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Week 3 Training Recap: Progress and the Lack

Monday, January 27, 2014

There is nothing more motivating than actual notable progress and nothing more discouraging than having to cut a long run short because your body doesn't want to cooperate. Last week is behind me. It is a new week and about 89 days until I #runBlueRidge #PoweredByBits! 

Before I continue, I want to give a shout out to AdvocareRunner for her Blue Ridge Marathon Recap and this picture of the Roanoke Hotel. I'm considering changing my reservation to stay here instead of where I'm currently booked. After all, the Man and I are using this as a mini getaway. I also need to give her credit for providing me with restaurant ideas. After all, it is always about the food!

So training for Week 3 is as follows: 

Monday: Rest day! Which equates to lazy morning snoozing with the better half. Still up early though. Just not AS early as when I go to the gym. I need to stop feeling guilty about my "true" rest days. The days that I honestly get to do nothing. 

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Tuesday - #PoweredByBits
Tuesday: Early morning in the gym for leg work. Single leg press went up in weight this week. Leg extensions and leg curl stayed the same. Upped my sumo squats, lunges, and single leg dead lifts. I think I'll start adding weight next week. Took a big jump from 10 minutes on the stair-monster to 20 and felt great while I was on it - that's right...no praying for death. Hello progress!!  Wrapped up Tuesday with 2 miles on the evil treadmill. Nothing I seem to do is making that easier. Ordered my Yaktrax today...that should put an end to notable snow fall in my area for the season. 

Wednesday: Fear of the gym being closed in the early morning waylaid my gym plans but I did hit the treadmill for another 2 miles. I wish I could stand to do more on that thing. 

Thursday: Upper body and core work. Some elliptical high resistance hill work and 3 miles to round off my morning. Frustrated with school work and more frustrated when I realized I gained 8lbs. WTH!!!  Going back to my mad food and exercise tracking to maintain my sanity. I can accept a gain if I can look back and say ok...it's because of this or that. 

Friday: Since I wanted to hit my three day a week gym minimum I got up bright and early and hit it again. 3.25 mile hill climb total body on the elliptical at resistance 14. Core work and stability work in the evening.  Yaktrax arrived...so there will be no more notable snow for the season. 

Saturday: My long run was scheduled today but my calves had other plans. Rather than my planed 8-9 miles I ended up with 5 miles. Like they say, embrace the bad runs and relish in the good ones. Maybe it was dehydration. Maybe it was a lack of stretching and yoga. Probably a combination of the two. I will be switching up my cross training schedule to include yoga again. Of course, it was so cold, I was shivering to much at the end of my run to get a picture of the bridge that wasn't blurry so I solarized it in Photoshop for fun. 

Sunday: Short run...not calling it recovery. Just 2 miles on the evil tread mill. 

Totall Miles: 17.25  miles for the week and 56.03 miles for the year. 

Summary: In a slight funk since my week didn't end on a high note. On the up side, I'm looking forward to getting back on the mat and doing yoga this week. It is a new week...a chance to improve. 

What do you do to get yourself out of a funk when you have a bad week? 
2 comments on "Week 3 Training Recap: Progress and the Lack "
  1. I save a couple of photos to an album on my phone and label it motivation. It ranges from quotes from Pinterest to pictures from instagram to my own runs. I've been in a treadmill runt lately. Doing more than 3 miles on that baby is torture even if your treadmill is facing the window. i can only hope for an early spring.

    1. I am with you on the early spring. I have had enough of winter. I have yet to find a way to make the treadmill bearable..other than using it to dry my clothes.