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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:

Weekly Recap 0825 - 0831

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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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:

Weekly Recap 0811 - 0817

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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