Happy Monday! What a weekend. Sunday started with hearing about the worst mass murder in US history and ended with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the Stanley Cup. My heart goes to everyone involved in the shootings. Just so, so sad. As far as the Pens winning, I’m not a hockey fan but of course I’m always happy to see my home team win (and also happy that I don’t have to hear about hockey for a while now!)
As for workouts, I had a really great week. I did what I planned and renewed my focus on strength training, plus got in some fun cross training. I also decided, based on advice from running experts (my friends Jamie and Joanna!) that I’m going to push back the start of my marathon training to the week of July 4. That gives me 18 weeks of training. I originally planned to tack on an extra week to account for the vacation I’ll be going on in the middle of training, where I’ll likely be doing easy runs instead of full-on training. But since I’m having the plan created for me, I’m sure the coach can work my vacation into the plan. So, training is still three weeks away.
Here’s how last week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles; marathon training starts July 4
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 21
- Miles this month: 38
- Miles this year: 820.07
- Strength training sessions: 5 (counting pole!)
I did 25 minutes of lower body and core strength training.
Tempo run: 4 miles (61 degrees)
I haven’t done speedwork in a while since it’s been so hot so decided to try for two tempo miles. It was cooler, which helped. I missed my target pace by less than 10 seconds, so I consider it a success.
In the evening Jamie and I went to pole dancing class again, which my husband calls my stripper class. Here’s my first recap if you missed it.
When we walked into the studio, the three women in the class before ours were playing Twister. Let me remind you that everyone wears bootie shorts to these classes. So…yeah. Weird.
This class was much different from the first one we took. There were only four of us for this class, so we each got our own pole. During the warm-up, I knew the butt isolation part was coming up. Again, I’ll remind you that we were on our hands and knees and had to do butt isolations where we move the whole butt and then one cheek at a time. Jamie and I just laughed again, but the instructor told us to keep trying, that it feels like nothing’s happening at first but that it will eventually. That’s when I confessed to the whole class that I’d done it for my husband and asked him, “Is there anything happening back there?”
After the warm-up we got right into learning and practicing spins and moves. This class was much tougher because we did more spins and practiced them a lot more. In the first class, we got a break when the other group would practice the moves since there weren’t enough poles for everyone. In the second class, not only did we do more moves, but we also practiced the same moves on the left side instead of just the right. That was so hard! There were several spins that I just could not do on the left at all. The instructor said the left side is a lot tougher and not to get frustrated. We also had to do a pole sit–where you jump on the pole and have to use your thighs to stay there–and stay in that position as long as we could to see who could hold it the longest. Ouch! It hurt so bad! The instructor gave much more feedback and help in this class because there were so few of us. Her biggest criticism for me was that I wasn’t opening my legs enough on my spins. She said I was acting like a nice girl and that, “We need to whore you up!” Ha! At any rate, the class was really hard, and at one point I looked at the clock and thought I wouldn’t be able to make it through the whole class. I was tired, it was really hot in the studio, and I was sweating a lot. And that’s when I started messing up. I crashed several times on my knees. And in one move, instead of sliding down the pole, I fell. I was trying to save my knees and did something really stupid–I landed on my toes. I really hurt my toes and twisted my foot somehow. It actually still hurts a little a week later, though it doesn’t hurt when I run on it–just when I’m squatting down and go to get back up.
The next morning I was showing my husband the bruises on my knees and told him about my foot being hurt. He just looked at me and said, “Hashtag stripper problems.” Ha!
While I’d like to continue with these classes because it’s such a good workout, I’m not sure I should attempt it when I’m about to start training since I can obviously get hurt. I have to think about it.
I did 20 minutes of lower body strength training.
Easy run: 6 miles (51 degrees)
I met Joanna for this morning run, and we were both happy it was so cool. My hands were actually freezing, but I was comfortable aside from that.
Later in the day I did an 11-minute Pilates abs video using the magic circle.
Easy run: 4 miles (61 degrees)
At lunch I took another Zumba class. I feel bad saying it, but I like my old Zumba instructor so much better. This instructor does the moves instead of dancing to the moves. If you’ve done Zumba, you know what I mean. I didn’t let that stop me and still danced to the moves, but I feel like the energy level and fun factor just isn’t as high if you aren’t dancing the moves. Still, I worked up a good sweat, and I made it fun.
After work I did 3 sets of push-ups. I didn’t have time to do a full strength session, but I like the idea of doing push-ups when I can.
Long run: 7 miles (73 degrees)
I met Joanna again at the Montour Trail to run with the Pro Bike & Run group run. I’ve only run on this trail once (for the Montour Trail Half marathon, my first half) and didn’t like it so wanted to see other parts of the trail. We did run through some nicer parts of the trail–a shady section and a very cool tunnel–on this run. But other parts were just behind industrial parks or behind roads, so not very scenic. Still, this trail has a slight 1% grade, which my marathon course has, so it was good to practice on. It was 73 and humid when we started running, and I had to drop my pace pretty quickly just a mile in. Can I get an Amen! for running buddies?! If Joanna weren’t there, I probably would have quit a mile in. It was hot, humid, and I was working hard. When I knew my heart rate was high and it was difficult for me to talk, I took a walk break, which Joanna was okay with. Somehow I made it through all 7 miles, but it wasn’t pretty. I’m glad I did it though–good practice in hot and humid conditions on a course similar to my race course.
It got close to or over 90 that afternoon, so we could only take Django on a short walk since he can’t be out in the heat for very long. Afterward my husband and I walked Downtown to go to the arts festival, which was fun. After that we ate at Bakersfield, the new taco restaurant on Penn. The margaritas, chips, and guac were awesome. Unfortunately, the tacos were just meh. I was disappointed because I know they make their own tortillas, and the problem was with the tortillas. While they were sturdy and didn’t fall apart, they almost didn’t seem done. I’ve heard very good things about this restaurant, so maybe they just had an off day. I’d be willing to give them another chance.
We planned to go hiking at Ohiopyle State Park, which is 1.5 hours away, and wanted to get an early start. I do grocery shopping Sunday mornings so didn’t have time to run before we left. I did a very quick 12-minute strength session of squats and single-leg deadlifts with heavy weights, push-ups, and regular and side planks. I thought it was a pretty good full-body workout for when I don’t have a lot of time.
Then we packed Django in the car and headed to Ohiopyle. It was a perfect day. It was sunny but with temps in the 70s so not too hot or humid. We hiked the Ferncliff Peninsula trail, which is my one of my favorites to do with a dog. The trail starts off in a forest filled with pretty ferns, and there are lots of views of the river with rapids where people kayak. It ends with scrambling over rocks by the river, with lots of places for Django to wade in the river and cool off. Of course he did his thing and laid down in the river like he was taking a bath!
This upcoming week I want to focus again on strength training.
Three more weeks until marathon training starts!!!