Baltimore Half – Week 3 & Week 4

Looks like it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted an update.  I’ve been more MIA than usual the past two weeks because I was preparing for and going on vacation!  Charlotte and I left Saturday the 1st and we enjoyed long glorious days at the beach with her cousins and my brothers.  I’ve been going to either Rehoboth or Bethany Beach in Delaware since I was a kid.  We’ve stayed in Bethany every year since the 90s, but we always head to the Rehoboth boardwalk to visit Funland.  I love watching Charlotte ride the same rides I rode as a kid.  This was probably the best beach week I’ve had in a long time, the weather was perfect all week long.

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Dig a hole they can’t climb out of…perfect beach baby sitter!

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Yes I was in a house with 8 kids…

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Selfie on the helicopters

I haven’t taken a vacation all year, so it has been really nice to be disconnected from work and those types of obligations.  I forgot how nice it was to take off a full week at a time.  I tend to take long weekends and just do housework or other errands.  Those Ocean City ads are right!  (Our Ocean City MD billboard ads state, “Vacation Days are for Water Parks, Not Power Washing”)

This also happened:

 

 

Yes, I registered for the Cleveland Half Marathon next May.  It was early bird pricing and I couldn’t pass up he $50 price tag.

I was able to get some workouts in since I’m still getting up early, the only thing that suffers while on vacation is my diet.  During the day at the beach we snack on celery sticks and peanut butter, apples, bananas, popcorn, and pretzel crisps.  Dinners have usually been decent, but there is an extreme lack of fruits and vegetables.  Plus, there is usually a lot more beer in the house than at home.

Here are my workouts for Week 3 (at home two weeks ago):

7/27 – A little yoga, stretching, foam rolling, core work

7/28 Yoga in the AM – I’m loving these Yoga with Adrienne videos, 2.76 mile Hill Workout in PM The hill workout was totally humbling. It was hot, humid, and a big freakin’ hill. We had a .33 mile climb followed by a .22 mile jog down. We were to do that 4-5 times. I stopped at 4, but after I left, I felt bad for not going for 5. They weren’t easy, I was walking by the time I was halfway up the hill. Even with slowing down. It was brutal in the moment, but I feel like I should do workouts like that more often.

7/29 – Rest Day – Seems like Wednesday has become an unintentional rest day due to the late Tuesday workouts. I’ve been trying to make sure to stretch in the evenings though.

7/30 – 2.12 mile Tempo Run – It was so nasty Thursday morning…so nasty humid, 93% to be exact.  I did my 5 minute warm up, but had trouble keeping my tempo pace for the next 20 minutes. My cool down ended up being a walk.

7/31 – PT, Myrtles, & stretching

8/1 – 9 Miles – On the NCR trail. Felt good the entire run. I did a good job keeping my pace consistent and completed a fast finish mile.

Total Miles – 13.88 miles

 

Here are my workouts for Week 4 (at the beach):

8/3 – PT, core work (planks and side planks), a little yoga

8/4 – 3.28 miles – at home this would have been a track workout, so I added some fartleks to my run.  I did a one mile warm up and two miles of fartleks of varying distances.  The first mile was much faster than I wanted since it’s so flat out here.  The last mile and a half was right into the wind.  It made it difficult, but the wind felt so good.

8/5 – a little PT, a little yoga, and a little stretching

8/6 – 2.93 miles – This was a tempo run, 10x20x7.  I should have cooled down for 10, but I made it back to the house at 7 minutes.  I’m really starting to enjoy tempo runs.  Is that crazy?  I wish I had gotten up a smidge earlier, but I still got a great picture of the sunrise this morning:

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8/7 – Rest Day

8/8 – 9 miles – Downtown and a total struggle.  I had planned to do 10 but I just wasn’t feeling it.  My running partner and I took a wrong turn which cut our run a little short anyway.  This happened to me last year too – a bad post-vacation long run.  A week of poor eating (and drinking) and definitely poor hydration all week probably didn’t help.

Total Miles – 15.21

So there you have it – two weeks of decent runs and workouts.  Goal this week – do a yoga video on Tuesday AM and a strength workout on Wednesday.  Still not getting my strength workouts done.  Oh and look at that, the Chuck 12 is less than a month away.   That really creeped up on me.  I’m using it as a training run, so my long runs over the next week will put me at 12 by race day.  (Hopefully I’ll survive).

