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Weekly Workout Recap (9/4-9/17)

18 Sep

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That week in San Francisco took a lot out of me! I love all the running and doing a race while I was there, but the week after I listened to my body and cut the mileage WAY back while ramping up cross training. Last week I got my mileage up a bit and got in my last long run before all.the.halfs. start happening!

Monday (Labor Day) – GRIT Plyo + 30 minute BodyFlow. Stretching felt SOOOO good.

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM.

Wednesday – I planned to run but woke up to rain and decided to sleep instead. 🙂 Jet lag is real.  The hubby wanted to grab dinner after work so I axed GRIT and made Wednesday into an total rest day. 🙂

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM (I couldn’t run because I had to be into work early. boo.)

Friday – 7 miles in the AM.

Saturday – GRIT Plyo

Sunday – Rest Day

A whopping 10 miles, 2 rest days, and a ton of weight and HIIT training. Overall it was a nice week to have after running SO much the week prior!

Monday (9/11) – 3 miles in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM.

Wednesday – It rained in the morning so I decided to sleep. 🙂 GRIT Cardio + CXWORX in the PM.

Thursday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM.

Friday – 10 miles in the AM! This was a great run to build my confidence, and overall I felt pretty good. A+

Saturday & Sunday – Rest days. Traveling for vacation!!! More details on that soon. 🙂

 

 

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Zoom Point Pinole Half Marathon Race Recap

8 Sep

On Saturday Sept 2 I ran the Zoom Point Pinole Half Marathon in Richmond, California.  I was in San Francisco for a work trip and decided to tack on an extra day when I found out there was a half marathon nearby. The race was located about 40 minutes from San Francisco. I picked up a rental car at the San Francisco Airport around 7am and arrived at Pointe Pinole Regional Shoreline around 7:45.

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I had plenty of time to pick up my bib and shirt, head back to the car to get everything organized, and walk back towards the start line to use the park restrooms.

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After reviewing the race details on their website, I decided to bring my hand held water bottle so that I could carry water. There were aid stations every two miles or so, but with the heat at the start (it was already in the high 70s – unseasonably warm for the area), I was glad I had my handheld.

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The race director explained the course to us right before 9am and we started right on time. The half marathon was composed of 4 loops that were very clearly marked. Loops 1 and 3 were the “pink” loops (the loop on the left in the photo below), and 2 and 4 (on the right) were “orange.” Loops 1 and 3, and 2 and 4 were the same, and both the pink and orange loops shared the same last mile so basically we ran two figure 8s. I hope that makes sense.

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A good portion of the race was along the shoreline, and was pretty scenic. Though you could definitely tell there was smoke in the air from the Northern California wildfires.  Typically you would be able to see across the bay, but you couldn’t.

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There was also a 5k (just the pink loop) and a 10k (the pink loop and orange loop, each once).

The course was called a “trail race” but really it was just crushed gravel trails through the park. Nothing that I would consider a true trail.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like repeating where I ran throughout the race, but I actually ended up really enjoying it. I tend to break half marathons up into the first 5k, second 5, last 5k and final push mentally, so this course fit what I do anyhow.

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I spent the first pink and orange loops just taking everything in and enjoying the beautiful coastline, and on my second time around I stopped frequently to walk and take photos. I had no time goal for this race.  Because of the variety of races, and the way the course looped, I didn’t see many runners in the second half, and really had no sense of where I was in the “pack.” I could have been first or I could have been last. It was really kind of freeing and allowed me to not feel pressured to push the pace.

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I was glad that my legs didn’t feel too tired, despite the higher than normal running and walking mileage, and lack of sleep of the previous days.

About half way through the race the temperature continued to rise and I was so glad I had my handheld water bottle. I refilled it every time I passed an aid station, and it was almost empty each time. I just kept feeling like I needed to drink water so I listened to my body. I also took a salt tab and gu 1 hour into the race, and another gu around 1:45.

The race volunteers were great, especially the guys at the aid stations. They always filled my bottle for me and chatted about the race, and offered me a variety of snacks. For the most part I stuck to water, but during my final (orange) loop, they gave me a little dixie cup of coke that tasted AMAZING.

I finished in 2:40:51 (12:17 pace). The course did measure a little short – at 12.85 miles – I had a feeling it would due to the fact that 2 10k loops doesn’t equal 13.1 😉 Nonetheless, I am proud to have experienced a half marathon in California.

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At the finish they gave me a medal and had a variety of awesome snacks.  I had a bottle of water and a sprite that tasted awesome.

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Overall, this was a great race that I am happy to have had the opportunity to participate in. It was well organized, scenic, and relaxed. And hot – but the race director can’t control that. 😉

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Post-race I refueld and explored more of California by visiting Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country!

Running in San Francisco!! (Weekly Workout Recap 8/28-9/3)

4 Sep

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Hey there! I hope you all had a good week and weekend, and if you are enjoying a long holiday weekend you are having a blast. Last week I was in San Francisco for a work conference, and between long days of conferencing, and late evenings of networking, I was able to squeeze in some awesome city runs.  San Francisco is a very runner-friendly city, with some gorgeous, safe routes, and plenty of other runners out and about. Before I left for my trip I was able to plan out a few routes and thought it would be fun to share them in a special edition of my Weekly Workout Recap! Be sure to click the arrows on the Instagram photos so you can see all the photos I took too!

