Sunday, February 10, 2013

Week 1: LPM

With one week down of Lake Placid Marathon training I am more excited to train than I was when I hit the submit button a few weeks ago.  I created a fun little excel document to keep notes.  I like formulas and will hopefully see progress in my average pace as the race becomes closer.

Week 1 in Review

Monday:  30 day shred and Kickboxing Class.  I've always enjoyed kickboxing classes and JoAnn's at Best Fitness is no different.  The class was packed, but I'd say only 60% of the people there were working hard.  I know I was definitely working and my sore body for 3 days was proof.

Tuesday: Treadmill 3 miles @ 5.0 (12 minute pace)  I don't mind the treadmill, but I am a bit of a snob with some of my indoor preferences.  I like having my own TV, Best Fitness doesn't have individual TVs, so I was stuck watching the local news with close captioning that had frozen on something about Laughing Cow Cheese.  You better believe I thought about cheese for those entire 3 miles.  I kept it slow and steady until the remaining half mile or so when I began to increase the speed which is ultimately how my average pace is slightly quicker than the 12 minute pace I had it set on. I spent 20 minutes stretching before heading home to complete day 29 of 30 day shred.  

Wednesday:  Rest / Final day of 30 day shred.  I went all out and busted my butt on my last day of shred.  So much for a rest day!

Thursday:  I am apart of a book club and we were meeting for the first time.   (we read We need to talk about Kevin, and by We I mean everyone but me, I couldn't get into it)  I still wanted to be social, but didn't want to skip my run, so I planned for one of the girls to drive me home after and I ran to the meeting.  We were meeting 1.5 miles away, so I had to play a bit with mapmyrun before leaving but found a route so I could get in a 3 mile run.  I felt great.  I was cruising at first and had to force myself to slow down to conserve some energy but maintained an 11:12 pace.

prerun, I know I shouldn't run with headphone they aren't loud I promise.

view of Washington Park

Friday:  SnOMG was predicted and I had the day off from school. The weather wasn't ever clear on when it might start snowing, so I took a walk in the neighborhood to CVS and to the grocery store to buy some snowday snacks and rent some movies.  In all I walked 1.5 miles.  I had thought about finding my way to the gym, but I as worried that as soon as I left the safety of my neighborhood, I'd spend the rest of the day trying to get back home.  Turns out that fear was silly since it didn't start snowing until late, but a little bit of rest doesn't kill anyone.

Bring on the Snow!
Saturday:  I posted about my long run already, but to sum it up, it felt great.  I find that the treadmill is a huge tool in strengthening my mental endurance since there isn't much to focus on.

Sunday:  It's been a while since I've been to a spin class.  I figured this would be a great way to get some more cardio in without necessarily the running mileage.  The last time I took a spin class, the bikes just had a knob, that you would turn a quarter, half, or full depending on the crazy level of the instructor.  These bad boys have computers that I can stare at now.  Filled with RPM information and gear levels.  The instructor led by letting us know our RPM goal.  I worked my tail off, I wish I could remember what my average RPMs were, but I do know I traveled 26 miles.  After I was way too sweaty and soaked to sit through a yoga class that I don't even enjoy so I headed home to relax.

I did obviously make some change and missed the 2.5 recovery walk and yoga but overall I had a great week.  I don't feel overwhelmed with the workouts and feel ready to tackle another week.


  1. AWESOME! So excited to follow your training!!! We've got some tough weather to fight through, but spring is just around the corner!

    1. Just a few more weeks until some more consistent weather. I'm glad that my race is early june so I won't have to fight the heat of the summer!

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    1. I kept laughing at myself for now incredibly nerdy it seemed. I had my notes from what I did read of the book stuffed into my pants, I should really get a fanny pack or something!

  3. That's some busy training. Way to step up. I need to get in gear...

    1. Thanks! I have a lot of room for improvement after being on the DL for so long. Once the runs get longer, I'll probably scale back some of the other stuff. Are you registered for a big race this spring/summer?

    2. Not yet. I'm sure I'll be back at Detroit Marathon for a second butt-whooping, but I'd like to try something new if I get the chance too.