It was a fun week getting back into daily workouts after a few weeks off for my honeymoon. While my runs were slow, I didn’t lose nearly as much fitness as I would have expected over my little hiatus. That was probably helped by the fact that we were walking between 5 and 10 miles most days as we trekked all over Europe!
Anyways, here’s the day-by-day breakdown:
Monday: Thanks to continued jetlag I had no problem getting up at 5:30 and heading to the gym before work. 45-minute treadmill run. Upper body workout and core workout.
Tuesday: Another early morning at the gym for a 45-minute treadmill run, legs workout and core workout.
Wednesday: Rest day.
Thursday: I worked through my lunch today so I could take off running at about 4:15 and catch the last bit of daylight. I put in about 50 chilly minutes along the Mt. Vernon Trail.
Friday: I got in a great 50-minute run today, again along the Mt. Vernon Trail, as I raced against the setting sun! Such a great way to start the weekend.
Saturday: Rest day.
Sunday: One mile road race in Old Town Alexandria – more to come on this, but my unofficial finish time was 7:18.
Well, I’m back running and it feels great! I’m still working on my strength and flexibility so I can get to 100 percent, but I’m doing so much better and am almost finished with my physical therapy as well. Now that I’m back training, I’m going to make “Footprints” a regular Monday feature on the blog recapping my training week, and letting you know what I’ve been up to and what roads (or treadmills) I’ve left my footprints on each week. For the next month I’ll be in a base phase building my fitness level before I start an official training plan in February to prep for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.
Last week I tallied 17 miles and mixed in some cross training as well. Here’s the breakdown:
Monday: 4 miles at the Fairfax Four Miler. This was such a great New Year’s Eve race and a fun way to start off the night’s festivities.
Tuesday: 3 miles easy through Arlington with a finish near the Iwo Jima Memorial – I love this city!
Wednesday: I hit the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical.
Thursday: 4 miles easy – Today’s run took me from D.C. to Arlington with a run home from work.
Friday: Today was a bit scattered. I got about a mile in on the treadmill at physical therapy, followed by 2 easy miles on the treadmill at my office gym later that afternoon and 35 minutes on the elliptical.
Saturday: 3 miles easy through Arlington
Sunday: I hit the gym again for an hour on the elliptical. Luckily I had NFL playoffs on the TVs to keep me entertained.
Feels good to be back! Credit for naming the Footprints feature goes to my creative director Ian Gallagher.