Weekly Workout Recap 3/6-3/12

15 Mar

 

Last week was a good solid week of workouts but it got really cold in the later half of the week. I am getting to the point where I am over it being cold and dark every time I run in the morning. (And daylight savings time just made it worst again, ick.)  But I am thankful to be able to run at all, so I try to keep that in perspective. I GET to CHOOSE to run. 🙂

I am also half way through my 30 days squat and push-up challenge! I can tell it is definitely building my confidence and strength with push-ups.. I’m able to do almost all of the push-ups in BodyPump on my toes now!

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Monday 3/6 – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio + 30 minutes BodyFlow in the PM. 85 squats + 17 push-ups.

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM. 90 squats + 18 push-ups.

Wednesday – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM. 100 squats + 20 push-ups.

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM. BodyAttack in the PM. 115 squats + 23 push-ups.

Friday – 5.6 miles in the PM. This was a COLD one. I ended up running to my parents house and back to do a quick errand.  125 squats + 25 push-ups.

Saturday – Rest Day. 135 squats + 27 push-ups.

Sunday – 6 miles + FIGHT class. 140 squats + 28 push-ups.  I decided to run to take my friends FIGHT class, and it was three miles each way. It was a nice way to break up the miles!

Total mileage: 20.6

Oh hi again…

13 Mar

Goooooooooood morning!

I hope you all are doing well, and if you’re on the east coast like me that you’re stocked up on bread, milk and eggs for all that french toast we need to make for this impending snow storm! 😉

I apologize that’s its been a while, but as I explained to my running group (who has found my blog and online persona, much to my dismay lol) February was full of some weird weeks because I got sick a few times and also traveled to visit a dear friend in Texas. But that’s no excuse, because this blog is all about keeping it real and balancing training and working out with real life. So, I’m back, and now that I’ve thought about it, I have a bit to say. So here’s a quick summary, and I’ll get some more posts up soon that will go into things in more detail.  I’ve also got a workout recap for last week coming up soon too. I get a lot of great feedback about those posts, so I’m glad they don’t bore you guys!

First Half Marathon of the Year! Springfoot Half Marathon in El Paso, Texas!

About a month ago I flew to El Paso, Texas to visit a friend of mine, and of course we planned my visit around a half marathon. I had the pleasure of helping her cross the finish line of her FIRST (and hopefully not last) half marathon, and loved running in El Paso!  The burritos they gave us at the finish line didn’t hurt either. 🙂 I’ll have a recap of that race up soon.

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That is the look you get when you see someone close to you experience their 13.1 finish. Pure elation. 🙂

March 30 Day Challenge

In March I decided to take on a new kind of challenge, and started a squat/push-up challenge. I am happy to say that yesterday I completed day 13, and I’m still managing to do all those push-ups on my toes! I really am trying to build strength in my shoulders and upper body this year, and am hoping this challenge will help me push my limits.

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I have been posting on my Instagram stories daily to keep some accountability so feel free to follow along there (and bug me if I don’t post).

Races! Races! Races!

My race schedule for 2017 is coming together and you can follow along over there in the side bar. —>  As always, if you see me at a race please come say hi! I’m introverted and maybe a little awkward sometimes but I love meeting people who find my blog helpful. Especially since we’re often able to bond over the crazy Pennsylvania winters. 🙂

Meeting fun people!

And speaking of meeting readers, I have to give a shout out to Steph who came up to say Hi when we were both at a local Cidery over the weekend! Best of luck to you in the Pittsburgh  Half Marathon Steph! (Oh, and I should have found out if you have social media accounts so totally let me know so I can follow you on anything you have!)Steph

Goals! Goals! Goals!

Since my races for the year are firming up I’ve also got a good handle on my 2017 goals and am ready to put them out there and share with you guys. Look for a post on that soon!

Hopefully that’s a good quick summary of what I’ve been up to for the last month or so.  As always, I’m pretty active on instagram so if you need any daily accountability/motivation/entertainment swing over there. In the mean time, I hope you stay warm and dry!

 

Weekly Workout Recap 1/16 – 1/29

31 Jan

It seems a bit off to be writing about something as simple and normal as workouts right now, given what is going on in the U.S. and the world. My blog and workouts really seem minor by comparison.  But, my workouts are really keeping me sane and they bring me some comfort, and the energy to fight for human rights, so I plan to keep on recapping them for as long as it brings that little bit of comfort.

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Here’s how the last two weeks went.

Monday 1/16 – 5 miles in the AM, GRIT Plyo + 30 minute BodyFlow in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – 3.2 miles in the AM, GRIT Plyo + CXWORX in the PM

Thursday – BodyAttack + BodyPump in the PM

Friday – 6 miles in the AM… plus some donations to Planned Parenthood and an evening at the winery. It’s all about balance…

Saturday – Rest Day

Sunday – 10 miles – I ran the first 4 miles along, the middle three with friends and the last 3 on my own. Interestingly, my pace was a negative split during each of these three segments individually! Finished in 1:52:57 (11:17 pace) – solid long run training pace.

