Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tis The Season!!

See you guys after the new year!

I'll still be running (ugh; SO close to being DONE!) and LOTS of lifting..and spending time with friends and family.  Not to mention shopping!!!

But I won't be doing is blogging my workouts.  I might drop in a time or two; I have 2 10K's between now and the new year, so I might race report with some photos.

Or not!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Pre Thanksgiving Week

Monday

3.1 mile run

Tuesday
Off

Wednesday
2 mile run (treadmill)
Shoulders/Chest
50 weighted squats
50 dead(sumo) lifts
15min steam

Thursday
3 miles (elliptical)
Back, biceps and triceps
1 mile sprint (treadmill)

Friday
Off

Saturday
9.6 miles
Cinco Ranch
Ran with 2 girls from the group, but I paced therefore they ran faster and less intervals than what they are use to.  I warned them. :O)  They only had 7 miles to do so mile 6 and 7 I pushed them to sub 10:30 miles.  Which came back to bite me because I still had 2 miles to do and I was cussing on that last one.  AND it ended up being over 9 miles.  :O)


I was pretty tired from the morning run AND having to do things to prep for Sunday family day AND it was pouring yukky rain so I bailed on an evening workout at the gym.

Sunday
2 mile run


Zoo day and picnic in the park day with the family so I got in a LOT of active recovery today as well.  We were there for close to 5 hours, obviously a LOT of walking and for me crawling through prairie dog tunnels with the little, so I was BEAT, BEAT, BEAT.


No gym for me!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another Week of Workouts

Here is something you didn't know:  I type out 90% of my workouts on Monday, and just fill in the blanks and/or edit along the way.  This keeps me on track and I don't have to think about it daily as to what my workout is.  And obviously sometimes it changes because I get a wild hair to do something different or I switch days around etc.

Monday
3 miles after work. 
Colder weather is coming this and today is the last warm day for a bit, so I wanted to get out and enjoy it but it was yucky and windy and I just was like eh, so the treadmill in the apartment complex gym it was.  And can I just say how HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY I am that I am no longer living in Nebraska, where today the temps are at the negative 0 mark (with wind chill, but still, 12 deg reg temp?  For the HIGH?  Yup.  I don't miss that place AT.  ALL.  I won't be stuck inside for 6 months!

Tuesday
Off

Wednesday
3 miles (treadmill)
Shoulders/Chest
10min stairmill
I actually set the clock to get up half hour earlier to run before work.  No thank you.  #WarmBed

Thursday
3 miles
Legs

Friday
Off

Saturday
6.5 miles
Solo run through Cinco Ranch.  45deg which was perfect actually.  Hard to get out the door even at 7:30am but it was fine once I started.  Long sleeve and shorts FTW!

Was going to go run at TH with work peeps but they were doing 9 and starting at 7:30 so starting after 8am for me was not an option.  To finish at approx. the same time just put me too late of a start.  I was ready to go so I just opted to stay close to the house.

I certainly do like running at my own (faster) pace and taking breaks when I need it rather than being with the group I signed up for.  I think I am either going to run on my own from here on out or with work peeps.


Whole Foods parking lot :O)  Instagram photo which makes me 9 times out of 10 chop off my head :O)

Opted out of the gym in the early evening as I had been on and off the roads all day with errands.

Sunday
Back, biceps, triceps
30min stairmill (this is the longest I have ever gone on this thing!!)  Easy to do when football is on :O)
15min steam
15min sauna

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Y'all while its now Monday and I am posting this I have to tell you...this morning, my arms?  Wowza I could REALLY tell a difference even with no flexing!  Diggin' it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Time for Round 2!


Recovery week is over and while I still went at it hard, I plan to still ramp up (lift heavier) when and where I can leading into the next half marathon (1 down, 2 to go until my year, more like 11months OFF!!!!)

Monday

I am switching my active recovery day this week to today instead of Tuesday.  I am having some woman issues, and I just feel like today I need the day PLUS its supposed to be storming tomorrow late afternoon into Wednesday, and I want the nice outside time while I can.

30min walk around my neighborhood

Tuesday
3 mile run before work.  The weather is supposed to turn nasty and as mentioned previously getting out and doing my run before work is definitely beneficial.  I don't particularly like running on the treadmill so if I need to lift, and I don't run in the morning, my run gets done at the gym for convenience sake.  It was warm and sticky muggy out, but I have now ventured out of the complex and have a nice 3 mile route I can run and still stay close to home without getting run over on the feeder road :O)  Its not the most scenic but hey its dark still at 5:30 even with the time change and really I just need to get the time in.  AND I am not running laps around my complex :O)

Back, biceps and triceps
10min steam
10min sauna

Wednesday
2 mile run (treadmill; it was raining this morning) AND it was raining after work too.  Blah.
Shoulders only tonight.  Just wasn't feeling much more than what I did; I felt like bagging the whole thing, but figured no matter what ANYTHING is better than NOTHING.


I didn't feel like getting back out in the weather so I just walked up to the apartment gym which was great in that it was deserted. 

Thursday
4 miles

Friday
Rest

Saturday
8 miles
Actually probably closer to 9 since I ran 4 by myself in front of running 4 with one of the running group pods.  Because I got done with my 4 early, and had to wait around, I did some running of laps around the shopping center, along with walking laps as well.  I had my Garmin off during this time so I don't really know my exact mileage other than the 8 displayed at the end.


