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.

Runner Problems

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Runners are quite unique.

We have our own set of problems.

I’ve known this for awhile but it’s very evident when I try to explain certain running situations to non-runners. Runners would be shaking their head in agreement saying “YES!” but non-runners look at me like I have three heads. “What’s the problem?”

What’s the problem?  Let me tell you about my runner problems.

1. My favorite brand and model of running shoe changes. Nothing is worse than finding that your current fav, the one that fits like a glove and has been wonderful, is completely changed for the new version. And the new version fits horrible. I’ve complained about this to non-runners and they were like, “Just buy the cutest pair you can find.” Ummm….no.

2. Paying $15 or more on one pair of running socks. Why do they cost so much?!?!

3. Having to get new running shoes every 300 miles. I say I need new shoes and my husband responds, “Didn’t you just get a new pair?” or “Those still look brand new” or “What about all those shoes in your closet?” That’s when I pull out some quote about research saying that’s what I’m supposed to do if I want to keep running injury free.

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4. Obsessed with the weather and how to dress for it on running or race days. I check my weather app more than the average person.  Not because I want to know the weather.  I just want to know what it will be doing when I am going for a run.  And do I need to remind everyone about how we all talked non-stop about the heat and humidity over the summer? Don’t worry.  We’ll be talking about how cold it is soon enough.

5. The length of time it takes to pick out the perfect race day outfit. I swear I spend more time on that outfit than the time it took to pick out a wedding dress. There’s just too many factors to consider!

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6. Owning more running clothes than regular clothes. Running is life. The rest of it’s just details. But seriously, if I could just wear my running clothes everywhere, that would be great.

7. When you say “Good morning!” to another runner and they don’t even acknowledge you.  How hard is it to say “hi”?  C’mon, runners!  We are supposed to be super friendly.

8. Getting the perfect sunrise running picture. When I run by myself, a lot of the time I choose the route just based on where the sunrise will be or the scenery. Of course, I enjoy it personally but I also want to get a great pic. I’ve received strange looks from non-runners as I prop up my phone and run by it multiple times in hopes of getting the right shot. I’ve been busted by people heading out to grab their morning paper while I’m using their mailbox post to prop my phone up. I’ve been busted by other runners. Am I going to stop taking running pics?  Hell no.

Ok, maybe non-blogger runners don’t understand this one either.

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9. Wanting to wear compression socks after a long run to recover but it’s 80 degrees and they don’t look right with your cute skirt. Or you consider wearing socks with sandals.  It works for old guys, why not?

10. Trying to decide what race will be a goal race and which will be for “fun”.  To a non-runner, there is no such thing as running for fun.

10. Not being able to run for any reason. That just sucks.

11. Wanting to run all the miles but knowing that my body needs some cross training to stay injury free. I can’t run every single day.  I can’t even run 6 days a week.  Thankfully, I like variety and look forward to hitting the gym.

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12. So much freakin’ laundry.  Especially during the winter months when you need ALL the layers. Add in a husband who works out and two messy kids, you know I’m doing a load of laundry every single day to keep on top of it.

13. When your GPS watch can’t find a signal.  One of the most annoying things ever. Aren’t there satellites everywhere now?

14. When your GPS watch and Strava are way off.  I had this happen in the Spring with a new watch.  I was new to Strava and found that the two weren’t showing the correct data.  Thankfully, I figured it out and made the switch back to my old watch. I want correct data!

Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

What are your runner problems?

Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were my first in half marathon training.

Yes, that’s right.  I’m running the Seacoast Half in November.  I haven’t run a half in 2 years so I have zero expectations.  One of my BRF’s, Kyle, had been talking about running her first half so I said I’d train and run the whole thing with her.

No goal expectations – just have fun!

The Seacoast Half is one of my favorite local road races.  It was my first EVER race and first half marathon.  I think I’ve done it 5 or 6 times. It’s mostly flat and follows along the New Hampshire seacoast.  Plus, part of the proceeds goes to a different local charity every year. Love when running can make a difference in my community!

Monday

4.4 mile run, 9:05 avg/pace

Easy miles to start the week off.  This was my third day of running in a row.  My PF felt achy afterwards when I was at work but I was able to stretch it out enough that it wasn’t even noticeable in the afternoon. Just another reminder that I can’t slack off on keeping up with stretching and strengthening no matter if the PF is feeling better.

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Tuesday

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

My gym was closed today for equipment upgrades so I opted for an at home workout. I’m so out of practice with home workouts that I was bored after 5 minutes.  How did I survive without a gym membership for 7 years?

30 minutes bike w/ 10 x 30 sec surges

Bosu burpees

Monster walks

Med ball push ups

Lunge matrix with med ball rotation

Side plank to single leg balance

Wednesday

30 minutes Arc Trainer

10 minutes Stepmill alternating 1min forward, 1 min left foot side steps, 1 min right foot side steps

Strength training:

DB bench press

Curtsy squats w/ barbell

Reverse grip barbell row

Hip thrusters w/ barbell

Pull up shrugs + eccentric pull ups

TRX lunge w/ reach and hop

SL KB deadlift

Med ball slams

Stability ball trunk rotation

Stability ball plank roll up

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Thursday

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

5.2 mile run, 8:29 avg/pace, 219 ft elev gain

1.5 mile warm up, 2 miles @ comfortably hard pace, 1.7 cool down

This was a fun workout despite wanting to puke at the end of the last comfortably hard mile.  It was totally an error in judgement to think that Kyle and I would be done with our last mile before heading up a mega hill. We weren’t and we still had a little less than a half mile of climbing up that beast.  Hence the wanting to puke. Note to self: never trust my mileage judgement.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

4 mile run,  9:01 avg/pace, 222 ft elev gain

Easy miles to shake out the legs.  And my legs definitely needed some shaking.  That first mile was rough!

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Sunday

8 mile run, 8:51 avg/pace, 320 ft elev gain

I must confess that 43 degrees felt chilly at first but turned out to be rather lovely. Crisp, blue skies are what all fall running should entail. Kyle and I decided on a relatively flat route but added an up, over, down and up on two big hills near the finish to simulate the Seacoast Half Marathon course.

Despite not even trying, we negative split the whole thing too. The funny thing is that I was telling Kyle that I’m horrible at negative splits too.  Maybe putting it out in the universe helped? Lol!

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

How was your week in workouts?