The weather took a bit of a turn this week. We have had a bit of cold here and there, but the temperatures finally dipped into the 20s and 30s. It was a bit of an adjustment, for sure, but I will say it sure does change running. Due to my breathing issues, some days were a little tougher than others, but it has been a welcome change.
Sunday – 6. 4 miles
With the Glass Slipper Challenge looming, S and I are working on back to back runs as part of our training. With 3.1 at Princess Place the day before, I thought six miles would be a great encore. For me, it was a new running route and that helped make up for the fact that I wasn’t really enthusiastic about being up and out.
However, friends make it better (Remember when I claimed I was a lone wolf runner and would never really get used to running with others? My, how things have changed.)
Monday – body circuit, 60 minutes
Class was chilly, and I think I worked even harder to try to get warm. We did a lot of different exercises that I really enjoyed. I typically love weights, but the cardio-heavy days are great, too.
One of the things I am trying this year is to improve about meal planning and prep. Before I had to get little man from the bus stop, I set about getting dinner in the crockpot and making an egg casserole for us to eat through the week. It ended up being a huge timesaver and quite a big hit with the family.
I also put together this recipe of lentils and rice with fried onions (I used red) and sour cream (you can also use greek yogurt). It was surprisingly delicious and such a great comfort dish. It was nice to break out of my cooking comfort zone and have success.
Tuesday – 3 miles
I was less than impressed to find ice on the car windows on my way out to our group run.
We agreed that the hardest part was getting out of our warm beds, and the next hardest part was getting out of our warm cars, but once we got going, it was ok. In fact, I had to slide my gaiter down pretty quickly, because I was getting too warm.
The frost lasted through the morning. It really was beautiful but I don’t think anyone was ready.
Wednesday – rest
My lovely neighbor invited me and another mom on our street to breakfast at her house. It was so sweet and we spent several hours enjoying a delicious spread (including a mushroom, scallion and cheese omelette) and conversation. I hated for it to end and I hope we can do it again.
Thursday – 4.2 miles
I decided that I needed to get at least one extra mile on Thursday, so I told my friends that I would plan to get to our meeting spot a little earlier. To my surprise, they said they would join me! It was just slightly warmer than Tuesday, and it ended up being a fantastic run.
Friday – rest
Body circuit was canceled due to the nasty storms that started moving through our area, so I was able to get some work done. It was a pretty long day, and I was exhausted when I finally got home. Mr PugRunner and little man brought me home some hibachi chicken and rice for dinner and I showered, ate and turned in.
Saturday – Best Damn Race, 6.2 miles
Since the races started at 7:00 AM, with street closures scheduled for 6:20, I was in for an early and long day.
The race was great, even though I toyed with the idea of dropping from the 10K to the 5K. It was a tough course, but more on that later.
Little man and Mr PugRunner took my stepdad to a basketball game and then I went out for martinis with some friends. It was a wonderful night, full of laughter and fun. We don’t go out all that often, so it’s nice when we do.
And that was the week. 2016 seems to be shaping up just fine. There are just two weeks until my third race of the year, and then it will be almost time for Disney!
How was your week in training?
Are you great at meal planning or do you struggle with it as much as I do?