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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:

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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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PRs

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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:

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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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Risk the Usual

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Weekly Workout Recap – 06/30 – 07/06

Weekly Recap

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend (or just a regular weekend for those outside the US). I’m trying to soak of a few more hours of relaxation before diving in what will sure to be a busy week at the office. Recap of the last week’s workouts:

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Monday

3 miles that felt like the longest and hottest three miles of my life. I was taking my car in for service and had planned to get my run in before heading to the dealership, but a terrible night’s sleep derailed that plan. I ended up heading home after I was done with my car at 11:30, and it was hot. So hot I actually consider running in just a sports bra and shorts. Didn’t happen, but I thought about it.

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Tuesday

23 minute walk. (1.6 miles)

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 15

Wednesday

4 miles with some hill repeats before heading to NYC for the day with my mom. I had some terrible insomnia for the past few nights which made this run a non-stop strugglefest. But it got done.

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The rest of the day was spent taking my mom to see Beautiful: The Carole King musical on broadway. Such an awesome show!

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Very excited to see a former CUA classmate Alan (who I’m sure doesn’t remember me since I was leaving the music theater program as he was joining it) working on broadway.

Of course, no trip to NYC is complete without a celebrity sighting (Mom spotted Newsies/Smash star Jeremy Jordan on the street…and neglected to tell me for several days) and some other adventure. Our’s was the car not starting when we went to leave the city to drive back to PA. After two hours of waiting for roadside assistance, and another hour as they tried to work out the problem, we were finally on the way home. Diagnosis: a dead battery in need of a jump. And FYI, the battery of a Volvo is in the trunk and not under the hood.  Good to know.

Thursday

3 mile easy run that was very hot and very humid, followed by Quick Strength for Runners Workout 16. After being on my feet for a very long time on Wednesday, I woke up feeling very dehydrated and with no desire to workout. But I had plans to drink margaritas and eat ice cream with a dear friend, so I figured I better preemptively burn some calories. Total worth it. The workout and the food. (PS – If you’re in the Philly area, definitely hit up the revamped Lolita and also Franklin Fountain. The best).

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Friday

Rest day. Spent most of the day lazing about before heading to another dear friend’s family 4th of July gathering. Where I swear her dad was trying to get me drunk since it seemed like my glass was never empty for long. Long awaited payback for some snarky cannoli related comments in high school? Perhaps. But a good time was had by all.

Saturday

8 miles to try to sweat out all the prosecco from 4th of July festivities. Ran a bit faster than I wanted, which I’m attributing to the cooler and less humid weather (although it was still quite windy) and rocking out to the Beautiful soundtrack. But this was definitely that kind of run that makes me excited to start marathon training in a few weeks.

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Sunday

Took an extra rest day to enjoy the last bits of vacation while still getting ready for a very busy week in the office. Long story short, we’re slammed with work and the former colleague that we thought was rejoining the company accepted a position with another firm at the last minute. Busy is good, and I’m happy to have the work, especially after some lean times in the past few years, but I’m foreseeing lots of early mornings, late nights, and lunches eaten at my desk while trying to keep on top everything. With that said, I may be a bit MIA over the next few weeks as I try to keep my head above water. I will try to pop in when I can, but these busy periods usually leave me with little time and inspiration. But I will be back!

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

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