Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly Recap 8/4/14 – 8/10/14

Another Monday has arrived! I hope y’all had a fun (and not too crazy) tax-free weekend! Anyone score some awesome deals? Robert and I each got a new pair of running shoes this weekend. I have been in ASICS Cumulus shoes pretty much since I started running and bought their newest version (the 16’s). They did not make any structural changes to them (yay!) but they did make them a bit lighter (double yay!). When I tried them on at Luke’s Locker they felt incredible; comfortable as always, but so very light! Does anyone ever feel like they are walking on clouds the moment they try on a new pair of perfect running shoes? Best feeling ever, right?! Here are my new shoes; I love the colors this year!

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I am also ecstatic to say my running/training went very well this week. After easing back into things the previous week and a half, I decided to attempt some ladder intervals to see how it felt. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday my treadmill running workouts looked like this:

2 minute walking warm-up (3.5 mph)
1 X (3 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
2 X (4 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
2 x (5 minute running (6.2-6.4 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
1 x (4 minute running 6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
1 x (3 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph)
2 minute walking cool-down (3.5 mph)

I had no pain during or afterwards which is fantastic! I have been trying my best to concentrate on form and heel striking; it is pretty difficult finding that feeling of efficient running, but there are moments that I am able to get there and even though it is a little awkward at first, it feels really cool! I am also finally starting to feel like I am truly over this ITBS. I admit that I still feel nervous each time I lace up and start to run, but I get more confident after each time. I still do my yoga, stretches, and strength exercises consistently and will continue to do so from here on out for prevention. I don’t ever want to feel too comfortable to think that I am impervious to injury. I am just so thankful that I am able to get back out there and run!

I started putting together my Dopey Challenge training schedule this past week. I could not find an already created schedule for this specific challenge that I felt comfortable with, so I modified the same training plan I used for my first marathon. I really loved that schedule and plan, and it is a comfortable length of time to help me feel ready for the race. I’ll go more in to details in another post though!

My Workouts The Past Week:

Monday: Yoga + 30 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Tuesday: 3.5 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick + Ice

Wednesday: Yoga + 30 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling

Thursday: 3.5 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Friday: Yoga + foam rolling

Saturday: 3.6 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Sunday: IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick

Monday Motivation!

QOTD:  Did you get any new running gear this weekend?

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  1. I love those shoes! The colors are some of my favorites. NC just decided to not have a tax free weekend this year so no new running gear for me :( I did order some new workout clothes from Old Navy that were on sale though!!

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    1. Say what? NC fail!! Glad you were able to find some good deals at Old Navy though!

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  2. Tax free weekend was a dud this year. I wanted to find a new summer quilt and struck out, then I went to Dick's to see if they had any UA I wanted. Nope, not there either. I guess that's a positive for my credit card though.

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    1. That stinks you weren't able to find what you were looking for, but you are right about it being a positive for your wallet!

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  3. That's great your sneakers are working out for you. I just got my first pair of Aasics last week. They are the Aasics Preleus. And so far I am loving them as well. Nothing like putting on a new pair of running shoes! ~L

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    1. That is awesome! Asics makes fantastic shoes!

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  4. Great looking shoes! I agree the colors this year are pretty fun! I remember the days when the color of the shoe actually meant the type of shoe, LOL they sure have changed that these days!
    Great workout week too, it's awesome that your getting back into your training and your IT band is healing so well allowing you to make the progression back into it.
    I didn't even know it was Tax free weekend, LOL but I was out of town so that is okay I guess:)

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    1. LOL I remember those times! Definitely have changed...structure > colors!

      Your camping trip sounds so fun I wouldn't have even thought twice about tax-free weekend!

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  5. I have been trying to get a pair of blue running shoes for a year now! It ends up that each pair I get doesnt seem to work out for me. I like your! Good job with your runs! I still feel aa bit nervous when I go out too. -M

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    1. Thanks girl! How are your runs going lately? Any IT band pain?

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  6. I'm so glad you're not having any pain now. That's what it looks when like you do things right. I should try that sometime :)
    I like the colors of those shoes too! FANCY :)

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    1. Haha sometimes it is hard to do the right thing when you just want to keep moving forward. It definitely felt like I was moving backwards for a while, but coming back I feel like I haven't lost my speed, but possibly even made it better in doing all that strength training!

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  7. I got a new pair of Asics Kayanos and I am trying to alternate my shoes so I always have 2 pairs to use. Looks like you are doing a really good job keeping up your stretches. It really helps!

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    1. I've heard great things about the Kayanos. Are they a neutral shoe?

      Yes, the stretches have been helping so much!

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  8. Love that shoe color! I wore Asics all through high school, but Brooks are my go to shoes now. I love that feeling of a new pair of shoes too. Great job this week with your workouts!

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  9. I have a new pair of running shoes that I'm thinking I'll finally break in this week. I've only gotten fitted once about 4 years ago and I've just been buying the exact same shoes. Getting hard though since they're like 2 models old now. :)

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    1. Awesome! Have you found a good running area in Dallas yet? I've heard Whiterock Lake (I think that is what it is called) is a good place...are you close to it?

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  10. Those shoes look awesome. I love the colors. I got two new Under Armour tops this weekend. They are so comfy!
    Great job this week! You are making an awesome comeback :)

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  11. Glad to hear you are feeling no pain! love the new shoe colors as well!

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  12. I had a pair of ASICS Cumulus shoes I liked, too. Great colors! Looks like a fun ladder workout!

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    1. They are great shoes! The ladder workout was nice, but I am definitely looking forward to just running without having to stop!

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  13. Love getting new shoes! That feeling is awesome! :) So happy to read your recovery is coming along nicely!!

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  14. Awesome deal on the shoes! I didn't get new running shoes, but I did purchase new work tennis shoes! :) Great job with your runs this week!

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    1. Thanks Karen! :0) Glad you were able to find some new tennis shoes this weekend for work!

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  15. Congrats on getting back to running! I love the colors on your new shoes. It's funny how the little things like good looking shoes can help. :)

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    1. Thanks Jess! A fresh, great looking pair of shoes are great for getting back to it!

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  16. Great Job Lauren! Kudos to you for really taking the time to heal yourself. Many of us can be stubborn and end up hurting ourselves very long term, but you did the right thing. You are very dedicated with those workouts! I did not do tax free shopping here, but I did just get a Flip Belt! It's awesome, review to come :)

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    1. Thanks Michele!! I am excited to hear your thoughts on the Flip Belt. I have been wanting to try one of those for a while!

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  17. Those are the cutest shoes, Lauren! Congrats on your pain free runs!!! I'm going to try your ladder intervals too :)

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    1. Thanks Denise!! :0) Let me know how the interval workout goes!

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  18. YAY FOR NO PAIN! That's so awesome to hear (um, read). ;) I'm excited for you to begin your Dopey training! I got new sneakers this weekend, also -- there is NOTHING like trading in your worn-out sneakers for a pair of fresh, pretty, cushiony running shoes, right? :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! And exactly, truer words have never been spoken! lol :0)

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  19. I love your new shoes....so pretty. Glad to hear you are without pain and enjoying your runs. It is so difficult to have running related injuries with races on your calendar. You will love the Dopey Challenge and I can't wait to read about your adventures in January!

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    1. Thanks ladies! :0) I totally agree about injuries with races on the calendar - luckily my official Dopey training doesn't start for a couple more weeks so I can continue to build my base up to 6 miles hopefully.

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