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Workout Windup: Hittin’ the Weights

That’s right everyone, Workout Windup is back! For those of you who are new to this neck of the blog-o-sphere, workout windup is my way of keeping track and setting myself up for a great week of workouts. It gives that level of accountability, while hopefully encouraging you to set your own weekly goals for some seriously awesome sweat sessions.

Now that racing season is on hiatus for me right now and I don’t have a big race lined up until November (as of now), I really want to focus on strength training. I do it as much as I can when training for races, but admit that I’m not always the best at sticking to a solid schedule. Now that physical therapy is over, I’m on my own with scheduling. Lucky for me, I have some awesome blogger friends who have invited me to a bunch of workouts this week, with some other fun things sprinkled in. Here’s what I plan on tackling:

  • Figure 4 on Sunday at 3:30p.m. with blogger friends; upper body work at home
  • Upper body work on Monday at 12p.m.; CrossFit intro class at 7p.m. with Jocelyn
  • Easy 3-mile run on Tuesday at 6:30a.m. (if my quads don’t hate me); Yoga at 4:30p.m.
  • Rest on Wednesday
  • SoulCycle at 7a.m. or 7p.m. on Thursday (wait listed, so hopefully I get in!); lower body work at home
  • Upper body work on Friday at 12p.m.
  • Five or six-mile run on Saturday
  • Upper body work at home on Sunday

 (At FITNESS Magazine’s Meet & Tweet #fitblognyc)

Oh, and I’m thinking about joining a soccer league again, so I can regain my long-lost soccer skillz. I’d like to be less pathetic if I ever get to hang with Mia Hamm again. ‘Cause we’re best friends now. Totally.

What workouts are you rockin’ out this week? And what fun things did you do over the weekend? 

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Workout Windup: Marathon Training Push

Good evening, friends! I hope you all had a great President’s Day yesterday. If you had the day off, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and got some extra much-needed rest (it was much-needed for me, anyway). If you didn’t, I hope you were able to be super productive and knock a bunch of stuff off of your to-do list.

I’ve been knocking workouts off my to-do list left and right, pushing through marathon training to get to that fabulous day in Nashville. It’s sneaking up on me quickly and I am so excited. I love feeling my body get stronger and watching myself improve. It’s still crazy to think I’ll be able to run 26.2 miles in a little over 2 months, but it feels great to just let go and trust the process.

Here were my scheduled workouts for the last week, and how they all played out:

  • Meet with coach Abby for light work/evaluation on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 7 a.m., strength train at 6:30 p.m.
  • 4-mile tempo run on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m., hot power yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance and upper body exercises on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Run 14 miles on Saturday Run 10 miles
  • Run 3 miles on Sunday Rest

I skipped my upper body exercises on Friday because I’ve been fighting a cold this week and my body just didn’t want to do anymore. If I kept going, I would’ve half-assed the moves and I didn’t want to do that. So I saved them for another day, which ended up being Monday.

I had a really crappy run on Saturday and couldn’t get in a good groove for multiple reasons. My body couldn’t push out any more than 10 miles, and after beating myself up over it for a while, my run coach helped me chill out when she wasn’t pissed at me. My knee gave me a lot of trouble too, so I took Sunday as a rest day to elevate, ice, stretch and foam roll. My main goal for this week is to make sure I get in my Sunday run so my body starts getting used to running on fatigued legs.

Speaking of goals, here’s what I have lined up this week:

  • Run 4 miles and upper body exercises on Monday at 10 a.m. (woohoo, day off!)
  • Cross-train and lift on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 1 mile warm-up, 4×800’s (with 400m jog in between) on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance and upper body exercises on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 12 miles on Saturday + showing family all over NYC
  • Run 4 miles on Sunday + showing family all over NYC

Here’s to another great week of workouts!

What workout are you most looking forward to this week?

Workout Windup: Full Steam Ahead

I realize I’m late with last week’s Workout Windup, but I’m going to fill y’all in anyway. My week was great, especially in workout land, I just got sucked into everything else going on that it slipped my mind! So let’s make up for time lost by cutting right to the chase, alright?

