Weekly Workout Recap: 7/11 – 7/17

18 Jul

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Happy Monday friends! Last week was pretty good – got in BodyPump and 3 runs including an 8 miler. I took the weekend off since I had a friend visit from out of town and it was glorious to not think about fitting in a workout. Only 2 more full weeks before marathon training begins, so I’m enjoying the flexibility/freedom while I can!:)

Monday – 4 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Plyo in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3 miles with 10 x 30 second intervals in the AM, RPM + CXWORX in the PM

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – 8 miles easy in the AM, 30 minute RPM + 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM

 

Saturday and Sunday – Rest days!

Weekly Workout Recap: 7/4 – 7/10

12 Jul

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Hi all, happy Tuesday!

I’m planning on restructuring these posts a bit, because I feel like I end up repeating myself in this beginning stuff and in the daily writeups. So, instead I’ll keep this beginning stuff brief and put more details in for each day. Sound good?

Last week was a bit unusual because of the July 4th holiday and my need for a rest day (it had been over a week, oops), but I still got in 3 runs (including a longer one) and 3 strength training sessions, so overall I am happy with how it went!  I have no plan to follow until the beginning of august anyhow, so I might as well enjoy myself.

Monday – Firecracker 4 mile race + biking to and from the race for a total of about 8.5 miles.  I ran the 4 mile race with my running group and we finished in 43:47 which is awesome! I did not expect us to come in under an 11 minute mile average because it was a pretty hilly course but we powered through and had a great race. I have never run a 4 mile race before, so it’s an automatic PR for me.:) I loved biking to and from the race and getting more time and experience on the bike. It was a great way to spend a morning off of work.

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Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3 slow, awful, super hot miles in the early evening. Okay, I will try not to be too graphic here but if you don’t want to read about bodily functions move on down to Thursday. On Wednesday I went out for lunch and got a tofu sandwich that had avocado on it. The avocado tasted a little acidic but it looked fine so I didn’t think much of it.  My running group had to switch from running in the morning to running at 6:15pm due to some schedule conflicts, and it was unusually hot and sunny, given the summer we’ve had, when we met up (I think the real feel was 90 degrees).  The plan was to do a mile and a half easy, then 6 intervals, and a cool down for a total of three miles. I felt great for the first mile, but suddenly started to feel really sick to my stomach and asked to take a walk break. The ladies I was running with immediately started to worry that I was dehydrated, but I knew this felt very different than being dehydrated. It was more in my throat and stomach than anything else. By the time we reached 1.5 miles in and started the intervals, I had to walk the interval recoveries. I was feeling awful and like I was going to hurl. Long story short, I eventually did (totally embarrassing), and we walked most of the way back. It was absolutely that dumb avocado! I planned to attend a CXWORX class afterwards but knew that crunches and core work was probably not the best idea, so I went home and rested for the rest of the night. Luckily I felt much better once it was out of my system, so even though it completely messed up our run, the rest of the week went as planned.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – 8 miles.  This is the longest I’ve run since the Path of the Flood Half at the end of May and given how Wednesdays run went, I was honestly a bit nervous. But, I woke up at 4:30am to have time to eat a small breakfast, and met part of my running group to start running at 5:15am. We met up with some other folks 3 miles in which was the perfect spot for a water/gu break and ended up finishing the full 8 miles in 1:38 which was a perfect easy long run pace. I felt pretty good for most of the run so it was a great way to start the last work day of the week.

 

Saturday – BodyPump + 30 minute BodyAttack + 30 minute BodyCombat. This was a bit unusual but my favorite instructor at my gym is leaving, and he was teaching his three classes back to back to back and featuring his favorite tracks so I had to go! I never ever take BodyCombat, but it was fun to change it up and get in a third BodyPump for the week.

Sunday – REST DAY. Finally:) Since I didn’t get in a rest day the week before I knew I had to fit it in.

Weekly Workout Recap: 6/27 – 7/3

5 Jul

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I hope your weekend was a good one especially if it was a nice long holiday weekend like mine was! I’m actually working from home today because our office park is having a planned electrical outage (you can’t make this stuff up!), so even though I have to work today I am feeling pretty relaxed which is a nice transition to heading back into the office tomorrow.

Last week I feel like I finally turned a corner with my ankle and the weakness I have been feeling in my legs. I am finally starting to feel like I can jump higher and run stronger. I squeezed in an RPM (Les Mills cycling) class last week for good measure and will try to continue to do that when possible, because I think it definitely helps to work my legs with no impact.

On Thursday I also had the opportunity to go on a bike ride with a friend of mine. I was super nervous about riding on the roads for a long time period, and riding with someone else (how does it work? can you talk to each other? what if she’s faster than me? etc). But I knew I had to make myself do it to continue getting comfortable on the bike, so I did it and am SO GLAD I did. I felt great on the bike and our paces actually matched up pretty well. I am becoming so much more comfortable riding on the road.  We had planned for 8 miles but it ended up being 11 because we added another loop since we felt good.:) I am trying to incorporate biking whenever I can so I also biked to and from a group run this week. More time on the bike = more experience.

