Sunday Sweats [12/15-12/21]

This was a weird week for me, since we traveled home just for the night at the beginning of the week, and I had exams all week, and I think it showed in my workouts. I had a rough beginning of the week but by the end I started to feel like myself and got some quality workouts in! Nothing earth-shattering, but a step in the right direction, I think.

Monday: Had to get up early to get my run in. I was tired and it was really cold and I didn't want to do it, but eventually I forced myself out the door. My legs didn't feel like they were moving that well and it wasn't a very great run, but I'm glad I got it done.

Tuesday: We didn't get back into town until after 5pm and then we had dinner to make, Christmas gifts to wrap, and decorations to put up, so I didn't get to my workout until after 8:30. Like Monday's run, it wasn't great, but I was glad to get it done.

Wednesday: This run was a bit better than Monday's, but not by much. I had planned to do my 4 miles and then get Bane for a 5th, but by the end of the 4th mile I was back home and tired and I had a cramp so I just quit. It was going okay for the first few miles (all around 8:00, +/- 5 seconds) but by the 4th one (8:34) I was just done.

Thursday: After Wednesday I was so mad at myself for not getting through my full run and for not taking Bane all week that on Thursday I made sure I ran a full 5 miles by myself and then picked up Bane for 1 more. The 5 miles were decent. I didn't push the pace but it still felt harden than it should have. I got on the trainer for 30 minutes later in the evening and had a much more pleasant experience than I have been lately! I turned the resistance down some - I'm not sure if I'm just a wimp or if somehow it got turned up really high, but either way it felt a lot better after I turned it down :)

Friday: Rest day! I did take Bane for a 1+ mile walk, but other than that, I did nothing.

Saturday: Rode my bike on the trainer for 45 minutes. Since I had already done 30 minutes on Thursday I didn't feel any pressure to get in a full hour, so I watched an episode of Real Housewives then rode a couple more minutes to round out a solid 45-minute session.

Sunday: Up early for 8 solo miles then 2 more with Bane. My goal was to establish a baseline for my long runs since I start half marathon training tomorrow. I wanted to find where my comfortable pace was, where I could run without feeling fatigue in my legs or my breathing labored. Since the semester is now over and most students have headed home for break, it was oddly quiet and desolate this morning, but it was also peaceful and I kind of loved it. I felt like I could have run forever! Running with Bane was a different story - apparently we needed to pee and sniff on EVERYTHING today. It was frustrating but in all honesty, as much as I want to teach him to calm down, I think he's teaching me the same thing.

- I'm pretty disappointed with how my weekday runs went this week. None of them were particularly fast or good-feeling. I never thought I would see a day when I was upset I only ran at an 8:15-8:30 pace but friends, the day is here.
- No sub-8's this week…unless that one mile 7:56 mile split I had counts…? Yeah I didn't think so.
- This is the second weekend in a row that I didn't get to run in one of my favorite races at home. Pretty bummed about it :(
- I definitely did not do as much yoga as I wanted to

+ I did 40 (out of 65) minutes of a yoga headstand class I have been meaning to do for a few weeks.
+ I got in 2 bike rides. Neither of them was very long but I did ride more total this week than I have in a while.
+ I did not want to kill myself or anyone else at any point while on the trainer this week!

Goals for the week:
  • Start my Rock n Roll/Shamrock half marathon training! I have kind of an insane goal that I'm not entirely sure is going to pan out, but I'm ready to train my little heart out regardless. It's been a while since I really put my heart into a training plan, so I'm apprehensive but excited.
  • Enjoy my Portsmouth runs. After my meltdown this week I'm pretty stoked that I get to do 3 out of my 4 runs this weekend in Ptown!
  • Bike 2x
  • Register for Princeton 70.3 (???). Registration has been supposed to open "soon" for like 2.5 weeks now, so no telling if this will be the week or not. At this point I'm kind of hoping it continues to be delayed so that maybe I'll be able to see the course first when I visit Alyssa in a few weeks, but I'm not holding my breath. I've never registered for a race this far in advance, or registered for this big of a race without at least knowing a little bit of the course first, but I know I'll be so mad at myself if I miss my chance and it sells out. I'm so nervous about registering now, but if I have to do it before I'm really ready to make sure that I get a spot, then so be it. 


  1. haha you didnt want to kill yourself or anyone while on the trainer. That definitely is a peak! I still think you rocked this week because you got up and went even when you didnt want to! Ill get there lol

  2. I think the holidays just put everyone a little off normal. You did great considering the circumstances! Have fun in Plymouth this week :-)

  3. Okay I have a maybe really dumb question... what's this "trainer" you speak of? I may have been thinking of the entirely wrong thing all this time, haha. I'm sorry this week was on the downer side, but you definitely have some highlights to celebrate! Ruts come and go, you know that well. The holidays and the cold most certainly can't help anything. It'll get better. We'll be okay... :)

  4. i am so excited for you to register for this race, i hope it doesn't open until after you see the course. and i am positive you will smash any and all goals out of the water - hope your weekday runs get better!