I know, I know. What happened to weeks 2-4?
Training happened, and some didn’t happen due to being pretty sick over the holidays. Blogging definitely didn’t happen (I’m so sorry!! I missed all of you!!! I started to get caught up last Friday…I still have more reading and commenting to do!). I was burned out and just zoned out while watching TV and knitting…my lazy alter-ego took over. I feel like weekly training recaps are the same as getting on the scale to lose weight. Like as soon as I start doing it, things get better. It’s just a matter of doing it again.
Speaking of stepping on the scale, I went a little nuts and ate whatever I wanted too. It was glorious. When we came back to work on 1/4, we started a Biggest Losers club at our school. 30 teachers joined! We did a $10 buy in so the “Biggest Loser” will win 80% of that, 20% to second place and the 3rd place gets their money back. We are organizing weekly fitness classes and have little prizes to distribute.
I am not overweight but I want to lose what I gained over the holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Years, 7lbs! I can’t say I’m shocked) and maybe an additional 5-7 lbs to be at racing weight for Boston. So I joined the club. I know there are people who want to kick off a huge loss goal (one woman wants to lose like 60 lbs) so I have no intentions of winning. I wanted to support the crew and give them my $10 to make the pot a little bigger and more lucrative. I am also going to dust of my yoga mat and teach a few free yoga classes to the crew. It’s been awhile since I taught anything.
So weeks 2&4 happened and were mainly fine, even though I was exhausted in week 2 from the holiday and felt horrendous. No recap of those weeks because I did NOT want to own up to anything I did. I did go for a run in shorts and a tank on Christmas morning, though. That was awesome.
Week 3 was an absolute shit show and we aren’t going to rehash that. I don’t think I ever fully recovered from the cold from hell over Thanksgiving, and it came back with a serious vengeance over week 3. Enough said.
As far as the Hansons plan is concerned, I think I love it. I say “I think” because I live in fear of most runs: the tempos and interval days are hardcore, and then you get these “easy” runs thrown in that feel NOTHING but easy. I feel like my running is WAY more structured using Hansons. Even things like chores and meal planning seems to be a little less chaotic because I have the same schedule each week. The running, however…HARD! SO HARD! You guys, this plan is NO FREAKING JOKE. Before following Colby, I always thought Hansons was the slacker plan. Ha. Ha. HA. Let me tell you – my legs have no idea what hit them.
Here’s my pace guide:
Marathon Goal – 3:05
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs – 7:03/mile
Recovery Runs – 9:11/mile
Aerobic A/Easy – 8:36
Aerobic B/Easy – 8:01
Long Run: 7:42
Monday, 1/11: 7 Mile Easy Run + Pole Fitness
I felt pretty good. I was only scheduled for six miles but in the Hansons plan, they say to add on your easy runs if you want more volume. I ended up running with Emily and she wanted to just do a portion of my run. By the time I ran her to her car to meet her and then back to my car (we were parked in different lots at the parkway), I was at 7 miles. I felt good, and I was right in between my Aerobic A/B paces.
I went to pole class, but lately it’s been all combo work so that means all videos. I promise to get some good pictures soon!
Tuesday, 1/12: Track Workout: 3 mile warm up, 5×1000 w/400 recoveries, 3 mile cool down (about 10 miles) + Myrtls/Core
We FINALLY HAD SNOW IN THE FORECAST which was awesome, but I didn’t know when it was going to hit and I didn’t know what it would do to the track. I ended up on the treadmill, but it was a great workout. I was holding my intervals at about a 6:15 pace (9.6 mph), trying to do my 1000s in under 3:54. This is the slower end of my speed range, and more consistent with running around a 3:10 marathon. It was a HUGE improvement from my 800s last week though, which I felt terrible for. Also I didn’t go flying off the treadmill so I really consider that a win. Speed wise, I am not where I want to be right now but each run is getting better.
I did MYRTLs and core after I was done. I felt pretty good after the workout.
