- Monday –
yogashoveling snow – 35 min.
I had planned to do Jillian Michaels yoga, but I shoveled snow for 35 minutes and called it my workout.
- Tuesday – 3-mile run – 3.0 miles, 29:56/9:59 pace. Treadmill. Completed before work, about 6 a.m.
I woke up with my alarm at 5:40 a.m. and I felt good – awake, well-rested, and ready to run.
I started off a little faster than I normally start – 5.5 mph, rather than 5 mph – and worked my up to about 6.5 mph. I felt good, and I managed that 3 miles in a hair less than 30 minutes.
- Wednesday – Zumba – 45 min. Class at the Y.
I woke up not feeling well, with likely the earliest symptoms of a cold. I felt alright until about mid-morning, when my head started pounding and my sinuses started burning. I left work a bit early and took a short nap after lunch. I still felt crummy into the afternoon, but I planned to slog through Zumba in hopes of sweating out the sickness.
We had a substitute instructor, and the class was almost double its normal size. We did some great dances, and I worked up a really good sweat.
- Thursday – 3-mile run – 3.0 miles, 30:52/10:17 pace. Treadmill. Completed before work, about 6 a.m.
I woke up not feeling well again, with a sore throat and some minor congestion. I contemplated going back to bed, but I was already up, so I had better go to the gym and at least put in a couple miles, even at half effort.
I played around with speed to make the run go by faster. I started at 5 mph and increased it by 0.1 mph every tenth of a mile, then, I increased it by the same amount every two-tenths of a mile, and finally, I hovered around 6-6.5 mph for the last half-mile or so.
I ended up doing all 3 miles at a very respectable pace. You never regret a workout, right? I definitely was testament to that on this day.
- Friday – Body Pump – 45 min. Class at the Y.
I woke up with a dry, scratchy throat and a fuzzy head, likely the very early symptoms of a cold. I finished the class, and I gave a good effort, but I did not feel as strong and smooth through the moves as usual.
- Saturday – 7-mile run – 7.13 miles, 1:11/9:57 pace. Outdoors. Cold. Completed midday, after the girls were down for their nap.
I really did not think I had this run in me today. I woke up with a sore throat and more congestion, plus a headache. I thought a long run might only make my cold symptoms worse. But I didn’t want to skip a long run in the freakin’ second week of training.
So, I figured I would head out for 7 miles and, if I felt crummy, then I would head back home. Well, I headed out and, by all accounts, crushed it. I did my first mile in less than 9 minutes. I stopped to walk twice, first at 2.66 miles and again at 5.33 miles or so, plus I paused for traffic a couple of times. I averaged just a hair less than 10 minutes per mile, and I could not be more thrilled.
I generally felt pretty good. I dealt with a brief side stitch/shoulder ache from inconsistent breathing, but I otherwise kept it all under control, despite the fact that I forgot to use my inhaler before the run. Oops. I mostly felt cold (even my toes!) for the first half of the run.
- Sunday –
restshoveling snow – 120 min.
Yeah, we got more than 12 inches of snow, easy, and not only was it the heavy stuff, but it’s been blowing and drifting all over the place. Christopher shoveled the driveway this morning, then I shoveled the back patio to give the dog access to the backyard. I shoveled the driveway AGAIN this afternoon, so Christopher could head into work. (Edited: I shoveled it YET AGAIN around 9 p.m., so he could come home and not get stuck.)
Let’s just file this under #midwesternworkout, shall we?
Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
- Tomorrow – yoga
- Tuesday – 3-mile run
- Wednesday – Zumba
- Thursday – 4-mile run
- Friday – Body Pump
- Saturday – 5-mile run
- Sunday – rest
P.S. I realize how dry these posts are. I’ll try to spice them up with some photos.