“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, August 6, 2012

Hello My Old Friend - Training Update

Week of July 30- Aug 5, 2012:
Current Weight: 162.8 (Up 0.2 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 58.0 lbs
Chest: 39" (Up 0.5" from previous measurement)
Hips: 43"  (No change)

Monday: 1 mile sanity walk; core exercises 15 minutes
Tuesday: 4 mile recovery run, 12:17 min/mile
Wednesday: 5 mile run, 11:47 min/mile
Thursday: 5 mile run, first 3 -12:20, last 2 - 10:40
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 14 mile LSD run, 11:56 min/mile
Sunday: 3 mile stroller recovery run, 12:19 min/mile; Core with Marie Class
Hello plateau, my old friend.  0.2 lbs is the statistical error of my scale, so I've essentially stayed the same.  I've been at this weight (or up and down from it) for several weeks now.  I'm not going to stress about it, it is what it is.  Last time I acknowledged the plateau, it left in a hurry, so I'm acknowledging it again.  ;)

This week was very run focused.  My trainer was on vacation, and although I had grand plans of attending some strength training classes at the gym, my washing machine broke and threw a big tub of water into those plans.
Sure, blame the washing machine lady.
How did I stack up on the Weekly Chase goals last week?
Goal #1:  Get strength training in at least 2x.  - I give myself a half check on this.  I did some sit-ups while playing with Avery one day, I don't think that counts as 1x.  I also did a core class that I do count.  So, half credit

Goal #2: Pick up my bike from the shop and go for a ride! - Another half check.  I picked up the bike, but didn't go for a ride.

Goal #3: Get a Rainier workout in - Total fail.  BUT, I failed intentionally.  With my new marathon focus this training season, Rainier workouts would be on Sundays...  

On Friday night, however, after doing some hard evaluations of the next few years, I registered for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge this coming January.  For those who don't know what this is, the Goofy Challenge involves running the Disney Half Marathon on Saturday January 12th, and then running the Disney marathon on Sunday January 13th.  39.3 miles of racing in one weekend!
Mommy, how can you go to Disney without this cute little face?
This required a change in my Sunday plans.  From now on, I will be doing two runs on the weekends.  Up until the Columbus Marathon, I will run my longer run on Saturday with my training group, followed by a short to mid-length recovery run on Sunday.  After the Columbus Marathon, I will switch the two to more closely resemble the Goofy event - mid-length run on Saturday, long run on Sunday.  I will continue to run 3 other days during the week.  I intend to continue with strength training 2x a week, and will add in some biking cross training for the cardio. 

This plan still gives my 6 months after the Goofy challenge to focus on Rainier.

This week should look a lot like the last week training wise.  I am also taking Avery to swim class Mon-Thurs, so that should be interesting!  Avery's 1st birthday is Friday, and grandparents start arriving on Wednesday!
Birthdays = cake
Grandparents = more people to play with me
This week is awesome!
Weekly Chase Goals this week

1.  Get all the MOPPETS sitters for the MOPS meetings squared away.  (Ha - didn't see a non-workout related goal coming, did ya?)

2.  Drink more water.  I actually was tracking food/fluids this week, and the big standout, I don't drink enough water.  I mostly drink water WHILE exercising.  I need to drink water at other times too!  Goal is minimum of 7 cups a day.  (This would actually be an improvement!)

Any suggestions for how to convince myself to drink more water?  I have said multiple times in the past that I need to do this, and it never happens.

What event(s) are you currently training for?


  1. When I was trying to make myself drink more water back in the day, I would squeeze a lemon into it. I now drink plenty - mostly while working - and I find I absentmindedly sip from my water bottle refilling it often. Always bring one with you wherever you go too - that'll help.

    Yup, I'll be doing those miles with you....although I am absolutely terrified I made a mistake signing up.

  2. The Sat/Sun runs should be great for your Goofy training plan. Do you like to add things to water? Lemon, cucumbers, frozen berries? Sometimes that helps me. Enjoy the grandparent time! We're eating it up this week, too! :)

  3. Happy birthday to Avery!! Have fun!

  4. Water is a BIG thing for me. When I'm on track, I'm ON track and overachieving. When I'm not on track, it's exactly the opposite. A never. (I kinda balance myself out, right? ;))

    Happy Birthday to your little Avery!!

  5. I'm with Laurie. Keep water with you at all times. when I have water in front of me, I drink--constantly. When it's not in front of me....out of sight, out of mind.


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