“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, June 18, 2012

Rainier Training: Last Full Week

Week of June 11-17, 2012:
Current Weight: 165.2 (Down 1.4 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 55.6 lbs
Chest: 39" (No change)
Hips: 43"  (Down 1" from previous week)

OMG.  What a weekend!  This was my last full training week before we begin the trip that culminates in a climb of Mt.  Rainier.  It was also the week of my 105 mile run relay, so it made for some interesting dilemmas with choosing workout strategy.

Rest day.  After a tough previous weekend, rest was needed.  I did a short 1 mile walk with Avery in the Bjorn (20 lbs carry).

Had a physical at 7:30am.  Early fasting meant no group run.  What did I do instead?
Dam Steps.  Pack (40 lbs), Boots (5 lbs).  1 hour 19 minutes.  20x up and down the steps.  One practice removal and replacement of pack during the climb.  (under 3 minutes).
I'm actually growing to like this workout.
Hadn't been sleeping well, but sucked it up and ran 3 miles before Mark left for work.  Last mile was at 9:35 min/mile, which is the fastest mile I've done since I was a kid.  Average pace for the 3 miles was 10:30 min/mile.  No steps that night because I watched Avery while Mark did them.
Mom, if you bring that black cat down where I can reach him,
I'll be your workout excuse any time.
Ran 3 miles with my friend Lynn.  Average pace 11:03 min/mile
Strength training workout with Adam.  I could tell it's been a few weeks since I've done this, felt tougher than it should have!  One part of the workout: Since I'm fairly flexible, getting Romanian deadlifts to work my hamstrings can be a challenge, and we tried doing them on the Bosu ball this week.
Imagine standing on this, reaching past your feet with weights and pulling back to standing 20x.
Rest day pre-RAC

Saturday and Sunday
Relay Around Columbus started at 3pm on Saturday, I was our starting runner.  (I will do a full recap of this relay today or tomorrow.)  I ran at 3pm, 10pm and 3:45am, for a total of 17.9 miles.  I did not sleep at all until Avery's limited Sunday afternoon nap (for about 1 hour).  I am still sleepy, despite a good night's sleep last night!  :)
My team after the finish.
From right to left: Keri, Michele, Kristi, Laurie, Amy and me!
Interestingly, my muscles (especially my legs) do not feel sore or tired at all today.  I am trying to listen to those who love me that are insisting today should still be a rest day.  (I will limit myself to a stroller walk today).  Tomorrow, I'll probably do a light run and 1.5 hours on the Dam steps to round out the mountain training.  

I haven't climbed Rainier yet, however I already want to sign up for the Ecuador climb of Cotopaxi (19,438') and Cayambe (18,977') that my Dad and Stepbrother are doing next June.  I think this qualifies me as definitely crazy.

Oh.  And Avery's ready for her own relay or mountain climb, because she took her first step last night.  

How was your training week??

What workout/event have you done that made you say - hmm, I might be crazy.


  1. Oh hey, way to slip that last bit about Avery walking in there like it's not big deal. Great training week crazy lady!

    1. It was a test to see if you read the entire post. Congratulations, you passed. :D

  2. Great job this week! That relay looks/sounds like so much fun, I can't wait to hear more about it!

  3. Looking forward to hearing more of your recap! I was feeling a little crazy in the middle of my HIIT class... but now that's it over, I'm considering going back. :)

  4. I can't believe she took her first steps!! Following mommy on the move :) :) Hope to see you at MIT on Saturday!! The big trip is soon and I can't wait to hear all about it!

    1. I won't be there this Saturday! We leave for Alaska on Thursday! :(
      I'll miss the next two group runs because of this trip and will be back the first week of July!


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