How does going on vacation impact your workouts?  Or do you let it?  Despite your best efforts, is there something you mean to do but never get around to doing during your training cycles?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore Half Training – Week 1

 

Wowza!  That was one hot weekend!!!!  I hope you all stayed hydrated!  I read a lot of posts from people who cut their runs short or just had a miserable time.  I spent Saturday at Hershey Park!  For those of you not on the East Coast, Hershey Park is an amusement park based in Hershey, PA, AKA Chocolate Town!  It was my first time there in a bajillion years and Charlotte’s first trip.  We told her all about the chocolate tour that shows how they make chocolate so all week she was asking about riding through the oven.  (There is a part of the ride that goes through a “roasting chamber”.)  It was crazy hot so we only rode a few rides, Charlotte got to drive the old timey cars, meet a Hershey Kiss, and met a “super tall man”.

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She was really into the characters, so that makes me super excited for Disney World in September.

So lets get on to the workouts…

7/13 – PT, core work, foam rolling

7/14 – 2.67 Miles – This was supposed to be our 2-mile time trial to set paces for the season.  Unbeknownst to any of the coaches (half or marathon) the college where we do track work had some lacrosse camp or something going on on the field and said there would be too many people on the track.  So after running to the track, we ran another two loops around the campus.

7/15 – Rest Day – I was just tired this morning.

7/16 – Tempo Run – 2.12 Miles – I totally nailed my tempo run!  Kinda sorta.  I was on cloud 9 after the run.  I was supposed to run 5 mins easy, 20 at tempo pace, then 5 mins easy cool down.  I ran 5, then my mathematical skills were challenged and instead of running the tempo pace until my watch hit 25 minutes, I stopped at 20 minutes.  Soooo, I only ran tempo pace for 15 minutes.  Although, my tempo portion was at 11:31.  Prior in the week someone said to focus on time during the tempo run, don’t worry about the miles and that’s what I did – not sure why I get it now, but I do and I’m excited to do it for the full length this week.

7/17 – PT, core work, foam rolling

7/18 – Hershey Park – lotsa walking

7/19 – 6 Miles – This long run had all the makings of disaster.  It was humid, my Garmin was dead, and my legs were so tired from the day before.  But, since I am choosing to embrace my “easy” pace this season, I figured I would just take it easy and get through it.  I started up Map My Run and went to town. My splits were:

Mile 1 – 12:44
Mile 2 – 13.51
Mile 3 – 12:18
Mile 4 – 14.15 (pee break)
Mile 5 – 12:27
Mile 6 – 11:53

So my goal in addition to running long runs easy is to at least have a strong finish mile – which I was happy to have done here.  I also ran into Lisa out on the trail.  I saw her running towards me and though could that be her?  I called out her name and sure enough.  I also came across these guys:

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So I’m giving this run an A.  I felt great the entire time and even though it was off to a rough start, it never felt like a struggle.

Total Miles – 10.79

This week I’m traveling again – but I’m meeting up with the Second Sole training group here in Cleveland to get my 2 mile time trial done on a track.  Now that I’ll have my first drop in out of the way, I won’t be so intimidated to drop in again when I come into town.

Hope you all have a good week!  If I can get another post in this week I will.

Do you have trouble slowing your pace for long runs?

 

 

 

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 6

Did you see that?  Week 6?  I’m halfway done my training.  I can’t believe I’m halfway there…or another way of looking at it is only 4 long runs left until taper. EEEEK!

So I have a confession – I got a DNS for Rock n Roll DC.  It was a rainy mess, it was only a 5K, and I didn’t pay for the entry.  It wasn’t worth the hour and a half commute to run 3.1 miles in the rain.  I was really excited to experience a Rock n Roll race, but this just wasn’t the year to do it I guess.  Registration for the 2016 half is only $50 right now, but after this winter, I’m not sure I’d want to sign up for a race any earlier than April or May.

