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Workout Wrapup – May 26-June 1

As a way to try to help show how I take advantage of opportunities and try to live out this idea of fitting fitness into tight spaces, here is a quick look at my week of working out.

Monday: Short Run (pushing kids)

  • Distance: 3.55mi
  • Time: 35:12
  • Avg Pace: 9:55min/mi
  • Description: After filming some interviews for the Triple-T promo video, I thought that the rest of the day would be spent relaxing and hanging around the house. Part of me wanted to get some kind of exercise in since it was Memorial Day and we had the day off from work, but I figured that we’d just lay low that afternoon. To my surprise, The Coach suggested that we go for a run with the kids so we headed out and did the route I normally take in the mornings. It was a bit rough since we had the kids and it was pretty warm out, but overall, not a bad run! Continue reading »
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Workout Wrapup May 19-25

As a way to try to help show how I take advantage of opportunities and try to live out this idea of fitting fitness into tight spaces, here is a quick look at my week of working out.

Monday: Medium Run (pushing kids)

  • Distance: 6.93mi
  • Time: 1:16:34
  • Avg Pace: 11:03min/mi
  • Description: I was sitting at work thinking about how I was looking at another Monday where I didn’t get up early enough to work out and wanting to get out and exercise so I decided to run to the daycare and pick up the twins in the jogging stroller and run them home (our youngest was home with my mom who was in town to help watch the kids while I was out of town that weekend). It sounded like a good idea and when I got home The Coach decided to join me. One thing we didn’t take into account was how hot and humid it was. It was in the mid to upper 80’s and pretty humid. We got halfway there and were feeling it pretty good. It didn’t help that I was still recovering from a long weekend and The Coach hadn’t really had enough water all day. We finally got to the daycare, got the twins (60+lbs!) and started back. I had to walk a few times and even stop at least once, but we made it. If I had been solo it might have been a bit quicker, but probably still slow. It’s always a good workout to push them, though!

Tuesday: Lifting at home

  • Time: 30min
  • Description: I couldn’t ride my bike on the trainer since my mom was in the same room sleeping and The Coach went to the gym to workout so I decided to lift instead. I did some squats, lunges, bicep curls and crunches. Nothing major.

Wednesday: Running to and from the gym and lifting

  • Distance: 3.06mi
  • Time: 29:34
  • Avg Pace: 9:40min/mi
  • Description: For the first time in a long time, The Coach and I got to work out in the morning together on a weekday! My mom was in town so she could keep an eye on the kids if they woke up (we left the house just before 6am) so we could go on our own. We decided to run to the rec center, lift then run home. It’s just about 1.5mi to the rec center from our house so it ended up being a 3mi round trip. While there, I did some arm workouts and leg presses, not too much because of time. It was fun to run down there and back and do a little lifting between. The pace could have been faster, but you can’t have everything…

Thursday: Short Interval Ride

  • Distance: 8.7mi
  • Time: 34:01
  • Avg Speed: 15.3mph
  • Description: The second time I’ve done this interval set: 5min warmup, 90sec race pace+, 3min rest, repeat 6x, 5min cooldown. The last rest just was part of the cooldown. It was another rough time on the bike, but good. I need to keep working my legs to get ready for the race coming up.

Saturday: Lifting, Spinning, Lap Swim

  • Distance: 1000yd
  • Time: 19:01
  • Avg Pace: 1:54min/100yd
  • Description: This was another of our weekly tradition of lifting then swimming. I lifted for about 40min, hopped on a spinning bike for about 25min, then went ahead and swam afterward. This was the first time I’d ever used one of these spinning bikes and it’s kinda cool, but annoying too. I’d rather something that automatically sets the resistance for me, but this just tells me what to do and I have to set it. It’s nice because I know how difficult it is, but it’s not something I particularly wanted to deal with. It also tells you to wear a heartrate monitor but since I didn’t have one with me and there aren’t any sensors on it I had to watch the screen tell me my heartrate was 0 and that I needed to decrease my cadence and increase my resistance to get my heartrate up. One nice thing, though, it had a dock for my ipod and I was able to listen to music through it. I could have used my arm band or something, but I got pretty sweaty so it was nice to keep the ipod away from me a bit.

