Weekly Workout Recap

First things first, good luck to all the wicked fast runnahs conquering Boston today! You all amaze and inspire me!

I’m still trying to get into some sort of groove with my exercise.  Since starting CrossFit I honestly feel a bit lost with my workouts these past two weeks and I’m logging some of my lowest miles in over a year and a half.  Now when I started CrossFit I knew that my running would be put on the back burner but I didn’t count on how much I would miss my runs.

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t set myself up on a new training plan since running my last marathon in February.  I thought I would like the flexibility of no plan, but I really thrive on structure.  This week, I’m going to make an effort to come up with something a bit more concrete with my workouts; find a better balance between running and CrossFit.

I’ve also realized through crossfit how stiff my body is.  I don’t know if it’s a lack of running or just lack of consistent yoga but I am horribly tight.  In an effort to loosen myself up in the morning and also work on improving my technique, I’ve created a mini am circuit to do each day this week.  I’m curious to see if I’ll notice any benefits with my flexibility and technique after this week.

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Without further adieu, my workouts from last week.

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 2.5 mile warmup, Crossfit (rowing & pushpresses)

Wednesday: Weights – upper body (biceps, triceps, deltiods)

Thursday: Yoga, Crossfit  (wall balls, pushups, and a feeble attempt at rope climbing)

Friday: 13 mile kayak trip with my hubby ❤

Saturday: 8.75 mile run

Sunday:Rainy, lazy day.  (Love thunderstorms!)

Saturday was actually supposed to be a 10 mile run but I wasn’t properly fueled; my energy tanked and I started feeling a bit woozy.  I even took a gel at mile 5 to keep me going but it didn’t help a ton.  Usually I don’t have to fuel at all on 10 mile runs.  Long runs and lack of fuel was one of my concerns with switching to a Paleo(ish) diet so I’m really going to have to make an effort to research various whole foods to get my glycogen levels up.

So even though my workouts were less than stellar, I actually had an amazing weekend.  Lots of fun in the sun and quality time with my hubby.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

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My view all day Friday.

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Question:  What activities do you like to do with your significant other, family or friends?

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Weekly Workout Recap & It’s Marathon Week!

In case the title didn’t give it away, I’ve officially made it to marathon week.  In 6 days I’ll be running my second 26.2 in New Orleans.

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It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around this fact and I’m pretty sure I’m in some sort of denial.  I have zero nerves right now (they’ll probably kick in Saturday) and I haven’t even given much thought to race weekend logistics (which includes not having a clue what I’m wearing).

I have a pretty laissez faire attitude towards this race which is the exact opposite of how I was during my first marathon four months ago.  I pulled up my recap from the last week of my Marine Corps Marathon training and was amused to see such a difference in attitudes.  My nerves were pretty darn apparent in the week leading up to the MCM.

This weekend my running girls and I got together for our last long(ish) run.  I say ‘ish’ since it was only 10 miles.  Despite being cold and windy, we had a great run.  I’m so proud of us for making it to the end of training and I’m especially excited for my friend Lorena who will be rocking her first marathon – EEK!!

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Stretching post 10 mile run.
Next long run will be the 26.2. Say whaaaaat!?!?

I’m linking up with Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints to bring you my weekly workout roundup.

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Monday: 3 mile run, weights (biceps, triceps, deltoids), and I attempted a 15-1 WOD of jumping squats, pushups, leg raises; however, I only made it down to 10 in 12:12 which is 75 total reps each. #OUCH
Tuesday: Cycling 15.91 miles in one hour, 86 pushups
Wednesday: 7 miles tempo run, kettlebell workout
Thursday: 100 pushups, jump roped for the first time since I was a kid – hello calf pain
Friday: 4.08 miles, 120 pushups
Saturday: 10 mile run, yoga
Sunday: 130 pushups

Whew.  Even though I had reduced running miles, I actually feel pretty proud of my workouts last week.  I tried a few new things (WODs and jump roping) that I’m excited to work into my regular routine.  I’m also pretty darn pleased on the pushup front.  I did a total of 511 pushups last week!!

It’s been really nice to have support from the ladies behind the #nogirlypushup challenge. I made it to week 6 day 1 of the 100 Pushup program – the final week.  If you remember from the 100 pushup fail post this was the furthest day I got to before quitting.  I’m feeling really good so far and am looking forward to completing the program.

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As far as my workouts go this week, I’m really going to take it easy.  I’m going to finish out the pushup challenge but I’m not going to do any weights workouts or anything else that would tax my muscles.  I want to make sure to be as fresh as possible for next Sunday.  So here’s hoping I stick with that plan.

