get firewood” is our motto. Amazingly, friends actually volunteer to do this. I think they mostly like the part with the chainsaws and four wheeler.) We had a ton of slash (CO-mountain-speak for brush) to haul up the hill and out of our yard, which took a few hours. Then it was pie-making time (I made the Oh She Glows pumpkin pie brownie and it came out INCREDIBLE) for Canadian Thanksgiving at a friend’s house that night. Not a running day, but still a good workout and lots of fun.
Sunday: Time for a fun trail day with one of my favorite running partners, Kaitlyn! (Jake’s former housemate who I totally stole for myself when she moved in.) We took the pups out for a nice 3 miles around the neighborhood (mountainous dirt roads with amazing views), then dropped them off, I rolled my ankle and faceplanted in the driveway of all places, and then we did another 3 miles on the trails. Kaitlyn is just getting into trail running and is doing totally awesome. I’m super impressed and proud of her. After Kaitlyn headed home, it was time for some more Jake’s Gym, hauling and stacking cut firewood. Out of curiosity, I wore my garmin and HRM this time and discovered that I burned the same amount of calories per hour as I do running. It helps that we live on the side of a mountain, so nothing is flat, and any time you haul firewood, you’re basically doing weighted hill climbs. It’s a solid workout.
What worked well: Focusing on consistency! Also, food-wise, I’ve been playing around with the Renaissance Periodization vegan template and while the beginning was really bumpy and frustrating, I think I’ve finally figured out a good routine and system for myself and it’s starting to feel more like something I can do long-term without too much planning or thought. I’m one of those people who has no problem eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch(es) every day, so all I really need to do is figure out my dinners. Initially, I was trying to make my dinners fit all the macros in my template and that was causing me a lot of stress. I really enjoy cooking family dinners and have no intention of stopping that, and this was just making that really difficult. Not impossible, but not something that I saw myself realistically doing and sticking with. So after a couple weeks of struggling with it and getting frustrated and discouraged, I started changing my approach. I stick to my template for the rest of the day, but for dinner, I just make something for both of us that’s light, veggie-heavy, and low-carb (as I generally workout in the morning, most of my carbs are eaten earlier in the day per my RP template) and just keep it within moderation. It’s been working really well this week and I can see myself continuing with that. Also, I really like my bedtime protein cookie. 🙂
What I struggled with: Getting to bed early enough for those 5 am runs.
What I will do to improve next week: Continue to work on my consistency, and getting to bed early enough to drag my butt out of it at 5 am each morning. Once I have that pretty solid, I’ll start incorporating more regular strength training. As of now, I do it occasionally, but never very often or regularly. And I know that’s a good and important thing to do.
Total weekly mileage: 19.3 miles running, plus two sessions of Jake’s Gym