Week one of my new training plan is officially complete! I am so happy to be back to a training plan. I love nothing more than structured workouts and crossing days off a plan. Since completing the New York City Marathon in November, I’ve significantly decreased my mileage. Winter is always the time when I want to hibernate, and the completion of the marathon came at a great time. The increased darkness and chilly temperatures combined with marathon recovery worked perfectly together.
After about two months of recovery, I was completely ready to begin to increase my mileage again. My legs were feeling fresh and my mind was ready to get back outside more regularly. Week one of 25k training is now complete, and I have one thing to say about the runs in particular: they were HARD. A few weeks ago it seemed like spring was returning to Michigan, but that certainly changed this past week.
We got at least 12 inches of snow throughout the course of the week, and temperatures dipped back down to bitter cold. My planned runs somehow always managed to fall right after a heavy snowfall. I have yet to find a shoveled sidewalk or completely plowed road, so each run left me trudging through fairly deep snow. The snow was slippery, so staying upright and keeping my feet from sliding was the big challenge on each run.
With all that being said, it still feels so great to have a few runs under my belt and get back to a routine. I am looking forward to the next few weeks of training, and getting stronger from the challenges they may bring.
Here is how week 1 of training played out for me.
25k Training Recap: Week 1
Monday, 2/5: 30 minute leg workout – I completed one of my favorites that can be found here! This was my last week finishing up a 12 week cross training plan. This workout left my legs a little tired, but not nearly as sore as they were when I first started!
Tuesday, 2/6: 4 miles. This run was HARD. The snow was falling while I ran, which was beautiful, but nothing had been plowed or shoveled. I’m sure I got a bit of cross training on this run as well, as my calves and hips were working in overdrive to navigate the deep snow and keep me upright.
Can you see the road? … neither could I 😉
Wednesday, 2/7: 30 minutes of Yoga – I completed Runner’s World Recovery Yoga. This is one of my favorite yoga routines! It hits all of the spots that my body really needs, and I always feel a million times better (mentally and physically) afterwards.
Thursday, 2/8: 3 miles. This run somehow also managed to fall right after another snowfall, so it was pretty similar to Tuesday. The slippery roads took me less by surprise this time though, so I felt much more mentally prepared. It’s funny what your body can get used to.
Friday, 2/9: Core workout – I completed the workout found here! This was another workout to finish up my 12 week cross training plan, and officially the last one. I LOVE these kind of ab workouts because I actually see results. Now that my cross training plan is finished, I plan to incorporate core workouts at least once a week on yoga days.
Saturday, 2/10: Rest!
Sunday, 2/11: 50 minute spin workout. I was supposed to run 5 miles today but we got another significant snowfall in the morning! We had probably about 10-12 inches on the ground and got another 4 or so Saturday night/Sunday morning. It was still snowing when I was ready to run and nothing had been shoveled or plowed, so I decided to swap my run for some cross training. I know running in deep snow changes my gait and stride so I always worry that too much of it may lead to injury! I feel a little guilty for missing a run so soon into training but know there are plenty more to come.
(I forgot to take a picture during my workout so I used an old one;).
I’m excited to continue this training plan and see progress along the way. This week was a challenge for my mental game but I am feeling much more confident as we begin a new week. Happy Monday!