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Weekly Workout Recap 12/4-12/10

11 Dec

weeklyworkoutheaderHappy Monday friends! I’m ready for a new week, how about you? Last week went pretty well – I was psyched to get in two GRITs and some strength training as well as obviously some running miles. I’m getting closer and closer to 1,000 running miles for 2017, so I’m pretty excited!!!

Monday – 9:30 am BodyPump + GRIT Cardio in the PM! 43 burpees — back to the challenge!

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Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM. 45 burpees.

Wednesday – 4.5 miles in the AM & 47 burpees in the AM. GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM. 50 BURPEES!!!! This completed the 30-day burpee challenge!!!

Friday – 5 miles in the AM.

Saturday & Sunday – Rest days

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Weekly Workout Recap 11/27-12/3

4 Dec

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Hey there and happy monday. Hope you week is off to a good start!!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before or not but I am one of the members of race organization team for a local half marathon. Yesterday was the race, so last week was a bit crazy with packet pickup and all the last minute errands and details. Needless to say, I had no open evenings last week so I fit in the workouts I could when I could!Β  I also sadly did not complete the burpee challenge last week as planned, but I am getting back into it this week to finish it. I WILL do 50 burpees!!!

Monday – 5 miles in the AM. 41 burpees.

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM.

Wednesday – 7 miles in the AM. This run was one of the worst runs I’ve had in a while. I’m glad to have gotten in the mileage though. Inching closer to 1,000 for the year!

Thursday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM.

Friday – Total exhaustion hit, and I knew pushing myself to wake up early to run would be a bad idea. So, I took a rest day.

Saturday – 5 miles in the AM.

Sunday – (Race day) Rest day!

Whew. Here’s to recouping this week.

Weekly Workout Recap 11/20-11/26

27 Nov

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Hey there! I hope if you had a longer holiday weekend you had a good one and if it was just a “regular” weekend for you, you still got to recoup from the week!! The three days of work I had last week were a little crazy, but I was able to totally disconnect on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend, which was really great and needed. I caught up on sleep and got in lots of miles (and burpees).Β  The burpee challenge is still going strong and I’m incing closer and closer to 1,000 miles for the year!

Monday – 5 miles in the AM, GRIT Strength in the PM. 29 burpees.

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM. 31 burpees.

Wednesday – 3 miles in the AM. 33 burpees. No GRIT because I was exhausted from the (short) work week!

Thursday – Turkey Trot 5k!! 35 burpees.

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Going into this race I knew I wanted to push the pace if I could and find that sweet spot of being a little bit uncomfortable with the pace, but sustainable enough for a 5k. I decided not to look at my watch at all and run by how I felt. I was thrilled when I looked at my watch when I finished and realized that I not only sub-30ed, but PRed by 8 seconds. πŸ™‚
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This was my second time getting a sub-30 minute 5k and there’s something about being able to do it more than once that makes it feel less like a fluke and more like something I CAN do.

Friday – 5 mile run + BodyPump + CXWORX. Benefits of not having to work. πŸ˜‰ Burpee rest day.

Saturday – GRIT Strength + BodyFlow. 37 burpees.

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Sunday – 4.5 miles. This run kicked my butt. The people I was with were flying and I was just trying to hang on! 39 burpees.

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Have a good week friends!

 

Weekly Workout Recap 11/13-11/19

21 Nov

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Happy Tuesday!!Β  I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving week! I feel like it was *just* summer.Β  It’s gotten pretty chilly here in central Pennsylvania, and the days are getting much shorter. Winter is definitely here!!Β  Last week went pretty well.Β  I stuck with the burpee challenge, which has continued to get harder and harder!!! 19 burpees felt like a huge accomplishment and it HURT the first time. I can’t believe we have 10 more days to go!!! Crazy.

Monday – RPM + 3 miles in the AM, GRIT Plyo in the PM. 19 burpees.

Tuesday – BodyPump in the AM. 21 burpees.

Wednesday – 4 miles in the AM, GRIT Plyo + CXWORX in the PM. 23 burpees.

