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Weekly Workout Recap – 08/18 – 08/24

Weekly Recap

Another week in the books. Recap:

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Monday

4 miles easy. Loving the fall like temperatures in the morning.

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Tuesday

Nike Training Club Fast + Fierce workout (45 minutes).

Wednesday

AM: 5 mile tempo run. 3 miles @ 8:34 pace. Round trip on the strugglebus. Totally overshot the first tempo mile and then it was a positive split sufferfest.

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PM: Tower & Abs Pilates class (55 minutes). Yet another butt kicking courtesy of Patti. I will be sore tomorrow.

Thursday

Woke up with no desire to do anything. Settled for a 15 minute NTC workout (Back definer), 2 mile run, then a 15 minute NTC yoga workout.

 

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Friday

Switched things up and did my long run on Friday this week since I had the day off and a dentist appointment scheduled Saturday morning. Plan was for 12 miles. Things started out fine, but I really started to struggle by the end. For some reason I still do not understand, I opted to wear a long sleeve top and as a result totally overheated by the last few miles (I actually ended stopping for a bit, maybe a few minutes, around 9.5 miles to try to get myself together). All in all, it was an okay long run.

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Saturday

Rest day. Other than a dentist appointment in the morning, I pretty much sat around and did nothing all day. And it was glorious.

Sunday

Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes).

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Plan for next week includes two easy runs, 1 speed workout (mile repeats), 1 long run (14 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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Weekly Workout Recap – 08/11 – 08/17

Weekly Recap

Another week in the books. This was a cutback week so it wasn’t anything too exciting. I did race for the first time since being injured, so I guess that was exciting. Recap:

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Monday

5 miles easy. Wore the old shoes so the shins were a little achey.

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Tuesday

Nike Training Club Super Fusion workout (45 minutes).

Wednesday

AM: 5 miles easy. Wore the new shoes and felt a lot better than Monday. Well, as good as someone can feel in 100% humidity. At least the rain held out!

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PM: Tower & Abs Pilates class (55 minutes). First time taking a class with this teacher, who also owns the studio, and holy crap it was hard! I was able to keep up pretty well, and since it was my first time in her class the instructor gave me a lot of help with getting into the right alignment and spotting. She even asked me to demo some things for the class since apparently I did them “beautifully.” Go me!

Thursday

NTC Be Explosive workout (30 minutes).

20 minute run.

 

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Joe McGinnis 5K, which was actually more like Joe McGinnis 3.64. Still for a good cause. Plus I finished first in my age group. I was supposed to run a total of 5 miles for the day, but after the race I just didn’t feel like it. And I’m okay with that.

Someday I will learn to pace a 5K. But not today.

Someday I will learn to pace a 5K. But not today.

 

Sunday

Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes). Honestly, this class was a bit of a bummer. We had a substitute teacher at the last minute, and while she was clearly trying her best, she was a bit out of her element. By the end of the class the owner had arrived and taken over, so things got better. She even offered us to take the next class for free, and that we wouldn’t be charged for the class. So not a total wash.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Plan for next week includes two easy runs, 1 tempo run, 1 long run, 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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Breaking Up Is(n’t) Hard to Do

On Monday morning, I broke up with my Fitbit Flex.

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Honestly, the breakup had been coming for a while. After months of constant tracking my steps, I was on data overload. Not to mention the increasing number of times I’d log 5 + mile runs, only to have the Fitbit show a shorter distance.

Fitbit info from last Saturday. My long run was 10 miles. I really don't think I only walked a half a mile the rest of the day.

Fitbit info from last Saturday. My long run was 10 miles. I really don’t think I only walked a half a mile the rest of the day.

When I first started using the Fitbit back in January, I was looking for something to help get me back into training mode after the holidays. And it definitely helped, but sometime during the spring, as I worked my way back from injury, that little band on my wrist was more annoying than motivating. Especially as I missed my 10,000 step goal more and more often. So, I decided after 7 months, it’s time for a break. At first it was weird, but I’m slowly getting used to not having anything on my wrist. And it’s nice not to trek down to the first floor every time I need to use the restroom at work just to keep my step count up (for the record: I work on the fourth floor, and I drink A LOT of liquids).

So Fitbit, at the end of the day, it’s not you, it’s me. I need a little break from the information overload. Maybe we can try again next time I need a kick in the pants. We’ll see.

Now it’s your turn! Do you use a tracking device like the Fitbit?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 08/04 – 08/10

Weekly Recap

Week 3 of marathon training is done. Honestly, I struggled a bit this week, but that’s the way marathon training goes. Recap:

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Monday

3 miles easy. Everything about this run sucked. Tired, dehydrated, and my shins ached the entire time. I’m hoping it was just because of everything that went into the party yesterday and not anything more serious. Cause I really don’t want to deal with shin splints right now. Will need to do stretches and foam rolling every day this week and play it by ear with my planned runs.

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Tuesday

AM: Nike Training Club Endurance Master workout (45 minutes).

Shins definitely did not feel achey like they did when I was running yesterday, so that made me happy. Calves were a little tight, so I spent some time rolling and massaging and rocking some calf sleeves while getting ready for work. Marathon training is sexy.

PM: Reformer Pilates class (55 minutes). All that leg work we didn’t do last Wednesday? Yeah, we made up for that in spades tonight. Probably not the best thing the night before a tempo run, but oh well.

Wednesday

Tempo run. 5 miles w/3 miles at 8:36 pace. Used the workout function on the Garmin to take the guess-work out of the run. I don’t have mile splits, but the 3 tempo miles averaged 8:35/mile, so that is spot on. Right shin felt a little off by the end, but overall much better than Monday’s run.

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Thursday

Nike Training Club Arm Definer and Lengthen & Strengthen workouts (30 minutes total).

Really didn’t want to get up to workout after doing out for dinner with some work people, but I figured I would at least try. Plus my calves were pretty sore from Pilates Tuesday night.

2 mile run.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Long run. First time in double digits. Also first run in new shoes. Same model, ASICS GT 2000, just different color. Was it the best idea I ever had to wear new shoes for my long run? Probably not. But things went well anyway.

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Sunday

Planning on a rest day. I’m spending the day at the Phillies game. First game I’ve been to all season. Although, this year, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. This week is a cutback week, so it’s mostly easy runs, plus the Joe McGinnis 5K on Saturday. Plus two strength workouts and Pilates.

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

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