05-14-2014

Getting Back Into Running

So my dad and I are on week 3 of our half marathon training. We both are also getting back into the groove of running, since during the winter we didn’t run more than 2 miles, and probably only ran like 5 times. Currently, we are running 4 times a week, lifting 2 times a week, and 1 full rest day.

The first week I felt so out of shape running. But surprisingly, it does come back pretty fast. We were up to 45 min runs in a week or so. I haven’t done a run longer than that yet but he has. He has ran 60 minutes, which is the longest he’s ever ran! I’m proud of him and love that he is getting into running. My mom has been out of commission due to injury, but should be able to run within the next two weeks. Oh, we’ll (my mom and I) be running the Oakley Mini 10K in June! My first 10K ever…I’m nervous! Anyone else running it?

It’s been fun running with my dad and using runs to catch up and talk about ideas. He doesn’t like running on the roads though, so we have to go to local parks or trails. But I’m okay with it because of the views:

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Currently this is our training routine:

  • Mondays: lift
  • Tuesdays: speed or hill workout/intervals
  • Wednesdays: lift
  • Thursdays: tempo run
  • Fridays: easy run
  • Saturday: off or long walk
  • Sunday: long run

He wasn’t able to run with me yesterday, so I did intervals with a friend. 3×3 min. run with 2 min. recovery, then 4×1 min. run with 2 min. recovery. It was fun to run with a friend! Though my shins are pretty sore today. My calves are super tight, so is that why my calves are tight?

Thankfully today is a lifting day, so no running. Doing legs and will probably warm up with some biking. 

This is a new type of routine for me since I’ll only be running 4x a week and incorporating lifting (which I never can do for some reason). So we’ll see how it goes. I want to see if it helps my shin pain. Some people say running less can help with shin pain, but others say running more helps because your body gets used to it and adapts, so the pain goes away. So we’ll see I guess!

This is me and my dad after a 45 min. run:

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Do you run with friends or family? Or do you prefer to run alone?

Have you found that running 3-4x a week is better for you? 

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12-16-2013

Motivational Monday!

9 days until Christmas…wow!

Recently, I’ve been enjoying getting back into the gym, and lifting heavy. I’ll post my routine and update soon. It’s been nice to have a break from running. In 4 weeks, my strength has really improved…it actually improved in just 1 week back. Though I was VERY sore for a few days ;)

This is why I decided to chose this quote for today:

More recently, women have been starting to understand that lifting heavy is beneficial, and that you won’t get bulky or manly. I wrote a whole post about that as one of my first blog posts actually!

I used to be one of those people who thought higher reps with light weights was the only way to go. While high reps still has it’s place in a training program, challenging yourself with heavier weights is what will really garner results.

If you’re a runner, I think this is especially important during the off season! I’m looking at this as my off season, and lifting in order to strengthen my legs and core. During the training season, strength training sometimes falls to the wayside, or you don’t have time for a 1 hour session since you’re already running for an hour more. The off season is the time to really dig in.

Do you like lifting heavy things? 

What’s your favorite lifting exercise? I’d have to say either bench press or pull-ups because they’re so challenging that when I actually accomplish something I feel awesome!

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07-05-2013

Week 1 of NYC Marathon Training

Week 1 is done! It was a really easy week, with only 10 total miles of running. But hey, I’m ok with getting back into it slowly.

Monday:

My mom and I got up and ran 3 miles. It started to rain on us but it felt good because it was so hot and humid! I was soaked after but it felt good to get this run in. I haven’t ran 3 miles in over a month!

In the afternoon we lifted. We had a back and biceps workout on deck. It was tough but it felt good to lift heavy again. I really want to be able to do a few unassisted pullups again!

Tuesday: Fitness Blender video (HIIT + abs)

Wednesday:

We lifted in the morning (legs and shoulders) which actually felt great. I have never lifted in the morning before but I definitely like it better since there was no one in the weights section! Afterwards, we stretched and I foam rolled with this ridiculous thing:

In the afternoon, we went for a 4 mile run. It was HOT and SO HUMID. We stopped halfway at this local store where the owner was kind enough to give us ice cold water bottles. I stuck it in the back of my sports bra for the rest of the run which also helped cool me down. I honestly can’t believe we could run 4 miles no problem after almost 2 months off from running. Isn’t the body an amazing thing?

Thursday: Rest

Friday (today): 3 mile run planned + lifting (chest and triceps day). It’s possible the run may be moved to tomorrow morning because it is currently “feeling like” 92.

Saturday: Off because I will be in Atlantic City with friends…so excited!!

Sunday: Off because, let’s be real we will probably be going to sleep reaaaalllyy late… ;)

This week, I also started following more of the Tone It Up Diet Plan. I need more of a meal plan to stay accountable and not be like, “I don’t know what to eat…I’m hungry…whatever, I’ll make something easy, aka pasta.” So far so good! Here are some meals I have eaten this week which you may have seen on my Instagram:

Breakfast: scrambled egg whites with spinach, mushrooms and black beans

Lunch: chicken, chicken sausage, and “creamy cucumber salad” which was cucumbers, spices and greek yogurt. Surprisingly good!

I’m excited to try more meals and continue eating healthy, at least until my vacation mid-July!

Do you need a meal plan outlined or do you fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to cooking?

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