Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 is Off to a Running Start!

After finishing up a long year of racing, it feels great to take a bit of a break. And after my races in San Antonio, I did just that. I took the rest of December to rest up, doing just short runs here and there and a few group exercise classes at the gym. Although I gained a little weight and lost a little speed I don't feel bad about it at all. I know taking a break from training then means I'll be able to train hard when it counts.

I thoroughly enjoyed those weeks of completely unstructured training, but at the start of the New Year, it was time to get back in it. I'll admit, that first week back on a training plan from Coach Matt was rough but I managed to make it through my workouts as well as all the glue and recovery miles. 

After a few glue miles!

And now I feel like I'm getting back in the swing of things. This week's plan includes:

Monday: 4 glue miles w/stides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. hills + 1.5 mile cutdown
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 5 glue miles w/stides + Y-Blitz
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 8 mile run
Sunday: 4 mile run

Total: 32 miles

Fortunately I have time to build up my miles again and recover my speed (and lose the off season pounds!) since my next goal race isn't until May. I'm running the Indoor 5k at the end of January but I foresee it being more of a fitness test. I'm also once again doing the Indoor Marathon Relay but since it's the day after the 5k will use it more as a workout. Plus, I want to focus more on having fun with my fellow Oiselle teammates! There will be a lot of us at the race this year - 24 runners + spectators!

Image created by my pal, Sheila!

On the nutrition front, it hasn't been too exciting lately. Over the weekend I made Lentil Spinach Curry, which I divided into single portions to eat this week. I also made a batch of Egg Muffins for easy protein-rich breakfasts. I'll post the recipe soon! 

That's pretty much it for now! I hope you're all surviving the sudden chilly winter weather. Fingers crossed we get an early spring. 

My questions for you:
  • What are you currently training for and how is training going so far in the New Year?
  • What are your favorite healthy recipe or meal ideas? I need to spice things up a bit!
  • Anyone else doing the upcoming Indoor Marathon Relay? Let me know so I can watch for you!

Happy Hump Day!

- ST

16 comments:

  1. Very cool about the indoor marathon relay, I haven't heard of something like that before.
    I wish I had training goals to share, but... Possibly in the coming months! I am however working on droping some weight, I hate to admit it but all the time off has added some pounds so like you I am looking into making healthy things to eat!
    Good luck with your training and looking forward to hearing about the indoor marathon relay!

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    1. Thanks Kristy - indoor races are so much fun and the relay is especially great. And you can't beat a race where there's water and/or a bathroom every quarter mile ;)

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  2. I'm doing a 1,000 mile NY's resolution this year.

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    1. That's awesome, Dave :) If you're doing Rock 'n' Roll Chicago this year, maybe I'll see you at the race!

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  3. Wow - you are so legit! I am not currently training for a race, but I can't wait to hear all about yours!!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I've been loving your workout and easy healthy recipe posts lately!

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  4. I will start training for the Buffalo marathon soon. I have to work out my training schedule yet but I will start soon. After that I don't really have a set plan. I just run when my schedule permits. My grandson and work occupy a lot of my time so I train when I can.

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    1. I hope your Buffalo Marathon training block goes well - you'll have to keep me posted :)

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  5. My go to healthy recipe right now is Scott Jurek's winter chili recipe (cooking it as we speak!): http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/eating/recipes/soups/chili_winter_minnesota.html

    I wish we had an indoor marathon relay - or any kind of marathon relay with several legs. Sounds fun!

    PS glue miles are a new term to me! what does it mean!?

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    1. Oh, that chili sounds delicious! It's definitely been chili weather in WI lately - Sunday will have a high of -1.

      If you ever feel like taking a trip to WI in January, we'd welcome you on a marathon relay team :)

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    2. As for glue miles, it's how my coach refers to easy miles - the miles that hold the week together :)

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  6. I'm in training for a 50k, but being sidelined by plantar fasciitis. Your training plan sounds interesting. What are all the things after the words run? Lol! stides..Y Blitz and Fuse?

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    1. Oh no - sorry to hear about your plantar fasciitis :( Hope it clears up fast!

      Strides are like short 100m pickups after finishing up the glue mile portion of the run. Typically done between 1-mile and 5k pace. Y-Blitz and Fuse are two group exercise classes that I do at my local gym. Blitz is a functional fitness class - kind of like a boot camp class. Fuse is a high intensity cardio class with tons of plyo and sprinting. I love them both!

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  7. I'm in training for a 50k, but being sidelined by plantar fasciitis. Your training plan sounds interesting. What are all the things after the words run? Lol! stides..Y Blitz and Fuse?

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  8. Looking forward to all the pics and recaps from your Indoor relays! Training for the Gate River Run 15K, getting tough with the snow and freezing temps! I shouldn't complain, I know its colder in WI :)

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    1. It's all relative - cold is cold :) I think you gals deal with more ice on the east coast than we do in WI.

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