“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, June 4, 2013

Training Tuesday: Only 10 lbs

Week of May 27-June 2, 2013:
Current Weight: 154.0 (Down 2 lbs since last week - continue the yo-yo)
Total Lost to date (since September 2011): 66.8 lbs

Major changes from last weeks workouts:  Increased Sunday hike from two hours to three hours.  Easy Tuesday hike was a simulated hike on the treadmill this week due to time constraints.  Wednesday I introduced the intervals at the damn, read more about that here: Reality Check

Fun stuff from last week:  I raced a 5K with a bunch of friends, for free.

You call that fun?  Dodging Cassie kisses is way more fun Mommy.
Here is what the week looked like day-by-day:
Monday: 5 mile recovery run.  6 mile perfect run, 9:31 avg
Tuesday: 1 hour strength training, 45 minutes TM simulated incline hike, 28 lb vest.
Wednesday: Dam intervals.  (Ran 4 miles total)
Thursday: 1 hour strength training, 5 mile run, 9:38 avg
Friday:  Glorious rest day
Saturday: Raced Jake Strong 5K, ran additional 4.11 miles w/u, c/d
Sunday:  3 hour hike at High Banks, ~39 lb pack, boots, 1 break
Nothing like the sunrise during a run...
Bullets of things to improve from last year's Humble Pie Post
  • Lose 10 lbs.  Based on my Bod Pod Assessment this morning.  (I will post about that in a separate post).  This goal is starting from today, I am not including the 10 lbs I have already lost since last year's climb.  I cannot even begin to describe how exciting it is to only say I need to lose 10 lbs!
  • Train with a heavier pack (Up to 50 lbs).  I am building up to this.  However, my heaviest pack last time was 37 lbs.  This weekend I trained with 39 lbs.
  • Start pack training earlier. Done.  Also, this weekend's 3 hour training session makes it official that I have done LONGER pack training sessions.
  • Longer sessions without a break.  Work to 2 hours consistently.  Done.  This past weekend during my 3 hour hike, I took one break at the 1:56 point.  (There was a conveniently placed bench and that was close to 2 hours).  It was the only break of the day.
  • No Rest Step.  Done.
  • Interval training.  Started this week.  It was ugly.  It will continue.
  • Asthma evaluation.  Done.  Upgraded my inhaler.  
  • Tougher, more specific strength training.  In process.
I did my full mother's day present fitness assessments this morning.  I will write a separate post on all of those, I promise. (I even took pictures!)  I'm pretty happy with all the results, and learned a few things to make some of my diet issues make more sense.  

I skipped a couple workouts to start this week to accommodate this testing, so I need to get back to it!  :)

How was your training this week?  What is everyone training for?


  1. Hey! I'm sorry I've been off blog reading the last few days. Congrats on that fast 5K (and don't worry about the sucky Wednesday workout--one workout in isolation means *nothing*). How big a PR was that? And I can't wait to hear about the testing.

    My week is pretty run-of-the-mill. I'm headed to the Jersey Shore to join my family (they're already there) for a week. I'm looking forward to a little sea level running, including an hour and 40 min long run this Saturday. I see it all as Chicago Marathon training. :^)

    1. It actually wasn't officially a PR! Pace wise - it was significantly faster, but because the course was long, it wound up being 30 seconds slower than my current 5K PR.

      Have a great time at the Jersey Shore! I have great family memories from there. :)

  2. Awesome training week!

    P.S. Ten pounds is nothing!! Woohoo!!!

    1. Thanks Karien! I hope you're right! I've been stuck for 6 months. LOL!

  3. Wow, you've been doing so amazing with your weight loss. It's fun watching the progress over the last year. Can't wait to see you nail the climb this year!

  4. Umm, it took me 5 days to comment on this. That's just ridiculous. I'm with you on the freaking yo-yo. Why does food have to taste so good?


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