The downfall of last week was the lack of a complete rest day, and my eating habits being completely out of control. I’ve had a lot of social events lately, that are probably not going to let up soon, and along with that comes eating crappy food and drinking tons of alcohol. I can’t help but wonder if this has been contributing to the weakness in my legs so I’m really trying to rein it in.  For this upcoming week I have a bunch of food prepped so I’m hoping that will help at least.

Monday – 3 mile group run in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM

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Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 4 mile group run (with the worst hill ever) in the AM, RPM + CXWORX in the PM

 

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM, 11 mile bike ride in the PM

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Friday – 6 mile group run in the AM

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Saturday – GRIT Cardio + 30 minute BodyFlow

Sunday – 2 mile group run + 7 mile round trip bike ride to the run meeting spot.

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Weekly Workout Recap: 6/13 – 6/26

28 Jun

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Well hello there, long time no see. I know I’ve been a bad blogger lately. I’ve had quite a bit of stuff going on in my personal life (my birthday, friends moving away, family stuff, friends visiting from out of town) and I honestly haven’t been able to find much time outside of work to post. I’m hoping things will start to calm down a bit now though so I can get back on track with posting in time for marathon training to begin in August (!!!).

I owe you a few race recaps (yes, still), but in the meantime, here’s how the last two weeks have gone. I have gotten back into regular GRIT classes and running, but my ankle still feels a bit weak so I definitely don’t feel like I’m back to my full potential. I’m icing every night and plan to incorporate some spinning classes to hopefully rebuild some strength in my ankle. I’m also taking more running rest days than normal since I’m not actively training right now, but I’m hoping it pays off when training starts!

Monday 6/13 – 3 mile group run in the AM + GRIT Strength in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3 mile group run in the AM, CXWORX in the PM

Thursday – Rest

Friday – 6 mile group run in the AM + 3 miles of biking to lunch and back

 

Saturday (6/18 – My Birthday!) – GRIT Strength + 30 minute BodyFlow

 

Sunday – 6 mile group run in the HEAT.

Monday 6/20 – 3 mile group run in the AM, GRIT Plyo + 7 miles of biking to and from the gym in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3 miles with intervals with the running group + 30 minute BodyFlow in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM

 

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Rest Days

Have a good week!

 

 

Weekly Workout Recap: 5/30 – 6/12

14 Jun

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It’s been quiet around here since basically not much has happened the past 2 weeks. After Memorial Day weekend, which included the Path of the Flood Half Marathon (recap soon) and a Memorial Day race, my ankle was feeling stiff and uncomfortable. I ended up taking an entire week off of all exercise, which was not great. Naturally it became a stressful week in other areas of my life, when I normally would have turned to exercise for sanity. Figures!

Then, at the beginning of last week, I noticed I had some chest congestion. I decided (stupidly) to go back to my normal Monday 3 miler with my running group and struggled HARD the entire way, and had to slow down and walk for a good chunk of it. I just could not run through the heaviness in my chest. Then as I was talking to everyone after the run I almost passed out. I immediately went to the walk-in clinic concerned that that I had bronchitis or something. Luckily, the doctor believed it was just horrible allergies that were causing inflammation in my throat, and sent me on my way. I took Tuesday as a full rest day and then started easing into exercise again, since my congestion was largely clearing up. I started with some group exercise, and then tacked on a 1 mile run after BodyPump on Thursday to see how my ankle felt. The run was so hard (running after biking from the gym, yikes!) but my ankle felt pretty ok. Friday’s 5 mile group run went well (I took it slow and easy but had no pain), and then heading back to GRIT on Saturday worked out just fine. I even ended up biking from the gym to take my bike in for its “30 day checkup” and biked on some downtown roads, which was another huge step in feeling more comfortable on the bike.

So all in all, I have rested a ton, and hopefully I am ready to get back into things now. We will see! I don’t start marathon training for another month or so, so I plan to listen to my body, and rest more if I need it.

Here are the details in typical calendar-y form:

Monday 5/30 – Memorial Day Race (3.8 miles) with my running group

Tuesday – Rest Day

Wednesday – Rest Day

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Rest Day

Saturday – Rest Day

Sunday – Rest Day

Monday 6/6 – terrible horrible 3 mile group run

Tuesday – Rest Day

Wednesday – 30 minute Body Attack + CXWORX

Thursday – 3.5 mile bike ride to the gym + BodyPump + 3.5 mile ride home + 1 mile run

Friday – 5 mile run! YAY!!!

Saturday – 3.5 mile ride to the gym, GRIT Cardio, 30 minute BodyFlow, biking to the bike shop and then biking home (about 5 miles)

Sunday – BodyAttack, 5 miles of biking to and from my parents house.

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