Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Recap 11/18 – 11/24

Marathon Training Countdown – 4 Weeks Down, 14 Weeks to Go!

Happy Thanksgiving week, y’all! I have a lot of talk about today – this past week has been amazing and this upcoming week is going to be full of awesome events.

1. I started my yoga regimen last Tuesday. I love it – seriously. I learned a lot; my flexibility and upper body strength are not excellent, but certainly not poor. Most importantly, I learned that although I can mentally let go of any stress that comes my way, it does not leave my body physically. My neck and shoulders carry it all, and yoga has already started helping my body let go of it. I think that yoga, mixed in with a massage every once in awhile, will benefit me so much.

2. Saturday morning I awoke to rain and 42F degree weather. I tried out a new running trail (for you Houstonians, it is Memorial Park) last weekend with Team RWB and loved it so much I decided to run there again on Saturday. Usually the park I go to is a 2 mile loop, but this new one is a 3 mile loop – which helps my mental strength. I had 9 miles scheduled this weekend and I would much rather do 3 loops than 4.5 loops. Anyway, Robert and I drove over there, and on the way we encountered a downpour of rain. Luckily, it slowed to a misty rain by the time we arrived and we each began our own long runs. I encountered a ton of puddles; seriously, I have not had to run through puddles like that since the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon earlier this year, but the weather felt so great I did not mind at all and my 9 miles felt strong. I am usually a cold weather wuss, but when it comes to running, Texas winter weather is so much easier than the summer.

3. Robert and I saw Catching Fire on Saturday. We are HUGE fans of the Hunger Games books, and this movie was everything we hoped it would be – seriously amazing!

4. I entered the lottery for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC. I should find out by December 6th if I got in!

5. Sunday was dedicated to Christmas shopping and decorating! Here are a few pictures:

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This upcoming week is also filled with fun events. My brother graduates from Army BCT on Wednesday, and I get to spend Thanksgiving with him! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by since he left for BCT. I cannot even begin to put into words how proud I am of him!

Thursday is not only Thanksgiving, but also my one-year race anniversary, then Saturday is my next race (the Believe! 10K) and my birthday! I have a shiny new PR in mind, but more on these events Wednesday.

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 x (800 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

800 meters pace = 8:45 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Yoga

Wednesday: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 3 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 9:30 min/mile)

Friday: Yoga

Saturday: 9 Mile Long Run (Pace: Unknown)

Sunday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation – no excuses!

QOTD: Do you prefer cold weather or warm weather running?

6 comments

  1. I definitely prefer colder weather running, but I do have my limits. It was much colder in Dallas this weekend so I was inside. Occasionally I don't want to deal with cold cold after having to deal with it in Boston for 12 years.

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    1. Dang, 12 years in the northeast?! I wouldn't want to mess with the extreme cold either after that. I definitely have limits too - no snow or ice lol! Dallas can be much worse than Houston, that is for sure.

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  2. I prefer cold weather running over the heat. There's something about hot weather that is just draining. But it also doesn't snow here, so I can't complain too much.

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    1. So true, Kim. It can be extremely draining - the cooler temps definitely make for 'easier' running. I do not envy those who have to deal with snow and ice on a regular basis during the winter though.

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  3. Happy Runniversary! Your decorations (and puppy!) look great! We're going to see Catching Fire today! I'm so excited, we are huge Hunger Game fans here. Have a great Thanksgiving Lauren!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I hope you enjoyed the movie - you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

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