Today marks the last day of classes for the week for me! I’m used to having the week off for Thanksgiving, but attending a new school this semester = a new schedule. I technically only have Friday off, but since Thanksgiving is a Thursday and I don’t have classes on Wednesday and Thursday anyway, I get a bit of an extended break! I love Thanksgiving and the mini break that usually comes with it because it marks the beginning of the holiday season – and I LOVE the holidays
… and the fact that the semester ends soon is awesome too
Last night marked the end of the season for Girls on the Run. We made our girls little awards and allowed them to sign each others’ like a yearbook – they loved it! They even signed our boards as well – they’re all such adorable little girls and I cannot wait to coach again in the Spring. It’s such a rewarding experience to see these girls cross that finish line, improve throughout the season, and reach the goals they never thought were possible.
Looking forward to the spring season
I started off this morning with a great workout! Having to study for my exam tonight has been pretty stressful, so I was more than ready to get in a good run.
I ran the Girls on the Run 5k on Sunday (I don’t know the exact time at all, just wanted to finish so I could see all my little girls cross that finish line – which they did!) and decided to take a rest day yesterday since the course was a bit hilly and my legs needed the rest. When I got up this morning, I was more than ready to get in some miles.
I gobbled down my pre-run snack before heading out the door!
Since the marathon , I’ve been doing lots of easy runs to allow my legs to fully recover. These “easy” runs at times felt difficult since my body was exhausted, but I think my body is finally recovered because today’s run felt GREAT. It was a 6 mile increasing tempo run on the treadmill. I’ve decided to start gradually adding in some speed work to start getting a bit faster so that come January 1, I can be ready for Half Marathon PR training to begin
The workout looked a little something like this:
0-1 mi – Increasing warm-up @ 6.0-6.3
1-2 mi @ 6.5
2-3 mi @ 6.7
3-4 mi @ 7.0
4-5 mi @ 6.5
5-6 mi – Cool-down @ 6.3
Followed by an upper body strength workout with my gym buddy!
Throughout the run, I felt pretty good. Each increase felt a little faster and a little more intense, but it felt as though I could’ve increased the speed a bit more. That’s OK though, gradually increasing speed work does not mean jumping the gun to a full out sprints. I’ll work my way up slowly, being careful not to injure myself. Before I know it, I’ll be back to full on speed work with HIIT intervals and sprints. Can ya tell I’m not a huge fan on allowing myself to recover? BUT I know it’s what needs to be done in order to keep running for the rest of my life
I mean, I still have many things to accomplish in my lifetime …
This is definitely my new favorite quote -there’s so much meaning behind it especially if your a runner <3
Post-workout I made my typical meal .. Oats and Coffee!
In the mix: egg white oats (BUT stirred the eggwhites in at the end instead – made them super fluffy!), lactaid cottage cheese and blueberries mixed in with Sunflower butter and pumpkin butter on top – oh and some unsweetened carob chips for good measure
Perfect recovery meal in my book
I’m off to study for my exam – it’s on childhood-adolescence nutrition .. wish me luck!
2 days until TURKEY DAY
Question: When/How often do you take a rest day?
I usually try to give myself at least one day a week completely off – it’s tough sometimes, but I know it’s beneficial to my body! I’ll take more if I’m feeling like my body could use it.