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Last Week’s Workouts

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Remember when I said I wish we would get more snow?

Guess what?

Wishes really do come true!

Last week my kids had 2 snow days and 2 two hour delays. Do the math and you’ll realize that they were home more than in school.

And today is another snow day with a good ol’ fashion blizzard. I even got called off from work.

Why not get ALL of winter weather in a two week period?

Despite the weather, I still got a solid week of training. I strayed from my training plan a little but I think I still put in a ton of effort. That counts for something, right?

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Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, 30 minutes strength training

Cross training day! After a weekend of running, I always look forward to something different. And my joints appreciate it too. Hitting the bike for some no impact cardio always feels good. I followed it up with weights and balance work.

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Tuesday: 7.28 miles

Tempo Tuesday is back!  It’s been forever since I did a tempo workout.  I’ve never been a huge fan of tempos. Frankly, they scare me more than a speed workout. My plan called for 3 miles at half marathon pace. I haven’t raced a half in over 2 years so I had no clue what pace to aim for. I thought 8:00-8:15 would be good.

Lori and I met dark and early for a snowy run. We picked a “flat” route which really isn’t flat because there is no such thing in our town.  It was the first time I had programmed a workout into my watch. I think it gave me a little anxiety to hear the beeping if I was running faster than my prescribed pace. But when I didn’t hear it, I didn’t like that so I kept running fast enough to hear beeps. I know, I’m weird.

Actual pace: 7:55, 7:49, 7:41

I was shocked to see that because the first mile actually felt harder than the third.

Wednesday: 5 miles

The snow continued on all day Tuesday and then switched to freezing rain overnight. Rather than dealing with a sloppy mess and a skating rink, I opted for the treadmill. This run was painful. I wanted to poke my eyes out from boredom. I go through periods of doing OK with the treadmill and not minding it and other days hating every single minute.

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Thursday: 5+ miles snowshoe run

A Nor’easter blew in on Thursday morning. Basically the whole state shut down. Ron was called off from work so I was free to run whenever. Jess, Tony and I agreed to meeting up for trail fun. This was only my second time running in snowshoes. It’s hard AF when it’s a packed trail. But breaking your own trail in at least 4 inches of fresh snow? Hard AF x 1000. The snow was coming down fast. The wind was blowing. I was sucking wind. It was so fun!

My plan called for 8 miles with Fartleks. Not exactly the workout that was planned but I think I worked 10x harder. Oh well.

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Friday: Strength training, Candlelight Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga

My plan called for a complete rest day but I had only got one strength training session in for the week. I got in a solid 30 minutes weights/balance exercises before heading into work.

In the evening, I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing restorative yoga workshop at Bending Bodhi.

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Saturday: 14 miles

Guess what? It was snowing, cold (13 degrees) and windy again on Saturday morning. Lori and I were going to run long on Sunday but at the spur of the moment switched back to Saturday. The roads were snow covered and sloppy. I wore my YakTrax for a little traction at least. It was helpful but my feet were still slipping. We kept the pace slow and steady because there was no way we could pick up the pace in that crap. It was a welcome relief to find patches of pavement to get back to a somewhat normal pace. But then a car would come and you’d have to jump back into the cookie dough snow. I was never so happy to be done with a run. Fourteen miles felt like 30.

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Later that evening we met up with friends for a moonlight snowshoe walk. It was cold AF but so fun. Especially when the skies cleared and the full moon came out.

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Sunday: 5.5 miles

Thankfully today was a recovery run because the roads were still just as sloppy as yesterday. See above for what slop looks like. I kept things s-l-o-w and worked out the soreness in my left glute. I’m not sure if it was from the weights on Friday or from Saturday’s run. After talking to a bunch of people yesterday, I think it might be from the run. Almost everyone that ran Saturday had sore glutes. Coincidence? I think not.

Another week down.

I’m looking forward to a cut back week in mileage and hopefully less snow on the roads but plenty on the trails.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.

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Last Week’s Workouts

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This week’s workouts kicked off with my mantra for the week courtesy of Home Depot:

Let’s do this.

Simple but effective words. Enough of the FOMO. Let’s do this marathon training business.

Monday

I woke up Monday feeling like a million bucks. I didn’t need to have a death grip on the banister as I walked down the stairs first thing in the morning. Monday’s are reserved for cross training and that’s just what I did. Forty minutes on the recumbent bike followed up with 30 minutes of strength training that included my injury prevention essentials workout.

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Tuesday

Tuesday morning was a run with Annie and Lori. We had not run with Annie in a long time so it was nice to catch up over some miles.

7 miles

Morning Flow Yoga class at Bending Bodhi.

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Wednesday

What’s better than running hill repeats in the super early darkness?  Running hill repeats in the dark during a snowstorm! I was anticipating slippery conditions and having to walk down after each repeat but the road was actually not too slippery. I wore my Saucony Peregrine trail shoes just in case. Lori and I did an easy 1 mile warm up before hitting the hill 9x. My best time was 2:12 for the 13.81% grade climb two weeks ago. This time around, I improved to 2:11. I’ll take the one second given the snowy conditions.

Later in the day I squeezed in 20 minutes of strength training during my lunch break at work. A perk of working in a rehab gym.

