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Weekly Workout Recap – 09/08 – 09/14

Weekly Recap

Oh how I love cutback weeks. Recap:

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Monday

5 miles easy.  Legs felt pretty awful. Maybe I spoke to soon about the shin situation.

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Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 4 (Core & Dumbbells I)

Stationary bike 25 minutes (5.68 miles)

Two weeks in a row at the gym. And I didn’t even take a free bagel on bagel day. Who is this person?

Wednesday

AM: 5 miles easy. Also known as an unintended progression run.

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PM: Tower Pilates class. I didn’t feel as tight as last week, but I did have some lovely cramps in my left foot. Fun times.

Thursday

AM: Quick Strength for Runners Workout 6. 2 mile run.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Long run. 6 miles easy. It was cloudy and cool and no humidity to speak of. Pretty much perfect. Of course, listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants  meant I was the crazy person laughing out loud, but I’m okay with that.

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Sunday

Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes).

So that’s the week in a nutshell. It’s race week for Rock and Roll Philadelphia (when the heck did that happen), but since this is a training run I’m not really tapering much. 2 easy runs, 1 tempo run, the race, two strength sessions and Pilates is what I have on tap this week. Plus getting back to stretching and doing my PT exercises since I’ve been slacking. And obsessively checking the weather. You know that will happen.

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

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Weekly Workout Recap – 09/01 – 09/07

Weekly Recap

Another week in the books. Good thing next week is a cutback week ’cause I am spent. Recap:

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Monday

4 miles easy.  In 90% humidity, so not so much with the easy. I looked like a drowned rat by the time I got home.

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Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 3 (Lateral Balance)

Stationary bike 25 minutes (5.04 miles)

Actually got myself back to the gym for the first time in months. I’m surprised I even remember where to go.

Wednesday

AM: Tempo day! 5 miles with 3 @ 8:31 pace. Which is not at all what happened.

Um yay for running a 7:14 mile? Whoops.

Um yay for running a 7:14 mile? Whoops.

Clearly this workout did not go as planned, which has been a bit of a recurring theme with my speed work. I thought using the workout programs on my Garmin would help me stick to the planned pace, but maybe it’s doing more harm than good? Something to think about for the next round of speed and tempo work.

PM: Tower Pilates class. Some highlights:

“Gladys, your next to Maureen, you know what that means? She does everything perfect.”

“Damn, look at those guns girl!”

“You know who did it perfect?”

“I’m only teaching Maureen and Kara cause they’re doing it right.”

As hard as this class is, it’s awesome for my ego. Only downside is that I was very, very tight. There were definitely a few things that Patti helped me modify, but bottom line, I need more stretching and foam rolling in my life. Although, I love that Patti always includes some foam rolling when I take her class. (Seriously, if you’re in the Lower Bucks area and are looking for a Pilates studio, definitely check Pilates Bodies by Patti Witt out. The first class is free and everyone is super friendly and helpful. It’s hard, but easily scalable for anyone. And no one is paying me to say this. I just like it that much).

Thursday

AM: Quick Strength for Runners Workout 3. 20 minute run.

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So much more pleasant than Monday’s sweatfest and yesterday’s strugglefest.

Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Long run. Plan was supposed to be 16 miles, and in the end I only made it 15. In case you hadn’t heard,  the weather on Saturday was awful. Yes, I could have pushed my long run until today, but I’m stubborn and I like to have a day off from running after my long run. Things started out all right, I tried to keep the pace slow and hydrate early and often, but by the 12 mile mark I was pretty miserable and took a short stretch break. I was completely soaked (yeah, the light gray shorts were not a good idea), it was hot, and I just wanted to be done. I had started taking walk breaks every mile beginning at mile 10, which increased to twice a mile by mile 13, and at the 14 mile mark I started doing 2 minute run/1 minute walk intervals just to get home. I think if I had waited to do my run today, I could have made it the full distance. I will probably end up adjusting my long run schedule in the next few weeks, but we’ll see. Just taking it one week at a time right now.

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Sunday

Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes).

So that’s the week in a nutshell. This is a cutback week (thank God!), so four easy runs, 2 strength workouts, and Pilates.

