Week 9 Recap

Monday

Monday was my makeup for Sunday — a hills workout on the dreadmill since San Jose is relatively flat. I did 6% incline for 90 sec, recover, 7% for 1 min, recover, then repeat x 5 with a warm-up and cool down. Not a lot of good sleep the night before… I was so ready for a nap!


Tuesday

A rest day — I spent Tuesday catching up on work and visiting my friend, husband and new baby in the hospital.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a rest day. I spent most of the day flying from Cali to Providence for work.

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Thursday

After a 12-hour shift, I had to do my track workout on the dreadmill… 1200m intervals (at 5mph and 5.2mph) with recovery breaks in between. Felt really good. I wasn’t dead by the end, which was nice. Progress!

Saturday

Saturday night dreadmill run. Got a cramp in my good leg and had to walk for a few seconds midway through. But another 3 in the bank! I threw in 50 squats, 50 sit ups and 25 pushups at the end. Long run planned for Sunday…

Sunday

I landed from Providence this morning to find my race packet from the Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago on my doorstep… 2 more weeks!

Later that night, I finished off week 9 with my long(est) run: 4.5 miles. My running buddy and I took it easy, but by the end, I was still beat and a sweaty mess. I was certainly feeling Saturday night’s 3 miles + squats workout. Feeling proud though.

Week 8 Recap

Monday

I did this week’s long run on Monday as a solo morning run: 4 miles straight without walking (my longest distance during this training so far!), complete with 2 inclines on each of the 3 laps. My “bad” foot did go numb from mile 2.7 to 3.9 then the tingling just disappeared. Weird. Still feeling proud of myself for getting to mile 4. The weather was nice and cool, which helped.

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Tuesday & Wednesday –  Rest days. Mostly because I worked back-to-back 13-hour shifts.

Thursday

A quick 2-mile run at home on the dreadmill while watching Grey’s Anatomy, after my 3 back-to-back 13-hr shifts. Another run was scheduled at 8am the next morning, plus my foot went numb, so I didn’t wanna overdo it.

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Friday

Sluggish morning run. I was so beat, but we did it! My foot also went numb again for the last mile which is getting annoying. But hey, it’s another 3 miles in the bank. Not stressing over one tough run.

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Then, later that day, I headed to the airport for my trip to the Bay Area.

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Saturday & Sunday

Having a ball so far in California… lots of good eats. Saturday was Sam’s Chowder House (beautiful views of Half Moon Bay) and today, we went to Brenda’s French soul food restaurant. I skipped my hills workout today after we walked nearly 4 miles up and down San Francisco’s hills (my Garmin says it was the equivalent of climbing 28 flights of stairs). I’ll make it up tomorrow (Monday).

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Dessert at Sam’s Chowder House

Week 6 & Week 7 recaps

Week 6 Recap

After the 5k run on Wednesday, the 20th (see the post here), I finished off the week with two additional runs.

Thursday

I had a nice afternoon solo run. I was scheduled for 2.75 miles, but I took a pee break after the first 4 minutes and my Garmin can’t pause. So, it’s broken into 2 entries! I kept an average pace of sub-12, complete with a few inclines… and I didn’t feel like I was gonna die! #Progress Maybe I took today’s shirt literally. 🙂

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Friday

A short Happy Friday run with a running girlfriend: 2 miles. I’m getting faster!

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Week 7 Recap

At the beginning of week 7, I took a brief hiatus to recharge and vacation in Atlanta. So, I only got 2 runs in before the end of the week.

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Monday-Thursday (Atlanta)

I also took a break from low-carb on my getaway, and enjoyed some good eats! In particular, some great seafood gumbo at Pappdeaux’s and the best strawberry cheesecake at Sage Woodfire Tavern!

 

Friday

My first full day back in NJ, we did a slow and easy 5K distance, catching up on life.

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Saturday

After a lot of self pep talking this morning, I got out on the track for 5 miles of speed work with run-walk intervals. My overall pace was faster than my normal running time (including walk breaks), which shows me that I could probably be running faster.

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Up to 5k distance & mug recipes

Despite not getting much quality sleep last night — my Garmin says I got 48 minutes of deep sleep and 5 hours of light sleep — I pushed myself to meet up with a girlfriend to run 3.1 miles at Liberty State Park this morning. This was the fastest pace (12:38min/mile) I’ve held for more than a mile off-treadmill in the past 6 weeks!

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The skyline was still beautiful today, even with the overcast. But, I could’ve done without side-stepping the geese poop on the trail!

I’ve also become interested in these microwave mug recipes I’ve been seeing lately. I tried this one recently, but made a few tweaks to keep it low-carb. I used low-carb wheat bread, and regular eggs (I didn’t have egg whites). I also skipped the banana (carbs!), so I topped it with strawberries and blueberries. It came out pretty yummy!

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