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Weekly Workout Recap: May 26 – June 1

I haven’t written a Weekly Workout Recap since the last week of October. A few weeks later I took a big step back in training in an attempt to let my body heal from Adrenal Fatigue and Hypothyroidism.

I’ve felt much better since but my consistency has waned. My first race (a 5K) is this month so I’m resuming these posts to help me maintain consistency and motivation.

Here’s last week’s recap (Note: my weeks are Monday – Sunday):

Mon, 5/26

+ 5-mile run (casual run)

I met my friend and her Golden Retriever for a casual run on a new-to-me trail. It was hot and unshaded but it was nice to have a change of scenery.

Tues, 5/27

+ 4.94-mile Run (speed workout)

Ran a speed workout, assigned by my coach. I usually do these kinds of workouts at the track, but I was too lazy to drive there and ran around my neighborhood instead.

Wed, 5/28

+ 1-hr Circuit Training

Trainer Dave was out-of-town, and I was in-between gyms so I dug out my jumprope and weights and did this circuit training out on my patio. Coach Coco supervised.

3 sets of:

* 1-min jump rope
* 10 Push Ups
* 10 Tricep Dips
* 10 Burpees
* 10 Squats (with 10 lb hand weights)
* 10 Step-Ups x 2 (with 10 lb hand weights)
* 10 Single Leg Deadlifts x 2 (with 10 lb hand weights)
* 10 Mountain Climbers x 2
* 10 Sit-Ups
* 10 Bicycles x 2
* 1-min Planks

** 1-min rest in-between sets

Thurs, 5/29

+ 1-mile Run (aborted interval run) / Rest Day

I had another interval run assigned. I usually do these workouts at the high school track, but on Thursdays I have early morning meetings. Since I am unable to get to the track early, I run later in the morning (in-between meetings) around my neighborhood.

A half mile into my run I found that the home owners association closed my usual route for repaving. I didn’t want to run intervals around city streets so I just aborted the run and went home. Weak, I know, but it turned out to be my Rest Day for the week.

Fri, 5/30

+ 1-hr Spin

This was my first spin class of the year and the first workout at my new gym! At my old gym, spin classes were at 6 am. With Coco it is impossible for me to get to classes that early. Now at this new gym, there are more morning classes offered that I can work into my day in-between meetings!

It was awesome to go to a real class with someone else telling me what to do!

Sat, 5/31

+ 8-10 mile run45-min Swimming

I woke up with an upset tummy and knew I wouldn’t make it through a run so I decided to switch Saturday and Sunday’s schedule.

And decided to make an early morning visit to Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay. It was Coco’s first time off leash and in the ocean:

I went to the outdoor, rooftop pool at my new gym in the late afternoon and swam for 45-min.

It was glorious!

Sun, 6/1

+ 45-60 min Cross Training 6.44-mile Run

I woke up with an upset tummy again, but it wasn’t as bad as it had been on Saturday. So I decided to go for it.

I haven’t run double digits since last November and have been a bit intimidated to try it again.

The run started off awesome! The first four miles felt effortless. A little after four miles I ran into the Diva Half Marathon. I stopped for a minute to cheer, then crossed to the running path on the other side of the street.

I ran along the later miles of the course and as I ran down Mile 8 the race officials yelled at me to get off because the lead runner was coming. So I made a u-turn and headed towards home, trying to calculate how I would get the missed mileage added back on.

Around that time my stomach revolted. My leaky gut was back and I had to make a beeline to the bathroom. But there weren’t any in the area so I took the shortest route home (about two miles).

It was disappointing that I had to cut the run short because my legs and lungs were feeling great. It wasn’t the best way to end the week, but I’m looking forward to a new week and exploring more classes and amenities at my new gym!

Weekly Workout Recaps: Aug 19-25 and Aug 26-Sept 1

I was hesitant to write this post because as of right now I really don’t know if I’m going to run the Fall marathon I have been planning to. Its not that I don’t want to, or that I’m injured because I do and I’m not, but I’ve been going through a period of cutting runs short or simply skipping them altogether.

I got sick a couple of weekends ago and wasn’t able to get out of bed, let alone do any workouts whatsoever. It took about a week and a half to fully recover but then I started freaking out that there wasn’t enough time to train for the race. You’d think that would be enough to drive me to run every single mile and then-some; instead I did the exact opposite.