Thursday – 7 miles in the AM, BodyPump in the PM. 25 burpees. It was good to get in a longer run, but this felt so much harder than I expected it to.

Friday – BodyAttack in the AM. Burpee rest day!

Saturday – BodyPump + 5 miles. 25 burpees.

Sunday – BodyFlow. 27 burpees.

End of the Road Half Marathon Race Recap

18 Nov

On Sunday October 29, I ran the End of the Road Half Marathon in central Pennsylvania.

The morning of, I woke up to it pouring rain outside. A quick look at my weather app showed it wasn’t planning on letting up anytime soon. end-of-the-road-half-1.pngAs my dad and I drove to the race location I mentioned that I felt like with the hot weather in Baltimore the weekend before, and the predicted rain for this race, I felt likeΒ  I was paying for the IDEAL weather I had at Wineglass. haha.

We also discussed the possibility that we may not finish the race because it was cold, and really really wet. We made a plan in case either of us decided to turn back early.

When we got to the school where the race started we easily picked up our bibs and sweatshirts. I love that we got a sweatshirt – it really fit the overall “cold, fall” theme of the race. πŸ™‚

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As we hung out in the school to stay warm and dry until starting time we were amazed at how many runners had actually showed up to run 13.1 AND 26.2 in the rain.Β  We all hung out inside and tried to get psyched up for a long run in the rain!

I wore capris, a short-sleeved shirt, arm sleeves, a rain jacket, hat, old running shoes (so I wouldn’t destroy my brand new ones) and a headlamp.Β  The headlamp was required, but more on that later.

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At 8:30 the marathoners headed out and a little bit before 8:45 we were sent outside into the rain to wait to start. Once everyone was out there, there was a quick countdown and we were off. I appreciated that they didn’t make us stand out there for a long time before starting to run. Every minute we stood idle and just got rained on felt like an eternity.Β  Despite the rain, I was pretty pumped up and excited for this race, so I reminded myself of how lucky I was to get to run 13.1 despite the weather conditions.Β  With the number of other runners there, it really felt like we were all in it together – and a bit crazy – so I knew I would have to do the whole thing.

The first 3 miles were on rolling country roads. From there we turned onto an old segment of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was so cool to run on the old road, though you did have to watch where you stepped because parts of it were uneven.Β  After about a mile on the road we got to run THROUGH the mountain and into an old turnpike tunnel.

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(Photo from the End of the Road Half facebook page.)

This was the portion of the race that required a headlamp because it was pretty much totally dark in there. It was really awesome and fun to run through it, and there was even a water stop part of the way through. The miles through the tunnel were some of my fastest because it was just so cool!!! It was mostly quiet and you could see the headlamps of runners behind you and in front of you. That experience alone made it worth it. After about a mile and a half in the tunnel, we exited, ran about another half mile, and then turned around for the run back.

I wish i had more photos but since it was raining so hard I opted not to carry my phone. All the more reason to do the race again. πŸ™‚

The second time through the tunnel was just as fun, and then we were back out on the country roads. My legs were feeling a bit tired now, mostly since I had run Baltimore the week before.Β  So my pace slowed a bit, especially on the uphills, but I enjoyed myself and appreciated the scenery and ran through puddles when I could because I wasn’t going to get any dryer anyhow!

When I was within a mile I knew that I could finish right around 2:30 so I decided to use all I had left and see what I could do.

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My watch time was 2:29:51, official time was 2:30:05.Β  Good enough for 7/17 in my age group.

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(Thanks for the free race photos guys! Proof is obviously needed if you ran a half marathon in the pouring rain!!)

I was so grateful for the heat sheets that the race provided, and grabbed a quick selfie while waiting for my dad.

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After warming up I dried off as best I could (forgot a towel-doh!) and changed into some dry, warm clothes for the drive home.Β  I was so grateful I had the foresight to pack a change of clothes!!

My dad finished and when they announced the awards we realized he placed 2nd in his age group! He was pretty psyched.

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Despite the crummy weather conditions I am so glad I got to do this race. It was such a cool, unique experience to run on the old turnpike!!Β  I hope to go back and do it again. πŸ™‚

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