Monthly Archives: October 2011

Week 43

Only 9 weeks left to go in 2011. And only 5 weeks till CIM…

Monday, October 24

AM: 70-minutes on the Bike Trainer

PM: 90-minute Bikram Yoga Class. Ever since Nike (which feels like it was SO LONG ago even though it’s only been 2 weeks) my right hip/glute hasn’t felt right. I’m pretty sure it’s the old Piriformis problem flaring up again which has been a chronic issue for me. Yoga, particularly the heat from Bikram, relieves a lot of the discomfort. The problem is that the week after Nike, I was only able to go to 2 yoga classes; and since then, it’s been bothering me more than usual.

Tuesday, October 25

AM: 60-minute Yin Yoga Class during the lunch hour

PM: 7-mile Speed Workout. This run was significant to me. I haven’t been feeling very confident about my running lately but after pep talks from some pretty special friends, this run felt like it was the beginning of a mental breakthrough.

Wednesday, October 26

AM: 60-minute Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class during the lunch hour. I don’t care what anyone says; I consider a Vinyasa class to be strength work. It requires so much core strength to be able to hold some of the poses and this was a particularly tough class

PM: 6-mile run. I liked Tuesday’s PM run so much I decided to do it again on Wednesday. Only thing is, I forgot and ate junk food all afternoon. Since monitoring what upsets my stomach during running I’ve become accustomed to eating only certain foods before a run and not within 2 hours of the workout. This was supposed to be an easy run, but my stomach started to act up and I ran faster than I would have liked just to get it over with. It was not a good one.

PM: After my run I had to get some food in me (not the best thing after a GI-distressed run) before my workout with my Trainer. It was my third workout of the day and he could tell I wasn’t feeling the greatest so he scaled things back more than he or I would have liked, but it was necessary. We skipped the TRX and just used free weights, kettle bells and my own body weight for lots of planks, squats and lunges.

Thursday, October 27

AM: 70-minutes on the Bike Trainer that never happened. I was too exhausted from Wednesday’s triple workout day. I was burnt out and it affected the rest of the week. I will never do another triple workout day again.

PM: 90-minute Bikram Yoga Class. My goal is to always get 4-5 yoga classes in per week and this was my 4th one. I was very happy about it.

Friday, October 28

AM: 6-mile untimed run. I worked from home so had some extra time in the morning that is usually spent getting ready for work and commuting. I wasted an hour of it lying in bed debating with myself about whether to do my scheduled run or not. I was mentally exhausted. So I compromised with myself and left the Garmin at home but still put in 6-miles. It was a pretty fantastic run and I felt much rejuvenated afterward.

Saturday, October 29

Rest Day. Being borderline burnt out I decided to take a 100% recent day. I skipped Saturday yoga and didn’t get out of bed until 11 am. While I managed to do some errands, I took the “rest day” to the extreme and skipped Halloween parties and stayed in for the entire day and evening. It was so much needed.

Sunday, October 30

AM: 17-mile run. There is so much I want to say about this run that it probably deserves it’s own post. What I will say for now is that this run was tough, but very fulfilling. More to come later.

AM vs PM Workouts

This week I have sacrificed precious hours of sleep watching endless episodes of Friday Night Lights. A friend of mine lent me Season 1 months ago and now that I have an operational DVD player, I finally watched got sucked into it.

Staying up way past my bedtime watching this show (even stayed up till 2 am one night!) has forced me to switch my workouts from early mornings to afternoons/evenings. I am naturally an early riser and over the years, 6 am workouts have become second nature to me. But I must say, I have really enjoyed the afternoon workouts this week.

The things I’ve liked about it are:

* I am not pressed for time (although I’ve still managed to be late for work, per usual).
* I am more awake and alert.
* I don’t have to worry about coming face-to-face with a raccoon.
* I can see where I am running (I really need a headlamp with a stronger bulb).
* I enjoy having an extra hour of sleep and restful quiet time in the mornings.

Although I had a great run on Tuesday, yesterday’s run wasn’t the best. I forgot that I was running after work and kept eating junk all afternoon. One thing that I’ve learned in dealing with GI issues is that I can’t eat within 1-2 hours of running. I had a little bit of discomfort on yesterday’s run, but it was only for an hour so I didn’t suffer too much. This is definitely something I need to learn to consider for afternoon workouts.

