Sunday, January 13, 2019

Weekly Roundup 1.7-1.13

Week 3 of 16

This week was pretty good.  Work was back to normal.  No holidays.  No sick days.  I stayed after on Monday for a workout.  Craig put together a new program for me last week but I held off until I was healthy.  He wasn’t around to supervise so with the help of Kendra and Eric C I made up a few exercise modifications and ended up being super sore the next day.  After the workout I felt like I needed to do a little cardio so I hopped on the treadmill for 2 easy miles.  Eric W gave me a foot pod to use with the app Zwift and I was excited to try it but I couldn’t figure out where the battery went and my iPad was so outdated I couldn’t download the app so I just ran.

There was rain in the forecast for another Tuesday Run Club, which was a good opportunity for me to get in some speed work on the treadmill.  I felt great!

I was in need of a rest day on Wednesday so instead of a workout, I met my mom for a walk with Georgie then Thursday morning got in another easy 2 miles before work—this time outside with Georgie.  Sometimes I feel a little wimpy when I have a run of only a mile or two uploaded to Strava but in the last year or so I’ve realized how important these easy runs with G have become to my training.

Friday morning I had another doctor’s appointment then headed right to the gym for the second workout of my new program.  I talked to Craig the day before and got some detailed instruction with visual demonstrations so I was ready.  I thought about hopping on the treadmill after (the *feels like* temp was in the teens) but the sun was shining and decided to go home and take advantage of the free vitamin D.  Brian used the term invigorating to describe running outside—and that’s just what it was!  Invigorating!

Long run Saturday was the longest so far at 14 miles.  I always say that when I run 14 miles, that’s when marathon training becomes real to me.  It was another cold morning.  I think it was *feels like* 8 degrees when I woke up.  The warmest hours of the day were predicted from 1-3pm so I held off until about noon before I drove to my parents to run in Falmouth.  Jason had texted me earlier asking about when and where I was running so I ended up running the 3 miles to his new house, ran 5 miles with him, then continued on for 6 miles back to my parents.  It was fun to mix it up and great having some company.  Plus it was his birthday!  The last few miles were tough for me.  I don’t think I planned my meals right so I was starving by the time I finished.  My legs were sore from my Friday workout.  And mostly I was just sick of feeling cold!  I couldn’t wait for hot coffee and warm clothes—but I did it.  The first 14 is done.  I have an easier week next week before 14 and 16 in weeks 5 and 6.  Woo woo!

Other highlights:

·      On Tuesday night I got some awesome news.  My cousin Melissa FaceTimed me… I’m going to be an aunt!  She’s pregnant!  More like an honorary aunt but Melissa and Michele are the closest I have to sisters.  I’m so happy for her.  She’s going to be an amazing mom.

Upcoming events:

·      13 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 1.7.19
2 treadmill miles (15:32)

Tuesday 1.8.19
6 treadmill miles (45:10) with 5x800s at 9.0 mph
Taught spin class

Wednesday 1.9.19
20’ walk with G and mama

Thursday 1.10.19
1.89 miles with G (17:29)
Taught spin class
Power Water

Friday 1.11.19
4 miles (29:22)

Saturday 1.12.19
14 miles (1:51:50) including 5 miles with Jason

Sunday 1.13.19
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O


This week’s mileage: 28 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
January Totals: 50 miles
2019 Totals: 50 miles

Monday, January 7, 2019

Weekly Roundup 12.31-1.6

Week 2 of 16

Happy New Year!  Week 2 was a challenge for me but I’m glad it’s over.  Don’t get me wrong—I LOVE Christmas and this time of the year but I have been so looking forward to a normal work week and a normal running/lifting routine.

My dad was off on Monday and I had plans to go to the Dubovsky house for New Year’s Eve dinner so I asked my dad if he would be on Georgie lunch duty so I could get in a lunch break run.  I had 4 miles on the schedule (aka about 32 minutes) during a 60 minute lunch break but this stressed me out so much.  It was a beautiful day but I decided to run on the treadmill with the thought of it being a much quicker change into running clothes.  I was practically wearing everything under my work clothes and just switched shoes.  I went right from the treadmill to the shower and then right to my boss’s office for our weekly meeting.  A highlight of the day was that Eric brought me Mary Lou’s coffee which was a PERFECT post-run treat… especially since I didn’t go home for lunch.

New Year’s Eve was fun.  We ordered Chinese food, had a glass of champagne, ate DOTS even though I gave up candy (YOLO!) and played Rummy Royale.  The plan was to go watch the Sandwich fireworks but rain kind of ruined it.  That seems to be the theme of the year.  Instead we all lit off sparklers and I was home before 9pm, in bed by 10.  Perfect.

New Year’s Day I met up with Danielle, Jason and Mike for our annual New Year’s Day bRUNch.  We ran 5 miles then brunched it up at Anejo.  So good.

