It’s been a bit quiet over in this little corner of the blogging world because I went away to Québec City for about 2 weeks with the Monsieur! Even though I speak very, very little French, they were so friendly and hospitable, but I definitely ended up indulging in more than a few delicious Québecois delicacies. (Tarte au sucre, anyone?)
But, I managed to get some running in before and once during my vacation!
Dec 15 – 5km @ 5’42” avg pace, 28:39*
Dec 22 – 7km @6’19” avg pace, 44:28*
Dec 28 – 5km @6’08” avg pace, 31:13
The stars mean than I was running indoors and I’m still not 100% sure how accurate the Nike+ watch is indoors, so it could be a little faster than I’m actually running.
On December 28, I ran through the countryside in -15C weather and it was a bit hillier than I expected! I was surprised at how much I loved it!
BUT! Did I actually achieve my running goals for Fall 2015 even though it’s already Winter 2016 while I’m writing this?!
Fall 2015 Running Goals (3X a week)
- Weekly mileage of 20-25km with a 5-7-10 pattern
- Dream pace goal of 6’00″/km for 5K distance
- Realistic pace goal of 6’15″/km for 5K distance
- Dream pace goal of 6’20″/km for 7-10K distances
Fall 2015 Running Results (mostly 3X a week)
- I tried my best to stick to the 5-7-10 pattern, but quickly learned that the general weekly run distances were more effective than forcing myself to do 5-7-10 throughout the week.I dropped down to about 10-12km per week in December, which was really not good but I did a pretty terrible job at balancing all my hobbies with the holidays!Otherwise, I think I came up just a bit short on consistently reaching that 20-25kpw goal.
- I’ve been running at less than 6’00″/km on 5K runs for about 3 weeks now, so I’ll say that’s in the bag!
- I run as many 7K routes, but it seems to be at around 6’05″/km to 6’10″/km so I’m really happy about this speed!
- I don’t have enough data on 10K runs because I really haven’t run 10K since the adidas race, where I cinched a PR at 6’16″/km, so I would highly doubt that I can do 6’20” for 10K comfortably.
Rock Climbing – Dec 20th
We were both feeling sick! My belay buddy lost her voice and I was beginning to feel the beginnings of a cold so I knew our game wouldn’t be as strong as normal.
Top Rope – Not gonna lie… I did really badly. The 5.9s that were relatively easy felt almost impossible that day and I even struggled on a couple of new 5.8s!
But, we both knew that we’d be doing pretty terribly!
Bouldering – I tried out a couple of V0s that were okay but the V1s were pretty much a giant NOPE.
Bouldering – The Monsieur and I went to a smaller rock climbing gym in Lévis and I was surprised to see that this particular gym had a different grading system. Instead of the traditional V-scale, they simply used ascending numbers to gauge the difficulty of the route.
For example, 7 would be easier than 12, but harder than a 4. I even saw one that was graded with 18 and even the Monsieur didn’t go near that one!
I managed to get up to about 9 on a traverse route, but I couldn’t really go past half of a 12 traverse. It was super fun, though!
So, did I manage to achieve my Fall 2015 Rock Climbing Goals?
Rock Climbing (1X every other week)
- Work on 5.8 and 5.9 belay routes
- Work on V.1 bouldering routes
- Increase grip strength and more confident footwork
Rock Climbing Results (1X every week)
- I’m comfortable with tackling most 5.9s, so I’d say that this is…
- I did work on the V1 bouldering routes and I still can’t usually complete a route… But, I didn’t say I’d try to complete one so…
- Since I saved myself in parkour several times recently, I’d say that…
I’m pretty sure I did horribly for my Fall 2015 Parkour Goals.
Parkour (1X every other week)
- Work on climb-ups with vertical wall (at least 1 good climb-up per session)
- Regain balance on rails
Parkour (Very rarely)
- Didn’t even try climb-ups yet.
- At least my foot is completely healed and I’m able to balance and walk along a rail like normal again!
I’ll be making a post of my Winter 2016 Fitness Goals soon, so keep an eye out for it!