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Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were all about cutting back. On mileage that is. Despite it being an “easy” week, I still felt like I was working hard. The weather is 99.9% to blame. With two snowstorms that forced two days of school cancelled, I had to move around my workouts and do what I could with what I had.

Monday

Another snow day! Ron and I were both called off from work and school was cancelled. We spent the day playing outside in the backyard and eventually ventured out to Kingman Farm trails. As you can see from the pic below, the kids were taking a rest break. Which they do often.

Before the day got started, I did a strength training workout in the basement. There were lunges of all varieties, squats, planks, and push ups.

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Tuesday

Easy 5 miles with Lori and Ryan.  The roads were still a little snow covered and slick from the storm the day before. I guess that made some drivers angry.  We had a car lay on the horn and flip us off for some reason.  We weren’t even in his lane! Not sure what his problem was. Ryan thought maybe his ex-wife was a runner.

After dropping the kids off at school, I hit up my favorite Morning Flow yoga class. Runner’s Lunge saves my legs yet again.

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Wednesday

Planned hill repeats. Actual = treadmill run because Lori hurt her back. 6 miles easy

I didn’t want to do hill repeats solo at zero dark thirty so I opted for an easy treadmill run. My thought was that I’d do the repeats on Thursday after my morning yoga class. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Thursday

Snowstorm, Ron delayed opening, school cancelled

Planned hill repeats, Actual = hill repeats in the cemetery

I woke up Thursday morning to my phone ringing.  I thought for sure it was a 2 hour delay. Wrong.  School was cancelled. Wtf?!?! The roads were quite slick early in the morning but were clear by 9:30.

Since I’d be home with the kids all day and Ron had a delayed opening for work, I had a short window of when I could get my run done outside.  My usual hill was out of the question – too icy. Other options required running on busier streets to get there, which I didn’t want to mess with. My last option was the cemetery. It’s not a very big hill, but it’s a hill. And the road was plowed. I didn’t have to worry about traffic and cars didn’t have to worry about me. Problem solved.

10 x 30 sec hard effort. I then looped through neighborhoods to end up with 7 miles total.

Friday

I had a planned rest day but I wanted another quality strength workout in for the week.  I did this workout minus the run portion.

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Saturday

I met up with my running buddy, Sarah, who was my go-to gal for Boston training. We now live 40 minutes away from each other so we meeting up is always a treat. The miles ticked away easily as we got up on everything. My breathing felt off for the entire run. I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath.  I thought maybe it was because we were talking non stop for the whole 10 miles but I continued to feel that way for the rest of the day.

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Sunday

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw that I ran the Six03 Endurance Back 9 5k snowshoe race.  Holy freakin’ hard! Snowshoe running is hard. Trying to “race” is 10x harder. It was my third time running with snowshoes and my first race.

My breathing was still feeling wonky but I think I would have felt the same even if I was feeling 100%. The best way I can describe how I felt during the race was chaotic. My heart rate was through the roof, my breathing was shallow, and my feet seemed to have a mind of their own. I don’t think I heard anything other than my heart beat in my ears for the duration of the race. For the rest of the day, I could not stop coughing because my throat felt so weird. Fingers crossed I’m not getting sick!

The course was challenging, no doubt, with mushy snow, icy snow, and a totally narrow path. It’s kind of intimidating when you have someone right on your heels – do I let them pass or are they just tailing me?

Of course, this girl makes it look easy, taking home the win for first woman. She did tell me it wasn’t the best course for my first snowshoe race attempt. I’m on the fence if I want to try it again.  Can I calm the chaos in me? Or is that normal? Are you supposed to feel like everything is spiraling out of control? Lol. There’s another race coming up on Saturday…we’ll see!

Last week's workouts } happyfitmama.comSmiling because I thought I was done. But wait! You must run up and over a big snowbank to finish. So cruel!

This week’s workout are when things get serious. The mileage ramps up and so does the intensity. Thankfully, it looks like the weather will at least be on my side. No snow in the seven day forecast and warm temps makes for clear roads to run!

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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I thought it was going to be super messy to set up and clean but there’s a convenient wide opening on the bottom for easy access to all the nooks and crannies. Quick clean up especially since it’s dishwasher safe.

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