What I had on the schedule, and what ended up going down:

  • Rest on Monday
  • Run 6 miles on Tuesday at 7 or 8 p.m.
  • Yoga DVD on Wednesday Rest
  • Run 4 miles on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., added lunchtime yoga session to make up for Wednesday
  • Rest on Friday
  • Run 12 miles Saturday morning, dance the night away at Cayla’s wedding
  • Yoga DVD on Sunday or Rest

I realize that looks like a lot of rest, but I still felt every workout! And I met every goal, so I can’t be upset. I was very excited about my 12-mile run: despite cold temperatures, falling snow, tons of hills and some bowel issues, I pushed through and finished in just under two hours. I call that a success.

Here’s what I have lined up for this week (or at least what’s left of it…so far I’m right on track!)

  • Meet with Coach Abby for light work/evaluation (details to come!) on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 7 a.m., strength train at 6:30 p.m.
  • 4-mile tempo run on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m., hot power yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance & upper body exercises on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Run 14 miles on Saturday
  • Run 3 miles on Sunday

I’m feeling nice and sore this evening from this week’s workouts and am fully embracing tomorrow’s rest day. I need to gear up for Saturday’s long run…and catch up on shameless TV 😉

What sweat sessions do you have lined up the rest of the week? 

Workout Windup: Rockin’ the Workouts

While week two of Workout Windup didn’t pan out so well, week three went pretty fantastic. Let’s hop right to it, shall we? Here’s how my workouts went:

  • Rest on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 6 a.m.
  • Barry’s Boot Camp on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • Hot power at Pure Yoga on Thursday at 6 p.m.
  • Yoga DVD on Friday at 7 a.m., strength training at 6:30 p.m. Rest
  • Run 10 miles on Saturday
  • Rest Sunday

I did every workout I had planned except for Friday and Sunday, and frankly, I’m ok with it. I really listened to what my body wanted this week and well, it told me it needed rest days on those two days. I didn’t want to push too hard and risk worsening my situation, and I think I met that happy medium this week. Especially during that 10-mile run on Saturday. My knee wasn’t in pain, but my body definitely pushed for those 10 miles. It was the perfect distance for me to really get in a solid, hard workout (TWSS).

MRI is scheduled for tomorrow night, so hopefully I’ll have an update by Wednesday on how to proceed. In the meantime, I’m going to slowly incorporate more running into the schedule because it’s time for marathon training to begin! This week, here’s what I have planned:

  • SoulCycle on Monday at 7 a.m.
  • Run 3 miles on Tuesday at 7 a.m.
  • Hot yoga at Yoga to the People on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 4-6 miles on Thursday at 6:30 a.m., strength at 6:30 p.m.
  • Rest Friday
  • Run 11 miles on Saturday
  • Yoga DVD on Sunday

Now I’m off to pay some bills (fun, fun) before heading to bed. Good night!

Now you tell me: How did your workouts go this past week? And what do you have on the schedule now?

Workout Windup: Getting on Track

So week two of Workout Windup was a bit of a fail. I planned to fit in all of these workouts, but I let life get the best of me. I had a busy week at work and just didn’t make the time that I needed to break a sweat. I know it was because I didn’t schedule exactly what I would be doing. I work well with structure, so that’s just what I need to do. So I ended up doing this:

  • SoulCycle on Monday morning, not going balls to the wall Walk around Astoria Park, about 3 miles
  • Hot power at Pure Yoga on Monday afternoon 
  • Rest Tuesday SoulCycle on Tuesday morning
  • Yoga DVD on Wednesday
  • Strength, incline walking on treadmill on Thursday
  • Rest Friday
  • Light run on Saturday, mileage TBD
  • Rest and/or yoga on Sunday

Like I said, a bit of a fail, but at least I did something. I also made a lot of progress in the doctor department. I saw two doctors last week, and my third one today. Post coming later this week on my diagnosis —  I still need to get an MRI for the final results.

So, pending doc’s approval, my schedule for this week is:

  • Rest on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 6a.m.
  • Barry’s Boot Camp on Wednesday at 5p.m.
  • Hot power at Pure Yoga on Thursday at 6p.m.
  • Yoga DVD on Friday at 7a.m., strength training at 6:30p.m.
  • Run Saturday, mileage TBD
  • Strength training on Sunday

In other news, I got my hair cut on Sunday! It’s a pretty big change for me, but I’m a fan 🙂

This is what I looked like before….

