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7 in the Snow

21 Jan

I finally went and bought a ninja mask for some outside running! I tried it out yesterday for my 7 mile easy run – I love it! It was 21 degrees out so I wore my UA cold gear tights, UA long sleeve, UA short sleeve, North Face fleece (with thumb holes 🙂 ) North Face down coat, and ski gloves. I had a bottle of water in my coat pocket along with my ipod. I had my normal pre-workout snack of a PB&J – yummy!! This run went pretty well and I actually managed to stay very warm – I had my coat unzipped most of the time. I did learn that when the temps are that cold water bottles will freeze.. I had slushy water towards the end 🙂 Overall it was a great run and when the temps are 20 and higher (and its still daylight out) I’d prefer to do my longer runs outside.

Wednesday was Bike LT day – it was a killer! Last week I did 2 x 5min @ LT with 2.5 min recovery but this week was 3 x 5 min @ LT with 2.5 min recovery. I knew this was going to be harder so I kept my HR for the 20 min warmup between 120-150 bpm. The first 5 min was probably the toughest for me, just because I was tired and it always takes me a while to warm up. The second set was about average and then the third 5 min set was tough but felt great! I’m glad I only do this workout one time a week though 🙂

1/18    2 mile warm up @ 9:15
             8 x 20 sec (9mph – 7.5% incline) 2:00 recovery
             2 mile cool down @ 9:15

1/19    3 x 5 min LT, 2:30 recovery (HR 182, 185, 187)
              20 min warm up, 20 min cool down

1/20    7.12 mi easy – 1:06 (9:17 pace) 21 degrees

me after my 7 miles in the snow


Getting Strong

18 Jan

Yesterday’s workout consisted of 60 mins on the bike followed by an easy mile on the treadmill. Since I was so busy last week with my new training plan I wasn’t able to go to my usual Strong classes or Pilates, which resulted in me feeling like I had a weaker core during my running. So last night after my normal workout I took a Strong class… man I could tell I hadn’t been for a while! The Strong class (@ 4 seasons) consists of very high rep counts (between 75 and 100 per exercise) with hand weights ranging from 4 to 8 lbs. We also use the Reebok Deck and yoga mats. The exercises included are chest press, shoulder press, tricep kick-backs, bent-over row, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, bicep curls, tricep extension (aka skull crushers) and a few other random exercises. Needless to say, I’m pretty whooped once I’m done with this class. Its something that I hope to squeeze in my schedule twice a week…. Tonight is a killer hill workout and Pilates 🙂

Bike – 60 mins
Run – 1 mile easy off the bike (9:15)
Strong – 60 mins


17 Jan

This week was my longest mileage week ever! 26 wonderful miles actually felt easier than the 12-15 I’m normally used to doing. I also bought some new laces (Yankz) and stopped using my orthotic insoles… I might have the happiest legs/feet in the world!! Sunday was also my best training run to date – 8 miles of pure enjoyment 🙂 Its the longest run I’ve had so far and the first time I’ve ran with no pain whatsoever. I’m hoping I have many more days like that! Here’s how the rest of the week went:

1/10   Bike – 1.5 hour easy
1/11    Hills – 8 x 20 sec (9mph, 7% incline) 3:00 recovery
             2 mi warm up & 2 mi cool down (9:15 pace)
1/12   Bike LT – 5 min @ 182 bpm, 2.5 min rec, 5 min @ 185  bpm
             20 min w/u, 20 min c/d
1/13   Easy Run – 7 mi @ 9:15 (5 min walk every 3 miles)
1/14   Hills – 8 x 20 sec (9 mph, 7% incline) 2:00 recovery
             2 mi w/u, 2 mi c/d (9:15 pace)
1/15    Bike – 1.5 hours easy (150 bpm)
1/16    Long Run – 8 mi (5 min walk every 3 miles)

Totals:    Run – 26 miles
                  Bike – 4 hours

This week will be much of the same workouts, but I’m going to try and add some pilates and strong classes on my lighter days.


12 Jan

Last night was my first hill workout on a treadmill. When I was in school I spent plenty of time doing hill work outside, but never on a treadmill so this was a new experience for me. I had 2 miles warm up, 8 hill repeats, and 2 miles cool down. I got started on my warm up and to my surprise, no more calf pain! After I got through my first hill I realized that the people around me were looking at me all weird… I had my headphones in while I was running so I wasn’t aware of how loud I must have been. Oh well, I had 7 more to do they were just going to have to deal with it. So after about 4 of them I started thinking about running hills when I was in track… it’s so different from running them on a treadmill. I like running hills outside better, but right now with the snow on the ground, that’s not an option. So as I was nearing the last 2 hills I found myself actually enjoying them… they were getting easier the more of them that I did. I’ve noticed that with my running as well… the first 2.5 miles in of a run I don’t feel so great but at miles 5 or 6 I actually have more energy and feel better than what I did on mile 2! I just wish I had the endurance to be able to run for many miles… it would make training a lot easier.  In time, I guess….

2 miles warm-up (9:40 pace)
8 hills – 7% incline – 9 MPH – 20 secs – 3:00 recovery @ walk
2 miles cool down (9:40 pace)

5.5 miles total

Tonight is a Bike LT workout so hopefully I can get through that and then on to an easy run day on Thursday.