Week 20/52 of Training – 2015

I haven’t done a weekly recap in a while, mainly because my runs had been all over the place and not consistent…and then I got sick before my half marathon (which I didn’t run), and took 2 weeks off. But now it’s time to start building a base before Chicago Marathon training starts. Here’s what my training was like last week:

Monday: 3 miles. Hill intervals. The park by my house has 2 awesome hills for hill intervals. One is really steep and the other is more of a gradual hill. Both last about 1-1:30 minutes. So we did a warm-up, then ran up the steep hill and increased speed as it flattened out, walked/jogged down the other hill, and then ran up it once we got to the bottom. We did that for a total of 6 times then cooled down.

Tuesday: Track workout. This was supposed to be on Wednesday, but Wednesday was my brother’s birthday so I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a run in after work. So my mom and I did 3×400/800 on the track, where we ran 400 meters at a bit faster than 5K pace, then 800 meters at 5K pace with no break. This was killer!! My mom did it no problem but for some reason my legs felt like lead. In between each rep we jogged 400 meters. Total mileage was 4 miles.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: easy 5 miles + abs

Friday: Off

Saturday: 4 treadmill miles + abs

Sunday: Off. Was supposed to run but I was out late Saturday night with friends, so needless to say I did not get off the couch on Sunday ;)

I need to really work more on core strength. We did this Tone It Up video below and couldn’t even finish it. Sad. 

Do you have any favorite abs/core videos you use? Please leave a link so I can add it to my routine!


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  1. I’m not a huge fan of core work. I prefer to do it stealthily, like by doing planks and stuff like that.
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  2. The Insanity Abs videos are pretty awesome. Have you ever tried those?
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    • omgggg I totally remember Ab Ripper X. How in the world did I used to be able to get through that and now I can’t even finish a 12 minute video?? lol

  3. Wow, what a great week of runs!
    My core is also weak, I couldn’t get through the core work at Barre this week without taking a break!
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  4. I do think that core muscles get stronger pretty quickly so keep it up! I like hill repeats!
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  5. I love doing core work but don’t use videos. Tons of ideas on Pinterest!
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    • That’s true. I like videos because I can follow along whereas if I make up a routine on my own or follow one I find I will do like 3 sets then be like, okay good enough lol

  6. I love hill repeats, don’t you? That ab routine looks awesome, I definitely need to do that!! And we all need a little rest on the couch every once in a while ;) Hope you enjoyed it!
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  7. looks like a strong week! I need to focus on core work myself, ugh it’s such a struggle!
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  8. Great week!

    I don’t tend to do a lot of videos or home workouts. I’m a bit lazy about this. I need to work on my core, as well (said everyone, LOL!)

  9. my core is much stronger w/all the pure barre i do. i highly recommend it. but things like planks and such are also awesome!
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  10. Planks definitely help me in working my core!
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  11. Great week of workouts! I love corework but don’t use any videos. I kind of slip it in after a run or with a HIIT workout.
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  12. My favorite abs video right not is Jillian Michaels 6 pack abs on youtube. I’m definitely checking out Bikini Abs to change things up a bit.

    Have a fabulous Tuesday Patty!
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  13. I keep telling myself core core core! But keep slacking ): ugh
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  14. I have to start hill repeats soon, but they make me want to cry… I’ll be checking out any ab suggestions you get ’cause yeah, I’m totally lacking in ab strength.
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  15. I need to work on my core as well. Did two ab/core exercises at the gym yesterday and today my midsection is on fire!
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