For the first time in a very long time (5 weeks!) I actually worked out 5 times in a single week! It felt really good to get out and exercise and I was very motivated by watching the race last weekend. I realized that I need to get my butt in gear if I ever want to be in good enough shape to tackle that challenge.

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Workout Wrapup April 14-20

As a way to try to help show how I take advantage of opportunities and try to live out this idea of fitting fitness into tight spaces, here is a quick look at my week of working out.

Sunday: Birthday Run

  • Distance: 5.4mi
  • Time: 57:09
  • Avg Pace: 10:33min/mi
  • Description: For my birthday The Coach decided we should combine exercise and family time by going for a run with the kids. She set up a little scavenger hunt for me and we went to a few places like the rec center where we swim, Blockbuster Video where we rent videos each weekend to watch as a family and our favorite pizza place. We picked up a movie and some calzones to have a fun, relaxing afternoon. It was broken up by a bunch of stops, but ended up being a pretty good workout, especially pushing two 30+lb toddlers. Continue reading »
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Workout Wrapup Feb 24-Mar 2

As a way to try to help show how I take advantage of opportunities and try to live out this idea of fitting fitness into tight spaces, here is a quick look at my week of working out.

Sunday: Long Run

  • Distance: 5.25mi
  • Time: 45:04
  • Avg Pace: 8:35min/mi
  • Description: The weekly trail run was off for this week so I decided to run anyway and just leave from home. The nice thing was that I could go a little earlier and be out longer while still getting done earlier than I would if I had gone to one of the runs. I’m starting to push out and get my distances up with the hopes of doing a half marathon maybe later this year. I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of getting the miles in and not pushing too hard like the last time I was increasing my distance.

Tuesday: Trainer Ride

  • Time: 30:07
  • Description: I really didn’t want to ride this morning. I was originally going to do a longer ride since most of my rides have been 30min but ended up sleeping more because I was pretty tired. I ended up riding still and only did 30min. I decided to skip doing intervals and just did a steady pace through the whole thing.

Wednesday: Lap Swim

  • Distance: 1300yd
  • Time: 26:28
  • Avg Pace: 2:02min/100yd
  • Description: Most of the time when I’ve been swimming I’ve been doing interval sets with a few medium length sets mixed in. I like to do 550yd sets here and there so that I can get used to the distance for my first race of the season, but I wanted to do something longer. So I ended up planning on doing two 550’s back to back to make 1100yd. I got close to the end of the set and could have sworn I hadn’t done as many laps as my watch said I did. So i decided to keep going longer and did until it said I did 1200. I did another 100 cool down then checked the watch and apparently, I just spaced out a little too much during the swim because my watch was right. So I did an extra 100yd than what I planned. Not a big deal.

Friday: Short Run

  • Distance: 2.5mi
  • Time: 20:57
  • Avg Pace: 8:23min/mi
  • Description: I really didn’t feel like running this morning. I was going in to work early and got to bed late the night before so I was really close to sleeping through the run and not bothering. Add to that the fact that the kids were home from daycare that day so I needed to get up and out quietly so they wouldn’t wake up at 6am when they could sleep until 8. I ended up driving to the rec center and running from there. By that point I was a little more into the run but still not feeling very energized. Based on time available I decided to do just over 2mi and headed out on the bike path. A little out and back with a loop around the parking lot and I had done 2.5mi and was feeling pretty good. As usual, I was glad I went.

Well, this was it. It really wasn’t a big week for working out but as I noted already, I was finishing up one job and getting things wrapped up. That didn’t really give much time to get outside and do anything. I’m hoping that as the fall progresses and life settles down a little I’ll be able to get back up to speed and back in shape.

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2012 Workout Wrapup

A friend of mine did her wrapup of her running this past year and it got me thinking about looking back over this past year and seeing how things went. Thinking about the year as a whole, there were a lot of ups and downs with some of my training not going as hoped, cramping during my main race of the season, school making it harder to train and then a job change that completely shifted my workout schedule and flexibility. At the same time, I’ve had some positives that were unexpected. I started the year out doing regular swims of 3,000+ yd each week. I’ve been able to get back into regular training despite only really being able to train early morning. I had hoped to do 2:30 for my main race of the season but revised that down to 2:45 as I got closer and realized I wasn’t where I wanted to be. During the race I cramped really bad on the run but still was within only a couple min of hitting that mark. Looking back is always a great way to get inspired for the future. Continue reading »

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