I’m wrapping up a solo parenting weekend and hanging in there! We packed in a play date, trip to the pool, IKEA visit, park afternoon, Trader Joe’s trip, and a picnic. I’m worn out!
As I mentioned in my runner’s identity crisis post, I’m wrestling with what is next for me in terms of fitness. I still love running and have many running goals but my body doesn’t seem up for the challenge of many more marathons. And I’m honestly not even craving those long runs in the way I used to. I like having more family time over the weekend and knowing I can get in a great HIIT workout and be done in less than half the time! So I’m looking for that balance.
I took a break from my coach while I really listen to my body and take it week by week in my running. I’m trying to focus on alternating the hard/easy days.
Here’s the training rundown:
Monday (hard): 6 mile progression run, felt tough! (9:23, 8:32, 7:56, 7:50, 7:31, 7:25) + short pool run
Tuesday (easy): 35 minute pool run, 25 minute swim
Wednesday (hard): 7 miles with intervals (1.5 warm up, 1 @ 6:29, 800 x 3 @ 6:39, with 400m recoveries, 400 x 4 @ 6:44 with 30-45 second recoveries, cool down)
This was a backwards speed workout… getting shorter and slower, instead of shorter and faster to make those 6:44s feel easy, and it was really fun!
Thursday (easy): 40 minute easy pool run
Friday (hard): 5k run, 3 miles elliptical with 10 x 90 second sprints, strength (squats, lunges, assisted pull ups and push ups)
Saturday (easy): off – solo parenting
Sunday (hard): 45 minute spin with 2 sets of 8 tabatas (4 minutes each) + kb squats, kb swings, TRX push ups and pull ups, core
My meal prep isn’t happening this weekend, but last week was a good first week with the awesome reset ladies! For this week:
Monday: BBQ chicken on the grill + veggies (I’m embarrassed to admit that this is the first summer I’ve learned to use the grill!)
Tuesday: Easy Chicken Masala + green salad
Wednesday: Gado Gado (peanut sauce over steamed veggies and rice)
Thursday: travel/ conference
Sunday: Friends here- likely grilling!
Who handles the grill in your family?
Are you careful to follow the hard/easy principle?