(Lots of temptation in the office last week)

This is what I look like now!

Now you tell me: what workouts do you have planned this week? 

Workout Windup: Sticking to Goals

Workout windup is back! Although I’m in the midst of some crazy pain problems as far as my hip and knee are concerned, I’m determined to still fit in as many workouts as my body (and doctors) will allow me. So I’m resurrecting Workout Windups on Sundays to help keep me on track. I’ll recap what workouts I completed for the week, then plan out what I’m doing the next.

Let’s get right to it, shall we? This week I…

  • Went to hot power yoga at Pure Yoga on Wednesday. My friend, Lauren, tagged along for a community event Pure was having. We selected hot power, one of my favorites and her first go at it, and then sampled some sushi after. Perfect combination! Next time I’ll remember to take a photo…
  • Ran 4 very cold and blustery miles on Sunday
  • Did a yoga DVD twice on Sunday. The only one I have in my apartment right now is a half-hour long, so I went through it twice to give me a good 60 minutes. Right now yoga seems to be the only thing I can do that leaves me completely pain-free (I haven’t tried swimming yet), so I’m going to try and incorporate that into my workouts more often.

Nothing too crazy, but I’m glad I was able to fit some sweat sessions in before heading to the many doctors I owe a visit.

This week, my plan is to listen to my body. So as long as I’m not experiencing a lot of pain, I’m going to:

  • SoulCycle on Monday morning, not going balls-to-the-wall
  • Hot power at Pure Yoga on Monday afternoon
  • Rest Tuesday
  • Yoga DVD on Wednesday
  • Strength, incline walking on treadmill on Thursday
  • Rest Friday
  • Light run on Saturday. Mileage TBD
  • Rest and/or yoga on Sunday

And there ya have it! Now I’m off to relax and watch the Golden Globes!

P.S. Did anyone else watch the football game last night? Broncos got SPANKED! Go Patriots 🙂

Now you tell me: what workouts did you do this week? And what’s on the calendar next week? 

Workout Windup: Half-Marathon Training Week 5

Hey guys! So sorry I’ve been off the radar the past few days. Things have been crazy busy at work and I’ve been working on some behind-the-scenes stuff for the blog, but I haven’t forgotten about you, I swear! So let’s hop right to it and see how my workouts went for week five of half-marathon training!

Goals:

  • 1 strength workout
  • 1 yoga class
  • 1 spin session
  • Run 27 miles

How I fared:

Monday: Ran 2 miles

I was supposed to do more, but it was one of those days when I couldn’t shake a headache, no matter what I did. Tried to pound out more, but this is as much as my body could take.

Tuesday: Ran 3 miles + SoulCycle Madonna Ride

Laced up my sneaks in the morning to make up the missed miles from Monday, then headed to SoulCycle for my cross-training at night! Amazing class!! Check out the recap I wrote about it for FITNESS here.

© SoulCycle

Wednesday: Speed Work –> Yasso 800s 4.71 miles

This was my first time doing speed work. I think I did well, and I’m excited to incorporate it into more workouts!

Thursday: Ran 6.5 miles

Friday: Off

Saturday: Ran 11 miles

Sunday: Yoga DVD

Totals:


Miles run (this week): 27

Miles run (total): 96

Strength workouts: 0

Spin classes: 1

Yoga sessions: 1

Thoughts:

I met nearly all of my goals this week, but I’m still very happy with my training for the week because I put in all the time on my feet that I needed! It’s race week now, so it’s the final countdown!!

Back to work I go — I have run club again tonight with Lululemon, but pop over later…I’ll be back with a fun giveaway!

Workout Windup: Half-Marathon Training Week 3

Three weeks of training in the bag! This week was a little difficult because I ended up being sick for most of the week, and ended up having to forgo all types of exercise on Thursday and Friday. Nonetheless, I still managed to get in a decent amount of mileage! Let’s see how it played out, shall we?

