Moving onto week 3 of the AMR Stride plan! And My #RWRunStreak is going strong at 5 days...even though I REALLY wanted to stay in bed this morning.
Last week was a short mileage week. I just barely cleared 20 miles for the weekly total but I did a track workout, a lot more yoga that usual, and a strength circuit (twice). At this point, since I am not training for anything specific, I think the tradeoff in miles to gain diversity in workout was worth it. My daughter also came out on a run and made it a mile (with a few stop breaks). I was super excited about that.
Another thing I am trying to do more at work is use the standing desk options. We all know sitting all day is terrible. But it is easy for me :) I gained a renewed motivation for interrupting my sitting ways after reading this book: Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally I actually have colleagues remind me to go use the standing desk and peer pressure works. :) (For reference, we work in an open concept "Google" type office where we can rotate work stations throughout the day.)
One crazy thing I was able to participate in over the weekend was being a running model for a local organization, Serpentijn Art & Athletics. (Yes! A model! Not gonna lie - it was super fun!) The organization was founded by a friend's husband to bring art and athletics together to support organizations that benefit kids. They collaborate with artists to design products, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the products benefits one of two organizations: Dreaming Zebra and Milwaukee MTB Kids Mountain Bike Team.
Their newest product is a beautiful gaiter designed by Emily Balsley. I spent my Saturday wearing it running by Lake Michigan, running through Lake Park and running with Mags. I also spent a lot of time wearing it while running errands, decorating our house for Christmas, playing spies with my kids. If you are so inclined, you can check it out here (including some photos of me wearing it). I am already anticipating that it will be one of my winter running staples.
Full disclosure - I will probably overshare more of the amazing photos taken by Darren Hauck on my Instagram account (@amyschlott) because they are AMAZEBALLS. And how often do you get AMAZEBALLS photos taken of yourself?!
Here was my last week:
Monday: 30 minute Zen Run followed by Legs Up the Wall.
Zen Run = Basically trying to practice mindfulness while running. Holy shitballs. It is difficult, but rewarding. I'm glad these are a weekly staple of the AMR Stride plan. 4.03 miles
Tuesday: off. This was an unintentional day off, but looking back, it was appropriate since I technically will not have any off days until 2017!
Wednesday: Negative split run followed by Pigeon Yoga
First block: 2 miles, 15:39, 7:48 pace
Next block: 2.2 miles, 16:00, 7:20 pace
Thursday: Track workout!
1.78 mi warm up (run to track)
4 x 400 (1:24, 1:25, 1:26, 1:28) with jogging 400s in between (1:53, 1:54, 1:50)
1.83 mi cool down (run home)
Friday: 4 mile easy run, 30:53/7:38 pace followed by Lizard Yoga
Saturday: 1 mile run with Mags, 11:30 pace (plus "running" for photo shoot)
Sunday: 20 minute run, followed by 2 x BAMR Strength Circuit followed by Hamstring Yoga