Week of July 9-15, 2012:
Current Weight: 162.6 (Down 3.8 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 58.2 lbs
Chest: 38.5" (Down 0.5" from previous measurement)
Hips: 43" (No change)
|Taken June 19th, at the start of Run With Jess's Lose a Marathon challenge.|
I'll take another set at the end of the month.
Last week, when I did not do a training update, I weighed in at 166.4, a gain of 1.2 lbs from pre-vacation weigh-in. Completely understandable that I had a gain on a CRUISE, despite how good I tried to be. Thankfully, it all came off this week (and then some) with things being back to normal.
|Ha, ha, ha! I didn't think we DID normal in this household!|
My week actually looks kind of crazy work-out wise - but it really wasn't, honest! Almost every night (except Thursday and Sunday), we took a walk after dinner for some family time. Amazing what you can do when you don't have to rush out for a workout before dark! We walked 7.7 miles together this week.
|It's about time you included me in the workouts lady!|
I also returned to a normal running schedule - except for the fact that this week was a "fall-back" week in my marathon training schedule. I ran 4 days this week: Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, and Saturday. (A slight shift from normal because last week, my long run was on Sunday). I ran 5, 3, 5 and 6 miles respectively. The mid-week runs were around an 11:30 min/mile average pace and the Saturday run was a 12 min/mile LSD pace.
I also returned to strength training workouts with Adam with one on Thursday night. My core had been neglected while on vacation, and thus, I spent Friday and Saturday a bit sore.
Yesterday? Apparently was Mandy-Tries-To-Kick-Her-Own-A$$ day. Exercise wise, I started with a Core with Marie class at 10am. This is a free (for members) class done by my running group at the local running store. Since the local running store is walking distance from my house, I really felt like I needed to go at least once! Much tougher than I expected!! A lot of holding planks while doing other things. I admit, I gave myself an extra rest here and there - I could definitely tell my core had just recently been sore! We also worked our butt and hammies a lot with a lot of bridge work. 45 minutes of core is a long time, or so it seemed.
|Cry me a river lady! I'm the one with real problems!|
I came home to help with Avery until her afternoon nap. During this time, I also re-loaded my mountain pack to 30 lbs. (32 lbs when I added the full water bottle). When Avery went to bed, I went to High banks park near my house and tried to kick my own a$$. I hiked for 2 hours with boots and pack. My goal was FASTER, especially since the pack was a little lighter. During the hike, I decided my goal was 18 min/miles or less, regardless of the presence of hills. My total average pace for 6.7 miles was 18:03 min/mile. This despite the first mile being over 19 min/mile (warm-up mile) and the final miles being slower as I got way too desalinated. Now, for a runner, 18 min/miles doesn't seem that fast, but for hiking, it's quick!
|Try climbing through tables instead Mommy!|
Big things I did different from previous Rainier training:
- Pace. My average moving pace was 17:30 min/mile. Pre-Rainier, closer to 20 minute miles.
- Water. I only hydrated at 45 minute and 1 hour 20 min. Before Rainier, I wore a hydration pack and drank whenever I wanted. On Rainier, however, you can only hydrate at the breaks. Because it was 91 degrees, and my hands were swollen, I allowed myself an early (45 minutes in) break for the first water stop. At the 1:20 water stop, I was feeling pretty bad from sweating so much. I drank the rest of the water and actually rested on a bench for a couple minutes.
- I kept going when I felt bad from hydration. I didn't push myself in a dangerous way (I slowed pace and watched for signs I was getting any worse), but I kept going even when I was worried I might puke up the water I just drank. Mountain training is supposed to suck.
- No mountain rest-step at all. On the hills, I just powered through and kicked my own bootie.
When I left my house, it was cloudy. I didn't check the weather, just packed water instead of Gatorade, thinking "it's overcast, and I'm not doing the steps". Dumb! Salt pill or Gatorade next time. Lesson learned.
This was a tough workout - I felt sore and tired when I finished. And, I beat myself up about the fact that THAT was what I should have been doing pre-Rainier. Training is not the time for rest step or being efficient, it's about beating yourself up to make you stronger.
|Blah, blah, blah...I'd rather read about animals.|
Change in focus. In general, until October 21st, my focus will be running. That's the day I run my first FULL marathon. Nonetheless, I want to do a mountain workout as cross-training once a week. We'll see how feasible that is as my marathon mileage increases.
How was your training this week?
What are you currently focused on/training for?