Weekly Workouts: 12/30 – 1/5

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Hills for Monday

Monday (12/30) – HILLS! 7.00 miles running, .75 mile walk cool-down.

Met up with my running friend/partner, from now on will be referred to as Run Friend (it’s easier than having to explain who she is every time I discuss a run we did), at a coffee shop.  We like meeting at this spot because 1. There are clean bathrooms, 2. When it’s cold, we can grab a cup of coffee/tea/croissant to warm up 3. If we forget snacks, fuel, water, we can always just grab it there.  Plus, we live on opposite ends and it’s a spot right in the middle.  We were shooting for 7-8 miles, with a hill thrown in.  We headed for the hill first and it was tough; I hadn’t purposely gone and run hills in a very long time.  By the time we were over the hill, down the road, and then looping back over the hill we were at 4ish miles and my stomach was misbehaving.  The temperatures had dropped at least 5-10 degrees at this point and rain clouds were moving in.  We decided to do an out and back loop of the two side neighborhoods we would pass on the way back to the cars and then call it a day.  I couldn’t find a good rhythm or a comfortable feel during this run.  I was more concerned with my stomach, how cold it was getting, and the wind that was picking up.  Needless to say, this was not my best run by a long shot.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner

Tuesday (12/31) – 0 miles; New Year’s Eve.  Trae and I had tried to make reservations for P.F. Changs, but they were booked as early as 3:30PM.  Who wants to go to a New Year’s Eve dinner at 3:30?? Then we decided to try a local café, which we were sure wouldn’t be crowded… Much to our surprise, we walked in and it was PACKED! (2+ hour wait!)  So we decided to just go to Chili’s across the street and meet my parents for dinner.  We walked right in,  had no wait, and sat right at the bar.  Trae and my dad were very excited about this, the Duke and Texas A&M bowl game was on, and they could easily watch it from where we sat.  I certainly wasn’t arguing about going to Chili’s on New Year’s Eve.  I love Chili’s, especially their chips and salsa.

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Wednesday (1/1) – 4.2 miles, Went over to my parent’s house so I could make use of their circular neighborhood loop.  I really like running in their neighborhood because I can go without a watch and know exactly how far I’m running.  It also allows me to go water bottle/pack free because it’s a short loop, and I can stop whenever I feel like it or add just a little extra distance.  The loop that I go around is 1.4 miles, perfect.  My mom decided to hop on her bike and join me; my dad even came out for a loop around.  I went a total of three times around for 4.2 miles, my first miles for 2014.   I was really excited to add them to the Run This Year: 2014 log as soon as I was finished.

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9-Way Abs

Thursday (1/2) – Abs & Arms, Met up with my mom for a quick morning workout.  We both completed a circuit of 9-Way Abs.  Then we did our own circuits of arm workouts; I followed along to Blogilates Arms on Fire, and wow, this is killer (or maybe I just have really weak arms)!  When I got home from work later that evening I completed the Erin Motz:  Yoga for Abs 10-Day Challenge, Day 1 Video.

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Race attire for the 10-miler

Friday (1/3) – 0 miles, saving up for the race tomorrow!

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Distance Series Race #1

Saturday (1/4) – 10 miles, Tidewater Striders Distance Series, Race #1 (don’t want to spoil too much, as I plan to write a review of the race sometime soon).  I felt really, really good during this race.  My toes and feet were pretty much numb from the cold during the first 3 miles, but I warmed up enough over the course of the race.  I don’t think the temperature reached higher than 30 over the course of the race.  I finished in 1:38:58 (my watch), 1:39:00 (race clock), with an average pace of 9:53/mi.

Total Miles:  21.95 miles

Run This Year, 2014 km = 22.85 km

This week I plan to get a run Tuesday morning (3.1 miles) if the windchill isn’t too bad, Wednesday (4 mi), Thursday or Friday (5 mi), and a Sunday long run (12 miles), for a total of 24.1 miles.

How’s the wintry weather in your area?! It’s about to be very cold in VA! 

Last Week: Test run, football, & race-day

9/30 – 10/6

Monday – took a test run of 5 miles.  I was happy to report that this run went very well.  NO pain or soreness.  This was the test to see if I could continue running and to determine whether or not I should have deferred my race entry to the Crawlin’ Crab Half… as you all know now, I decided to run the race.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – A little yoga here, a few ab workouts there… as much as I wanted to run, I wanted to be sure that I didn’t injure myself before the race so I took it easy.