Question:  Do you do anything special during race week?

Weekly Workout Recap

Why, hello, Monday.  I see we meet again.  I’m feeling fresh and ready to tackle whatever this week may throw my way.

This weekend was particularly hard to say goodbye to.  It was filled with fun, food, and of course a bit of running.  Saturday was my last long run which means I’m officially tapering now.  I had 20 miles on tap so I woke up early to meet my running girls.  It was a bit chilly but it warmed up quickly and turned into a gorgeous morning.  The run felt seamless and I was able to talk one of my running girls into going an extra mile with me.  So 20 miles turned into 21.  BOOM!

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And because I’m masochistic, I have to share this photo fail with you.  How many fingers do I hold up to make 21? Luckily, I figured it out on take 2 (see above picture).

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I have a bad habit of adding miles to my runs.  I don’t do it often, but there are just some runs where I don’t want to stop.  I adore those runs because it reminds me why I run in the first place.

After the run, I showered and then met my stepsister for some carbo re-loading.  I was in a sweet mood and ended up getting some fat free peanut butter frozen yogurt and topping it with peanut butter chips and crushed oreos.  Not clean at all, but life too short to not treat yourself occasionally.  Also, I might be slightly addicted to peanut butter…

Peanut Butter froyo, will you marry me?

Peanut Butter froyo, will you marry me?

Sunday, the hubs and I went for a pre Suber Bowl stroll on the beach.  It was such a lovely day; Spring is definitely on its way to South Mississippi.  Then we came home and I made some eats for the big game.

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Steak and caramelized onion pizza on garlic rosemary crust from the farmer’s market. mmmm-mmmm!

So how did I do on my workouts last week?  Linking up with Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints to bring you my workout recap.

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Monday: 4 mile run with 4 strides, kettlebell workout, 12 pushups.

Tuesday: (AM) yoga – Sun Salutations, (PM) 7 miles of Yassos at 3:54, 45 pushups.

Wednesday: 15.29 miles of cycling, kettlebell workout.

Thursday: 6 mile run, 50 pushups.

Friday: NOTHING!!

Saturday: 21 mile LSD (long slow run) at a 10:15 pace, 55 pushups.

Sunday: 3.5 mile walk on the beach with my love.

Looking at last week’s workouts, I should be pleased but I really don’t feel like I got everything in I wanted to.  I only did yoga once and I didn’t use any of the weight machines at the gym.  I think it’s just nerves kicking in for this weekend.  It’s so strange that I’m more nervous for this 1/2 marathon then I am with my upcoming marathon.  I guess it’s because I’ve set a goal I’m not sure I can achieve.  Oh well.  I guess we’ll see on Saturday. 😉

Question:  How did you do on your workouts?  Do you ever set goals you may not be able to achieve?

Weekly Workout Roundup

Wow, this weekend really seemed to fly by! Saturday was a gorgeous spring (yes, I did say spring) day.  Temps in the low 70s and very little humidity.  I tried my very best to stay outside all day long and did a pretty good job at it.  After knocking out my 14 mile run (hooray for cut back weeks!) I hurried over to a local half marathon so I could cheer on one of my running friends.
The cowbell is ready for some action.

The cowbell is ready for some action.

She's teeny tiny in this picture but my friend Lorena is on the left.

She’s teeny tiny in this picture but my friend Lorena is on the left.

I had so much fun being a spectator and cheering everyone on!  After the race I hung out with friends at the post race party and then grabbed some pizza.
Yesterday, on the other hand, was rather unspectacular.  I had a project that I needed to get finished which kept me tied up from 8:30 am to 7 pm.  UGH! I didn’t get anything done that I had planned on.  No cross training, no yoga, no fun stuff outside.  Boo.  But on the plus side, I got what I needed to finished and submitted. *weight off shoulders*Oh well.
Today starts a new week so no use complaining about yesterday.  Here’s how I did on my workouts last week.
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Monday: 20 minutes of cycling (warmup), 7 mile run with 7 strides, kettlebell workout, 24 pushups.
Tuesday: (AM) Yoga – seated hip openers, (PM) 60 minutes of cycling (hill training) totaling 14.43 miles.
Wednesday: 7.4 mile run at 8:56 pace, Irish Coast Running Group.  I tried to hang with the fast kids but ended up losing them. 26 pushups.
Thursday: (AM) Yoga – hip flexors; (PM) 5 mile run.

Friday:  Mini upper body session.  Biceps, triceps, deltoids.

Saturday:  14 mile {hilly} long run (10:14 pace).