5.51 miles

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Thursday

I opted for sleeping in instead of running first thing in the morning. When I was ready to run after yoga class, I was hungry and not into the run. I ate a little something but it did nothing to power me through the run. Easy pace felt labored. The top of my left foot felt weird. I was hungry. Basically, I wanted to be done with the run even though it was a gorgeous sunny and warm day. Not all runs are meant to be heavenly!

Morning Flow Yoga class

8 miles

Friday

A glorious rest day!

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Saturday

Friday’s rest day was much needed. I woke up Saturday morning with a sore throat. Looking back, maybe that’s why I had a blah run on Thursday as my body is/was fighting something? I went into this run with a feeling of dread. The plan was to run a super hilly route similar to one we did a couple of weeks ago. I felt ok during that run except the last 2 miles kicked my butt big time. I was slogging. This time around? SO much better. I felt stronger and had much more energy. The bad part? My brand new watch shut off on my twice during the run. Wtf?!?!?! And then at the end of the run, I somehow deleted all the data that I did have. I’m not sure if it was because there was less than 30% charge left on it. It couldn’t have been because of the cold because I’ve run in colder temps with it and had no problems. Btw – the hourly forecast was way off again. Predicted: 20 degrees. Actual: 13 degrees. HUGE difference. Especially on my poor butt at the end of the run. Ouch.

13 miles

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Sunday

I squeezed in some easy recovery miles before we headed up to the mountain for the kid’s last group ski lesson. My legs felt great running but I kept it super easy to flush out the soreness. I spent the rest of the day snowboarding and even got an hour of riding in by myself. It’s such a weird feeling to go out solo when I’m used to being with someone on the chairlift especially. Thankfully, this time around I didn’t get stuck with guys vaping like I did last year! Lol.

Btw – anyone want to guess how old my vintage snowboard is? :)

4 miles

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.

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Last Week’s Workouts + EnduraPouch

Last week's workouts

Another week of training is done. I’m officially in marathon training even though I really don’t want to say it out loud. I’ve got big goals for myself and frankly, it scares the pants off me. But then again, isn’t that what goals are supposed to do?

My training has been weird so far. Like I said last week, the FOMO is real and I need to remember to do my workouts for my marathon. Time to get on it!

Fingers crossed. One workout, one week at a time. Let’s do this!

Last Week’s Workouts

Monday

30 minutes recumbent bike, strength training, core

Looking back on the week, I should have planned this day as a run day rather than cross training. My calves were feeling a little tight Sunday evening after the weekend’s events so I thought I’d be cautious. The yoga class I took Sunday night must have worked out all the knots because Monday morning I felt great.

The kids were off from school because of a teacher workshop so I was interrupted numerous times to referee. On the bright side, at least I got to sleep in a little because I was off from work too.

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Tuesday

7 mile Fartlek treadmill run: 2 mile w/u easy pace, 10 x 1:00 5k pace, 2:00 recovery pace

P.M. gentle yoga class

I woke up to the sound of ice pellets hitting my window. I looked outside and found snow, sleet and freezing rain happening all at the same time. A minute later, I got the phone call canceling school. To the treadmill I went! I’d much rather run outside but a quality workout was not going to happen outside on unplowed roads.

Since my usual morning yoga class was cancelled I made the last minute decision to pop into an evening class. It was just what I needed to work out the kinks. I think I say that about every yoga class I go to.

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Wednesday

30 minutes recumbent bike, 10 minutes rowing machine, strength training, Bosu balance, core, wall running

I had some major – I don’t know what I want to do for a workout today – feelings on Wednesday. I still am not the biggest fan of the rowing machine (sea sickness on land sucks!) but I’m trying to play around with avoiding it.

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Thursday

12 miles Trail Running (2:41)

Ever have a run where you forget an important part of your gear but are too far away from home to go back to get it? That’s the story of my life. As soon as Lori and I parked at the trail head, I realized I had left my microspikes at home. Shit. Rather than scrapping the whole idea or wasting time going back home to get the spikes, I decided to go for it. There was a nice crust on top of the snow that I easily could run on. That worked out great till the temperatures started to warm up and the snow turned into mush. The last 2 miles were painfully slow like I was running in dry beach sand. And I was absolutely starving despite eating and drinking Tailwind throughout the run. There was a lot of swearing and I hate running talk. Why am I doing this to myself when I’m training for a road marathon?!?!?!

Thankfully, I had a massage planned for later that day that gave some major love to my poor calves.

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Friday

4 easy pace recovery miles

I woke up stiff and sore from Thursday’s run so I took it super easy pace to loosen things up.

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Saturday

11 miles, 8:43/avg pace

It’s kind of amazing what happens when one person posts about meeting up for a long run on a group Facebook page and 25 people show up.

It’s kind of amazing how you can wake up feeling like shit (literally) and wonder am I going to be able to run today?

It’s kind of amazing how you can set out to run 8 miles and end up running 11 at a pretty great pace for most of it and feel fantastic for the duration.

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Sunday

Active rest/snowboarding

It was a gorgeous day on the slopes. I was having a really great day riding with Ron while the kids’ were in their lesson. Then it started to warm up, the conditions started to go down hill, my kids were losing skis and I was wiping out like I’d never snowboarded before. So much for a rest day!

When we hit the slopes, we always pack snacks and a lunch. If you’ve been to a ski resort lately, you know that it’s absolutely ridiculous what they charge for food. Plus, it’s usually standard cafeteria style food. No thanks.

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Linking up with Ilka for the weekly wrap up.

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