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“Its About That Time” – Weekly Workout Recap: July 28 – August 3, 2014

{I wish I could run like Coco!}

I haven’t been posting my Weekly Workout Recaps because they’ve been non-existent. I spent the past few weeks focused on strengthening my knees and hips which has been successful – all pain gone! *knocks on wood*

My running coach said, “It’s about that time…” so I guess I can say that CIM marathon training has officially begun.


A couple of weeks ago I went into my new gym for my free fitness assessment. It included a V02 max test. To quote the trainer who did my test, “So you plan to run a marathon this year? I suggest you start swimming and running hills because you’re going to need more endurance than this…”

With that in mind, here’s how the week went:

– Mon, 7/28: 30-min Swim

– Tues, 7/29: 4.03 miles Intervals Run

– Wed, 7/30: Strength Training with Dave (my first workout with him since he came back from a month-long vacation)

– Thurs, 7/31: 2.81 miles Stair Intervals

– Fri, 8/1: Attempted Strength Training session with Dave (but the DOMS from Wednesday was too intense and I couldn’t even do a single TRX Atomic Push-up.

– Sat, 8/2: Spin class with Meghan

- Sun, 8/3: 80-min Run in Golden Gate Park

The highlight of this week was the run in Golden Gate Park.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve limited myself to running around my neighborhood so it was more than a treat to be back in foggy GGP.

It wasn’t an easy run by any means, especially up those hills, but I didn’t hate it!

It sucks is humbling to have to rebuild my running fitness from scratch but this run felt so good! It’s one of the best runs that I’ve had in a long time!

And it left me feeling excited to start training “for real” this time!

3.5 Things I Did This Weekend…

1. Went to A Wedding!

Audrey is a local runner (and makeup artist!) who has become a close friend over the past few years. Yesterday we had the privilege of attending her wedding. Like her, it was a beautiful wedding and fun reception full of love and so much creativity!

2. Learned iPhone Photography Tricks!

At the wedding reception we sat the same table as Julianne. Julianne always posts beautiful, creative photos to her Instagram. So of course, during the reception we talked her into sharing her iPhone photography tips and tricks with us.

We pulled flowers from the centerpieces and photographed them using our napkins as the background. Here’s my finished product:

You can see more results of our lesson at the Instagram hashtag, “photographybyjulianne.” Maybe now I’ll have a more interesting Instagram feed.

3. Ran in Golden Gate Park!

Since adopting my puppy dog, I’ve kept my running routes close to home. Since I was gone for most of Saturday for the wedding, she spent the weekend at doggie daycare.

I took advantage of my “free Sunday” and ventured up to the City to do my longer weekend run in Golden Gate Park. Its one of my most favorite places to run and I have missed it! It was cool and foggy – a nice break from the extra hot weather we’ve been having. I was in heaven!

3 1/2. Celebrated Alyssa’s 4th San Francisco-versary!

Following my GGP, I headed over to Alyssa’s to help her celebrate four years of San Francisco living. But since I failed to take any photos, I’m not sure I can claim it happened… :)

Running, Lately

When we last left off I had been doing a lot of plyos and knee strengthening exercises, and was about to start giving running a go.

So I did an “easy” 40-min run last Tuesday. I say “easy” but it was anything but that. What was once an easy pace now felt like my lungs were about to explode. The good news is that the knee held up! In fact, it felt fine on the run, although it felt a little “locked up” in the few hours after it.

I continued with the cross-training and strength building workouts for the rest of the week. I also took a Spin class at my new gym taught by a local runner!

I ran again this past Sunday at the DSE 6-hour Endurance Classic. Long time readers will be familiar with this “race” because I also ran it in…




Everyone from last year showed up again this year; its like our annual thing!

I love this “race” (in reality its a supported long run) because you can run for as long or short as you want! This year my coach told me to run for 45 min which is exactly what I did.

Again I had no knee issues during, and now even after the race. Doing my daily physical therapy exercises, using the tens machine, and focusing on strengthening my knees and hips has made a huge difference.

Unfortunately those things do not help my cardio endurance which is at ground zero right now.

To say running has been humbling lately is an understatement.

A few weeks ago I purchased a new HR monitor that I read about on DC Rainmaker’s blog. There are a few things I love about this HR monitor, specifically:

1. It goes around your forearm vs under your boobs – no chafing.
2. Its rechargeable – no need to figure out batteries.
3. Its compatible to ANT+ and bluetooth so it can also be used at the gym.

My previously easy paces are now Zone 6.

I’ve had (many) injuries in the past but coming back from them didn’t feel as hard as it does right now (or maybe I have short-term memory?).

But then, during @veganrunningmom’s spin class I had an epiphany (probably because it was the hardest I’ve worked in a spin class in ages).

I realized that during my previous injuries I was still a gym rat and still did intense cardio workouts. But this time around I haven’t so it’s not wonder I feel so out of shape.

So now that my knee is feeling better my focus is on building up my cardio again.

Yesterday I ran a 45-min interval workout that felt great (and still no knee pain!). Today I did a 30-min jump rope workout (15 x 1-min intervals with 1-min recovery) and tomorrow I am running stairs.

I have a lot of work ahead of me but I’m excited for it