Total miles: 24.2

Monday 1/23 – 5 miles in the AM. I planned to attend GRIT in the PM but a nasty winter storm made the roads messy, so I shifted things around for the remainder of the week to fit in GRIT and a rest day.

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM, 5 miles on the treadmill in the PM. Not running in the freezing cold in a million layers was a nice change.

Wednesday – 3.4 miles in the AM, GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM

Thursday – BodyAttack in the PM

Friday – 7 miles in the AM, 30 minute RPM + 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM. I had planned to run 10 miles, but realized mid-run that I had built up mileage for the previous two weeks and it was probably time for a cutback week, before building again for my first 2017 half marathon next month!

Saturday – GRIT Cardio + 30 minute BodyFlow

Sunday – Rest Day!

Total mileage: 20.4

Overall, a solid two weeks, balancing 20+ miles of running with core work (CXWORX), stretching (BodyFlow) and HIIT (GRIT)! No complaints here.

 

2016 Goals in Review

19 Jan

I wanted to take a minute and reflect on my 2016 goals before setting some new ones for 2017. Overall, I am happy with how things went in 2016, especially on the running front. There is always room for improvement and pushing yourself more though, so I’m looking forward to 2017 for the opportunity to do that.

2016 was a rough year for many people in a lot of different ways, but for me from a fitness perspective I feel like it was really a great year. I got much stronger and hit a lot of goals that I never thought would be possible.

Here are my 2016 goals and how things shook out:

More yoga, foam rolling and stretching – I got a lot better about consistently going to BodyFlow (a Les Mills yoga/stretching/pilates class).  I still suck at consistently stretching at home though. Partial check  mark for this one!

More core work – I did really well at attending CXWORX most weeks of the year and I think it really paid off when I ran the Route 66 Marathon and made me a stronger runner overall.

Stay on top of water intake – I got a lot better about drinking enough water, especially in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter it was a lot more difficult but I did better than I have in the past.

Sub-30 minute 5k  – Done! and at the last minute possible – 6:30pm on New Years Eve! 🙂 I also PRed in the 10k (at Hershey), the Half Marathon (at D&L) and the Marathon (at Route 66). I am super proud of how much faster I have become at racing this year.

850 running miles – When I wrote this goal, I was “dreaming” of running 1000 miles but didn’t know if it was possible, so I settled for 850. Not only did I hit 850, but I hit 1000 miles in the 3rd week of december, ending the year around 1,020 total miles. This is the most I have ever done in a year and the first time hitting 1,000 so I am super happy.

Consistency in running, strength training and GRIT – I became much more consistent in running – having a running group helps with that so much! GRIT became more of a staple in my regulary routine, and I stayed consistent with BodyPump. I did cut back on GRIT and BodyPump for about a month and a half in the thick of high-mileage marathon training, but it was a good decision, and I picked it back up after I had recovered from the race.

Consistency in eating fresh, unprocessed and homemade – Meal prep has become more and more of a routine for me and helped with this goal immensely. I’m not perfect but I would say I eat about 80% “clean” and 20% junk.

Read 30 books – I read 41 books in 2016, so am happy to say I am making the time for and priortizing reading!

Paint the interior of our house – This did not happen… some day? haha.

Weekly Workout Recap 1/9 – 1/15

16 Jan

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Monday – 5 miles easy in the AM, GRIT Strength + 30 minute BodyFlow in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – GRIT Strength + CXWORX in the PM — I was supposed to run in the morning but we got hit with an ice storm so my running group had to cancel (it was super unsafe to even drive, much less run outside). I could have run on the treadmill on my own but my motivation was just not there, so I hung out in bed instead.

Thursday – BodyAttack + BodyPump in the PM — I thought of making up my missed run this morning but I was feeling pretty tired and opted to sleep in. Sometimes you just gotta listen to your body you know?

Friday – 5 miles easy in the AM with my running group. I was so glad to get back to running and it was a nice easy comfortable paced run with a killer hill at the end.

Saturday – BodyPump 100! If you’re not familiar with Les Mills programs, they do a new “release” of every program every 3 months. This means that there is new music and routines released to keep the programs fresh. Saturday was the global launch of BodyPump 100 which means the program has been around for 25 years!! Gyms across the world did the new release on the same day, which made for a lot of excitement and fun.

Sunday – 9 miles running in the morning. This run felt REALLY hard. My legs were tired from BodyPump the day before, the route was pretty hilly (though super scenic) and there were ice patches we had to dodge. My running group did a 5 mile loop and then 2 of us continued on a 4 mile out and back to hit a total of 9 miles.  The pace felt tough and there were many times I wanted to stop and walk. Luckily it didn’t happen, thanks to the fact that I was running with others. Despite it feeling tough I was super surprised when I hit stop and saw a 10:20 average for the run. No wonder it didn’t feel easy! Sometimes it really pays off to ignore your watch and just run by “feel” – you don’t psych yourself out if you are running “too fast” or “too slow.”

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In summary…

Running miles: 19

Corework (CXWORX): Check!

BodyFlow: Check!