Weekly Recap: February 17-23

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 36

Another week of building mileage, trying new recipes, and chasing William around. When I drove to the gym on Tuesday to run and lift, it was 40* and I just couldn’t wrap my head around running outside, so I took to the treadmill.. meanwhile in Iowa - Blizzards.. I told myself I needed to enjoy the warm while I can - so Thursday morning I layered up and started my run outside - losing layers as I went.

Not a lot to report this week, just getting in the runs - including one double day! On Tuesday I got to run in the morning and the afternoon. About two weeks ago I asked my coach if she thought I could run doubles - when she thought i could swing one or two a week I was giddy. I am so excited to get a couple more miles in each week.

Speed Work: Minute Intervals

I did this workout on Thursday morning - I layered up in running tights, tank top, long sleeve, rain jacket, gloves, and a hat. By the end of my warm up, gloves and jacket were off and I was ready to let my legs go. 15 sets of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy. The intervals passed quickly, losing count of 1/2 mile laps. By the time I was finishing the cool down the sun was coming up and I was riding a runners high into the gym.

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Food: Turkey Meatballs made with Feta & Spinach? YES. Colton, William and I LOVED them. We also tried out a southwest chicken skillet and portobello pizza. The meatballs were far and away our favorite of the week! I also roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes this week, toss in olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over. Delish.

  • Water: 100 ounces every day. I use my hydroflask at home, and got a camelbak to take with me when we go out - like to the park! I watched William watch me drink out of my camelback, go to HIS camelbak and take a drink. It was so sweet and a great reminder that he’s always watching.

  • Reading: Finished up the book. I highly recommend ‘Let your mind run’ by Deena Kastor. I thought about doing a little book review on it, but I really think YOU need to pick up the book. It’s a fairly quick read, it’s interesting, and even if you aren’t a runner - you can take something away from it!

  • Strength:  I completed 2 full body workouts and 2 core workouts. The full body workout was great - squats, bench press, cable bicep curls & captain’s chair leg raises made for a lot of fun. The core workouts had V-ups which were hard, but I felt pretty dang strong after finishing 3 rounds of those!

William got to accompany me on my first ever DOUBLE! Three easy miles with the stroller made for a great afternoon.

William got to accompany me on my first ever DOUBLE! Three easy miles with the stroller made for a great afternoon.

I can only assume this is how every mom, ever, gets a home workout in?

I can only assume this is how every mom, ever, gets a home workout in?

Coolest little alley leading into the park near our house!

Coolest little alley leading into the park near our house!

Jessica Kennelly