Weekly Wrap 06

The last 2 weeks have slipped away without a wrap-up post from me. But I haven’t had that much to wrap about either.

I’ve been trying to run at 3 days a week, but I haven’t kept up with the 80/20 schedule much at all. I am doing most of my runs at an easy pace. I really think I should add in at least one day of less easy running, but it feels hard to fit in.

Since around April I’ve been doing Crossfit type workouts with my coworkers twice a week and I started off loving them. But lately, I feel like they just might be wearing me out. I do think I’m stronger, which is nice, but I haven’t seen much of a change in my body (more muscle, less fat, etc) and it definitely takes a toll on my running. I enjoy the camaraderie of working out with my coworkers, and I actually don’t mind the actual classes, but I’m not sure how to keep doing them and run as much as I want/need for my own personal mental happiness. I feel like I have been kicking around this problem for quite a few weeks now and just can’t find an answer that satisfies me.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I decided to take this whole week off crossfit and see how I feel next week and if that helps me make a decision.

All that said, last Saturday, I set out for 8 miles, but the weather was pretty nice (low 60s) and felt pretty good and decided to just keep going and ending up making it 12 miles. That’s the longest run I’ve been on in about a year. And this past Sunday I did 8 miles at about a 40 seconds less per mile than usual (probably because of the weather, but I’ll still take it).

So maybe it’s not so bad and it’s all in my head. Maybe it’s just the change of seasons getting to me. I’m looking forward to a few days off work, lots of good food, and more naps than usual, and hopefully I’ll head into December feeling recharged!

I’m linking up with the Weekly Wrap, sponsored by Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin. I can’t wait to find a few minutes this week and get inspired by everyones autumn races and Turkey Trots

Weekly WrapUp 01

I’m excited to participate in my first (for this blog anyways) Weekly Wrap.  I actually wrote things down as they happened this week, so let’s jump right in.

Monday: Rest day!  I know lots of people #nevermissamonday, but I actually like starting off the week kind of low key and lazy.

Tuesday:  Crossfit class was pretty brutal.  It never seems that bad to read the board, but ….  reality.   The first part of class seemed okay – I can’t even remember what we did.  Then, we used a heavy kettlebell and were to do 3 descending rounds (20, 15, 10) of goblet squats, kettlebell swings and lawnmower rows.  If you pick a weight that is challenging for the first 2, that last exercise is ROUGH).  We ended the class with 2 rounds of 400 meter row sprints and everyone was just laid out by the end.

Wednesday:  I set my alarm and finally made it to the 6am Strength class with my Tues/Thurday trainer.  I really enjoyed the strength focus, though new people are always stressful for me.  But I paired up with someone at about my level it seemed okay.  We did deadlifts, push jerks (which were new to me) and push press with some core work and stretching thrown in.

Thursday:  I was getting up from a situp and twisted my knee strangely and it felt painful and super weird – like a rubber band was stretched wrongly inside there.  It stopped me in my tracked and I think I made a spectacle of myself.  But once I was able to straighten out my leg, the pain went away completely and I was able to complete the rest of the workout without any issue.  Later that evening, though, it felt somewhat sore and stiff.

I took it easy and Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday it felt pretty much fine and I was able to run 7.5 lovely miles before it started to twinge.  I would have liked to have made it 10, since the weather was so nice and I was feeling so good, but I figured ‘better safe than sorry.’

I’m linking up with the Weekly Wrap, sponsored by Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.