Weekly Workouts: April 7, 2014

Previous Weeks of the LiveFit Trainer program:

What a week! Last week was the first week of Phase II of the LiveFit Trainer program and it totally kicked our butts. Going into last week, I was really excited about getting to add cardio back into our training regimen. I couldn’t wait to get back to a somewhat regular running schedule. The workouts were harder and longer so adding cardio back in proved to be a little bit more difficult than we expected it to be.

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Monday – Strength Training + Easy Run

  • Strength Training – Back (56 minutes)
  • Easy Run – 2.07 miles, 29:57 minutes, 14:24 min/mile avg. pace
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:32

Tuesday – Strength Training

  • Strength Training – Chest and Abs (91 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:05

Wednesday – Strength Training

  • Strength Training – Legs (95 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:40

Thursday – Strength Training

  • Strength Training – Arms and Abs (77 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:32

Friday – Strength Training + Easy Run

  • Strength Training – Shoulders (57 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:50

Saturday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.07 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (93 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:30

Sunday – Iron Girl Clearwater 5k

  • 3.11 miles, 37:12 minutes, 12:00 min/mile avg. pace, 169 BPM avg. HR
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 2:00

Last week’s workouts were not easy and they definitely challenged us. We were supposed to finish 4 of the workouts with a 30 minute cardio session. Unfortunately, that only happened on one day. With Pete and I doing the workouts together, they have been taking a little bit longer than normal to complete them. After our strength workout on Monday, I hopped on the treadmill for a super easy run on the treadmill. I didn’t want to overdo it so my pace ended up being a lot slower than I am used.

Tuesday’s strength workout ended up taking us a lot longer than we were expecting so we decided to skip the cardio workout. It may not have the best decision but it was what our bodies needed. The same thing happened after our workout on Thursday, which was a little frustrating for me. I was really hoping for more than two runs this week. I did manage to keep up with the #FFAprilAbs Challenge. I am getting closer and closer to that 3 minute plank.

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On Sunday morning, I ran the Iron Girl Clearwater 5k. The race was a little celebration of everything that I have accomplished in the last years. The 2011 Iron Girl 5k was my very first race and it was where my racing addiction began. That first race challenged me to be more than who I was a that time in my life and II  have spent the last three years trying to achieve that. My finishing time from 2011 was 40:37 and my finishing time on Sunday was 37:12. While it wasn’t a PR for me, it was a 3:25 improvement from my very first race and that is what matters!

How did your workouts go last week? Did you run any races?

Weekly Workouts: March 31, 2014

Previous Weeks of the LiveFit Trainer program:

Last week was one of the hardest weeks for me so far. The workouts weren’t any harder than they were during the previous weeks. I was ready for the soreness because I had already done the same workouts the week before. The hardest part for me was the mental issue. With the start of baseball season, I lost my workout buddy for the entire week. A busy week at work, no workout buddy, and no visible changes really messed with my desire to keep at the LiveFit Trainer program. Nevertheless, I kept at it and finished all of my workouts for the week.

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Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.11 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Back and Biceps (48 minutes)

Tuesday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.09 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (48 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:00

Wednesday – Yoga

  • Yoga – Yin Yoga Class (90 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:05

Thursday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.15 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Chest and Triceps (59 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:10

Friday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.13 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (53 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:15

Saturday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.08 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Shoulders and Abs (51 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:25

Sunday – Rest

  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:30

Since our legs were still pretty sore on Monday, Pete and I decided to switch up the order of our workouts a bit. It felt a little strange to be doing the Back and Biceps workout on Monday instead of Tuesday but it was the best decision for how our bodies felt. On Tuesday, I decided to join the FitFluential April Abs challenge by doing a plank every single day during the month of April. Having a strong core is one of the things that I am really hoping will help me improve my running. On Wednesday, I headed to my favorite yoga studio, Yogani, for the monthly Yin Yoga for Athletes workshop. This class was a perfect fix for relieving some of the lingering tightness I have been experiencing from all of the strength training.

By the time Thursday rolled around, I was completely exhausted and really considered not going to the gym. Then I remembered that Pete was actually one workout ahead of me in the program and I didn’t want to get any further behind him. Friday was still a struggle for me to make it the gym and my workout suffered. I just didn’t have the energy that I wanted to.

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After my workout on Saturday, I hit a total mental wall and I was ready to throw in the towel on the LiveFit Trainer program. Despite having worked really hard the past five weeks, I haven’t seen the scale move at all or really seen any noticeable changes. I was really hoping that this program would have helped me break out of my weight loss plateau and start seeing the scale move in the right direction. After 5 weeks of no change, I was feeling really disheartened. When I talked to Pete about my concerns, he assured me that is seeing a difference in my body’s composition. He even helped me take my end of Phase I measurements to prove his point. I was shocked to see that I have lost more than an inch around my waist and that my body fat is almost 2%!

How did your workouts go last week? Do you struggle with mental walls while following training programs/plans?