Weekly Workouts 6/9 – 6/15

Happy Tuesday!  I don’t know when I started doing these workout reviews on Tuesdays – I must have missed a few Mondays and thought “what the heck?”  I’ll probably get back to Mondays when I start my half training again in a few weeks.

I had a fun weekend.  I did the Charm City Run Timonium Anniversary Run on Saturday morning.  Salt was there with little B. and so was my friend Anna from my half group (she signed up again this summer!  yeah!)  We went out for 4 hilly miles and those hills…oh the hills.  And the heat…and the humidity!  I’m glad I can just go out and run without layering up, but seriously, there was no spring, we went from winter to summer.  The humidity the past few weeks has been awful too and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.  Get used to it or bust!

Saturday night my mom came up to watch Charlotte and Brian and I finally went out for our 9th anniversary.  (Our anniversary was actually at the end of May).  When I think about it sometimes, we were babies when we got married (26) and I still can’t believe it’s been 9 years already.  The time has flown by.  We celebrated by going to Ruth’s Chris for dinner.  We each got a house salad and a filet.  We split some mashed potatoes and I also had some broiled tomatoes which were fantastic.   After dinner we had a free movie pass so we went to see San Andreas (they wouldn’t take passes for Jurassic World).  Not bad for your run of the mill disaster movie.  I can count on one hand the times we’ve gone out for dinner and a movie since Charlotte was born.  It was such a treat!

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Yes, we totally housed the flourless chocolate cake.

Sunday morning we went to the pool first thing when it opened and came home after lunch.  We had the rest of the day to just hang out and do some Sunday relaxing.

Last week was tough.  My legs remained sore from the 10 Miler the previous Saturday so I was doing a lot of low key workouts and a lot of stretching up until this past weekend’s 4 mile run.

6/9 – Plank Challenge Day 14 – 2:02, stretching, foam rolling

6/10 – 2 miles, Plank Challenge D15

6/11 – rest day

6/12 – Plank Challenge D16, 20 minutes of Yoga for Athletes

6/13 – 4 miles

6/14 – Plank Challenge D18, PT Exercises.

6/15 – 30 minutes of Pure Burn Pure Strength

Total Miles – 6 miles

Week 2 Plank – 2:02

Since I do the Plank Tests on Tuesday mornings, it’s kinda silly to wait all week to see how long my planks are so here is my plank time from this morning – the end of week 3 test.

Week 3 Plank – 2:16

I’m finding with the planks that it’s not necessarily the strength to hold it, but the mental ability to keep holding it.  I’ve taken to putting on a song and just closing my eyes and singing along.  The minute I take a look at the timer and it’s not where I wish it was, I start to waver a bit – so back to the second verse.  🙂

This week my plan is to get 3 runs in, with Saturday or Sunday being a long run of 5 or 6 miles, and do cross training on other days.  I really need to get acclimated to this humidity.  I know I will – it’s not like I’ve never done it before.  This week will be my last week of the plank challenge.  I’m going to continue to plank, in addition to other core work, but I might try to find a glute / butt challenge.  I know I could use some work in firming strengthening that area up plus it will help with my running.

Do you like doing 30 day challenges?  What are your goals for the week?  At the risk of being redundant (I’m sure it’s being talked about all over the running blogosphere) – what’s your one hot weather running tip? 

 

 

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Weekly Workout Review – 6/2-6/8

Another week goes by and I had another week of workouts.  I already told you about my weekend race, I’ve got lots to think about while gearing up for half training next month.  My plans for this month are to just keep up with cross training, keep up my base miles, run for fun, and maybe do a few runs without the Garmin, or put it in my pocket or something where I can’t look at it every 5 seconds.

Tuesday – Day 7 of the Plank Challenge!  Today I had to hold a standard plank for as long as I could and I made it 1:49.  Baseline was 1:33.  Next Tuesday will be the next Plank Test.  I also did 4 circuits from Jillian Michael’s DVD “No More Trouble Zones”  It’s a strength training DVD that is about 55 minutes total.  I didn’t have time to do the whole workout, but this DVD allows you to select each of the circuits individually.  Which I like so I can customize a shorter workout when I need to.  I chose Shoulders & Legs, Chest & Core, Biceps & Butt, Triceps & Thighs.  Additional circuits were: Core, Upper Body & Core, & Lower Body & Core.

