#RnRNOLA Training: Week 1

by tinareale on November 13, 2012

Sigh. Pretty heavy post this morning. I still don’t quite feel as though the finality of it all has sunk in just yet. Although, Braedon running around looking for her most of the morning broke my heart and brought all the emotion (and tears) to the front again. Makenzie understands that she isn’t coming back, but I’m not so sure she fully grasps the emotion of it since her immediate response was “Ohhh…poor Roxy. Does that mean we’re getting a kitty?” Sweet, no? Ah, she’s four.

In the name of trying to keep things more normal, or more accurately in the name of distraction, I have my first weekly training recap for you. With official training under way, I thought it would be nice to have a weekly training recap. I did that while training for my first marathon and it helps to have those old posts available. So training recaps to log things for myself, help me stay accountable, keep my running coach up to date (her workouts start today), and share with any of you who happen to enjoy reading others’ training. Win. Win.

Tuesday (11/6): 4 miles easy – 40:00 (avg 10:00 pace) + Full Body Weights

I hopped on the treadmill and set it for 6.0 mph and then just ran along with my Nook until hitting four miles of a run. For those who asked how I can read and run…I really don’t know how. I guess I put the text large enough that it’s easy to see and then I just have to tap to get the page to turn? It works for me.

I followed up the treadmill with a quick, full body workout using the ladder sets that I talked about before. I followed one of the Best Body Bootcamp workouts, so I won’t go into details about every exercise.

Wednesday (11/7): 6 miles easy – 1:00:00 (avg 10:00 pace)

I had to use the treadmill again because Peter took the kids’ car seats in his car and I was stuck at home. I loathe the treadmill. At least I got it done, though!

Thursday (11/8): RPM spin class + Upper Body Weights

I went to try out a new gym for the first time this day. After the tour of everything and signing up for a membership (it’s SO much nicer and roomier than my previous gym – for cheaper too!), I noticed a RPM class on the schedule. I hit up some upper body work while I waited for the class, then had my first Les Mills RPM class experience. Loved, loved, loved the instructor and the class!

Friday (11/9): 7 mile steady run – 1:08:28 (avg 9:46 pace)

Nothing fancy.

Saturday (11/10): Day Of REST!

I felt so ready for a rest day at this point and I enjoyed it. Although I do think cleaning house should count as an active recovery workout.

Sunday (11/11): Long Run – 13 miles – 2:07:15 (avg 9:47 pace)

I didn’t know what to expect with this run. I typically go first thing in the morning, but due to some schedule needs I now have to fit my long run in after morning church and before our afternoon small group time. Everything went perfectly though and the run felt great. A huge confidence boost to kick off my training time! Gotta love finishing up 13 miles still smiling like that.

Monday (11/12): Unintentional Day of Rest

You read about that already.

Total Weekly Miles: 30 miles
Overall Feeling: Good, Solid Week

Your Turn – What was your best workout this past week? Training for anything?

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1 [email protected] November 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Oooh I am so sorry to hear about Roxy :( That is tough, but you’re right, a good reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

And on a diff note…..looks like you had a great week! Yay for plans :) And yay for RPM. Glad you loved it!

2 jobo November 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Still so sad for you and your family, what a day yesterday. Hug. As for your training, awesome work! A good balance here, I do believe! I wish my gym had RPM or Group Ride classes. Mine has crappy ones so I end up just doing my own! but LOVE a good sweaty class!

3 Brittany @berries and barbells November 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I love reading training logs! Your week looks busy but productive. I can’t wait to read about your future training adventures.

4 Wendy November 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I am so sorry about Roxy. Give yourself time to grieve. It does get better, but it takes a long time…and that’s ok!

Well I’m training for the same marathon as you, but the HALF. My longest run so far has been the five miles. Do you know anything about the “magic mile” to test your speed? That was this past weekend’s workout. This coming weekend is 6.50 miles and yes, I’m pretty scared. It may take me two hours to complete it :) I’m still averaging a sad, sad 14 mile minutes.

5 tinareale November 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

I have heard of the magic mile, but haven’t done it yet. I bet it’s a great motivational tool and other way to see progress. And hey – 14 min miles is not sad, sad. It’s you MAKING IT HAPPEN and getting out there. That’s all that matters and is impressive no matter what pace.

