Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were back on track.

Well, not actually ON a track but back to normal after the flu-like virus I had the previous week. A few years ago I the track grew on me now I shudder at running on it.  Isn’t it funny how our likes ebb and flow?

Monday

5 mile run, 8:53 avg pace, 248 ft elev gain

After a suck-tastic run on Saturday, this run was a complete opposite.  My legs felt light, breathing normal with no effort and easy. The bad runs help us appreciate the good runs.

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Tuesday

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

Strength training:

Alternating plank/side plank

Cable chop

Barbell squats

KB step ups

Single leg deadlift

Eccentric pull ups

Assisted pull ups w/ band

TRX push ups

Med ball squat toss

Cardio intervals on Elliptical: 10 minutes easy, 60 sec sprint, 90 sec recover x 6, 10 minutes easy

Wednesday

5 mile run, 8:32 avg pace, 187 ft elev gain

Kyle and I met up for a tempo run with 1.5 easy miles followed by 2.5 miles at a comfortably hard pace, 1 mile easy.  It’s hard to judge comfortably hard miles while running in the dark.  My mind is on so many other things, like not falling, that I have to remind my legs to keep up the pace. Comparing this run to a similar one we did a couple of weeks ago, our paces are slightly slower but there was a ton of puddles and branches from the all day rain on Tuesday that we were trying to avoid.

And it was humid and warm.  What happened to the real October weather?

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Thursday

Strength training:

Plank pull down

Alternating side plank

Single arm KB deadlift

DB bench press

Barbell split squats

1/2 kneeling x pull down

TRX tricep ext/bicep curl

Cardio intervals on Step mill: 5 minutes easy, 60 sec sprints, 90 sec recovery x 6, 10 minutes easy

Friday

5 mile run, 8:50 avg pace, 244 ft elev gain

An easy run that turned into a progression run when I realized I misjudged my distance and had to book it back home in time to shower and get ready for work.  Opps!

Saturday

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

Remember a few months ago when Kyle and I tried to take our first Orangetheory class and we were turned away because it was an “advanced” class of 90 minutes and not suitable for beginners?  We spontaneously decided to try it again (a 60 minute class this time) Saturday morning.  Guess what?  We got turned away AGAIN! This time it was because we were there 15 minutes before class started NOT 30 minutes.  I can understand if we were given an explanation of why we had to be there 30 minutes ahead but there was nothing.  The front desk people were not nice.  Bad news for them because I can probably guarantee there won’t be a third time we’ll try.  And you probably lost out on two new memberships.  Oh well!

Instead, we hit up a yoga class at my studio.  It was crazy packed – over 50 people at least.  Just what we needed after the Orangetheory business.

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Sunday

9 mile run, 9:05 avg pace, 337 ft. elev gain

I met up with the K’s (Kyle and Kailey) to run part of the Seacoast Half Marathon course to give Kyle an idea of the course(it’ll be her first half marathon!).  It was a chilly 34 degrees at the start but I refused to ditch the shorts.  I can’t quit you yet!

We made a point finish on the South St. hill just like the race does.  There is just something cruel about a race that ends on a hill. My legs were feeling quite fatigued at the end but it was nowhere near the suckfest that was last weekend’s long run attempt.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

Tips for Running in the Rain

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There’s a joke in my family.

If I sign up for a marathon, there’s a 99.9% chance it will rain.

I’ve run 3 marathons and they have all been in the rain.

There was the borderline snow/rain conditions for my first at Vermont City.  There was the time of being soaked even before the start at the Honolulu Marathon.  And then there was sideways blowing rain and chilly temps of Boston (although the 2018 race was way worse!).

Clearly, the odds are not in my favor.  Maybe that’s why I have zero desire to run a road marathon anytime soon?

With my history of running long distance races in the rain, I always chuckle when others say they love running in the rain.  I do too, just as long as it’s a warm, gentle mist.

The odds of it being a warm, gentle rain?

Not too good especially here in New England where fall, winter and spring rains usually are in colder temps of 30s and 40s.

It’s also not too fun to be running in the rain for a good length of time. Believe me, there’s nothing peaceful and uplifting about running in the rain for hours.  Even if it is a warm rain, you are going to get cold at some point. Slopping in soaked shoes that weight 10,000 pounds is not pretty and definitely not peaceful!

That being said, I’m still going to run in the rain. As the saying goes, there’s no bad weather conditions, there’s only bad gear. So here’s what to wear when Mother Nature opens the skies on your next run.

Hat

There’s nothing worse than having rain pellets sting you in the face and eyes.  Having a wide brim hat will help protect your face and you’ll be able to see better so maybe you can avoid some of the puddles.  I usually wear whatever baseball style hat I have around.

If it’s a colder run (30s or so), I’ll add a headband to give my ears some warmth.

Or you can toss a shower cap over your hat as we saw so many do in Boston 2018. I’ve heard it works really well!

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Jacket

I’ve tried many different jackets and haven’t really found an absolutely perfect running jacket for the rain. Jackets that are water proof work well in keeping you dry from the rain (although not completely dry) but don’t breathe at all.  I find I sweat more than ever which still makes for a soaked shirt.  The jacket is still a good idea to keep your core temp up to hold in body heat.

