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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.
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    Woo hoo!! You are doing fantastic! What event are you doing? In my events, I usually use Gu (gel) and Sport Beans. This past summer, I tried incorporating those chewy things with the caffeine centers - they're good when I'm doing a long bike ride, but they are horrendous to try and use while running (IMHO). Not sure what the difference is (hydration levels, probably); regardless, bring on the gels!!

    Please tell us all how you do on your half marathon! And good luck!!!!
    4059 days ago
    So glad you are better and able to train again. You are my hero!
    4064 days ago
    I wish I had your energy! LOL Glad to read that you are feeling better. The different bugs and virus' going around can be tough!
    4064 days ago
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