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This is week 3 of both my 100 Push up Challenge and also the Core Performance
book. I am starting to feel some of the benefits, at least a little! This was a nice short week at work and a wonderful day of giving thanks. It has been a great week!
Monday was my requisite rest day. I did my push ups completing the required 72 pushups. After last week’s exhaustion test I’m in the middle column for now. In regards to the Core workouts, I’ve decided to drop the Movement Prep. My knee and heel were starting to hurt and I felt like some of the exercises in MP were aggravating those areas, I might try to slowly work them back in later. I did do the Prehab: Core-Hip-Shoulder, and used my Stick instead of a Foam Roller.
Tuesday I was feeling lazy and never made it out the door! No real reason, just lazy. I did manage to do my core workout though. Today was a physioball and rope workout.
Wednesday I did make it outside. I ran my Metrodome 3 mile loop in 23:36. It was about 19 degrees but the wind was really strong on the one leg and made my hands really cold! I did my required 82 push ups and Prehab:Core and used The Stick.
Thursday Happy Thanksgiving!! Nathan and I did a 1.5 mile warm-up before we ran the Giving Thanks 5k. I finished in 20:01. It was a pretty nice morning for a Thanksgiving race! Look forward to a more in-depth review. I came home and did my core work – physioball and Prehab:Hip. I’ve stopped doing the Prehab:Shoulder because I think it duplicates some of the push up workout and exhausts my shoulders.
Friday I went out for an easy 3 mile run in my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 shoes. My old Mizuno’s have 381 miles on them. This was a pretty uneventful run. I decided to run along the Midtown Greenway, but instead of running on the “Greenway” I ran on the dirt trail that runs alongside the paved one. The two trails are seperated by a fence and the lower is more like a service road type thing. It was different. Weather was mid-20’s with some wind making for a decent 23 minute workout. I did my 88 required push ups and Prehab:Core
Saturday means Polar Bear Run. This run was fairly close to home and my wife was working again so I didn’t feel like calling anybody for a ride. Instead I biked to the Light Rail station – took the LRT – and biked to the start of the run, this was approximately 2.5 miles on a frigid morning. Awake and ready to run we ran from Historic Fort Snelling down into Fort Snelling State Park getting in 8.5 miles on mostly soft trails. The run featured a lot of deer, at least 15. At least one of which had 10 points. It was a neat mix of bucks, does, and fawns running around. Some let us get pretty close, staring us down before leaping away to safety. I am always amazed that animals kind of know when hunting season is and when they are generally safe. This was another great run on a sunny day with a thin layer of frost covering everything.
Sunday was a snow covered run along the Minnesota River. Maybe an inch of snow covered the ground as we headed out along the trail. We cross the footbridge on Cedar Ave and then headed north to Lyndale Ave all on trails next to the river. It is a great place to run and the fresh snow covering made for some beautiful sights. There was plenty of animal tracks – mostly coyote and rabbit. I did see what looked like deer tracks and we saw a bunch of wild turkeys on the drive to the parking spots. This was about a 9 mile run in 1:18:09. A few of us had a little sprint finish across the footbridge!
Running – 28.3 miles
Biking – 23.6 miles
Running – 0 miles
Biking – 20 minutes
Swimming – 1 session
Last year I was analyzing my training cycles. My second cycle was for a 10k. I ran a 4 mile Drumstick Dash in Indianapolis and posted a guest review for the Harpeth Hills Flying Monkeys Marathon. Also during this week last year Dr Cade, Gatorade Inventor, died at 80.