Instead of going to the gym in the evening as I have been doing, I spent 5 hours walking around the outlet mall with my sister and niece in law AND BABY TUCKER!!!  It was my sisters birthday weekend, and when I was done with my run I had texts for a birthday shopping day so of course that won out!  I felt like I had done a marathon by the time it was all over with!

Sunday
Gym
Did an all over body workout today:  shoulders, back, biceps, triceps and legs.  A few movements for each muscle group


10min stairmill
10min steam
10min sauna

Monday, November 3, 2014

Recovery Week

Monday
1600m row
  Shoulders/Chest
Abs
20min steam
10min sauna


Definitely a little ouchy today and tired.  I never sleep well due to increased HR and soreness etc.  So I was tired when I woke up.  I gave my legs the day off for what should be obvious reasons.


Tuesday
2 miles in the am before work.  Nice and slow.  Ran 2min, walk 1min.


After work: 30min stroll before dinner


Wednesday
2 miles in the am before work
Legs (gym after work)
10min stairmill


After being so lazy last week for taper week, it felt GRRRRRRRRRRRREAT to get in there and work my legs.  I probably overdid it on squats and deadlifts (added weight too), and will feel it tomorrow and Friday but I don't curr!!!!  Deadlifts and squats are two of THE BEST overall body strength and body changing movements you can do.  Time to ramp it up people!!!!!!!!!

Thursday
3 miles elliptical
Back, biceps and triceps
10min steam
10min sauna


Friday
Rest

Saturday
5 miles (4 miles on the schedule)
The group I paid for and run with in CR had a 'bye' this week since they are all either running out of town or doing the Katy 10/5 tomorrow.  I thought about signing up for the 5 miler but they wanted $60!!!!!  HELL NO.  Late registration or not, that's ridiculous.  So I jumped in with another pod and they are doing a few weeks of speed training for a faster 5K.  This actually fit in perfectly.  I ran 2 by myself and then did the 3 with the group.  It was nice and chilly!  Actually wore a long sleeve Lulu Swiftly with my shorts.  JUST A BEAUTIFUL MORNING FOR A RUN!

Gym (early evening):  Shoulders/Chest

Sunday
The morning was spent food prepping while watching the NYC Marathon.  I was very excited to see that it was being shown on TV.  My fav Meb just barely missed the podium and of course Kara, chokes again.  I don't know why people make such a big deal about her.  She has yet to have proven herself.  She clearly just cannot hang with the elites; she bonks every single time.


I didn't go to the Texans game this week, so I watched the first half at home then headed to the gym.


4 miles then,
Legs, legs, legs.  I upped the weight again on my squats and deadlifts.  Great workout!!!  And of course I watched the 2nd half of the game.  #wompwomp


New week!  New opportunities for greatness!

Friday, October 31, 2014

July 4th Before ... October 26th After

I know the 2 photos are a bit different in how far away from the lens I appear to be (clearly the first one was zoomed in as I didn't run that close to the camera, OR I cropped the original making it seem closer), but I am pretty stoked at the differences I can see in just over 3 months time.

I will be SO glad when I can stop all this running and focus 95% on lifting and 5% on running.


Run less, lift more.  It works.  It JUST works.

My plan after Houston and Katy is to do cardio a couple of times a week, maybe running, maybe not, and then on the weekend do a 3-5 mile run.  This will keep me in 5K and 10K shape for any races I do decide to do in the Spring.  Clearly they will NOT be for time.


I am STILL battling the midsection blues.  It IS better, trimmer, slimmer a little bit...but unless I give up all things wonderful to eat for probably a month...ugh...I do plan to focus more on that though up until Thanksgiving :O)  The 2 diff pairs of shorts here are a size smaller!  I am back in my original lulu speed short size, but not to the point where the waist is baggy like they use to be, so wearing full length shirts is still necessary ;o)


Ladies, trust me, TRUUUUUUUUUUUUST me once you start to near menopause this is TROUBLE!  Unless you are just blessed with great genes and an even better metabolism!


This week has been fabulous at the gym!  I am sore as hell but I expected that after going at everything so easy last week leading up to the half marathon.  A little worried about my legs for tomorrows (short long run), but eh, it'll be fine.


TTFN!!!



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Race Week

Monday

Rest day.

This week is going to be a bit out of whack since I have the race on Sunday, I am switching things up; giving myself some extra rest.


Tuesday
2 miles (treadmill)
Back, biceps, and triceps
10min stairmill
10min steam
10min (dry) sauna


Wednesday
4miles
Spent the entire run having to pee like crazy.  The route I chose left me absolutely no options for bathroom break.  Ugh.


Thursday
Rest day
Our team got to spend the day out at Top Golf on the house, so there was a lot of activity, 4+ hours worth.  My legs were quite tired by the end. So not really what I had envisioned for a rest day but whatev.


Friday
2 miles
I actually got up 1/2 hour earlier and ran before work!!!  Its a miracle.  But now I think I might do this a couple of times a week; do a couple miles then focus on weights after work.  I just ran there around my complex which was kinda boring, but whatever.  I still had 1/2 hour to sit, relax and have my coffee before showering :)


Saturday
Rest day before half marathon!


Sunday
13.1 miles
2:11:37
 Race report to follow