Laps for Laura – Week 11

April 27

This week was the opposite of last week. It started out strong and got progressively yuckier as the week went on. Most of the runs were on the treadmill which in general is not usually good, but I had one great one! Here is the summary:
Mon – Rest day
Tues – 6am yoga and then awesome 4 miles on the tread at lunch! Could and should have run longer, but that dumb work thing got in the way, darn it!
Wed – 40 minutes on the tread at lunch
Thurs -Yoga at lunch
Fri – 35 min on the tread at lunch
Sat – Spent the entire day (literally 7:30am – 7:30pm) at Zach’s lacrosse tournament. We walked all over the place and then I walked about a mile during one of the breaks. No running, but we were wiped out from being outside in all day and really windburned!! Whoooopped!
Sun – Supposed to run 7. I was completely unmotivated, however. It all started with skipping church. We were tired (and Zach was sore) from the tournament yesterday so we skipped church. We did some much needed summer clothes shopping for Z, lunch and groceries and then I needed to get my run done. I had suggested that we go to towpath and the boys ride bikes while I run. I just needed a little extra push today. However, the “we’ll see” answer that I got earlier in the day turned into a big fat no later from the boys. Feeling less and less motivated, I decided to sit down and watch a little television before heading out (mistake). I got sucked into an episode of “My 600-pound Life”. Now, that will motivate me, right?! Just how many episodes of the show “My 600-pound Life” would it take to motivate you to get off the frickin’ couch?!! Well for me today it took two. Yes, I sat through two full episodes of this show before getting my butt out the door!! Have you seen it? They suck you in and then you have to see what happens to these poor people. So after there was a positive resolution to Chuck’s gastric by-pass surgery I finally snapped out of it and laced up the kicks. I was still unmotivated to run 7 so I made up a plan during the first mile. I’ll run half this afternoon and then the rest in the morning before work…yeah, that will work! Do you ever do this? Please tell me I’m not the only one who makes bargains and deals with herself at times in terms of training goals, etc. So, that is what I did. I ran 3 – came back home and coaxed the family into a mile walk before dinner. So tomorrow morning I’m on the hook for 4 miles. Maybe I should have just gone to church!

Laps for Laura – Week 10

April 20, 2014

Good solid week with two runs on the treadmill (snow and cold again!) and two runs outside. The runs got increasingly better as the week went on. Here is this week’s summary with a little narrative to go along with each:

Monday – Rest day
Tuesday – 6am yoga; Lunch run on the tread (4 miles) – very hot and ugly run in the Corbo room at work.
Wednesday – 3 miles on the tread at lunch – supposed to do 50 minutes, but my legs were so tired and made of lead!
Thursday – Rest day
Friday – Morning run – 5 miles outside. I witnessed a truck get stuck underneath the railroad overpass near my house which made me sad for the driver, but on the bright side it also made me alter my route home and so I had a longer and different run which I was longing for anyways.
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10 mile long run after church on Easter Sunday. My original plan was to get up early on Saturday, but I bagged that due to fun coloring Easter eggs, etc. So then plan B was to get up on Sun morning early to get it in, but that got bagged because it would have been too rushed. We had to get Zach to church early to cook for the Easter breakfast (he was the “sausage chef”). So, plan C was to get out there immediately after church. Success!! It was like 63 degrees with a nice breeze and I tried out a pair of new shorts! Once I got more than three miles in I felt in the zone. It is funny how that always happens, but it is so true – the first 2-3 miles seem to always be the hardest – at least during training runs. I’m just glad that it was fair weather and that I could run outside with no problem. I still miss yoga, but that just seems to be how things are going for me for this training cycle. I’ll make more of an intention to get back on my mat again this week!!

Laps for Laura – Week 9

April 13,

Wrapped up another great week today! This weekend the weather was absolutely fantastic – like we just jumped right into summer, but I couldn’t get out until this afternoon for my long run just due to schedules, etc. It was a pretty awful run even though it was just 6 miles. And what did I learn from it? Well, let’s see….

1. I need to drink hydrate better before running when it is 77 degrees! I noticed I stopped sweating – bad sign.
2. I need to go out earlier in the summer – bring back the 6am runs!! I’ve gotten in the habit of running long on Sunday afternoons, but that is just not going to cut it in the summer. I need to recommit to early runs, like pronto!
3. I have to remember that it is another transition to warmer weather and my runs aren’t going to be the same at first. I had to walk off and on, I was slower and it pretty much sucked. I kept having thoughts about being mad at myself for being slow, but then I remembered that I was not used to the heat. So many life lessons to learn!

Here was my summary for the week – all outside runs!!!
Mon – Rest day
Tues – 4 miles outside at lunch
Wed – 3 miles outside at lunch
Thurs – Yoga at lunch
Fri – 4.6 miles outside at lunch
Sat – Rest day – running around
Sun – 6 miles outside (too warm)

Laps for Laura – Week 8

April 6

Great week wrapped up by a long run that served as a transition from treadmill to outside!! I didn’t want to run the entire 9 outside so I split it up – 6 miles outside today on a beautiful afternoon and then 3 miles on the treadmill. The outside part of the run was awesome. The temperature was perfect and it was sunny with just the right amount of wind. I just did an out and back around Hudson. But the real challenge came with the last 3 treadmill miles. Ugh. I had to dial down the speed 3 notches. Thankfully my dear hubby came in and turned some music and the fan on so I was able to push through. Whew – tough run!! Hopefully, now I can just run the rest of the long runs outside. Still need more yoga in my life, but enjoying having breakfast with my hubby more than the 6am’s right now!!! All is well.

Summary of my workout week:
Mon – Rest Day
Tues – 6 am yoga; 3 miles outside at noon
Wed – 3 miles outside at noon
Thurs – 30 minutes on the ellipitical at noon
Fri – 3 miles on the treadmill at noon
Sat – Rest Day
Sun – 9 mile long run (6 miles outside followed by 3 miles on the tread)