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Lincoln Marathon Training, Week 4

Can you believe January is more than halfway over? If feeling that every year goes faster than the last is a sign that you’re getting old… well, I’m old. The good news is that the Colorado weather gods decided we’d been punished enough, and the past few days have been 50 degrees and glorious. And the days are getting longer all the time, so soon I’ll be back to outdoor runs on more than just the weekends.

Here’s how the training week went:

Monday: 

AM: About 30 minutes of upper-body and core work, including some planks for SweatPink’s #NoExcuses challenge
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PM: 11 miles easy. Or as easy as 11 miles on a treadmill on a Monday night can be.

Tuesday; 

AM: 30 minutes of lower-body and core

PM: 13 miles. That’s a long time on a treadmill, but on the bright side, I was able to watch almost the whole premier of The Bachelor. Yes, I know it premiered a week ago, but Hulu  won’t let me watch it free until the next episode is out. And it’s not within my pride to pay for that.

Wednesday: 

Only one workout: a five-mile recovery run and 10 #NoExcuses burpees.

Nothing says "I'm working hard" like looking at the camera to make sure it's working...
Nothing says “I’m working hard” like looking at the camera to make sure it’s fliming…

Thursday: 

AM: 45 minutes of full-body strength training

PM: 9-mile run with 4 at tempo. I hate tempo runs. Have I mentioned that?

Friday: 

5-mile recovery run and 15 minutes of yoga to try to loosen up my tight legs.

Saturday: 

We went to Denver Friday night with Jordan’s family, and I planned to do my long run in Denver Saturday morning. But we were staying way out by the airport (i.e. nowhere good to run that I know of), and when we woke up, the wind was howling. So I decided to wait until afternoon, which was a terrific choice: the wind died down, the sun was shining, and I ran 15 miles in shorts.
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Shorts weather also means snow-melting and mud-making weather.

Sunday: 

45 minutes of yoga. I tried a new-to-me video on Amazon. It wasn’t my favorite, but my legs and hips felt a lot better afterward. And I took a picture for the #NoExcuses challenge, because prizes.
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Totals: 58 miles running, about 2:45 strength and stretch.

This week, I plan to head back to the gym for my strength sessions. I avoided it the last couple of weeks because one, doing it in my basement is easier, especially in the early mornings, and two, I didn’t want to fight New Year’s crowds. But I need to lift some heavier weights, and I know that, so back to the gym I go tomorrow.

Anyone else wearing shorts in January?

What’s your next event?

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Target Practice on Tuesday. Because I Like to Keep You Guessing.

At first, I was writing my Target Practice posts on Mondays. It made sense to me to write out my weekly goals on the first day of the week. Then, the school year started back up and Mondays got crazy busy, so I  decided to move Target Practice to Sunday night. This Sunday came and went with no time for blogging, so here we are on Tuesday. If you like consistency in your blogs, then maybe this is the wrong place for you.


Me, too, Bearcat. Me too.

Target Practice
(As always, thanks to FIt. Fun. Femme. for letting me jump on the T.P. bandwagon. That phrase sounded better in my head.)

Let’s look at last week’s goals. I’m grading myself because I’m back in teacher mode:

Life: Blog three times. I made it twice. Grade: D.

Health: Eat clean, including avoiding the candy dishes at work. Overall, I did okay.  I did hit the candy dish twice, but two bite-size pieces of chocolate in a week will probably not cause any major damage. I also ate old-fashioned (refined) spaghetti at a fund-raiser dinner and shared some cake with J at our nephew’s baptism. That’s moderation, not failure. Grade: A-.

Fitness: If you’ve read these posts for a few weeks, I bet you know what my goal was: run a lot, strength train twice, yoga once, stretch/foam roll once. Last week looked like this:
Monday: AM – 8-mile fartlek run PM – Muscle Works class (which was killer last week!)
Tuesday: AM- 6 miles easy PM- 30 minutes yoga
Wednesday: AM- 10 miles — 1.2-mile tempo intervals
Thursday: AM- 6 miles easy PM – 60-minute strength workout in my basement because I was too dang hot and tired to go to the gym
Friday: AM- 5 miles easy PM- Considered stretching/rolling and did not
Saturday: 21-mile run
Sunday: Rest
Totals: 56 miles run, 2 hours strength, 30 minutes yoga, another fail on the stretching. Grade: B.

Now, for this week:

Life: Let’s try blogging three times again and see if I can do it. We had standardized testing yesterday and today (yes, it’s only the second week of school. Welcome to the world of testing education), so I was able to get caught up on grading. You know, until tomorrow, when all my students turn stuff in again. But maybe the smaller grading stack will open up blogging time.

Health: I have got to figure this sleeping thing out. I go to bed like a 90-year-old, but getting up at 4:15 to work out is still rough, and I’m tired and afraid I’m going to catch the nasty diseases my students are already spreading about. I realize that I could run after work, but after work it is 95 degrees and stays that way until dark. Weather.com says the temps will start lowering next week. Don’t let me down, September. I’m counting on you.

Fitness: Well, I’m just gonna keep on repeating the same old goal until I hit it. Creative goal-setting is not for me.

Do you feel like you get enough sleep?

What’s something you want to accomplish this week?