Thursday, December 15, 2016

26.2 with DONNA Training: 10 Week to go

Monday: Just as planned.
Planned: Easy 5 miles  Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Tuesday: Since I don't feel totally ready to reintroduce speed work, I decided to add in spin class. Being as it was only my second class and I'm still figuring out the levels thing, I got in a few running miles beforehand to ensure I got a good workout. My friend Sean was nice enough to join me for spin (mainly because I whined a lot that I'd never been to the class at the work gym and I wanted a buddy) and he made it even better by showing up in his "Check your rack shirt" (I love seeing them in person!). I got in a great sweat at spin and liked this class more than the first one I went to. Oh, I also went to CPR certification and that had to count for at least several hundred push-ups.
Planned: 5x1k  Actual: 3.25 miles (9:14/mile) and 45 min Spin Class (21 miles)

Wednesday: Decided to try out a nice yoga video to help recover from my double workouts only to find out that I picked out one that was almost entirely core work. Not exactly the relaxing stretch I hoped for, but useful none the less.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Yoga

Thursday: Ended up with just stretching and resting. I didn't plan to take so many days off prior to the half, but it probably didn't hurt.
Planned: Tempo 8 miles  Actual:
Friday: Travel day to South Carolina for a half marathon.
Planned: Easy 6 miles  Actual: Rest
Saturday: I signed up for this race many months ago with hopes that it could be a check-in during a marathon cycle. It still was, just with a different level of fitness than I hoped at this point. Full Recap to come.
Planned: Easy 5 miles  Actual: 13.1 miles (8:45/mile)

Sunday: Got in a walk down to the river and it was so beautiful. The low country is really growing on me.
Planned: Long 15 miles  Actual: Walk and long car ride (which is it's own form of yoga, right?)

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

26.2 with DONNA Training: 11 Weeks to go

Ok, so it's time to jump back into marathon training. I'm using the same 18 week training plan that I used for 26.2 with DONNA last year (Hanson's for those superfans at home), but I've been adjusting it to make sure that I'm healthy. Just so you don't think I am charging into week #8 of training with no regard for the previous 7 weeks, I have been consistently running at least 4 times per week at easy pace for several weeks, basically mimicking a base building phase. On top of that, I even went to my first spin class and though I was a little confused by the whole levels of resistance thing, I got in a solid sweat and rode no hands. So that completes my crosstraining for this training cycle.

Oh and by the way, I have a half marathon this week. Moving on.

Monday: No worse for the wear after my first spin class over the weekend. I enjoyed it and am excited to give it another shot. After trying any new activity, I always expect some sort of response from my body as it adjusts. My quads felt a little sluggish, but no soreness.
Planned: 6 miles easy  Actual: 5 miles easy (9:14/mile)
Tuesday: Not ready for any speed work just yet, but I am getting bored with easy runs, a sure sign that my fitness is slowly starting to return. This one felt like a little more work but it was probably because the humidity was way up due to GA finally getting rain. We've been in a severe drought and the metro hasn't had any rain in over 40 days. On top of that, wild fires are raging in north GA and the air quality has been very poor. But I was glad to pour out a little extra sweat in exchange for some rain.
Planned: 6x800s   Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Wednesday: I read this great recap from America Ferrera about training for and racing her first triathlon. She shares a lot about her inner dialogue and mantras that helped her through out the process and this quote in particular stuck me. Worth a read.

Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
Thursday: I decided to toss in a few miles at not easy pace to begin testing how my calf reacted. It was nice to break out of easy running!
Planned: 5 Tempo   Actual: 5 miles (3 miles @8:40/mile)
Friday: Ah, life. I had every intention of getting in this workout, but life got in the way. It happens.
Planned: 5 Easy  Actual: Rest
Saturday: A big and exciting day! For years I've wanted to take the RRCA Coaching Certification Course but logistics always seemed to get in way, mainly that it's rarely is offered in Atlanta. But low in behold, back in March I was able to get into the Chattanooga class and it was finally. I woke up early to get their and time figuring I would squeeze in a run after class, but after sitting for 12 hours and so much learning, I was tired.  I did manage a small hotel room workout, a combo of several of my cross training workouts (something is better than nothing).
Planned: 6 Easy   Actual: Strength activities
Sunday: Woke up early to squeeze in a run before another great day of training. Pro Tip: Hotel gyms are not busy at 6am on a Sunday for some reason so you can have the place to yourself!
Planned: 10 Long   Actual: 3.5 miles (9:14/mile)
How was your week? How do you squeeze in workouts on the road?

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Challenge for December

A classic practice that I fall into is that I often only run. I get in my daily mileage and that's it. I let myself off with the mentality of "well, I already put in X amount of time running. That should do it." I run often enough and tend to keep my mileage in a range that this method leaves me relatively 'fit', but probably not well balanced in terms of strength and flexibility, which are important for both injury prevention and achieving new goals.

So, in the spirit of running streaks that often go throughout the holidays, I've challenged myself to a cross training streak for the month of December. I've tried run streaks before and they really aren't my thing more because I need a day off from running though not necessarily a day off from being active. Also, I don't really need that much help getting myself out the door for a run, but I do need help conning shaming encouraging myself to cross train.
The goal of my month of cross training is to build a better base as I am building up my mileage, and maybe, just maybe, have one of these activities start to stick or become a habit. I've put together a calendar of activities and some of them are fairly small (high chance of success) while others will require a little more effort and planning. I've taken into account any travel I have planned for the month as to make those days achievable while on the road, and I've made some of the items quick activities to prove to myself that there is no excuse for not trying to work them into even the busiest of days. Also, I gave a bunch of the workouts nicknames to make it way funner.
I don't know about you, but when I need a good basic stretching plan,
 I always look to the Fencers.
I threw in the option of a weekly class. I've started trying out new things and I want to continue that. And by started I mean I went to two different exercise classes in the past 5 months, a 200% increase over previous efforts. Due to scheduling, classes can be flip flopped with another day if need be. I pulled a few basic plans to help guide me through stretching, yoga, foam rolling, and core workouts mainly so I focus and don't just sit around googling ideas last second.
So many options! And I was amused that she looks like she is in jeans.
If anyone wants to join me, please do! A challenge is always more fun with friends.
How often do you cross train? What is your favorite form of cross training?
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