Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.

~James Allen

Day 1 (Monday, Dec. 19, 2016): Long Run (6 miles) + Abs

Uh oh! This is a big holiday week, so it was critical for me to get these workouts in before the festivities begin! Knocked out this long run with a solid 10:42 pace which gave me a great start to the week!

Day 2: Easy Run (3 miles)

I arrived at my parents’ home in Milwaukee where they’ve got a treadmill in the basement. The downside is that this treadmill is on a ridiculous natural incline of at least 5 degrees. This easy run was NOT so easy, but I got it done. Bring on the Christmas cookies!

Day 3: Intervals [1 mile easy pace, 3 miles @ TH, 1 mile easy pace]

Did you know that the largest determining factor of the number of people that will show up to your funeral is…the WEATHER?! It’s crazy how people let little things like the weather keep them from living out their lives.

In the frozen tundras of Wisconsin, we get less than desireable running weather, so we often have to take it indoors. Most people find treadmills to suck, including coach Jay, so we decided to take our workout to the Pettit Center in Milwaukee, which is an indoor olympic ice center with a running track.

Since I don’t often get to run on an indoor track, we decided to take advantage of it and run a tough interval workout which would also serve as a measurement of how I’m progressing. With that being said, I ran a new PR! After running a 1 mile warm-up, I ran a 5k distance with a time of 28:13 which is 15 seconds faster than my previous 5k time. And that’s with a 1 mile warm-up beforehand! BOOMSAUCE!

Day 4: 30 minute bike

Much needed recovery after a hard run!

Day 5: Intervals [5 min WU, 6x(3 min @ TH + 2 min recovery jog), 5 min CD] + Adventure Rock

Eating mom’s leftover green bean casserole which may or may not have spoiled is a baddd idea. I had major stomach problems / food poisoning last night, but I committed to showing up to this workout at the Pettit with Lisa, Jay, and Erik (another OCR racer). I ended up having to stop halfway to answer to my stomach’s call. I ran 2.55 for a total of 27:56, but at least I felt much better by the time we go to do some Adventure Rock climbing!

Day 6 & 7: Rest Day

Christmas. Cookies. #oops.


This week was full of ups and downs, but the best part was being able to train with absolutely amazing people during the holiday week!