Friday, January 8, 2016

Fitness Friday

That's right, I'm bringing Fitness Friday posts back! Now that it's January, I'm 20 weeks out from marathon #2 and officially in training.

So if these posts bore you, go ahead and skip it. If not, continue on my friend!

Saturday - 8 mile long run. I've been meeting up with my running group more often for these. The route is kind of boring - an out and back on a county road - but it's nice to socialize and have some company for these runs. Plus it's a heck of a lot more motivating to run in 12 degree temps when there are 10 other crazies out there with you. 8 miles - 1:19:01 - 9:53 pace.

Sunday - Blogilates ab day. I started doing the Blogilates videos back in November, and I really like it! Her workouts are usually short, but make me sweat, and she's peppy enough without being annoying like some overzealous fitness instructors can be. I started out doing random videos, but then printed off her beginner 2.0 calendar and stuck with it! I just started her newest calendar for January - she lists several workouts for each day, which can take up to an hour or more. So far I've done all of them, but I may have to pick and choose depending on the day and how much I have time for. This day, minus all the starting and stopping for each video, was roughly 38 minutes of workout, but it took me just about an hour to get done. The best thing: it totally killed my abs.

Monday - 5 mile steady pace run: 1 mile warm up, 3 miles at 8:45-9:15 pace, 1 mile cool down. These workouts always make me nervous because of the snow and ice on the ground, which makes for questionable footing at best. But I just go out and do the best I can. I wore my Yaktrax today, but a lot of the road was actually pretty clear. I'm still working through my peroneus tendon strain in my feet, but this run was pretty ok in regards to body parts working. 5 miles - 45:57 - 9:40, 8:54, 8:57, 8:48, 9:33. I'm happy with that!

Tuesday - Cross training day. 45 min on my stationary bike in the morning, and roughly 30 minutes of Pilates in the evening. It was an upper body day, which was a nice change up because my quads and glutes need a rest! Although that tendon in my right foot was pretty unhappy with me most of Monday evening and Tuesday. Dislike.

Wednesday - 5 miles @ easy pace. 49:02 for an average of 9:48. I bought a new pair of shoes, Saucony Hurricane ISO, in hopes that going back to the Hurricane model will help to alleviate the annoying peroneus tendon tightness that comes back every now and then. I've also been trying to be diligent about rolling out my legs with the foam roller & Stick roller, and doing stretches after workouts and before bed. It's feeling better today, but this seems to be an up and down cycle so I'm just taking it day by day. I also did the pilates lower body workouts. There was some pretty intense quad moves and some lunges. I posted this pic on instagram because I truly felt like jello at the end.

The weird bump is my heart rate monitor.

Thursday - 3 miles @ easy pace. 30:12, average pace 9:45. This actually ended up being 3.10 miles since I overshot my out and back a little. My legs felt full of lead today, most likely due to the pilates workout I did Wednesday night. I had a great deep tissue massage on my lunch break today, and she really got in deep in my calves and peroneus muscle/tendons. She said I was super tight, which makes sense why I'm still having that pulling feeling in the tendons in my feet. Hopefully this will help! I tried doing some of the cardio workouts prescribed today from Blogilates, but my legs were just done. So I did some of the ab stuff and called it good.

Friday - Instead of getting a cross training workout in on the bike this morning, I opted for another hour of sleep. I went to bed sometime around 8:15 last night, and the sleep was badly needed. I may or may not do pilates tonight after work - it's a butt day!

Tomorrow I have 9 miles on the schedule. My running group is planning on meeting, despite the projected temperature of 0 degrees. I'm not so sure about that yet! I may do this on the treadmill instead. We'll see how brave I'm feeling...

Have you started training for anything yet? How's it going?


  1. You are ON it lady!! The marathon countdown is officially begun! :)

  2. This week was my first week of anything even remotely resembling winter running, but it wasn't even close to 0 degrees! I've been trying to be good about foam rolling and stretching too - it really helps so much!

  3. I will always rate company for a long run over a solo but scenic long run :) I wouldn't blame you if you ended up doing that 9 miler on the treadmill. Zero degrees is cold!!!