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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Weekly Workout Recap – 04/27 – 05/03

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. Recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

Easy three miles. The first mile was pretty slow (10:3ish pace), but the second two were about a minute faster. And hey, I actually slept through the night. So that is progress!

Tuesday

Plan: Strength workout stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: After congratulating myself on getting to stage three of New Rules last week, I promptly abandoned it this week. No good reason, just decided to something different. In this case, different meant a 45 minute Nike Training Club workout.

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: Run, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: Run fail.  I was having some discomfort/stiffness/whatever you want to call it in my lower back, beginning Tuesday night. I attempted to run anyway, and made it half a mile from home when I gave up and turned around to walk home. Not how I wanted to start my day.

PM: Tower Pilates class. Back felt a little better, still no great.

Thursday

Planned: Strength workout

What Actually Happened:

Unplanned rest day. Decided to give the back a break.

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 3 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

Easyish three miles. Back started to act up towards the end. I think part of my issue is the switch to a neutral shoes. Maybe going with new shoes and all road miles was not my best plan. Going to switch back to my stability shoes for the next few runs, then gradually work the neutral shoes into the rotation. If that doesn’t help, it’s back to the drawing board – aka a visit to the doctor.

The rest of the day was spend celebrating my 15 year high school reunion. Yay Class of 2000!

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Sunday

Planned: Reformer Pilates.

What Actually Happened: Reformer Pilates. Thank you Diana for the butt kicking I needed. Although I was feeling every glass of wine.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Taking the back situation day by day (hoping the massage I got yesterday helps things), and keep up with 2 strength workouts, 2 Pilates classes, and stretching class.

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

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Weekly Workout Recap – 04/20 – 04/26

Weekly Recap

 

Another week in the books. Recap:

Monday

Plan: Easy run.

What actually happened:

Kicked of marathon Monday with a quick 3 miles before work. It was a little rainy, but not so bad that I opted for the treadmill. Also, this was my first run in new shoes! Yay! Sunday afternoon I stopped into Princeton Pacers to get fitted for new shoes. After years of running in a stability shoe (and with an orthotic for the past year), the staff suggested I try a neutral shoe, with the orthotic. Color me surprised! Apparently, after assessing my gait, the overpronation I’ve had for years has almost disappeared. I still pronate more on my left side, which I would chalk up to all the work I did in PT last strengthening my right side. Or something. I don’t know. We’ll see how these shoes work out.

Tuesday

Plan: New Rules 3A, stretch class

What Actually Happened:

AM: 5 minute bike warmup

New Rules 3A.

This workout took me longer to complete (55 minutes instead of the usual 25-30 minutes), so I didn’t have time for any extra cardio afterwards. I’m proud of myself for making it this far with the New Rules program. I honestly though I would have bailed by now.

PM: stretching class.

Wednesday

Plan: Run, Pilates T&A

What Actually happened:

AM: 3 miles. I did not sleep well at all Tuesday night, so my expectations for this run were very low.  Things started off pretty slow, but eventually picked up. I threw a few surges in during the last mile just to get my legs turning over faster. Finished in 29 minutes.

PM: Tower Pilates class.

Thursday

Planned: New Rules 3B

What Actually Happened:

Another terrible night’s sleep. So I skipped the gym and worked out at home. I didn’t really get much more sleep in that extra hour, but I definitely felt like I needed to rest. In the end, I could have attempted the planned workout, but instead I did 3 rounds of the following (after warming up for 5 minutes) with one minute rest between rounds:

10 Squats
10 Hammer Curls
10 Lunges
10 Overhead Press
10 Deadlifts
10 Bent over row
10 Tricep Press
Planks (30 second each forearm, right, reverse and left)
Teaser (30 seconds)
10 Side lunges

Friday

Planned: Rest Day

What Actually Happened: Rest Day.

Saturday

Planned: 4 mile run.

What Actually Happened:

4 mile run around the neighborhood before a full day of bridal shower and girlfriend time. And it ended up being an unintended progression run. Yay! Made up for the fact that I was in tights and long sleeves at the end of April.

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Sunday

Planned: Reformer Pilates.

What Actually Happened: Reformer Pilates. Not gonna lie, 8 am classes are tough after being out all day the day before and a poor night’s sleep (yes, again. Apparently this is going to be a pattern), but I do like having the rest of the day free to get ready for the next week.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Going to think of this next week as a cutback week since I’ve been pretty steadily increasing my mileage. Plus, it’s my 15 year high school reunion next weekend. So lots of fun to be had.

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

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Race Recap: MMA SuDash

Saturday morning, I toed the line at my second race of 2015, the MMA SuDash!

This race was being put on by the student council at my alma mater to benefit a girls’ school in the Sudan. While I usually race solo, this time I was part of a team with a few of my closest friends and fellow alums – Maura, Moira, and Jackie. And I would be sporting my Oiselle Flock singlet for the first time in a race.

Team 2000

Team 200 pre-race. Left to right: Jackie, me, Moira, and Maura. Photo credit: Maura

Moira and Maura were planning to walk, and Jackie was running with her son/my godson in the jogging stroller. Just before the 9:00AM start, we lined up in front of the lower school ready to take on the day. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm – in fact much warmer than I expected. After a few pre-race instructions, we were off.

The race information had promised a “fast and flat” course. Sadly, this was not so much the case. In fact, the we hit the first hill within moments of starting the race. The course wound its way through campus and through the surrounding neighborhood. Where we were treated to a loop of hills that we had to complete twice. Twice! The course marshals, mostly faculty and parent volunteers, were very encouraging, but these hills kicked my butt. I’m sure my foolish attempt to keep up with the cross-country team at the start of the race did not help the situation. Between the hills, the warm weather, and not eating enough pre-race, my pace slowed considerably during the second mile. Eventually, after passing Sr. Barbara (the current school principal), which was really my only goal for the race, it was back to campus to finish the race.  Race #2 officially complete!

Garmin had the course measuring short. Maura, who tracked the race via RunKeeper, had a final total distance of 3.06 miles. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Garmin had the course measuring short. Maura, who tracked the race via RunKeeper, had a final total distance of 3.06 miles. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

After grabbing some refreshments, Team 2000 reconvened to finalize timing for our brunch plans, and await the awards ceremony. Where I won first in my age group!

Age Group Winner

And for the real surprise of the morning – Team 2000 won the women’s team division! Say what!

3/4 of a victorious Team 2000.

3/4 of a victorious Team 2000. Photo credit: MMA Alumnae Office

Mrs. Killeen, the admissions director, summed up reaction to our team win the best when she said, “Girls, remind me. I don’t remember you four being particularly athletic when you were students.” True dat. Which made our victory all the sweeter.

Overall, it was a great event.  I’m not happy with the way I paced myself, but I am happy with the overall time. I’m hoping to get back to some regular speed work in May and June so that I’m ready to go when half marathon training starts in July. But until then, I’ll be telling everyone I know about my double win on Saturday.

Now it’s your turn! Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it!

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