Weekly Workout Recap: Resolution Run week.

On Friday night I set about stealing the work of pre-teen girls by baby-sitting my next door neighbour. By “baby-sitting” I mean hanging out with a really awesome 8-year old that has the same maturity level and love of board games as I do! When I got home at 2am I most definitely turned OFF my pre-work exercise alarm and got an extra hour of sleep before work. Afternoon workouts are usually not my thing but I learned a very important lesson at the gym yesterday afternoon: Never judge a run by the first mile.

I was still slightly sore from my 15-miler on Thursday so I set the distance goal on the treadmill for a lofty 4 miles and set out slowly. I felt terrible the first mile, ready-to-quit-and-sit-on-the-recumbent-bike terrible. There were too many fast runners and hot guys at the gym to run a slower run so I stepped up my game and hoped my body would just go with it and maybe I would feel less terrible. It worked. I ran faster and did some progressive pyramid speed work and felt great! I finished off 7.13 miles in an hour and was a sweaty, endorphin-filled mess.

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I have been running super slow (for me) lately and it felt good to have a lovely and not-as-slow run. My last two miles were sub-8 and it felt great! Speedy running = more endorphins. It takes more motivation to get me to the gym in the afternoon but once I get running it seems to go pretty well. My other option was to run outside… in -22 degrees Celsius.

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Hahahaha. Not going to happen. After the gym I had to stop and get gas but instead of being smart and putting pants on before I got out of my car I stood in the cold and risked frostbite to fuel my car. Fun times.

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All fuelled up, I drove to the gym this morning to finish off a resolution worthy week of workouts. I have added THIS daily Core Challenge to my routine as a goal for January and you can bet I hate it so much right now. It’s pretty killer. Planks are my least favourite exercise of all time!

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This morning, after 10 hours of the most uninterrupted most glorious sleep ever, I hit up the gym for a little run and a little strength. I didn’t really have a plan for my workout so I didn’t give 110% but it ended up being half decent and I had an amazing new playlist to rock out to. I was more excited about listening to Sam Hunt’s album than I was to run!

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It is a gloomy Sunday around these parts, not weather wise – that is -28 and sunny – but the mood is very solemn. It is the Sunday before school starts. Throughout the holidays I spent most of my time like this:

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All I knew was that I worked every day and around my work schedule I was going to be in full relaxation mode. I am a tiny bit excited to start a new semester but the rest of me really wishes I had another week to relax and not think about school! Time to regain some academic focus and get ready for tomorrow!

How did your workouts go starting the new year?