Monday, February 15, 2016

Highlights From Last Week + This Week's Training Plan

Snow and winter go away; come again ... well, how about never again ;) On the positive side, we're halfway through February and technically, spring comes in March. So hopefully winter's days are numbered. Fingers crossed!

Although the first part of this week looks to be chilly and snowy, a bit of a warm up is headed Milwaukee's way. So I'm hoping I'll be able to get outside for my miles starting midweek. 

Here's this week's training plan from Coach Matt:

Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + YC3 (cardio, strength, core combo)
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. hills
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 glue miles w/strides
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 11 mile run
Sunday: 5 recovery miles

Total: 38 miles

The big question this week is whether or not I'll finally be able to do Y-Fuse or Y-Blitz again. Both classes are higher intensity workouts involving lots of jumping, plyo and lifting so I've been avoiding them while recovering from my back injury. Although I hope I get to add them back into my routine soon - I've been going a little stir crazy these past few weeks. As thankful as I am that I can still run I miss doing gym work and being a more complete athlete!

One of these days I'll be able to touch my toes again!

So on to a few highlights from last week:

Last week ... I ran a successful 5 x 1200m workout! The workout called for paces within the 10k-half marathon range with each interval 10 seconds faster than the last. I was pleased with how controlled this effort felt - with with how easy the first few intervals felt :)

Last week ... I joined PRO's team! Performance Running Outfitters is hands down my favorite local running store so I'm thrilled to race for them this upcoming year. Looking forward to racing in my new singlet!


Last week ... I went to the opening night of the Milwaukee Ballet's Dorian Gray! This was a different way to spend a Friday night but really quite enjoyable. The dancers were just amazing and I have such respect for their athleticism and artistry. If you're in MKE, I recommend seeing Dorian Gray - it's at the Pabst this weekend with a Friday, Saturday and Sunday show!

That's all I have for today! My questions for you:
  • What do you do to make yourself a more complete athlete?
  • What was your best workout last week? What made it a good one?
  • What are you looking forward to most this week?

It's a new week and a fresh start. Let's make it count!

- ST

16 comments:

  1. Love the singlet!
    A ballet, that is awesome. I haven't been to one of those in years.
    Your coach had you on a great set of workouts last week!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy - I love the singlet, too :) Going to the ballet was something different and I really enjoyed it - it's fun to change things up a bit now and then!

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  2. To make myself a complete athlete...I have incorporated many things..swimming, running, weight training, yoga.

    Best work out last week was heated yoga..we had a sub and he really pushed us past our comfort zones.

    Looking forward to this week....starting a new 6 week weight training program.

    Love the race top...that is so cool!

    Slow and steady as you back heals...what happened?

    -Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. Thanks Tamieka - I love the singlet, too! Starting a 6-week weight training program sounds great - I can't wait to start lifting weights again myself. I injured my back doing plyo work - I believe a strain of sorts. It's been getting better every week - just slow going!

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  3. I chuckle when people say spring comes in March. For us it's more like April even though we usually get snow the first weekend in May. Canada can be so nuts.
    Congratulations on joining a running team! :)

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    1. Thanks Ange! Wi can be a tad nuts, too - it might be wishful thinking on my part to think spring will come in March but here's hoping! :)

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  4. Great training week! :]! I'm hoping winter's days are numbered too! *-*

    I need to include more stretching into my life! I've been trying to do more yoga lately!

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    1. Thanks Farrah! I need to do the same - that and foam rolling - I've been a major slacker lately :)

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  5. Looks like you have a great week of workouts planned! And my daughter was literally just singing that the other day - ha! :)

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  6. Nice to meet you Sun, I'm coming from Kristy's blog hop and I am looking forward to running in a half marathon in my favorite college town this weekend! :)

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    1. Hi Tricia! How exciting to run a half marathon this weekend in your college town! I bet all the familiar sites will make the race especially fun :)

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  7. That singlet is great! Running gear is supposed to be colorful and fun. I hope your back feels better soon.

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    1. Thanks Lesley! I totes agree - it should be fun and stand out. The brighter the clothes and shoes, the faster you run ;)

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  8. That singlet is great! I hope your back is where you want it soon and you can get back to the gym :) I've been trying to keep body pump and yoga in my routine with the running to be a more complete athlete but it's difficult to fit it all in.

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    1. It's super hard to fit everything in but so worth it in the end! I think it's great you're doing Body Pump and Yoga - both great supplements to running!

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