This is my Mamavation Monday post for November 14, 2011.
So I’ve been back to work now for a full 2 weeks, and I’m happy to report that everyone is settled into our new routines nicely now. My first week back was exhausting and everyone had a hard time adjusting to getting up earlier for school/daycare etc., which led to some very tired and cranky evenings… But this week was MUCH better! Especially for Amber – she settled back into waking once a night, and going right back to sleep after. YAY!
More rest meant that I could workout/train for my half marathon harder. I put together a very challenging sub-2 hour half marathon training plan and my intent is to follow it to a “T” in order to run the fastest half marathon of my life this coming March. My primary goal with the plan is to finish in less than 2 hours, and my secondary goal is to set a new PR (my previous PR is 1:51, but I set that when I was like 27 and didn’t have any kids). In my training plan I also included some spinning cross-training because I’m also in the early training stages for the 75k Ride for Heart, which takes place in early June. Unfortunately I had to miss my Monday spinning class because a meeting with our CAO went long. I was pretty bummed that I missed the class because I greatly enjoy it, but I did manage to do a half an hour of strengthening at the gym instead.
Here’s my training accomplishments from last week:
Spinning class with my co-worker Gruntstyle 2 Week Challenge Champion Workout and Nike Training Club Ab Burner Workout
Tuesday: 5k easy run at a
6:32/km 6:07/km pace
Thursday: Speed track workout 2k warmup & cooldown, 2 x 1mile in 8:27 min, 800m recovery jog
5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace Had a bit of chest congestion, and body aches so I skipped the run and went to the mall for some retail therapy during my lunch
(NOTE TO SELF – an easy walk around the park would have been less damaging to my bank account)
Saturday: BodyPump class
Sunday: 11k long run at a
6:32/km 6:23 pace
I must say that after a week of training like that, I had absolutely no problem falling asleep every night 🙂 I like that because I honestly feel that sleep is as important to your health as good wholesome healthy food, water and exercise.
This week my training plan is very similar to the one two weeks ago, except I’m throwing in two BodyPump classes as well:
Monday: Spinning class at the gym with my co-woker
Tuesday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Thursday: 8k Tempo run (easy 1.5k warm up, 5k @ 5;33/km, easy 1.5k cool down)
Friday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Sunday: 11k long run at a 6:32/km pace with two girlfriends
I don’t have any spectacular plans for the week that I can foresee interfering with my training plan so it should be a doable. (Man I love being back to work and having a kid-free lunch hour so I can do HARD work outs!)
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BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Omron. Two blogging carnival participants will each receive an Omron pedometer. To be eligible answer the following blogging carnival question in your weekly Mamavation blog post and mention Omron with a link back to their site. Link up your post here.
What kind of activities have you done with a pedometer on?
The only pedometer I’ve used is the Nike+ for my iPod Nano for running, then when I got my iPhone I upgraded to using the Nike + GPS. Truthfully, I’ve never found a pedometer that’s accurate enough to use on a regular basis, but I’ve never tried an Omron one, so perhaps it’s better than the ones I’ve tried.
Oh! I almost forgot! Here’s a pic from one of my runs this week:
It’s a picture of the stream and bridge from the park I double lap (each lap is 1.5 miles). This means I get to pass it twice and marvel at it’s beauty – it doesn’t matter if it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, the view is breathtaking and it’s the motivation I need to get out there every week.
What motivates you to exercise each week?