So I really don’t know if I’ll run it or not but I will making the trip no matter what (travel is already booked and paid for) so I’m going to make every effort to run the miles and finish the workouts that are on my schedule between now and then.

Mon, 8/19
Rest Day

Tues, 8/20
6-mile Run

Wed, 8/21
30-min Swim
40-min Strength Training Session with Trainer Dave

Thurs, 8/22
5-mile Run Nothing

Fri, 8/23
1-hr Spin

Sat, 8/24
14-mile Run 11.5 mile Run

Sun, 8/25
30-min Spin / 30-min Treadmill Run
30-min Strength Training

Mon, 8/26
Rest Day

Tues, 8/27
5.40-mile Track Workout

Wed, 8/28
30-min Swim
45-min Strength Training Session with Trainer Dave

Thurs, 8/29
7-mile Run 6-mile Run

Fri, 8/30
1-hr Spin

Sat, 8/31
15-mile Run 8-mile Run

Sun, 9/1
5.27-mile Run

Yesterday I half-heartedly intended to make a second attempt at the 15-miler, but after 5.27-miles I stopped to spectate the DSE Mile Run that a bunch of my friends ran, then chose to go to brunch with them instead of continuing my run because who can say no breakfast at Q.


Weekly Recap: Aug 4 – 11

I was humbled this past week by some really tough times during workouts that shouldn’t have felt that hard.

During my last swim lesson I couldn’t finish two laps without imploding. I came up gasping for air yelling, “I just ran a marathon six weeks ago, why can’t I finish this lap!”

Then I ran 12 miles yesterday. It started off great but the last few miles were pretty ugly.

Last week I also missed some miles and workouts and I’m fearful of it becoming a habit. I need to start holding myself accountable again so I’m going to do so by resuming these weekly workout recap posts.

Here’s last week’s recap.

Sun, 8/4:

Giants Race – 10K

Probably the least unfortunate race photo taken of me yet

Probably the least unfortunate race photo taken of me yet

Mon, 8/5:


Except I had my 30-min swim lesson which was no joke, physically or mentally. It took lots of concentration and effort to learn new things.

Tues, 8/6:

PM: 7-mile run 3-mile run

Except I had to go into the office and my new office is now at least a 25-min commute going 80 mph on the freeway (if I’m lucky). I cannot stand to be in traffic so on days that I do have to go into the office I try to leave the house by 6 am. This means I have to run after work and I am not an afternoon runner. I could only muster up 3-miles because I knew I still had a tough swim lesson later that evening and felt like I had to conserve every bit of energy I had left in me.

PM: 30-min swim lesson

Wed, 8/7:

AM: 45-min swim on my own to practice stuff learned during lessons.

Lunch: 1-hour strength training with Dave which these days consists of lots of time of the rowing machine and TRX circuits.

PM: 30-min swim lesson – the one where I faced my fear and learned how to do somersaults (then flip turns !!!) in the pool.

Thurs, 8/8:

AM: I had a track workout that didn’t happen because I was so sore from Wednesday’s workouts and my stomach was being upset again.

PM: 30-min swim lesson – the last one in which my instructor had me do sprint sets that I could barely finish.

Fri, 8/9:

Complete Rest Day

Sat, 8/10:

A 12-mile run in the City along the Embarcadero to the Marina Green and back. It started off well and then went downhill real fast during the last few miles. I don’t think I fueled properly which is disturbing since I should have known better after SFM.

As soon as I finished running my legs were overcome with a pain that I’ve felt only after running 26.2. I laid down immediately, which was probably the worst thing I could have done but it needed to happen. My quads hurt the most which is also disturbing since the route I had just ran was mostly flat.

Sun, 8/11:

AM: Brick – 30-min on the Spin bike, 30-min on the treadmill

AM: 75-min Restorative / Yin Yoga class

I came thisclose to bailing on each of these workouts but I finished them and afterwards was glad that I did. Its a shame though as it took me a full 25 minutes to feel comfortable on the treadmill.

Workout Highlights of the Week:

+ Learning how to somersaults in the pool

+ Finishing 30-min on the dreadmill

+ And seeing this:

a peek at the GGB

a peek at the GGB

Although my 12-mile run was garbage, I still got butterflies in my belly (as I always do) at my first glimpse of the day of the Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn’t matter how many times I run by or across it, I am always in awe of it’s majestic beauty.

This past week marked 15 years of Bay Area living for me.

After all this time I still have to pinch myself because I still can’t believe how lucky I am to live here. #ilovesfforever