Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Recap 9/1/14 – 9/7/14

Dopey Challenge Countdown: 0 Weeks Down/18 Weeks To Go

The Dopey Challenge countdown has officially started y’all! Training starts today, and I could not be more excited! This week has been a very positive one overall. I’ve had no pain while running and I even got a sports massage to get ready for the start of being on a set training plan again.

I’ve been steadily increasing my running intervals and am currently up to a 1.8/0.2 interval. I workouts consist of a warm-up followed by 2 sets of 1.8 miles of running/0.2 miles of walking and of course a cool down. As excited as I am about this, I am so ready to be off intervals altogether. While they may work for some, they cause me to look at the treadmill time/distance or my Garmin far too often instead of getting lost in the run itself. I prefer to just go and walk when I need a quick break. Does anyone else ever have this issue with set intervals?

In other news, who is excited about Fall?! Football season has officially begun, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are popping up everywhere! Now if only the weather would get the memo; it still feels like the middle of summer here in Texas. Oh well – I think I am going to put up Fall candles and decorations at the start of October whether or not the weather has cooled down haha! I think what I am most excited for, though, is Once Upon a Time FINALLY coming back. My Sunday evenings just aren’t the same without my favorite show ever – 3 more weeks! :0)

Lastly, I have TWO Pinterest recipes I have tried over the past couple weeks and they were quite successful so I wanted to share. The first one is Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa; Robert and I changed it up a bit though. We used brown rice instead of quinoa since we already had that in the pantry, and also added a serving of kale chips, which were a perfect side!

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The second recipe is a dessert, and while I do not have a picture, I think the description is enough to make you want to give it a try; Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies! They are light, fluffy, and 100% delicious!

I know I did a recap recently last week so this one is short and sweet, but I have a super fun post coming up for y’all on Wednesday – a DIY race gift to make yourself or your BRF (best running friend)!

My Workouts The Past Week:

Monday: 4.2 Mile Run + Yoga + IT Band Stretches + Foam Rolling

Tuesday: IT Band Stretches & Strength Exercises + Arms + Push-ups/Sit-ups/Squats + Foam Rolling

Wednesday: 4.2 Mile Run + Yoga + IT Band Stretches + Foam Rolling

Thursday: IT Band Stretches & Strength Exercises + Arms + Push-ups/Sit-ups/Squats + Foam Rolling

Friday: 4.2 Mile Run + Yoga + IT Band Stretches + Foam Rolling

Saturday: Sports Massage

Sunday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation!

QOTD:  Do you enjoy running set intervals for training/racing?

38 comments

  1. The chicken dish and cookies look good! (I visited the cookie link.) I guess I'd just walk when I wanted if that was the case for me, but it's probably better that you work up to running longer carefully.

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    1. Oh it's definitely better that I stick with intervals for the time being, but I do look forward to when I can stop them!

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  2. Great week of training!! Personally, I really like interval training but realistically I can only do it on the treadmill, I am TERRIBLE at monitoring my speed when I'm on the roads alone (which is further proof I need to work on this based on my last 5k!) HA!

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    1. Thanks Sara! 5K's are hard to time correctly!!

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  3. Wow! I feel such like an underachiever because I have NO motivation whatsoever. Your training week looks awesome. I'm am thrilled football is back especially college football and my favorite PSL! :)

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    1. Thanks Maria :0) But you are definitely not an under achiever at all! Yay for football and PSL's! Who is your college team?

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  4. I'm waiting for OUAT too! I don't know what they're going to do with the Frozen thing, but whe it's back, it'll give me something to watch Sunday nights.

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    1. I am so excited to see how they use the Frozen characters!

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  5. I live for intervals in training & all my running.
    I squeal with every OUAT promo!!! CANT.WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. SO excited for the return of OUAT! Those recipes sound really good - I just repinned both of them :) Good luck with your training - I can't imagine running all those races in one weekend. You are brave!

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    1. You should give them a try...both are so good!

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  7. thanks for the reminder about OUAT! I had forgotten!

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  8. A sports massage sounds so wonderful right now! I may just have to make an appointment for one soon!

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    1. They are pretty fantastic :0) I recommend Massage Heights if you have one in your area!

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  9. We're excited about the return of fall TV in our house too. :) I want to know what's going on in the lives of my imaginary friends out in TV land of course!

