Weekly Training + Lululemon & Strava 40 | 80 Challenge

 

Happy Friday, friends!

 

I thought it would be fun to show you what a week in workouts looks like for me. I know I share a lot about all things running, but I actually do other things too, I swear!

I am undecided if this will be a weekly thing, but you guys enjoy seeing content like this let me know and I will try my best to do it more often!


Let’s kick things off!

Saturday, January 6th: Took the dogs out for a 2km walk on a trail loop near our house. I usually run long on Saturday, but I raced on Sunday as you guys know!

  • Sunday, January 7th: Harrier’s Pioneer 8km run. You can read my race recap all about this event here, but overall it was a fantastic day despite the weather! Foam rolled & stretched.

 

  • Monday, January 8th: Another 8km, 5:57/km pace. Kept things as relaxed as I could after the race. Normally I don’t run the day after a race, but I’m trying to get some km’s in for the Lululemon & Strava challenge! I also foam rolled & stretched.

 

  • Tuesday, January 9th: Rest day. Legs were pretty tired!

 

  • Wednesday, January 10th: DOUBLE run day! I don’t do doubles often (this week has a few “I don’t do…”s haha), but I did a total of 13 km. Six in the morning solo, seven with my run club. I did the Myrtle routine for hip strengthening, foam rolled, stretched & had an Epsom salt bath.

 

  • Thursday, January 11th: 5km slow and easy in the neighbourhood. 5:57/km pace. I took a bit of a hillier route and ended up walking up one of the hills because my legs were tired. I was on a bit of a time crunch today due to a dinner we were going to, which left only half an hour to run after the work day. I wanted to skip it because it was rainy and getting dark, but I’m so glad I didn’t! It was nice and refreshing.

 

  • Friday, January 12th: 8km nice and easy peasy!

One of my goals this year is to either strength train or cross train 2-3x per week. It doesn’t have to be a long session by any means, but something to help complement my running and make me a stronger runner overall. Uhhh unfortunately I did not get to three, or even two for that matter, but I did some hip strengthening work after my run on Wednesday evening!

Now, onto this whole 40 | 80 thing!

 

This year I am participating in a challenge hosted by Lululemon and Strava. If you aren’t familiar with Strava, it is an app where you can track your running, plan routes ahead of time, and join different challenges. I remember seeing so many people online posting about how much fun this challenge was, so when it popped up again in the New Year I decided I would give it a go.

So, between January 1st and 15th your challenge is to log either 40 or 80 kilometres. You can pick which distance you want, but you cannot do any treadmill runs or anything that keeps you in one place. For example, spin class would not count. You must be using the app during the challenge as manual entries do not count, and as a bonus they have some kind of prize at the end. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I have until Monday at midnight to finish the challenge before I can find out about what we earn!

I think challenges like these are a fun way to kick off the New Year on a healthy note. Fortunately my run club has helped me get in some kilometres, and I’ll be sure to share with you all what the reward is at the end!