Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were a mix of feeling out my ankle post long run roll last week and capped off with an amazing adventure in a van full of friends running, laughing and oh so many hills in Vermont.

Monday

20 minutes bike

20 minutes elliptical

60 minutes mobility/core/strength training

After rolling my ankle on Saturday, I wanted to do something that wasn’t any impact so I split my cardio up between the bike and the elliptical.  My ankle didn’t hurt but was still puffy.  I was able to strength train with no problems.  My legs were quaking after the Bullet Proof Leg Circuit.

Tuesday

45 minute run

Morning Yoga Flow @ Bending Bodhi

I had an easy run on the plan so Max tagged along.  I wasn’t feeling super into the run so I let Max dictate our pace.  Sometimes he likes to run nonstop fast. Some days he likes to stop, sniff, and pee on everything. Today was the later.

Later on in the day I hit up a yoga class. I haven’t been to class in three weeks due to vacation and family visiting so I was long overdue. There was a sub teacher for the day. I had been to one of her classes before and it was super low key.  I thought for sure it was going to be the same thing. It turns out she decided we all needed a hot yoga session. The A/C stayed off for the duration of the class. I was dripping sweat everywhere within the first 10 minutes. Not exactly the nice and easy stretching session I had envisioned. Nonetheless, it felt good to be back on my mat.  Albeit a very sweat mat after that class.

Wednesday

30 minutes stepmill intervals

60 minutes mobility/strength training/core

My gym upgraded a ton of cardio machines.  I was excited to see that the stepmills now had programs.  I chose the Eiffel Tower climb (which was only 25 minutes) and added 5 more to give me an even 30.  Has anyone climbed the Eiffel Tower – does it really only take 25 minutes? I find that hard to believe.

Thursday

5.8 mile run, 483 ft elev gain

I had a hilly run on the plan but I needed to have at least one hill of a 1/2 mile length. A few came to mind but I wasn’t sure it would be long enough.  On a whim, Kyle and I decided to hit the BIG hill in town (the hill we did a lot of Mt. Washington training on) plus run up the observation tower at the top of it. Neither one of us is a fan of heights so it was quite comical once we reached the top.  I couldn’t let go of the inside pillars!

The sun was just coming up so hence, our very red/orange faces!

We successfully got a 1/2 mile steady climb in so I call that a win.

FYI – I haven’t done a repeat up that big hill since Mt. Washington and I could definitely tell it’s been two months.  How did I ever survive 7 of those things?!?!?

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay! Stay tuned for the whole recap of how I spent 14 hours in a van sweating, laughing and running the hills of Vermont with my friends on Team Air Supply.

21.79 miles, 2000 ft elev gain

Sunday

40 minute recovery run

I opted to save my recovery run till after I got home from Vermont.  There was no way I was going to even attempt the hills around Allie’s condo!  My quads were trashed from flying on the downhills. Going down stairs or stepping off a curb is so much fun right now. When I first started off on my recovery run, my body was like, “WTF are you doing?!?!

But I took it easy, walked for a minute or two at every mile marker and things loosened up.  It’s funny how your body remembers what it’s supposed to do.

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts meant vacation was over. After 10 days of waking up without an alarm and running whenever I wanted, it was kind of a shock to the system.

It’s time to get back to the grind of daily living and ultra training.

Womp, womp, womp.

Monday

40 minute Arc Trainer Strength Intervals

60 minutes Strength training/mobility/core

The first day back at the gym after being gone for a week is rough. I knew I was going to be sore no matter what weight I used, so I did my usual numbers and hoped that I’d be able to walk on Tuesday.

Spoiler alert: I was sore from head to toes!

Tuesday

5.13 mile run

Kyle and I met up for some chit chat and miles. It felt so leisurely to meet up later than usual thanks to having my mom and aunt visiting for the week. Even though we ran later, the air still felt cool with a hint of fall.  It’s so sad to think that the days are getting shorter now!

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20 minute Stepmill Intervals

10 minute Rower Intervals

60 minutes Strength training/mobility/core

Thursday

5.17 mile run

The goal of today’s run was to attack the hills and recover on the downhills/flats. I tried to hit up the hillier section of town for some good climbs. I felt good attacking and even earned myself some segment PR’s on Strava.

Friday

rest day!

Saturday

18 mile trail run

This run was a mix of feeling good to not feeling good.  It stayed that way for the duration. Starting out I felt like I was having to work harder than I should have been.  My left ankle felt locked up and didn’t like any type of incline.

Like last week, I started to feel some cramping in my hamstrings around mile 12.  Per my coach, I packed some Spicy Brown Mustard to eat if that happened.  I was hesitant that it would work and even more hesitant that it would taste good.

But guess what?

It got rid of the cramps and tasted pretty darn good.  So much so that I sipped on it throughout the rest of my run.

Who knew?

