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Running into the New Year! Week of New Year's.

michelem2010-05-01 13:12:20 +0000 #1
So, I'm not really starting this thread out correctly (SHOULD be starting it for today, Sunday January 4), but I don't see that a weekly running thread has been started for a couple weeks, so thought I'd do it this way so people can post about their New Year's runs. Hope that's okay!

Anyway, for me, my DH had another week off work before going back tomorrow, so I had more time than usual even though I had to work most of the week. Tuesday, December 30, I did a "Body Sculpting" class at the gym after work. YIKES! I hadn't done any type of weighted workout since the summer (unless you count push-ups). So, my "run" on the treadmill afterward didn't last too long -- just 2.5 miles at 6.3-6.9mph.

New Year's Eve Day, the sun came out in the afternoon, so I left work a little early to do an outdoor run. Did approximately 7 miles on a neighborhood trail. By the time I was heading back home, the fog had rolled back in and it was heading back down into the 30's. BRRRRR! Even though the temp isn't as cold as what some of you are dealing with, the damp fog makes it seem extra cold to me.

That's it for running last week so far. Did a Boot Camp Class at the gym on New Year's Day (more weights!) and then set the bike up on the trainer for indoor rides on the 2nd and 3rd. Oh, did an Interval Step class at the gym on the 3rd as well (actually, just did the weighted intervals as I couldn't get the hang of all the step moves).

Today I am hoping to get back out for another 7-8 miler on the trail if it warms up some! It's in the mid-20's this morning and that's too cold for me for running (yes, I'm a weather weakling).

Hope your New Year's runs are off to a great beginning! I look forward to reading about your adventures.

Veronica2010-05-01 13:20:59 +0000 #2
I ran to the kitchen to get some apple pie.

Syndirelah2010-05-01 13:47:20 +0000 #3
hahaha, funny Veronica!

Last week, I ran about 25-ish miles, so Im reminding myself to keep the volume low... minor aches in the knees and I'm keeping an eye on my right foot, which was slightly injured a couple months ago.

Did a TNT 6-mile training run, which was more of a run-walk with the ice covering the path.

Yesterday, I bought some new running shoes-- switching to New Balance 769 (with Superfeet) instead of Asics with Sole inserts. We'll see how it goes!

Also, what does everyone wear for reflective gear at night?
Veronica2010-05-01 14:00:55 +0000 #4
I have a light that Thom clips on my back when I run in the morning. I usually wear a wool bike jersey, so he uses the pocket. We got it at a pet food store and it's suppose to go on a leash.

I run in my neighborhood, so I don't worry too much about being seen. Not too many people are out and about at 5 AM. I just watch for back up lights.

The apple pie was really good.

jesvetmed2010-05-01 14:00:59 +0000 #5
Too much pie for me lately!

I tried to run on the 2nd... pulled my left calf muscle about 2/3 of a mile into it. It was on ice, and I'd injured the same area mildy just a week or so earlier doing the same thing - -running on ice and snow. I have a feeling I'll be resting it a lot more than working it this week.

I'm angry now -- I don't think I'll make this 1/2 marathon on the 17th at this rate, and it's my week off this week, so I could have done a lot of running! MAD MAD MAD.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 14:44:17 +0000 #6
Well I'm glad someone started this thread because I just had the nicest run today!

I blew off the club ride today because I'm trying to train for a 5K in three weeks and I really want to run it at least a minute quicker than I did last year. If I'd have run yesterday as I was supposed to, I'd have ridden today, but after two hard runs and two hard rides in the four days prior, then a Pilates class (mainly for social value, but there was a bit of a workout there) and a GREAT yoga class yesterday morning, I was just sore all over and couldn't motivate to do any cardio.

So I did my "long run" today, and I'm pretty sure it's the first time I ever felt like I could run easy, keep my heart rate down and still be running. Okay, jogging, but it counts as running since it was slow on purpose right?

What counts as a "long run" for me was only 10K, but I just can't believe how good it felt.

Intervals on New Year's Day after a social bike club cruise.

One day next week I'm going to finally do that ladder interval workout that's been languishing in my GPS for weeks.

My reflective gear is an Amphipod Xinglet, and if it's cold, a hi-viz yellow PI knit cap (not reflective, but screaming bright).

Syndi & Jes, hope your injuries heal fast.
alpinerabbit2010-05-01 13:40:23 +0000 #7
I've been running 4 times since Dec. 24th, really good for me considering I'm still cautious - each around 40 minutes, and one really long with a long climb and some running on snow.

Today I had a thai massage, my christmas present to myself. it was amazing.
yellow2010-05-01 16:03:56 +0000 #8
Ahhh...massage. Apple pie. Nice running. New shoes.

I wish fast healing for those who are injured or not feeling well!!!!!

Lessee...I'm squeezing in some runs but am mostly taking advantage of the snow. I figure classic XC is equivalent to running with an added upper body workout, so I'm substituting that for running when I can. Skate skiing is so different...I think I just need to consider that cross training (FWIW, skate skiing is WAY easier for me than fast and efficient classic skiing as long as I don't mess up on the wax). I ran a few times last week (Mon and Wed on snow, Fri on the dreadmill) and skied Tues, Thurs, Sat, and today. I was going to take a rest day today but it is SO NICE out! Plus it's cold, and I love these bluebird days. I looooove winter!

I'll rest tomorrow! Maybe.



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