Last Week’s Workouts

Now that the holidays have passed, it’s nice to get back to working out and feeling healthy again. Here’s how my workouts went this past week:

Monday–Wednesday:
Family in town, didn’t work out.

Thursday, Jan. 2:
20 minutes treadmill (5.5mph-6mph, an “easy” pace)
10 minutes elliptical
15 minutes body strength

I planned to do 30 minutes on the treadmill, but my right knee started acting up at almost 20 minutes. Rather than chance anything, I hopped off onto the elliptical for the last 10 minutes. I don’t know why my knee was bugging me {very slightly}, other than perhaps from sitting all day at my desk and the fact I hadn’t run in 10 days, it was tight?

For my body strengthening, I just did a bunch of core exercises, some push-ups, squats and my hip exercises.

Friday:
Off, rest day before long run.

Saturday:
5 mile long run
Hip exercises

I’m starting my long runs for my half marathon training schedule. {I’ll post my full schedule for you to see soon.} I was only going to run 4 miles, but I joined up with my running club to run yesterday morning, and my friend Tom talked me up to 5 miles instead.

The run was challenging, but good. It was “feels like” 8 degrees out with the wind chill, but with the right clothes it wasn’t bad at all. {See my “what to wear for winter running” post!}

You know it’s windy out when the flags are blowing straight out…

flags in windy winter weather

The toughest part of the run was the varying road conditions. Forget the sidewalks—a lot weren’t even shoveled—so we were relegated to the roads. Some parts were clear, some had slush, but the worst parts still had about an inch of snow on them.

snowy roads for winter running

The snow wasn’t slippery, but it felt like running in sand! Phew, what a workout. Those parts definitely slowed me down, and towards the end of the run, I just wanted to walk through them, but I kept chugging along.

Despite all that, it sure was pretty out…

010514-winter-running-lake

I was definitely spent after the run, but it felt good to be out in the fresh air, chatting with some friends, and getting in a good run…all before 9am!

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{I need to get better at my selfie skills. ha!}

After my run, I came home and did some foam rolling (owww) and some hip exercises to help keep my knees happy.

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What were your workouts this week?
Would you bundle up and run in those conditions? 

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5 thoughts on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. My workouts were pretty similar – just surviving the snow and cold or else would resort to running on the indoor track at the gym. Those pictures are beautiful!

  2. I started the gym this week- I joined the Recplex. Running on their track and on the treadmill. Also hitting those weights after a year hiatus! You are one tough chic to run outside this weekend, I couldn’t do it…just too cold for me 🙂

    • Nice! I want to join but just not sure if I will use the place come spring/summer… And you have to pay for the whole year, right? You’ll have to let me know how you like it. Good luck with the weights; I don’t do enough strength training and just push-ups have been hard for me lately. haha!

      • For a resident of Pleasant Prairie it’s like 51 a month or you can pay in full for the year. I like the gym a lot, I like the indoor track and they have a lot of classes free for the base membership, which is a new thing this year. I also am excited for the pool! I need to start swimming again if I want to Tri in the summer 🙂

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