Sassafras’s Training Log – 1.6.13

Happy 2013! I am excited about the things this year has in store.  It was a little bit of a down week for me, mileage-wise, which worked out just fine with the holiday and re-adjusting to my work schedule. I had fun and embraced some new cross training… hopefully this good first week is an omen for the year ahead!

Monday – 5 miles at 8:40 pace. I ran with a new-ish running friend, and we brought our dogs along for the first 3. We’re hoping they become good running buddies!

Tired Puppy
It’s hard work running so fast!

Tuesday – First run of 2013! It was kind of blah and rainy. I did 6 miles at 9:15 overall pace. The goal was to negative split, which I did. And my BRF joined me for the last 3 miles, along with some post-run java… a nice way to kick off the year.

Wednesday – 1 hour yoga. Since I couldn’t find any classes that fit my schedule, I turned to the Web and followed a class I found on YouTube and then one from

Thursday – My training plan called for a “fun workout” today, which means something out of the box and not just your regular cross training. Zumba didn’t work for my schedule on Thursday and No Way was I braving the gym within the first few days of January… so I borrowed a weighted hula hoop and worked on my core! It was hard, I looked silly… but it was also pretty fun! I searched online for some hula hoop workouts (since it’s kinda in right now), but they all assumed a certain base skill level that I did not possess.  So instead I just tried to do as many circles in a row without it falling down!

Hula Hoop
It may be an activity from my childhood, but it’s not just like riding a bicycle.

Friday – 4 miles at 9:44 pace.

Saturday – I ventured out to meet a new running group since not many of my running pals are doing spring marathons, and I have been feeling in a rut with my long runs. Despite the early start (6:35) and the chilly temp (26 degrees Fahrenheit) , it was a good run! I did 15.2 miles at 9:38 pace.

Sunday – Rest

Total – 30.2 miles running, 1 hour yoga, 30 minutes hula hooping!

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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  1. How fun (hoola hooping)! Thanks also for the tip on yoga downloads. I never go to studios, that may be something to explore. Happy New Year!