Monday, January 16, 2017

Week in review Jan. 8-15: Another week of run, lift, and nothing else

Run, lift, blah.
It was an OK week. I got in lots of running and lifted weights twice, but I didn’t do a single other thing. My husband is taking a class a few weeknights this month, so I feel like I should spend time with him on the other nights. One night we spent a wild night buying him some new clothes. How do I handle all this excitement?

So far my goals of doing yoga twice per week and swimming and biking once each per week are not going well. I did some yoga on New Year’s Day but haven’t rolled out my mat since. I swam and rode once each last month while I was off for Christmas break, the first time in the pool since August and in the saddle since October. But I haven’t done either yet for 2017. Sigh.

I don’t know what else to say except that I need more hours in the day. I’m prioritizing running and lifting, going to the job that pays the bills, prepping healthy food, sleeping almost enough, and my marriage. Skipping a swim is less expensive in the long run than a divorce, I guess!

Last week’s workouts were:

Run: Four times, all on the treadmill, for 30 miles in about 4:52. This is my second 30-mile week in a row; I haven’t done that in a year and a half. And, everything feels good. Concentrating on landing mid-foot and not reaching is making my knees happy. Whatever was going on with my tailbone seems to be feeling better. So, I’m going to run (ha) with it.

Weights: Twice, one video and one round of my heavy/body weight routine interspersed with a run, for about 2:15 total. Jillian Michaels is never easy no matter how many times I do that video, and I have been adding reps and weight as I can for my own routine. I am starting to get back muscles I haven’t noticed before, which is pretty awesome. This consistency is paying off.

Total: 6 sessions in about 7 hours, 7 minutes. This includes two days off so I don’t think it was that bad. Yeah, I should have done a little yoga on those two days off, but… I didn’t.

Some other good news: It’s only halfway through the month and I’m already 61 miles into my goal of running 100. I want to bank a few miles because I’m sure I’ll come down with at least one more cold, but so far, so good. We’re supposed to get warm weather later this week so I hope to get outside at least once, but I have Netflix to entertain me on the treadmill if we don’t.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Not a whole lot going on this week

I haven't had much to say this week. It's been work, run, walk the dogs, try to sleep, repeat.

I did shake things up for my workout today. Instead of running and then lifting, I decided to run 2 miles, do some of my weights moves, run another 2, do some more moves, etc. Verdict: Not bad! It was nice to shake things up and try something new. And it never got boring. I'd do it again.

Overlapping workouts.

Yeah, this took me longer than it should have because I got sucked into Orange is the New Black between sets. What can I say... it's Sunday, I can take it a bit easy.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Week in review Jan. 2-8: Run, lift, and that’s it

Run, lift, blah.
I have mixed feelings about last week. Overall, I got a decent amount of stuff done and a decent amount of training in, so yay me. (Having Monday off work helped a lot.) Bonus: We only went out to eat once and that was to catch up with a friend, so double yay for eating healthfully and saving money all week.

But, I didn’t do anything training-wise besides run and lift, and I feel like there is SO MUCH left to do that I just plain don’t have time for. I don’t understand how normal people get in a full night’s sleep, plan out their meals, do two workouts a day, build their core muscles, and that’s not to mention stuff like cleaning out their pantries and friggin’ bullet journaling. Let’s be real here: WTF? Who the hell has time for bullet journaling? Do they not have full-time jobs? I’m serious – I don’t understand.

So while I had a great running and lifting week, the yoga, the pre-hab, the goal to swim and bike once each per week, the pantry-cleaning, the clothes-sorting, the wall scrubbing, etc. all got put to the side. I ended up taking two days off from training: Tuesday to celebrate a friend’s birthday (with a home-cooked dinner at another friend’s house, so it was ideal) and Friday because I was just so over it by then. I hesitated making a crock pot dinner on a Friday but I was so glad I did – there was no temptation to order in barbecue after a long week.

It worked out to be:

Run: Five times, once outside and four times on the treadmill, for 31 miles in just longer than 5 hours. This is my bright spot of the week because this is the first 30-mile week I’ve had since my last marathon in October of 2015; the last time I hit 30 miles training was a month before that, when I was almost certainly running too much for what my body can handle. Yay for building back my running smartly!

But Saturday-ish the left side of my tailbone started acting up, which made running uncomfortable. I stopped halfway through Sunday’s 7-miler to stretch it out, which helped, but it still feels like something in my tailbone is out of line, or I have an inflamed nerve, or something. I had SI joint issues last summer on the right side, but it doesn’t feel quite like that. Maybe I overdid it lifting Saturday? Maybe my form is a bit off with the increased treadmill running? Today is a day off anyway, so I’m going to rest it and see if it feels better tomorrow.

Weights: Twice in about 2 hours, 20 minutes. This was one barre class on Monday, my last day of vacation, and a round of heavy/body weight lifting on Saturday after I was done with my errands and before the Lions snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again. I added a rep or two here or there and added weight for some other moves. Being consistent with lifting twice per week most weeks is starting to pay off.

