“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rainier Training: 7 weeks to go

Quick Look Weeks of May 7-May 13:
# of Workouts:  10
# of miles ran/walked/swam/climbed:  18.07
Starting Weight: 220.8
Current Weight: 175.2 (No change)
Total Lost to date: 45.6 lbs
Chest: 40" (No change)
Hips: 45"  (No change!)

Monday: Walked 1 mile, swam 20 minutes
Tuesday: Stairclimber 0.5 miles; weights 10 minutes; 2 mile run
Wednesday: Rest day/1 mile walk
Thursday: 4.1 miles (2 hours) TM walk (12% incline, 28 lb pack)
Friday: Ran (Stroller) 3.1 miles Nike BBQ Fun run/walk
Saturday: Ran 6 miles
Sunday: Unintended rest day - mother's day
Apparently,  I have a fabulous view from a nice plateau.  Nonetheless, not a bad week for the week after a half marathon.  I won't bore you with my strength training experience this week since I already wrote a post about it: I hate mean people.

I did not train with my regular trainer this week because my husband left town on business early Wednesday morning and I took Monday off because of Cap City.

Thursday was my added Rainier workout - and required ingenuity with the husband out of town.  Luckily, Avery was kind enough to take two over an hour naps that day.  During the first one, I did an hour and 2 minutes on the treadmill at 12% incline with pack (28lbs) and boots at around a 25-30 minute pace.  I learned that I can not do 15% incline on my cheap treadmill with my pack as the weight caused the belt to go faster at that incline regardless of speed setting.  During Avery's second nap, I stuck it out for another hour even though I wanted to quit almost immediately.  Mental toughness is something else I'll need for the mountain, so I count that as a double-win.

On Friday, my local running store (Fleet Feet) hosted a fun run sponsored by Nike and City Barbeque.  Basically, everyone ran whatever distance they wanted and came back to the store for free BBQ afterwards.  They even had free shirts for the first 50 or so people.  Of course that meant I got there early for a shirt!  I had 3 miles on my schedule, so Laurie and I did a 5K.  That way I could say it was the longest distance I'd run with the jogger.  I even got to run with my friend Sarah for a bit who is coming back from having a pretty cute kiddo!  Here are some pictures that Fleet Feet posted on Facebook.
The whole crowd pre-run.  Yes, I'm the only one doing it with a jogger.
The start of the run - I kind of stick out for some reason
By the end of the run, Avery had her feet resting on the cup holder
After the run, we hung around to watch a handful of contestants (including Sarah's husband) participate in the BBQ mile.  Basically, they ran 0.25 miles, ate some barbecue, ran 0.25 miles, ate some barbecue....you get the idea.  There was definitely puking involved.  Avery and I had to go back inside though because she was very tired of being confined.

When I got home, I realized that they'd mistakenly given me a size small shirt.  Even at my ideal weight, I'm not a small.  At first, I was disappointed, but then I figured out what to do with it.  Since, this was my first "event" running while pushing Avery in the jogger (Mark didn't get home until later that night), it will be Avery's shirt.  I hung it in her closet and everything.  

Hopefully, I'll break through that plateau this week as I step back up the training!

How was your training this week?

Would you run a BBQ mile?

Anyone race this weekend?


  1. Wow- a bbq mile... I'm not so sure about that, but it does sound like a fun day! No worries on the plateau- you're doing great!

  2. BBQ mile---um, never!

    I totally get it about Avery's shirt. Will and Ruthie got T-shirts when they were two for a race I did. Only this year (finally) can Will wear his (Ruth is still too small for hers).

  3. Looks like you had a great time! That's really sweet of you to keep the shirt for Avery, she will love it!

    I wouldn't do a BBQ Mile but I'm sure my husband would!

  4. I wish I would have gone. I would have loved to run with my jogger. I got turned off when Jeff gave me the stinkface when I mentioned double jogger, but that was a race....not a fun run.

  5. That has to be the softest shirt ever. Don't worry, it chafed me a little in the heat. She will love it! Her first race shirt!


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