Jan 1 was my first day back to training after a 6 week off season of minimal running, and lots of heavier strength training. Unfortunately for my fingers and toes mother nature gave me a chilly welcome back to training. Christmas week had been a balmy 50 degrees, so when temps below 20, and some days below 10 degrees were forecasted I mentally cringed.
Not being one to allow the weather to stand in my way, I layered up and pressed on.
This is what my week looked like:
- Monday: Easy hour
- Tuesday: 6 miles VO2 workout+ Refining Ultra strength and mobility workout and sauna!
- Wednesday: Easy hour
- Thursday: 6 Miles Vo2 workout(in the snow; get out the ice spikes!)
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Carrboro 50k fatass (did half) + Refining Ultra strength and mobility workout+ sauna
- Sunday: easy 45 min
I feel pretty good about this first week back. I was apprehensive about how my legs might feel after 6 weeks of not more than 20 miles a week, but the heavy weight lifting and the refining of my gait really made a difference. While I have certainly lost some of my endurance, I gained much more strength and body (hip) awareness.
In that same vein of hip awareness, I learned where your actual center of mass is. Do you know where it is in the human body? I always thought it was somewhere around my navel, turns out our actual center of mass is right near our tailbone…slightly ahead of it. Making the hips the most important hinges/body movers because they are the closest to it.