One of these days I will get caught up with all of the awesome posts/recaps I want to share with you. In the meantime, it is time for another weekly training update for my Walt Disney World Marathon training!
Last week was a pretty good week overall. It had ups and downs but I am happy with how it went … for the most part. Since we are now members of a gym, I haven’t had any excuses not to workout except for this one thing but I will get to that later. It has become a part of my morning routine to pack my gym bag with all of the essentials for my workouts after work. I actually LOVE the fact that it is becoming a natural part of my routine. Now I just need to find a yoga studio and start attending some classes on a regular basis!
Last Week’s Workouts:
- Monday, 10/8/2012 – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.36 miles, 22:00 minutes
- NTC – Curve Carver Workout (30:00 minutes)
Now that I feel like I am getting back on track with my running workouts, I really want to focus on adding in cross training and strength training workouts to compliment all of the miles I am and will be logging. On my training schedule, i have designated Mondays and Wednesdays as the perfect day for those workouts. Tonight, I hoped on the elliptical machine and went for 20 minutes with a 2 minute cool down. I took it nice and slow to warm up my body before I headed over to the free weights. Now I don’t know about you but I am super self-conscious when it comes to doing plyometrics/circuit-style workouts when I am at the gym. Thankfully, no one was in the weight room so I could jump and move around to hearts content. The Curve Carver Workout from the Nike Training Club is a great total-body workout!
- Tuesday, 10/9/2012 – Easy Run
- 4.08 miles, 48:59 minutes, 12:00 min/mile avg. pace, 157 BPM avg. HR
When I got off of work, I headed straight over to the gym so that I could get my easy run in. While I love running with my Fit2Run group, I also need some days to myself where I can just lose myself in my run. Once again, I found the gym to relatively empty so I was able to pick out my favorite treadmill (yes, I have one already!) and knock out an easy 4 mile run. Oh and I think I have found my new love! The Sparkly Soul headbands I bought at the Tower of Terror Expo are absolutely fantastic! I have been resisting the urge to buy them in every color so I can have a headband to match all of my running outfits. 🙂
- Wednesday, 10/10/2012 – Speed Intervals
- 2.50 miles, 28:01 minutes, 11:12 min/mile avg. pace, 154 BPM avg. HR
- Mile Splits –
- Mile 1 – 11:42 minutes <— Warm Up
- Mile 2 – 10:18 minutes <— Interval 1
- Mile 2.5 – 6:02 minutes (12:03 min/mile)
Today’s workout was supposed to be similar to Monday’s: some cross training and a Nike Training Club workout. When I was looking at my training schedule/calendar, I realized that my boyfriend and I had a Yelp event to go to tomorrow night. Rather than sacrificing my speed intervals (yet again), I grabbed my running shoes and my Nike+ SportWatch so that I could do tomorrow’s speed workout tonight.
When I got to the gym, my boyfriend was doing his thing on the treadmill (walking at a pretty good clip) so I grabbed the one right next to him. He got there before me so his workout was finished just as mine was getting started. After I finished my warm up mile, I kicked the speed up to 6.0 mph and went for it for a mile. It was HARD but I didn’t pause once and I finished the interval. As I brought the pace back down to my recovery zone, I realized that I needed to stop. My legs were SHAKING pretty bad so I stopped and walked for a little bit. Sadly, I couldn’t get my legs to stop cramping up in order to run another interval (my workout actually called for 3). I was really frustrated that my legs were so sore/tired but then again I did run a 10K race, spent some time on the elliptical and ran 4 miles in a span of 3 days. My body (and legs) really needed some time to rest and recover.
- Thursday, 10/11/2012 – Rest Day
Tonight was supposed to be a fun evening with my boyfriend and some friends at a Yelp event but we had to cancel at the last minute. Around 4:30 pm, I received a frantic phone call from my boyfriend to tell me that our house was flooded! I immediately finished what I was working on, sent a quick email to my boss and ran out of the office. After purchasing a wet/dry vacuum from Home Depot, I made it home to find my boyfriend and a plumber vacuuming water out of every room in the house. There was water everywhere. I didn’t take any photos because I was too worried about all of our stuff and the animals to think about photos. We were up until 2 AM getting all of the water out of the house and drying everything as much as possible.
- Friday, 10/12/2012 – Rest Day
Seeing as how we were up so late dealing with the water, I decided to take the day off of work to assess the damage. Yesterday was all about damage control and today was about what to do next. After some cleaning and whole lot of trips to the dumpster, we decided to finally came up with a plan to start on those home improvement projects on out list as well as the ones recently added to the list. We are going to be starting a new feature on the blog once we have finalized all of the details. I do know that it is going to be called The Home Sweet Home Project so stay tuned for more on that!
- Saturday, 10/13/2012 – Rest Day
Saturdays are my scheduled rest days. Even though I haven’t worked out in two days, I decided to follow my plan and take it easy. Besides with a 12-miler on tap for tomorrow, I wanted to make sure my legs were good and rested so that I could finish my run without any issues like Wednesday’s run.
- Sunday, 10/14/2012 – Long Run
- 12.00 miles, 2:32:22 (total time), 12:42 min/mile avg pace
Today’s run wasn’t the best long run ever but it certainly wasn’t the worst. My pace was a little slower than I would have liked or that my training plan called for. Considering that my last two races were sub par in my book and my 10 mile run before that was horrible, I am really happy with how this run went. Maybe I am finally getting used to my new running route. My plan was to take in my Clif Shot Bloks every 3 miles so that I would avoid getting hungry or cramping up. I also tried to drink plenty of water this week so that I wouldn’t be dehydrated. The weather at the start of my run was almost perfect running weather for me. I was actually shivering as I walking from my car to the start of the trail. Somewhere around Mile 5, something went screwy with my shoe pod and heart rate strap because I know I burned WAY more than 565 calories and my heart rate didn’t stay at exactly 100 BPM for 7 miles!
Last Week’s Workout Totals:
- Running – 18.50 miles
- Strenth Training – 1 workouts (30 minutes)
- Cross Training – 1 workouts (22 minutes)
- Yoga – 0 classes
How did your workouts go last week?