Saturday – Headed to the race expo and packet pick-up.  Picked out my race-day attire.  Headed to my alma mater for my first football game as an alum, it happened to be the Homecoming game too!  I am fortunate enough to have a pretty cool friend who took us out on to the field for a portion of the game.  Definitely a cool experience.

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Race Swag

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Race Day Outfit – Pro Compression socks & Brooks PureConnect 2’s

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On the ODU football field

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Yes, I paint my toes black, so you can’t see the black runner toes 😉

Sunday – RACE DAY – 13.1 Miles at the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

Look for a race review sometime this week!  Looking forward to telling you all about it.  P.S. This runner totally has her groove back… Already trying to find another half to sneak in for November.  I’m debating between the Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon and the Virginia Running Festival Half Marathon.  They are being held on the same day.

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Post-race picture – Crawlin’ Crab Half-Marathon

Did you race this past weekend?  How was it?

Did you miss me?! & Lots of Updates

Hello world. I’m back.

I don’t even know where to start…

Injury Update:

I’m sure you all know that I had tendonitis in my ankle. It was very upsetting. I was about to take my 16-mile long run that weekend, and things all fell apart during an interval run. I should have known better. I was feeling off that day, not balanced, and then I took off super fast, like 6:00min/mile sprints fast… (Ok, super fast for me…) And then I felt the twinge and ignored it. I was close to the distance goal I had set for this run. I learned my lesson, when you’re an athlete, your head can only tell you so much, it’s your body that you need to listen to. It is what it is, and now my punishment comes in the form of a deferral.

Marathon Updates:

Yes, with great disappointment, I will be deferring my entry to the Richmond Marathon to the 2014 race. There is no way I could catch up with my training in a month’s time. I’m still recovering and I think I’d be setting myself up for failure as well as another injury if I ran in the marathon. This is going to be so cliché and sound completely lame and completely cheesy but I want my first marathon to be great. I want it to be special and I want to do it in good health and with good spirits. I would be cheating myself if I ran it half-ready.

I haven’t quite decided if I am going to wait a year to run my first marathon, or if I’m going to run one in the spring. A seed has been planted in regards to running the Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon in March… but we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll let you know as soon as I decide.

Half-Marathon Updates:

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The Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon is THIS WEEKEND, this Sunday to be exact. Call me crazy, but I did decide TO RUN this race. I will be hitting the expo and packet pickup on Saturday and racing at 8:00am on Sunday. I didn’t want to defer this entry because I felt that I could finish this race. I ran 5 miles on Monday (the last day to defer) and didn’t have any ankle/tendon pain or soreness, nor did I have any pain or soreness the next morning, so I am confident that I will make it through. I have no shame in taking walk breaks if needed. I am certainly not expecting a PR from this race and I am not expecting to come anywhere near my previous goal of finishing sub 2:15. I will be happy just to finish this race.

Luckily, this course is significantly flat. The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Sunday, and a portion of this race is along the water. I have been told by Kristy from Breath of Sunshine that it is a great course “to recover on.” (She’s also running the race) I’m taking her word for it. Look for a race review sometime soon! And good luck to anyone else running The Crawlin’ Crab!!

Yoga Updates:

This was the silver-lining of this whole injury month. I have rediscovered my love of practicing yoga. I’ve been doing a lot of home practice and I bought ten classes at two different studios. One is a very “authentic” studio where some serious chanting occurs at the beginning and end of class, the other is an exclusively “HOT” yoga studio. I have taken one class at the first studio and hopefully will have a chance to start at the second one soon. (I have been battling a Sinus Infection for the past week and a half and didn’t want to be sniffling and coughing the whole class).

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Other things:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One of Trae and I’s favorite quick eats places, Tijuana Flats  is helping the cause.  If you donate $1 they will make your tacos and chips pink!  Here are Trae’s pink tacos and the cute pink ribbon chips…

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This Bolthouse Farms Amazing Mango is my new favorite flavor.

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I am so ready for fall sweater weather… I had to break out a big cozy one last Sunday… I was being lazy, but it felt so good.

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Speaking of sweater weather… I cannot get enough chili these days.  One of my favorite Fall/Winter meals.

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Saw Rascal Flatts… not my favorite band, but it was still a nice night out.

