Hey guys! I’m back from my disappearing act. My offline life over the past two weeks has kept me pretty busy. There was Brooke’s 8th birthday party and pool party at our place, my 40th birthday, Sierra’s softball tournament, Brooke’s double root canal surgery (the result of a missed softball catch), quite a few softball practices and Amber’s soccer games and a weekend camping trip with my girls.
Gimme all the cake!
Whew! I am exhausted! I am also feeling the effects of eating far too many S’mores, chips and cake while camping this weekend 😀
After two weeks six months of poor eating decisions I am ready to get myself back on track, though I am struggling to figure out what back on track means for me now. Over the past year I have been very focused on building my up my endurance. In October I ran the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, in the Spring I ran Around the Bay (a 30K road race), I then set a new PR in the Half Marathon (Mississauga Half Marathon), and two weeks ago I finished Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. While I love endurance races, I am feeling burnt out and ready to tackle shorter more intense workouts and races. The long training sessions are honestly no longer fun and I’m looking for something different fitness wise to strive towards. As well, all of the endurance training has wreaked havoc on my appetite and self-control. Ugh!! According to my Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale over the past year I have slowly put on about 8lbs and 3% bodyfat. While my clothes are still mostly fitting me they are getting tighter.
Because I would really like to work on changing my body composition to be leaner and stronger, yesterday I headed over to GoodLife Fitness for a quick strength session. I did 2 sets each of the following exercises:
- goblet squats,
- lunges with overhead press,
- lunge jumps,
- bicep curls,
- bent over rows,
- tricep extensions and
- shoulder presses.
It was a pretty basic workout but it kicked my butt and I’m honestly more sore from that than I was after IM 70.3 Muskoka! I am so not used to lifting weights anymore which I really need to change if I’m going to make any composition changes. Because I’m already committed to running the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon again I’m starting a 12 week crash marathon training plan that will build on my current endurance with a heavy focus on more intense running sessions: speedwork, hills and running specific strength training.
My weekly marathon training will look like this:
Mondays: Full body strength work out (similar to the camping workout I shared last week)
Tuesdays: Speed work (Yasso 800’s, 1 mile repeats, ladder workouts etc)
Wednesdays: Easy recovery run + BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness
Thursdays: Hill repeats (progressing to more repeats & to a steeper hill) + Spinning at GoodLife Fitness
Saturdays: Long run (starting at 18k progressing weekly to 34k)
To combat my lack of eating control I’ve decided to reward myself with….. STICKERS!!! I printed out a monthly calendar from outlook that I have sitting on my desk at work to motivate me.
I also have been researching WHY I lack eating control and found some pretty cool articles on sport nutrition which pretty much say I’m not fuelling properly before, during or after a workout session which is causing my body to think it’s starving and making me want to eat ALL.THE. CARBS! While carbs are good, eating entire bags of marshmallows, doritos and skinny pop popcorn etc is not. I’ll share more about my eating plan once I figure that out…
Anyways, that’s about all that’s going on with me these days, what’s new with you? How’s your summer been so far? What fall races are you training for?