Wednesday – Happy National Running Day!  I got up in the AM and did PT exercises and Plank Challenge D8

Thursday – 3 Miles – I wanted to take an easy run, but also wanted to run a little faster than usual, so the plan was to try for negative splits.  My legs did not want to run they were very heavy.  I went after work, because I was too tired in the morning, and I think I was still tired.  I ended up running 12:15, 12:15, and 12:05.  Not exactly what I wanted, but I felt good after not having run since Sunday.

Friday – a little yoga, a little stretching, plank challenge D9

Saturday – Baltimore 10 Miler!  Recap is posted here.

Sunday – Still sore from Saturday’s race, so I met up with my MRTT mamas to just walk.  I brought Charlotte along who wanted to run.  She was a little sad as everyone pulled ahead of us.  She turned around and told me ” They’re going to reach the finish line before us!”   She ended up tiring herself out, so I had to carry her back to the car to get our non-jogging stroller and then we headed back out.  I showed her how to eat honeysuckles and we listened music on the iPod as we walked along the trail.  I enjoyed her version of Shake It Off.  We ended up going a little over 2 miles.   It was a good morning…she enjoyed eating munchkins and spilling my coffee afterwards.

Sara Myer Lichter's photo.

Monday – Plank Challenge D12 – this was the first combo day of both regular planks & side planks.  I also did some stretching and foam rolling, my calves were still tight.

Total Miles – 13

Plank Time – 1:49

Overall it was a meh week.  I was taking it easy in preparation for the race on Saturday and with Brian out of town I was limited on what I could do on Tuesday & Wednesday.  I also missed a couple of the plank challenge days.  I missed a day, so I planked on a plan rest day, then completely skipped the plank on race day.  Monday should have been a rest day (Day 13 not Day 12), but I wanted to get the work in before my plank test this morning.  This week I’m committing to sticking to the plank schedule, getting in a few easy runs, and doing some PT & strength training.

What are your goals for the week?  What do you focus on in between training cycles?

Weekly Workout Review 5/26- 6/1

Whew!  It was a hot and steamy weekend out here.  I did get to enjoy my first pool day though – so not all was lost.  Sunday I got to take a trip to Target ALONE!  I hadn’t intended to go alone, but the kiddo didn’t want to come along.  It was so nice and luxurious.

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Yes – the Frappacino rides front and center.

I got in a great week of workouts – both running and at home.  So lets see what I was up to last week.

Tuesday – Bob Harper Pure Burn Pure Strength – I went for the full hour workout and it did not disappoint.  I definitely felt it in my arms and I’ve decided that after Saturday’s race, I’m going to move up to heavier weights on the leg exercises.

Wednesday – Rest, Plank Challenge D1.  I mentioned my plank challenge in Friday’s post, Wednesday was the Day 1 Baseline Plank – 1:33.

Thursday – Hill Repeats. 2 mile warm up, .1 hill sprints x3 (with walk back down), .5 mile jog back home. Total 3.1 miles (this is a total guesstimation as I stopped my Garmin multiple times – I created the route on Map My Run and this is what it worked out to)  The next time I do this, I’m going to use the lap feature on my Garmin to track it better.  This workout was in the early AM and it was 97% humidity.  Summer is alive and well here in Maryland.  I should have also completed Day 2 of my plank challenge, but with my late evening I moved it over to Friday and used this as my Plank rest day.

Friday – Plank Challenge D2, PT Exercises

Saturday – Plank Challenge D4, Yoga for the Warrior

Sunday – 8 miles @ NCR Trail.  Friday night I was debating on whether or not do to this Saturday or Sunday.  Both days were supposed to be hot and sticky but at about 9PM on Friday, I made the call to put it off until Sunday.  Great decision as the temperature was a little lower and so was the humidity (though not by much.)  I ended up starting the run at 6:30 in order to avoid the sun.  I actually felt cool breezes along the trail.  Plank Challenge D5.

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This picture was taken halfway through and doesn’t fully show the sweatfest that the run became.

