Hey! I hope your week has been going great so far! I am SO happy that the wintry weather has finally said goodbye! Bring on the sun!
Over the weekend, I did get to enjoy winter for a little while longer. On Saturday morning, we hit the road for my long-awaited trip to Blue Mountain in the Poconos for a day of skiing and snowboarding! Bret has never gone skiing before, and I haven’t gone snowboarding in over 3 years. Needless to say….it’s NOT like riding a bike!
I had originally planned a big trip that was supposed to include staying overnight and hanging out with lots of people, but it only ended up being 4 of us out there…which was fine by me!
The snowboard and I had a rough go…I went down a green trail a couple of times and I fell a LOT. But thankfully it got better as I kept going. I briefly got to see my friend Dylon and my other pal Stephen…I just wish we could have spent more time together! And I was most happy that Bret tried something new and while it wasn’t easy, he still enjoyed it. So the ski day was a victory!
Now on to this past week of Cherry Blossom training…how did it go?Another week of Cherry Blossom Training plus a day on the slopes! #sweatpink #wowlinkup… Click To Tweet
Wednesday 3/4: I had a busy day of meetings at work so I didn’t make it to Cardio Kickboxing class. After work, I had a 4-mile run followed by strides. I felt pretty crappy at first because I ate too many Twizzlers before my run (see my post from Saturday – it’s a problem!). But eventually, I shook it off and had a good run.
Thursday 3/5: Day of rest!
Friday 3/6: Cardio Kickboxing was cancelled due to the bad weather. In the evening I did speed work: 1 mile of warmup, then I did 2 minutes of intervals on and off at 5K pace for four sets, cooling down to 4 miles.
Saturday 3/7: Lots of falling on Blue Mountain!
Sunday 3/8: Because of the ski trip I moved my 9-mile long run to Sunday. I was very nervous that my body would be too tired from a day on the mountain, but thankfully it seemed to have no effect on me! I felt great during the entire course of the run, even speeding up a full minute per mile on my last 3 miles! I finished in about 1:40…I was so happy! After my run I had a lengthy foam rolling and stretching session and said hello an Epsom salt bath!
Monday 3/9: I had my 4-mile easy run. Unfortunately, for a good portion of the run my shins were bugging me, especially my right shin. So I definitely think that it’s time to get some new green Superfeet insoles! I just wish they were cheaper…$50 is really pricey, even though I’ll be able to use them for a year.
Tuesday 3/10: Boot Camp Class with an emphasis on the hips. I’m a little worried that I may have tweaked my hip on my left side…so I need to be careful. But otherwise I enjoyed the pushups, mountain climbers, burpees, and squats!
I’m really proud of how week 6 shaped up, especially with the 9 mile run! I’ve hated having to rearrange my runs to get it all in, but I’m thankful that I’ve been able to work it out. There were definitely times when I didn’t want to go out there, but I didn’t make any excuses!
My only critique is that I still need to spend even more time with my strength training. My knees did hurt after my long run, and my shins are a nuisance that I don’t want to deal with anymore. I need to spend more time on my hips and glutes. I even think that my core isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be. So I may need to get back with Nike Training Club to work on some things.
Week 6 grade? A!
Has the weather finally warmed up in your area? What’s new in your world?