“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

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Overdue Training Update

I know, I know, I post these on Mondays.  But, see, there was this cool Fashion Show...
That's funny mommy, that sounds like a lame excuse!
I decided to go with my weight at the doctor's office Tuesday morning from my physical instead of my normal Monday weigh-in.  I'm also mixing up the format this week - I know, crazy!

Week of June 4-10, 2012:
Current Weight: 166.6 (Down 1.0 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 54.2 lbs
Chest: 39" (No change)
Hips: 44"  (No change)

My workouts last week were pretty awesome.  My only regret is that I waited so long to add in the Dam Steps!

Rest Day.  
Walked 4 miles.  2.2 miles were with the weighted vest (26lbs).

4 mile run.
1 hour arms and abs Strength Training.
1 hour on treadmill.  12% incline.  Pack (37 lbs), Boots (5lbs).
For some reason, this treadmill workout feels a million times harder than the steps. 
Suck it up Mommy!
Dam Steps.  116 steps, 11 platforms.  15x up and down.  Mountain pack (37lbs), boots (5 lbs).  Gnat cloud.  Truly, truly icky.  That's not how I want to get extra protein.

I went to the dam that night because I'd skipped my planned stairclimber/spin workout to play hookie at the zoo with Sarah and her adorable baby Charlotte.  Avery enjoyed Charlotte and her book as much as the animals.
This book is more interesting than your training log mom.
Walked 2 miles.  Walking to Fleet Feet a couple of times.  Yes, I live walking distance from my local running store - this can be a major problem.  
Walked 5.13 miles.  With my friend Deb.   We'd intended to go for a real hike about 1.5 hours from town, but my team's RAC shirts came in, and I was in charge of pick-up.
Avery was thrilled to model one of them.
They turned out pretty awesome!  Fleet Feet did a fantastic job screening them, and Emily did an awesome job creating our design!

Stroller run 4 miles.  That evening, at the last minute, I decided to also do the Fleet Feet pub run.  I won a nifty pair of New Balance socks!  These socks have specified left and right socks.  I wore them for my run yesterday, pretty spiffy!
Claiming my winnings - Avery had just thrown the free sunglasses we got on the floor.
Dam Steps.  (7x up and down).

A much deserved rest day!

7.1 mile run with the MiT gang.  It was glorious to have just this one run for the day instead of the doubles of the past few weeks!
Leading the group for the last half of the run!
After the run, I went to the Dam Steps for another Dam workout.  Pack (37 lbs), Boots (5 lbs). 85 degrees. Too stinking hot!  

After the steps - I went to the Captain's meeting for Relay Around Columbus, that race is this coming weekend!

We hired a babysitter.  For a workout.  We sure know how to live it up!  Mark and I went to the Dam for about 2.5 hours.  Pack (40 lbs), Boots (5 lbs).  One hour on the steps, 2 mile hike with a 15 minute break in the middle, finished the 2nd hour on the steps.  Totals: 19x up and down the steps with a 2 mile hike in the middle.  The hike was really good because it reminded us that a hike hurts the legs and feet differently than the steps. It was 90 degrees when we started.

We had to quit then so that we had time to get Chipotle burritos before the babysitter expected us home.  Priorities!

We went in the evening because we spent the morning (well, mostly Mark, since I skipped out for a MOPS meeting), watching Avery and her new bestie Charlotte.
Only girls under 1 are allowed in this conversation woman!
Mark held up very well with two kiddos under the age of one, but we both agree that any future children can wait until Avery's a bit older!

This current week is also off to a great start!  Relay Around Columbus is this Saturday-Sunday.  (I know, wife of the year, I'm finishing a 105 mile running relay for Mark's first father's day.)
Luckily, they both love me....a lot.
I'm starting to get a bit nervous about the relay this weekend.  I'm not so nervous about whether or not I can run the miles (my legs total 17.9 miles).  I'm more nervous about the organization of the race.  Especially after we were told at the Captain's meeting that they wouldn't have any water on the entire 105 mile course.  There were all kinds of other crazy rules and warnings.  I think he mentioned that someone will get lost at least 50x.  That person will be me, I'm sure.  My last leg has about 2 pages of turn directions!

Luckily, I have awesome friends.  We've worked out a way that every nighttime leg of the relay will be accompanied.  As in, my friends NOT running the race are coming out anyway to help keep my all-female team company on the trails.  (The course is all on trails, so the van will be driving from exchange point to exchange point, and NOT accompanying the runners.  The only way to be accompanied is to have a companion runner). 

Truly awesome!  Wish us luck this weekend!  Next week, I'll be more timely since it was weird posting about the workouts almost a week late.

Any ideas for Father's day gifts to make up for finishing a relay that day?

Anyone else racing this weekend?


  1. Good luck with the relay this weekend! You sure know how to go, go, go! I wish my exercise log looked even half as busy as yours :)

  2. Best of luck in the relay, Mandy! At least they warned you about the water situation and you have a plan.

    But why did you have to go and mention Chipotle?

  3. Good luck! The "suck it up Mommy" picture is too funny.

  4. Those are some pretty awesome socks - both the ones you won and the ones on Mark's feet! Great job on the weigh in! You're doing awesome!

    We will have a ball this weekend! It'll all work out! I think we have some nerves because its the first time we've done anything like this but maybe that's just me!

  5. Hope you have a blast this weekend! Can't wait to read all about it :) .


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