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Enjoyed a date night somewhere new… Headed out to one of the Fishing Piers for dinner and drinks.  They had a great seasonal beer, Abita Pecan Harvest Ale.  It was really good, sort of tasted similar to Newcastle.

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It feels good to be back and I’m sure this race in a few days will feel even better.  I have to confess that I feel somewhat lazy these days.  I was in such a good place right before the injury.  I had a schedule that I was very strict about, I ran with a plan, a set mileage for each week and now I’m finding every excuse to sleep in.  I need to just push myself and I’ll be back with it, I’m really hoping this race gives me a push in the right direction.  I think I need to feel the endorphins, the adrenaline and I’ll want to be right back to where I left off.

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What do you do to come back from an injury slump?  Or a running slump in general?

How do you find the motivation again?

How crazy am I for running this half after being in recovery for a month?

9/9 – 9/15 Weekly workouts, a silver lining, and an ankle update

9/9 – 9/15
Yes, technically this was week 14 of marathon training but considering this was another week without running, it just doesn’t seem right to count it as a “Marathon Training Week.”

Speaking of running… I FINALLY went on my first run since that dreaded Wednesday three weeks ago. It was only a short 2.25 miles, but at least there were mileS with an “S.” And not just miles, but miles that I RAN! I didn’t have any pain, or uncomfortable aches. But I can tell that my right ankle is weaker than my left. I immediately iced and ibuprofen-ed as soon as I was finished just for precaution. I was terrified that I was going to feel it the next morning, but I am happy to report that I felt perfectly fine. I am planning on taking a run outside today after work and that will be the real test.

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Yay! for first run back this past Monday!

Silver Linings. The past three weeks have sucked.  If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been quite miserable.  And although I really wish I didn’t have to deal with those three weeks, I can’t say that they completely went to waste.  I used to practice yoga regularly when I was working out at the Y.  My schedule and life started taking over and running was more important.  These few weeks off however, have allowed me to pick yoga back up and for that I am thankful.  I even bought 10 classes at a local studio; my first class is tonight!

Monday (9/9):  1 hr. Beginner Combination Yoga

Tuesday (9/10):

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  • 20 min. Erin Motz Yoga for opening hips
  • Tone It Up workout video x 2:  Butterfly lunges, Walkouts with tricep dips, plank push-ups, alternating side plank, tornadoes.
  • Tone It Up move of the day:  Tabletop crunches
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    I even convinced my sister to come join me in some yoga.

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    I was thrilled that I was actually able to do this Half-Tripod Headstand

Wednesday (9/11):  Went to the doctor for ankle.  Had an x-ray which showed that there was nothing wrong.  Doctor determined I had tendonitis.  She told me that “sometimes it’s better to work or run through the pain.” Interesting theory, but luckily there wasn’t any pain when I attempted a run this past Monday.

I also made these EASY beyond belief Pumpkin Muffins…

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Thursday (9/12):  Today was Trae’s Birthday!!!

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This is my yoga goal

Friday (9/13):  Work all day… Friday the 13th won.  This was a bad day.  Forgot my check card in my pants pocket from the day before.  Went to get coffee and was at the register with food and coffee in hand and realized I had nothing to pay with.  Thank goodness my mom was meeting me for lunch, because I would have starved… and it just went on from there.

Saturday (9/14): 

  • Erin Motz Yoga – 40:00
  • Abs:  Leg Raises/Toe Touches/Bicycles routine

Sunday (9/15):  went on a road trip to Richmond to take engagement photos for a friend of mine.  (I’m also a bridesmaid in their wedding!)  We got a pretty decent walk in because we took the photos all over the Maymont property.  This place is huge, great place to go on a run, especially if you’re looking for some hills.  Wish it was closer to where I live…

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A picture of a picture… Sam & Matt’s engagement photo-session.  The lighting was so perfect on Sunday, I barely have to edit any of them!  It was beautiful outside.

Also, this week I received an email letting me know I had been accepted as a Sweat Pink Ambassador!  && my pink shoelaces have been ordered and are on their way!  So excited and honored to be a part of this fabulous group.

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It has been cooling off down here at the beach, so sweaters are on my mind.  I WANT THIS ONE!!! I love the long open cardigan ones like this.  You can appropriately wear leggings or jeans and look nice but still comfortable.  The perfect mixture.  Unfortunately, when I checked, Dainty Hooligan was sold out… If anyone sees a sweater like this elsewhere, let me know!

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How was your week of workouts, runs, etc.?

