Happy Monday guys!
Before I dive into this past week, I have a few final thoughts on Baystate (My mom’s post on her experience running the marathon will be posted on Wednesday!).
- For the first time in a really long time, I didn’t get ANY blisters running this half marathon. I definitely credit this to wearing my Feetures running socks (LOVE THEM!!) and my Asics sneakers, which seem to have a wider toe-box than previous sneakers I’ve worn. I’m just happy that I seem to have found the winning “recipe” for happy feet, and I plan on sticking to this for all my future long runs and races.
- I’m psyched about my new PR, BUT… Like the overachiever I am, I’ve already started thinking about what I could do to get faster. And after seeing all the incredible marathoners (like my mom!) finishing the race, I seriously want to sign up for a marathon again. I’ve been contemplating trying a spring one, since my workload at my job will be a little lighter over the winter. Of course, that would mean training for a marathon through a Boston winter, which might not be the smartest decision for me right now. But by the same token, if I try to wait for the PERFECT time to train for a marathon, I feel like I could be waiting forever…
So for now it’s onto the next race! My mom and I may do a little local 10k next weekend, but then in November, we have an especially fun race lined up! My mom, brother and I are doing a Spartan! Despite my mom saying she didn’t think she’d ever do a Spartan (there seems to be a pattern here), I managed to talk her into the Fenway stadium sprint. From what I’ve heard, Spartan stadium races tend to be a little easier than a regular race, so I think we’ll end up having a blast. I totally need to start doing my burpees again though!
Now, looking back at my week – it wasn’t as good in the workout department as I would have liked to be totally honest. I was a little sore in my calves from the half marathon, but nothing terrible. I can’t remember if I went to the gym on Monday night at all (which probably means I didn’t…). On Wednesday, I had planned on jumping back into the weekly runs my work hosts. I love running around Boston in the Fall. It’s so gorgeous, and I feel like I’m finally beginning to get a sense of the city’s lay-out. But that run didn’t end up happening. I got caught in a late afternoon meeting, and didn’t end up leaving work till pretty late. By the time I got home, I was hungry and tired and I didn’t have it in me to go to the gym to run on the treadmill.
Thursday night, I stayed after work with another coworker to do another outdoor yoga class put on by CorePower Yoga and Social Sports Boston. The funny thing was that BOTH of us forgot to bring yoga mats, so we ended up sharing with another friend. It was a little cozy for yoga, and I was a afraid that I was going to end up toppling the three of us over domino-style on some of the poses. Still, it was a really cool setting to be doing candlelit yoga in the middle of Boston, and the temps were perfect, hovering around the 60s, despite it almost being the end of October.
Image borrowed from Social Boston Sport’s Instagram page.
Friday was another lazy day.
At least by Saturday, I was excited and finally motivated to exercise again. The fact that I could sleep in to a reasonable time AND also do a workout might have had something to do with that.
Saturday morning, I went out for an 8-miler at the park near me. It was a nice, cool morning and it felt great to be running again. The park was pretty quiet apart from a couple other runners and walkers, and it felt almost like I had my own private park at times.
Sunday, I decided to focus a little bit more on cross-training. I did Fitnessblender’s 22-minute abs and obliques workout (check it out here – it’s a doozy!) Then I went to the gym and did a 20-minute run on the treadmill. I ramped up the elevation to simulate some hills and pushed the pace until I had worked up a decent sweat. I rounded out the workout with a little upper-body work on the machines and then called it a day.
Overall, I’m pleased with the workouts I got in on the weekend! I still have to figure out how to fit in exercise during the week though. I think waking up REALLY early is probably my best bet, even though I’m not super excited about the idea of getting up around 5 on a regular basis. 😦 On top of that, I’ll be traveling for work this week, which will probably not be great for a new workout routine. Oh well, I guess.
Hope you had a great weekend! What do you think about trying to wait for the perfect time to train for a big race? Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my mom’s post on Baystate!