    I definitely prefer the runs where I don't look at set intervals. I feel like I was better at just running without intervals when I was training for Princess, but I suspect that was because of the weather more than anything else. Training in summer has been brutal! I'm looking forward to fall running, for sure!

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    1. So true about the weather. I think cooler weather makes it much easier to get in the zone and have a great run!

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  10. Ahh...Dopey Challenge. I remember my training last year started the first weekend in July and it seemed so early! Football season is a favorite in our household, and if the temperatures would turn cooler it would be far nicer for running outdoors. My 14 mile run yesterday was not easy with high humidity!

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    1. I can't even imagine running 14 miles in the weather we've been having! You are brave!

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  11. Yay for Dopey training! I am really excited Frozen is back as well!

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  12. I am doing Goofy and I started my training in July. I am training with intervals because I know that is the way I will want to run the race. I can't imagine running 26 miles without stopping ( although I know some who do). I imagine it is hard to run intervals on the treadmill though. My husband has been watching OUAT for years and I never thought to watch it, but I think i'm gonna start this fall!

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    1. Keep up the awesome work in your training! You're gonna do great! I think intervals are good for us now since we are coming off injury...so it's definitely the safer route.

      You definitely need to start watching OUAT!

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  13. OMG I AM SO EXCITED FOR ONCE UPON A TIME!!! Do you think they will have an Olaf?! I can't wait to follow your Dopey training! It will be fun to follow someone else instead of just writing and complaining about my training :)

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    1. I think I read an article a while back saying that there would not be an Olaf in OUAT sadly. But you never know, they could change their minds!

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  14. YAYAYAY on the no pain while and progress on your training plan!!! Keep that up for sure!!!
    Oh I am not as excited for fall:) A lot of our leaves are already changing here in Utah, it's looking like October instead of September, but I won't complain we really have needed all this unusual additional water, should make our snowpack pretty good this year!
    So I have been meaning to ask you, if you don't mind. My mom is going through IT band problems, she finally got the swelling and bad pain to lift, and she has started to be able to walk a little again, although she still can't go down stairs well. She's tried PT and she knows she needs to give it a better shot. But I was wondering, when you were going through your recovery, would you mind telling me what type or recovery methods you found most success in?
    She's getting discouraged, and she wants to be active again it's just harder because she's 65. I told her about your recovery and I went back through some of your posts and saw some of the PT exercises you posted that you were doing, she was doing a few of them, but not all so this gave her a few more options. I don't know, if any of that makes sense, but if you have a few things you highly recommend (besides getting back to the Dr) I would love it if you wouldn't mind sharing:) Thanks!!!

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    1. I honestly think the best thing was that I took time off. The first thing my PT said to me was that she needed me to be 100% dedicated to rest since there are so many things that could irritate the IT band and slow down recovery. I know it's probably not what you wanted to hear, but I think dedication to rest was the biggest part! Best of luck to her... I hope she can get rid of the pain!

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    2. No that is good advice! She's been resting and hasn't been active all summer because of it. Although she's started visiting a gym for an hour each day and doing the stationary bike. I just need to push her to go back to the PT. I also think she does need to focus on dedicating more time to it too, this is good info gives me a new way to talk to her and push a new focus on recovery, thanks Lauren!!!

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  15. Glad to hear that you are able to run without pain! My IT band has started to bother me so I'm going to try to follow your example and do more IT band exercises, stretching and foam rolling. Hopefully that will do the trick!

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    1. Oh no!! I hope you can get it feeling better soon!

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  16. Glad you're back to posting and happy Dopey training! Like you, I like to be more fluid with my intervals, but on long runs I still do a 30 sec walk break every mile. I like having it to work toward, even if it means glancing at my watch more!

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    1. That is a great way of looking at intervals Karla! I just need to change my mindset towards them :0)

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  17. So excited about OUAT coming back too! Just saw the preview with Storybrooke getting Frozen...another new twist :) So glad you're starting off Dopey training strong! I'm like you and don't like the set intervals. I try to listen to my body and walk as needed.

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to see how they incorporate the Frozen characters!!

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  18. Great week last week! I love that quote! I do Galloway 4:1 intervals, my body seems to be able to run further when I use those. Anything below a 10K I typically just run the entire time though.

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    1. Thanks! I think intervals are a fantastic way to run longer, but the mentality of it is rough for me especially when I want to zone out but can't!

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