Sunday.  30 pushups.

Question:  Have you ever spectated a race? What’s your favorite way to cheer on runners?

Weekly Workout Roundup

Yay for three day weekends!! Jody and I are headed back from a quick getaway.  Each year we try to sneak away to one of our favorite places, Panama City Beach, FL.

My view the past several days. I'm going to miss it.

My view the past several days. I’m going to miss it.

It’s always incredibly relaxing (I try to stay mostly unplugged) but the time goes by much too quickly.  Even though we went on a mini-vacay, I still managed to get my workouts in this week.

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Monday :  AM – Yoga, seated hip openers. PM – 60 minutes cycling (13.85 miles, hill program), 30 minutes weight machines – shoulders, triceps, biceps, and obliques; 12 pushups.

Tuesday: Speed work. 7 miles with 6 Yassos at 3:56 each (treadmill run – bleh).

Wednesday:  AM – Yoga, Sun Salutations. PM – kettlebell workout; 16 pushups.

Thursday: 5 mile run with 3 miles at marathon pace.

Friday: 22 pushups (finished week 1 of the 100 pushup challenge).

Saturday: 20 mile run. *BAM*

Sunday: Nada, zip, zilch, nothing other than eat way too much and be lazy.

All-in-all, I did pretty well with my workouts.  I got most of my training runs in except for Monday’s 4 mile one; my foot was hurting pretty badly on so I skipped it.  See, I really am trying to listen to my aches and pains and not push it.  I also wanted to get in two kettlebell workouts but only managed one.  My hubby was already looking at me crazy with all the workout stuff I packed, I figured I better not try to add a kettlebell.

Other exciting news is that I didn’t die during the 20 mile run – my first one since October!  I was pretty nervous since I was running it solo and in an unfamiliar place but it turned out just fine.  And my foot held up fairly well, too.  It’s pretty sore right now so I think it may be time to head to a doctor.  This week is a cut back week in my training (only a 14 mile long run) so I’m going to see how the foot holds up and go from there.

I hope y’all had a great weekend, too! I can’t wait to share a few of the pictures from this weekend. 🙂  I want to leave you with two of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes.  I hope you’ll find them both as empowering and thought provoking as I do:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Question:  When you go on vacation, do you still get your workouts in? Or do you just embrace the vacation attitude?

The Color Run Recap

Did y’all have a great weekend? I was so sad to see it end.  Any weekend that’s filled with extra days off, food, family & friends, and running is alright in my opinion!  Friday I went to the gym (which was  ghost town thanks to everyone shopping) and got in 4 miles of Yassos at a 7:45 pace, 5 miles cycling to work the kinks out of my legs after the Yassos, and then I hit the upper body weight machines.  My arms and legs were spongy like jello.

Saturday, I met my running girls and we knocked out 10 miles.  Our training plan called for 9 but we have a 1/2 marathon in two weeks and I wanted to get at least one double digit run in.  Adding an extra mile may not have been the best idea.  I was having some knee pain pretty early into the run and then by the time we finished the 10 miles my foot was on fire.  For the remainder of the day I had a shooting pain in my foot any time I put pressure on it.  I’m hoping it’s not a precursor of things to come.

Ignore my jacked up toes…Have any of you had pain where I’m pointing?

Last weekend I had the pleasure of running The Color Run in New Orleans.  I registered for this ‘run’ (there really wasn’t much running going on) back in February and had been anxiously patiently biding my time for it to happen.  And happen, it did!  With this being such a fun run, I really wanted to embrace the spirit so I tutu’d it up with along with some funky glasses and one fishnet glove; my inner 80s diva had arrived.

To make it even better, Larissa from Zero to Twenty Six Point Two contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in running for Swiftwick socks.  Um, that decision took all of 3.5 seconds to make.  I have a pair of Swiftwick Vibe Ones that I use for running so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their Performance 12s (compression socks) and tech shirt.  I loved the compression socks and the shirt was seriously buttery soft.  The Swiftwick gear was the perfect compliment to my outrageous outfit.

I ❤ tutus…..and Swiftwick….and paint!!

Before the run we (my two running girls and I) met up with Larissa to get some pictures for Swiftwick.  Mindy from Road Runner Girl was there; it’s so nice meeting other bloggers IRL!

Swiftwick girls. HOLLA!!!

After the pictures, we went ahead and got in line for the run to start.  In order to avoid congestion in the paint areas, they let the runners go in different waves.  I was in the 3rd wave and it took about 20 minutes before we crossed the starting line.

My running girls {before}

My favorite picture!
I have no idea who this guy is but he was awesome!

