Training Log Week of 9/19/11
**This week is so not typical of a normal week ha. Because I was trying to do 19 on my bday (and had never done more than 14 miles before) I took things SUPER easy and took a LOT of rest days. My only goal this week was to be rested and ready for Saturday, while keeping my mileage steady to avoid provoking my achilles any more.
Monday: rest day. abs.
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, abs pyramid, 2 min wall sit, 10 pushups
Wednesday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups, 2 min wall sit
Thursday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 1 mile @ 6:00, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups
Friday: rest day. abs.
Saturday: 19 miles!!! Splits all over the place…seriously everywhere from 10:15-7:00 ha.
Sunday: rest day.
Total weekly mileage: 38 miles
Thoughts: SO MANY FREAKING REST DAYS drove me a little crazy but allowed me to keep my mileage steady and avoid injury and RUN 19 FUCKING MILES ON MY 19TH BDAY!! :)
Birthday 19 miles recap :)
The first half of the run was HARD. The second half of the run was surprisingly easy. Anyway I started out on the treadmill, planning to do the first 8 miles in an hour…didn’t happen. I did 1 mile, had zero willpower, and headed outside to do a slow 3 miles on the outdoor track. Went back inside for another treadmill mile, then did 4 (7x around the track for each!) more on the indoor track. Yummayyy. By now I was not happy, because 1. not running on the treadmill meant this was taking way longer than expected and 2. i don’t run on tracks ever so my outer thighs/hips were killinggg me. Headed outside and did 2 miles around town. Luckily when I hit 11 miles I found my groove :) A friend met me on the outdoor track and brought me water with 8 miles to go (I hadn’t drank anything all day which probably did NOT help things. After downing her Nalgene I instantly felt better). The last eight freaking miles around the track FLEW by. My splits got faster and faster and one of those last miles was a little over 7:00! Not bad since I’d just done 16 or 17! Anyway at this point I was hurting physically, but mentally just felt so great and knowing that I COULD DO IT was just an unreal, unbelievable feeling. I remember hitting mile 13.1 and thinking “I JUST DID A HALF MARATHON!” and then mile 14 and thinking “Okay, I’ve now run further than ever before!” and after that it seriously felt like 5 minutes and I was done. The only “wall” I hit was a bad cramp in my hip area around mile 10, but because of my training I knew that was BS and that I was capable of running 10 miles fairly easily so I pushed through. My friend met me again on the track for my last mile, and I almost cried a little bit when I finished. I NEVER thought I could actually accomplish something like that, and without even walking any of it ahh! Anyway, I guess because of that it was almost a letdown. I was sore but I’ve been sorer. My muscles weren’t bad at all, more just that shattering feeling around my knees and ankles the next day. My calves had SUPER painful knots in them on Sunday morning, but were fine by Monday. I hardly even felt like puking after, and never got that huge crash that I’d gotten after harder long runs and races. It was all just very very anticlimactic. Which, all things considered, IS FINE, and I’m just happy I did it, and still can’t believe I actually did, and now want to run a marathon :) Thanks to every single one of you for all your support; during the hard parts (even though the hardest was ironically miles 5-8ish) I thought of you all and couldn’t deal with the thought of having to get on here and be like “yeah, jk about the bday goal” and just kept running :) I have the cutest friends in the world and they bought me a giant thing of Plain Chobani and a bunch of cartons of strawberries and blueberries and raspberries and we made bday fruit-and-yogurt sundaes afterwards :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to—just DO it!!
19 years old today. 19 fucking miles done. Details later. SO HAPPY.
Yesterday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 10 pushups.
Today: 5 miles @ 7:30, 1 mile @ 6:00 <3 10 min ab app, 10 pushups.
Abs :) Today: 8 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 50 regular crunches, 50 diamond crunches, 50 right, 50 left, 50 right, 50 left, 50 diamond, 50 regular, 25 in & outs, 10 pushups, 2 min wall sit. Also a girl who I’d never talked to before but apparently is one of my neighbors came up to me in the hallway tonight and was like, “OMG, do you seriously run at 8 (the speed on the treadmill) for an HOUR?!” Apparently she was at the gym with me this morning and yeah that felt awesome :)
Training Log Week of 9/12/11
Monday: 4 miles @ 8:00 then 1 mile @ 6:49 for a total of 5 miles. Killer ab workout, strength.
