Yesterday was my oldest son’s first Christmas party at school. Parents were invited to sit in for the last 30 minutes of the class while the kids sang Christmas songs and decorated cookies.
And then we spent most of the afternoon outside in the snow! I feel like it has already snowed more this year than recent years combined!
Even though I wasn’t sore after Rehoboth, I took almost the whole week off from running and most physical activity. I was (and still am) embracing the off season. It’s been so wonderful to stay up late, watch TV, drink a glass or two of wine with my husband and just enjoy not doing much of anything. And it’s gone hand in hand with lots of fun, family things that I’ve been able to go to (and stay out late) with zero guilt about missing a workout or getting enough sleep: My youngest sister got engaged and graduated from nursing school and my niece was Mary in her Christmas show. And on a whim last week, I went to the mall with my sister (at 8pm) and then we met up with our other sister for bar food and drinks at 10pm.
There’s been no forced workouts or early wakeups. The thought of following a training plan right now makes my head hurt. There a few days where I woke up and thought about running a few miles…but the desire really wasn’t there…it was more of feeling like I should run rather than actually wanting to run. So I went back to sleep. Multiple days I woke up after 7am. Clearly my body needed the rest and sleep.
Since then, I’ve done mostly easy runs and some unstructured speedwork. I say unstructured because I am not following a training plan nor do I have the intention of hitting a certain pace or even doing a certain workout. In my opinion, the offseason doesn’t mean I can’t do some speedwork. But I want to keep it fun and light.
Last week, I did a progression tempo run. Ok, so technically, it wasn’t really a tempo run since I was pretty far from what my tempo pace should be. But it was my first time doing speedwork in weeks and I wanted to ease back into a faster pace. My plan was really simple – just run each mile a bit faster than the previous mile. And I would stop when I felt like it. No set pace, distance or time. Just keep running faster. I ran 8 miles at a 7:30 average pace with splits of 8:25, 8:00, 7:47, 7:34, 7:24, 7:13, 6:55, 6:25.
Yesterday I knew I wanted to do a workout that I tried last training cycle and loved – a wave tempo. Seriously one of my favorite workouts. Basically, it’s one mile fast (close to mile repeat pace) followed by one mile not as fast (but still faster than my usual recovery pace). Again, I didn’t have a specific pace I was looking to hit – just going to do it off of feel. 8 miles at a 7:13 average with splits of 8:30 (warmup), 6:44, 7:37, 6:39, 7:37, 6:37, 7:32, 6:31.
These workouts have been fun and have made the time on the treadmill a bit more tolerable. I’m not a huge fan of the treadmill, but I’m even less a fan of cold, icy weather (or running alone in the dark at 5am), so the treadmill wins out fairly often during the winter.
Hope you are having a great week and enjoying the snow!!
Do you do any speedwork in your offseason? Any fun workouts to share?
Treadmill or roads?