Weekly Workout Recap – #2halfs1wknd week 8, 9, 10

5 Oct


Weeks of September 14-20, September 21-27 and September 28-October 4.
Training for Two Half Marathons in One Weekend – Week 8, 9, & 10.

AKA: How to fit in training the best you can with a busy schedule!

Hey there! Long time no see! I’m grouping the last three weeks together because honestly for a while there wasn’t much happening with my training. But for good reason – the hubby and I traveled to San Francisco and Yosemite National Park for a week, and then had another weekend trip last week.  I had fit things in when I could and finally feel like last week I was back in the groove. Just in time too – my first half of the fall season is in under 2 weeks! Yikes!  So here is how each day went, with some photos!  Warning: looooooooooong post ahead. :)

While we were in California I didn’t run at all, and obviously didn’t attend my usual group fitness classes. Despite that, we walked a TON and were pretty active while sight seeing and hiking!  It was cool to have my vivofit and see how active we were!

Saturday and Sunday of the previous week we walked the Golden Gate Bridge, up Coit Tower and all around San Francisco.

Monday 9/14 – Visited Mier Woods and walked around San Francisco – 16k steps


Tuesday – Traveled to Yosemite (4 hour drive) and hiked around the Yosemite Valley floor – 12k steps


Wednesday – Hiked up vernal falls and around the Yosemite Valley floor – 27k steps.



Thursday – Hiked around the Yosemite Valley Floor and around Glacier Point (at 5000 ft elevation) – 20k steps




Friday & Saturday – Traveling and flying. Rest Days

Sunday – 8.5 miles easy – fitting in a long run when I could. My training plan called for 10 but I decided to bump the mileage down a little since I hadn’t run in a while.

Back from vacation = back to training. #noexcuses #running #training #goclimbarock #yosemite

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The week after we got back from California the jet lag through me off of my game for a few days. It was tough to wake up in the mornings so I just did what I could.  I did not feel ready to go back to GRIT that week so I skipped it.  We traveled over the weekend for a wedding so my schedule was again thrown for a little bit of a loop. I got in what I could when I could.

Monday 9/21 – BodyAttack in the PM

Tuesday – Rest (overslept my BodyPump alarm in the morning)

Wednesday – RPM in the AM, 5 miles easy in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 miles with strides in Smithville, NJ

Scenes from my morning run. #running #training #historicsmithville

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Sunday – 5.6 miles easy once we got back home.

And now we are to last week. Finally, back into the groove for a bit.

Monday 9/28 – 1 mile, 4 hill repeats, 1 mile over lunch + GRIT Cardio in the PM.

A little lunchtime #runchtime with my Friends. 😉📺#running #training

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Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3 miles + 6 strides in the rain in the AM + 30 minutes BodyAttack & CXWorks in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump in the PM

Friday – BodyAttack in the AM

Saturday – GRIT Cardio


Weekly Workout Recap – #2halfs1wknd week 7

14 Sep


Weeks of September 7, 2015 – September 12, 2015
Training for Two Half Marathons in One Weekend – Week 7

I’ve had a busy weekend (and next week) so the goal for this week was to get all 4 runs in before the weekend so I could get the miles in.  This meant that I had to prioritize running over cross training a few times but I love that I managed to fit in a GRIT, BodyPump and BodyAttack! I am still feeling awesome about my 5k PR and as a result am finding it difficult to slow my legs down to an “easy” pace. I just want to push myself and see how fast I can go!  I know in time the excitement will wear off soon so for now I’m just going with it. I’m loving seeing faster speeds on my watch in the meantime. :)

Monday 9/7 – GRIT Cardio + 30 minute BodyFlow

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM + 3 miles easy that were not-so-easy in the PM. I really felt like pushing myself since I knew I could run faster and better!

Wednesday – 3 miles + 6 strides. My legs were a bit tired and sluggish for this one.

