running & workouts from the week 12.20 – 12.27

Fred Lebow Training Recap Week 4


Oh Hi! Hello. Merry Christmas again and happy holiday weekend 🙂

So, I got my usual workouts in this week but I can’t really say that I loved any of my runs, not even my long run. In fact, I didn’t even feel like running yesterday. I know, right?! That’s crazy talk! I completed the run but I never fell into the running mood at all.  Maybe it’s because the weather has been so warm and humid (72 degrees on Christmas here in NY! Set a record) or maybe it’s just because some weeks of running are kinda bleh — whatever the reason, I am looking forward to less running and basically no Pure Barre this week while we are away in Boston.

I will bring my running shoes with me for the hotel gym but my workouts on vacation, if they happen at all, are a maximum of 30 minutes a day. For starters, I never feel myself workout-wise when I am away and also, I am on vacation and don’t need to keep up my regular workout routine.

Did I mention the Fred Lebow Half Marathon is quickly approaching? Yeah, January 24th will be here super quick. Let’s hope the weather stays decent and doesn’t turn on us to be crazy cold and snowy by then! While I don’t mind a little chill, I certainly don’t want to be dealing with winter storms possibly affecting the race.

One more thing before getting to the recap — If you ordered the Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts, don’t forget to stretch before and after. The stretching segments are the main thing missing from these workouts and are really necessary as part of the muscle lengthening we are looking for from doing Pure Barre. My Pure Barre Tone in 10 Review is here, in case you missed it.

Fred Lebow Training Recap Week 4


Monday – Pure Barre & 5 Treadmill Miles

In case you missed my Running on the Treadmill Pros & Cons list from earlier this week, click here to check it out.

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo after my run:

  • Full Body
  • Thighs & Seat

Tuesday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 8 Miles

Tone in 10 combo before my run:

  • Arms & Abs
  • Back & Cool down

I talked about this run in Wednesday’s post. I ran later than normal and never felt like I found my groove.


Wednesday – 40 Minutes Elliptical & Pure Barre

The elliptical gave me a good warm up before getting into Pure Barre.

Today’s Tone in 10 combo:

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Thighs & Abs <- OMG Killer!

Thursday – 8 Miles

Running in short sleeves on Christmas Eve? Absolutely crazy! It was 65 degrees at not even 7:00 am! Not sure if the temperature affected my run or what but these miles were pretty bleh. My calves cramped up around mile 4 and didn’t loosen up for a few miles. Ah well.


Friday – Yoga for Runners Pre-Run  & 3 Miles

I went with yoga instead of Pure Barre because I woke up feeling like I needed it. Definitely did the trick! Felt so stretched out afterwards.

Saturday – 11 Miles & Yoga for Runners Post-Run

I almost didn’t run. I really thought twice about it. Instead of staying home, I set out for just an easy run, telling myself to cut the run at 10 miles which turned into 11 miles somehow. My pace never went beyond what felt easy and although I was really not in the mood to run, I felt totally fine physically and actually felt like the time flew by.

Average pace around 9:10 (my phone died towards the end so it screwed up MapMyRun pacing).

Sunday – Rest (maybe yoga again)

Yesterday’s really easy long run was a great decision as I felt much better mentally following the run and especially this morning. My desire to run has returned to normal but I will still hold off until tomorrow.

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How were your workouts this week?

If you celebrate Christmas, what was the best thing you ate during the holiday?

Will you be on vacation at all this week?

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

3 thoughts on “running & workouts from the week 12.20 – 12.27”

  1. I’m not sure if the warmer weather affected my runs, but they were definitely slow this week! I think my mind is rebelling and just wants things to be super easy. And don’t remind me that I have to run a half marathon that soon!

  2. I one run this week where I was really put against the cold running daemon. I hate cold hands! I will pay TOP DOLLAR for gloves to keep my fingers nice and movable. Well, yesterday morning I ran at 5:45AM in the fog. It wasn’t too cold, 30 degrees, but my hands got numb and I didn’t notice…until I took them off during a bathroom break. The pain was intense and I started crying and had a mini breakdown in the bathroom! However, I persevered, somehow got my gloves back on and finished happy. Now I feel like I have braved my biggest fear and hopefully will continue to do easy and long runs outside this winter. Only time will tell 🙂
    Have a great vacation!

  3. I’ve been taking it easy because my old hip injury is bothering me again, and I have both a 10k/Half at Disney the first weekend in January and the Lebow two weeks later – but I’m even slower than “easy” lately and I think the humid weather has something to do with it! It is supposed to change back in our area this week though so we’ll see…

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