Hey there! It’s Tuesday which means it’s weekly recap day. Let’s dive right in!
Week at a Glance:
Training for: Nothing specific. Just enjoying myself and building/maintaining a base.
Days running: 3
Days lifting: 3
Miles this week: 13
My mileage was really low this week. My calves are acting up again and I don’t know why. I decided to give them a few extra rest days while I focused on bringing strength training back into my routine.
Total rest day, as always.
Easy run/walk: 5 miles @ 14:52
This week was the second week in my quest to once again move from run/walk to straight run. My walking breaks were once again 45 seconds. This week I will also do 45 seconds and next week I will likely decrease to 30 second walk breaks.
Heather also mentioned to me that she likes to start off with run/walk and then transition to straight run once she’s warmed up. I haven’t tried that yet but I love the idea of it and will definitely try it this week provided my calves feel better.
During this run my calves felt AWFUL. I decided to take a couple of days off of running to let them recover while I work on stretching them and just generally giving them TLC in the form of heat, ice, compression and anything else that makes them feel better.
Strength training day #1
- Chest press 3 x 7 @ 50lbs
- Shoulder press 5 x 7 @ 30lbs
- Halos 3 x 10 @ 15lbs
- Bent over rows 5 x 7 @ 25lbs
- Bicep curls 3 x 10 @ 10lbs
- Plank 3 x 1 minute
Strength training day #2
- Squats 3 x 7 @ 50lbs
- Lunges 3 x 7 ea. side @ bodyweight (I have terrible balance)
- Calf raises 2 x 15
- Plank 5 x 1 minute
I’ve been squatting for many years now and I still have an almost totally flat butt. I guess the very small bump that is there now is more than what I had when I started. Adam used to say my back just ran into my legs with nothing in between LOL! I don’t think there is any hope for my butt, but I’ll never give up!
Easy run/walk: 3 miles @ 14:46
Brrrrr what a chilly run!
Ali has been having some calf issues lately as well and she wondered if maybe her shoes were the culprit. I really like my Brooks Glycerins and have been wearing them for about a year now. That being said, her post made me wonder if maybe my shoes are to blame.
I decided to wear my Newton Fates to see if they made any difference. They didn’t but it was worth a try.
Easy run/walk: 5 miles @ 14:32 + strength training.
Wore the Newton Fate again just to make sure they wouldn’t help. I believe in trying more than once to be sure! Calves were still incredibly tight the whole time. At some point I’m really going to figure this out.
Also, BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!! I was super freezing during this run. It didn’t help that it was raining out too :(. I am not cut out for this type of weather!
Since my “long run” was only five miles I decided to follow up this run with a strength training workout (just a random mix of whatever I felt like doing).
Fingers crossed that this week my calves feel better. Tomorrow is a run day so I’ll get to test them out and see if the lower mileage last week helped at all.
How many days of strength training did you do last week?
What is spin class like? I’m thinking about taking a class!
Happy birthday Justin Timberlake!