Over the weekend, I took I glance at my training calendar. My races are sneaking up on me! My first race of the year – the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon – is not even 3 weeks away now. My first FULL?
A mere 12 weeks away. TWELVE! It seemed like forever and a year away when I decided to race the Cleveland Marathon. Now it is becoming very real. For some reason, twelve weeks always marks the beginning of a time frame that will fly by. Good thing I’ve been staying on top of that training!
How I personally “moved it” last week – to recap my training and hopefully give you some new workout ideas and motivation to kick off your own week.
Monday Feb 20: Full Body Tabata Weights + Spin Class
I have heard about and studied the benefits of Tabata style training. I have tried my hand at it in the past for cardiovascular style drills, but decided to give it a go for a weights workout last Monday morning. I did one tabata interval for legs, chest, back, shoulders, and abdominals.
In order to do this workout, you will complete each group of exercises as one tabata interval. In order to do the tabata interval, you complete 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest for each move.
20 sec exercise 1 / 10 sec rest / 20 sec exercise 2 / 10 sec rest
Repeat that sequence three more times for a total of 4 minutes per group. Rest 1 full minute before moving to the next group of exercises. The workout should take about 25 minutes.
It started off feeling a little easy, but by the end I felt it! Plus, I think the 25 minute workout is a plus any time.
Tuesday: 6.5 mile run with some running pals
I have said it before and I say it again – I love participating in a running group! A fellow member asked if anyone was up for a run Tuesday afternoon. I said “sure!” and had the chance to run a new route, talk with some wonderful ladies, and watch the miles fly on by.
Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run + Full Body weights
The typical Wednesday combo for me. I did a few group sets for my weight workout. I felt the one leg deadlifts for DAYS after. Deadlifts always kill my hamstrings. I have a love/hate thing going on with them. Or maybe just a hate thing. I seriously hated them by Friday!
Thursday: 6 miles on the treadmill
I tried out my new Mizuno Wave Riders for the first time on this run. So comfy!
Friday: Ahhhh, glorious rest!
Saturday: Long Run – 12 miles
I think the 12 mile distance has it out for me. It seems like any time I have a 12 mile training run, it is one of my worse runs. My right hamstring still felt a little tight and I was mentally NOT in the game. It took all I had in me to pass the turn to my house and tack on that final two mile loop.
Sunday: The “Drop and Run” 6 miler
I did NOT want to get up Sunday morning and run. But I knew I would lose motivation again after coming home from church later in the day. Leave it to Peter to come up with a genius idea. Wait til you hear this one!
“Why don’t I drop you off on the way home from church and you can run home? You won’t get the chance to lose the motivation and you will have to finish the run”. The drop and run. That is literally what we did.
I’m so glad I have a supportive husband who helps push me towards my goals. Although I know he secretly got a kick out of dropping me on the side of the road and driving off. It’s okay. I got a kick out of the sunny skies and finishing my 6 miles just as he got the kids down for their naps. I call that a win for me!
- What is the craziest tactic you’ve used to make sure you get your workout in?
- What exercise leaves you sore no matter what?