Monday – Rest!  Charlotte got up while I was putting my makeup on this morning (she usually wakes up MUCH earlier).  The first thing she asked me was, “Are you doing yoga, Mommy?”  I told her not today.  Then she asked “Wanna do yoga with me?”.  I love that girl.

Total Miles – 11.1

So what’s in store this week?  Brian went out of town early this morning, so I’ll be doing some early AM workouts in my living room today and Wednesday.  He doesn’t get home until really late on Wednesday – so I’m not certain that I will be able to get another run in until Thursday.  Although I have a little plan for National Running Day on Wednesday.  Lack of running is okay this week, I’ve got the 10 Miler on Saturday and I want to be rested.  My main focus this week is just to stay hydrated and eat well and pray for nice weather.  I’m not so sure about the shade situation on this route, so I am a little worried about the sun and humidity.  Although right now the weather says it’s going to rain.  Timewise, I want to finish under 2:10 (close to 2:05 actually).  I’d love to say 2 hours, but I think that is a bit too aggressive given the hills on the course.

Have you ever raced in the rain?  How did you manage?  What are your plans for National Running Day?

 

 

Weekly Workout Review 5/18 – 5/25

I love three day weekends!  It’s always fun to come into work on a Tuesday and feel slightly off.  How was your weekend?  Mine was a nice mix of jam packedness mixed with some quality time with Charlotte.  Brian was working on painting our bedroom so Sunday I took Charlotte to a local farm.  They had some baby goats that were sooooo cute!

Charlotte and the baby goat together? Cuteness overload!

Saturday was the Color Run!  The Color Run was my first 5K last year, so it was really cool to go back this year as an Ambassador and see how differently I ran the race.  I met up with Salt and Betty and had a blast.  I had originally thought that I might take Charlotte when I first signed up in January, but I don’t have a jogging stroller and Charlotte is a little unpredictable in large crowds – i.e. she’s a runner.  So I left her at home.  I commented to Salt that I don’t think the Betty / Charlotte combo would have made for a good morning.  I think they would have been a little crazy pants had they been there together.

I’m not going to completely recap this race but some of the highlights:

  • SHINE! – This was dubbed the shine tour and at first I wasn’t sure why.  They sent me a gold foil tattoo, but when we were there waiting, I didn’t see any glitter or anything.  The 3rd color zone was actually silver sparkle!  As you left, you were covered in a nice iridescent sparkle.  I could see it in the hair of the runner ahead of me and it looked so pretty!
  • A MEDAL! – I never did take a picture of the medal, but this was the first year they offered a medal.  Since this run is usually a lot of people’s first 5K, I think it’s a nice touch.
  • ON STAGE! – As ambassador’s, Salt and I were invited up on stage.  We got to lead the countdown for a color throw!

It was a good time.  It’s full of walkers, so it’s obviously not a race to try and PR in, but it’s fun.  I’d like to see how they can change this up in the future.  How much can you do with a color run to keep it interesting?

Post Run Selfie – I was really just trying to check for color in my teeth.

 

Besides the Color Run, I did get in some good workouts last week.  I had actually come down with something that I’m not sure is allergies or a cold, I’m trying to work through it now, but it’s been kinda annoying.  I traveled for work this week too – so that broke things up a bit.

Tuesday – PT Exercises, core work

Wednesday – 4 miles – I love running in Cleveland.  It’s so freakin’ flat!  I ran my four fastest miles ever!  Although I have to confess – I took a break at 2 miles at a park along Lake Erie.  But still, my pace averaged 11:38.  I really struggle for that here and there is no way I could maintain that kind of pace for 4 miles around my neighborhood.  It’s actually made me think that I might do the Cleveland Half Marathon next year.

Wearing my MD Sweatyband in Ohio! (Along with my Baltimore Half Marathon shirt)

Thursday – rest and traveling back home

Friday – PT Exercises & core work

Saturday – 3 miles at the Color Run

Sunday – Bob Harper – Yoga for the Warrior- this was an hour long video and I really liked it.  Again, borrowed from the library.

Monday – 5 Miles – I had planned to do 6.  It was so humid outside.  I waited until about 8:30 to go out and it was already hot and sticky.  There was a lot of stopping and starting.  I tried a new loop that takes me up a new hill, but I pass the Dunkin Donuts – good news if I need a pee break (which I did).  I was reaching a point where I could do another loop to make it six or head home to make it 5.  I was running low on fluids and I wasn’t near the Dunkin at this point so I called it.