Monday – 4.2 miles along the waterfront in the afternoon. After getting into San Francisco and checking into our hotel and grabbing lunch, I had a nice block of time to fit in an evening run. Starting at the Ferry Building, I ran towards AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), passing the gorgeous water along the way.  The weather was perfect, and this run left me feeling refreshed after a day of flying.

Tuesday – 4.5 miles in the morning.  Starting at my hotel, I ran through the city and ended at the famous Painted Ladies before turning around and heading back.  I’ve never seen the Painted Ladies so I was excited to see that they were located close enough to run to. I even got to climb up a block long San Francisco hill on the way.  😉

Wednesday – 5.6 miles in the morning. After a full first day of conferencing (and an evening of conference drinking) on Tuesday, waking up Wednesday morning was tough.  But I forced myself out of bed, and starting at the Ferry Building I ran down the Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and ended at Fort Mason. It was foggy, but breezy and comfortable. And there were tons of other runners out too!!

Thursday – 5.6 miles. I was planning to take a rest day on Thursday, but the conference ending a tad early gave me the opportunity to head out for a run, so I took advantage of the free time. Starting at the Ferry Building again, I walked about a mile down the Embarcadero, before running towards the Golden Gate Bridge. I passed through Crissy Field and the beaches with a gorgeous views of the bridge. After filling my shoes with a ton of sand I made it to the Golden Gate Bridge and ran half way across before heading back to the visitor’s center to get a Lyft back to my hotel. I’m glad I had a chance to run this one in the afternoon because it took me way longer than I expected due to the weather and the bazillion stops for photos. It was unfortunately unseasonably hot but that forced me to take it at an easy pace and really enjoy the journey.

Friday – I finally took a rest day, hoping it would let my legs recoup a little bit from the running I had done over the course of the week. We did end up walking around Fisherman’s Wharf a ton to soak up our last bits of time in the city.

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Saturday – Zoom Pointe Pinole Half Marathon. Anytime I travel for work I always take a quick glance at RunningUSA.com to see if there is a local race that fits in my schedule. This time I lucked out and there was a half marathon about 40 minutes from San Francisco, at a regional water front park. I ran this race and took my time (it was again unseasonably hot) and really enjoyed the experience of checking California off my unofficial 50 states list.  I’ll have a full race recap of the race coming soon!!!

Sunday – A real rest day, traveling back home. Whew.

Weekly Workout Recap 8/21-8/27

31 Aug

 

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Hi guys!!! I’m a bit delayed this week because for the last few days I’ve been in beautiful San Francisco!!!

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I’m here for a work conference and have been fitting in PLENTY of exploring and of course running!  I’ll be running my first half marathon of the fall season this weekend too so this week has really been a blast. I’ll be sure to recap my adventures in next weeks recap!

For now, here’s how last week went. I spent the week cutting back on my running mileage a tad in order to start to taper for the race, but also made sure to get in all of my group fitness classes since I would be away from home this week.

Monday – 4 miles in the AM, GRIT Cardio in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM

Wednesday – 5 miles in the AM, Lunchtime Yoga

Thursday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM

Friday – 5 miles in the AM, 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM

Saturday – 3.5 mile hike

Sunday – BodyPump

I technically didn’t have a full rest day, though Saturdays hike was pretty relaxed. I wanted to get in plenty of strength work since I’m away from home this week, and I knew that this week I would have a bit more down time workout-wise.

Have a good rest of the week! Happy Thursday!

Weekly Workout Recap 8/14-8/20

21 Aug

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Happy Monday and Happy Eclipse Day to those of you in the USA’s eclipse path (is that what its called?? haha).

Last week’s workouts went really great. I got in plenty of running miles, and two GRIT Plyos! Plus some BodyPump and corework with CXWORX. Overall it was a really well rounded week.

I’ve got my first half marathon of the fall coming up on September 2nd so I was glad to get in another 10 mile run over the weekend. This first race will be just for fun but I’m feeling good about where my running mileage and pace is.

Lets get to the details…

Monday – 3 miles in the AM, GRIT Plyo in the PM. Though I hate GRIT Plyo with the fire of a thousand suns, I loooooved this one. I felt so strong and was able to really push myself.

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Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM

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Wednesday – 5 miles in the AM, Lunchtime Yoga, GRIT Plyo + CXWORX in the PM

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Thursday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM

Friday – 3.5 miles + 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM. This run was HOT and soooo humid.

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Saturday – 10 miles. I had originally planned to do 8 but felt great so I expanded my 8 mile loop to hit 10 instead. 🙂 I am feeling good and ready for my first half of the fall in two weeks!

Sunday – Rest day. I think my Garmin said I did 200 steps, haha. It was plugged in for part of the day but still. I rest hard. 🙂