I woke up Wednesday morning not feeling right.  I made coffee but I didn’t drink it.  That was the first red flag.  Second red flag was that it was a staff meeting day at Burrito Bistro and I only ordered a smoothie.  I had no appetite and my whole body ached.  Eric let me leave after the meeting and I came home and slept for 2.5 hours.  When I woke up I took my temperature and had a fever of 101.  I went right from the couch to bed at 8:30 and stayed in bed until 8:30 the next morning.

I stayed home from work on Thursday.  I took some ibuprofen for my fever and mid-day I started to come back to life.  I went into work for a few hours on Friday to cover for Eric.  I still hadn’t eaten much but I felt like heading out for a run.  The fresh air was just what I needed!  I looped close to work so I could head back at anytime but ended up running 5 miles.  I went home and had a big lunch.  Woo hoo!

There was rain in the forecast for Saturday and I had 12 miles on the schedule.  I had convinced myself on Friday that I wasn’t going to worry about a long run and head to the gym for just a few treadmill miles but I woke up on Saturday totally motivated.  I was thinking I would wait until a little later when the gym was quieter so I sat in my room for about 45 minutes organizing some of my drawers and deciding what I wanted to wear for 12 miles on the treadmill.  When I emerged from my room I noticed the rain had stopped.  The weather forecast was now saying “rain predicted at 3pm.”  I changed really quick and started running before I had any time to change my mind.  There was a light mist that turned into a heavy mist about a mile into my run and continued until I was done.  I was soaked.  It was also very windy (duh) and it took a lot out of me but I did it. 

Upcoming events:

·      14 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 12.31.18
4 treadmill miles (31:28)

Tuesday 1.1.19
Happy New Year
5 miles (46:02) with Danielle, Jason & Mike

Wednesday 1.2.19
Sick day

Thursday 1.3.19
Sick day
20’ walk with G and mama

Friday 1.4.19
5 miles (38:42)

Saturday 1.5.19
12 miles (1:34:38)

Sunday 1.6.19
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O


This week’s mileage: 26 miles
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
December Totals: 89 miles
January Totals: 22 miles
2018 Totals: 960 miles
2019 Totals: 22 miles

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Weekly Roundup 12.24-12.30

Week 1 of 16

Monday kicked of the official first week of 2019 Boston Marathon Training!

The past few weeks I’ve been running more consistently and tried to get my mileage up to around 20 miles per week.  I started back in the gym twice a week and recruited my coworker/friend/Athletic Trainer Craig to help me out.  I took so much time off after last year’s Boston Marathon and my biggest struggle since has been motivation and consistency.  Week 1 brought me a bit of normalcy again as I tend to thrive on routine and having a plan.

Merry Christmas!  Christmas Eve fell on a Monday this year and I worked a half day.  My plan was to go home and run a 4 mile progression run but Georgie was practically begging me to take her with me.  I thought I’d run a mile with her and finish on my own but she kept trotting along for 3 miles!  Some days she really surprises me.

3 miles wasn’t enough though because she was full on energy and a PAIN IN THE BUTT when I hosted Christmas Eve dinner at my house!

After Christmas morning at my parents I headed out for 6 merry miles to the beach and back.   It felt great after stuffing my face with my mom’s French toast casserole!

It was an off week in the gym with a new program starting next week so on Wednesday I stayed after work for some old favorites.

I spent Friday morning at the dentist getting my THREE cavities filled.  Ugh!  It was pouring all day so I went right to the gym for some treadmill miles.  The left side of my face was completely numb and was totally drooling the whole time.  My goal was 5 miles but threw in some 1/2 mile repeats to make the time go by faster.  Plus I missed my progression run earlier in the week so I needed to get in a little speed work.

Saturday was long run day.  10 miles to finish up the week with 24 total miles.  I ran through New Seabury and made a few stops at the water.  My calves were screaming from Friday and my legs were feeling heavy but overall it was a beautiful day and I was happy to be outside.

1 week down, 15 weeks to go!

Other highlights:

·      My hotel room is booked for Boston!  That was my big present this year from my mom & dad.  One less thing to worry about.  My parents are the best.

Upcoming events:

·      15 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 12.24.18
2.94 miles with G (30:31)

Tuesday 12.25.18
Merry Christmas!
6 miles (44:30)

Wednesday 12.26.18
Lift – TRX, kettle bells and box jumps

Thursday 12.27.18
Taught spin class
Power Water

Friday 12.28.18
5 treadmill miles (37:19) with 4x800s at 9.0 mph

Saturday 12.29.18
10 miles (1:14:56)
18’ walk with G

Sunday 12.30.18
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O

This week’s mileage: 24 miles
This week’s G mileage: 3 miles
December Totals: 85 miles
2018 Totals: 956 miles