Workout Wednesday

workout wednesday - alsoranagainI have a confession: I didn’t do as much this past week as I had hoped. Yes, I’m still taking it relatively easy, but I need to build my foundation so that I can start training for the Chicago Marathon in late May. My plan was to be running over 20 miles per week by the time training starts.

Can I do it? Let’s see how the numbers look right now:

Wednesday, 4/22: Rest.

Thursday, 4/23:  Rest.

Book club was the night before. I was supposed to run 3-4 miles on Thursday morning, but was (shockingly!) too tired to wake up at 6:00 a.m. and run.

Friday, 4/24: Rest.

So much rest. Probably too much.

Saturday, 4/25: Yoga for 85 minutes and a 3-mile run.

The weather was beautiful!IMG_9849

I started my day with my favorite Saturday morning basic flow class at Palace Yoga. The instructor was a fill-in, so the class ran a little differently than usual. It was fun to have that variety, and the class time flew by. After class, I went for a quick 3-miler so that I could get home to see my daughter before she left for ballet rehearsal.

Sunday, 4/26: 7 easy miles solo.

My run started out a with a long, gradual climb, then it leveled out. No steep hills for me thanks to my sensitive hip flexors/adductors and posterior tibialis tendon, so it’s a good thing the Chicago Marathon is flat. However, l still need to be able to manage some hills.

On my run, I ran into Bambi and his girlfriend.


I ran a negative split, but only because the second half of my run was either flat or a slight downhill. Still, I felt good. This was the longest I’ve run since January!


Monday, 4/27:  Rest.

I was supposed to work out at a personal training session with Ruth, but I had insomnia on Sunday night and didn’t fall asleep till 1:00 or 1:30 a.m. in the morning on Monday. Blergh. And then I woke up with a really stiff and sore neck. No good.

I texted Ruth at 4:20 a.m. and told her I couldn’t make it. Such a shame! She did say that I could still do a modified workout, as light movement can help loosen and increase the synovial fluid in my joints to make me feel better. I just couldn’t do it, though, due to my fatigue.

Tuesday, 4/28: Rest.

Went to my friend Kris’s campaign kick-off party on Monday night, and I was too tired to wake up early to run on Tuesday morning.

Total Mileage for the Week of 4/22-4/28/15: 10 miles.

Wow.  Well, it’s a good thing the Chicago Marathon isn’t until October.

At the start of the year, I set a goal to sleep at least 7 hours per night. I was making that a priority for a while but then ended going back to my old, “let’s stay up until the wee hours to watch TV” mindset. After getting back from our East Coast trip, I was sleeping more, but as the days have crept by since our return, I am once again falling back into that bad sleep pattern.

I recognize that 2 of my missed workouts can be partially attributed to my social activities the preceding evenings. I need to break that habit; I don’t want my social calendar to impact my fitness. I’m going to have to start thinking like I’m training for a marathon again (even though I’m not yet) so that I don’t stay out late.

What was your best workout this week? Do you do yoga? Do you find that your social life impacts your running or fitness? 

23 thoughts on “Workout Wednesday

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Best workout was my first strength training workout in I can’t remember how long. I’m so incredibly sore today, but as much as I hate it, I love it!

  2. Don’t beat yourself up – you still have time to get up to a 20 mile base!

    My best workout this week was my 4 x 1 mile tempo workout yesterday. I felt like I was flying! Hopefully that is the case for the next few workouts and especially on race day.

  3. Don’t sweat it! There’s plenty of time before Chicago. I plan on giving myself a break in June then hitting it hard in July to get ready for Chi in October. Barre has been kicking my behind lately, but yoga is my relaxation. Stretching makes everything so much better!

  4. My running was less than stellar last week. I’m not training for anything which always makes me lack motivation. I’ve been doing Jasyoga videos and I am so obsessed with them! I really look forward to it!

  5. My best workout last week was definitely my speed work (a progression run) that I was really happy about. I don’t practice yoga as often as I’d like; need to make that more of a priority, but I’m doing better than I did last year. Um, I don’t really have a social life unless it revolves around running – ha! With a husband training for a triathlon and I’m always training for something, that’s about all we do! I live vicariously through you, Molly, so you’d better not get boring like me! 😉

    • I saw that fantastic progression workout of yours, Tara–or should I say, “Kara.” 🙂 And your life is certainly not boring!

      I would love it if my husband picked up long distance running or tris. He plays tennis, which is great, but I don’t really play it. It would be fun to run a race together for real.

      • Well, it’s a double-edged sword, Molly; we rarely ever run together (we run at different paces) and, selfishly, I like having some support from someone who is not also completely focused on the race (on race day). It’s really fun to be a spectator at his events, too, since I have no interest in participating in a triathlon; I like being able to cheer! It sounds good, in theory, but it’s probably better the way you have it now. 😉

  6. My best workout this week was a training session followed by a running workout (with the same trainer – lucky she is a runner). My body is sore – but feels so good! Ohh… and I’ve had my fair share of missed workouts for a HH or two… 🙂

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