First of all, are you keeping up with the 28 Days of Wall Sits? Today I did 100 seconds after my long run. My legs definitely were burning!
Okay, moving onto the usual weekly recap….
In Fitness Fashion, I bought a super warm pair of Craft running pants today. We made a run to the TC Running Company in Eden Prairie today to check out their winter sale. These pants were unfortunately not on sale ($125!). However, I needed a really warm pair. I asked the owner of the store what was the WARMEST pair of running pants, and he pointed me towards the Craft Performance Storm Tights
They’re not the most flattering pair of pants. I’m not sure I can even list them as Fitness Fashion. They are definitely more of a “functional fit” because they are really, really warm. I actually put them on after we returned home from running errands, and I have been lounging in them all afternoon. They sure are toasty. I do not doubt that they will keep my buns warm on my next sub-zero run. Normally, I layer up multiple pairs of tights, but I think this one pair will be more than enough.
Week of January 27 through February 2:
Tuesday: 6 miles on the treadmill, Hot Power Fusion at Corepower Yoga
Thursday: 7 miles with Monica in a blizzard. In the evening I took a “Winter Wine Feast” cooking class at The Kitchen Window in Uptown. It was awesome! I learned a lot of new cooking methods, and a lot about wine.
Saturday: About 15 miles for my long run, then some snow-shoeing around Lake of the Isles in the afternoon. We were hoping to catch some of the City of Lakes Loppet’s Skijoring event, but apparently it was moved to Lake Calhoun, so we missed it. It’s okay, as we still got in some sunny snowshoeing.
Total: 40 miles of running, 1 yoga class, 2 barre type classes.
Monday: 6 miles on the treadmill with 20 minutes at tempo pace. I had to really talk myself into sticking to the tempo pace (for me: 8 min/mile) for the full 20 minutes.After the morning run, I had an appointment at Uptown Natural Care for Graston Technique® and Active Release Technique® (A.R.T.) with Dr. Ty Crabtree to work on my IT band. He did suggest that I come see him twice a week for a couple of weeks, but I decided to space out the appointments a bit more. My IT band is definitely still an issue, but I went to see him this week more as a preventative measure; I want to ensure it doesn’t get worse. He gave me some really good stretches to do, as well as a few more exercises. Even though he is a great doctor, I hope I don’t have to see him too often (if you know what I mean!)
Wednesday: Complete rest day. After the tempo and 9 miles of hilly roads, I needed a complete rest day. I also had plans to meet a college friend at Chimporazo, a Ecuadorian restaurant in NE Minneapolis. (Fun night, good food!)
Thursday: Kettlebell class at Balance Fitness
Friday: 7 miles on the treadmill, Pilates reformer class at Pilates Pro Works. I really like the reformer classes here, as I feel like they are actually kind of like a physical therapy session. We work all those gluteal and core muscles that Dr. Crabtree told me I need to strengthen, yet in a fun setting with good tunes.Saturday: 16 miles on a very, very cold day. When I woke up this morning and saw the temperature, I was tempted to take my run indoors. It was about -4 degrees with a “feels like” temperature of -23 degrees. However, I listened to some of my own advice and bundled up for the long haul. My hydration bottles froze, and I wasn’t able to break through the ice to drink my Nuun…but fortunately, our route today took us past a couple different community centers that are runner friendly (the Lynnhurst Community Center and the Nokomis Community Center). I was able to take my GU’s there and drink some water. I was running with a couple of gals who were doing their 22 miler for the Phoenix Marathon in today’s crazy cold temperatures! Very impressive- way to go ladies!
Sunday (tomorrow!): Not sure yet- probably doing a barre class at The Barre