Weekly Rundown: 004 – The Tale of 2 Rest Days

Can it be Sunday again already? Wow!

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Monday  – Beach Run (3 miles, 39:04, 13:01/mi, 77*)
This run felt really good. Some very sweet drunk spring breakers gave me a standing ovation as I ran passed them.  It’s not everyday you are made to feel like Shalane! Thanks guys!

Tuesday – Treadmill Run (3 miles, 40:00, 13:20/mi)
I hit the emergency stop button on my treadmill when I was just .1 away from being done, so the total time and pace is an estimate, but probably a pretty close one. Stupid treadmill. Stupid emergency bar. Watching a new episode of The Mindy Project afterwards helped me feel better!

Wednesday – Rest
Got home from work late and had 0 energy to run or do anything else. Watched the HEAT game from the comfort of my couch until bed time.

Thursday – Beach Run (4 miles, 51:41, 12:55/mi, 79*)
One mile warmup, two miles of fartlek and one mile cooldown. Hit the drawbridge at mile 3 and had to take a small break to wait for the bridge to come back down. That mile ended up being 11:40 which is fast for me, but I’m sure the break had something to do with it! It was really warm and humid out! Blech!

Friday – Rest
Oops another rest day. Actually I’m thinking about making two days off from running a standard thing for a while. I’ve been following a 6-day a week schedule for two years. I like running a lot, but I want to take some time to really focus on strength training. At this point I feel like that will help me more than getting in a few extra easy miles.

Saturday – Treadmill Run + Core + Legs
should have gotten in a lifting session on both Wednesday and Friday but I did not. I’ve been feeling really worn out the last couple of weeks; it’s been more of a mental exhaustion than a physical one, but it does kill my motivation. Since I skipped strength both of those days, I made sure to get in an okay workout this day.

  • 1 mile warmup @ 13:49 pace
  • 3 forearm planks @ 60 seconds with 15 second rest
  • 1 minute double hip extension
  • 30 reps of up and downs
  • 30 diagonal situps
  • 15 reps of deep squat press-outs with 10lb dumbbell
  • 15 reps of deep squat press-ups with 10lb dumbbells
  • 1 mile cooldown @ 13:38 pace

Sunday – Beach Run (10 miles, 2:17, 13:45, 76*) + Upper Body Strength
Nice little morning run during my usual loop. I haven’t actually gone to the gym to do upper body yet, but I am definitely planning to do it this afternoon so I’m including it here! It needs to get done since I slacked all week on strength training!

Total Mileage: 22
Total Time Running: 4:55
Avg. pace: 13:20/mi



  1. March 22, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Sometimes you just need a little extra rest. I wonder if adding in more speed workouts is contributing to your feeling of being more tired/needing a little more rest? I know that for me personally, speed workouts take a lot more out of me than easy runs and they totally zap me of any willpower to do strength workouts (not like I have a ton of motivation for strength workouts anyway).

    Are you loving Mindy right now?? I thought it was in a bit of a slump for the first part of this season, but these last few episodes have been great.

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Speedwork could be a part of it, but I think it has more to do with some changes going on at work. My body feels okay, but some days I just feel too exhausted mentally when I get home to get out for a run.

      I AM LOVING MINDY! I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to relate to the show anymore now that she’s pregnant, but the Mindy-Danny dynamic has just gotten better!

  2. March 22, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I’m training for a few half marathons this spring / summer and a full marathon in September. I enjoy seeing your weekly breakdown of your runs and progress. Great week! Keep it up

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

      I’m jealous that you have half marathons in the spring/summer!! Down here our half marathon season ends in March and doesn’t come back until November because it’s so hot 🙁

  3. March 22, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Sometimes its nice to cut back a bit on running days which gives you more time to focus on other things. Great week of training!

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Yes, you’re so right! When I first started running I needed to get in the mileage and experience, but now I think it’ll be more helpful to focus on strength a little bit more and cut back on a few of the easy miles. It’s hard to juggle 6 days a week of running with strength. I’m always nervous about when to put that leg day in!

  4. March 22, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Looks like you had a great week! Keep up the hard work, it all pays off!!

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Maddie! I need to jump over to your blog asap to see how your race went! 🙂

  5. March 22, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I want to get a standing ovation while running! I take two rest days a week and I know it’s what my body needs, it just can’t handle 6 days a week. Nice week of running!

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      It was pretty funny to get a standing ovation! The group was definitely already a few drinks in, and as I ran by they all stood up, cheered and put their cups in the air haha!

  6. March 22, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Great week Kristina! I am very jealous of your beach runs! It has warmed up enough that all of the snow has melted here, but some days are still pretty cold. It was only in the 30s when I headed out for my run this afternoon.

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      The 30s! WOW! Today the high was 85 here, so 30s actually sounds really good!

      Right now we’re a bit too toasty for March if you ask me!

  7. March 22, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I am trying to decide now whether to do 5 or 6 days of running. I am leaning towards 5, because I really do seem to benefit from the extra day off, and it can be especially beneficial to take them as 2 consecutive days! (Sometimes it is needed as a more “mental health” break!) Because you are doing so much more speed work, you are going to need that extra day here and there!

    • March 22, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Oh, I never thought about taking 2 consecutive days off from running. I can see how that would be really beneficial. I need to think about that!

      For now I think 5 days of running will work well for me so I can focus on strength while I’m not really training for any races. Once marathon training rolls around again this summer I’ll probably go back to 6 days a week… we’ll see!

  8. March 22, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Glad you gave yourself some extra rest – no need to let yourself get totally worn out and run down.

  9. March 23, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Great week 🙂 That’s a great core and legs work out.
    I have been doing my leg lifts, but I still haven’t started planking regularly yet or doing leg strengthening…I am feeling like it may never happen.
    I like all the outside runs you are getting in 🙂

  10. March 23, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    What a clever post title 🙂 Oh Mindy, I love the website you sent (and I follow them on IG now). Did I tell you (maybe on Twitter?) that I looked for the Pineapple sweater, but sold out!

  11. March 24, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    I DEFINITELY need the two rest days. Like you, I struggle to balance two different activities…and when I try to accomplish 6 days on running on top of at least 1-2 karate classes per week, well…let’s just say it’s enough to kill me. I think sometimes the extra rest day can sometimes provide a much bigger benefit than logging those couple of additional miles!