It’s been a busy week!! Is it me or do the weeks go by faster and faster?? It’s the first week in a while that I’ve been really consistent with my training which was awesome. Uneventful on the family front which is always good! Here is a look!
Monday— I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I was planning on starting the She Sweats 12 week Run Builder as soon as our vacations were over and I could really commit to it. Well, vacay is over (the reality is setting in) so today was the day! I did the ARMS portion of the Run Builder and PiYo Upper Body.
Can you say Tricep pushups? Hello…there are so many tricep pushups in this episode of PiYo!! I actually love them. They are HARD but they are the one exercise that I know I will see quick results. I can’t wait until I can work up to getting my knees off of the floor when I do them.
Tuesday— I was really looking forward to my hill repeats this week. I haven’t done them since July due to being sick and vacation so it was about time. My BRF picked a killer hill. The first few weren’t too bad, but the last one I had to walk the second half of the hill because I started to get a cramp in my quad?! I’ve never had a cramp in my quad. I was supposed to do 8 of them, but that didn’t happen unforutnately. Total miles: 3.75, Avg pace: 10:37
Wednesday–She Sweats 12 week run builder LEGS/PIYO lower body. Holy legs batman. The Run Builder leg workout is NO joke. And most of it is body weight and using a resistance band at home (I bought the home version of the plan but there is also a gym version.) There are no excuses NOT to do it.
Thursday— First of all, I woke up feeling muscles in my ass that I forgot that I had from my leg workout. OUCH. I could barely sit on the toilet without lowering myself down!
I was a bit nervous seeing that I had my tempo run this day too! I’ve had some rough runs lately but I was feeling really pumped about my tempo run this week. I hit the treadmill at the gym and I’m super excited because I nailed it. I felt great the entire time and hit all of the paces I was supposed to, despite the lactic acid buildup!
Splits: 9:30, 8:20, 8:14, 8:10, 8:12, 9:00
Total Miles: 6
I really needed a good run here to boost my confidence. I am starting to reach that point in marathon training where I’m feeling burnt out. I don’t remember hitting it this early on last time. I’m sure it has to do with all of our travelling and being sick, but still…it can really get you down when you have bad run after bad run. I’m hoping this will start a trend! I do have the big 20 looming over my head though this week and I was starting to get a bit nervous. I was actually contemplating on cutting it back for a lower mileage run. My plan originally called for SIX 20 mile runs which I thought was just ridiculous. I cut it back to 3, and when I started to lose my confidence, I thought about making it only 2. I’m going to give it a shot this weekend and see how it goes.
After my tempo run I came home and did PiYo Sweat. Seriously guys, I am LOVING PiYo. I’m feeling my core get stronger every day that I do it. It rocks and I highly recommend it!
Friday— Thursday night I was exhausted. I went to bed super early (9:30pm) and slept so incredibly hard. I can’t remember the last time I slept that hard. I don’t even remember Mini #2 crawling in my bed in the middle of the night. Mr Cupcake was going into work a little late so that I could sleep in too because I had to work night shift. I slept until almost 9 am and literally felt like I got hit by a truck when I woke up. I couldn’t figure out why I was so exhasuted. I mean I know that I have a kid that STILL doesn’t sleep through the night, and yea, I only get about 6 hours of sleep a night, but I looked back at my training log too and realized that I really had done a lot this week. My body needed the break. I had planned on doing a PiYo workout but decided to take a full rest day, especially since I had to work night shift! It sounds funny, but I feel like I’ve matured as a runner in some ways. I have finally accepted the fact that rest days are REQUIRED. And it’s really a great feeling to let myself rest.
Saturday-PIYO lower body. I was exhausted after working nights and really had no intention of doing this, but around 8:30pm I decided I was going to do it. Mr Cupcake was at a friends house for his fantasy football draft so I had the house to myself after the boys went to bed. I did PiYo and then took an amazing epsom salts bath with a nice glass of wine in prep for my long run on Sunday!
Sunday– The dreaded 20 mile long run. This was the run that I was thinking of totally cutting out and dropping to a bump back week, but decided to give it a shot anyway. We started at Mt Vernon….which by the way, is beautiful, you have to go if you are ever in town.
We ran all the way up the Mt Vernon trail towards DC for 20 miles. It was not an easy trail either…. I knew there were some rolling hills but didn’t realize how hilly the beginning was!
Of course I had got called out by Nicole at My Fit Family for the Ice Bucket Challenge so figured this was the perfect opportunity! In case you missed it….
Anyhoo. The run overall was good. I wasn’t able to hit the pace that I was supposed to according to Run Less Run Faster, which was a 9:27 avg, but I hit 9:44 which was ok, I’ll take it. I think we may have started out a bit too fast. Lesson learned and I won’t do that again. I would consider this long run a success. Yahoo!
Splits: 9:10, 9:10, 9:36, 10:01, 9:43, 9:24, 9:15, 9:10, 9:37, 9:33, 9:42, 9:48, 9:43, 9:58, 9:43, 10:26, 10:25, 9:52, 10:44, 9:17.
Total miles for the week: 30 (longest mileage week in over a year!)
I hope you all had a great weekend!! Don’t forget to link up with the Wonder Mom Wednesday Link up this week! The topic is “Reasons Why I exercise”….and you DON’T need to be a mom to linkup! I hope you will join us!!
How was your training week this week?
Anyone doing PiYo? If so, what do you think about it?
Ever been to Mt Vernon?
Who has participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge??