Weekly Workout Roundup

Eep! Today’s the first day of April!! I’m not an April Fools’ Day prankster but I adore getting a good laugh from those that are.
I hope you all had a great weekend filled with lots of fun, fitness and family.

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The weather didn’t really cooperate this weekend but I still had a great time. From running my last 1/2 marathon of the season (recap to come later) to eating way too much food with my husband on Easter, it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed the past few days. And to cap the Easter weekend off right, I vegged out on the couch watching The Lion King and listening to the thunderstorm. {I know. I’m really exciting aren’t I??)

Lemon strawberry shortcake I made. Not clean but SO good!

Lemon strawberry shortcake I made. Not clean but SO good!

Tomorrow marks another chapter in my fitness journey…..I start CrossFit! I am simultaneously excited and pee my pants nervous. I know that it’s going to be challenging but I will benefit from it tremendously. One of my big goals for this year is to increase my strength and tone up. I say, bring on the pain!!

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As for my workouts last week, I feel pretty good about them. Nothing stellar but it was race week so really anything goes, right? 😉

Monday: 3 mile run, 3.75 mile walk with the hubs.
Tuesday: yoga (hip flexors) 4 mile tempo run.
Wednesday: yoga (sun salutations)
Thursday: 30 minutes cycling.
Friday: nada except traveled to race.
Saturday: Viking 1/2 Marathon; enjoyed a low pressure (no PR) run and finished with 2:05:31.
Sunday: enjoyed Easter. ❤

Question: How was your Easter weekend? Are you an April Fools’ Day prankster?

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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?

MCM Training Fears

One more week.  Seven full days.  168 hours until I pass the point of no return.  I have all of my affairs in order and in the event of my demise I would like to will all of my earthly fortune to go to…  What?! You think I’d actually tell you who stands to benefit from my death? Yeah, no.

Seriously though, I start training for the marathon next week. While I’m not worried about the intensity of the plan until week 10 (jumps to an 18 mile long run), I do have some fears about the training in general.  BUT by recognizing these concerns and being proactive about them, I’ll be more likely to avoid them.

1. Training in the heat.  Living in South Mississippi where the temps soar above 90 and the percentage of humidity parallels the heat, most runners cut their distances dramatically from June – September.  The ideal marathon training months down here are November – April.  In order to not cook my internal organs I’ll be running at night during the week and getting up on Saturday between 3:30 – 4:00 am to meet my running buddies for the long run.  I will also be consuming liquids like a drunken sailor (only with water instead of rum).

This is from a very sweaty 5 mile run last Tuesday…103 heat index. YOWZA!

2. Injury.  Because I’ve already torn my MCL (knee injury) once I’m really worried about tweaking it again.  The worst thing I can imagine is to train for so many months and then not be able to run because I was dumb.  Nope. Not happening.  I will become a foam rolling fool and commit to doing yoga after each long run and several times during the week.  I will also listen to my body and back off if necessary.

P.S. this is TERRIBLE yoga form. I was starting to tip over because Jody had me laughing…

3. Weight loss.  For most people this is a benefit of training.  For me, it’s a big concern.  My BMI is already over a full percentage underweight.  If I lose more weight I risk amenorrhea  among other issues.  Weight loss seems like it would be an easy thing to not let happen but because I’m a clean eater my food choices are naturally low in calories.  I find myself eating constantly just to maintain my current weight.  I am committing to myself to be more conscious of my food choices and eat more calorie dense foods.  Did someone say cheesecake?! Holla!

4. Lost time with Jody.  My husband is the most important person to me (sorry Mom & Dad) and I don’t want to sacrifice any time together.  With both of us working full time and in school full time, we are already so limited and now I’m taking even more time away from us.  So I promise to ‘carpe diem’ it with him whenever possible! Maybe even talk him into doing some training runs with me. (Alright, probably not. He’s smarter than that.)

Love this guy!!

Ok, sorry about the long post… The next one will be shorter – promise!