It was busy time at work, so it was good that I could use some rest from the 2 marathons in 1 month, anyway, and felt no pressure to stay on a training schedule.
Saturday, Jan 16:
6.3 mi in 53:45, 8:39 average. Run around the neighborhood, although with narrow or no shoulder to run on, and a barking dog. It gave me extra incentive to run fast on my way home, though. Couldn't get into the fitness room, which is why I ran outside, instead.
Sunday, Jan 17:
The Spartan Workout Tour came nearby, to Charlotte. This was my third. The first half was in freezing rain, so I wore my jacket. It warmed up a tiny bit later, so I took it off in the second half of the 2-hr workout. There were spurts of sunshine coming through, but it was still very cold.
Warmup: Butt kicks, running in place, high knees, jumping jacks, lateral tire steps in/out.
Learning the 5 Basics: Squats, pull-up simulation (no bar, not leaving the ground, just mimicing the motion, but squeezing hard as if it were real), pushups, lunging backwards, burpees.
Workout: 30s squats, 30s burpees, 30s low pushup hold, 30s burpees, 30s lunge, 30s burpees.
Animal Moves: Bear crawl, crab walk, ape sideways, gorilla front & backwards w/ some donkey kicks, inch worm w/ pushups.
Variations of the 5 Basics: Squats - squat jumps, jumps with heel clicks; Burpees - spider man, dive bomber, 360 or 180 degree jumps, archer pushups super hard; Pullups - chin-ups, let down, Pushups - plyometric; Lunges - clockwork.
Core: Snow angels, sit-ups, flutter kicks, Russian, Plank.
Group Exercises: Sit-ups with arms hooked, barbed wire crawl below 19 high-planked bodies, crab position alternating hand claps.
The next day, could've run, but didn't. Felt and looked strong all day.
Saturday, Jan 23:
10.5 in 1:43:53, 9:49 average. Ran on the snow-covered roads, to try it while I could, after a rare snow storm. My first run in Inov-8 X-Talon 212 trail shoes. Great cleat grips and possibly waterproof sides made it great for this run. My right knee complained about a mile 8, but it got over it. I could've pushed on if I wanted to after 10.5, but I wasn't training for anything. Had a longn sleeve tech tee, buffs on my head and neck, mitt gloves, and shorts. Various paces, due to hills and needing to be careful on ice.
Sunday, Jan 24:
The next day, the snow that had melted a bit froze, making the roads not so runnable. I biked at the fitness room, instead, watching the 1st half of the Panthers winning the NFC championships. I also did some arms. My calves were sore from the previous day. 80 minutes of stationary biking.
The next day, could've run, but didn't. Felt a bit cold and not in the mood. Immune system felt a bit down in the first half of the day, but it got better in the second half.
Tuesday, Jan 26:
4.5 in 36:59, 7:52 average, 2 degrees of incline. Time went by slowly, and the run felt harder than it should've. Felt very warm in the room, too - maybe I got used to being in the cold. My feet felt a bit swollen by the end. Oh well, just working towards getting back into the swing of running.