6 Heather @ Better With Veggies November 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Love your training recap! I’m glad the after church time worked for you. I did the same thing when I trained for NOLA and it was great. You might remember I wore running clothes under my regular clothes and ran home. :)

7 tinareale November 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

I do remember that! It’s crazy but I actually preferred doing it then. Loved it! Also loved having it open up my Saturday a lot more. That was nice. Ready to go do my mile repeats workout now!

8 Laura November 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’m very sorry about Roxy. I gave my dog an extra hug because of your post life is so precious. I’m glad you got some perspective that is something I have to constantly remind myself of too. Thanks for sharing.

You workouts look great something for me to strive for. :-) I have been enjoying your Bootcamp for my workouts.

9 tinareale November 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

So glad you are loving the workouts!

10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I’m glad your training is going well so far! I should be training for my half in January, but I guess now I’m training just to comfortably run again? Haha oh well, I’m too concerned about the race though, just sticking with physical therapy and having faith that it all works out!

11 tinareale November 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

I remember being where you are with running too. It sucks. But you’ll be back soon enough.

12 [email protected] November 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My best workout was a spin class I taught on Monday. It was an endurance style class which can be kind of boring ( its HR based and not that exciting), but the participants were awesome! They had questions ( I know, right??) and they were funny and were very receptive to the type of class I was teaching. It was a really great start to the week. :) I am not currently training for anything (I know, right?- haha). I will be HR training soon to build my base for next seasons races though. Can’t wait! It’s fun to have someone else do your training plans!!

13 tinareale November 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

That’s one thing I really miss about the non choreographed spin classes – the way different classes would have a completely different focus and really mixed things up a lot more. With things like RPM and GroupRide they have a good mix within the class but I do miss having things like a solid interval training class, a solid strength/climb class, a solid endurance class. And I still hope to one day have a chance to take a class taught by you. I know you would give me the workout of a lifetime!

14 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Oh man, this post just made me miss half marathon training so much! Too bad it’s already freezing where I live, otherwise I’d be outside running all week training for another race!

15 Miz November 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

oh oh oh my heart aches for little Makenzie too…and her mama.

16 Andrea November 14, 2012 at 7:12 am

You look beautiful after your run Tina. The smile on your face is the light of Roxy shining through. I am so sorry for your loss.

17 Becky Przy November 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

Awesome week of training Tina! I will look forward to reading about your training:-)
No stellar workouts this week–although yoga yesterday was awesome. I am getting about 5 1/2 hours of sleep due to my work schedule, so I am extremely drained right now.

So sorry about your loss. My dog that I got when I was 14 died this summer–so I can empathize. Just remember all the happiness Roxy brought you and your family:-)

18 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run November 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

Ack. I’m so sorry about Roxy. I felt that same guilt when our pup, Marla, went in for routine spay surgery back in March and came out almost dead. Three surgeries later and a massive “you didn’t sew up the sutures and left her bleeding?!?” drama later, she’s okay, but we came frighteningly close. Just remember, it’s NOT your fault. (And I love that our kids are still so young that the concept of death isn’t much more than someone being in heaven with other special people.)

Great training, momma. Always love reading about your training and your perspective when it comes to running. <3

19 Lisa @ RunWiki November 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

You are doing amazing! Marathon training is fun and rewarding but challenging to say the least! I look forward to following you along the way

20 Haley @ The Saucy Apple November 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hey Tina! My favorite workout from this past week was a 1000-rep workout variation. I like to throw in my own favorite moves, but since I’m not a certified personal trainer, I sometimes wonder if my particular combination might not be the best for my body. Sure enough, I’ve been sore for days. I personally think that “someone” should write a post on how to create your own 1000-rep workout – kind of like a pick 5 of this group of exercises, 10 of this group, and 5 of this group, and do 50 reps of each… :)

21 Kierston November 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

Wowza, you are doing amazing!

I loved all my workouts this week! Especially my spin classes :)

22 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

Awesome week one! I teach RPM and love it… with the right instructor, it can be so intense!

23 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson November 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

I am so sorry to hear about Roxy! :(

GREAT first week girl!

24 Pavement Runner November 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

So tough. Our little one loves our pup and she is barely over a year. Thinking about you all.

I’m training for a 50 miler in two weeks… I’m supposed to be on my taper, but how do you taper for 50 miles? Do an easy 20 miler? LOL. Ah, the fun of new distances.

25 Abby @ BackAtSquareZero November 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I really want to do RnRNoLa. However, I am waiting to see if my leg heals well enough for that to be a possibility.

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