Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekly Recap 1/27/14 – 2/2/14

Marathon Training Countdown – 14 Weeks Down, 4 Weeks to Go!
Burpee Challenge Count – 80/1000

You may have noticed that I added a burpee count in addition to my marathon training countdown – why, you ask? Well, apparently there is an 1,000 burpee challenge for the month of February going around the social media world. I first noticed it over at Rebecca’s blog (Press On and Run). I really hate burpees so, naturally, I decided to commit to this challenge (I really need something that will help get me some good core work done!). Over the course of the month, I will complete 1,000 of these nasty little exercises, which equals out to about 36 per day.

I have also committed to the Team runDisney photo-a-day challenge. This one is just for fun! If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting each challenge photo on my Facebook page and Twitter account.

Training during the week was alright. I know I shouldn’t be allowed to complain about my mid-week training runs since they are now less than half the mileage of my long runs, but I really did not enjoy doing 7 miles on the treadmill on Wednesday. The week before I didn’t mind it as much since there were enjoyable shows on TV to keep me distracted, but apparently the cable world decided not to play anything entertaining this week, so it was a very boring 7 miles.

But now, on to better news! I ran 18 miles on Saturday morning – my longest run to date! I got to the park by 7 AM as usual, and met up with my Team RWB running buddies. Unfortunately, my Garmin (Forerunner 10) decided to crap out on me again. It was been quite some time since I have had issues with it, so I figured all was well, but guess I was wrong. I charged it overnight like I normally do, but after it read my location the battery charge dropped down to nearly dead in less than 2 minutes (I seriously may just need to bite the bullet and buy a better watch).

However, as luck would have it, one of the Team RWBer’s who was out there with us needed to do a long run for his marathon (in Okinawa!) coming up, so he decided to run 18 miles with me, and we used his Garmin for the stats. I was so grateful to have company, especially someone who, as it turns out, is a running coach for the Houston Fit running club. I ended up hitting a wall (my legs were very tired) at mile 16, so the extra motivation helped me get through that quickly and finish the run strong!

Here are my long run stats:image

Lastly, I have a great ‘humor of the day’ story for you all: Back when my long runs started getting into the double digits, I began doing ice baths on a weekly basis to help speed up recovery. So a few weeks ago Robert and I went to Kroger, as per usual, and picked up 5 bags of ice. Well, the lady at the check out counter was like “dang, is somebody gonna be doing an ice bath?” To which I replied in a shocked voice, “actually, yes, I am!” (seriously, who would expect someone’s mind to go to ice bath before a party or something? haha). We have seen this girl every Saturday that we go pick up ice now, and she always asks me how many miles I ran that morning for my marathon training! I just think it is hilarious that we are now friends with this check-out girl at Kroger due to the large amounts of ice that we purchase!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 5 X (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

       1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
       400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Rest Day/Stretching & Foam Rolling

Wednesday: 7 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretching & Foam Rolling

Saturday: 18 Mile Long Run + 40 Burpees

Sunday: 40 Burpees + Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation!  

QOTD: Which GPS watch do you run with? Do you have any recommendations?

16 comments

  1. It's always tough when cable doesn't play along. At least the Olympics start soon. I'm not a big fan of a lot of the winter sports, but I love hockey. My DVR will come in handy

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    1. I know, right! I am so excited for the Olympics. Just a few more days!!

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  2. Congrats on your 18-miler! Too funny -- that's how much I ran this weekend, too. Sorry about the Garmin, but sounds like you're killing your marathon training! Also -- I hate burpees. I can NOT do them, they kill me! Best of luck to you on your challenge! :)

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    1. That is awesome you did 18 too, especially since you had the Dopey challenge not too long ago! Haha yes, burpees definitely suck, but I'm hoping with doing them consistently, I will see some kind of improvement in my core strength!

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  3. I love that photo a day challenge, I'm having fun following along on Twitter! I also love the ice bath story, I'm too much of a baby to do an ice bath even though I know they will help a lot. I use the Garmin Forerunner 210 and I love it! Good luck with the rest of your marathon training- it's so close! :)

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! Ice baths can be rough, but I've learned a lot of tricks to help make them much more bearable!

      Thanks for the Garmin suggestion, I'll check the 210 out :)

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  4. Ahhh - love that the lady is all up on your ice baths & miles :) Never know where you'll find a cheerleader:)
    Look at you - already at 80??!!!?!?! Do you know I forgot it was February this weekend - so I lost 2 days of Burpees.. I've got to double or triple up a day - that bites! :)

    As for my Nike GPS Watch - so far, I like it. I like my Garmin better I think, but I like the smaller design of this one. It does have its downfalls with its benefits - I think I may do a post because I do have lots of thoughts on it. Glad you asked though - I can write down my likes/dislikes more in detail.

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    1. So true - you never know who you'll run into when you go somewhere!

      To be honest, I almost forgot it was February this weekend as well - if I had not seen that Team runDisney photo challenge and written down my goals for February, I probably would have missed it!

      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that Nike watch!

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  5. Looks like a good week! I ran 35 miles last week, too, but my longest was only 14. The photo a day challenge sounds like fun!

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    1. That is awesome!! Yes, the photo-a-day challenge has been pretty fun so far; I like seeing everyone else's photos for it as well!

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  6. So funny about the check out lady! Congrats on your high mileage! I keep forgetting about those challenges! I run with my Garmin forerunner 10 and love it!

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    1. Thanks! Honestly, I love my Forerunner 10 too, just not when it pulls these kinds of stunts lol!

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  7. I know what you mean about long midweek runs. I find myself grumbling about 5 miles on a weekday. Next time I do, I'll be sure to remind myself that at least it isn't 7! You're almost there! Can't wait to hear about you crossing the finish line!

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    1. Haha, exactly! I can't believe how close the race is getting!! :)

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  8. Sounds like your marathon training is going really well! I don't have a good recommendation on the watches, as I am in the market myself. Looking forward to hearing about which one you choose next!

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    1. Yeah, honestly it has been a good few months of training for the most part! I started some research on the watches, so I'll keep you posted on which one I decide on :)

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