Monday, February 10, 2014

98 Days to my First Marathon: Week 2

Day 8: Sunday- I was supposed to run 5 miles today but I couldn't do it the morning since I was volunteering at church at 8 am.  I hoped to get it done in the afternoon but we decided to go hiking the trails up at Turkey Mountain instead.  It was definitely a workout but not the 5 miles I needed.  And we had tacos from Bueno for dinner.  I had a green smoothie for breakfast ad quinoa salad for lunch so I didn't feel too bad but definitely not the healthiest choice.

Day 9:  Monday- Had hip hop on the calendar for tonight and I went.  I haven't been in 3 weeks since the kids and I have been sick so it felt really good to go.  I burned 780 calories (including about 15 minutes on the elliptical before class)!!!

Day 10:  Tuesday - Sophia has strep, started running a fever last night...  I was just bragging about how all the kids are healthy now.  So no Barre for me today.  I did about 30 minutes of yoga on Hulu instead.

Day 11: Wednesday - I did my 8 mile long run this morning and it was SO COLD, 20 degrees!  My water bottle was frozen!  It felt good to get it done but I felt very tired and my average pace was 11 minute mile.  My goal is to finish at 10:40 so I really need to work on my speed. I think I may try eating something small in the morning before my long run.  I usually go on an empty stomach, but I was starving and tired.  The route I took is very hilly though so that was good for training.  My husband and I had date night tonight and I had pasta, a chocolate martini, and a couple bites of carrot cake.  Glad I burned that 900 calories this morning!

Day 12: Thursday - Supposed to be a rest day but I did about an hour of yoga/pilates on Hulu this afternoon.  I felt like to needed to stretch so that was good.  I had a green smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, some roasted veggies for dinner and some of the leftover carrot cake after.... glad that's gone because I can't help myself!!

Day 13: Friday - I had a 4-mile interval run on the calendar for today.  I took the kiddos to the gym after lunch so I could do it (uninterrupted) on the gym treadmill.  I warmed up for the first 2 minutes, stretched, then started the intervals at minute 5, here is what it looked like:
min 0-2: warm up 4.0
min 2-4: jog 5.0
min 4: run 6.0
min 5: run 8.5 (7ish min/mile)
min 6: walk 4.0
min 7:  5.0
min 8: 5.5
min 9: 6.0
min 10: run 8.5
Repeat until I hit 4.5 miles!
I am still red-faced and that was like 3 hours ago.   I read that high intensity interval training (HIIT) will burn extra calories even hours after the workout is over!!

Day 14: Saturday - Rest Day!

Day 15:  Sunday -  I am 2 weeks in and feeling great so far!   But I only got a 3 mile run in on the treadmill today, instead of my 6 miler.  I woke up to it snowing and below freezing this morning.  SO ready for Spring!

Here is my February Schedule.  The only change is I moved my long run from the 12th to the 15th for a race here in town.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

98 Days to my First Marathon: Week One

Here is my schedule for January:

Day 1:  Sunday - my neck is hurting but I have a 3 mile interval on the agenda for the day.  I am researching marathon nutrition as I feel that will be the key to my success.
3 mile interval COMPLETE:  5 min warm up (3 min fast walk and 2 min stretch), 1 min all-out sprint (7-8 min mile) 1 min walk, 3 min steady run (9-10 min mile); repeat 5 times.  I felt pretty good except for my neck which was very tense.  Hopefully this gets better ASAP.

Day 2:  Monday - my neck is still very tense.  And Christian is sick, coughing and congestion, so I can't take the kids to the gym for hot yoga or hip hop tonight.  I didn't get any workout in today but I did spend hours outside with the kids so I was very active.

Day 3:  Tuesday - My neck is still sore but I made it to barre today.  It felt great to get back in the gym and the kids are starting to feel better!

Day 4: Wednesday - Went to the chiropractor this morning and it is a muscle that is inflamed and pushing on a nerve in my neck/shoulder.  I feel looser already!  I even went to hot yoga today at noon.  I need to get some more runs in, though!

Day 5:  Thursday- Supposed to be a rest day after my Wednesday run.  But since I didn't get my run in on Wednesday, I did 4 miles on the treadmill today.  My neck didn't hurt much at all and I did it at 10 min 40 second pace!  It took longer than that though, since the kids like to ask me for things while I'm on the treadmill.

Day 6:  Friday - Went to chiropractor again today and my neck is gradually feeling better.  Been icing it every night too.  I got my 3 miles in on the treadmill today.  I felt slow today and tired.  So I'm taking Saturday off as a rest day.

Day 7: Saturday - Rest Day!  Need to get 5 miles in tomorrow so I need to be strong for that.  It's supposed to be 60 something tomorrow so I'm hoping to get my run in outside!

Nutrition:  I have been drinking a green smoothie every morning for breakfast and veggies/quinoa for lunch.  Dinner has been a little off and I need to quit snacking at night.  I don't sleep as good and I can't wake up refreshed.  I reserved a couple books at the library on marathon nutrition so I'm picking those up and hopefully get a nutrition plan for the next couple months.