Saturday, November 14, 2009

Week 3: End Week Update

Training Thursday night went extremely well. I needed to make up my core and weight workout from Wednesday since my youngest child refused to sleep, therefore causing me to miss my workout. Last night, I set out to run my 3.5 miles. Weather was perfect. Not hot, not too chilly. I ended up running 2.5 miles since I was going strong, but my foot was starting to yelp at me, I decided to cut it short to have enough energy and motivation to get home to do my weights and core workouts. Albeit, during part of my run, I ran over fallen pecans and nearly twisted my right ankle. Just a bit tender, but I think next time I’ll avoid them.

My weight workout consists of 3 sets of 20 reps of arm and chest moves combined with leg movements to keep the caloric burn high. I work the triceps, biceps, and shoulders as well as muscles in my legs that might get not quite as much as a workout during my runs as the quads, hamstrings, and calves, mainly the inner thigh muscles, ankles, and whatever muscles that are up at the very top of the back of my leg whatever they may be called.

My core workout, which I found from Runner's World, consists of the “Superman”, a normal plank hold, side planks, the bridge and metronome...all major core strengthening moves.

To me, this is the best workout I’ve had. Afterwards, I felt strong and beautiful. I felt proud of the sweat covering my body, proud of the burn of my muscles, proud at the fact that I’ve been diligent for nearly 6 months now, proud of what I’m working towards.

Last night, I attempted my easy run. I think I overdid it on Thursday because all I could muster was 1.8 miles. Yes, I know that's almost 2, but it's not. The fact that I couldn't make it another .2 miles really irked me. At least lesson learned, eh?

This morning, I finally did morning yoga. I've been looking forward to it all week. I probably should have done some other conditioning/cross-training, but I really needed a full stretch. Also, I'm wanting to do swimming at the Natatorium, but I still need to check into it and buy a sports swimsuit (yuck, I thoroughly despise swimsuit shopping).

Tomorrow ends my soccer season, but not my soccer training schedule. I am attending a soccer clinic with a friend who wants to get started, so my current training schedule will extend through November 22. Then, I shift gears into the full onslaught of marathon training. I'm actually quite excited!

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