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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Tuesday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Wednesday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Thursday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Friday: 45 minute incline walk, crunches, push-ups
Saturday: 4 mile run

I started my half-marathon training this week. Really the only difference this will make to my weekly schedule, is a specific mile run on Saturday’s. I’ll be starting at 4 miles and adding an additional mile every week. I am also trying to work on my speed this year, so that is what I do on Monday’s and Wednesday’s- I push the pace. I’m probably going to keep those days to 30 minute runs until I’m 6 weeks in, then I will increase it to 45 minutes. This isn’t set in stone though. Maybe my body will respond faster to the increase in speed (I’m hoping). Or maybe I find out that to stay injury free, I need to keep it on the slow side. Right now I am just seeing how my body responds. All that said, I am not following a specific training plan, other than the one I have created in my head! And that has me running 5 minute miles and winning my age division! :)

Runners, do you follow a specific training program?

Have a great weekend!

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Tuesday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Wednesday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Thursday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Friday: 45 minute incline walk, crunches, push-ups
Saturday: 1 hour run

I have set my race schedule for 2013! I still might add some shorter distance races, but I’m not sure. The goals for this year are to keep my mileage up, work on my speed, and to stay healthy! I have already looked ahead to 2014 and it will include some special races, so keeping healthy and continuing to take care of my IT issues will be important.

Here’s what’s on the schedule:
April 27th…Cleveland 10 miler
May 19th…Cleveland Rite-Aid half marathon
July 21st…Rock n’ Roll Chicago half marathon
August 17th…Biggest Loser Race Series half marathon
October 5th…Rock n’ Roll Cleveland half marathon

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Did you miss this smiling face?!!

It’s been a while since I shared a running recap with you. Last time we visited, I said that I was decreasing my mileage. Um, well I really did. I stopped running all-together, for a month. It was a much needed break.

Now that we are in the new year, it’s time to lace up the running shoes. So far, I have 3 half-marathons on the schedule- the 1st one being in May. I am looking at a 10-mile race in April, and I would like to add another half in the later part of the year. While training officially hasn’t begun, I am working on building a solid base. After taking a month off, I’m starting off gently by taking lots of walk breaks. No need to go all-out and get hurt! An important goal for this year is to make sure I use my foam roller everyday. Hopefully this will help with my IT issues.

Monday: 30 minute treadmill run/walk
Tuesday: 30 minute leg strength workout
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 30 minute treadmill run/walk
Friday: 30 minute arm strength workout
Saturday: 1 hour treadmill run/walk
Sunday: Rest

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3.5 mile run
Tuesday: 1 hour DVD
Wednesday: 1 hour treadmill incline walk
Thursday: 1 hour DVD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 5 mile run

I found out late last week, that my last half-marathon (middle of November) has been cancelled. I was really looking forward to this race, for a couple of reasons. The race was going to be run on a race track (automobile and motorcycle race track). I have visited this race track many times, so I was looking forward to having the opportunity to run on it. The other reason was that it as going to be my first relay (Ali and Amie, this just means we need to find another race!).

After a few days, I started to look at the cancelled race as an opportunity. I really struggled to finish my last race, my IT band was hurting me a lot. As you can tell by my weekly recaps, I do very little cross-training, and no strength training. I already have races on my calendar for next year, and I would like to be pain-free for them. So all that said, I have decided to reduce the running to 2 days a week, and to start adding in other workouts. I also have been using my foam roller! I am going to try this for a month and then re-evaluate.

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run
Tuesday: 25 minute HIIT
Wednesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: 30 minute run
Friday: 25 minute HIIT
Saturday: 5 mile run

I have been lucky enough to run outside a few days this week! Even though the weather is getting cooler, I am trying to run outside as much as possible. You all know that I am a cold-weather-wuss! Well, I signed up to be part of a relay team for a half-marathon in November…in Ohio! Yup- I’m betting on snow! That said, I am trying to get my lungs used to the colder air…and to figure out the right clothing so that I am comfortable. At least I have a few more weeks to figure it out!

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: River Run half-marathon (#11…recap coming soon)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 25 minute run
Friday: 20 minute incline walk
Saturday: 5 mile run

I needed a few rest days for recovery from the half-marathon, and I don’t beat myself up over taking those days off. I always have that “pleasant” sore feeling for a few days. Nothing really hurts, but the muscles are sore. I think this happens when I have done a lot of treadmill running versus running on the road (or it is just another confirmation that I am getting old!!). Anyways, after a few days off, it actually feels good to run again.

I finally bought a foam roller (waiting for it to arrive)! I have had issues with my IT band for a few years now, and while I have read that foam rolling is beneficial, I thought it wasn’t necessary. Well, I can’t ignore it any more. Now I need to learn how to use it properly! Runners- any suggestions? Are there any videos or books that you recommend?

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday:Rest
Monday: 45 minute run
Tuesday: No workout
Wednesday: No workout
Thursday: No workout
Friday: No workout
Saturday: No workout (12 miles scheduled for Sunday- this will happen)

While over-time at work might do wonderful things for my paycheck, it is not so friendly to my daily workouts. I am struggling with finding (or making) the time to run. As the increase in hours could become a weekly thing, I really need to make some adjustments. Do I get up earlier (I already get up at 4am)? Or do I work out in the evenings (when I’m mentally tired and hungry)? I just know that with one more half-marathon on the calendar this year, I can’t keep repeating these weeks. I need to run.

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