Well, it’s been another busy week. The short week really threw me off because of the MLK holiday, does that happen to anyone else? It really throws me for a loop and I feel like my routine gets all out of whack for the rest of the week. Oh well, such is life. It was great to have an extra day as a family though. We decided to take the boys to the Air and Space Museum in DC! The boys love their planes!
Anyway, I’ve decided to link up again with Tara from Running N Reading for her Weekend Update link-up (or in my case, my weekly update)!
And here is a look at my training week! Only 11 weeks to go!! Holy crap, how did that happen so fast? Oh wait, I was sick for the first 6 weeks of it!
Monday: I was able to get in 5 miles on treadmill. My coach has me doing a 5 mile run after every long run. This is a first for me. I’ve always taken a day off following a long run so this is going to be an adjustment. I know a lot of people like to do recovery runs, but I have actually never trained that way. I get the theory of running on tired legs, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea, for ME. I was able to keep a 9:52 pace for the 5 miles and still wasn’t feeling Treddy.
Tuesday: I hadn’t been to yoga in almost 2 months and was definitely needing it…45 min yoga class. Now I’ve never had the best flexibility but man, I have lost everything! I could barely touch my toes!
Kinetic 30 Day Challenge, day 8
- Split Squat (video) – 2 x 12 each leg
- Hip Thruster (video) – 3 x 12 reps
- SL Straight Leg Deadlift (video) – 2 x 12 reps each leg
- Standing Core Control – Hands on Wall/Tree (video) – 2 x 10 each leg
Wednesday: The day I had been waiting for!! Orangetheory! FINALLY! I hadn’t been since November and have been dying to go. I’ve actually been scheduled to go 4 times in the last 2 weeks but due to snow delays and cancellations I hadn’t been able to go, so it was great to get back there! If ya’ll remember I’m teaming up with them to see how doing the workouts twice per week can help me with my marathon time. Let me tell you, I got my ass handed to me. I KNEW I had lost a lot of my conditioning but this just proved it to me.
It was an amazing workout at usual. We started with some serious hill intervals on the treadmill varying from 3% incline to a 9% incline. I’m pretty sure that’s where my heart rate went into the red. It was pretty intense, I hadn’t done hills in a very long time. We followed it up with some awesome circuits utilizing the Bosu ball to include one leg weighted bridges (with foot on the flat part of the bosu), kneeling lateral raises on the bosu, push-ups to bird dog, dumbbell squat thrusters and ended with single leg dead lifts. Seriously, if you haven’t been to OTF and there is a studio near you , you MUST go. It is such an amazing workout. There have been parts of me that has thought that I should give up running and just do this….I know, I know…I won’t do it, but THAT is how much I enjoy it!! And your first class is free, so no reason to NOT try it! They also are hosting a run club to train for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon! Their head trainer, Julie, leads up the runs every Saturday!
Thursday: I met some awesome running buddies at the gym to run again…another 5 miles on my old friend Treddy at a 9:48 pace. And guess what……Treddy has come back to me!!! It is so great to have the mutual feelings for eachother again! I was really starting to worry!
Friday: I couldn’t believe it, I made it to another Orangetheory class. My hamstrings were so incredibly tight from Wednesday’s class that I was hurting. The one thing that I love about OTF is that the workouts are switched up on a daily basis. That was the one beef that I had with the Les Mills Bodypump. I felt like it was the same thing over and over, but not this. This workout consisted of speed intervals on the treadmill for a total of about 2 miles, and then we used the TRX equipment. I had yet to use these during a class so I was pretty pumped and it was quite a tough workout. Our strength circuit had us rowing for a 3 minute warm up and then straight to the TRX into power squats, bicep curls and a bridge row. After we finished that we jumped on the rower for 150 meters and repeated the circuit, followed by a 300m row, repeat circuit, 150m row, repeat circuit. Then we got on these:
We then did dumbbell chest flyes, dumbbell tricep press and dumbbell toe reaches. Then a circuit of side to side pushups with the medicine ball and torso rotations. I was beat after this one.
Saturday: Ahhh, a well deserved REST day. I originally had my long run planned but my legs were way too tired and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure on my first LONG run of the training so decided to push to Sunday. Good decision.
Sunday: So the long run day arrived. Not going to lie, I was a bit nervous about this one. I felt like this needed to be good or else I was just going to give up on training. It’s funny because I had such a hard time preparing for this on Saturday night. It was like I had forgotten how to prep for a long run since it had been so long. I knew I would be doing it on the treadmill as much as I hated to, but I’ve still been having some lung issues with the cold air since I had bronchitis. The cold air causes me to go into coughing spells. I suppose I could have given it a shot, but I decided to retreat to my dear Treddy. I figured since we had rekindled our love for each other a few days earlier that it was as good a time as any to get TWELVE (12), yes, 12 miles in on him. And can I tell you that I rocked it?! It wasn’t as fast as I would have liked but was definitely faster than my runs earlier in the week and I enjoyed, yes, enjoyed every second. Thank goodness for Orange is the New Black, a good running buddy and my Nuun.
I ended up with 12 miles at a 9:30 pace! I’ll take it. My hamstrings were still so incredibly tight during this run I had to stop a few times to stretch them which didn’t help and when I got home I was having some terrible low back pain. I got some more stretching and rolling in and even had my husband tape up my back. This was one area I have never taped before, but I can tell you taping the low back was amazing. I was shocked at how quickly I noticed a difference. I suffer from chronic low back issues and this made a world of difference. Don’t forget I still have my KT Tape giveaway going on for another 18 hours!!
Overall I’m super pumped about this week of training!
Total Miles: 26
Anyone run long this weekend?
Did you do anything special with your extra day off for MLK day?
What is one thing you are most proud of this week?
What is the longest distance you have run on a treadmill?