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Sunday I did run the Kelly’s Shamrock 5K in Baltimore and it was a blast!  Such a fun race, I’ll definitely do that one again. I got another PR too!  I’ll do a proper recap later this week.  I guess that’s to be expected now that I’ve got a full year of running under my belt.  It’s exciting to see how far I’ve come though.  Anyways…

Frederick Factoid #4

This isn’t so much of a Factoid as it is an ad for a fun event in Frederick.  Every year, on a September Saturday, Frederick’s main street, Market Street, is shut down to traffic for the In the Streets Festival.  As kid the idea of this was fun because hey, I was walking in the middle of the street!  Each block is themed, there are local artisans, local restaurants, and live bands all out in the street.  You can go into all the local shops and boutiques and enjoy a nice day out.  What kind of sell would this be if I didn’t mention the Market Street Mile Road Race that is held in the morning?  They have a men’s heat, a women’s heat, a youth heat, and a Family Fun Walk.  Depending on my training schedule this fall, I’m gonna try and do this with Charlotte – all kids get a finisher’s medal.  All in all, this is a great event for everyone and if you ever want to explore Frederick and have a good time…check out the In the Streets Festival.

Now, on to last week’s workouts.  All in all, it was a good week.  The 10K really did a number on my legs and it took a while for them to feel normal again.  Not running outside for over a month will do that to you I guess.

Sunday – 7.2 Miles – Cupids 10K Crush, plus 1 warm up mile

Monday – Body Pump – I made it back!  It had been so long I couldn’t remember what weights I had been using.

Tuesday – Speed Work – Daylight savings caught up to me and I couldn’t wake up.  One missed run isn’t going to kill my schedule.

Wednesday – Yoga – I did a 40 minute video I found online.  It was called Yoga Flow for Runners by a yoga instructor named Cara Gilman.  It was challenging and good.  I’ll probably go back to it whenever I’m out of town and stuck in my hotel room.

Thursday – Tempo Run – I planned to do this as a 4 mile progressive run, and it was awful.  The gym in the hotel was so humid and my legs just didn’t want to run.  Even though I was progressing in speed, I kept stopping and starting.  It was probably the worst run ever.  The only redeeming part of the run is that I did force myself to finish out the last mile with no stopping.  So I had a strong finish…I guess that can kinda make up for the first three miles of ridiculousness.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 8 Miles – Since I skipped out on the DC 5K, I was able to go back to my scheduled run of 8 miles.  I was on the treadmill of course due to the rain, but it was a great 8 miles.  It went much better than the prior 8 mile treadmill run.  The second half wasn’t as smooth as the first, but I had no trouble getting started back up and had another strong finish.

Total Miles – 12 – (I counted Sunday’s 10K in last weeks miles)

Even though I had a race scheduled for Sunday, I felt I deserved to enjoy a couple of these as I caught up on Downton Abbey.

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Supertramp from Flying Dog Brewery. Very good!

I don’t have any planned travel for at least 3 weeks!!!  The past two months have just felt crazy.  Time to get some actual work done (and time to get caught up on my blogs!)

How is your training going?  What is the worst run you’ve ever had?

 

Frederick Half Marathon – Week 5

Surprise!  I ran a race yesterday and PRd.  But if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have already known that – because only this morning have I stopped posting about it.  🙂  It was a 10K put on by the Baltimore Road Runners.  I’ll do a full recap later this week, but was stoked to PR by over 5 minutes.

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Frederick Factoid #4.

I totally slacked this week on Frederick Factoids.  Can I take a pass and come back with a new factoid next week?

Last week’s training was kinda screwy because of the weather, but I got it done.  I also started to come down with a little cold on Thursday into Friday.  Thankfully, my run Friday went okay and whatever it was had subsided by Saturday.  It had me worried for a split second.

Sunday – PT, core work, yoga

Monday Body Pump – 30 Day Shred Levels 2 & 3 – Ice Storms from the weekend forcing a late opening at the gym and Brian needed to leave early for work anyway forced my hand.  I miss BP.  (I totally made it today though!)

Tuesday – Speed Work – The plan was to do 5x800s again.  I think I made one a 400 when I wasn’t paying attention.  I need to do a better job keeping track of the speeds I’m using on the treadmill.  I don’t use the same speed every time, so I should probably do a better job of recording it after the workout.  I ended up doing 3.75 miles averaging a 12:10 pace.  I was walking in between some of the intervals.

Wednesday – Yoga – Brian had to get to work early again, so I did yoga at home.  I found a free 20 minute video on demand.  It wasn’t very challenging.  I did some additional core work and did my PT exercises.  I really would like to find a yoga video that isn’t trying to melt me down…just a straightforward yoga video.  Nothing wrong with Jillian, but just want something a little more yoga.

ThursdayTempo Run – Snow Day!  It was snowing all day so running outside wasn’t going to happen.  I did some shoveling and playing though.  So there was some calorie burn.