Goals:

  • 1 strength workout
  • 1 yoga class
  • 1 spin class
  • Run 21 miles
  • 7 planks

How I fared:

Monday: Run 4 miles

Tuesday: Run 2 miles + strength workout

I tested out a new barre class that just hit New York Sports Clubs, and it was a ton of fun! My legs were quivering from the wide variety of exercises, and I got a decent amount of cardio in the hour-long workout as well. Success all the way around!

Wednesday: Run 3 miles

I was supposed to run 5 miles this day, but was starting to feel icky. Plus I was running late, so I caved. I was hoping to make up the extra mileage at night, but I ended up feeling awful by the end of the day.

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: Fifth Avenue Mile + 7-Mile Long Run

Photo via New York Road Runners

I had a blast running the Fifth Avenue Mile with my co-workers, and had a semi-successful long run afterward. Being bit by a dog is always fun…just kidding.

Sunday: Off

Totals:

Miles run (this week): 17

Miles run (total): 46

Strength workouts: 1

Spin sessions: 0

Yoga classes: 0

Planks: Whatever I did in the barre class.

Thoughts:

I’d still say this week was successful because I got a lot of exercise in despite being sick. And I was able to fit in my long run, which is really important. I’m going to be extra careful not to miss any workouts this week — I already did five miles today!

How did your workouts go for the week? Any fun stuff planned this week?

Workout Windup: Half-Marathon Training Week 1

Welcome to a new series on the blog! I decided this was the best way to track my training, and this way you can all follow along (if you wish). Plus I know it’ll help me stick to my September goals if  I know I’m being held accountable to you guys on a weekly basis.

I plan on normally posting this series every Sunday evening, but decided to wait until today for the initial post because I stepped away from my computer this weekend. This is my first time being in NYC on the anniversary of September 11, and I think being here for the 10th anniversary was monumental. I didn’t want my focus to be ripped away by technology; I just wanted to absorb. It was extremely moving and I’ve never felt more happy about where I am. The American pride oozing from every street corner was just inspiring and incredibly humbling. I’m so glad to be here.

…Getting back on track, let’s see how my workouts went this week! My goals were:

  • 1 strength workout
  • 1 yoga class
  • 1 spin class
  • Run 20 miles
  • 7 planks

This is how I did:

Monday: Run 4 miles

Tuesday: Run 3 miles

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Spin

Normally I love spin, but this week I was not having any of it. I blame part of it on the fact that I was under a lot of stress and couldn’t get my mind off of it, and the other part on the new instructor I tried out. I was not a fan.

Recycled photo

Friday: Hot Power Yoga

This class was awesome! My favorite style of yoga thus far. I love the flexibility to work at your own pace and level, and I like that it’s still hot for me to get a heavy dose of sweat on. I will be returning!

Saturday: 6 mile run + strength workout

My legs felt heavy at first, but quickly fell into a groove and I finished strong! Love that I had enough energy afterward to dive straight into an upper body and core workout.

Recycled photo

Sunday: Off

Totals: 

Miles run (this week): 13

Miles run (total): 13

Strength sessions: 1

Yoga sessions: 1

Spin sessions: 1

Planks: 3

So I was semi-successful this week. I crapped out of my 4-mile run and 3-mile run on Wednesday and Sunday, but I’m not beating myself up about it. My plan allows for some flexibility, but I’m definitely going to try to stick to it more from here on out.

I’m really happy I fit in my strength, yoga and spin sessions too! Crafting my schedule to different studios and lifting after a long run has been trying, but definitely manageable.

In other news, I need your help! I was originally going to title this post “Workout Windup: New Orleans Training Week 1,” but my race got cancelled! I found out Friday afternoon that my birthday race was postponed until 2012 “due to logistical obstacles.” Seriously depressing. I was really looking forward to running in New Orleans for my 22nd birthday — I have to make it better than my 21st! So here’s where you come in: please, please, please tell me of all half-marathon races that you know of in October and November. My race was originally November 20, but I’m willing to look at races outside that weekend right now. And if you’ve run them already, tell me how you liked it!

I’ll leave with you a heartwarming quote I saw when I opened up a piece of Dove chocolate that I nibbled on last night.

It’s so true. Just ask my friend Andrew, who’s formed a great relationship with my giant stuffed bear, who he’s named Jeffrey.

You can’t mess with a love like that 😉

Have you signed up for any fall races? If so, how’s your training going?