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Week 14 of 2013: Apr 1-7

Mon, Apr 1:

+ Rest

Tues, Apr 2:

+ 6.32-mile Track Run

I took my sick car to another shop to try and figure out what is causing its illness so I was carless on Tuesday. With no transportation to the track, I did this track workout on the running path around my neighborhood. The workout was essentially 400’s. I misjudged the distance and had to do two out-and-backs. While it doesn’t bother me to run ’round and ’round the track, I was so bugged by having to repeat any part of the non-track route. Odd, I know.

Wed, Apr 3:

+ 45-min Strength Training

Another training session with Trainer Dave. The past two weeks he’s had me do circuit workouts with less reps but no rest in between sets. It really gets my heart rate up and makes the workout sweat fest.

+ 4-mile Run

Easy run with no Garmin…but 71-degrees and HOT.

+ 75-min Gentle Hatha Yoga Class

My only yoga class for the week (so sad, not intentional, and I’ve already missed my April goal…)

Thurs, Apr 4:

+ 6-mile Run

A terrible, confidence-crushing run that made me swear off running forever.

Fri, Apr 5:

+ 1-hr Spin Class + 10 extra minutes

I took the day off for the SF Giants Opening Day but still got myself to a 6 am Spin class.

+ 45-min Strength Training

This was similar to Wednesday’s workout of fewer reps in the circuit and no rest in between sets.

Can I also say how much I loathe TRX Atomic Pushups?

Sat, Apr 6:

+ 16-mile Run

After Thursday’s terrible run, I decided not to swear off running for good, and give it another shot.

But I didn’t know if I could bring myself to run all 16 of the assigned miles.

I ran through the streets of San Francisco, without my Garmin or iPod. It was foggy and rainy…and for the most part, glorious.

Because of the weather, the streets weren’t as crowded as they usually were. The temps were cool and I didn’t need very much water.

The energy of the City kept me engaged, although there were a few dark miles where I wondered, “Why the hell do I do this?”, convinced myself I wasn’t cut out for running, and swore to never run another step again. But another voice inside me kept saying, “Keep going”, and a few miles later I felt a runners high that I haven’t felt in a long, long time.

It turned out to be one of my best runs in recent memory. The time seemed to fly by, and at the end of the 16-miles, I didn’t feel like death. I wasn’t famished or thirsty, and my legs (and the rest of my body) felt like it could keep going. And I didn’t even have any post-run soreness.

Now I just need to figure out how to make the rest of my long runs from here on out like this one…

Sun, Apr 7:

+ 4-miles Running, 4-miles Walking = 8 miles total

I didn’t wear my Garmin again, but I mapped out the route I took when I got home. The run/walk breakdown is a guesstimate but I think it’s pretty close.

A bunch of us planned to meet up at our favorite Genki Ramen for lunch so I had a couple of hours to kill in Golden Gate Park before then.

With no set plan, I decided to just walk for a bit. I never walk in the park and so I decided to take advantage of the plan-less day and take in the serenity and beauty of GGP.

I walked 30-min down JFK Drive, passing a DSE 10K and Cate who was among the top Female finishers of the race (and she pushed Baby Ellie in the jogger stroller the entire time!)! Then I walked back up JFK for 30-min and went to Stowe Lake.

Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park

Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park

I ran 3-miles around the lake, then a mile back to Genki where I had a long overdue lunch with some of my favorite BARFs (Bay Area Running Friends!)

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March Recap, April Goals

So going on a 10-day vacation kinda put a big damper in my March goals.

March Recap

Here’s a rundown of how March went:

+ Practice 20-min of Yoga or Pilates every day

So I practiced Yoga and/or Pilates 12 out of the 31 days in March. Not even half of my goal. But I’m okay with this because I returned to attending studio classes (on vacation no less!) and even signed up for a new studio after I got home from my trip.

And of the 12 days, the total time for March still calculated out to be 735 minutes, or 12.25 hrs.

+ Track every dollar I spend

Vacation = spending money so a big fat fail on this one. This was a repeat from February because I failed to follow through with it then too. I think I’m dropping this one moving forward. As of right now, Mint.com is sufficient enough for me.

+ Eat More / Try New Veggies

I didn’t try any new vegetables, but I did eat a lot more Brussels sprouts!

Will Run for Brussels Sprouts!

Will Run for Brussels Sprouts!

However, my attempt to eat vegetarian a certain number of days per week was a big fat fail.

So although I was on vacation the first two weeks of March, I did eat vegetarian one day during each week. I found was that despite eating full meals and snacks, I was hungry the entire day – both times. I could not eat enough food to fill me.

