This week was supposed to be about getting back into my regular routine post-RnR Philly and also completing the Spartan Race on Saturday. For a bunch of reasons, that isn’t exactly what happened. Recap:
3 mile easy run. The mornings have definitely gotten darker and chillier, especially now that it is officially fall. Pretty sure I got some funny looks with my long sleeve top, shorts, and compression socks outfits this week, but who cares.
Best Body Bootcamp Phase 1 Strength A.
This phase is focused on muscle endurance, so this total body circuit workout used a higher number of reps (20 per exercise). I tried to go lighter with the weights since the rep count was high, but this workout still kicked my butt and I only managed 2 circuits. I followed it up with 1 round of the core circuit for this phase that reminded me that I’ve been slacking a little bit in the core department of late.
5 mile tempo run with 3 miles @ 9:00 pace.
This was the first hard run I planned to do since the race. While my pre-race tempo runs were done at a faster pace, I wanted to take it back a bit this week, so of course I ran faster than planned. Oh well. Run felt great, so who cares.
Best Body Bootcamp Phase 2 Strength b
Another endurance focused total body workout, this time using half reps. I didn’t think it could get any harder than Workout A, but boy was I wrong. This was tough and again I barely managed two sets of each exercise. Followed up with 2 mile run.
Spartan Race – DNS
So I totally bailed on the Spartan Race on Saturday morning. There were a few reasons, but the biggest reason was a fear of injury. The more I read about various Spartan Races in the lead up to the event (and yes, I should have done this before committing to the event), the more panicked I became at the thought of hurting myself trying to complete an obstacle. Other factors included a $5 charge for gear check (um, seriously?), the 30 burpee penalty for failing/skipping an obstacle, doing the race by myself instead of with a team, and limited water on the course (participants were allowed/encouraged to bring handled water bottles or backpacks, but I just could see the feasibility of trying to complete the course with these). I am a little disappointed in myself for bailing, but in the end I think it was the right decision. My heart just wasn’t in it, and while it sucks to waste the registration fee, it would suck more to push myself to do something I didn’t want to do. Maybe someday I will complete an obstacle course race, but under different circumstances.
So instead of rope climbs and stadium stairs, I went for a nice long run of 8 miles. Weather was perfect and I felt great, clearly signs that I made the right decision.
Rest day. I could have gotten my act together to go to yoga, but I was out late Saturday night (yeah, don’t hear that often around these parts) and decided a quiet morning puttering around and getting organized for the week trumped yoga time.
The Good: All of my runs felt really great.
Bad Not As Good: I hate DNSing races, but it was the right decision (and I haven’t DNSed all year, so it’s not too bad), plus no yoga.
What’s Next?: Continue with Phase 2 of bootcamp (2 strength workouts). 2 easy runs, 1 speed workout, 1 long run + the Totally Awesome 80′s Run. Yoga.
Now it’s your turn! How was your week in workouts? Any big accomplishments or setbacks?
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