Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekly Work-out Wrap-up

Still love my 1st marathon jacket, 4 yrs later. Dorky? Yes. Warm? Also yes. Ended up going 2.5 miles. was supposed to be 12 miles. Apparently I dropped the '1'. Ah, well. I have a few good excuses. Are they good enough for you?

--I'm supposed to be tapering. So since I ran ~40 miles last week, shouldn't I only run 20 this week? 50% taper, right? (I sound pretty convincing, don't I?)
--My toe felt funny when I was walking around Target this morning and with the race 7 days away, why take chances?
--I didn't want to miss the Bears playoff game. Come on! Who knows when this will happen again??!?
--(I'm lazy. This isn't really an excuse, more like an acceptance of truth:) )

So, I turned my last medium long run into a recovery run. And I don't even feel guilty. I really didn't want to do this run. I avoided it yesterday by doing treadmill hills instead and the thought of putting on my Nathan backpack and running for almost 2 hours made me feel ill. So, I didn't. Instead, I went to Haymarket brew-pub w/ Adam and some of his work friends who also happen to be runners. And we were kicking some Sea-hawk butt at half-time when we left:)

Here's the weekly wrap-up:

Miles run (completed/planned): 21/28
Days of Week I Ran: 7/7
(Medium) Long run:
Speed work sessions: 1/1 Speed work completed at goal time: 1/1
Hill Work: 1/1
Biking sessions: 1/2
Swimming sessions: 0/2
: 1/2
Days I Ate Healthfully and Sparingly: 0/7

Things to note:

I'm clearly having trouble ramping up the cross-training. I have a cut-back week after the marathon next week, and then will start my 3 days (only!) a week of running, using the FIRST plan for my 5/15 goal marathon. Ideally, I'd like to do 2 swims, 2 bikes and 2 weight work-outs each week as well. I think I'll have to start slow and work up to this because writing 'spinning' or 'swim' on my work-out calendar isn't providing enough motivation for me to get it done!

I didn't eat so great this week. But I will say that my 'unhealthy' and 'unspare' eating is not nearly as bad as it used to be! For example, last Tuesday, my only infraction was 2 pieces of pizza at lunch (there's no way one can call that healthy!) so not so bad. I'll get back on the band-wagon next week.

For next week:

I will continue to taper because a wise runner once said "When you toe the start line at the marathon, it's better to be 5% undertrained than even 0.1% overtrained."

: 7 miles @ marathon pace
Tuesday: 4 miles, spinning
Wednesday (My Birthday!): rest
Friday: 2-3 miles easy
Saturday: rest
Sunday: Maui Oceanfront Marathon 26.2!!

T minus 4 days until Maui. Woo-hoo!!


  1. have a great week!

  2. those excuses look perfectly reasonable to me!

  3. enjoy your taper, and so much luck your way for next week!!