A few days have passed and thank goodness, Winter Storm Jonas is history!
Last weekend was the first snowstorm of the year and it was no joke! Philadelphia got around 20 inches, but so many other areas suffered a lot worse! I’m grateful that this storm didn’t happen during the week because who knows what could have happened…now we have to deal with the aftermath, tons of snow with nowhere to go!
The only thing is that now we have to deal with the aftermath, tons of snow piled high with nowhere to go! We started to get some snowmelt thanks to the rain, but as long as people don’t move their cars, it’ll continue to be a mess. I took the subway a couple of days this week, but it’s time to get back to normal.
Since it’s Wednesday, I’m linking up with the ladies of Wild Workout Wednesday: Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie at Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness, and Nicole at Fitful Focus! Check out their sites for some really fun and challenging workouts!
I’m also linking up with Megan for the Weekly Workout Recap Linkup!Training 3 recap for the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge! #thisishowizooma #runchat Click To Tweet
Before I talk about my training for the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge, I want to share that virtual and in-person training for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race kicks off this week! I will be using the Intermediate Virtual Training Plan for the next several weeks, and I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Having the ZOOMA 10K to train for has been a great way to keep a strong running base in the running off-season. I’ll still be doing plenty of cross-training over the next couple of months, but I’ll be doing a lot more running as well. With the Intermediate Training Plan, I’m supposed to run 5 days a week. But I’m probably not going to run that often, at least not right away. I don’t want to burn out!
As soon as I figure out my plan for Cherry Blossom, I’ll let you know!
Wednesday 1/20: I had a horrible day at work (and in general), so I wimped out and didn’t do my run outside. Life!
Thursday 1/21: Dinner with my friend who’s in town for the weekend, no time for working out!
Friday 1/22: Okay, back at it! Started the day with a 10-minute ab workout from Runner’s Reset: mountain climbers, forearm planks, bicycles, crunches. Then to avoid the upcoming blizzard, I went for a run after work. What was supposed to be 3-4 miles ended up being a 7-mile run! I felt awesome and couldn’t believe how effortless it felt! And my average pace was under 11 minutes and I finished faster than I started! I really do think this cross-training is making a difference. The funny thing was, my Nike+ watch froze 5.12 mile into my run! Thankfully I was able to start it up again…
Saturday 1/23: I wanted to brave the snow and go for a run, but I just couldn’t do it, haha! Instead, I did an indoor workout from the Runner’s Reset, four sets of: 20 pushups, 20 sumo squats with upright row, 15 walking lunges with bicep curls, and 30 mountain climbers. My right foot started to bother me so I didn’t do the 4th set of lunges.
Sunday 1/24: 3 miles of running the snowy trail in the evening. It wasn’t easy but I was glad to be out there, especially since it was so peaceful! Unfortunately, my run took place after dinner and a couple of beers, so when I was finished, I felt awful!
Monday 1/25: I had my first intermediate yoga class as part of an 8-week series at work. Unfortunately, it’s only a half-hour, so it takes a lot of time just to get dressed for class. I had a surprise 1 pm meeting, so I had to duck out early, but the instructor is really good and seems super friendly. I’m looking forward to getting back at it! Before I went to bed, I did a shoulder and triceps workout as recommended from the runner’s reset program. 3 sets with 12 reps of shoulder press, triceps dips, lateral raise, etc.
Tuesday 1/26: I went for a run after work, unfortunately on the treadmill. On the Cherry Blossom training plan, I was set to run 3-6 miles with intervals. I did a 1-mile warmup, 3-mile intervals (15 seconds at 6.7 mph, 45 seconds at 4.7 mph), and a 1-mile cooldown. I felt pretty good during the run (though extremely bored), but by the evening, I was exhausted!
I’m extremely happy with how this past week went! The balance of strength training and running seems to be a winner. My runs felt fantastic, so does that mean I’m actually getting stronger? I also enjoyed my first class back at yoga.
Thankfully, wearing the Mizuno Wave Rider’s is no longer a concern, though sometimes my ankles feel sore after a run. I think I may need to tweak the laces so that they aren’t so tight.
I’m giving week 3 training an A! I’m really starting to feel back in training mode, which means I’ll start getting really intense soon. I’m excited to see what improvements I make this spring!
How is your week going so far? Are you still digging out of Jonas too? What were your favorite workouts this week?