Training Update

Training Update | happyfitmama.com

Hey guys!

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty low key with kid sports and of course, running for me.

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about what’s going on in my running. Technically, I’m training. I’ve got the Leaf Peeper Half as part of Rise.Run.Retreat on 10/2 and the Runner’s World Half & Festival 10/14-10/16 (Join me in Pennsylvania and you can get 10% off your registration with code HappyFitMamaBlog at checkout). But I haven’t really felt like I’m training. It’s very bizarre. Usually, when I have a race on my schedule, I’m all about making a plan, following a plan and being the plan.

Something switched in my brain and I’ve been very content with winging it.

Maybe it’s because I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be officially “racing” any of my upcoming races. Sure, I would like to do well. And yes, I’m going to try to run a solid race. With all my foot niggles since June, I’ve convinced myself that I am NOT in racing shape and shouldn’t be even thinking about racing.

That being said, I’ve still been running. I’m still doing hill workouts. I’ve been hitting the track here and there. And I’ve been running long. I’m putting in miles but just doing what I want to do.

What I have not been doing is stressing about it.

We’ll see how this approach works come race day.

Here’s how last week went down in training.

Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, weights, core and BOSU

I set my bike up on the trainer inside again. The morning’s are way too dark to be riding. It’s a good way to get in some cross training before hitting the weights. Monday’s workout was all about walking lunges, Kettlebell exercises, mountain climbers before core and BOSU balance work. I really like THIS BOSU workout. It’s helped with my foot mobility TONS. The Booty workouts are great too.

morning run | happyfitmama.com

Tuesday: A.M. Yoga class, Run 7 miles – Hill Repeats – 2 x 2:00, 2 x 1:30, 2 x 60 sec, 2 x 30 sec, 2 x 2:00

I skipped an early morning run and opted for a yoga class followed by a run. I much prefer to do it in reverse order but I’ve been spooked about running solo in the early morning. The huge ass hill that I run most of my repeats on takes me about 2 minutes to run up it’s full length. It’s a lung burning, heart rate cranking of a hill. But I know that it’s doing wonders for my running.

Wednesday: A.M. 45 minute bike trainer w/ intervals, weights, core, BOSU, handstand practice

To keep things lively on the bike trainer, I like to do Fartlek workouts based on the songs that come through on Pandora. I’ll speed up on the chorus or do a burst for an up tempo song. My legs were a little sore from the hill repeats but the spinning worked it out.

Trail running | happyfitmama.com

Thursday: 7 mile trail run

I met up with my friend Jess for a trail run Thursday morning. She’s a badass Ultra runner (she just did the Vermont 100 in June) so I tried to soak in her wisdom and tips. We stuck to a short section of single track and mostly snowmobile trails. I think she wanted to see what I could do before she brought me somewhere too technical. The good news is that she thinks I’m good at uphill climbing. However, I suck at downhills and it’s something that I really need to work on. Now if I only can convince me feet, ankles and knees to fly down the trail without making me do a face plant and sprain/break something!

sunset yoga hike | happyfitmama.com

Friday: A.M. Easy 3 mile run + core/BOSU; P.M. Sunset Yoga Hike

I’ve been trying to ease in a 5th day of running. Some weeks it happens, others I let it slide. I’d love to be a runner who can run 6 days a week but my body doesn’t like it. Four days seems to be the happy spot.

In the evening I joined Bending Bodhi Yoga for a Sunset Yoga Hike. It’s an easy 30-40 minute hike followed by a short practice at the summit. It was a gorgeous night with the Harvest Moon. It was stunning in person but looks horrible in pics.

Saturday: Easy 5 miles

This was supposed to be a really easy run but I was running short on time for the last 1.5 miles. I really didn’t want to run a 7:30 cool down mile!

Maine coast running | happyfitmama.com

Sunday: Long run – 15 miles

When I found out that Mount Agamenticus 9 Trail Race was cancelled, my long run plans were foiled. I had hoped to do a couple before, race and couple after. Then Sarah was looking for 15 miles of company on her run. The thought of running 14-15 miles alone was not appealing at all so I jumped at the offer. I felt good up until the last 2 miles. I started to fade a bit with a cramp in my right hamstring and tired feet. Long runs are shorter when you have great company and beautiful views.

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap and MIMM.

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19 comments on “Training Update

  1. AHHH YES
    my whole damn life seems like it is WINGING IT these days
    BUT BUT BUT Im promising myself I will not wing the marathon in april.
    Ive gots a plan.
    I WILL USE IT πŸ™‚

  2. I was listening to a podcast (The Runners World Podcast) with Bart and Bob and Tish about marathons and marathon training, and they said it was better to be undertrained than overtrained, so as long as you are keeping moving? I think you are ok!

  3. I haven’t trained by winging it yet but I know some day I probably will – I more and more favor a sort of intuitive approach. Although I also enjoy the process of hard, focused training. I think you’re going to be more than ready for the races! All those trails and miles with friends sound amazing!

  4. That’s a really solid week of training! I feel best with 4 days of running too. I keep trying to change it but my body always says no!

  5. So sorry your foot continues to bother you. That is just no fun! You will have a blast at the races no matter what though! Wishing I was closer to you and Sarah so I could have joined you on your run. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  6. For winging it, your training still looks good! πŸ™‚
    I have always followed a plan pretty much. This season though is a bit looser feeling. It’s my first season without a full marathon and I’m trying not to stress or anything. Runs have been harder feeling though with the heat. Ick!

  7. I agree, I can’t run everyday, but aim to do about 10 miles a week. I like that you did a lot of yoga this week too, great for recovery! Right now I’m really just training to try to get stronger, so I’ve been trying to lift more and heavier weights.

  8. I love love love your non-stress approach to all of this. Plus, you are including so many fun things in your week! I seriously need to get back to yoga ASAP. I’m starting to feel some niggles here and there and I’m putting my best denial face on. And I love the AMR BOSU workouts. They are so good! See you SOON!
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  9. That sunrise yoga pic is beautiful! Ha! Most of my training plans are “kind of winging it” anyway. I have a general idea of mileage and some speed work, but that’s about it. I don’t like being too rigid. It seems to set me up for disappointment. As I am an “older” runner, I think 4 days now is plenty for me. I fill the gaps with cycling. It’s very dark when I start out. My husband calls me a bike nerd because my bike is lit with every flasher imaginable. That’s a great idea to do Fartleks on the bike trainer — anything to make it more tolerable. I’m putting that off as long as possible. Thanks for linking with us,

  10. I am loving this approach, how can it not work for you really?! Isn’t that what we should all strive to do, not stress over it!
    I suck on downhills too and I think it’s cause I’m afraid of the “face plant”.
    I appreciate you linking up with us!!

  11. This was an awesome week of workouts! Isn’t it funny that even when we know we are undertrained there is still this little flame inside us that secretly wants to “race” or see amazing results? I find that so often and have realized I’m not good at “racing” for fun unless I’m pacing someone else or having fun with a group. That sunset yoga hike sounds amazing! And love that you and Sarah get to run together. Jealous πŸ™‚ xo

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