This morning I meant to get up, mosey on into the other room and spend 1+ hours on the bike trainer. But yesterday was a triple workout day (Vinyasa Yoga + 6-mile run + Strength Training session with my Trainer) and I was just too tired to get out of bed. So instead, I’m enjoying a quiet morning writing this blog post and will get the workout in this evening (while watching more FNL!).

I can’t say I’m now going to become exclusively a PM workout person, my schedule just doesn’t allow for it. But it has been nice to experiment with it and I’ll be factoring it as an option – at least through the Fall and Winter when the afternoon temperatures are cooler.

Week 42

A couple of weeks ago during a yoga class I mentioned to RoadBunner that I don’t really get tired legs. This week made me eat those words.

Monday, October 17

Though it was a scheduled rest day, I had ambitions of still getting in some time on the bike trainer, as well as a yoga class. None of those things happened. I was wiped out from the Nike Half-Marathon and ended up taking a full rest day.

Tuesday, October 18

AM: 6.08 mile run. This was an interval run; only I didn’t factor in the rest break times and ended up only doing 9 of the 10 quarter mile intervals.

PM: Bikram Yoga – my first yoga class in 6 days and it was much needed.

Wednesday, October 19

AM: 70-minutes on the bike trainer while watching Tuesday’s Biggest Loser episode. I’ve been doing 2-minute intervals on trainer. This, along with BL helps break up the monotony, and I can’t lie, I love going from my bed to the living room for my workout.

PM: Lunchtime Flow Yoga class. It had been a couple of weeks since I took a Vinyasa class, so it felt good to get back into it. I’m not going to lie though, it was tough. Bikram and Yin Yoga don’t require as much strength and core work at as Flow Yoga so this also counts as strength/core training (in my opinion).

Thursday, October 20

AM: 7-mile run with the last 3 miles being at what I refer to as a “heart attack” pace. It wasn’t easy and I had to gut out the 3 sub-9:00 min/miles.

PM: I skipped an evening yoga class to be social with my friends. We went out to La Bodeguita del Medio, an amazing Cuban restaurant in Palo Alto. It was like being in food heaven.

Friday, October 21

AM: 1-hour run = 6.12 miles. This was an easy run done by duration vs. miles. I suffered ill effects from the Cuban dinner but I didn’t care – it was worth it.

PM: I had ambitions of taking 2 yoga classes today, but work got in the way and neither happened. But I did have a strength-training workout with my trainer that evening. Awesome Friday night, eh?

Saturday, October 22

AM: 1-hour swim = 2000 meters. Like Friday’s run, I gave myself 1-hour to swim at the pool. I didn’t do a set workout, just swam laps. I had some issues with my goggles (Speedo goggles > Nike goggles in case you’re wondering), which cost me a few meters.

Sunday, October 23

AM: 15 mile run

I had planned to run my 5-mile neighborhood loop 3 times, like I did 2 weeks ago. RoadBunner asked to join me for 10 of those miles. We started out after 8 am and kept things at an easy, conversational pace; i.e., I didn’t listen to music. After years of running this loop, it was the first time I’d ever run it with anyone else. It was fun to show her around my ‘hood, where I see the raccoons, skunks and where I fell.

At 10-miles I dropped her off and then headed out to for the final loop (using my iPod shuffle). By this time, the sun was out and it was blazing hot. I basically melt whenever it gets above 65 degrees and today it was 70 degrees. I felt like death. Though the paces of the last 5 miles were the fastest, I confess that it was attributed to the fact that I wanted the suffering to end vs. wanting to push the pace.

When it was over, I sat at the park for a good 5-minutes before walking home where RoadBunner was waiting for me. I had to confess that my legs honestly felt tired. Achey tired. I fell short of last week’s goal of 5 yoga classes, only doing 2. I also had challenging runs during the week, and had an intense strength training session; i.e. full of squats just 36 hours prior. All factors.

I spent the rest of the day watching Season 1 of Friday Night Lights. Why did no one tell me how good this show was?!? Six episodes later I forced myself to turn it off to write this post. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s bike trainer workout so I can get another episode in.

My mantra for next week: “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.” –Coach Taylor