Ah, it feels good to be back!
My off-season officially came to a close this past week, and my Back in the Training Mode season became a reality. Here's what all went down:
As part of the Buprees & Planks & Push-ups Challenge, Monday was the final day of burpees and it was a grand endeavor --> can you say 100 burpees? I did them in sets of 20, interspersed with planking, and felt absolutely giddy with excitement upon finishing that feat. That was workout #1 for Monday.
|Nothing grandiose but the smile is actually genuine|
Pretty much a rest day. I did the final plank for the BPP Challenge, and that's all she wrote.
|Bed head planking...|
It had been awhile since my friend, Barb, and I have knocked out a #5at5 (five miles at 05:00 AM). Lucky for us, the temps were ever so mild and the blue/blood moon was ever so bright. The 04:20 wake-up was a bit of a struggle, but the run felt great.
|go bright or go home, especially in the wee hours|
|that's 95, 96, deeper, 97, DEEPER, 98...99...100!|
How about another stair workout? And what say we add in some intervals of supermans and burpees, you know, just for fun?
How does this sound?
*10 flights of singles
*10 flights of doubles
*5 flights of triples
***repeat for a total of three sets**
This stairway circuit netted me 30 total supermans, 30 total burpees, 75 total flights of stairs, about 30 minutes of time, and a thoroughly productive sweat session. Mission accomplished.
|Another stairway workout to add to the roster|
Not a lot on tap for Friday, other than the 30 squats for the new SST Challenge (see down below). It also was Wear Red Day (in support of women's heart health), so why not honor that in my workout clothes?
|30 weighted squats...dressed in red|
In addition to a 5-miler next weekend, and a 10K a month later, I also have a half marathon happening on March 17th. In other words, it's time to start upping my weekly mileage a bit and extending my long runs each weekend. Barb and I met up at 8:00 for a 7-mile adventure. My weather app showed it was 28F (feels like of 18F) when we started and it was 31F (feels like of 21F) upon completion. Granted, that's only an increase of 3-degrees, but with the lack of wind, it felt much warmer. I was blatantly over-dressed, but the run felt surprisingly effortless despite the massive sweat fest at play.
|seven miles = 2018 distance PR! (It's the little things, right?)|
Winter certainly returned with a vengeance overnight. Since all I needed was a short recovery run, and was really craving a nice sweaty run in a tank top and shorts, I opted to fire up 'Milly and show her some more love. I even made it through those two miles without any music. Don't worry, my affection for the great outdoors still trumps any "feel good" feelings I have for the treadmill.
|We all know that treadmill miles count double, right?|
So, that's my first week back in the "training mode". Total mileage (Monday-Sunday) clocked in at 16 miles. My January miles came in at 53, which was perfect considering it was my off-season and I intentionally scaled back on the running. Over all, I'm quite content with the variety of my workouts. I think the variety of cardio has greatly enhanced my endurance, and the strength-training and stair-climbing are working wonders on my overall fitness.
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
In other news:
***With a new month in the works, I have some new goals to help me keep my focus. I'm taking part in a new challenge, the Supermans, Squats, and Twists Challenge (also hosted by Rachel). I spent some time and tweaked my workout plan to include those particular exercises, as well as account for adequate rest/recovery time. As usual, this is more of a guide than a carved-in-stone plan...I plan to modify and/or switch some workouts around if need be.
|February is gonna be fun!|
|six years of climbing and fundraising for the American Lung Association|
How was your week? Were you as happy as me to see January come to an end? Any big plans for February? How's your spring training shaping up?
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