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Chicago Marathon Training Week 2-4

It’s been a weird week of training, but I am so happy to be back with a new program to try. The Chicago Marathon is on October 7th, and I am working with a 16 week plan where I’ve made a few tweaks based on my schedule.
I also plan on using a Run:Walk strategy for racing and found a training plan put together by Coach Jenny Hadfield that I really wanted to try. The one thing I like about it is that the mid-week runs are based on time vs. distance, so I have a solid idea of how long I’ll be gone, and how that will affect already busy summer plans! I have loosely been following the plan for a couple of weeks, and I like it until I head out to run with other people. I find myself rounding up to how long I *think* miles will take me, but this might be adjusted in the future too.

Weekly Workouts:

Week 2: June 25-July 1

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: 4 miles @ 4×1 run:walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + Lunchtime walk

Thursday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Lunchtime walk.

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + 2 mile walk

Saturday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Canoeing!

Sunday
Plan: 9 miles
Actual: 9 miles

Total Miles: 20.1 (13 run + 7.1 walk)

Week 3: July 2-July 8

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR

Tuesday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Shape Up + 3.48 miles @ 4×1 run:walk

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: July 4th race = 4 miles

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes
Actual: DOR

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: DOR

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: 10 miles

Sunday
Plan: 10 miles
Actual: 5.1 miles

Total Miles: 22.6 (all run)

Week 4: July 9-July 15

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: Shape Up
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 50 minutes 4:1
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: 4.1 miles 50 minutes 4:1

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes 4:1
Actual: 3.9 miles 50 minutes 4:1

Friday
Plan: Shape Up + 30 minutes 4:1
Actual: Shape Up + 2.3 miles 30 minutes 4:1

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR

Sunday
Plan: 12 miles
Actual: DOR

Total Miles: 13.5 (10.3 run + 3.2 walk)

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Chicago Marathon Training Week 1

It’s been a weird week of training, but I am so happy to be back with a new program to try. The Chicago Marathon is on October 7th, and I am working with a 16 week plan where I’ve made a few tweaks based on my schedule.
I also plan on using a Run:Walk strategy for racing and found a training plan put together by Coach Jenny Hadfield that I really wanted to try. The one thing I like about it is that the mid-week runs are based on time vs. distance, so I have a solid idea of how long I’ll be gone, and how that will affect already busy summer plans! I have loosely been following the plan for a couple of weeks, and I like it until I head out to run with other people. I find myself rounding up to how long I *think* miles will take me, but this might be adjusted in the future too.

Weekly Workouts:

Week 1: June 18-24

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: 3.47 miles @ 4×1 run:walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + Lunchtime walk

Thursday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Nothing. Got very bad news Wednesday night so Thursday was all about self care.

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Same as Thursday.

Saturday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: 4 miles @ 4×1 run:walk

Sunday
Plan: 8 miles
Actual: 6 miles. Was still not up for that distance, it was hot and humid.

Total Miles (run only): 13.47

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 6

February 6-February 12

Time to get down to some serious workout business. Back to the gym this week, and being flexible with workouts as BF is travelling.

Monday: Chicken salad and possible leftover Super Bowl meatballs
Tuesday: Skinnytaste Cheeseburger Casserole
Wednesday: “Unstuffed” Cabbage Soup (from Skinnytaste Cookbook-a staple at my house)
Thursday: TBD
Friday: Dinner out for my brother’s birthday. (If you’re local to Columbus, you must try Windward Passage at least once in your life)
Saturday: TBD – It’s my first Saturday off in 3 weeks!
Sunday: TBD

Fitness
Monday: Gym – Shape-Up
Tuesday: Yoga DVD
Wednesday: Gym – Shape-Up
Thursday: 4 miles post-work
Friday: Gym – Shape-Up & 5 miles @ 12min
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: Long Run – 30k Trail Run

 

Hoping for a good week of recovery from being sick. Will take it easy as needed to gear up for the weekend’s race. Glad to get a trail run in during the season to keep training for the upcoming 50k I am attempting after the Spring marathon!

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 5

January 30-February 5

Already missed a few weeks of planning. Have been doing great with the workouts at the gym, but some mid-week runs have fallen off.  This week my goal is 4 runs and 2 gym days. Food is looking good this week and half of my grocery cart was produce this morning!

Monday: Rigatoni with Greens. (BF is good about getting me to eat healthy greens!)
Tuesday: Mustard roasted sausages, sprouts and potatoes
Wednesday: Pozole verde
Thursday: Leftovers & salad
Friday: Dinner at Barcelona for Dad’s bday
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Super Bowl!

Fitness
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Speed work: 5.2 miles with 2 miles speed
Wednesday: 5 miles hills SICK DAY
Thursday: 4 miles easy pace SICK DAY
Friday: Yoga SICK DAY
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: Long Run – 14 miles  6 Miles

Spent most of the week sick. It was not fun. Sinus headaches, body aches, stuffy nose and lots of sleeping. I made it out to my long run this morning, but cut it short after some breathing issues.

