Sunday, March 18, 2012

it's been a week?? (plus Train Like A Mother tidbits)

I can't believe I didn't blog at all last week.  Oops.

I had a pretty strong week in the fitness & health area last week.

After last Sunday's a little too speedy long run, I needed another rest day on Monday.  Yoga or Pilates would have been a good idea, but it didn't happen.

On Tuesday I did a 3 mile recovery run. I don't mind running on the treadmill much, as long as I can vary the paces and challenge myself. It takes a lot of discipline for me to not push the pace.  But when I checked in on the Run Like A Mother Facebook page, they reiterated the importance of running at the slower paces as part of training.  Thankfully I had the latest episode of Another Mother Runner Radio to keep me occupied. My overall pace was 10:39.  Not quite the 11:00 the Smartcoach App says I should be at, but close.

Wednesday I squeezed an Insanity workout in between getting home from work and going back to church. I wish I had time to run AND do Insanity on the same days.  I would seriously do it. There is something about my feet hitting the pavement (or the treadmill belt) that brings sanity and rhythm to my soul. I love the sweat and the soreness of Insanity, but I need the runs too.

I knew that getting my run in early was my best bet for Thursday. Even though I had just done Insanity 12 hours prior, I was able to get some speedwork out of my legs before my husband left for work.

Friday my legs were toast! I intended to get some Yoga in, but a few unexpected things came up and it didn't happen. A day at home with my kids is almost automatically active recovery anyhow, so there was plenty of movement.

Saturday was long run day. It was rainy, which is unusual for San Diego. I couldn't decide if I should attempt to run in the rain or if I'd be miserable. I wasn't sure what kind of gear I was supposed to wear to run in the rain. I went back and forth several times, and finally ended up on the treadmill. I started watching Netflix and that helped the time pass. I was supposed to do 6 miles but ended at 5 because my iPhone battery was dead and I was anxious to get going on the rest of the day as it was close to 11am by then.

Next time I think I may try running in the rain. In my neighborhood, I can turn around and come home pretty quickly if I was that miserable.  But this time, running on the treadmill helped me keep my pace where it was supposed to be--right around 11min. Thanks to the distraction of Netflix!

I did fairly well on my eating this past week too.  I am feeling more toned and slimmer and I think the scale is showing a small loss.

I was VERY excited to get my review copy of Train Like A Mother in the mail at the end of the week. I've already devoured the first few chapters and skimmed a few others. I love how meaty this book is--it's not a quick, easy read--there is real substance to it and I love it. Some books I can finish in 1-2 days, but I don't even want to finish this one that fast. There is so much to absorb.

A few weeks ago I decided to do a 10K training plan. I've never raced a 10k and this will be a homemade race (me, my sister and a few friends ) but I really want to see what I can do.  I am really excited about the "Own it" 10K training plan in the book. I've been using Smartcoach, but I think I'll switch over to this one, or meld the two.

The book recommends using a race time from the past year to gauge your training and race goals. My last race time is almost 18 months old. I think I am going to try to run a Magic Mile in the next week or two and see where I'm at.

I can't wait to finish the book and share my thoughts. But from the first few chapters, I will tell you--pre-order it NOW (it's only $9.89 right now!). You want this book.