Only in NOLA would this not seem strange.

Waiting to start. Soooooo many people!

Finally, we were off to Oompa Loompa town! I had fully intended on running this event but it was so congested that I was only able to run it for a little bit before slowing to a jog and then finally to a walk.  But it was totally fine.  It was so much fun seeing people of all ages, shapes and sizes coming together to get their paint on!  One of the reasons I love events like this is because it’s a catalyst for many people to start their fitness journey.

There were 4 different color stations: orange, blue, yellow, pink and then one big finisher paint party at the end.  There was even a couple that got married on stage before the run and then went through The Color Run in their wedding attire.  So cute!

My color progression.

BLUE! My favorite color!!

After making our way through the 3.1 miles of color explosions, we crossed the finish line and followed the sound of LMFAO to the finisher’s party and joined the shindig.

After!!!

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My fantastic package of biodegradable paint.
Is it just me or do I have a slight hint of smurf showing through?

Totally awesome finisher’s paint fest! I have a video on Youtube if you want to see it live.

I think my Swiftwick socks look even better with a bit of color, don’t you?

Question:  Have you ever done a fun run like this? I’ve heard of Ugly Sweater runs, Underwear Dashes, and Glow Runs. They all sound fun to me!

MCM Training: Week 11 Recap

Week 11…..done!! I absolutely had a blast during training this week; all 38 miles of it!  My legs aren’t too happy with me right now and my IT band has already made it known that it wants some group therapy with me and the foam roller for the beating I it gave earlier, but all-in-all I feel fantastic and accomplished!

Accomplished: Proficient as the result of practice or training <an accomplished dancer>.

Well, I’m swapping dancer with runner.  Although, I would love to be a dancer, I’m just not that graceful.  Case in point, I fell down the stairs after my long run yesterday.  Woops.

Thumbs up on my 21 mile run!

My midweek runs aren’t really worth mentioning other than the further I get into this training, the more the intensity dials up.  I’m loving the speed work but between strides, Yassos and marathon pacing sessions, my legs are like jello and begging for a day off.

So I gave them Friday off and most of Saturday. I did do a one mile test drive on my new kicks Saturday; 7:21 pace for the mile, not bad, Gina, not bad.  So my legs were pretty fresh and happy for Sunday’s 20 miler.  Yep, you read that right, 20 miler!  I have been eyeballing / dreading / anticipating this run on my training plan since May.

Saturday night, I gathered all my gear together so I could sleep as long as possible but when my alarm went off around 4:00am I was not ready to get up.  I begrudgingly drug my behiny (thanks Stacey for that word – love it!) out of bed to make the 45 minute drive to meet my running girls.  We usually do our long runs on Saturday but had to swap it this week due to some scheduling issues.

When we finally got to our meeting, I went potty one last time (TMI? sorry…), and then we were off! We did two 10 mile loops.  The first loop was uneventful except for a snarky runner tell us that we were running on the wrong side of the road. Really?  I just looked at her and said “Good morning”.  I’m well aware of what side of the road to run on. Some people, I tell ya… I did get to run through a gaggle of geese which made me less aggravated.

Somewhere around mile 12 I lost my running girls.  They stopped to grab some water but I kept going, not wanting to break my pace; I knew the route so I wasn’t worried about getting lost.  As much as I love running with my girls, it was surprisingly nice to have time to myself to ponder the wonders of the universe and come up with a solution to world peace.  Ok, just kidding on that; I didn’t come up with a solution for world peace.  But I did take the time to meditate for several miles and work some things out in my head.  It’s amazing what some miles on an open road can do as far as sorting out life things.

One of the lovely views from the run.

I heard my Garmin beep and realized that I’d made it to 18 miles and still felt fabulous.  Then another beep. 19 miles.  Finally, the beep that I’d been anticipating my entire summer….20 miles! But I wasn’t ready to stop running yet – crazy, right? I ended up doing 21 miles total – I can’t believe it!!  I got back to my car, grabbed my Cytomax and Clif Bar and then dipped my legs in the pool. Sooooo nice; almost instant relief.  We hung around the pool for a bit and then we stopped at Cracker Barrel where I got a protein/pancake fix! It was great and I ate almost all of it!!

I didn’t run the 21 miles at a fast pace by any means (it wasn’t slow either, just average) but I’m very grateful to have had the experience.  I’m reminded at how fortunate I’ve been to avoid injury during this training as several runners I know have had to defer their MCM entry to next year.  I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it is to make that decision.

Question:  Have you ever found your groove doing something and not wanted to stop?