Weekly Recap – The week Tabata handed me my butt on a silver sore plate

The theme of last week can be summed up into one word. Soreness.  But let’s start from Monday,

Monday – 8 Miles 7:38 pace on the treadmill

and on a side note, my little garden pepper plant flowered! I really hope I get at least one pepper.

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Tuesday – 45 minute tabata class, 45 minute spin class and concluded with 30 minutes of swimming! Busy day!

What is tabata? It’s basically a high intense interval workout. You do a move for 20 seconds rest 10 repeat until you get 4 minutes. The actual moves and how many you do are up to the instructor. I couldn’t do anything with push-ups because of my shoulder injury so instead I just did more squats.

Since I haven’t started to feel any soreness yet, I did an evening spin class followed by 30 minutes of swimming. I’m still slow and my shoulder is cranky, but I try to get out there and get used to the water.


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Wednesday – 5 miles run 7:48 pace
Squats + lunges after not doing them for a year means I am literally limping around the office. Taking a single step by day 3 was worse than torture. Trying to get up was an even bigger pain. After sitting at my cubicle all morning. I stiffened up and felt terrible. I did try to shake myself out a little bit with a 5 mile run. Actually, I was going to 8 but 5 was all my soreness could tolerate.photo 2 (9)

Thursday – 45 minute spin class

I had all these glorious plans of running or maybe a power hour spin class. Instead, I could barely get myself out of bed. I did finally make it to spin class and for 45 minutes I felt a million bucks better until I went back to sitting. Other than that, instead of working out, I did lots of napping and trying to eat as much protein as possible. I don’t know if it helped, but I like to pretend it did. Plus salsa and eggs are like the best thing in the world.

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Friday – 1 hour swim 2K yards

Technically my swimming time was more like 57 minute but let’s just round it up.

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My favorite candy in the world. I recently picked some up when I went to visit my parents in upstate NY, because the Walmart there is the only store that carries non-stale ones.

And yes, I took a mental vacation day on Friday. Ran errands, got my hair done, sacrificed a perfectly good hair day for a swim.

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I don’t know why I’m glaring, call it a mild heat stroke.


And I have no regrets…

because when you go to the pool in the middle of the day, the only person you have to share a lane is yourself. Yup, all the screaming kids, the dbag who only swims in fins and the crazy but baller lady who does breast strokes in a shower cap generally tend to not be there on an early Friday afternoon. It actually made swimming pleasant. I even hit up the hot tub and sauna afterwards for shoulder therapy.

I don’t like to brag, but I would make a killer stay at home cat mama.

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Saturday. – 8 mile run 7:55 pace

I posted this on instagram and I’m sure many agree, but I struggle so much with staying motivated to run in the summer. My mind gets so easily distracted with the heat and summer BBQs, that three hour runs in the morning is the last thing I want to do. I wasted 2 hours before I finally made it out the door for an hour. It’s shorter than I wanted to, but I did make it outside so I’m happy with that.

Sunday – 4 trail miles 13 minute pace that involved being lost followed with 1,000 yards of swimming. 9.1 evening miles at 7:58 pace.

So cut my trail run short so I could get to the pool before the masses woke up. Saw a hairball the size of a cat which doesn’t sup[rise me much.

After my swim, heading to the beach to check out some baller sand sculptures!

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And I concluded my day with a 9 mile run because it just felt like a nice night.



How was your weekend? 

Ever been to a sand sculpture competition?

Weekly Recap – How to slack on triathlon training

They say that you SHOULD do more of what you’re weak at and less of your strength. Well this week was quite the opposite! The weather was amazing so of course I had to strap on running shoes and get out there. However, that left little motivation to sit inside on a bike trainer.

Adding to my lack of motivation to do things that I’m bad at, is my speed meter. I’m having trouble with my speed cadence which leaves me a bit discouraged. It is a bit more motivating to see 18mph I had last week than the 6.8mph it’s giving me this week. Furthermore to my slacking, I know I have the summer after my 50 miler to focus on biking!
Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 13.1 mile run 10 mile bike
I ran 8 miles in the morning on incline 2, alternating between 8.2MPH to 7.8 MPH with a 1 mile warm up. Average pace claimed 7:33. After work I got on the training and after 30 minutes my speed cadence started to hate me so I biked for 5 minutes more and decided to do a brick run instead! 5.1 miles on my homemill 7:50 pace.

Wednesday 7 miles
Legs tired after Tuesday. Got through 7 miles incline 3 at 8:12 pace

Thursday 10 miles + 35 minute ride
8 miles at 7:40 on incline 2, then 2 painful miles at at incline 3 of a run/walk combo crawl. Legs were a little tired, but I pushed them since next two weeks I have Little Rock marathon so aside from race day, I would take it a little easy.

My bike ride was another mystery mileage. Garmin told me 4 miles, but I pedaled harder than Tuesday that told me 10 miles before.

Thursday Rough Day

My cat tried to join on the trainer ride!

Friday 7 miles
The plan was for recovery as I set the treadmill to 8:12 pace or so on incline 2 but somehow I kept speeding up without it feeling harder.  Maybe it was season 7 of doctor who that I just started?? Either way, I stopped at 7 because I didn’t want to empty my legs out before the killer heat wave weekend we have. My average pace ended up being 7:42, oops.

Doc Who

Saturday 15 Miles
Such a beautiful, beautiful day! I didn’t make it outside until 2PM so I lost a good opportunity of running without cars. It was great to run in a t-shirt but not so fun trying to avoid cars. Lots of praying on this running. Dear people, please don’t text and drive, please see me in my bright colors, please don’t run me over! I got no where to go!

Saturday Run

I’m ecstatic to wear no sleeves!

Sunday 20.25 Miles
Although the day was overcast and the weather about 10 degrees cooler than Saturday, my run went a bit better than Saturday. Even with all the snow melting, it was still not enough for the majority of the sidewalks and running paths. That walk button is really useful! This is one of those crazy intersection

Sunday Run Snow

I ran in random parts to the lake in Wakefield that I was hoping would be runnable. Instead I only had about a mile of the parking area to run on before I reached the parked cars and then a route. So I turned around and went back to praying that no one is texting and driving!

Sunday Run Total

I did have a close call with a biker as well. Guy was bombing down the road as he did have the right of way, but almost ran into me as neither of us saw each other behind a snow bank. Very scary and very unpleasant for us both!

My heart really goes out to anyone training for this first marathon this winter! It’s a tough one, but you’ll be ready for anything by race day!

Total Miles – 72.35 Running and about 20 or 70 minutes of biking

Total Feelings – Quads are sore! Most be the double long runs this weekend! 

How was your weekend?