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Weekly Workout Recap – 07/21 – 07/27

Weekly Recap

Week 1 of Philadelphia Marathon training is done. Wahoo! Very excited to be back on a training plan after weeks of unstructured training as I came back from the injury. Of course, starting marathon training in the middle of an incredibly busy time at work is not ideal, but honestly that can’t be help. Every time I think I’m getting caught up at the office, something else lands on my desk. So blogging may continue to be sparse through the rest of the summer, but I’m still here and I promise I will try to check in when I can. In the meantime, recap of the last week:

Weekly Recap 0721 - 0727

Monday

3 miles easy to kick off marathon training. The first mile was a little slower than I’d like, and I probably pushed a tad too hard on the last two, but overall it was a good start to the next 18 weeks of training.

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Tuesday

Nike Training Club Challenger workout (45 minutes).

I don’t usually end up a sweaty mess after these NTC workouts, but I was a mess by the time this one was done. So freakin hard.

Wednesday

Tempo run. 5 miles with 3 miles at 8:39 pace. So this was my first time doing any sort of speed work or tempo work since the Bucks County 10 Miler, and it was 100% a struggle.  There were stops, there were walk breaks, and I didn’t hit the planned pace for the first tempo mile. It wasalso the first hard workout of this training cycle, so I’m not going to beat myself up too much about it. I’ll be back in fighting shape soon enough.

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PM: 55 minutes Pilates class. This class was so awesome. The teacher (Diana?) took advantage of the fact that there were only five of us to really make sure we understood why we did the things the way the did. While the last class I took was all reformer, this class was a combination of mat work and tower work. Pretty much came right home and signed up for the same class next week. So hard but so good.

Thursday

Nike Training Club Jump Around workout (30 minutes). – I actually don’t know why this workout was called Jump Around, since there was no jumping involved.

2 mile run.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

First long run of the training cycle. Plan was for 8 miles at 10:10 pace. Well, I got the 8 miles part right, the 10:10 pace not so much.

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I’m not too concerned that I was so much faster than the planned pace. I do want to be closer to the plan next week since I know slowing down my long runs now will only help as the runs extend beyond the half marathon distance.

Sunday

Newbie Pilates class. (55 minutes).

Mix of reformer, tower, and mat work. So hard, but I’m really enjoying the challenge and the variety of the class. I miss my weekend yoga classes, but truthfully I had gotten a little bored in my practice so I think switching it up for Pilates for the next few weeks (at least) is only going to be helpful. Hopefully I will still find time to squeeze in something of a yoga practice at home.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Week 2 of marathon training will be 2 easy runs, 1 speed workout (mile repeats – eek!), and a long run, two strength workouts (probably Nike Training Club), and Pilates.

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

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Weekly Workout Recap – 07/14 – 07/20

Weekly Recap

Last week before going back on a training plan is done. Man does time fly. Recap:

Weekly Recap 0714 - 0720

Monday

4 miles. Supposed to be an easy run, but felt like I was on the struggle bus the entire time. I’m blaming a poor night’s sleep and the impending storms (it was a 40% chance of scattered thunder storms when I started. Fortunately, I made it through unscathed).

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Tuesday

Nike Training Club Endurance Master workout (45 minutes).

Decided to try out one of the advanced workouts. Holy crap that was hard.

Wednesday

Had planned to do 4 miles with hill repeats, but I overslept (if you can believe it), so I decided to just squeeze in a quick 3 miles and call it a day. Definitely did not feel totally easy, thank you humidity, but some miles are better than no miles, so I’ll take it.

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Thursday

Nike Training Club The Edge workout (30 minutes).

2 mile run.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Decided to switch things up and took a 55 minute Newbie Pilates class at a studio near my house. I’d never taken a Pilates class before, and my routine was feeling a bit stale, so I thought this was a good chance to shake things up. The class was done on the reformer (as opposed to the mate) and it was hard. I loved it. Will definitely be back.

