Hello! I hope that you all had a nice week full of family and fun! Our family was out of town this year so hubs and I made our own turkey. Actually, the first time that we have cooked a turkey since we got married over 10 years ago! We had a nice quite Thanksgiving.
The last couple of weeks, I’ve been hit or miss with workouts. I’m totally ok with that because I always take a little downtime before spring training starts. This week was the first time since Urban Bourbon that I felt more back on track. I started reading the book Run Less, Run Faster and it inspired me to be more intentional with my cross training days. On Monday, I went to the gym to try out the rowing machine. I have to admit I was scared to even get on it! I wasn’t sure if I could even do it for 5 minutes. Once I got started, it wasn’t bad. My only concern is if I’m doing it with proper form. Luckily, I have an awesome friend that is going to give me some pointers this week! I’ll keep you updated.
I went to the gym to do what I thought would be a tempo run on the treadmill but I started out a bit ambitious with my speed so it turned in to an interval session. Still a good sweat session!
Wednesday – Rest Day
We got up early this morning to go pace the Pittsburgh PNC YMCA Turkey Trot. It was 23 degrees when I got up and I immediately started to regret that decision. Once we got down there and started running it was actually a beautiful day! There were so many people out. It was a really great time. For the 5k, I got to pace with hubs. We had a great time and got so many people across the line before us. We even came in with a 9 minute pace on the dot! For the 5 miler, I dropped back to the 9:30 pace with Betsy and we came in with a 9:29 pace. It doesn’t get much closer than that.
Friday – Rest Day and Back to the grind
After work today, hubs and I went out for sushi. Then, we decided that the great weather was worth it to brave a trip to Phipps Conservatory for the opening night of their winter garden show. Since we have a membership, we decided to go even if it was just a really quick trip. Not surprising, it was really busy. If you are planning to go on a weekend, I would suggest purchasing your tickets ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line. PS – there is a bar there and you can take your drinks through the displays. It makes the lines much more tolerable. You’re welcome!
We went out with SCRR for their weekly long run. I was debating on which pace group to go with. Since hubs was going with the 9 minute group I decided to just go for it. I’m always nervous about if I’ll be able to keep up with the group when I go with something outside of my comfort zone……even though this is my new comfort zone. I ended up making a new friend that was pushing the pace a little and came out with an 8:42 pace overall for 6 miles. I know that I shouldn’t be surprised with this, but I’m still surprised that this is my new normal. For the next 4 weeks, I’m just going to keep between 6-10 miles for my long run at a 9 minute pace.
After going to church, I came home to cook lunch, write up my weekly wrap, and then we were off to meet Hub’s family for dinner. They were in NY for Thanksgiving and we went to meet them halfway.
How was your Thanksgiving?
Have you ever used the rowing machine as part of your training plan?
Are you officially in the off season now?