Todays the last day of May and you know what that means! Calculating up your monthly running mileage!
This is honestly the first training cycle that I've 1. kept track of my mileage each week and month and 2. kept a running training journal. I know, I know. I'm behind the times, but I'm finally caught up and doing these two things have been SO helpful! I've been able to know when I should cut-back my mileage based on how much weekly mileage I've been doing/will do (and compare it to what I've done in past weeks), as well as be honest about how I felt after certain runs (and when things felt bad, go over what I did (and ate) the day before. If you aren't keeping a training journal and keeping track of your mileage- definitely start! Even if you aren't training for anything specific, it's super helpful to know where you are when you do start training for a race.
Started off my morning with a little over strength workout that included:
- 2 x 30 lateral band squat-walks (not sure the exact term on this one, so I just made it up!)
- 2 x 15 single leg deadlifts with 10 Ib dumbbells
- 2 x 15 squats with 10 Ib dumbbell overhead extensions
- 3 x 10 single leg calf raises on the seated leg press (10 Ib weight)
- 2 x 10 dips on the assisted weight machine (20 Ib weight)
- 2 x 20 medicine ball (10 Ib) twists in a seated v-up position
- 2 x 45 second side planks (45 seconds on each side) with 10 side crunches in plank position
Then did a few easy miles on the treadmill to round off my May mileage to 155 miles!
After work, Stella and I headed out to get a quick walk in before a thunderstorm rolled in.
Stella's really only excited about eating grass, sniffing everything in sight, and cooling off in the water. It was an exceptionally beautiful day out and finally feels like summer here in Colorado! Let's hope it stays this way!!
We stopped at the store to grab some fresh flowers and a few other groceries before heading home. I got some kodiak cake mix for pancakes & waffles- anyone tried this? It's 100% whole grains, oats, and honey mix and you can even use it for making muffins! I've wanted to try it for a while and will let you know what I think!
Love using growlers for vases! Anyone else do this? Had to get some fresh flowers before Alex's dad arrives on Saturday (I always feel like it is more welcoming with fresh flowers). Also love the mixture of yellow & green flowers (yellow roses- one of my favorites).
Also, how CUTE are these salt and pepper shakers I got at wal-mart? They were less than 5 dollars! What a steal.
Now, off to relax for a bit with compression socks before going to bed super early (feeling a bit sleep-deprived the last two nights) and sleep in a bit since I've only got 4 miles to do in the morning! Happy humpday!
Favorite work-out exercises? Do you still do some strength training while tapering for a race?
Do you keep a training log? If so, any tricks or suggestions to those just beginning?