This week I got a few more workouts under my belt but I had to battle against a couple late nights at the office. I think that we all know this already but when you don’t have a plan to follow it’s so easy to not workout. I need to get some structure back so that I don’t lose all of my gains from this fall.
M – Rest
T- 1 mile run, 25 minute row, 20 minute bike
W – 40 minute bike, strength training circuit
Th – Rest
F – Rest
S – Christmas Story Run
Christmas Story Run
Have you done this race before? If not, you really need to experience it. So. Many. Costumes! The race starts downtown at the old Higby mall in Public Square. The 5k runs to the Christmas Story house while the 10k is an out and back to the house.
This year, the weather was perfect! I thought I would test my wings and run with the 8:30 pacer today. She kept on creeping up in the corral closer and closer to the 8:00 pacer. The gun went off and she was off! I went weaving through the crowds to catch her. I hit the 1 mile marker at 8:05 and she was still ahead of me. I decided it was better to trail off.
Mile 2 clocked in at 8:14 but I was still trailing. I started to catch up as we neared 2.5. This part of the course is on the out and back. The lead runners were heading back to the city by this point. Watching the other runners always gives me a boost and a welcome distraction. Somewhere in this section, I ran past hubs and didn’t even notice it. After the 3 mile marker he caught up to me and told me he had side stitches that he couldn’t get rid of.
We walked for a bit so he could take some deep breaths. I decided to run back with him. Since I haven’t been training for this race I didn’t really care about getting a new PR. We alternated running and walking all the way back to the finish line. I told him that we could slow the pace but it seemed like every time we went back to running we settled around 8:30-8:40.
When we were running the bridge to get back to the finish line, one of our friends from SCRR caught up to us. We decided to run together to the finish. It gave us a nice little kick and our friend got a new PR. I loved coming in to the finish line to cheers from the crew that already crossed the finish line. And I crossed the finish line less than a minute slower than last year. I’ll take that as a win for running without training! After crossing the line, I went back to find my dad and run him in as well. He got a PR today!
After the race, we went out for brunch. I would share pics of the food but we were so hungry we dug in as soon as the plates hit the table. Then, we went back to the Christmas Story House (free entry with your race registration). Finally, on the way home we went to Jeni’s Ice Cream in Chagrin Falls. Such a cute little town.
Not quite the race that I was hoping for but I was really happy to be able to run sub 9 comfortably. My goal this month is to keep my long runs between 8:40-9:00 with one steady state run per week and one easy run. I can’t quite decide what it is that I want to do for my strength training/cross training yet. So I’ll use a few old favorites this week to help me get back to a solid schedule while I’m deciding.
A Sunday Well Spent
Today, I spent most of my day prepping. Food prep, writing training plans, writing blog posts, and deciding how I want to structure my week to get back on track. My main December goals are to drink more water every day, eat clean and minimize the amount of snacks I buy at work, and get back on a structured training plan to build my base.
What is your favorite strength training routine? Any workout recommendations?