I always feel a little weird posting workout recaps when I’m not training for anything… Does anyone care what I do when my workouts don’t have a race-related purpose? <– That’s a legitimate question, not rhetorical.
Well, since I don’t have any answers yet, I’ll go ahead and recap this week for you… in case you do care.
Monday: Leg workout at the gym, then 3.8 miles on the treadmill, since we were under tornado watches and stuff. I planned to go 4 miles, but the stinkiest human I’ve ever smelled got on the treadmill next to me, and I honestly could not stand to be on there for .2 more miles. Seriously. Bad.
Tuesday: Easy 4-mile run and upper-body workout
Wednesday: 7 miles easy
Thursday: Leg workout and 4 easy miles.
Friday: I decided to bail on my upper-body workout (more on that in a minute) and just go for a run. I did stop at the gym as I passed, though, because I left my sunglasses there on Thursday. And they were gone. I am not happy. They’re my favorite, and they were a gift, so they’re way nicer than anything I’d ever buy for myself. I know it’s my fault for forgetting them, but seriously, people, don’t take stuff that is not yours.
So I left the gym, and I was mad, and I was not paying attention to my feet, apparently, because I ran .2 miles and fell on my face. Literally — I was afraid I’d have a black eye. Luckily, my face is a little tender but not bruised. My knee is not so lucky.
I’m bad at running.
Anyway, I got up and ran another 3ish miles for a total of 4, so obviously I was not actually hurt.
Saturday: 10.1 miles. I love fall running.
I may or may not have tried every Instagram filter on this picture until I found one that demphasized the still-red mark on my cheek from my little run-in with the sidewalk.
Totals: 31.9 miles running, 1.5 hours strength
I learned three things this week (besides the obvious “‘pay attention to where your feet are”):
One, this weight-lifting plan is not going to work for me. I’m just not a four- to five-days-a-week, leg day/back day/chest day type of girl. I’m more of a two- to three-days-a-week, lift-everything-and-do-it-quick-so-I-can-go-run-again type of girl. So while it may be a great idea to lift more and focus more on getting strong, I just don’t like it, and I’m probably not going to stick with something I dislike… especially when the gorgeousness that is a Colorado October is just begging me to go running. So I ordered this book:
(because I didn’t win it in Christy’s giveaway). It should give me some new workouts that are designed for people more like me than like Bodybuidling.com’s typical audience.
Realization #2 is that I need to clean my diet back up. I haven’t been eating terribly the past several weeks, but there have been zucchini and pumpkin breads in the teachers’ lounge, pieces of candy from J’s classroom stash when I’m waiting for him to be ready to go home, a big spoonful or three of peanut butter while I’m cooking dinner, a bowl of cereal after dinner (even though I’m not still hungry), and, especially, stress eating the past few weeks…. all those things are starting to add up in the form of tighter pants, pimples, and a general “blah” feeling. I don’t need to do anything drastic, but I do need to rein it in and clean it up again.
The third thing I learned/realized: I need a goal for the winter. Since my marathon was so early, I need something to motivate me over the next few months, until I choose and start training for a big spring race. I’m considering Racing Underground’s winter series. I did the Yeti Chase a few years ago, and I enjoyed it (Okay, I really liked the homemade banana bread at the finish…). And while the bulk of my marathon winnings should go toward a new washer and dryer, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a little on race registration, right?
I’m not sold on that series, though. There’s also the Winter Distance Series. Or I could just pick one race at a time and not have to commit to a series. I can’t decide. Help me, readers…
What should my short-term goal be??
And to return to my earlier question… do you care about reading my weekly workout recaps when they workouts are unfocused?