Favorite fall recipes? Feel like sharing?

Any tips for yoga headstands?  Have a favorite yoga pose, or one you’re dying to master?

Marathon Training?? Week 13 (kind of)…

Week 13: 9/02 – 9/08

I am at a point with this ankle thing, I don’t know what else to call it, where I don’t even know if these weeks should be declared “marathon training.”  I haven’t run at all in the last two weeks, but of course not by choice.  I have even contemplated going for a run and just sucking it up, but then thought better of it.  You really have no idea how much you love something until it’s ripped right out of your hands.  Cliché as it may sound, I need to be running, I really feel incomplete without it. I hate to admit it, but it’s giving me a case of the blues too.  I just feel down; it must be the missing endorphins.

I have taken up yoga as my stress reliever until I can get back out there.  So far it’s been okay.  Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga.  But it’s a different sort of “rush” or in this case “calm” than what I feel when running.  And riding the bike, it’s a good source of cardio, but it’s just not the same.

I finally made an appointment with the doctor and will hopefully be finding out what’s going on in there on Wednesday.  It’s the strangest thing because it hasn’t hurt at all in the last 4-5 days when I’m walking.  I only feel the ache (I can’t think of a good word to describe what it feels like) when I’m running.  It happens right as I lift that foot off the ground.  Weird.  Anyways, hoping to get a good diagnosis tomorrow.

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KT Tape work your magic.

Monday:  does walking around Dick’s Sporting Goods count? I went in for KT Tape and came out with all of this…  If and when I make it to the marathon, these are the shoes I plan on wearing.  Brooks PureFlow 2’s.  They are part of the Pure Project line, just like my PureConnect 2’s, but they offer a little bit of extra cushioning and support.  I figure 26.2 miles calls for a little extra support, especially if I’m coming back from an ankle injury.  I love the neon red color too!  They’ll match my new Pro Compression socks!

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Tuesday: walked .5 mile, cycled 10.36 miles, 9-Way Abs.  Wanted to test out the shoes so I took them for a short walk on the treadmill, and I also attempted to run… failed miserably though.  Ankle wasn’t ready.

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Wednesday: grad school took over on Wednesday 😦

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My guest post Naked and Afraid and the Long Run:  Where the Mind Is Capable of the Most was featured on The Daily Runner today.

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Thursday: Elliptical 3.33miles. Cycled 6.35miles9-Way Abs.

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Perfect mid-day snack

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This is only $2.00 at WaWa. Okay, maybe the caramel isn’t the best thing for you, but it tastes sooo good.

Friday: Cycled 11.35 miles. Had lunch with Sam.  She’s engaged!  And I’m a bridesmaid!  Super excited for her!

Saturday:  busiest day at the library ever.  That should count as a workout.  I was exhausted when I got home.  Trae had this brilliant idea:

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2 Words:  Hell Yes.

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YNot Stromboli

 

Sunday: Abs, Arms, Yoga

  • LegRaise/ToeTouch/Bicycle Ab circuit, 10:00min
  • 2 x 30sec Tricep Dips
  • 2 x 15 “girl” push-ups, with feet crossed and legs up
  • 30 minutes of Beginner Flexibility Yoga with Yoga Studio App
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This app is the best one I’ve found so far. When you hit play, you only see the instructor and she walks you through the entire time. It’s like I’m having a private yoga session.

TOTAL MILES & ACTIVITY: .5 miles walked, 28.06 miles cycled, 3.33 miles elliptical, 1 arm, 3 abs, 1 Yoga

13 weeks down, 10 weeks to go! My plan is to still be running the marathon.  I just might not make it to 22 miles during the training.  I have no shame in walking some of the marathon if I need to.  I just don’t want all of this to have to be postponed.  That would be the icing on the cake. Ugh.  I did however, check to make sure I could defer my entry in a worst case scenario.  I have until October 31st to figure it out. Fingers crossed that doesn’t need to happen.

How did your weekly mileage add up?

If you’ve been injured mid-training, how did you bounce back?  Did you ease back into it?  My last long run was two weeks ago at 15 miles.  Should I head back towards that number or aim somewhere closer to 10?

