It’s Thursday. My goal this week was to get through the scheduled training sessions, be consistent and to find a way to make it happen. Despite darkness. Despite cold. Despite ice. Despite schedules. Despite it all.
Monday was my deep water running class and my first strength routine of the season. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t do any strength work over the summer. But that’s behind me. The strength routine left me feeling amazing, frankly. I love strength training and my body thrives when it’s part of my routine.
Tuesday I ran 2.36 miles on my lunch break instead of the scheduled 3. We were in the middle of a bad freezing rain patch and the roads were icy, but I was happy with my 2.36. That night I went to the kick off party for Winter Warriors and feel excited for some great opportunities for group workouts, snowshoe runs and making new friends. It should be great!
Wednesday I ran 4.09 miles on the treadmill at a gym where I had a free pass. It was perfect as more freezing rain came through.
Tonight I rode my bike for an hour and did a halfhearted strength routine in the living room. Part of this week’s goal was to identify areas of weakness either in the scheduling or set up. The room where my bike is set up is very cold and the trainer creates wind. So I was very cold. That is something I will have to be better prepared for. Either pants or leg warmers are a necessity and a more comfortable jacket for the bike. The one I was wearing was tight in the shoulders and I couldn’t get comfortable. I was sweating with numb toes. Not a comfortable feeling. I also need to have a better plan for the strength routine following the bike. Because what I did today was not something that will take me far. Better than nothing, for sure. I biked 14.5 miles in the hour on the trainer. Just got on and pedaled. I will have better workouts in the future, but tonight was just about getting it done and observing things. I have some changes to make.
Tomorrow is a rest day and then over the weekend I will have daylight to do my two longer runs. Ok so technically Saturday is only 3 miles and Sunday is 6 miles – doable distances, for sure. I look forward to the 6 miles and getting in the mindset for long runs over the weekend. I think this schedule should continue to work out for me!
Do you have a home gym of sorts? I have my bike on the trainer and I have a curved dumbbell bar, 2 10-lb. dumbbells and a 10-lb. kettle bell, as well as a yoga mat, a yoga belt (great for stretching the IT band, a ChiBolster, and a massage stick. I would like to add a step so I can do some more powerful leg exercises on Thursdays, and I’d love a stability ball. Heck, I’d love a lot more but this is a good start.
I’m in the process of hiring a coach. In the early stages of research. Trying to define what I’m looking for so I can find a good fit, and meeting some people to see what they have to offer. And how much they charge. It might not be in the cards for this season, and if that’s the case, it’ll be ok.
I’m looking forward to a day off tomorrow. If for nothing else, balance.
Thanks for reading!