Weekly Workout Recap – 06/01 – 06/07

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. I love cutback weeks. Recap:

Monday

Planned: 4 mile run.

What actually happened:

3 miles easy. I totally goofed when I read my training plan for the week and mixed up Monday and Wednesday’s planned workouts. Oops. My only goal for this run was to beat the rain. Which I did. Yay me. Finished in just under 30 mins.

Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: 15 minutes on the elliptcal, 30 minute NTC workout

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: 3 miles easy, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: 4.5 mils easy. Meant to only do 4, but was feeling good so went a *bit* longer than I planned. Happy National Running Day to me!

PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout

What Actually Happened:

30 minute NTC workout.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Took a stretching class, but otherwise a rest day.

Saturday

Planned: 4 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

4 mile run (roughly 4.11 in just over 40 minutes), before a full day of wedding activities. Congratulations Kristen and Dave!

Girls will be girls, bu Merion girls will own the dance floor.

Girls will be girls, bu Merion girls will own the dance floor.

Sunday

Planned: Rest day.

What Actually Happened: Rest day. Wedding Saturday + shower Sunday morning = no workout for me. And that it is okay.

Shower time! With Mommom and cousins Emily and Amy (aka the groom's sisters).

Shower time! With Mommom and cousins Emily and Amy (aka the groom’s sisters).

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Planning another tough week of training with some Yasso 800s, strength workouts, and Pilates, oh my. Oh, and taking Mommom to see Barry Manilow Saturday night. ‘Cause I know how to rage.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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A Life of Possibilities

Happy National Running Day to all my fellow runners out there! This is one made up holiday I can get behind. Instead of telling you all the reasons I love running, I using this day to kick off something new for me, charity running.

On Saturday, October 31, 2015, I will be running my eighth half marathon at the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon. While delayed a few weeks this year thanks to Pope Francis’ visit, a 13.1 casual jog (or in some years, sufferfest) through the City of Brotherly Love is always a highlight of the fall for me. This year will be my fifth consecutive time toeing the line at the Art Museum, and to celebrate I’ll be running to raise money for SPIN Inc. (Special People in Northeast) in memory of my grandparents, Charles and Rita Costello, and my Uncle Tim Costello, who was a longtime SPIN client.

Uncle TIm & Me May 2012

Uncle Tim & Me May 2012

SPIN Inc. was founded in 1971 when a group of parents at the Torresdale School Special Education program wanted a summer camp for their children after a cut in state funding.  What started as Camp SPIN has grown into an organization that supports 3,500 individuals living with physical and intellectual disabilities and Autism in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas.

For those of you who may not know, Uncle Tim had Down Syndrome and thanks to the excellent care he received from my grandparents, as well as programs like those offered through SPIN, he had many years to share with the family who loved him so much. Although we disagreed about whose favorite football team was better (my Philadelphia Eagles vs. his Dallas Cowboys), spending time with Uncle Tim was always a highlight of any occasion. He was, without a doubt, one of my favorite people ever. Even if his taste in football teams stunk.

After years of running for myself, I’m excited to take this opportunity to support an organization that has impacted so many families, including my own. Please check out my fundraising page on CrowdRise. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way to helping provide a life of possibilities.

Thank you.

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Weekly Workout Recap – 05/25 – 05/31

Weekly Recap

 

So May is over, and so are the first four weeks of this mini-training cycle. I am definitely looking forward to a stepback week this week – perfect timing too since I’m attending a wedding and a bridal shower this weekend. Recap:

Monday

Planned: 4 mile run.

What actually happened:

“Slept in” since it was a holiday and had a chance to relax with a cup of coffee before my run. Of course, by the time I hit the pavement, it was already in the mid-60s, so this didn’t feel easy. Definitely pushed too hard for an easy day. I think next week I will go back to leaving the Garmin at home for these easy days. I keep getting caught up in what my pace is. No bueno.

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Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: 45 minute NTC workout

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: 4 mile tempo with 2 miles @ 8:49 pace, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: Thanks to some lovely humidity, it was a lot harder to get to the goal pace for the tempo miles. Still a bit fast, but oh well.

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PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout

What Actually Happened:

Nothing. Total unplanned rest day. Decided that since most of my work day would be spent packing for my company’s upcoming move, and I’ve been going non-stop for weeks anyway, a little extra rest was needed.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 6 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

Blah, I hate humidity. Fortunately, the sun wasn’t out for this one so the temperature didn’t feel too bad. Slowing down more would have helped too. But it was my longest run since deciding to DNS the marathon last year, and I didn’t have any aches or pains, so I’ll take it. I did throw in a few walk breaks to try to control pace and adjust to the humidity. Also, it seemed like every house on my route had a yard sale going on.

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Sunday

Planned: Pilates

What Actually Happened: What was listed as a reformer Pilates class ended up being more of a mix of mat and Tower, which was fine with me. Post-class it was off to the office to finish up some last things for the move.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. This will be a cutback week per my training plan, so I’ll definitely be dialing back the intensity of my runs. On the upside, I’m working from home for a few days because of the move, so I get a brief reprieve from 4:30 AM wake up calls. Yay!

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 05/18 – 05/24

Weekly Recap

 

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend! I was busy busy busy, of course (hence posting on a Tuesday), but with all good things including a bachelorette party for a high school friend, and celebrating my future sister-in-law and my godson’s birthday. Suffice to say, I need a weekend from my weekend. Recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

4 miles, which thanks to some ridiculous humidity, did not feel exactly easy. Finished in about 40 minutes. Splits 10:27/9:30 (whoops! too fast!)/10:04/10:04

Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout, stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: 45 minute NTC workout (Cardio Surge). I opted to sleep in a bit and did this at home instead of tracking to the gym. I modified some of the jumping exercises so as to no disturb anyone. And I still hate burpees.