FridayRest – Tempo – I hit the gym after work so that I could get a few miles in.  I ended up getting 3 miles in.  I did the first easy and picked up the pace for the 2nd & 3rd.  The average pace ended up at 11:54.

Saturday Long Run – Rest Day – I signed up for the race on Sunday at the last minute, so this became a “rest” day.  I use quotes because we ended up going to the mall and walking around a lot.  And anyday home with Charlotte is not rest – and I mean that in the best possible way.  🙂

Total Miles – 6.75 (13.95 if count the race from yesterday)

The next few weeks have me a bit irrationally concerned.  I should have run 8 this weekend and I only did 7.  Next weekend I have two 5Ks – one Saturday & one Sunday – I should be going for 8-9 miles.   Should I try to run another 3 miles at some point next weekend to get a total of 9 done for the weekend or just let be?  If I don’t, will it be too much to try and run 9 the following weekend?  Kinda makes me regret yesterday’s race because it threw my long run schedule off.  I know I’m being ridiculous – but I like to overthink things and ruminate them into the ground.

Would going for 9 miles in two weeks be too much or should I readjust my long run schedule?  Can you recommend a good yoga video?  How was your weekend?

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 4

Hello and Happy Monday!!!

Last week was a cluster.  Monday I went to Cleveland for work and didn’t come home until Thursday.  I don’t mind work travel, but when I’m with co-workers I usually work longer days, get dinner with them and don’t really get “home” to my room until late.  So I haven’t had much time to blog, think about blogging, or even attempt to read all the blogs I follow.  And Cleveland…WOOO! with feels like temps in the negatives, I’m so over this winter.  Aren’t we all though?  When I landed in Baltimore Thursday, it was in the 30s and I was ready to ditch my coat and put on some shorts.

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Last week was also a cluster because while I was conducting interviews and trying to hire people to my company, a restructuring was announced that basically eliminated my region.  A few people lost their jobs and several others were orphaned at the time since their managers were now gone.  It was very sudden and unexpected.  Thankfully, because of the nature of my role and the states that I cover, I was pretty much unaffected, other than becoming part of a new region.  My director is still in place but my other manager is only going to be onboard for a few more months to assist with some transition. I work for a publically traded company so these things happen in corporate America, but it’s sad to lose some of my teammates and colleagues.  I hope everyone lands somewhere and that they aren’t unemployed for too long, but still thankful that I am left unscathed.

Let’s talk about something fun, I finally hung up the medal display I got last year for Mother’s Day.  Two of those are actually Charlotte’s medals.  I hung it in the living room by the foyer, so I see it every time I leave the house.  Maybe it will give me power as I head out in the early morning.

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Onto a Frederick Factoid (I’m actually running kinda low on these…might have to make them Maryland Factoids)

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For those of you like craft beer, you may have heard of Flying Dog Brewery.  Well, they are based in Frederick!  They are available in 20 states outside of Maryland, so odds are you might be able to find it.  Last summer, I enjoyed their Dead Rise Summer Ale (made with a hint of Old Bay).  This spring I’m looking forward to trying their Supertramp Tart Cherry Ale.  If you like craft beer, they have quite a variety to try.  You can visit the brewery on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a tour and even get a 64 oz growler of one of their beers filled to take home (not for free).  I’m thinking that a Brewery Tour might be on my agenda the next time I visit.

Now on to the workouts!

Sunday – PT, Core Work, & Yoga – Nothing out of the ordinary here

Monday – Body Pump 30 Day Shred Level 2 & 3 – Brian had to get to work early, so I had to do a video at home. I don’t think I had ever seen Level 3 before, it was pretty intense, especially after already doing level 2.

Tuesday – Speed Work Tempo – I was thinking ahead on my schedule and decided to swap out the intervals for Tempo (since I had skipped the tempo last week).  It was tough for some reason, but I got it done.

Wednesday – Yoga – This was at a studio in Cleveland.  This was a Basic Flow class and I was a little intimidated when I first walked in because the class was HUGE and the others there just looked like they shouldn’t be in a basics class.  I found a spot to roll out my mat and I was eavesdropping on some girls talking behind me and realized they weren’t yoga experts, so I felt more at ease.  It was in a big open warehouse space and the teacher walked around the room rather than sitting up front.  She and another assistant also walked around touching and adjusting as necessary.  There were also a lot of heavy breathers.  At first I thought there was a CD or something playing but then realized that it was everyone’s breathing.  The class flowed really well and quickly, I was happy to know most poses and was able to move into them quickly.  I had a brief moment during Warrior pose where I was feeling very powerful.  With the work announcement from Tuesday, when a lot was still unknown, I knew I was going to get through it and be okay.