Total: 7 sessions in about 7 hours, 24 minutes. I mean, this still works out to more than an hour a day, so it’s not all bad.

I sound a little bitter this week. I’m not sure if it’s the cold (we have had single-digit and negative degree wind chills all week), or the post-holiday post-vacation blahs, or what. I do have warmer temperatures to look forward to later this week, so I will try to get in at least one outdoor run. As far as the pantry-cleaning, that might have to wait.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 2017 vs. January 2016

Last January I was rebuilding from some random overuse injuries and ran 16.5 miles.

As of yesterday's run, I'm at 17.5 miles for the month. And it was only the 5th.

I have high hopes for the month!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Oh yeah, 2016 is over or something

This week was back to real life after almost two weeks off. We squeezed in a little bit of fun celebrating a friend’s birthday Tuesday evening (and eating way too much amazing slow-roasted chicken), but yesterday and today have been work, errands, run, eat, food prep, go to bed way too late. At least tomorrow is Friday already.

Since we’re almost a week into 2017 it seems a bit silly to look back at 2016 now. It wasn’t a great year for me nor my training. The highlight was pacing my husband to his first half marathon, a fun Black Friday trail race a few weeks later, and successfully building my running mileage back up from 17 in January to 96 in December.

But I didn’t complete a single multisport event after I skipped my usual spring triathlon and DNF’d a swim race I have done three times already. This the first calendar year since 2009 I didn’t run a marathon, and it was my lowest mileage year since at least 2011, when I was out for months with a tibial stress fracture. It’s the first year in four I didn’t break 1,000 miles (although hitting 666 miles is pretty funny). I struggled with health problems this year, which I believe was the cause of the anxiety I had swimming, and am only now feeling better after cutting out some foods I am apparently allergic to (wtf!) and switching up medication.


Before I dive back in (heh) to the multisport lifestyle, I admit that I’m having a kind of triathlon existential crisis. If I’m not very good at swimming and am a crappy cyclist, why do I keep doing this? If I can stay in shape just running (which, admittedly, I am not very good at either), lifting weights, practicing yoga, and doing the odd random sport or athletic pursuit, than why don’t I?

I don’t have an answer to that yet. One of my January goals is to swim and bike once per week. If I really, really hate it, I don’t have to do it anymore. This is a hobby, not a job. But… I suspect that after a few spins and swims I’ll start to feel The Itch again. Maybe I will make some ridiculous goals for myself. Maybe I won’t. There is still a lot of 2017 left to experience and we'll see what happens.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Week in review Dec. 26 - Jan. 1: Happy New Year!

My brain isn't sure what day of the week or day of the year it is. I totally forgot it was Monday and that I should do a week in review until I got the email from Daily Mile. Oops!

In short, last week was great. I had the week off work, and I did pretty well with training overall. I had FIVE family gathering and friends' parties (including New Year's Eve) so it was busy. But, I got in a nice variety of workouts to end the year on a high note. Plus, I got back in the pool!
A bit of everything.
Run: Four times, three on the treadmill and once on the road, for about 21.75 miles in about 3:32. This brought me to 666 miles for the year, and yes, I did that on purpose.

Weights: Twice, one video and one body/heavy weight session, for about 2:25.

Swim: One VERY slow session of 2400 meters in about 1:11, including drills and everything else.

Yoga: Three times, all self-guided, for about 1:10.

Bike: One 30-minute session to warm up for a weights workout.

Total: 11 sessions in about 8 hours, 50 minutes. Not bad!

Tomorrow it's back to real life. I've spent most of the evening in the kitchen prepping food for the coming week, I did laundry earlier, I did all my grocery shopping for the week, etc. I'm hoping that I planned ahead well enough that a few easy runs and weights videos after work should be easy to fold back into my full-time work schedule. And if not, well... at least it's only a four-day week.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Another successful month of running build!

Late November and early December was The Month of All the Sicknesses: 24-hour flu, then strep throat, then a cold, then an allergic reaction to maybe the amoxicillin or maybe something else, then a cold sore. So, I was lucky to get in any running at all.

But I rallied later in the month and was pretty consistent with my routine of running two days in a row and lifting on the third day. Today I did an easy 4 OUTSIDE with my husband to smash my goal for December of "run 90-95 miles." Yeah, I did consider doing 8 to make it an even 100, but my left knee felt a little tender today so I took it easy.
This was a great way to end the year!
If you're keeping track, that's 666 for the year. Yes, I did that on purpose! Ha ha! I wanted to end the year on a round number but that was even better.

Anyway, for December, those runs are mostly 5-7 milers on the treadmill, doing a variety of easy runs and speedy-ish runs — nothing too difficult. I did a 9-miler on Christmas Eve, my longest run since the Freep Half in October. I don't have anything on the schedule, so I don't see a reason for me to be doing anything longer right now.

I feel like I have been running steadily enough, and being consistent enough with my strength training, that I can make 100 miles per month a goal for 2017. Yeah, I know I got set back by SI joint and IT band issues in late 2015/early 2016 and didn't make my goal then, but it's a whole new year.

Happy new year!