Training Week 7/52 – 2015

Happy Monday! Who’s off today? If you are, I’m jealous. Just sat down at my desk after a 5 min. walk from my car in sub-zero temps…my fingers are numb!

Anyway, I wanted to talk about my training today. I got the idea from at a fellow runner I follow on Instagram, Melissa. Check her out for some runspiration, she’s awesome!

She posts weekly updates on her training, whether or not she’s training for something specific or not. I want to start doing the same in order to hold myself accountable, and get feedback from you all if needed. I’m not training for a specific race YET, but I know I want to do an April and/or May half marathon. Therefore, my training is kind of all over the place and not very scheduled, but I’ve been trying to make it to the gym at least 3 times a week.

So  here it is!

Monday: 3 miles. I’ve been doing this treadmill speed workout once a week to try to get faster/comfortable with a challenging pace for me. I warm-up for a mile, then do 1:50 at 8.2 (which equates to one lap on the track at 7:19 pace). The first time I did it I couldn’t finish the workout (you’re supposed to do 6 reps, I did 3 or 4), but now it’s started to feel easier! Well, it’s still really tough but I no longer feel like I’m going to pass out ;)

Tuesday: Strength workout. I had shared a 30 minute strength workout I’ve been doing (part of a workout plan I’m creating for an ebook), so that’s what I did today.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: My first 2-a-day workout! I actually enjoyed it. Well, I didn’t have to get to work until 1 so my morning workout started at 9:30 am (perfect time for me, I wish I could do that everyday). I did a 4 mile treadmill workout (2 minutes at 5K pace, 1 minute walk). After doing that 7:19 workout from above, my 5K goal pace (8:20) felt surprisingly easy! I hope this bodes well for my first 5K race once it gets warmer. PM Workout: Warmed up with 1 mile (so total 5 miles for the day), then did one of my 30 minute strength workouts.

Friday: Tried a spin class at a studio near my apartment and really enjoyed it! It’s called Revolution Indoor Cycling for my NJ peeps. I want to try doing spin at least once a week as cross training. The instructor was awesome and really energetic. Runners, do you find that spinning helps your running? 


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Weekend: Off. Dan’s cousin got married Saturday so we headed down early. It was a blast! It’s the first time I’ve worn a long dress since senior prom (so…a long time). 


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It was such a fun time and needless to say, the next day I did not have the energy to go to the gym :)

Overall, a great week of training. I am going to start running more to build my base. This training week was 8 running miles and 14 miles total including cross training. Now, can it stop being below zero so I can finally run outside again???

I’m linking up with Running Rachel and you should too! I love reading other people’s training logs, it really helps to motivate me.

Do you count your cross training miles into your weekly miles? How do you track your miles/training?


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  1. AH! I need another spin class in my life! I love the bike, and use that for my 2 hiit workouts each week, but an actually sinning class is so much more fulfilling!
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  2. Great job with your training! YOu should totally link up today on our #MOtivateME link up where we share our fitness plans ;)

  3. I need more motivation. It is SO cold here and outside of teaching–I have not been doing very much training. I need help!
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  4. yep, I am jealous of the off people too. We have been dumped on by the snow, but as i work from home… excuses, boooooooo! Glad you had such a wonderful weekend, love the photo, lots of happy smiles :)
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  5. Here in Canada we have Family day, so I get the day off, do you live in Canada too?

    New reader here, stopping by from #MotivateMe Monday!
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  6. Looks like you had a great week of workouts- your Thursday sounds like it was tiring! :) You look gorgeous in your dress, by the way! Love it!
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  7. I am so weird- I don’t count my cross training miles in my weekly mileage BUT I bike just as much as I run so I’m not sure WHY I don’t count those miles! Maybe I will start in March (I do them by the month, so starting mid month would stress me out ;) )
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  8. I absolutely keep track of my cross training miles. Every mile that I run, walk, or elliptical is helping me to train and get after my goal!
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  9. I NEED to cross train due to my current low mileage but I just can’t bring myself to it ): It’s so much more work in the winter with all the layers and packing everything with me to school ):
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  10. I’m so ready for the cold to be over! I miss enjoyable outdoor runs haha. Great job with your training this week – 2-a-days- ouch!
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  11. I love spinning and it’s a great compliment to running. Perfect for this really cold weather too!
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  12. Looks like you had a great week and you look amazing in your dress! (PS – my kids loved watching your youtube videos in your sidebar with me :) )
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  13. I hear you about the cold. I ran a 10 Km race today in -30 C (that’s about -20 F).
    I track my training using my Nike Fuel Band as well as a number of iPhone apps!

  14. I think it’s super-smart to count any miles you get in and cross-training is essential for me to avoid injury when training!
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  15. Love the dress!

    I’m so over the super cold. I don’t mind low 40s, high 30s, but this “feels like ” single digits business just needs to end. I need to run 15 miles and so don’t want to do it in this kind of cold…
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  16. I always think when I spin/cross train regularly it helps with my running. You seem to have an awesome balance! I don’t know how many miles I ride during a spin class because our bikes don’t track mileage (old fashioned haha). I guess I could look more into it though.
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    • I love lifting but am just now starting to incorporate spinning so hopefully I can keep it all balanced and I hope it helps with my running too!

  17. Looks like you had a great week of training! Do you like your spin class? I spin on my trainer but getting to a spin class never fits in my schedule :(
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    • I really liked the spin class and am going back tomorrow. I do want to invest in my own spin bike though for when I don’t feel like driving to the gym or a class.

  18. I’m off today! Loving another day off but not another day snowed in. I need to get to yoga class!
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  19. I LOVE cross training, it’s made me such a stronger athlete! I use an old fashioned notebook and pencil, I keep track of miles, be it running, elliptical, stair stepper, etc. And I also keep track of # of lbs moved with weight training. For example, if I do a 100 lb squat, 10 times, for three sets, then I mark down 3000 lbs for that exercise. It’s fun to see how much weight I can lift in the course of a week!
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    • That is such a good idea idk why I never thought of that! I always write down how much weight I use but never thought to add it all up. Pretty cool!

  20. I never used to cross train. I used to just run, run and run some more. Since incorporating it, I’m feeling like I almost like it more than running! I love tracking what I can do at the beginning of a 4 weeks training phase vs where I’ve progressed to by the end of it.
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