Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back At It, Slow and Steady

You've probably noticed that the past few weeks I haven't posted my training or workouts. That's because I took some time off from running after Lakefront Marathon. It felt great to get some much-needed rest and allow my hamstring time to heal. Even without an injury, I think it's a good idea to take a break after any big race to allow yourself time to physically and mentally recover so you're ready to put 100 percent into the next round of training. 

This is how Eddie and I spent much of the past few weeks

Anyhow, the next round of training for me started last week with a few easy pace runs and three strength training sessions. The running part was about as good as I could expect after taking two weeks off. Strength training was another story. I did 45 minutes each of lower body, upper body and core and each session left me pretty sore. I also realized I'm not as strong as I was six months ago - these days lifting the 10 pound dumbbells is tough!

During the second half of my training for Lakefront, I slacked on strength training to squeeze in extra miles. This was not smart. I strongly (ha!) believe weaker muscles is what led to my hamstring injury and possibly even all the side stitches I experienced during summer and fall racing. Needless to say, I won't skimp on strength training again!

This week, I'm again doing low mileage coupled with strength training. In the next few weeks I hope to increase mileage for now 25-30 mpw will have to do!

Monday: 4 miles @ easy pace; 45 minutes strength training
Tuesday: 8 miles @ easy pace
Wednesday: 4 miles @ easy pace; 45 minutes strength training
Thursday: 3 mile fun run with PRO Shorewood
Friday: 6 miles @ easy pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Striders Turkey Trot Prediction 2 mile Race

To help me stay motivated during the next few months, I recently purchased an Erica Sara Designs Say It Do It bracelet


The bracelet is designed to be worn as a daily reminder of your goal(s) and should only be removed when you achieve them. More on goals to come in a future post, but for the time being, I can tell you that my bracelet is engraved with the mantra I use most, pay the price.

That's everything new on the running front! How has your training been going these past few weeks? Have you set any winter workout goals for yourself?

Tell me everything and anything :)

- ST

8 comments:

  1. I will give you anything and everything! This winter it..is..on!! Starting next week I will be adding a speed workout to get myself in shape for the marathon relay, this speed work will also help me acheive my goal of a sub 2 hour half marathon. I will also be slowing building miles over the winter, so that I can knock out a 16 mile run by my half. Last but not least I signed up for a 20 mile race in May to keep the pressure up on myself. Hopefully by October next year, I will be faster, stronger, and at my ideal weight. This winter can bring it on!

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    1. I'm so excited to hear about your upcoming training and I know you will do great at all of your 2013 races. I have the South Shore Half on my calendar :)

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  2. I love how you got a bracelet with your mantra. I think I'm still looking for mine!

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    1. Maybe you'll think of one in time for the upcoming relay race :)

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  3. That bracelet is a great idea! I think I might have to copy you :) (with a different mantra of course). And Eddie is super cute!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I thought about slacking a bit on my strength training last night but then I caught a glimpse of my bracelet and decided I better not. It's a good reminder to keep going!

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  4. That bracelet is so neat! I'm heading over to her site now.

    My big winter goal is to build lots and lots of muscle!

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    1. Great goal! More muscle = better strength = improved running :)

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