Good morning! I’m heading home for Thanksgiving this afternoon and I’m PUMPED. Two of my classes got canceled yesterday and one got canceled today, so I think even my professors are ready for break! I’m excited to get to spend time with my family and do some holiday baking.
Sometimes, people I know who see me out running ask me how far I run every day and I never know exactly what to say since it depends so much on the day. I started tracking my mileage in a little notebook after a running injury a couple years ago so I could keep better tabs on it. I decided to share last week’s runs with you, too, in case you’re curious!
Mon: 5 mi easy @ 8:26 pace
Tues: 7 mi @ 7:56 pace with Riley and Kristen
Wed: 7 mi @ 7:42 pace with Riley and Savannah
Thurs: Rest day
Fri: 3 mi easy, no idea of the pace since I didn’t wear my running watch
Sat: 8 mi (6.2 mi @ 6:57 pace for 10k + 1.8 miles from my warm-up and cool-down with Kim)
Sun: 5 mi easy @ 8:39 pace
Total: 35 miles for the week
This week, I started a new goal because I’ve had the hardest time recently motivating myself to strength train. I like to run, stretch, and then move on with my day. I know it’s really important to strength train as a runner, it’ll help me not get injured, it doesn’t take that long, blah blah blah, but getting myself to do it consistently has been tough.
So, my new goal is: to do more squats, lunges, and push-ups than miles.
That means that on a day where I do 8 miles, I’ll try to do at least 9 squats, lunges, and push-ups. Obviously 9 is a tiny number of reps, but this has been working really well for me mentally so far. My struggle has always been to just start doing it, and once I start, I’ll keep going and maybe even add some core work in, too. Some days, I really will just do the minimum number of reps, but having the plan to do it every day has made it become more a part of my routine. (And of course, if I do some other kind of weight workout, that’d count instead.)
Do you struggle with being motivated to do strength training and core work?
Do you lift weights at the gym?
I have in the past when I went to the gym more, but now all of my workouts are running outside, hence the lack of motivation to strength train…
Are you doing any cooking or baking for Thanksgiving?! Yes! I’m making homemade mac n cheese and a hummingbird cake <3