9-Way Abs Routine

Alright, here it is!  The past couple of weeks of training you may or may not have noticed that I’ve been adding an ab/core workout to my routine.  A few people have asked about this workout so I thought I’d share…

9-Way Abs

  • 15 sec. Leg Raises
  • 60 sec. Crunch/Sit-up
  • 30 sec. Bicycles
  • 60 sec. Left Side Plank
  • 60 sec. Right Side Plank
  • 60 sec. Forward Loops/Back Loops
  • 60 sec. Plank with Moving Feet
  • 30 sec. Jack Knives
  • 60 sec. Plank Waves
  • 15 sec.  REST IN BETWEEN EACH

Below are images showing you how to go through each set.

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Leg Raises: 

  • Lay on your back with arms at your sides.  Legs and feet should be raised a few inches off the ground.
  • Keep legs straight and raise them up so feet are parallel with the ceiling.
  • Bring them back down to starting position, then repeat.
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Leg raises starting position

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Leg raises middle position. Bring legs back to starting position to complete one rep.

Crunch/Sit-up

  • Laying on your back, bend legs at the knees.
  • With heads behind your head, complete one crunch.
  • Then complete one full sit-up.
  • Repeat crunch, sit-up, crunch, sit-up…
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Crunch

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Then come into full sit-up

Bicycles

  • Laying on your back, bring hands behind head as you would for crunches.
  • Alternate meeting right elbow with left knee to left elbow with right knee.
  • The leg not meeting knee should be lifted and kept a few inches off the ground.
  • Keep alternating, hence bicycling.
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Right elbow, left knee

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Left elbow, right knee

Left Side Plank

  • Lie on left side.
  • Place forearm under shoulder, perpendicular to the body.
  • Place upper leg directly on top of lower leg, hips and knees straight.  Upper arm can lay flat, or holding on like mine is.  This helps me to remember to keep my abs engaged because I can feel them.
  • Raise body upward.  Hold this position.  Make sure abs are engaged the entire 60 sec.
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Left Side Plank

Right Side Plank

  • Lie on right side.
  • Place forearm under shoulder, perpendicular to the body.
  • Place upper leg directly on top of lower leg, hips and knees straight.  Upper arm can lay flat, or holding on like mine is.  This helps me to remember to keep my abs engaged because I can feel them.
  • Raise body upward.  Hold this position.  Make sure abs are engaged the entire 60 sec.
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Right Side Plank

Loops

  • Start on your back with arms lying next to your sides.
  • Pull legs in to your chest.
  • Push legs up and out.
  • Bring them back down like you would for leg raises.  Complete this forward circular motion for 30 seconds.
  • For the next 30 seconds you will be making this circular motion backwards.
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Starting position.

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Pull legs in

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Begin to push forward

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Continue to extend and make full loop. Then bring them back in to start another cycle.  For the second set of 30 sec. make the same motion but backwards.

Plank with Moving Feet

  • Start in plank position with feet centered and together
  • Step one foot out to the side, and then step the next foot out to the side, you should be standing with feet apart wide (or to the edge of your mat)
  • Step one foot back in to the center, and then the other foot into the center, you should now be back in the starting position.
  • Keep moving your feet out and back for the entire 60 seconds.
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Start in plank position

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Start with feet centered and together

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Jack Knives

  • Start on your back, with legs straight out and a few inches off the ground and arms straight out above your head.
  • Lift arms and legs at the same time and meet in the middle, as if doing toe touches.
  • Come back into the starting position.
  • Repeat.
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Starting position

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Lift both arms and legs at the same time

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Meet in the middle, as if doing a toe touch

Plank Waves

  • Begin in the plank position.
  • Start by lifting one arm off the ground.
  • Circle your arm out and back in, as if waving in a big circle. Circle back in the opposite direction.
  • Perform the same movement with the other arm.
  • Keep switching arms for the full 60 seconds.

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Do you have a favorite ab routine?

Let me know if you try “9-Way Abs.”  What do you think?

Would you be interested in seeing more workout routines (butt, legs, arms, yoga, more abs)?

Marathon Training Week 12

Week 12: 8/26 – 9/01

For lack of a better word, this week sucked training wise. I had a stomach “thing” Monday and Tuesday. I’m pretty sure it was my lactose-intolerance stomach getting mad at me because I had coffee with actual milk and cream cheese all in one sitting. So that put me back a few miles. Then, on Wednesday when I was finally able to run, I did intervals, which I love, and went out to hard and too fast, and pulled something in my ankle. I woke up Thursday morning to go on a run and went to step out of bed and felt a strange pinch on the outside of my right foot, about half an inch from the bottom of my ankle. So therefore, I haven’t run since.

