Eeeks! One week left until spring training starts. That means that it is prep week. Going forward, I have a word picked out for each training week. Before we get in to that, let’s make sure that you are all ready to start your training. Did you take time to invest in your running base? Do you have your training plan picked out? Did you schedule time for your workouts? Do you have a running buddy lined up to make training easier? Did you write down your training goals yet?
I hope that you have your solid training base! If you haven’t been running regularly, please adjust your training goals. I am right there with you. I know that I need to dial back my paces until I get back to a regular schedule. This will help to decrease injury risk and the chance that I will get burned out. The rest of these questions can be figured out this week. Need some suggestions for a training plan? You can see the links in this post or feel free to ask me questions. There is a training plan out there for everyone’s needs. Each plan has its own feel with intensity, volume and number of training days.
My Training Goals:
This cycle is going to be all about consistency and core strength. Since I’m not coming in to this cycle with a great base, I am going to start conservatively. My speed and tempo sessions will be based off current ability for the first 4 weeks. After that, I’ll bump it up to goal pace speeds. Hopefully when the weather breaks, I’ll be ready for some serious track workouts. Core strength is so important for runners so I’m going to train it all: abs, hip stabilizers, spine stabilizers, and glutes. I saved a bunch of videos on YouTube that I’m going to start trying out. I’ll let you know which ones I think are keepers!
Week In Review:
W- 30 minutes cardio (bike)
Th- 3 miles
Sa- 8 miles
Su- 40 minutes cardio (bike) + core
This was kind of a crazy week. Hubs was out of town so I had the pleasure of snow removal duties. Work is really keeping me busy lately. I know that I need to stop using that as an excuse for not getting things done. Moving forward, that is my big goal for the upcoming week!
Friday, I got pulled in to a few extra meetings at the end of the day. Instead of fighting through the traffic, hubs and I ended up with an impromptu date night at Burgatory and Southern Tier. I’m not really that in to beer but they have the best beer there! My favs are Coffee Pumpking, Ginger Beer, Cinnamon Roll, and Thick Mint.
Saturday, we joined Steel City for the weekly group run. A fellow group member is recovering from surgery for breast cancer and the group decided to put on a Pink Out for her. Everyone showed up decked out in pink and we wrote notes that will be delivered to her. It was so sweet to see everyone come out and show their support! It’s the reason why I love the running community. Runners have the biggest hearts! We are still dealing with snowy sidewalks which made the hills on course a little difficult. It just makes me that much more excited about our continued warm up. Next week is looking good for local long runs!
Sunday was spent just like any other: organizing, cooking, working out, and preparing for the upcoming week. Hubs and I are currently on the couch watching the football games. Go Jags and Eagles!
This week we are making chicken and veggies with the RFES peanut sauce. It’s one of my favorites! One of my other goals is to get more veggies in my diet and less processed foods. Over the weekend when hubs was out of town, I ate well and didn’t snack as much. It made such a difference in how I felt! I even lost a few pounds and I’ve been able to maintain that loss.
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