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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

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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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Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were wacky. This week’s workouts have been all about being social. For years, I only ran by myself and was totally fine with it. Now, I really enjoy running with others. It makes the time go by so much faster. After years of saying it wasn’t for me despite almost all of my local running friends being members, I finally joined a running club. Now I’m meeting even more running buddies and loving the variety.

Monday

6 easy pace miles. I usually cross train and strength training on Monday but when my friend Annie said she could run, I ran. It’s been forever since we had run together or even had a chance to catch up so I happily switched my running days.

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Tuesday

9 miles, 8:20 average pace. My running buddy and I picked up the pace on a relatively flat route for an out and back. Well, relatively flat for our area. There’s not many routes you can run that are completely pancake flat. The kicker about this route is that the last 2 miles have rolling hills with a bigger hill that always kicks my butt. It’s a long gradual hill that sucks the life out of you. Ok, maybe just me because it’s usually at the tail end of my run. I added 4 x 20 second strides in at the end for a good time.

Morning Flow yoga class was especially appreciated to work out the kinks in my calves.

P.M. core work

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Wednesday

30 minutes recumbent bike followed up with 30 minutes of THIS strength workout. A bonus of working out at home? I can hog ALL the equipment.

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Thursday

Morning Flow Yoga class – I think we spent a solid 5 minutes in Pigeon. LOVE!

6 miles, 11:35 average pace. We got 4-5 inches of snow on Wednesday. Visions of a snowshoe run danced through my head. A bunch of us made a date to meet up at the trails in the afternoon to do just that. Mother Nature had other visions when the temps reached the 40s with bright sunshine. No snowshoe running but it was a great evening to run on the trails with microspikes. That is until afterwards when my feet were so numb from all the slush and snow. It was still lots of fun!

P.M. core work

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Friday

11 miles, 8:50 average pace. This run kicked my butt. Numerous things were not in my favor for this run.

I woke up at 1 a.m. starving. I tried to ignore it but I wasn’t falling back to sleep. I finally ate something but then wasn’t able to really fall back to sleep until 3 a.m. My alarm was set to go off not that much longer afterwards.

I woke up sore, tight and hungry from Thursday evenings trail run that I had run less than 12 hours before.

Our route was a ridiculously hilly route. Why were we doing this again?!?! I felt relatively good despite feeling sleepy until mile 9. My left glute and calf were tight. I was tired and wanted to be d.o.n.e.

P.M. Foam rolling like nobody’s business.

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An old picture because it was darker than dark for all of it and I had to hustle to work.

Saturday

4 miles easy recovery pace. I did something really strange today. I didn’t run in the morning. We had a few things going on and I missed my small window of opportunity to run. Instead, I set out around sunset for easy pace recovery miles. I thought a lot about the women marching around the world and all the inspiring women I know.

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Sunday

It was another day of ski club for the kids. There were a few chaotic moments (4 of the kids being separated from the group, my daughter not making it on to the chair lift and giving me a heart attack in the process – wtf!?!?!) but the day ended up really well. Ron and I took the kids up higher on the mountain with no problems. I’m always surprised at their courage and resiliency to try new things and not give up.

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In the evening, I had a special treat of attending a fundraising yoga class taught by my friend Annie. It was just what I needed to stretch out my tight calf and hips and to be ready for another week of training.

This week was fun but I need to get my FOMO in check. I need to remember to just say NO…but it’s hard when it’s so fun!

Linking up with Ilka for the weekly wrap up.

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