“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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Training Update: Weekly Chase

Week of July 23-29, 2012:
Current Weight: 162.6 (Down 2 lbs from previous week)
Total Lost to date: 58.2 lbs
Monday: ST with Adam, pushed myself.
Tuesday: 5 mile run in 55:55
Wednesday: Forced rest day, left quad issues
Thursday: 5 mile run in 59:32; ST with Adam
Friday: Planned rest day, 1 mile unlogged walk with the family
Saturday: 12.06 mile run with MiT in 2:22:06
Sunday: Giant Eagle 5K - recap - 28:55
Well, I lost the 2 lbs I gained during my week of funk.  No net loss, but I'll take it!  However, I was too lazy to pull out the tape measure and take measurements.  I think all of you will find a way to live without the excitement of my hip and chest measurements...some how.

Several bloggers are doing this thing called the Weekly Chase.  
Basically, each week the bloggers participating post at least one goal that they want to accomplish for the week.  It's another way to stay motivated, be accountable, and feel accomplished.  I like the idea, so I'm adding it to my training updates as a motivator.

Goals for this week:
Goal #1:  Get strength training in at least 2x.  My trainer is on vacation this week, but I don't want to use that as an excuse to ignore strength training. 
Goal #2: Pick up my bike from the shop and go for a ride!  I haven't ridden my bike all summer!
Goal #3: Get a Rainier workout in.  I've skipped these for the past two weeks, time to suck it up.

How'd this week go?  After my strength training session on Monday night, and the run on Tuesday morning, I developed a really strange left quad issue.  It felt like it was misfiring, and really freaked me out.  I took a bonus rest day on Wednesday, scratching my planned 4 mile run, to let it work itself out.  It was still not completely normal on Thursday, so we ran our 5 miles easy, and I took Friday off as originally planned.  I'm happy to report that it felt normal by Friday afternoon and didn't reappear during either my Saturday long run or the Sunday 5K race!  (And it still feels normal today!)
Me and more of my training buddies post-race.
You can never have too many (training buddies or medals)!
Overall, not an earth-shattering training weak, but not a terrible one either.  The sub-30 minute 5K definitely has me on an emotional high though!

Random Author's note: This didn't get posted last night, because I had a girls night with my non-running friends (yes, we're all allowed a quota of non-running friends, it's in the rules, I checked).  We had a great time even if my one margarita got me a little tipsy!  The alarm for my early run this morning was not my favorite sound as a result.


How was your training week?

Are you going to join the chase?

How many margaritas would it take to make you a little tipsy?


  1. Yay, Mandy! Glad you joined the Chase! Good luck on your goals this week.

  2. Welcome to the weekly chase! Glad to hear that your quad is feeling better and congrats on your sub-30min 5K, thats awesome!

    I have been doing the weekly chase 6 weeks now and love it! Good luck with your goals for this week and will be checking in with you next week to see how you did!

  3. Great week! I wish I had more running buddies, I have too many non-running ones. Glad you had a fun girls night out:)

  4. So glad your quad is normal again! Great goals... I'm enjoying reading the weekly chase posts but haven't linked up yet... maybe one of these weeks!

  5. Yay for running buddies, medals and almost 60 lbs gone girl! So proud of you! It would take about 2 sips of a margarita to make me tipsy. Such a lightweight.

  6. I would be downright drunk after one margarita. That's why I stick to wine (one glass of which makes me tipsy).

    I'm hoping to strength train at least twice this week, too--I did today, so we're halfway there.

  7. Gasp! You have non-running friends? No way! Sounds like a fun time! I have to check out that weekly chase thing. I've been a bad blogger lately!

  8. Nope! You can never have too many training buddies! Welcome to The Weekly Chase! I look forward to following your goals and seeing where they take you!

  9. I'm one of those lucky people where I only have to drink one drink and I'm par with people who were drinking the whole night...a cheap date for sure. You look soooooooooo good Mandy! I can't believe it :) you have such a nice glow in every photo. I like this chase idea....I may have to join in :)

  10. Congratulations on the new 5K PR and breaking 30 minutes!! Amazing!

  11. Great PR! You are going to love this place!!!!

  12. Congrats on the PR!!! And good luck on your goals this week!!!


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