Monday, June 15, 2015

This Week In Workouts

It feels really good to be active again! I mean, it feels sore, but good. A couple posts ago I reflected on my goals for the year and Janelle at Run With No Regrets brought up a great point - she grades herself weekly to kind of stay on top of how she's doing. That definitely goes along with the whole "timely feedback" thing we teachers are supposed to follow for student grades.

So I decided to grade this week, my first week fully back working out after my break, and see how it went.

Wednesday was my first run back. I worked Monday, and Tuesday we drove up to Orlando for dinner, so this was my first real chance to get out there. I did two painfully humid miles, but was totally happy to be RUNNING!
Thursday I used the Nike Training Club app to get in a full-body workout. I forgot how much I like the convenience of this app...but I do wish it worked on iPad so I would have a bigger screen to follow.
Yes, that medicine ball is 4lbs. Don't laugh at me!
Despite some major DOMS, I was determined to run Friday. I convinced Matt to run three with me. Again, the humidity was killer, but I already noticed some improvements in pace and breathing from Wednesday.
I stopped to take a runfie while Matt did pushups on this run! He caught video of us finishing, too, which you can watch here.
I rested Saturday, then dragged myself out of bed Sunday for my first morning run in a long time! (I can't call this a long run yet.) Kristin had 8ish miles to cover, so I met her for the last 3.3ish. Despite the cooler temperature (75), the humidity was no joke (92%!), so we took it nice and easy.
Runner milestone: a giant bug flew into my mouth and nearly down my throat! Luckily, I was able to hack it up. BLECH.
You have to start somewhere, and I'm very happy with this week. It set a good standard for my summer. I know my runs were painful and at times really slow, but that's just part of starting over. I'm still feeling confident that I'll be ready for marathon training in late July/August, and I feel like making progress slowly in the summer is best, so I'm really okay with keeping my runs short right now.

All things considered, I'd have to give this week an A! I fully completed every workout that I had planned and stayed positive despite the obstacles. I'd call that a success.

How is your summer starting out?
When do you officially begin training for your fall race season?
Would you rather run in heat or humidity? I prefer a dry, hot run to a super humid one!

ABK

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great week! I'm heading down to Florida next Saturday, so I guess I'll be joining you in that humid summer weather. My training for Chicago started this week, but I still don't feel ready to say that I'm training for a marathon. ;-)

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    1. The first week of training has such low mileage in comparison to the rest that it almost doesn't feel like real training, does it? It's almost like it tries to get you all safe and comfortable-feeling and then BAM...marathon training haha.

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  2. Good job running in the humidity. I would take a hot, dry day over humidity! It is starting to get humid here, yuck. I officially start marathon training today! I have been trying to transition to early am runs to beat the heat, somewhat unsuccessfully!

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    1. I need to get back into running in the morning...but it's so hard to wake up on time!

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  3. Yes you definitely deserve an A for your workouts this past week! I love the Nike Training app and have been thinking about getting back into it. I really need to make a legit schedule for my cross training to make sure that I do it!

    How the heck do you Floridians handle running in all the heat and humidity?! We've been in the 85-95 range over the past week...so hard!

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    1. I know people must think we Floridians are whiny when it comes to summer, but just STANDING outside is painful, let alone running! :)

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  5. A for Ali...and A for Accomplished....way to go girl!!!

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  6. You definitely deserve an A for running in that heat and humidity. I've been hiding in the air conditioning!

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    1. I'm so tempted to go to a gym these days, but I know I'll get stronger if I force myself to run in the heat.

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  7. I rather run in heat vs. humidity. Nice job on getting out here. I hope I get acclimated to this humidity real soon.

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    1. The 14-workouts theory is taunting me!

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  8. Oh yes, I would definitely take hot and dry over high humidity! I run in the evenings a lot because the humidity is lower than in the mornings even though the temp. is higher. Well, the humidity is a factor but so is my inability to get out of bed before 6:30am!

    Blech to the bug... but if you had eaten it you could just count it as taking fuel on the run.

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    1. I feel like it's so humid in the evenings because it's always after a storm, and the water just sits in the air. Ugh. We can't win!

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  9. Great job on a strong weak of workouts! I love using medicine balls. At Planet Fitness, they have a fun trampoline thingy you can wack them against for a chest workout.

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