Friday, March 30, 2018

Jesus Walks Spin Playlist

It’s Easter weekend and you better believe my Tuesday morning spinners brought their bunny ears!  I put together some Easter related songs… like Sexy Chick, get it?

Beautiful Day - U2                                             4:08  Warm up
Happy - Pharrell Williams                              3:53  Drills, pedal strokes
Ray Of Light - Madonna                                   3:56  Build
Applause - Lady Gaga                                       3:32  Jumps
Till the World Ends - Britney Spears           3:58  Standing flat
Candyman - Christina Aguilera                     3:14  Jumps
Sexy Chick - David Guetta & Akon                3:16  3 phases…
End of Time - Beyoncé                                     3:44  Recover & build
Jesus Walks - Kanye West                               3:14  Alt seated/standing climb
Best Day Of My Life - American Authors    3:14  Seated flat
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner                   4:55  Standing climb plus downhill
Mercy - Duffy                                                      3:42  Standing climb
Sugar - Maroon 5                                               3:56  Cool down
Sweetest Thing - U2                                          3:02  Stretch

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Weekly Roundup 3.19-3.25

Week 13 of 16

“I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”

Guess what time it is?  TAPER TIME!

Last week was my toughest training week in terms of mileage and intensity.  The work is done.  Now it’s time to taper down and rest up for the big day.  Eeeeee!

On Monday I was still off my game mentally so I let it all out with a fast 5 miler.  I wasn’t looking at my watch—I just ran hard.

My spin class celebrated my birthday on Tuesday morning and then I mixed up my whole week with a Tuesday night workout and treadmill run.  Because it was my hardest week of running, Greg gave me a “deload” workout and it was awesome—so fast and easy!

Wednesday night I hopped back on the treadmill and flew through some half mile repeats.  Another storm was threatening New England but I wasn’t going to let it stop me from seeing my KK who was up from Miami!  We went to dinner and made an obligatory stop at DQ for free dessert.

Friday was a pretty busy day but I got in a trail run with G and I went to the gym for my second deload workout of the week.  I went to bed pretty early because…

Saturday was long run day!  My second attempt at 20 miles and my last long run!

I am very happy to report back that this 20 miler was SOOOO much better than my last 20 miler.  The weather was perfect.  I mean, it could have been a little warmer—but the wind was totally manageable.  My dad joined me for all 20 miles.  We headed to the beach and followed the road race course.  A good mix of ocean and rolling hills.

By the time I got home Saturday afternoon, I was exhausted.  I knew if I sat down I was done for the day so I quickly showered and met up with Katrina for a post-long run feast at Crisp followed by ice cream and a trip to the knob.

Upcoming events:

·      3 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 3.19.18
5 miles (35:16)
Burdenko H2O
16,944 steps

Tuesday 3.20.18
4 treadmill miles (31:04)
Taught spin class
Greg’s Workout #13
12,457 steps

Wednesday 3.21.18
5 treadmill miles (36:33) with 5x800s
13,116 steps

Thursday 3.22.18
Taught spin class
Power Water
12,641 steps

Friday 3.23.18
2.26 miles with G (22:11)
3.75 miles (27:06)
Greg’s Workout #13
16,582 steps

Saturday 3.24.18
20 miles (2:32:02)
36,036 steps

Sunday 3.25.18
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
13,588 steps

Week 1 of 16             Week 5 of 16             Week 9 of 16
Week 2 of 16             Week 6 of 16             Week 10 of 16
Week 3 of 16             Week 7 of 16             Week 11 of 16
Week 4 of 16             Week 8 of 16             Week 12 of 16

This week’s mileage: 40 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2.25 miles
March Totals: 132 miles
2018 Totals: 365 miles

Friday, March 23, 2018

Weekly Roundup 3.12-3.18

Week 12 of 16

“I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”

So this week was… not great.  Running was blah.  Work was weird.  Personal life went from high to low overnight.  Then I turned 32.