Thursday – Tempo Rest – I was flying back home this day and figured I would take advantage of not having to get up for ANYTHING!  I slept until 7 and it was glorious.  (I’m typically getting up at 5, so 7AM is late for me)

Friday – Rest Easy 3 Miles – Since I missed a run earlier in the week, I just went in for an easy 3.  It actually felt easy.

Saturday – Long Run 6 Miles – This was on the treadmill and not so bad.  I took a walk break about 45 minutes in to give myself a mental break, and then trudged on along.  The treadmill stopped on me at the hour mark, so then I had to restart.  Overall for some reason this run was easier than last week (2 less miles will do that to you.)

Total Miles – 12.3

Next week is another long run – 8-10.  I may try for 9.  The closer I get to 10 miles though, I get nervous.  During my training last fall, I got injured after my 10 mile run.  Yeah I’ve run a half marathon, but I’ve only run more than 10 miles once.  Plus, I need to get back outside!!  I’m afraid the transition outside is going to be awful.  If I get ahead of myself though, next weekend will probably be on the treadmill (I don’t want a long run to be my first run outside in several weeks).  The weekend after that I have back to back 5Ks.  So maybe in three weeks, when I will probably attempt 10 – it will be warm and I can go outside and have a few more outdoor runs under my belt.

If this winter has taught me anything, if I ever do a marathon, it will be a fall one.  Winter training sucks!

How do you transition outside after being inside for several weeks?  Anyone else have any races this month, big or small?  Anything good happen over the weekend?

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 2

Another week down and another week closer to my next half.  There was some exciting news on the race front this week too.  The Frederick Half is part of the King Crab Challenge that I signed up for last fall.  It includes the Frederick Half in May, the Baltimore 10-Miler in June, and the Baltimore Half in October.  It was a great discount to sign up for all three last fall and for completing the 3 races, I get an extra premium – last year it was a backpack.  They just announced this years prize:

King Crab Medal Rack

This picture isn’t the greatest, but it’s a medal rack for all 4 medals I’ll earn from completing the King Crab!  The hooks are crab claws!  My mind wants it to be October already so I can hang this up NOW.  The other awesome thing about this?  Typically, you don’t get a medal for completing the Bmore 10-Miler – but this year, if you signed up for the King Crab Challenge – you do!  So that’s a medal for Frederick, the 10-Miler, Baltimore, and the Maryland Double medal for doing both Frederick & Baltimore halves.  I hate to admit it, but I love bling – and this is just all kinds of blingy.

Okay okay, back to Frederick.  I grew up in Frederick, so doing the half marathon there was a no-brainer.  It’s a smallish town, and back when I lived there, even smaller – they didn’t even have a Target until I was away at college. Can you imagine???  I was so deprived!  I didn’t have a bad time growing up there but I couldn’t wait to get out when I started college.

Each week, I’d like to share a little factoid or tidbit about Frederick, so you can learn a little bit about the city I call my hometown.

 

Frederick Factoid #1

Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star Spangled Banner, is buried in Frederick in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Frederick’s main shopping mall is named after him, as is the minor league baseball team, the Frederick Keys.  Nothing says “American Hero” like having a mall named after you and a baseball mascot called the Keyote (like coyote).

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Aaaawoooo!

Now, on to my workouts:

Monday – Body Pump – legs were still sore from Sunday, but class went okay.

Tuesday – Speed Work – There was freezing rain overnight so when I went outside and saw the sidewalks I was a little cautious, then when I saw the thick layer of ice on my windshield I said forget it.  My legs were STILL sore from Sunday’s run and I decided I would go after work.  When I got on the treadmill that afternoon, my legs felt like lead.  Speed work wasn’t going to happen.  So I decided to stay on for an easy 30 minutes, which then became finish out the 2.5.  So I did.  It was hard, but I’m glad I got in something.

Wednesday – Yoga – I held crow again!  Still only for a few seconds, I spoke to the teacher after class and got a few pointers.  So I’m hoping I’ll nail it soon.

Thursday – Tempo Run – This was a tough one to get started, but felt okay once I did.  I started with the 5 minute easy warm up like last week, did 30 minutes at tempo pace, then a 5 minute cooldown.

