“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, March 19, 2013

Training Tuesday

Week of March 11-17, 2013:
Current Weight: 153.6  (Down 4 lbs from last reported weigh-in, one month ago)
Total Lost to date (since September 2011): 67.2 lbs
Waist: 31"  (Down 1" since last month)
Hips: 41" (Down 1" since last month)

I broke through that 157 plateau by getting that stomach bug in Colorado.  While I gained back 4 lbs of the weight I lost during that illness, the rest has stayed off despite two whole rest days after my long run.  I'll take it!  I've decided it sounds cooler to report my weight loss as a percentage as they do on Biggest Loser.  I have lost 30.4% of my body weight since Avery was born.
But can you fit in this wagon???
How did my workouts go this week?  Nice to get back into my Ohio routine this week!  The one thing I didn't do was a Rainier tailored workout.  I wound up taking Sunday off.

Monday: Rest day - allowing myself an extra day to adjust to renewed routine
Tuesday: Ran 6 miles, strength training with Brandon for 1 hour
Wednesday: Ran 6 miles of hill work.
Thursday: Ran 5 miles, strength training with Brandon for 1 hour
Friday: Rest Day - Spa day at Mom's group!
Saturday: Ran 18 miles in 3 hours and 8 minutes.
Sunday: Last minute rest day

I felt really strong during the 18 miles, even though the route included a big hill around mile 3.  (Our group went up into Worthington Hills for miles 3-9).  I toyed with taking fewer GUs this time and it worked pretty well until the last mile.  I really should have taken one around mile 16 or 17, but with only 1-2 miles left, I decided I'd rather really enjoy breakfast.  Ha.  I could feel the effects of that decision as a slight fatigue at the end.  Still powered up the last hill though.  Much stronger than any previous 18 mile training run, which made me feel awesome.
True workouts involve jumping Mommy.
When I got up Sunday morning, my joints in the toes of my right toe were tight and a bit sore.  Strangest feeling ever!!  Since hiking with weight also puts a lot of pounding on my feet, I decided to take Sunday as a rest day instead.   Then I went to Book Club and ate enough sugar to make me slightly ill.  Book club is often my favorite day of the month.  Just sayin'.
Where's MY sugar?
This week I have another 10 mile mid-week workout.  It's a Fallback week with long run miles, but I'm also pacing a 15K on Sunday.  Still trying to decide what I will do about Saturday's 10 mile run, skip it in favor of the pacing or do it in addition because the pacing is slower than my normal LSD pace.  I'm talking to my trainer about it today.

How did everyone else's training go this week?  Anyone hit some new milestones?  Anyone racing?  I'll be counting some of my training runs this week as virtual races for the Spatula races and the Jellybean races.  I don't know that I typically count that as "racing" though - am I alone in this?


  1. Nice mileage even with the rest day on Sunday! And the 30+% is definitely impressive - you must feel fantastic (other than the stomach bug).

  2. Dude, book club made me gain back all the weight I had lost this week. Worth it.

  3. 30.4% - Wow, that's almost a third of your body weight! Fantastic! Your photo captions are still the funniest around - love them every time!

  4. Congrats on the overall weight loss! And stomach bugs are good for something, aren't they? It sounds like the training is going well--you're going to be *fast.*

    I wish I'd hit some milestones recently, but it's not my time. :^)

  5. Wow- awesome pace on your 18 miler! And great job on the continued weight loss, too.

  6. Great week! This was a cutback week for me so I did more yoga/spin/strength than usual. My first (non-virtual) race of the year is 3/30!


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