Starting to feel better, and hope to make it back to the gym on Monday for more strength-cardio sessions.

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 2

January 9-January 15

Lots and lots and lots of leftovers on the menu this week. Just me eating, so there’s not much to plan other than cleaning out the fridge. Of course, I walked in to Trader Joe’s without a shopping list, and walked out $40 poorer this morning, so I guess I’ll be eating SOMETHING.

Monday: Leftover Chickpea Tomato Soup
Tuesday: Leftover Cheesy Baked Penne – this was SO good.
Wednesday: Chicken salad and roasted potatoes
Thursday: Mushroom ravioli and a spinach salad
Friday: TBD
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: TBD – Dude-a-Thon!

Fitness
Monday: DOR – 20k got me sore this weekend
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday: Shape Up – Session 3 followed by 6 mile run (depending on how sore I am)
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: Shape Up – Session 4 followed by 3 mile run
Saturday: Yoga DVD – my body NEEDS this
Sunday: Broke Man’s Winter Warm Up Half Marathon.

 

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Food & Fitness Plan: 2017 Week 1

January 2-January 8

It’s 2017, friends! I decided not to do much in they way of making resolutions for the year, but I have signed up for a number of races to keep my training schedule full. I also signed up for an 8 week (2 sessions a week) small group training session at my gym. What I really want to focus on this year is some self-care and forgiveness along with healthy eating and strength training to compliment my running schedule. Meal planning continues to go strong!

Monday: At my parents’ – lots of snacks, smoked beef ribs and cheesy potatoes for dinner
Tuesday: Slow-cooker Korean Beef and Rice Pot from Simply Nigella (tester for cookbook club)
Wednesday: Chickpea Tomato Soup
Thursday: Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
Friday: TBD
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti

Fitness
Monday: DOR but took the doggie for 2 walks
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday: Shape Up – Meeting 1 pre-work. 5 mile run post-work.
Thursday: 3 mile run post-work.
Friday: Shape Up – Meeting 2 pre-work.
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: Trail 20k.

 

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Erie Marathon Training: Weeks 11-13

Erie Marathon Training: Weeks 11-13

July 17-24
Let’s start off by saying – consistency is my biggest downfall and why I could never be a ‘real’ blogger. I love using this as my training journal, and like to try and stay organized, but I’m not entirely sure anyone ever reads this so… who cares how regularly I post?  Is it just runner’s naval gazing to write a blog in the first place? Who knows. But I’m putting it out there anyway, no matter how late it is!
Monday: Day off – I was sore from Sunday’s 16 miles, so I decided to reevaluate my training plan and move rest days to Mondays so I can recover from my longer runs.
Tuesday: Yoga DVD.
Wednesday:  5 miles before work. Wowzers that was a good run. Listened to a few podcasts and still made it to work on time. Win-win!
Thursday: Walking group @ work ~ 2 miles
Friday: Post work treadmill – speed work. It was HOT out, so I went to the gym for this one. I’m working with a Fartlek plan put out by my training group, which called for a 6 mile run with a pyramid of sprints: 1:00 sprint-1:00 rest, 2:00 sprint-2:00 rest, 3:00 sprint-3:00 rest, 3:00 sprint-3:00 rest, 2:00 sprint-2:00 rest, 1:00 sprint-1:00 rest. I did a total of 45 minutes, 4 miles but still got the speed work in. I find it really difficult to run at pace on treadmills so my warm ups and cool downs are often walking instead of running. Have I mentioned that I *really* don’t like the treadmill?
Saturday: DOR
Sunday:  18 miles. TBH, this was rough. It was one of the hottest days so far. I started at 6am, and took the pace much much slower, but it was really draining. So happy to get the miles done, but my knee was really bothering me by mile 14. My watch also died at Mile 13 which was frustrating!

Week 12 (July 25-July 31)
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Strength – JM30Day Shred Level 2 – It’s not getting easier!
Wednesday:  5.2 miles of hill work. It was pretty terrible.
Thursday: Walking club
Friday: DOR – post work plans & a long morning run!
Saturday: 20.75 miles? 18.25 miles? Met a running buddy at Highbanks for our long run. Met at 6:30 and made our loops through the park. My phone had me over 20.75 and running buddy’s Garmin had us at 18.25. I called it a wash because it was tough terrain and a hot day. Happy to get my long run done early!
Sunday: Sort of DOR – A lot of walking to the State Fair.

Week 13 (August 1 – August 7)
Monday: Yoga
Tuesday:  5 ish mile run
Wednesday:  DOR – Lots of walking in Boston
Thursday: JM 30 Day Shred in my hotel room in Boston
Friday: 6 ish miles in Boston
Saturday: DOR – morning conference and a long flight home this afternoon
Sunday:  TBD – I’ve been out of town and walking like crazy! I have 15 miles on my plan, but I also have to work in the afternoon, so I might need an actual rest day!