Monday got a little crazy at work as another storm was coming, this time predicting 1-2 feet of snow starting through the night and continuing all day Tuesday.  The decision was made around 10am on Monday to close all day Tuesday so we got to work rescheduling patients and clients.  I had a good workout after work.  Craig and Erin were both working so I thought I was on my own—until Kellen showed up!  I brought clothes to run on the treadmill after but with Daylight Savings Time giving me an extra hour of daylight and the storm coming, I headed home and got in 3 miles outside.  I would have pushed it to 4 miles but my workout kicked my butt and this was supposed to be a down week in training.

I slept in a little on Tuesday morning and enjoyed a cup of coffee before my power went out at 9am.  I spent the rest of the day cleaning and taking breaks to play in the snow with Georgie.  Very productive.  I even boiled water on top of my wood stove for Ramen Noodles.  It may have taken 45 minutes to see the first bubbles but I had a hot dinner!

The worst part about the storm was the lack of cell service.  I was receiving text messages in waves but no iMessages.  Data wasn’t working at all.  I could make calls occasionally.  I felt disconnected to the world.  I had no clue when the snow was ending, no clue how my parents were and no clue if I would be working the next day!

I woke up Wednesday morning still without power.  All 3 offices were also out.  Staff was all told to stay home but be available to go in if the power is restored.  It was a long day.  I did as much cleaning as I could without the vacuum and washing machine the day before.  My mom came by for a visit in the morning to bring me coffee (they got their power back the night before) and because I wasn’t receiving his texts, a friend stopped by to check on me and make sure I was plowed out—Side note: my neighbor came by with his bobcat the night before!  THANK GOD.

Later that afternoon Craig picked me up and made me go to the gym with him.  The power was still out but it was kind of fun working out in the dark.  We made a quick stop at Burrito Bistro so I could bring home dinner and when I got home I bundled up for 4 miles.  The roads were pretty clear but I stayed in the neighborhood just to be safe.  Work got power back around 4pm but I wasn’t receiving any texts yet so I stayed home in the dark until my power came back on around 9pm.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Thursday morning I received a text about an hour into my workday that I was not expecting.  I started to let someone back into my life and even started to become optimistic about a second chance but with one text, it was all over.  I felt like I got punched in the stomach. 

Friendships, relationships, racing—none of that will ever work out if you are only focused on what could go wrong.  You have to be willing to take a chance.  Be brave, take risks, love hard and run fast.

I am more mad at myself for how I handled that text message.  I let it ruin the rest of the week.  I had an awful run on Friday and it was my own damn fault.  I didn’t eat enough.  I wasn’t hydrating.  And I totally lost focus.

Saturday’s long run through Cotuit was also a struggle. The sun was shining but it was COLD.  I stopped a lot.

I scheduled a much needed massage for myself that afternoon and met my friend Allison for dinner at Inaho in Yarmouth Port.  It was SO GOOD and I had a great time catching up!

Then there was Sunday… my BIRTHDAY!  I turned 32 years old and took the day off from work.  My plan was to get up and run but it was freezing so I stayed in bed until about 9am.  Georgie and I lounged around for a bit before heading to my mom and dad’s house for brunch.  If you didn’t know, brunch is my favorite meal.  I love mimosas.  We had French toast casserole, bacon, and fruit salad.  We took a family walk.  Georgie helped me open presents.  We had cake!  Georgie and I went home and finished up my mileage for the week.  It was a good day!

Upcoming events:

·      4 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 3.12.18
3 miles (23:46)
Greg’s Workout #10
Burdenko H2O
15,299 steps

Tuesday 3.13.18
Snow day!
5,937 steps

Wednesday 3.14.18
Snow day!
4 miles (31:03)
Greg’s Workout #12
14,057 steps

Thursday 3.15.18
Taught spin class
Power Water
11,054 steps

Friday 3.16.18
5 miles (38:10)
16,258 steps

Saturday 3.17.18
14 miles (1:47:39)
25,965 steps

Sunday 3.18.18
Happy Birthday to me!
0.9 miles with G (8:26)
4 miles (29:17)
11,530 steps

Week 1 of 16             Week 5 of 16             Week 9 of 16
Week 2 of 16             Week 6 of 16             Week 10 of 16
Week 3 of 16             Week 7 of 16             Week 11 of 16
Week 4 of 16             Week 8 of 16

This week’s mileage: 31 miles
This week’s G mileage: 1 mile
March Totals: 92 miles
2018 Totals: 325 miles