Thursday – 5 miles hilly easy that again were not so easy. oops. :)

Friday – BodyAttack in the AM + 6 miles easy

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Rest

Total Miles: 17

Weekly Workout Recap – #2halfs1wknd week 6

9 Sep


Weeks of August 31, 2015 – September 6, 2015
Training for Two Half Marathons in One Weekend – Week 6

I started last week and the days following OneLive pretty strong. On Wednesday and Thursday the exhaustion finally hit. I completely slept through my run on Wednesday morning, and opted to take the evening off, and completely slept through morning BodyPump on Thursday. I also didn’t take any GRIT classes since I felt generally exhausted later in the week. Guess I needed the extra sleep and rest! Luckily I managed to get in all my runs, which is top priority right now.  This week I’m hoping to get back on track with the cross training. Though things will get a shake up again next week. Such is life. :)

Monday 8/31 – BodyAttack in the AM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM + 1 mile easy, 4 x hill sprints, 1 mile easy

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 3 miles including 4 strides

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 4 miles easy – this was a rough run!

Sunday – Mt. Nittany 5k + 4.6 miles easy

Total Miles: 17.4

Mt. Nittany 5k Race Recap

8 Sep

GUYS. I finally PRed in the 5k distance! Woo hoo!!!

On Sunday September 6th I ran the Mt. Nittany 5k.  It is a 5k that was being offered as another option during a local marathon. It was the first year that they offered the 5k. I have volunteered for the marathon in the past but decided to run the 5k this year since I don’t have many 5ks on the calendar this year. I do feel I have been getting faster and I wanted the opportunity to see how fast I could run a 5k.

I had 9 miles scheduled for Sunday for my training plan, so I planned to do the 5k and then tack on an extra 6. Since I ran the 5k HARD, I cut my run a bit short, totaling around 7.5 for the day.

The race started promptly at 9am. The weather was comfortable – low 60s and cloudy.

My goal was to run it as fast and as hard as I could, and suck up the pain and discomfort for the 3 miles. I did not plan to take walk breaks but figured if there came a time when I really felt I needed it, I could do it.

Mile 0-1 – 10:07

I felt good and let myself get caught up in the initial fast running. What the heck. I’d sustain it as I could.  It was mostly flat with a glorious downhill right around the 1 mile marker that I ran down as quickly as I could.

Mile 1-2 – 10:41

Mile two included more flat road, until the hill at about 1.6. I gave myself a 20 second walk break part of the way up the hill – I could tell my heart rate was high and wanted to bring it down a smidge without hurting my pace.

Mile 2-3 – 10:07

I talked to myself a lot during this mile. I told myself to suck it up and to not give up now. I knew a PR was in sight if I didn’t mentally give in to the discomfort.  I took another 15 second walk break to give myself a slight break before trying to run as hard and fast as possible to the finish line.

3-0.3 – 15.7 seconds – 8:25 pace

The course measured a smidge short on my Garmin but I am still counting this as a big ol’ PR!

Finishing time (Garmin) 31:10 – Average pace: 10:17 – Best Pace: 8:23 (what? how?) – OT: 31:11

My last 5k PR was set in April of 2010, and I beat that time by 1:50! I also cut a little more than THREE minutes of my last 5k time – at the triathlon relay!

I am so so happy that I have PRed in the 5k, 10k, and the half marathon this year. I feel like my hard work is finally paying off. :)

Weekly Workout Recap – #2halfs1wknd weeks 4 & 5

4 Sep


Weeks of August 17, 2015 – August 23, 2015 and August 24, 2015 – August 30, 2015
Training for Two Half Marathons in One Weekend – Week 4 & 5

Guys. I am totally embarrassed. I realized that I have been dating my weekly workout recaps wrong for the past 3 weeks. Holy crap. How is that even possible. yikes. Things should be back on track now (and I’ll be going back and updating old posts), and here’s the last two weeks!

Monday 8/17 – 3 miles easy + 4 strides, GRIT Cardio in the PM.

Tuesday – BodyAttack in the AM, BodyPump in the PM.

Wednesday – 3 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 8 miles easy. This was a great long run. My pace felt strong and fast. :)

Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need. #running #2halfs1wknd #fitsnap

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Sunday – 4 miles easy.

Total Mileage: 18

Last week was a bit rough. My legs felt heavy and I felt generally unmotivated. But I finished the week strong with a great run in Chicago and Les Mills One Live!

Monday 8/24 – BodyAttack in the AM, GRIT Strength in the PM.

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Easy 3 miles + 4 strides.

Thursday – Rest

Friday – 6.3 easy in CHICAGO! Along the water front!



Saturday – BodyPump, GRIT Cardio, BodyVive, CXWorks, Sh’Bam, BodyAttack, RPM and BodyCombat at Les Mills One Live!

Sunday – Rest

Total Miles: 9.3


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