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 1:15 radiant vinyasa yoga
Wednesday: rest day! pop pilates Intense Ab Workout and Flat Abs challenge
Thursday: 8 miles @ 7:30
Friday: 3 miles @ 6:40 and 2 miles @ 7:30 for a total of 5 miles. 10 min ab app.
Saturday: 14 miles!! First 8 @ 7:30, second 6 @ 8:00. Felt like absolute death after but new 13.1 PR, distance PR, and generally awesome :) 80s dance also deserves a mention- danced allll night :)
Total weekly mileage: 37 miles
Thoughts: Well clearly strength sucked. Buttt even though I took 2 rest days for the first time in forever, I just felt really good and strong and taking the rest was definitely a smart move. It allowed me to get in two longer runs without pushing my mileage up, and I’m super happy about the 14 :) Still REALLY nervous about attempting to do 19 on my bday (Saturday!) so planning on an easy week and hoping for the best!
TMI TMI TMI AND PR :)
My run this morning was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THIS. This morning’s run was TOUGH, absolutely one of the toughest, both physically and mentally, runs I’ve had in a really really long time. Last night I was front row at a concert and my abs and knees are so bruised it hurts to bend, and the 4 hours of sleep I got definitely didn’t help. Literally 20 minutes in I wanted to quit. I told myself I’d finish the first 8 miles and then could walk 1 or 2 or cut the run short. At mile 7 I started having to poop…right after mile 9 I realized I’d ignored this feeling for too long (I hadn’t eaten so I naively assumed it wasn’t a big deal) and SPRINTED to the bathroom only to literally shit 9 miles worth of mushed-up poop into my pants. Now because I’m an absolute psycho and it was luckily all neatly confined to my underwear I carefully removed them, threw them out, put my shorts back on, got back on the treadmill and finished my first 14 MILER!! I was in pain the ENTIRE run—bruised, side stitches, exhaustion, feeling like you’re gonna puke or poop, seriously everything you dread feeling on a run—but finishing felt SO GOOD. I can now technically say I’ve
run a half marathon in Maine (even though it won’t count for my official 50 states list) AND in addition to doing .9 more miles than ever before I completely blew away my old 13.1 PR :) Unfortunately that’s entirely irrelevant because I can go way way harder on the treadmill than I can outside, but I finished the 14 miles in 108 minutes (8 miles @ 7:30, 6 miles @ 8:00). I wanna just revel in the glory of it but due to the meat-grinder stomach and overall feeling like death that’s not really happening :( Still, pretty freaking awesome start to the day :) Now gonna pop some ibuprofen, ice my achilles, try not to puke, begin a 10 page paper that’s due tomorrow night, and get pumped for 80s dance, which should be interesting because I can hardly walk right now so yeah luckily everyone will be drunk enough that my gimp dance moves won’t even be noticeable :) I love you ALL, moral of the story ITS SOMETIMES BETTER TO JUST STOP AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IN ORDER TO AVOID THE POTENTIALLY HUMILIATING SCENARIO OF HAVING EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA AT THE GYM, and eat your fruits & vegetables and have a wonderful day :)
Okay so I didn’t even actually run outside but I did hit snooze twice before I got it together and braved the chilly windy Maine morning on my way to the gym :) SPEED (ish) day FINALLYYY!! 3 miles @ 6:40 followed by a cool down 2 miles @ 7:30 for a total of 5 miles, 35 minutes. Still need to do abs but, as always, SO GLAD I just got it done because now I’m awake, refreshed, sore, and ready for an awesome day :) Breakfast time!