Thankfully the next few weeks are not too busy.  So I’m thinking I’ll get back on a regular schedule again. I found a plank challenge I want to start, but I’ve got to write it down, the plan is on an info graphic that doesn’t print out well.  I’ll share that in another post.

Have you done the Color Run?  Have you ever run a race in Cleveland?  Is there a place you travel to that you love to run?

 

I’m baaaack!

Forgive me blogosphere.  It has been two weeks since my last post.  Time flies when you just don’t know what to write about.  I’ve just been too tired at night to write about anything and frankly there hasn’t been much to write about.  I took nearly a full week off from everything following the half marathon and last week was finally able to get back into somewhat of a routine again.

Let’s go all the way back to May 9th.  I met up with my Mom’s Run This Town group with Salt and ran an easy 3 miles.  The first of anything since the half.  I probably could have kept up with something that week, but really wanted to take a week to sleep in and do nothing.

May 10th was Mother’s Day and I ate ALL THE FOOD at a Mother’s Day Brunch.  I had gone back to Frederick with Brian & Charlotte and we took my Mom out.  We’ve done it a couple times since Charlotte was born and it’s becoming a Mother’s Day tradition.  The rest of the week went like this:

Monday – May 11 – Easy run – 3 miles

Tuesday – nada – went to VA for work

Wednesday – Yoga for Athletes – This class was great, she had us using straps to pull and push in different poses.  It was quite interesting to feel how different muscles engaged in the poses while needing to keep the strap in place.  If you relaxed a bit the strap could fall.

Thursday – Ran 3.1 Miles – Now that the sun is coming up earlier, I can make my runs a little longer during the week (as long as I get up).  My plan was 4 miles, but I didn’t get up in time.  I ran my fastest 5K this morning all while tackling this hill again. Later in the evening, rather than sit on the couch and watch Sofia the First, I took Charlotte out for a bike ride.  She rode, I walked.

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Friday – nada

Saturday – PT exercises, core work, and some sun salutations with Charlotte.

Sunday – Bob Harper Pure Burn Pure Strength DVD – I had gotten this from the library because I wanted a strength video that was just purely strength training.  I did the 20 minute version just to see what it was all about and because I had fully intended to actually go to Body Pump Monday morning.  It was an intense 20 minutes.  I’m actually kinda scared of the 50 minute version.  Needless to say, my quads were still hurting so I did not go to Body Pump on Monday.

Total Miles – 6.1

Brian was out of town with friends this past weekend so I didn’t get a long run in.  I’m headed to Cleveland today.  I had wanted to squeeze in a run this morning but my quads are still achy and I took some Nyquil and getting up wasn’t happening.  I’m hoping to take advantage of a cool afternoon in Cleveland tomorrow and try for 4-5 miles.  I need to get my mileage back up to a comfortable place so that the Baltimore 10 Miler is not a disaster (it’s 3 weeks away).  I’m sure I’ll be fine, but since I haven’t run more than 3 miles at a time in the past two weeks, I’m inside my own head.  So my goals for this week – run 10 miles total between now and Saturday and get some light cross training done.

In other positive news, you might have noticed a new badge on my page.  I’m now a Sweat Pink Ambassador!!  I’m still tinkering with all the community pages and  making the connections.

Are you a Sweat Pink Ambassador?  Do you get into a fitness slump after big races?  Ain’t nobody got time for a slump when there’s a 10 mile race looming on the horizon! 

Frederick Half Marathon – Week 12

Happy Monday!  Lets get down to business shall we?

Here is what my workouts looked like last week:

Monday – PT & core work

Tuesday – 3.13 neighborhood miles

Wednesday – Yogalosophy video – it was more of a toning workout than yoga.  I did the short version at 35 minutes.  I’ll be returning that to the library.

Thursday – unintended rest day. I wanted to run outside in the morning but it was in the 30s again. I couldn’t bare the thought.

Friday – it was still in the 30s so by the time I decided to rush over to the gym, I only had 30 minutes. I made them count with a progressive tempo run – my last “hard” run.

