|Happy Monday!!! Who's feeling marvelous???!!!
I know, it's Monday and we all want to be on vacation, but since we all can't be sitting with our feet up at the beach drinking our amazing freshly brewed cup of coffee leisurely watching the sunrise, let's just agree to make this an amazing week. Ok? It is going to be a crazy one here, so I am just going to roll with things and try to stay on task. That will be an accomplishment all on its own.
Thank you all for the well wishes on the marathon Tony and I signed up for. We are both super excited and super nervous. Don't worry, we are playing it safe and there are full rest days built into our plan. I was really happy with how well we recovered from the 9 miles last Saturday. I swear the humidity and dew point are the hardest parts to get through with these summer runs. I've done a lot of reading on running in humidity and the hardest part for me is regulating my water intake on those super humid runs. I don't really feel like I'm sweating until we start to walk for a minute. Then, I don't want to chug my water because I don't want to cramp. So, I'm working on drinking more, but not too much. There's no strict rule since we are all different and sweat at different rates. So, I just need to play around with it to see what works for me.
Here's the breakdown from last week…
Monday - HIIT/heavy lifting leg training
Tuesday - 6.2 miles at Suwanee Greenway/taught boot camp
Wednesday - upper body strength training/yoga
Thursday - HIIT/taught boot camp
Friday - 4 miles Gary Pirkle Park (Hit a PR too!!! Felt amazing!!!)/body weight leg training
Saturday - rest
Sunday - 10 miles!!!/heavy stretching
Ok, leg day…that's a hard one to build in with this training. Experienced marathoners/trainers, I will gladly take feed bake on this! I imagine as time goes on, my leg day will be more functional than actually lifting heavy. I played around with the leg press on Monday for fun doing different feet positions and man, my booty was screaming for mercy on the run on Tuesday. It's hard for me because I love to lift, but I also love to run. I have to remember that I've got a different goal for awhile and the heavy leg days are probably done for the next couple of months.
The 10 miles felt great! We ran it on the treadmill due to the weather. It was entertaining since I watched Dirty Dancing and well, the music is fun in that movie, so I was feeling good through the run. I hit a speed PR for a distance run! That felt amazing. My IT band did get pretty tight at mile 8 this time. It happened last week too. It was good after I stretched it, but it was frustrating. I think I need to spend more time with my yoga again. I haven't been teaching it during the summer and I think I need to get back to doing it more often. It just really helps keep things strong and limber.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!