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The last 6 miles were a little rough. I tripped and rolled my ankle around mile 14. It was a doozey but I was able to walk it off for a bit before I could start running again. Rachel and I tried to stick to less technical trails/dirt road after that just to be on the safe side.

Side note: HUGE thanks to Chris, John and Rachel for pulling me along on my longest long run since Boston 2015 and for my longest trail run EVER.  They made it seem easy!

Sunday

2 hrs SUP

30 min Recovery Run

My friend Jenny and I hit the water in the a.m. for SUP time. I told Jenny that the water in the bay was always flat and calm. I lied. It was windy, wavy and a struggle to go anywhere into the wind. BUT it was so fun.

last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comLater in the day, I finally laced up my kicks for an easy pace recovery run.  I wasn’t sure how my ankle would feel from rolling it on Saturday but it was ok. Not 100% but ok all things considering. I kept it easy and walked a little to keep it light.

Overall, it was a solid week of workouts.  I’m ready for another hard week that’s going to be capped off with hilly miles for Vermont 100 on 100 with 5 other friends. I can’t wait!

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Hello out there!

Last week we were visiting family in Michigan so I let the blog go dark.  You can expect more of that for the rest of this week as we’ll have family visiting us.  Summer is short so I’m doing my best to make the most of it.

So last week’s workouts.

My coach wiped my training plan clean for the time we were gone. No expectations, just do what I want.

Of course, I had seen what he had on the plan prior to wiping it clean so I stuck with my running workouts and skipped strength training and yoga. We were active every single day so I think I got more than enough cross training in.

Monday

7 miles walking/hiking

I was going to go for a short run but Ron said he’d take a walk with me to check out the new paved bike path near my parents house. The county converted an old railroad bed to a community trail that stretches 6 miles with plans to expand. Ron and I did an out and back of 2.5 miles before heading to the Porcupine Mountains with the kids and my dad for a day of exploring.

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We hit up Lake of the Clouds and followed the Escarpment trail for a bit. You know you are a trail runner when you immediately think, “I want to run these trails!” I had thought about running the trail around the lake by myself but then realized that there’s no cell service, lots of bears, wolves and coyotes in the area. If I knew the area better, I’d do it solo but since it’s new, I opted out.  Don’t worry, next time we visit I’m recruiting friends to join in!

We followed our hike up with picnic and a dip in Lake Superior for the kids. It was only in the low 70s and super windy but it didn’t phase them one bit.  Lake Superior is freezing but it’s bath water when you are used to the Atlantic!

Tuesday

46 minute run, 8:56 avg/pace, 532 ft elev gain

On our last day in Michigan, I opted for a road run but took a route that had great climbing. The road is a straight climb for about a mile.  The whole time I was running, I kept my eyes peeled for bears. Years ago I saw one peek it’s head out from the tall grass along the road so I’m always extra vigilant. No bears this time around.  It must have heard my extra loud panting from shuffling up the mega hill.

Later in the day, we hit the road to Duluth, MN. Ron and I lived there for some time while attending UMD but haven’t been back in a very long time. We enjoyed torturing the kids with a tour of all our favorite places. Lol!

Fun fact: Ron proposed to me at this very spot almost 19 years ago.

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Wednesday

Rest day/travel day

Thursday

53 minute trail run, 10:17 avg pace, 411 elev gain

It’s always nice to travel and run in new places but there’s nothing like home sweet home. I met Kyle for some trail time to catch up on what’s been going on.

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Friday

Rest day

Saturday

16 mile trail run, 10:36 avg pace, 1450 elev gain

I had planned on running my long run on Friday with another friend. But those plans got scrapped so I opted for Saturday. I really didn’t want to do 16 miles solo. I haven’t run that far in maybe 3 or 4 years. And I knew I didn’t want to do a large chunk of it on the roads.

Friday night we went to a friends house to hang out. My friend, Jess, that I had met 9 years ago through a moms of multiples club was there with her family too. When Jess introduced me to her husband, Jeff, she said “She’s a runner, too.” I immediately said, “Oh, you run? Want to run tomorrow?” Guess what?  He did.  Lol!  My solo run now had company for at least 8 miles. I then found two other friends to cover more miles.

So out of 16 miles, I ran 3 miles solo.  Not bad, right?  I will say that those last three miles were slow and more of a run/walk.  My hamstrings started cramping up so I opted for walking the hills and running the flats. I really slacked on keeping up with my nutrition. I know I need to work on that to squash the leg cramps.

Overall, I’m quite happy with how the run went. The miles are creeping up!

Sunday

40 minute recovery run, 9:58 avg pace

I had more company on my recovery run – Avery and Lukas on their bikes and Max on his new hands free leash. I kept it slow and easy since Max wanted to mark his territory on every.single.bush. We ended up at the park and I finished the last mile or so on the dirt track that goes around the baseball field. It was the perfect recovery run!

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