Happy Sunday, friends! Did you have a good weekend? Saturday at the store flew by; tons of soon-to-be marathoners stopped in and stocked up on nutrition, got last-minute apparel (think hats and gloves), and talked about their nervousness and excitement. A lot of these runners are regulars, so it’s been neat to check in with them during various points of their training. T-minus one week until race day!
Shameless plug for the official JackRabbit Cheer Zone. If you have family or friends watching you race, or if you’re coming to the city to spectate, then swing by our headquarters at the East End Bar and Grill on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th Streets. It’s right on the course, and we’ll hand out free tech tees, host a poster-making contest … and there will be $3 drafts all day.
Anyway, I’m playing catch up with workouts, so here’s what I did (or more accurately, didn’t do) during Sloth Week:
Monday – off
Tuesday – off
Wednesday – off
Thursday – off
Friday – indoor cycling class at Revolve
I attended Christianne’s ride, and boy, did she kick my butt! Technically, this was for work, and I’m excited to where this partnership goes.
Saturday – ~50-minute run
Can we talk about how liberating it is to run without a watch? I set out, ran as fast as I wanted (aka didn’t worry about pace), and turned around when I felt like it.
Sunday – co-led a group run, plus strength training
OMG, it felt so good to return to the weight room. In preparation for Nationals in August, I backed off the lifting—and haven’t touched a weight since.
Overall, Operation: Sloth Week seemed like a success. I did manage to do nothing for four days, and I definitely needed the mental and physical break. That being said, though, I was itching to return to semi-normal exercise. This week I followed Victoria’s “do whatever” plan, aka run all the miles.
Monday – run and strength train
Tuesday – run and strength train
Wednesday – off
Thursday – swim
During this off-season, I hope to learn how to use paddles correctly, so I spent a lot of time pulling and flailing around awkwardly in the water. On a related note, if anyone wants to teach me how to flip turn, then that would be awesome.
Friday – run
My trusty gloves, tights, and Craft base layer made their first appearances of the season—fall is here! I ran about 50 minutes before stretching and doing some core work.
Saturday – yoga
I know—who am I? As training picked up during the season, yoga fell out of the picture. Plus, since we (er, the store) host free classes on Saturday mornings, I figured it would be good to get my om on. This was a restorative class, so it wasn’t challenging, but it felt good to stretch out. Oh, and the instructor asked if I was a dancer, so I guess I looked legit–ha!
Sunday – co-led a group run
Yeah, so zero saddle time, but you win some and lose others, right? A few teammates have been riding on Tuesdays, so I’ll link up with them this week. And the Syracuse Orange have their season opener this coming Friday, which means trainer time. I also did some research on neighborhood CompuTrainer classes, so once it gets too cold to ride outside, I’ll start doing those once each week.
And looking forward to this week, I don’t have a concrete Write It Down, Do It Up plan. Here’s what I hope to accomplish:
2-3 swim workouts
2-3 bike workouts
3-4 run workouts
2-3 strength training workouts
1 yoga/Pilates session
Who raced this weekend/is racing next weekend?