Workout Roundup: Week of June 19, 2017

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Can we talk about how exhausting it is to try and get in shape? Good lord. I thought marathon training was tiring, but combine running with personal training and I am dead. So very, very, dead. It’s a good feeling, though – I know I am accomplishing a lot, and it’s gratifying to watch the weights go up (very slightly) and see myself getting stronger! I definitely hit it hard this week. On a somewhat related note, I do not go to the type of gym where people take selfies…so I’m sorry to say that you may have to miss out on this element of my life. It will be sweaty, red-faced, running selfies only. SAD!

Monday, 6/19/17, 5 mile run, personal training – legs: My morning on Monday started with a 5 mile run with my friend Pearce. The air in the mornings is now just completely saturated, and while running in 100% humidity is not my most favorite thing, I’m continuing my hypothetical transition to a morning runner. Thank goodness for Pearce giving me a reason to actually get out of bed! When I got to the gym, my trainer said he wanted me to come 3 days in a row and then see how I did the rest of the week, so we started with leg day. I think leg day is my favorite, probably because my legs are realistically the strongest part of my body.

Tuesday, 6/20/17, personal training – arms/shoulders, 45 and 30 minute walks: You know what is not my favorite training day? Arms and shoulders. Specifically triceps. Why do we even have triceps? More importantly, why does my trainer love working them so much? The worst. I got my steps in with a morning and an evening walk, so all around, it was a good day.

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Me when my trainer suggests we do more tricep exercises

Wednesday, 6/21/17, 5 mile run, personal training – full body, kickball: Another humid morning, yay! Thank goodness I have a running buddy now or I might not ever run at all until September. Personal training went great, and I am just starting to feel the effects of a few days in a row. My trainer said to see how I feel the next couple of days and if I’m feeling good, come to the gym, and if not, stay home, so we’ll see! I unexpectedly ended up playing kickball tonight, too, since our team was short on girls. I decided to just be an alternate this season since I had so much (ridiculous) anxiety about playing last season, but it turns out, I was needed. Thankfully, we won our game and are still undefeated and I made no fatal errors.

Thursday, 6/22/17, personal training – chest/back, 1 hour walk: Nope, I do not hate arm workouts the most. I hate chest workouts the most. I felt fine this morning so decided to head back to the gym. This whole personal training thing is fun. Each day is like a new competition to find the exercise I like the least! Fortunately, there is a wide variety to choose from. I got up to do my walk in the morning and felt like I had been hit by an exhaustion train, so I must be doing something correctly. I’m not really sore, just overall tired, and I can tell I’ve been working hard.

Friday, 6/23/17, 4 mile run (speed work), personal training – full body: I was supposed to get up early on Friday morning and do my speed workout, but that did not even come close to happening. I was exhausted when I woke up and just decided to do my speed workout after personal training instead. Truth be told, I was feeling pretty intimidated. I don’t think I’ve done a true speed workout in over 3 years! It ended up being a great decision to wait and do it after training. I hopped on the treadmill at the gym (another thing I was dreading) and decided I would just try it and see if I could hit the paces Bobbi had suggested. If I couldn’t, I would modify – no big deal. I was doing quarter-mile repeats – just four of them – but trying to do them at 8:00 pace seemed crazy. Well, spoiler alert – I not only did it, I did it pretty easily. I finished the workout feeling like I had a few more intervals left in me, but I needed to get back to work. I’m so glad I went for it!

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Jumping off the treadmill after crushing my speed workout like

Saturday, 6/24/17, 1 hour walk: Nothing too exciting today! It was a rest day, so I just took a 1 hour walk to try and get as many steps in as possible before we headed to AJ’s parents house to visit for the day. I was definitely ready for a day with no hardcore workout!

Sunday, 6/25/17, 6 mile run: Another day where I was supposed to get up run and just ended up ignoring my alarm. I need my sleep, ok? I ended up running after we had done errands and I didn’t head out the door until around 12:30. While it was hot, it’s been cloudy today so it wasn’t that bad. That makes 20 miles run and 5 personal training sessions survived for the week – not too shabby!

LEAVE A COMMENT: Do speed workouts intimidate you? What is your favorite (or least favorite) one?

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10 thoughts on “Workout Roundup: Week of June 19, 2017

  1. Great week – I had to laugh that you put off the morning run to do it mid-day instead … um, yeah. Good plan. :).

    I had the flip-side on Saturday where I had to wait around the house for a service guy to show up and didn’t get out until almost 11AM (rather than 8). Fortunately all the humidity went away so it was nice and warm (75) but not humid. I didn’t intentionally say that to make you jealous … but jeez it is pretty near perfect.

    I keep having grand intentions to be more consistent with cross-training, but know I won’t do more than 10-15 minutes. Instead I do email before my run so I can enjoy coffee with Lisa when I get home. #sorrynotsorry. Glad you are love/hating your gym experience!

    1. Hahaha I knew it was a terrible plan, but my tired body wants what my tired body wants. Even though it is warmer later in the day, it’s less humid, so it is a trade off. Glad to hear you are having a great summer of running so far!

    1. Thanks! It seems like you have been doing great with your triathlon training! I have been forcing myself to get up in the mornings and go run or walk, which is helping.

  2. We have a women’s only running group in Pensacola that meets on Wednesday during the school year. We offer an optional speed workout. It changes weekly but for example, we might run 4x 2 minutes on/2 minutes off, then 4x 1 minute on/1minute off. We run on our standard 5 mile route and everyone starts together. You run your perceived 5K race pace and at the end on each “on” interval, the faster runners run back to the slowest runners. It allows all to participate in a supportive environment, and it makes speed work fun because it is a group effort. I do workouts I would never do on my own. Plus I can tell a big difference in my speed in races.

    1. That sounds awesome, Stephanie! I love the camaraderie and the faster runners running back to the slower runners. That sounds really encouraging and supportive! Part of the reason I’ve never done speed workouts with a group is my fear of being the slowest one, so that would be nice!

  3. I love all your thoughts on personal training 🙂 And I really love how you search for what you hate most. It’s a never ending game really…
    I also really love thinking there’s no way in hell you can hit those speed paces and then…BOOM, you’re doing it and doing it well. That animated gif is perfection. #workbitch

    1. I had a feeling you would appreciate my thoughts since you were a personal trainer and all 🙂 I am always outwardly positive when I’m in the gym. I keep my hate thoughts for inside my brain!

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