Training has been going ok – a little bit of a stall during the holidays. But when you look back at my running last year during the winter I’ve already improved with getting outside and running more. Last year in January, I ran 5k in December, 15K in January and 16K in February (yikes..) – but in December this year, I have run 28K. Now that is a pretty low KM week during marathon training, but an improvement during off season. Even November wasn’t bad – with an additional 14K on top of the marathon. The plan after the marathon was to gradually amp up the mileage again, but very slowly. My body needed a rest after the marathon.
Training December 18-December 31st
December 18 – GoodLife + small track workout
I went in for a physical assessment at GoodLife. While waiting for the personal trainer, I ran half a mile. Then I did a series of exercises to test my physical abilities including lunges, push-ups and planks. It was fun!
In the evening I was supposed to do a long jump practice – but after 800m and dynamics, my hip was angry. I did manage to do a couple of start drills though. My hip really jammed up that evening.
December 19 – GoodLife
Another GoodLife workout with the personal trainer. She ran through a variety of exercises including weighted lunges/squats and using the TRX system for some rows and pull-ups. I liked the TRX stuff! The personal trainer also showed me a year long plan of workouts. I’m hoping to sign up for some personal training in January.
December 20-25 – not much
A bit too busy during the holiday season. I did some lunges, glute bridges and that sort of thing here and there, but nothing structured. I also wanted to rest the hip – which worked as it doesn’t feel jammed up anymore.
December 26 – 6K “long run”
Longest run since the marathon! I’ve gradually built up from 3K to 6K over the past month. I doubt that I will go beyond 10K in the winter season, so in a few weeks I should be able to get to 10K. The run felt good – actually I was warm! It was 4C that day and I totally overdressed.
December 27 – Hip/Glute exercises
I had to coach that day – so I did do a few body-weight exercises with the track team – including 5 Rocky push-ups (full push-up with a clap – they are killer). When I got home, I did more lunges, push-ups
December 28 – 3K Progression run
I went for a short run on Sunday – 3K, with each KM getting faster. I finished in under 18 minutes with KM 1 being 6:14, KM 2 in 6:02 and KM 3 in 5:29. Fun little workout. I am loving the clear sidewalks!
December 31 – 5K Resolution Run
This hasn’t happened yet – but I’m sure it will go fine! No goals for the race – I’m sure a sub-30 is in order, a sub 28 could happen, a sub 26 would be amazing (but probably not happening).
I missed the gym the second week, but once I go back to school, things should be a bit more on schedule. Also, my GoodLife location is just a block south of school, so it makes it even easier to get to the gym. As mentioned, I have run more in December then any December previously. I need to keep up with that momentum! I also want to take advantage of the clear streets for as long as possible. I can deal with the cold, but the snow-running is probably why my hip acted up.
How was your training?