Run: 146.6 km
My primary focus this month after the Road 2 Hope has been rest and recovery. After an intense fall training/racing season, I was tired. And there were a few nagging pains here and there - the groin problem from Scotiabank that kept coming back, a random pain in my thigh that come out of nowhere (and disappeared about as quickly). Nothing particularly major, but enough to know my body was saying it needed a bit of a break. So I took some days off, and now I've dialed back the mileage and taken my running slow and easy for the last couple of weeks. Other than that one LSD with Sam where Sam forgot the 'slow' part - although it's pretty good evidence of how far my running has come that a 5:34/km pace over 14k wasn't hard to maintain. But I'm mostly skipping speedwork for a while and sticking with easy running. I'm now ache and pain free and feeling really energized and excited about winter training.
|Why do I haul my ass out of bed early to run? This helps.|
|Beautiful run along the lake on a very very cold day.|
|289 steps. I can get about 2/3 of the way up running before I have to slow down and walk the rest. Future goal: Run the whole thing without stopping.|
|The view from the top of the stairs. It's prettier in summer and fall, that's for sure.|
15 pushups (full pushups, on toes)
15 TRX rows (suspending as much body weight as possible)
15 TRX pikes
20 bodyweight squats (or pistol squats if feeling particularly peppy)
20 kettlebell swings
Take breaks when needed to complete each exercise with perfect form. Repeat entire sequence x2.That's a hundred burpees total. It's painful, but in a good way. Sort of. Admittedly the first time I did it I was sore for 4 days afterwards.
|I need this shirt.|
|Oh right, time for this sort of thing again.|
Basically, it's all good. I am really enjoying running easy and without much of a structured plan right now (other than a general target for weekly mileage), so I plan to continue like that for a bit.
And now the countdown is on to Christmas vacation. Bring on the holiday food!
|Random: I asked my husband to buy me some chocolate. This is why he's not allowed to have a Costco membership.|