I tend to reach for my Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket (affiliate link)for wet runs. The hood is awesome and there are built in flip mitts for keeping hands dry, one place that tends to get really cold on me.

If you are running a race, a trash bag or emergency poncho works well too.  Just ask Laura from Mommy, Run Fast.  She’s run Boston twice in a poncho!

Wicking Socks

No matter how much you try to avoid puddles, your feet are going to get wet so it’s best to wear socks that will at least keep your feet a little warm.  I reach for wool which is great for keeping some warmth in.  And they don’t weigh a thousand pounds when wet.

Lube Up

My eyes can’t un-see the bloody shirts of men or the gnarly open wounds on women’s legs running in my rainy first marathon. It looked like a battlefield! When things get wet, things rub. Rubbing leads to chafing. Chafing leads to pain.  Pain is not good.  Lube up generously with Vaseline or Aquaphor beforehand on your legs, sports bra straps, armpits and every other place that can get rubbed raw.

If I’m running an hour or less in the rain, I won’t lube up.  Anything more, the lube is coming out.

Tips for running in the rain | happyfitmama.comRunning in the rain with snow on the ground.  Fun stuff!

A Good Attitude

I don’t enjoy running in the rain but going into a race or run with a horrible attitude does not help the situation. Rain isn’t going to stop me from heading out for a run or running a race. Focusing on what I can control swings the pendulum from Negative Nancy to Positive Polly.  I can’t change the weather but I can change my attitude. It’s best to embrace it and just have fun with it.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts started off strong and then went south on Wednesday.  It never fails that I get ill every October.  Hopefully, this is just a small blip and I’ll be feeling healthy again soon.

Monday

Strength training:

Plank w/ cable pull down

Reverse lunge with KB rack

TRX inverted row

Single leg deadlift w/ KB

Decline push ups

Running woman off bench

Eccentric pull ups

Pull up shrugs

30 minutes Elliptical with 60 sec sprints/90 sec recovery x 6

I picked up a new book at the library last week, Strong (affiliate link). I mostly checked it out for some new workout ideas but after reading it, I’m going to loosely follow the plan just for something different. The plank w/ cable pull is freaking hard.  Great stabilizer for sure. My lower abs were feeling it the next couple of days.

Tuesday

5 mile run, 8:42 avg pace

The plan was to run 1.5 easy miles followed with 1 min on/1 min off x 6-8, followed with easy miles.  It was pouring rain and my glutes were toast from Monday’s workout.  I was feeling kind of groggy (foreshadowing to what happened on Wednesday?) the first 1.5 miles but tried to pick it up as much as I could.  Kyle and I flew through the first 5 but then got to talking and missed the next minute…or 5.  So we had a little longer recovery.  Opps.  We pulled off another repeat to finish it off.  Note to self: don’t lift heavy the day before Fartleks.

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Wednesday

Strength training:

Side plank with cable row

TRX lunge and touch

DB bench press

Goblet squats

Standing single arm cable row

Arc Trainer 10 mins

I woke up feeling kind of meh Wednesday morning. As I made my way to the gym, I was mostly feeling ok. Not high energy, just ok. I did a 5 minute warm up on the Arc trainer followed by some strength training.  When I went back to the Arc Trainer for cardio, I lasted 5 minutes.  I had zero energy and wanted to lay down.  And my stomach started to hurt.

From there, things went south.  Aches, chills, nausea, no appetite and so tired. I spent the next 24 hours in bed except for the time it took me to drop my daughter off at soccer and to pick her up.

Blah.  That was not fun.

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Thursday

Rest day…unless you count the top to bottom disinfecting of my house.

My plan called for a run but I had the residual of not eating or drinking much on Wednesday.  That and I was in a fog from so much sleep for most of the day.

Friday

5 mile trail run, 11:14 avg/pace, 408 ft elev gain

By Friday I was feeling pretty much back to normal. I wanted some trail time so I opted for running after work.  I usually don’t want to do anything but sit down after a day of being on my feet at work but the promise of soft dirt and quiet motivated me to change into my running clothes.  I took it nice and easy and enjoyed the gorgeous afternoon.

Saturday

7.5 mile run, 9:17 avg/pace, 448 ft elev gain

I have one word to describe this run: suck.  Everything about this run sucked from the very beginning.  My legs felt like lead and my breathing was more difficult than it should have been.  I thought for sure I’d feel better after the first mile or two.  Nope.  It lasted the whole time.  Even though I was aiming for an easy pace, even easy felt hard.

I planned for 8-9 but cut it short at 7.5 because I just wasn’t feeling it.  And besides, I had to get home, shower and pack up for an all day soccer tournament.

I’m thinking that spending the day in bed on Wednesday and not eating or drinking practically anything for almost 24 hours, was still messing with my body.  That and I ran 5 miles about 12 hours earlier.  I’m not used to back to back runs like that.

Nevertheless, that run was horrible.

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Sunday

Morning Flow Yoga

20 minute walk with Coop and the fam

I woke up Sunday not feeling 100%.  My throat was kind of sore and my body felt stiff.  I decided to not run at all. Instead it was an easy day of yoga and walking before spending day 2 at the soccer tournament.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.