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: Tempo run 4 miles with 2 miles @ 8:51 pace.

What Actually happened:

AM: Way, way, way overshot the tempo miles, but to be honest my effort level felt did not feel as hard as I would have thought for those paces. So either I was having a flukey good day, or I’m fitter than I thought I would be when I put together this training plan. Either way, done and done.

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PM: Alumnae council meeting at the high school, so no Pilates class for me. Sad face.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout, Ride the Barre

What Actually Happened:

Decided sleep > morning workout, so slept in. I did make it to a Ride the Barre class that night. Which was so hard. And so good.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 5 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

Accidentally a progression-isn run. Nothing else to say.

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Sunday

Planned: Buns, Obliques & Bikes

What Actually Happened: Buns, Obliques & Bikes. I do not recommend being out all day not hydrating and then taking a hard workout class. Not my best plan ever.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Despite my best intentions, the only stretching and foam rolling I did this week was Tuesday night in class, so that needs to change this week. On tap are 3 runs, 2 strength, pilates & stretching. Or something like that.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Saying No

Since the beginning of March, life has been moving at a break-neck pace. For example:

March 7 – MMMT Reunion reception and Celtic Kilt Night

March 14 – Grandmom’s surprise 85th birthday party

March 15 – March 20 – Trip to Arizona & New Mexico

March 27 – Phillies 5K 

April 18 – MMA SuDash

April 25 – Bridal shower

May 2 – High school reunion

And the list goes on. All while maintaining a full-time job. Don’t get me wrong, every event and activity has been something I wanted to do and enjoyed, but I’m exhausted. And the truth is, I can’t keep this pace up and be a functioning human being. Unless someone hooks me up to a caffeine IV, which I don’t think is good for my long-term health. So for the next little while, I’m learning to say no.

It’s time to take a break from all the go go go of the last few months. Anything already on the schedule stays, but for the next little while, I’m only saying yes to things I’m truly excited about. Otherwise, if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my pajamas. With some wine.

Now it’s your turn! How’s it going? Busy busy busy? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Workout Recap – 05/11 – 05/17

Weekly Recap

 

So Memorial Day is next week? How did that happen?. In the meantime, recap of the last week of training:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

3 easy Garmin free miles before work. Just about 30 minutes. Humidity was insane, so this run didn’t feel entirely easy.

Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: 30 minute NTC workout (Sweat & Shape), 15 minutes stationary bike.

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: 4 miles w 3 x 800 m @ 4:01 w/ 400m recovery, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: Oh Yasso 800s. Why must you be so hard? Totally overshot the pace on all three intervals, which lead to slowing down to finish the interval and not maintaining a consistent pace. Something to work on.

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PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout

What Actually Happened:

45 minute NTC workout (Hurricane). Had no desire to work out, and this effort was pretty lackluster. Somewhere this week I lost my workout mojo.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 5 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

Was up and out early for this run since I had CPR & First Aid training for my coaching certification Saturday morning. For the first time in a long time, this run felt pretty effortless. Yes, it was faster than an easy run should be, but considering this was my longest run since October, I expected to struggle a lot. But I didn’t, and that was awesome.

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After completing my training, the rest of the day was spent doing a whole lot of nothing. Okay, so I cleaned the bathroom and drank wine. Not at the same time of course. After weeks of being go go go, this was just the Saturday I needed.

Sunday

Planned: Buns, Obliques & Bikes

What Actually Happened: Buns, Obliques & Bikes. Holy crap. Class was so hard today. I actually thought I was going to be ill at the end.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. I have a few things going on this week (meetings, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, etc), so things may shift around. At the very least, 3 runs (1 easy, 1 long, 1 tempo), 2 strength workouts, stretching/Pilates. I also want to get back into my pre-hab/rehab routine for my shins. I’m back to running consistently and I want to keep it that way. Time to make friends with the foam roller again.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 05/04 – 05/10

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. How the heck is it May already? Anyway, to the recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

3 miles pre-work. Switched back to my ASICS and didn’t notice any back issues. So that’s progress.

Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout & stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM:NTC Wipeout (30 minutes), 20 minutes stationary bike.

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: Tempo Run, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: While Rock & Roll Philly is still months away, I wanted to get myself back to a more structured run routine before training started. To help with this, I registered for the Revolutionary Run 10K on the 4th of July. I started “training” for this race on Monday (I’m not expecting – or planning – for a PR here. Conditions usually suck for this race). Today was my first workout for this training plan – a 4 mile tempo run with 2 miles @ 8:54 pace. I definitely struggled through the tempo miles (I have a knack for picking the most humid days – it was 74% humidity this morning – to start speed training) and there were a few walk breaks thrown in, but I got through it. First hard workout since quitting marathon training officially in the books.  Splits: 10:03/8:56/8:51/10:00

PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout

What Actually Happened:

Nike Training Club Mean Machine (45 minutes). I really, really, dislike burpees. Mostly because I suck at them. So instead of taking the easy way out this time and switching them out for  different exercise, I attempted them. Maybe if I actually do them once in a while, I will get better at them.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 4 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

First “long” run of the training cycle. Was up early to get this in since I had plans to hit up Yardley Beer Fest. The four miles felt okay, nothing special. Averaged around 9:35 pace, which was maybe a little fast. As the runs get longer and the heat and humidity climb, I imagine things will start to slow down.

Sunday

Planned: Reformer Pilates.

What Actually Happened: Reformer Pilates. Thank you again, Diana, for the butt kicking I needed.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Happy to have the first week of training in the books. I like have structure and purpose to my workouts again.

Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?

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