Monday, January 8: REST
Life got in the way and I opted to skip Monday’s run for my own sanity’s sake.
Tuesday, January 9: Strength
Hit up a weight training class at Northeast Fitness. It was a straightforward workout starting with cut downs (15, 12, 10) to warm up (bicep curls, tricep extensions, chest press and fly). Then a three round circuit of walking lunges with weighted rotation, wall ball, plank, barbell row, ab roll outs and kettlebell sumo deadlifts.
Wednesday, January 10: Run*
Easy 3.5 miles after work. I definitely overdressed for this one – it was 36 degrees, but very damp, so I opted for flow tights, long sleeve lux, vigor vest, headband and gloves, but I took the gloves off just two minutes in and could have definitely gone without the vest.
Thursday, January 11: Run*
Oh, where to start? After some nice, mild weather, Thursday brought a plunge in temperature and snow. My only window for a run was before the paths were cleared, so I strapped on the Yaktrax and headed out. After a rough first mile, I finally kind of warmed up and figured out my footing, but as soon as I turned around at 1.5 miles, I found myself running directly into the wind.
I am happy to report that my new flyout jacket kept me nice and toasty — definitely was a smart investment for Minnesota winter running!
Friday, January 12: Kettlebells and Krankcycle class + PT exercises
I got in some strength work with a lunch hour Northeast Fitness class, spending half the time on the Krankcycle and half the time on the floor. The floor workout was three rounds of kettlebell swings, catch and press (1 min.), gunslingers (1 min.), half Turkish get ups left side (1 min.), half turkish get ups right side (1 min.). We finished with some core work.
Saturday, January 13: Hot yoga
The room felt hotter than usual, so it was a nice, hour-long extra sweaty session.
Sunday, January 14: Run* + strength circuit, PT exercises
Finally, a good run! Despite the below-zero temperatures, this run felt effortless (in fact, I may have seen some 8:xx’s on my watch from time to time) and I have to admit, my layering game was on point.
After I got home, I did a strength circuit from BlondePonytail’s Train Like an Athlete plan.
The rest of the day included eating a gigantic, amazing salad, meal prepping for the week and being lazy and watching football. We opted for ordering pizzas (a gf and vegan cheeze one for me!) and it was an excellent decision. And HOLY THE MOST AMAZING GAME EVER! Go Vikings! I’m going to be on an airplane during the next game – so I might need wi-fi for that flight.
*While I’m still being cautious with my hamstring, all of my runs have been at easy pace
I also made a loaf of Danielle Walker’s grain-free sandwich bread and ate that with almond butter for breakfasts, and mostly had dinner leftovers for lunches.
On the schedule this week:
- Leaving my number of run days at three, but continuing to add on the total mileage
- Drink more water!
- Start of the Whole Life Challenge!
Do you meal prep on Sundays? What does it typically look like?