Mar 29, 2015

Sunday Sweats - Beginning the Final Countdown

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This past week I was determined to do something to make up for the disgrace that was last week.  And I was pretty discouraged thinking about the 10 mile race coming up in 6 weeks that I'm utterly unprepared for.  But then I ran a couple of "baby runs" and I realized something.  My new starting base is 3 miles.  It used to be 1, and then it took weeks to work up to 3 miles.  I might feel like I lost a lot in the couple of weeks I had to take off, but I am still way ahead of my old self.  And that's something worth celebrating.

Anyway, on to the workouts!  Here's what I did...

Weekly Workouts

Monday - 15 Min Biking, Strength Training

Got up in the morning and biked before heading into work!  Such a good start to the day.  Then returned to the lunchtime workout routine.  Bench press, pull downs, and ankle rehab.

Tuesday - Strength Training, 2 Mile Run

Lunchtime workout: curls, triceps, situps, and ankle rehab.  After work, I grabbed Luke and my mom and wandered around in my toe shoes for a bit before running a cautious 2 miles.  Delighted to see that my body's not really complaining and the hardest obstacle is, once again, my own brain.

Wednesday - 15 Min Biking, Strength Training

Got up early again (sort of), and got in some quick biking before rushing off to work.  I'm definitely feeling the burn of the arm workout from yesterday, but it feels good to have a reminder that I've actually been active this week.  Squats today.

Thursday - Nada

Just surviving. Stayed up all night last night to finish my midterm because, after a half day of work, we're off to Texas for a wedding! Looking forward to seeing Ryan in a tuxedo.

Friday - Nada

Ahhh... vacation.

Saturday - Hiking

Sorta. We jogged a tiny bit and explored the area around the ranch we're staying at. Also stopped by the gym and, after a half-hearted workout, wandered around and enjoyed the scenery.

Sunday - Nada

Wedding day.  Lots of food, alcohol, dancing, and happiness.

Total Weekly Mileage: 3
Total Hours Exercised: 3
Weeks to Next Race: 5

Thoughts Going Into Next Week

At this point, I've got 5 weeks to prepare for the 10 miler.  The likelihood is that I will not be able to run the whole thing.  I'm definitely tempted to jump back into my training plan and bump up every long run by 2 miles each week, but if I learned anything from my ankle issues, it's that listening to my body is more important that meeting my goals, and that refusing to take the time I need to recuperate will slow me down even more in the long run.  So I'll optimistically hope to increase by 1 mile each week, which will put me at 7 before the race.  As for the race, whatever happens happens.

P.S. I'm posting this from the Blogger app. Fingers crossed it's not too horrendously formatted!

How did your workouts go this week?  What's the longest race you've ever run? Have you ever posted from your phone?

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  1. What kind of exercises are included in ankle rehab? Cause girl my ankles kill sometimes and if there is something I could do to help I am all ears!

  2. Other than a 5K, there hasn't been a race where I ran the entire thing. I've done 3 half marathons and 1 10-miler (doing the same one again next weekend in DC), and I walked a small amount in all of those. The walking has gotten less and less, but I still haven't gotten to the point of running comfortably for the entire race. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, though. You have to listen to your body and do what's best for you!!

  3. definitely listen to your body rather than hurt yourself to meet a goal - not worth it! i am so far from where i used to be it's so sad sometimes, but even at my worst i am at least better than where i started and i need to remember that. and i have a 10 miler this weekend that i am absolutely not prepared for. not sure why i do this to myself.

  4. I am there with you on being amazed what your base is now than what it used to be. I am such a newbie runner still that mine is hardly anything, but that first time you push through and run longer than you have before....that is such a great feeling!


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