Wednesday, 1/13: 30 Minutes Elliptical + Core+ Pole Fitness
I wanted to do something to loosen my legs up, so I went to the gym for the elliptical. It was a ‘rest” day on my plan, but I felt stiff so I wanted to get moving. I could only stomach 30 minutes on that tortuous machine – I really dislike the elliptical – and followed it up with about 20 minutes of core work.
After work, I headed to pole and we kept working on combos, but I did get a cool picture of a move I learned called a Chestbreaker:
It actually doesn’t hurt my chest and I really liked it. The thing that scared me about it was the entrance. You get into it from a shoulder mount. I had trouble in the beginning getting my shoulder mount, and even though I can do it now I get nervous anytime it’s part of a move or a combo.
Thursday, 1/14: 11 Mile Tempo Run w/6 Miles @ Goal Marathon Pace + MYRTLs/Core
Holy crap. I was dreading this run like you would not BELIEVE. I was so scared I wasn’t going to be able to do it. Last week, I was on the STRUGGLE BUS. I did last week’s on the treadmill because I was just scared of it, and I had a rough time. Last week, I couldn’t touch that 7:03 pace for one mile. Well, it was a brand new week and I went in with a positive attitude. My legs felt great. My lungs weren’t too happy with the cold weather, but I actually averaged under a 7 minute mile for half of the miles, and hit my pace for the run. I was on cloud nine! I went home and did MYRTLs, core, and a little yoga. I was beyond excited.
Friday, 1/15: 7 Mile Recovery Run + Pole Fitness
I’ve decided that my most dreaded run of the week is actually the Friday easy run. You see, I do the tempo run on Thursday after work, but I do my Friday run in the morning. If I plan to run after work, I’ll miss pole class and I really like the Friday class. If I go at lunch, there will probably be a fire drill and I’ll be put in another weird situation (we actually got an e-mail on Thursday warning us that there might be one, and I was not taking chances with that again).
There’s less than 12 hours of recovery in there, and I have to run at O-Dark-Thirty (I started at 4:45 am this week). It’s on the road that my house is on, which is not my favorite place to run. I could keep whining, but I think you get it. I keep this run closer to a recovery pace because I feel like complete asshole. There isn’t a lot to re-cap, except that I survived and it’s over. Sweet Jesus, thank you for that.
Friday’s pole class was mostly a review of the combos and moves we did earlier in the week. It was really fun and low key, and I got a cool video of my jade split that I posted on Instagram. Any moves with the word “split” are usually horrific for me and my tight hamstrings, and the jade split is never my favorite since you need to get your legs pretty straight. It’s not a hard move, but mine still isn’t great. For some reason, it didn’t look awful on Friday!
Saturday, 1/16: 6 Mile Easy Run + Pole Fitness
It was a damp, rainy morning and I ended up wearing too much clothing for this run because by the end of it, it was sunny and warm. I didn’t feel terrible but I kept the pace nice and easy. I headed right to pole class afterwards and my two sister in laws and I had a blast playing around with some doubles/triples moves:
My sister-in-law, Tracie, on the left and me on the right in pink and yellow doing extended butterflies:
And regular butterflies:
Sunday: 1/17: 12 Mile Easy Run
This was awesome. I wasn’t sure how it would go. I ran with one of our local runners, Megan, who is super speedy. She’s won Steamtown and has qualified for the Olympic Trials. She claims she’s “slow” these days – well, we hung on to a 7:20 overall pace and had a blast doing it. I felt so awesome. We talked the whole time and the miles FLEW by. Honestly, I needed a run like this SO badly and had such a great time running with her. She’s super sweet and down to earth. We ran on the Plainfield trail, and started a little later than I usually begin long runs (10am – I’m usually running around 6:30 with Mark and Kathy, but they were running the Houston Chevron Marathon). It was such a great run. I needed it!!
Overall, this was a productive week. I began to feel a lot better with my running, diet, and life in general.
Have you ever had one run, or a week of running that made you feel like things were back on track?
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