I have been slightly MIA during this month on the blog world, for really good reasons I promise, but I’m back today with a post recapping my training for TransRockies over the last four weeks. I actually had a really exciting week this week in which I was able to meet with my coach and the group that is going to TRR from Edmonton and he gave us the run down of the official training plan that starts in a couple of weeks. I was a bit anxious about someone else putting some structure around my workouts, simply because I’m loving how much varied activity I’m doing right now and I cannot even imagine switching to something like 6 runs a week but luckily, the training looks like it is on pace to match what I’m working on currently. I’m not racing to win anything, so I might as well enjoy what I’m doing!
Week 25 – January 29 – February 4, 2018 – 21.87 miles
Monday: 60 minute indoor cycling + stretching
Tuesday: 4.01 miles (8:59 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Wednesday: 4.53 miles (8:51 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Thursday: 3.02 miles (9:19 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Saturday: 50 minute boxing class + 2.26 miles (8:51 min/mile)
Sunday: 8.05 miles (9:39 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Week 26 – February 5 – 11, 2018 – 22.64 miles
Monday: 60 minute spin class + stretching
Tuesday: 30 minutes strength + 5.0 miles (9:34 min/mile)
Wednesday: 35 minutes strength
Thursday: 4.0 miles (9:48 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Saturday:50 minute boxing class + 4.62 miles (9:46 min/mile)
Sunday: 9.02 miles (9:37 min/mile)
Week 27 – February 12 – 18, 2018 – 20.67 miles
Monday: 60 minute spin class + 20 minutes strength
Tuesday: 45 minutes strength + 4.02 miles (9:15 min/mile)
Wednesday: 30 minutes strength
Thursday: 4.15 miles (9:07 min/mile)
Friday: 45 minutes strength
Saturday: 50 minute boxing class + 2.32 miles hills (8:58 min/mile)
Sunday: 10.18 miles (9:32 min/mile)
Week 28 – February 19 – 25, 2018 – 19.77 miles
Monday: 60 minutes strength + 30 minutes spin
Tuesday: 45 minutes strength + 3.12 miles (9:15 min/mile)
Wednesday: 30 minutes strength
Thursday: 5.0 miles (9:28 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Saturday: 3.62 miles (8:51 min/mile) + 50 minute boxing class
Sunday: 8.03 miles (9:01 min/mile)
I cannot get enough strength training. I absolutely love it right now so I was happy when my coach noted that keeping up with mobility and a bit of strength was important for our run training moving forward. I’m worried I’m going to be a terrible athlete to be coached because I like to do A LOT of activity and don’t love being told what to do. It’ll be exciting when our training plan for TransRockies kicks off in mid-March… how did that come up so fast?
My fire for strength training may have something to do with my latest obsession of watching CrossFit athletes on YouTube. I’ve never been to crossfit and am only familiar with what it is through a few friends and family who train at CrossFit gyms, and through the incessant memes my brother has texted me since I told him about watching these videos. I think athletes like Sara Sigmundsdottir and Brooke Ence are so inspiring and it’s awesome to watch such fit chicks be so strong and yet have such versatility to their athleticism. I may not have the muscles that Brooke Ence does, but now I have stolen her favourite breakfast of egg white tacos.
Latest gear purchase: It’s been pretty ‘same old, same old’ when it comes to gear but I stocked up on these Under Armour v-neck shirts recently because they are THE BEST.
Favourite fuel: Not exactly needed mid-run without super long runs in my schedule, so currently nothing exciting. Although I have recently been putting dark chocolate chips in my oatmeal some mornings… TRY IT.
Proudest moment: The best workout I did was this past Monday, which was Family Day in Alberta, and I absolutely smashed a HIIT/leg workout at the gym during the day off of work. I did so many moves, kept my HR high the whole time, and was dripping by the end. I was so proud of my internal drive and push.
What I’m working to improve: Stretching every night!
Feeling about TRR: EXCITED. After receiving my training outline from my coach, I’ve been pretty excited to kick off structured workouts with the goal of TRR in mind. I am super mindful about balancing life this summer with training, but I know it’ll be a good one!