Last Week’s Workouts

Last week's workouts |

Six weeks out from Mount Washington Road Race has me feeling sore yet seeing progress.  Last week’s workouts had me running farther and gathering more vert.  As I was running on Thursday, I had an AHA! moment that training is working.  Hills that would leave me feeling drained back in March are now nothing but a little blip.  It’s nice to see new Strava segment PR’s on hills that used to kick my butt.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not cruising up every hill.  There’s still some shuffling going on.  But just at a little quicker  pace.


25 minutes Stepmill

15 minutes incline Treadmill hike

My monkey mind could not handle 40 minutes on the Stepmill today.  Instead, I hopped on a treadmill, cranked up the incline to 10% and kept increasing it every 2 minutes till 15%.  There will be lots of power hiking at Mount Washington and Loon Mountain so both modalities do the trick.

Strength training:

band pull ups

TRX inverted row

Bench press -> shoulder press circuit

Split squat

Bench step ups w/  SL balance and OH press

Lat lunge w/ SL balance/press

SL stand to sit

SL deadlift

Mobility and Core

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50 minute run, 293 ft elev gain

Easy paced miles with Max on yet another rainy day.  Seriously.  I’m so over rain.  I deprived Max of his two days of running last week because of the kids school vacation.  He was more than ready to hit the pavement today which made for some rather faster paced miles than I intended.  Thankfully, he settled and we could slow things down to an easy peasey pace.

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30 minutes Elliptical Intervals

Strength Training + Mobility and Core


7 mile run, 486 ft elev gain

Another run, another run in the rain. I had 50 minutes of attacking ascents and recovering on the downhills/flats so I went in search of a route that had a lot of hills close together.  Plus, I’m getting bored with hills in my area so I’m trying to expand my reach.  I think I accomplished that today.  It took awhile for my body to wake up but by the 3rd hill, I found my uphill grind gear.

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When I got home, Max was full of energy so I took him for a one mile cool down lap to make him chill out. It did the trick!


Rest day!


1:30 min trail run, 1182 ft elev gain

I was so excited for this run until plans fell through.  Originally, all the kids sports were to be played in the afternoon.  That meant the whole morning would be free for me to hit the trails for my run.  But then the soccer games got moved to another location and at an early time because of their opponents flooded fields (thanks to day 1243 of rain!).  My morning run plans were foiled.  After sitting outside in the wet and cold for the majority of the morning, my motivation to run was low.  But the sun started to peek out and things warmed up.  I found some good pump up music to blast on the 30 minute drive to the mountain and I was good to go.

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I lucked out because the course markers for the Big A 50k were still up.  I explored a few new trails that I’d never been on before.  My legs felt great and I even scored a few more segment PR’s.  Maybe running in the afternoon isn’t so bad?  Haha – yeah right!


40 min run, 4.5 miles

Another morning filled with soccer games for Avery meant an afternoon run again.  Thankfully, I had Max along to pep things up.  And the ice coffee I had beforehand helped too.

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How was your week in workouts?

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14 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. Sometimes I look at Strava segments on my bike routes, but I never thought of comparing them on runs – duh! It’s great that you are noticing your training paying off — you sure are working hard at in. Glad you were able to get those runs in even though your schedule changed. I have a hard time switching gears like that.

  2. I feel you on the rain! Seriously, can it stop? Nice week of hills for you–I think you’re going to do great for Mt Washington. I read somewhere that race is considered one of the toughest in the US! My heart starts pounding just thinking about that climb!
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  3. I’m really hoping this week is a stop to the rain, but that might be too optimistic based on the forecast. It’s as if all the precipitation that didn’t come as snow this winter is now coming as rain. You are getting so strong on hills – what a great week of training for you!

  4. omg Day 1243 of rain!!! I’m so sorry it’s been so crappy but the bright side is the afternoon trail running you did! right?!

    good week for you – and Max too! hopefully it’s drier this week 🙂

  5. What a great feeling to see all that climbing paying off! It’s so fun to watch your progress week after week… you are ready for the race!

  6. Glad to hear that running on hills feels “easier”. I also found a new to me running place with hills. I went on Saturday and it was tough. I will keep going because I know in the long run it will help in my training.

    All that rain sucks. It started raining today and we have a few more days in the forecast.

    1. There was a time that I would purposely avoid all the hills in my town. Now, I know that I need to do hills. It’s usually the things that we should be doing, that we avoid. Run those hills!

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