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Weekly Workout Recap – 10/13 – 10/19

Weekly Recap

The last recap of marathon training since this is the week I decided to stop marathon training. Recap:

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Monday

6 miles easy after a 6:00 AM flight back from Atlanta.

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Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 15

30 minutes stationary bike (6 ish miles).

Wednesday

Tempo run. 6 miles with 4 miles at 8:30 pace. Did this one on the treadmill so it was more like 4 miles at 8:27 pace. Which left me a sweaty, gross mess.

I had planned to go to Pilates Wednesday night, but there was a family thing that came up and I ended up canceling.

Thursday

Quick Strength for Runners 16

3 mile easy run.

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Almost blew of the run, but it was just what I needed. Even if I was running late and went to work with wet hair and no makeup.

Friday & Saturday

Rest days. Took things easy because of the shin situation. It was kinda nice not having to do a long run on a Saturday morning. I spent a could part of the week dreading mile planned 20 miler. Once I finally made the decision Friday not to forgo the marathon, I felt like a weight was lifted off me and had the best night sleep I’ve had in a while. Coincidence? I think not.

Sunday

Reformer Pilates.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. No formal plan for the week, other probably (no definitely) not running. Will likely stick to low impact activities, plus Pilates and strength workouts.

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

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Know When to Fold ‘Em

Today, I was scheduled to run 20 miles as a part of my training for the Philadelphia Marathon.

But I didn’t. I didn’t even attempt to run 20 miles. In fact, I’m probably taking today as a rest day. And I’m (mostly) okay with that.

Lately, my heart hasn’t really been into training to run 26.2 miles. I was fine with logging the weekday miles, but when it came to my long runs, the cornerstone of endurance training, I was less than enthused. For the most part, I got the miles in, but runs longer than a half marathon were a serious chore. And I never want running to be a chore.

But lack of heart isn’t the only factor. Marathon training is a huge time suck and I’ve reached a point where I resent the amount of time devoted for training this race. Which is probably why I’ve slacked off on stretching, foam rolling, and doing my PT exercises. Add icing to the mix and all-day runger, and I’m a barrel of laughs.

The final straw, though, came this week. Wednesday night, I noticed a sore spot on my right shin. The spot only bothers me when I press on it, and I ran Thursday morning without pain. But the soreness was there again Thursday night. I’m not going to lie, this whole thing has me freaked out a bit. I contacted my doctor and I have an appointment scheduled, but it’s not for a few weeks. Cue more freaking out.

So I’m taking a few days off from running. I’ll cross train, ice (what I’m doing right now, natch), binge watch Gilmore Girls like it’s my job, research my upcoming trip to Amsterdam – only two weeks away!, and just try not to freak out or obsess over not running the marathon. Running a marathon doesn’t define me and it doesn’t make me a runner. Maybe it’s just not the distance for me, or 2014 is not the year of the marathon for me. It’s like The Penguin says:

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I will admit that I’m disappointed and frustrated to be making this decision so close to race day. And until yesterday, I thought I could at least salvage running the half marathon. But I really don’t think that is the best idea. Truthfully, I’m kinda looking forward to some time away from running and training. It will be good. And the world won’t end if I’m not out pounding pavement. And a DNS is better than a DNF.

Now it’s your turn! DNS or DNF?

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Weekly Workout Recap – 10/06 – 10/12

Weekly Recap

A few days late with last week’s recap as I was traveling over the long weekend. A good time for a cutback week, right? Recap:

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Monday

6 miles easy on the treadmill (1 hour). My left IT band started to make its presence known towards the end, but otherwise nothing to report here.

Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 13

30 minutes elliptical (3.5 ish miles).

PM: Reformer Pilates. So freaking hard. I think my abs are still sore.

Wednesday

6 miles easy on the treadmill.

Thursday

Quick Strength for Runners 14

3 mile easy run.

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I had an alumnae council meeting at my high school Wednesday night, which meant I was out of the house from 7:30 AM through 10:00 PM. Getting up Thursday morning was an exercise in how many times can I snooze and still get in a workout. I got everything I planned done, but admittedly I rush the strength workout a bit. I thought about splitting things up and doing my run after work, but I had an early flight Friday morning and needed to pack.

Friday

Rest day. Fly to Atlanta! My cousin Sean was being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Saturday night, so my parents and I made the trip south for the event. Our flight was at the crack of dawn, which meant we had a lot of time for walking around downtown Atlanta once we arrived.

First stop: Centennial Olympic Park to find the memorial brick my cousins Sean & Bridget purchased for our grandfather.

First stop: Centennial Olympic Park to find the memorial brick my cousins Sean & Bridget purchased for our grandfather.

Saturday

I had 7 miles on my schedule for the weekend, so what better way to do some sightseeing before getting all dolled up for the event. I have one word to describe this run: hilly. Oh my lord was it hilly.

Oof.

Oof.

I stopped a few times to take some pictures, and of course got rained on for a bit around mile 2, but otherwise this was pretty uneventful.

World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park

Sweaty selfie outside of the Georgia Dome.

Sweaty selfie outside of the Georgia Dome.

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Sunday

Officially a rest day, but there was lots of walking around again.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. I have 20 miles on the schedule for this week, so my focus is getting through that in one piece. I also have a tempo run, 2 easy runs, 2 strength workouts, and Pilates all in the mix.

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

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Weekly Workout Recap – 09/29 – 10/05

Weekly Recap

After last week’s aborted long run, I was very cautious with the whole shin situation and skipped my planned runs for Monday and Wednesdays, spent lots of time icing, stretching, and foam rolling, and did a whole lot of freaking out. Things seem to pay off since I’m feeling a lot better. Recap:

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Monday

51 minutes elliptical (6.3 miles)

Tuesday

Quick Strength for Runners Workout 11

30 minutes stationary bike (6 ish miles).

PM: Reformer Pilates. It was Patty’s birthday and her gift was to kick our butts. I was sore for days afterwards.

Wednesday

51 minutes elliptical (6.6 miles).

Thursday

3 mile easy run on the treadmill – about 30 minutes.

I was nervous to run again after the shin situation so I opted for the treadmill in case things didn’t go well. While I wouldn’t say I felt great, I felt much better than I did on Saturday. So I would call this progress.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

Long run. My plan called for 16 miles, and I was really incredibly nervous. Plus the forecast was terrible, so yeah safe to say I was psyched. The day did not start out well when I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep for almost two hours. Whoops. Guess I needed the rest?

While the full 16 didn’t happen, I did get in 14 miles with no shin pain so wahoo! (I swear, the fact that the heavens opened at mile 13 had no impact on my decision to cut the run short.) I started out taking walk breaks every three miles, but I did take a few extra once I hit  mile 11. And there was a short stretch break at mile 9. I still have some doubts about running the full 26.2, but I feel a lot better now than I did Saturday before the run.

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Post long run I pretty much spent the whole day binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Productive? No.  Awesome? Hell yeah.

Sunday

Reformer Pilates.

So that’s the week in a nutshell. Right now, My training plan has this week as a cutback week and I’m traveling over the long weekend, so I’m using it as an opportunity to ease myself back into my regular running schedule. So 4 easy runs, 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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