Friday – REST!

Saturday – 6 Miles – Treadmill – The first three miles were good. I stopped for a potty break and it was hard to get restarted. I finished the end of it strong though.  I started the Serial podcast and that helped pass the time.

Total Miles – 11.86

So I’m looking forward to Week 3.  I have some work things going on this week along with crazy weather, I’m hoping to be able to get all my runs in.  Next weekend, I’m scheduled for 8.  I’m hoping and praying for decent weather so I can do it outside.  Six on the treadmill was a mental struggle – I don’t want to have to experience 8.

I know others have done more, but how do you get through the longer runs on the treadmill?  When you are at the gym, do you take in fuel while running your long runs?  If you aren’t currently living in your hometown, have you ever gone back to run it?

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 1

Happy Monday!!

Week 1 is in the books and I’m happy with how it went.  So far so good!  It’s not much different from what I had been doing, so relatively easy.  Earlier this week, I was reviewing the course map and elevation chart for the Frederick Half and noticed it was fairly flat.  Here is the elevation chart, the total elevation gain is 293 feet.

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Frederick Half Elevation Chart

 

While it’s not completely flat, it’s not this:

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Baltimore Half Marathon Elevation Chart

The second chart is the Baltimore Half, with an elevation gain of 635 feet.  I’ve already done Baltimore, so I’m feeling pretty confident about how Frederick is going to go.  Since I have so many hills in my neighborhood and in some of the areas I like to run, Frederick will be a piece of cake!  (famous last words)

Here is how Week 1 went:

Monday – Body Pump Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred – Level 2 & 1 – Due to Brian’s schedule, I wasn’t able to go to Body Pump, so I stayed home and did a video instead.  I pulled out an oldie but a goodie, the 30 Day Shred and did Level 2, followed by Level 1.  I was only in it for the strength, so when I  moved on to Level 1, I fast forwarded through the cardio circuits.

Tuesday – Speed Day – My plan was for a 10 minute warm-up, followed by 5x800s (1/2 miles) with 400m (1/4 miles) cooldown jogs inbetween.  Since it was polar vortexing outside, I was on the treadmill.  My warm up was at about 12:30 (4.8 mph).  I started my first interval at about 11:19, but I thought I could do more, so I bumped the speed up to 11:06.  It felt tougher, but doable.  So I continued on through my intervals at that speed up until the 5th one.  I decided to do the last one a smidge faster and went up to 10:54 for the last interval.  It was hard, but I was able to keep it.  The 10 in front scares me, but part of me thinks I could probably do a few more at that speed.  I’m going to try and do that pace next week.

Wednesday – Yoga – We did a lot of hip openers and balance poses in this class.  I attempted crow again, only to fall back down.  I did however almost get into a half lotus toe balance – just couldn’t take my hands off the floor.

Thursday – Tempo Run – I kept with my formula from last week with a 5 minute warm up, 25 minutes at tempo, 5 minute cooldown.

Friday – REST!

Saturday –  REST – I was scheduled to do my long run but the weather was going to be warmer Sunday, so I put the run off until Sunday. I didn’t rest though, I did PT exercises, core work, and a little yoga. I actually got into crow and held it for a few seconds. I was so excited, I had Brian grab my phone, so he could get a picture, but I couldn’t get in it again.

Sunday – Long Run – 5 Miles – I finally got outside again! I think my last outdoor run was a month ago. I was at my Mom’s this weekend and ran through her neighborhood that had ALL the hills. This run was a bit of a struggle because the beautiful Miss C. kept me up until 11 and then had the nerve to wake me up at 7. So I was struggling from an energy standpoint and then the hills. They weren’t all that bad, but some were pretty steep. I had to run a few twice to get my mileage. It’s a good place to run if you need the hills.

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I’m smiling because I just ran down that hill. I’ll spare you the picture of me running up the next hill.

 

I ended the day with a much needed pedicure and a glorious leg and foot massage.  My legs are still killing me today though.  I need to get some compression sleeves or socks that fit.

Total Mileage Week 1 – 11.48

Oh and if you haven’t noticed – I now have a Facebook page for Sweaty Mess Mama!  Please take a minute to like me on Facebook and interact with me over there too.

How was your week?  How do you typically feel after your first run outside (after being cooped up on the treadmill?)  Where can I buy compression socks for monster calves?