7 weeks to my half marathon
Monday, December 07, 2009
Well for the 1st time in about a month I feel like I am back on track. I went through a period of having chest pains so the doctor said no exercise until I get checked out by the cardiologist. The day I go to see the cardiologist is the day I felt fine. Not sure what happened but they think I caught a virus that attacked my chest muscles. Glad it was nothing serious but it meant two weeks away from training. Coming back was hard but after 2.5 more weeks I feel I am back to where I was in my training.
This week was pretty good - at least the last half of the week. My back was pretty sore the beginning half of the week - not sure why - so I did no exercise. Then Wed I had a class with my trainer. My back was still slightly sore but I went and glad I did. I started with a 2 mile run where I really pushed myself and did slightly faster than 9 min miles. Then I worked out with my trainer for an hour which was mostly circuit training followed by some upper body strength and then core. My trainer is giving his clients a 3 week challenge and the winner who loses the most will get a $50 gift cert to Sports Authority. I am already doing the biggest loser challenge at work so this is really helping me to kick it back up a notch. Challenges by my trainer have been the most effective for me so I know I will really try hard these next 3 weeks.
So Thursday I started exercising in the mornings also. I did the Wii EA Sports Active workout in the morning. Then during my bathroom breaks did some shadow boxing. In the evening I did a 7 mile run followed by lower body strength exercises.
Friday I did the Wii in the morning but then got a really bad head cold during the day so I got home from work and slept 12 - 14 hours. Saturday I woke up feeling fine. I did a little bit of shopping since I had a $30 Kohl's credit. Bought a lot of stuff (3 sweaters, gloves, 3 ornaments and something else) and I only spent $30. Christmas shopping is almost done. After that I went for my run. I was planning on running outside since the weather was good (about 35 -40 degrees but calm). However, since I had the bad cold on Fri I thought it would be best to run at the gym. My goal was 10 miles - which I did not think I would make since the week before I only did 8 (I could have done more but was short on time.) I also decided I would try negative splits. It was really hard at the beginning to run slow. I wanted to do faster but kept pushing myself to keep in slow. I kept a nice pace through the middle. After an hour I realized I left my hammer gel in my locker so I ran down the stairs kept moving at my locker which I think looked really funny and then ran back up the stairs. First time trying a gel and I like that so much better than the chews. I feel like I may choke with the chews and they get stuck in my teeth. When I got back up the stairs and onto the track the track was crowded so I had to run a little slower than I wanted to but that only lasted about 10 - 15 min when the class people were waiting for started. Then I kicked it back up and actually finished the 10 miles strong and felt like I could do more so I kicked it up as fast as I could (I think a little better than a 9 min mile pace) and did another 1/2 mile. It felt great. I really feel like I am back on track.
Sun I did the Wii again but then had a busy day with church, making cookies with the family, and ending with a meeting at church. (I love cookie time. I don't eat a lot of them but every year my sister, SIL, myself, and all the kids all go to my mom's house once a week for 3 weeks and we make a ton of cookies. We then split the cookies between all of us. My cookies I take in to work and church. I do eat a few but usually very little throughout the weeks and I save some for my hubby. It is just such a great family tradition.)
Today I started with the Wii and plan on running tonight followed by upper body strength.