Just as I was getting ready to post this on Wednesday, I got hit with ANOTHER stomach bug, this time even worse. So it’s finally getting published now.
These last two weeks kicked my butt. Just as I was feeling like I got into a groove, I was thrown a curveball with a stomach bug for myself, cold for the baby and Mike out of town for 4 days and got knocked down. But I’m back up (and now singing that terrible Chumbawamba song in my head…) and happy to report that the current week is going much better.
Before I get into the recap, I’m happy to announce that I’m partnering with Suja Juice as part of my Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon training! They are the title sponsor of the race and I’m a happy consumer of their juice so it was a good fit. So far I’m especially loving the probiotic enhanced waters as well as the green juice. We’re spreading the love – use this coupon to buy one get one FREE of any Suja juice!
Week of April 4-10
The week of illness. It was not ideal. I started feeling bad on Thursday and Saturday was the peak where I spent most of the day in bed or on the couch and missed my 12 mile run. Sunday I started to feel a little better, but not enough to work out.
Monday: Rest. I needed to get into work early so planned to use this as my only rest day for the week.
Tuesday: 5 mile run with Allison. It felt so good to get out before work and run with a friend. I love these runs!
Wednesday: Hill repeats! I have been meaning to do these for weeks becuase the La Jolla Half has a major hill in the middle of it. I finally got out and did a 1.5 mile warm-up and then one shorter hill repeat (about 0.15 miles) and then did the beast hill by my house (which is a trail) 4 times. The hill is 0.30 long and it took me about 4 minutes to get to the top. I really focused on mental toughness in this workout. By halfway up, my legs were burning and I really, really wanted to walk but I promised myself I wouldn’t and I didn’t give in! Running down the hill was good practice for race day too.
Thursday: I did the 22 Hard Corps Strength 1 workout. It was simple but totally tough and very effective (I was incredibly sore the next day). I started to feel nauseous during this workout but figured it was because I was working so hard on an empty stomach. Sadly, it was just the beginning of four days of nausea (no, NOT pregnant).
Friday-Sunday: Rest due to stomach bug.
- Miles Ran: 9.3
- Strength Training/Yoga: 22 minutes
Week of April 11-17
This was the week I started the 21 Day Fix! Luckily by Monday I was feeling a lot better and set a goal for myself to complete at least 5 of the 7 workouts. I knew going into it that I’d be skipping the Cardio workout but thought with running I may skip another. I was glad that I was able to get in 6 of the workouts (they are all just over 30 minutes in length).
Monday – 3.1 mile run on my usual hilly trail route.
Tuesday – Plyo Fix, Upper Fix and 4 mile run with 15 minute tempo. I worked from home because Siena was sick so I was able to get in two 21 Day Fix workouts in the morning before work and a run at lunch on the treadmill (my first run on our treadmill!).
Wednesday – 5 mile run on the treadmill before work. I tried switching up the pace every so often to keep it interesting but it was pretty monotonous! Luckily I can watch Scandal on my iPad so it helps.
Thursday – Pilates Fix and Lower Fix. Pilates was very core focused and lower fix was intense! The moves are mostly squats and lunges using heavy weights for the first 30 seconds and a plyometric move for the second thirty seconds. My legs were sore for literally five days afterward.
Friday – Dirty 30. One of my favorite 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts for sure. This is a total body workout, but my shoulders were definitely the most sore.
Saturday – Fast Times 5k. I probably won’t write a formal race recap for this one. I ran this small race in Mission Bay as part of an event for my company. It was a small race, so my time of 24:21 still earned me 2nd in my age group. It was a post-baby PR for me so I was happy with it!
Sunday – 8 mile run and Yoga. Asia came over and we ran the trails near my house together for 6 miles and then I headed out on my own or the final two. That afternoon I did 21 Day Fix Yoga and did some meal prepping for the week to come.
- Miles Run: 24
- Strength Training/ Yoga: 3 hours
After last week, I felt accomplished and strong. I loved the way the workouts made me feel and I felt like I could conquer the world. It’s been hard for me to get really excited about running lately and I am finding that these home workout programs are more motivating to me. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m so far from where I was with running and also that due to how tough of a route my “go-to” run route by my house is (it’s basically 100% hilly trails and my only other options is hilly concrete next to shopping centers), it feels like every run is tough. Although physically my body is almost back to the size and shape it was before baby, running-wise I feel so far away. Strength training gives me the variety and the progress that I’m looking for. I’m not saying I’m giving up on running – I’m just recognizing that my heart is still not fully committed. I’m looking into some running groups to potentially join to help with motivation as I train for the New York marathon.
What does a “good workout week” look like to you? What kind of goals do you currently get motivated by – strength, physical appearance/weight loss or endurance related?