Monday, August 19, 2013

Wineglass Training: 4 down

Quick Run-Down
Monday: 45 minutes bike, 15 minutes core/strength, 15 minutes elliptical, 41 minutes walking
Tuesday: 45 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes core, 30 minutes bike
Wednesday: craptastic 7.2 mile run
Thursday: 8.11 mile progression run
Friday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes core, 30 minutes bike
Saturday: 16.2 mile run, 30 minutes bike
Sunday: 1.75 mile hike, 4 mile run

Total Run Miles: 35.5
Total Cross Training Time: 276 minutes 

This week went close to planned but was a little short on my running miles due to serious stomach issues mid-week. I don't feel bad about it, I had WAY more cross training in this week than last.

As for the stomach stuff, let's just say I'm very glad I think it's getting better. Wednesday's 9 miler turned into 7 (with 4 stops, yes 4.), and that made me shorten Thursday's from 12 to 8 just to try and ease into things. I have a sneaky suspicion a big part of it is I have not been hydrating enough, but I am keeping a close eye on nutrition for a while until it's all sorted out.

Other than Wednesdays really crappy run(pun intended)- the week went pretty smoothly. I stuck to my plan for cross training (actually added some) and was a lot more diligent about getting my core work in. The added cross training has really helped me get more time in without the added stress on the body. 
I mentioned last week I MIGHT change the plan and do my 20 this week instead- but I ended up sticking with the 16 mainly because coffee got in the way. I did my run out by Lake Ontario so I could watch friends finish a 10 mile race. I got 16 in, and then was able to see everyone finish. We chatted and then I smelled coffee (not to mention I was up at 6...on a Saturday), and decided the 20 could wait until next weekend as planned. Priorities people
Saturday night we had a big dinner with John's family as he had some relatives in from out of state. Big dinner with 2 glasses of wine (and early wake-up, with 16 miles) made for early bedtime...we camped in a tent and I tell you what...I slept better than I have in weeks. Since I wrote that post on sleep, I've really tried to be better about getting quality sleep- body needs time to rest and heal!

Sunday was a fun active day, it was also one of the first days in a long time John and I actually got the whole day together just us. We went hiking near some waterfalls, and I tell you what we got a workout in. There are 2 main water falls but there is a third if you are daring enough to climb up the second one. When I say climb up I mean, ropes, grabbing rocks, holding your breath and praying you don't fall. It was only a 1.75 mile hike round trip but definitely got some core work in balancing on rocks and logs, and upper body workout pulling yourself up to climb things.

What's Next: 
This week will include a mixture of things. More cross training, track intervals, and my first 20 miler of this training cycle. Hopefully my stomach cooperates this week and I can actually get my mileage up (good thing about this past week was that it was supposed to be a step back week so the missing miles didn't do much). 

It's time to stop babying myself, I need to push myself more and I am ready for that. I was asked this week what is holding me back from getting the times that I want, and the first thing that came to mind was myself. I get nervous adding mileage because I fear injury and other things that can come. But the thing is, I am not going to get where I want to be (particularly that A-goal that I keep locked up in Pandora's box) unless I start stepping out of my comfort zone more. This means pushing (cautiously) with my mileage, and getting more pace specific workouts in. So in terms of Wineglass Marathon training, that means it's time to start chugging training. Glass of miles after glass of workouts.

What was your best/worst run of the week?

What do you think holds you back? 
Is it you, or someone/something?


  1. Best run of the week - first run since the IT band trouble. It was only one mile, but it felt so good to get back out there. Now I'm feeling more motivated than ever to build up my muscles and get back to running stronger.

    I DEFINITELY hold myself back. It's something I'm working on.

  2. Hope your tummy issues go away for you! Your day on Sunday sounded awesome.. Its so hard at times to just get the alone time and do something fun with your other half.. I am trying to get one day this coming weekend for just my hubby and I to be together hasn't happened since April.

  3. I'm glad that everything is getting better for you in that department. It looks like a pretty productive and good week for you. As far as holding me back, work has been obnoxiously holding me back due to training and not being able to get a long run in. That being said, I know I'm also holding myself back too. I don't know. I'm just a mess right now clearly.

  4. You "best" run this past week...also happened to be my was so nice to just "run". I enjoyed running the beach, and having my MIL along for the run - it was so enjoyable to just be "present" in the run

  5. It looks like you had a good week of workouts despite the stomach issues. At least you think it's hydration and hopefully that is what it is so you can get back to running like you want to and feeling good. Way to go on all the cross training too, great job!

  6. Sounds like your doing a great job with running, minus the tummy! OH and I totally would have stopped for coffee as well! lol : )

    Looks like you had a great weekend!

  7. My best runs have been those I do not track. Where I just go with the flow and run wherever my feet will take me :)

    Great job on your mileage! Hope your tummy gets better!

    Have a great week!

  8. My best run was on Wednesday, 7 miles at 6:55 pace and most importantly a happy belly. Worst run was the next day, 8 miles at a 7:55 with an angry belly. That's is what has determined my good runs/bad runs lately, so I feel your pain!

  9. Way to go Laura! Sorry you had some crappy runs and I hope the stomach issues are resolved. And gets me every time too! ;-)

  10. Great job!! I totally understand the stomach issues, all too well.

    I am holding me back. I am afraid of re-injury and letting myself down. I have that A goal that no one knows about and I really want to get it. I guess I need to step out of my comfort zone.

  11. It sounds like it was a craptastic week for all - my Tuesday morning run was just that. I'm thankful it was still semi-dark and that I didn't have to make a lawn ornament in a random persons front yard. :)

    Hope the tummy is better and this week is less crappy (in more ways than one). :)

  12. Everytime I read your weekly updates, you make me feel bad about not cross training enough, LOL! Keep doing it, I need the motivation.

    See you in two weeks!

  13. I seriously love your priorities!
    I'm also happy you are starting to figure out your GI issues. That is never any fun-especially when you are already torturing yourself. In the best way of course. :)

  14. Stomach problems stink! Here's to a co-operative stomach this week!

  15. Yikes! I've been there too many times to count! Stupid GI distress! It's never welcome. But your training looks fantastic! Way to go!

  16. You had a stellar week of workouts! Seriously, I wish I could get myself to do half as much as what you do outside of running. I'm sorry to hear about the stomach :( Water definitely helps me out, especially during the hot summer months. Hoping it feels better this week!

  17. I'd totally stop running to get coffee. But I'm kind of addicted...

    I'm just starting to get back to decent mileage. I'm trying to control myself and not pile on the miles so fast.

    Hope you continue to get the GI issues under control.

  18. Your so good at this training stuff! Me.. not so much. Looks like another awesome week, minus stomach issues. Those are the worst! I can't believe your already thinking about a 20 miler - crazy! I'm just starting to think about that and I'm on week 11!

  19. Your training looks great- minus the stomach issues. Hope you get that sorted out quickly. I'm hoping to get my first 20 in this weekend, too!

  20. Awesome long run! My long runs have been my favorite lately. Making lots of improvements. Legs are dead the rest of the week but as long as my long run is in I don't care.


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