Saturday / Sunday – Saturday morning was cold so I put my last long run off until Sunday. It was mid forties and lovely. I had wanted to do 5, but ended up with 4 due to time constraints again. I spent the afternoon walking around the zoo again, so I got my miles in.

Total Miles – 9.44

On tap for this week is a work trip to Tampa. The hotel has a nice jogging path and I’m hoping I get a chance to use it. I’m also planning some in room yoga, PT, and stretching.  I even brought my stick roller!

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I’ll probably do an easy neighborhood run on Friday and then take it easy until Sunday. While it’s been cold this training season and that kept me inside a lot more than I would have liked, I think I’m as prepared for Sunday as I can be. The horrible 13 mile run still is giving me some doubts, and there is still a part of me that wishes I had done another 10 instead of 8 two weeks ago.  The smarter part of me knows that I’ve logged the miles and put in the work. It can’t go any worse than Baltimore where I lost 6 weeks of training, right?

All that being said, my time goal for this race is …. 2:45.  The Frederick Half has a 2:40 pace group and a 2:50 pace group.  So my plan is to start near the 2:50 group and keep them behind me at all costs.

All that I need to do now is work on my playlist.  Since I’ll be running in the land of my formative years, I’m taking a 90s twist on this playlist…Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Green Day, Pearl Jam, with a few current motivating songs thrown in for good measure.

I pick up my bib on Saturday and run the kids race with Charlotte.  She’s got the cutest little running outfit and she’s so excited to wear it.

How was your weekend?  Anything else I should do (or not do) in the week leading up to my next race?  When’s your next race? 

 

 

Frederick Half Marathon – Week 11

Happy Monday!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve gotten my weekly recap up on a Monday.  I hope you all were able to enjoy some spring weather this weekend – it was GORGEOUS here in Baltimore.  Aside from running a HOT Sole of the City 10K on Saturday, I spent Sunday morning at Target watching the crazies stockpile Lilly Pulitzer and later took Charlotte to the zoo.

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Really quick on the Lilly Pulitzer thing, because I’ve seen articles about how crazy it was across the country.  I had my eye on one dress for me and maybe something for Charlotte.  No big loss if I didn’t get it, so I strolled over to my local Target at about 7:45 and the line was wrapped around the store.  By the time I got in, the section was decimated.  I was a bit bitter there were women with carts full of clothes; trying them on behind another dress rack and there was a crowd gathered by the dressing room waiting for cast offs.  It was really crazy – I’ve really never seen such a thing.  After I passed the women’s section I headed to the toddler section and while it wasn’t wiped out, it had a crowd, so I just started grabbing.  I ended up getting Charlotte two super cute summer dresses.  I didn’t need any of it for me, but I was surprised that people would just snatch up an entire rack of clothes without any regard for those who weren’t first in line.  The worst? On eBay right now, there are over 20,000 items from the Lilly for Target line.  A shift dress that would have been $40 at Target is listed at $100.  All I can do is shake my head and hope that if someone out there wants a Lilly dress that bad, they’ll put their $100 towards a real one.

Now on to something of more substance.  I can’t believe I’m in week 11 of training – the race is in two weeks!  Last week was a fun week of runs and workouts.

Monday – PT Exercises

Tuesday – 3 Progressive Miles on the Treadmill

Wednesday – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 in AM, 2.75 miles with my MMRT Group.  Salt posted an awesome pic here.

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Rest Day (although it was anything but)

Saturday – Sole of the City 10K – didn’t PR, but hadn’t run in heat like that since last summer.  Will post a recap later this week.  (My Garmin actually read that I ran 6.37 miles)

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Yes that pretzel is bigger than my face and I ate the whole thing. #notashamed

 

Total Miles – 12.12

 

So on tap for the week, some easy cross training, some easy runs, and my last “long” run of 5 miles on Saturday.  I can’t believe I’m about to do it again.  I’ve got to start working on my playlist!

And good luck to all of you running Boston today!  There are several bloggers I read out there running – I’m not sure how I’m going to follow along since I’ll be at work, but I’ll be thinking of you!

How was your weekend?  Did you brave Target for Lilly Pulitzer?  Is there anything you would wait in line for (besides a starting line)?