Having an injury, even just this very minor one, sucks. Sooo bad. All I can think about is going for a run! My aunt is a physical therapist and she thinks that I probably just strained or pulled one of the small ligaments. There is no swelling, bruising, or severe pain. There’s just an uncomfortable feeling when I go to lift that foot up as I’m walking. As of today (Monday) it is feeling somewhat better. My plan is to see how I feel tomorrow morning. If it’s okay I plan to try to get in 2 – 3 miles on the treadmill. We’ll see how it goes. My aunt told me to run and see how it feels, if it’s only a matter of it being uncomfortable I can keep going, but if it turns to pain to stop. I’m terrified that I’m going to make things worse though.

Monday: rest day, after the 15 miler, this was much needed. My friend Sam had celebrated her birthday the week before so I took her out to dinner. The Yard House has a great happy hour – half price pizzas, appetizers, and really good drink prices – so we headed there.

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Delicious chicken, tofu, and pine nut lettuce wraps

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Happy Birthday!!!

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Tuesday: another rest day, horrible stomach ache 😦

Wednesday: 6 miles.

  • .5 mile warm-up/cool down walking
  • 1 mile easy run – 9:39
  • 3.5 miles, intervals: 1min x 8:00pace, 1 min x 10:00pace, 1min x 7:30, 1min x 10:00, 1 min x 7:00, 1min x 10:00, repeat
  • 1 mile easy run – 10:14

Thursday: rest day, recovering injury

I was featured on The Skinny Student Blog this past Thursday…

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Friday: 1.5 miles, walked. 4.4 miles, cycled, 17.6mph. Wanted to see how my ankle felt. Tried to run but it was questionable and I didn’t want to make the injury worse than it was. Walking doesn’t really hurt so I did a mile and a half on the treadmill at a slow pace. Then, I wanted to get some kind of cardio in. I jumped on one of the lower seated bikes and did a “Hill Ride” for 4.4 miles, 15:00min.

Something good did happen on Friday, so at least there was some silver lining… I received my first pair of Pro Compression Marathon socks in the mail. I had found them for a great deal ($25) on Groupon!!

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Me and my new socks were even featured on Runnerd’s Instagram page! Go follow them, @teamrunnerd, for lots of running motivation and long distance runners. You can also tag your photos #runnerd and maybe they’ll feature your photo too!

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Saturday: yet another rest day… this is starting to get depressing…

Sunday: 1.5 miles cycled, 16.9mph. Ab/core routine. First day of arm workouts.

Trae and I went to the gym and warmed up on the bikes.  Then he put me through a tortuous ab routine, although to give him credit, he did it right alongside of me.  Leg raises, toe touches, and bicycles, all done in a mixed up routine.  60 sec here, 60 sec there for 10 minutes, with a few 15 sec breaks in between.

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I decided that I should probably start working on my upper half.  I don’t want to be disproportioned with my legs being significantly more muscular than my arms.  I have tiny little arms, with just about 0 muscle.  Trae walked me through my first arm day… Don’t laugh when I tell you how little I did… it was my first day

  • 3 sets x 10 reps bicep curls
  • 1 set of 10 diamond push-ups
  • 1 set of 5 diamond push-ups (these things really make you feel scrawny…)
  • 1 set of 30 sec tricep dips

My arms are definitely feeling it today.

I’m so sad that I can’t tell you about the 16 mile long run I was supposed to do on Sunday… stupid injury… seriously, this thing is ruining my life right now. You have no idea how much you love to run until you can’t run. Absolutely miserable…

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This is probably how my boyfriend feels about me at this point…

TOTAL MILES & ACTIVITY: 7.5 miles on my feet, 5.9 miles cycling, 1 ab/core workout, 1 arm workout

*Coming Up This Week*

  1. This Wednesday, September 4th, I will be guest blogging on The Daily Runner (the link takes you to my post!)
  2. This week I will be posting the 9-way Ab routine (with pictures) that I’ve been doing/posting in my training logs…
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Sneak Peek: 9-Way Abs

12 weeks down, 11 weeks to go! – Yikes!  Really hits you when the number of weeks trained is more than the number of weeks left to go!

How did your weekly mileage add up?

How do you deal with an injury?  What about when it falls right in the middle of your training?!

Anyone find it beneficial to add arm workouts?

Fingers crossed I’ll be back on my feet this week!