Weekly Training: 4/21-4/27

Can you believe that it’s almost May already? That’s crazy to me. School is out in three weeks. Three. And seniors are done in just two. 2014 is f-l-y-i-n-g.

This week, in particular, seemed to go really fast. It was busy, as J and I were both sitting on interview committees in addition to our usual stuff. But I still managed to get in a pretty solid week of training. I started one of the four-week programs from the Nike Training Club app, and so several days were double workout days.

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I also logged more treadmill time than I’d really like to this time of year. I didn’t know how late the interview evenings would go, and if I ended up having to skip a workout, I’d rather have it be a Nike strength workout than a running one, which meant lots of a.m. runs this week. Treadmill running is better than no running!

That was a large paragraph. I threw a random recycled picture in the middle of it because I did not take one single picture this week, but no one likes a post without pictures.

Anyway… here’s how the week went down:

Monday: AM: Nike total body workout
PM: 7-mile easy run

Tuesday: AM: Treadmill hill intervals for 6 miles. They were hard and I didn’t like them.
PM: 45-minute Nike yoga workout. One thing I like about this program is that it schedules in yoga and stretching, and we all know how often I do those if left to my own devices.

Wednesday: AM: 8 miles easy
PM: Nike total body workout

Thursday: AM: I called this my ADD workout because I couldn’t decide what to do. I did some hard and fast hills, some flat and fast intervals, and some long, steady climbs until I hit 8 miles
PM: Nike legs and back workout.

Friday: After three days in a row of treadmilling, I was more than ready to get outside. And it was 72 degrees and sunny. And I wasn’t sure if I would have time to do my long run Saturday (turns out, I would have). So I left work uncharacteristically early and ran 14 miles. It was blissful. A little slow and painful due the combination of Thursday’s hard workouts and the fact that I haven’t run 14 miles in MONTHS, but blissful nonetheless.

Saturday: I don’t usually run the day after a long run, but Saturday’s weather was nice and today’s was nasty, so I went out for 5 easy miles. I planned to do 7 to get me to 50 for the week, but my legs and guts were both complaining by mile 2.5, so I called it a day (but still had to run home, hence the 5). Then I did a 30-minute Nike workout which, no surprise, was really hard since my legs were super tired.

Sunday: Rest.  Much-appreciated.

Totals: 48 miles, 45 minutes yoga, 2.5ish hours strength

The upcoming week is pretty busy, too. I’m not sure what my interview schedule looks like (the only candidate we felt was a good fit turned the job down, so my boss is scrambling to find more applicants), and we’ve got a couple of evening commitments, too. I want to make sure to stay on top of workouts and clean eating, though, because we’re going to Myrtle Beach in a month and I am vain. At least I’m also honest?

In other news, I decided not to do the Run to the Shrine, so no poop medal for me this year. The calendar was just too busy, and race day is pretty much our only chance to get in our garden before it’s too late (and even then, it’s pretty late). Having a summer of homegrown veggies > winning a poo medal. Maybe next year!

And now, I need to go hang out with the world’s cutest nephew for his first birthday party. Adios!

Anybody race this weekend? Now that I don’t have one on the calendar for a while, I want to live vicariously through you. 

What was the best part of your weekend?

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Training: 4/21-4/27”

  1. Looks like a pretty good week! Best part of my weekend. hmm maybe having most of today to myself and getting in some good workouts, my kids spent most of the weekend at their grandma’s house.

  2. I cannot believe that you get out of school in THREE WEEKS! That is so soon. We go until June 12. Fourty-eight miles on top of a busy week and strength training. I admire you.

  3. I don’t have anything on our race schedule and it’s driving me nuts! I definitely train better with something on the calendar. Great workouts this week!

  4. I am in the same boat….well, actually I am done with my MBA classes this week! Finals next week, and then I have a masters in Business! Cant believe that 🙂 Very excited though! Looks like you managed to get all you needed to in training wise, but I am not jealous of all the treadmill runs!

    My weekend was full of penn relays and sunday was relaxing day!

    I have the brooklyn half coming in a few weeks, hoping to SMASH my PR 😀

  5. I have those ADD blend days too, where you just feel like getting it all in and in no particular order. I went out on a bike ride today and had the same kind of experience (no route – just rode). I am SO ready to partake in a race – it has been way too long! Now that you are only three weeks away from school letting out, what do you typically do over the summers?

    1. I don’t think I’ve had a “typical” summer yet, haha. So far in the summers, I’ve gotten married, gone to grad school, or bought a house and spent the summer moving/setting up. This year, I’m teaching a summer course at the community college and doing the usual teacher summer stuff — catching up on professional reading, working on curriculum, etc. And I read a lot of adolescent lit and call it “research.” 🙂

  6. Nice training! Seriously impressed with the amount and variety of cross training you do! I’m really bad at making it a priority and don’t have a gym membership…so I end up doing nothing! Not good. Do you use an app.? Sorry if this is old news. I’m new to your blog!

    1. I’ve just started using the Nike Training Club app. I like it — it’s good for at-home workouts as long as you have basic equipment like dumbbells and a stability ball. I’m glad you’re reading!

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