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Weekly Recap, Oct 28-Nov 3


I haven’t written a weekly workout recap post since the end of the summer. At the time my body was feeling so out-of-sync that the workouts weren’t anything that I wanted to remember. Sadly, not much has changed in the past two-and-half months. I have been seeing a Functional Medicine doctor who is helping me to heal my body (digestive system). Some days are better than others but I am no where near being completely healed. I am however feeling a little more energized and had a decent week workout-wise.

+ Mon, Oct 28: Rest Day

+ Tues, Oct 29: Bad track workout

+ Wed, Oct 30: Spin workout + Strength Training workout with Trainer Dave

Instead of a 6 am Spin class, my gym offers a 6 am Body Pump class on Wednesdays. So if I want to get an early morning Spin workout done I have to do it on my own at 5 am. I’ve found pretty good Spin workouts just by surfing the Web and did a 30-minute one followed by 30-min of core and PT exercises

At lunch time I did a rowing/circuit workout with Trainer Dave:

- Warmed up with 2000 meters on the rowing machine
- 4 sets, no rest in-between sets:
10 regular push-ups
10 TRX low rows
15 squats with overhead press holding a 20 lb medicine ball
15 KB swings with 25 lb KB
10 TRX reverse Y flies

+ Thurs, Oct 31: 5K time trial with a 1-mile warm-up and 1-mile cool down

One of the things my Functional Medicine doctor is treating me for is Adrenal Fatigue, so although I was pleased with the paces I ran, this run knocked me out. I’m also still dealing with sore calves and shin splints so you can imagine just how much fun this run was…

+ Fri, Nov 1: Strength Training workout with Trainer Dave

- Warm-up with 2000 meters rowing
- 10 x 200 meter rowing springs with 1-min rest
- 3 sets circuit (no rest in-between sets):
10 Pushups
15 Kettle Bell Swings (25 lbs)
10 Burpees

+ Sat, Nov 2:  90-minute (9-mile) Run 

The above photo was taken on this run. Fall running is the best!

+ Sun, Nov 3: 40-min Untimed Run 

In two weeks I’m running the Big Sur Half Marathon. With me trying to heal my gut its probably not the most ideal time to be running an endurance event but I’m going to anyway. Since I wasn’t able to run Twin Cities Marathon last month, this is my consolation event. I really have cut back my workouts quite a bit (compared to marathon training) and my Functional Medicine doctor has much experience working with endurance athletes so she gets it. She understands that “this is what she has to work with” (her words, not mine) and is willing to do so (I do plan on cutting back even more after this race).

When I first signed up for this race I had grand dreams of running a PR because its the first race I ever ran 5 yrs ago. But I’m not expecting that to happen anymore and I’m okay with it (mostly). There’ll be other races to try to run a personal record so for this race I’m just looking forward to running half marathon #21 and celebrating how far I’ve come the first one.

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: August 12-18

This quote continues on with something like, “but this will pass…”

Except in my case, it didn’t. Last week was a total bust (see below) and I literally stayed in bed all weekend – well at least I did on Saturday.

Mon, 8/12


I had planned to go to yoga but I felt really tired and even wanted to take an afternoon nap. Now I am not capable of daytime napping so this was a red flag to me that something was off. So I decided to take a complete Rest Day.

Tues, 8/13

5.67-mile Track Workout

I did the workout, got the job done but I felt like crap the whole time. I still felt fatigued and my head felt cloudy. It was like I was in a hazy daze that I couldn’t wake up from.

Wed, 8/14

AM: 20-min Swim

I woke up with a sore throat and the 45-min that I planned to swim turned into just 20-min. I asked myself “What was the point?” I would have been better off just sleeping in.

PM: 1-hr Strength Training with Trainer Dave

This was the best workout of my week. I row’d, TRX’d and then row’d again.

Thurs, 8/15

6-mile Run

I got the miles done around the neighborhood but I still felt lethargic (three days so far if you’re counting). I was getting 7+ hours of sleep at night and still felt like it wasn’t enough. I had no stamina whatsoever. And my allergies came on with a vengeance.

Fri, 8/17

Spin More Rest

I finally gave in, turned off the alarm and just slept in.

Sat, 8/18

13-mile Run Rest

Another bust. At this point I couldn’t tell if I had the worst case of allergies ever or I was dealing with a cold – or both. All the symptoms were the same, but my body (area between shoulder blades) ached too. I’m also still dealing with GI issues so it was like I was in the perfect storm. I literally did not get out of bed all day.

Sun, 8/19

13-mile Run 4-ish mile Run

I felt a little better when I woke up on Sunday so I drove all the way to Golden Gate Park in the City to make up my 13-mile run.

I made it one mile before I had to run to the bathroom. By the time I hit four miles I couldn’t breathe (congestion) and my head wanted to explode. So I came home and had yet another Fat Dog Day. Before this weekend I didn’t know it was possible to be tired of #FDDs.

Mon, 8/20


I’m feeling much better today and am tempted to go to yoga but I think I’ll just take another full day to rest in hopes of having a better week.

I had a bit of a meltdown thinking that I am running out of time to train for my next marathon, but my coach still thinks I have enough time to train for it. So I decided that I’m just going to go with what he says and not worry about it.

The good news is that my legs have been feeling really good lately, so hopefully all this extra rest will add a spring in my step.