Today: achilles felt somewhat better after rest :) 8 miles @ 7:30
Thoughts: Got a Brazilian bikini wax today…NOT FUN. Also haven’t had a single Pure Protein bar all day and gonna try to keep it up through the end of Saturday night…they’re SO yummy but I’m getting plenty of protein without them and I don’t wanna be worrying about my tummy being bloated from the sugar alcohols when I’m in my scandy 80s outfit :)
beautiful beautiful beautiful day :) gym by 6:45, 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, showered, absolute feast of a breakfast (3-egg-white omelette with tomatoes and spinach, toasted almond butter sandwich on light whole wheat bread, kashi fiber twigs soy protein grahams and honey puffs cereal with skim milk, plenty of h20), class (states & markets), cleaned my room, started doing laundry, now doing work/laundry until yoga at 4:30 :) hope you’re all having healthy, happy, productive days!!
daily total: 5 miles @ 7:30, 10 min ab app, 1:15 radiant vinyasa yoga
FINALLY a pretty good workout :) 4 miles @ 8:00 followed by one mile @ 6:49 for a total of 5 miles. Then did this KILLER ab workout (video ends early, sorry!) and a good strength session :) Icing the ankle, being super studious, and looking forward to yoga tomorrow!! Also possibly doing a round of ab ripper x before bed :)
Training Log Week of 9/5/11
Monday: 7.5 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab app
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab app, 8 min abs level 1
Wednesday: 5 miles @ 8:00
Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:00, lame ass strength, awesome abs workout
Friday: 5 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab app
Saturday: 10 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab app, side planks
Sunday: rest day :) abs (50 regular crunches, 50 diamond crunches, 50 right, 50 left, 50 right, 50 left, 50 diamond, 50 regular, 80 scissor legs, 30 leg lifts)
Total weekly mileage: 37.5 miles
Thoughts: VERY slow, easy week because of my achilles tendon :( but hopefully playing it safe will pay off. also CLEARLY a horrible strength week. i’ve been great at waking up at 6:30 and getting the runs in, but not so great with actually getting out of bed in time to have time for strength. so either wake up earlier or do afternoon strength sessions at least 3x next week. work abs HARD in preparation for scandy 80s dance outfit. also i’m taking yoga so that’ll be at least twice a week too :)
Plan for tomorrow: up @ 6:15, gym by 6:45, run complete by 7:30, abs complete by 7:50, strength until 8:15, back in room by 8:30, shower until 8:45, breakfast by 9. asjdflasjfdl.
I’ve been totally MIA all week. SO. MUCH. WORK. Achilles is still not good so continuing with slower-paced maintenance miles.
Wednesday: 5 miles @ 8:00
Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:00, super lame strength, awesome abs routine
Today: 5 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab app
Tomorrow: long run (10 miles @ 8:00) + abs abs abs
Sunday: rest day but go to weight room for serious strength and abs day
ANYWAY BIG NEWS. 80s dance is next weekend. It’s a huge deal and I have nothing to wear…except for a pair of neon green bike shorts from american apparel and a sequin bandeau top. GOAL: wear this to 80s and feel super confident. STEPS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE GOAL: work my abs until they fall off and lift more and eat clean and be awesome. Eight days to accomplish this…ready, set, GO!
Today: 5 miles @ 8:00 asljkf;lajf;lajsfljaldfjlajf. Achilles pain is a little better so hopefully taking it easy is helping but I NEED ME SOME SPEED!! Also 10 min ab workout app and 8 min abs level 1. Tomorrow: another easy 5 and lifting super early before my first day of classes? Sounds like a plan :)
Hey all you sexy fit awesome athletes! Sorry I’ve been MIA; as you can imagine it’s been a whirlwind of packing and driving and moving in but now I’m all settled and so happy to be back :)
And plan on going through the past three days worth of my dash so that I can like or comment on all of your incredible accomplishments and hot progress pics. Today: early 7.5 miles @ 8:00, 10 min ab workout app. Our cafeteria is AWESOME. We don’t have a meal plan; tuition is all-inclusive and you can just go in whenever Commons is open and get whatever you want and ah I’ve missed it so much. Anyway post-workout was 3 fried egg whites with tomatoes, 2 slices of whole wheat toast with cashew butter, and a peach. Now for the exciting part…ROOM PICS! I ADORE my room. My roomie is a nordic skier from Minnesota! Our team is nationally ranked so having her as a roommate is awesome fitness motivation. But HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT VIEW?! And later in the fall and in winter when it’s a little wonderland up here it’ll be so nice to wake up to :) And as a little bonus we picked 4th floor on purpose so we’ll get some bonus toning time going up and down the stairs every day :)