Sunday

Jog and Hog. I came. I ran. I at a pint of ice cream (well almost). And then I ran some more. So much fun.

Will run for ice cream. Also first time not wearing a Garmin to a "race" in about 7 years. I have no idea what my exact time and pace were, but I don't care. PR in fun for sure.

Will run for ice cream. Also first time not wearing a Garmin to a “race” in about 7 years. I have no idea what my exact time and pace were, but I don’t care. PR in fun for sure.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. First week of marathon training will include two easy runs, 1 long run, a tempo run, some strength work, and hopefully Pilates and/or yoga. Man, I’m tired just looking at that. Time to get to work!

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

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Recent Reads

With all the hours I’m spending at work, I’ve been taking the opportunity to spend my evenings reading to give myself a break after staring at a screen all day. Recently I finished two books, so already double my goal for July!

Recent Reads

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running the Marathon. By Ben Kaplan

I picked this up a few months ago at Barnes and Noble, but hadn’t gotten around to actually reading it. With marathon training starting next week, I thought a little extra advice and insight into training to run 26.2 couldn’t hurt. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this book. The book is structured to help someone go from just starting running to training for a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and ultimately a marathon. Within one year. That is just not something I can get behind as I think it’s a ticket to burnout and injury town. I did enjoy some of the stories the author included about other runners, as well as his own quest to BQ. And the music suggestions were interesting. Otherwise, I don’t think I could recommend this book. There are many other books about running and specifically marathon training that I think are more useful. Also, I found it incredibly distracting when the author was discussing how runners responded when the New York Marathon was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy he stated the storm occurred in October 2011. Um, not so much buddy. It was 2012.

Title: Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running the Marathon
Author: Ben Kaplan
Rating: 2/5

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

While I was on vacation during at the beginning of the month, I found myself binge watching both seasons of The Mindy Project on Hulu Plus. Having finished the series in a matter of days (yay for 20ish minute episodes), I pretty much went straight out and bought Kaling’s book. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t read this sooner since I generally enjoyed Kaling’s work on The Office, but I loved it. As in couldn’t put it down, can’t wait to read it again, why can’t I write like this (though to be fair, outside of this blog, I never really aspired to be a writer) good. Can’t recommend this one highly enough.

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Rating: 5/5

Now it’s your turn! What are you reading (or read recently)? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Workout Recap – 07/07 – 07/13

Weekly Recap

Another week in the books. Getting down to the wire before marathon training officially starts. Recap of the last week’s workouts:

Weekly Recap 0707-0713

Monday

4 miles easy before the start of a very busy work week.

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Tuesday

Nike Training Club Drill Sergeant workout (30 minutes)

Wednesday

4 miles with hill repeats. Why I pick days with ridiculously high humidity to do hill repeats I will never understand.

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Thursday

Nike Training Club Body Sculptor workout (30 minutes).

2 mile run.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

My original plan was to made this a step back week for my long run, but then I remember that I’m signed up to run the Jog n Hog race next weekend. I didn’t like the idea of trying to do a long run and a race on my last weekend before marathon training, especially since I spent a good bit of the spring injured. In the end I decided to get one more 8 miler in this weekend and just focus on enjoying the running and ice cream next weekend. The humidity was back to normal for July, so this run was slower and much less comfortable than last weekend, but I got it done.

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Sunday

Rest day. Just because I was feeling lazy.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. I’m anticipating another busy week in the office, although hopefully not as bad as the one that just finished. Basically, I spent the whole week chained to my desk trying to work my way through the large stack of assignments on my desk. Progress was definitely made, but there is still much to be done. I don’t mean to complain, I’m glad to have the work, it’s just a lot to handle all at once.  Otherwise, this will be my last week before officially starting marathon training. I have a plan together (for the most part), and while my mileage isn’t exactly where I had wanted it, but I’m feeling confident that I’m in a good place to start the next 18 weeks of training. Fingers crossed!

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

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