After the second week I decided that I wasn’t meant to be a vegetarian. Perhaps I was too ambitious and should have attempted to eat one vegetarian meal a day vs. an entire day. Maybe I’ll still try that, but it’s not going to be a goal that I measure moving forward.

April Goals

So onto April…

+ Continue daily meditation

So a secret goal I had in March was to start meditating. Yesterday I concluded the 21-day Meditation Challenge by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Choprah. It was a very uplifting experience.

Meditation is (slowly) teaching me how to calm my mind. I’ve been practicing it first thing the mornings when I wake up and it really sets a nice tone for the day.

Now that the Challenge has concluded, I’m a little nervous not to have guided meditation sessions, but it’s a practice I really want to continue with.

+ Attend at least 2 Pilates/Yoga classes per week

I still want to practice Pilates and/or Yoga daily, but I want to avoid the burn out I experienced last year from going to too many classes. But there is a lot of value in practicing in an instructor-led session vs. at home so I want to commit to attending at least two classes per week. It’s also a way to ensure I’m not wasting my studio membership.

+ Journal Daily

I love journaling but these days my penmanship is horrible. My hand tires so quickly when writing. I recently discovered an online journaling tool called “Penzu.” I’ve been using it to journal and really like its usability. Journaling has gone hand-in-hand with meditating and likewise, is a practice I want to continue.

+ Run without my Garmin or music twice a week (and not necessarily together)

I usually have two easy runs per week where I don’t have target paces or distances. I plan to leave either my Garmin and/or my iPod Shuffle home on these runs. Sometimes (actually a lot of times) it’s just nice to run without the constant feedback or noise.

Since I’m more or less already practicing these goals, hopefully I’ll be a lot more successful with them than I was with my March goals.

Week 13 of 2013: Mar 25-31

Mon, Mar 25:

+ Rest

Tues, Mar 26:

+ 49er Workout (2.88-mile Track Run)

The last time I did this workout (on 2/26) I pulled my hammy, so I was a little nervous about it — but it went well!

+ 75-min Pilates-infused Yoga Class

Wed, Mar 27:

+ 45-min Strength Training

First strength training session with Trainer Dave in the month of March. He did go easy on me using just free weights, a kettle bell and my own body weight, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

+ 35-min (3.70-mile) Run

+ 75-min Gentle Hatha Yoga Class

Thurs, Mar 28:

+ 6-mile Run

I was a little off with the timing of my meals and ate too soon before this run. I felt nauseous the whole time until I finally puked (over share)?

+ 25-min Pilates

Fri, Mar 29:

+ Spin + Strength Training

Unplanned Rest Day because this happened….

Unplanned Rest Day

Unplanned Rest Day

Sat, Mar 30:

+ 15.05-mile Run

Since my car was in the shop until that afternoon I was stuck running around my neighborhood in Foster City, which I abhor.

I would much rather run to views like this…

View from Lands End in San Francisco

View from Lands End in San Francisco

…than this….

View of the marshes in Foster City

View of the marshes in Foster City

The Bay Trail has no shade and is boring. Thankfully it was an overcast day so the usual glaring sun wasn’t a problem.

This run was broken down into four 5K’s with a warm-up mile and cool down. The first half of it went relatively well. I still struggled at times, but compared to the last half it was peachy.

The last two 5K’s were a struggle. Physically I was fine. The most difficult part of the pacing was sticking to the slower-than-I-wanted-to-go paces. My legs felt fresh too. The struggle was being able to stay focused. My mind moves a million miles a minute and lately these long runs have been brutal. It was ugly but all the miles got done.

Sat, Mar 31:

+ 30-min Easy

The forecasted rain never came so I slept in, then went out on a very easy 30-min run. My legs were tired and my hips hurt a little but it was nice to be out in the sun in a tank and shorts.

Question:

So here’s something I’ve been wondering about. What is your ritual after a long run? Or any run in general?

I come home:

+ Drink some dark chocolate almond milk.
+ Drink water.
+ Lightly stretch out my legs.
+ Prop myself up for some Legs at the Wall. I time myself with the stopwatch app on my iPhone, then browse social media while the time passes.

Do you shower, or eat something? This is where I’m not sure what to do. You’re supposed to eat within 30-60 minutes after a run. But sometimes I have no appetite. Am I wrecking my recovery, particularly after a long run, if I don’t eat right away? Sometimes its 2+ hours before I even feel hungry…

Anyway, just wondering, what’s your post-long run routine?