Can you believe that it’s already been 8 weeks?! And it was the week after the Christmas weekend!! Time to get back on track.

Day 1 (Monday, Dec. 26, 2016): Long Run (6 miles)

This was a make-up day since I skipped my workout on Christmas day. Because of all of the Christmas food and cookies, I was struggling a little bit on this run. It’s a good reminder of how important it is to have good nutrition. Good nutrition means better performance!

Day 2: Easy Run (3 miles)

I’m back at home in my wonderful condo at this point and that means I’m back to my normal routine! Thank goodness. It’s crazy how difficult it is to be consistent when you are broken out of your daily routine. That’s why it’s so important to establish good habits and routines.

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

~Mike Murdock

Day 3: 30 Minute Bike

I haven’t been doing a good job at my supplemental workouts, but I’m glad that I’ve at least been consistent with my running regimen.

Day 4: Easy Run (3 miles)

I did a morning run for the first time in a long time. Morning workouts were a big deal for me during my weight loss journey, because it would encourage me to eat healthy since I would not want to ruin the momentum from my workout. Morning workouts also relieve the stress and clear space in my mind for other priorities. Most people stress out about their workouts all day long, because they keep thinking about the pain and struggle of having to do it in the evening. And a lot of times, they end up not even working out because of being exhausted from work.

Day 5: Rest Day

This was the only rest day of the week!

Day 6: Easy Run (3 miles)

I didn’t mind the lack of rest days, and I really enjoyed this being a week full of easy runs, because the holiday weekend threw me off of routine. This was a great way to ease back into having a normal schedule.

For this run, I joined Lisa and Gary on a snow-covered trail run. This was tough! I’ve never run in the snow before, but I was glad I had a pair of Salomon Speedcross 3’s which had great traction in the snow. I ran 3.18 miles at a 11:36 pace, but it was more like a 10:40 pace, because I forgot to pause my running watch each time we stopped to play with awesome doggies or look at a map.

Day 7: Long Run (6 miles)

I capped off this 21+ mile week with a solid long run. However, I think I would’ve felt better had I eaten a little bit before doing this run. My stomach was so talkative!

Month 2 Total Mileage: 67.48

 

Some key takeaways from this week:

  • Nutrition is key to better performance
  • Daily routines and habits make it easy to stick to your goals
  • Morning workouts relieve the stress of thinking about your workouts all day
  • A good way to get back on track is to ease yourself back into your routines