I feel nice and rested and ready to get back to school with a clear head and productivity on my mind. Reading week was awesome, it gave me a chance to refresh and get back in the zone, but I am nice and ready to dominate these last few weeks of the fall term. I think we all have a love-hate relationship with Mondays. Mondays are the perfect opportunity after the weekend to set yourself up for a fantastic week, but when you wake up on Monday morning it also kind of feels like death.
If I start out my week with LOTS of exercise, trying to “double up” and do more than I should, by the end of the week I am just way too burnt out and either have to take an extra rest day or my workouts later in the week are just terrible. I like to get a solid workout in on Mondays but nothing excessive so I have energy left for the other 6 days of the week!
I went for an awesome and refreshing 8 mile run yesterday after my massage. I have never worked out AFTER a massage before but it wasn’t half bad. I had work done on my upper body so that my legs would still feel ready to run. It was a perfect +1 degrees Celsius and I just ran a nice and comfortable pace of 9:02 min/mile. I think a rest day on Saturday was a good idea because after 8 solid hours of sleep Saturday night (a sleep in until 9:15!!!) I was SO ready to rock some cardio. This morning I am hitting up the gym for some shoulder and leg strength training… aka my FAVOURITE weight lifting day of the week.
I have noticed that even though I am working legs twice a week in the gym AND running 2-4 times a week, I don’t feel those lingering injuries like I did when I was marathon training. It makes me feel like I made them up in my head just because I was getting nervous for the race?! Has anyone else felt that way! My number one explanation for this is that I feel like I have more “freedom” to choose when and what I workout every day, particularly how far and when I run, and it means I am always running when I feel ready and how far my body can handle while feeling good. Why this doesn’t translate to my marathon training I can’t explain.
Ready to enjoy this week of more fantastic Alberta fall weather. I seriously can’t believe there is no snow on the ground here around Edmonton right now. I kind of miss it and want it to snow… but don’t tell anyone I said that! Happy Monday folks, kill it this week.
How do YOU set yourself up for a good week?
Check out my favourite things from the weekend HERE! What made you laugh the hardest this weekend?