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

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Marathon Training So Far

So if you’ve been following along with my weekly training recaps (and totally fine if you aren’t. I know they aren’t the most interesting posts in the world), you know that I just finished the sixth week of training for the Philadelphia Marathon. Although I’ve been training since they end of July, it wasn’t until this past weekend when I dusted off the trusting Camel Bak that it finally felt like I was training for a marathon (okay, so the 14 mile long run helped too). But with 12 weeks still to go, I know I’m a long way from that finish line at the Art Museum.

Finish line

Crossing the finish line in 2012. Hopefully I’m all smiles this year too.

One difference in training that I’m happy to report is that so far, I haven’t been laid up with shin splints. After the first few weeks of training in 2012, I ended up missing most of a week of runs while my shins made their dislike of the training known. After spending most of the spring rehabbing an injury, I’ll admit that I was nervous to start training and risk a relapse, or worse. So far though, things are heading in the right direction. Fingers crossed this trend continue.

While the aches and pains of marathon training have been manageable so far, my appetite has been out of control. There are some days when I feel like I’m constantly hungry. And unfortunately, I’ve been using this as an excuse to indulge my sweet tooth on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ve passed on dessert (or wine) once in the past six weeks. So I shouldn’t be surprised that my weight has trended north since training started. (I should point out that I am absolutely at a healthy weight right now and my doctor had no issue with my current weight at my check up last month). Also, the non-stop sugarfest has left me feeling crabby and lethargic. In an effort to get this under control, I started food journaling again Monday and am committing to doing it at least six days a week for the month of September. It’s not so much about losing the extra weight (although, yes, I would like to get rid of a few of those pounds), but really I want to make sure I’m eating well so that I can perform my best. Because I would really like to avoid bonking like it’s my job again at mile 20. But that’s just me.

So that’s where things stand right now. Still along way to go until race day, but I think just maybe I can actually do this. Or something.

Now it’s your turn! Training for something? How’s it going? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Workout Recap – 08/25 – 08/31

Weekly Recap

So, how is it the last day of August? 6 weeks of marathon training down, 12 more to go. Recap:

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Monday

4 miles easy.  Two days off from running made this run very amazing. The cool weather helped too.

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Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 1 (Core & Hips I)

25 minute walk.

Decided I needed a bit more structure to my strength workouts, so instead of picking NTC workouts at random, I’m going to repeat the 8 weeks of the Quick Strength for Runners program. I forgot how short some of the earlier workouts were, so I added a nice walk to extend my workout. I probably could have repeated the workout, but for whatever reason that didn’t occur to me at the time.

Wednesday

4 miles speed workout. 1 mile warm up, 2 x 1 mile @ 8:04 pace, 1/4 mile recovery, Cool down. Or something like that.

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All things considered, I guess it’s better to overshoot the second mile repeat than the first and crash and burn for the second. Right?

I had an alumnae board meeting at my high school so I skipped what’s becoming my usual Pilates class.  I think the other ladies in the class probably appreciated the break from the “new girl” doing everything right (I don’t really do everything right, but it has become a running joke the past few weeks.)

Thursday

AM: Quick Strength for Runners Workout 2. 20 minute run.

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I didn’t get home from my meeting until late on Wednesday, and then had a terrible time falling asleep, so this ended up be quite the strugglefest. I got it done, but it took a lot of effort.

PM: Tower Pilates class (55 minutes). Oh lord, this class was so, so, so hard. And my foot kept cramping.

Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Long run. 14 miles. Now marathon training feels real. Things started off well. My pace felt comfortable, and I was sticking to my 30 second fuel breaks every 3 miles. Things started to get tough around mile 10, when I managed to get lost in my own neighborhood. Good job Moe! After a quick check of Google Maps, I was back on my way. The extended break, however, kinda killed my momentum and the last four miles felt really hard. I got through it, but by then end I was not looking forward to next week’s 16 miler. But that’s the way it goes sometimes. At least I feel ready for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia in a few weeks.

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Sunday

Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes). I think the instructor is trying to kill me. I have never sweat so much in a Pilates class (no really, there were puddles on the reformer. We did a lot of single leg work, which felt extra hard post 14 miles. But good.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Plan for next week includes two easy runs, 1 tempo run, 1 long run (16 miles), 2 strength workouts, and Pilates.

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

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