Workout Roundup: Week of July 17, 2017


Ok, ok, I’m sorry for not posting my race report from the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon yet! No excuses, just laziness. BUT I can promise you it will be up on Wednesday – I know that because I have already written it and scheduled it. So I literally can’t back out now. In truth, I got home at about 2 am on Monday night/Tuesday morning and it threw my whole week off. I feel like I’m just now catching up. And now, let’s talk about all the workouts I suffered through conquered this week.

Monday, July 17, OFF: I literally spent the entire day on Monday traveling, between leaving for the airport at 7:30 am and then having delay after delay. I made it home around 2 am and was so cracked out that I didn’t fall asleep until 4. Hell of a rest day, right?

Tuesday, July 18, personal training – arms and shoulders, 30 min hill walk on treadmill: I knew there was no way in hell I was waking up early on Tuesday (obviously, since I didn’t go to sleep til 4), so that meant that running wasn’t happening. After all, temps were in the upper 90s with almost 100% humidity every day this week. I felt both lazy about going to the gym while also really wanting to get back into my routine. I’m so glad I went! I pushed through a solid workout and then did a 30 minute hill workout on the treadmill, just walking. It’s good to be back.

So inspired by myself.

Wednesday, July 19, 5 mile run, personal training – legs, kickball: I was so glad to be back running with Pearce, but not so glad to be back running in the heat and humidity of South Carolina summers. The run was nothing special, but it was nice to get back to it. I have a secret fear that if I take too many days off of running in a row, I will never do it again, but that has yet to happen. Leg day at the gym is always my favorite because it goes by the fastest, and I got to do some new things this time, like weighted lunges! Hooray! We won our kickball game, too – no thanks to me.

Thursday, July 20, personal training – upper body, speed workout: This week was a big deal for my speed workout! If I succeeded, it would be my last time doing quarter mile intervals before bumping up to half mile intervals. And succeed I did! I did the first 7 of the 8 intervals at 7:45 pace and the last one at 7:30! It was 6 miles total and I felt great the whole time. Probably had to do with the air conditioning. I also had a great upper body workout and did my first fully unassisted dips ever (for those who know what I’m talking about when I say that). On to half mile intervals next week! While I was doing my speed workout, AJ came to the gym for his first ever personal training session! It was mostly an orientation so our trainer could get a feel for where he is and so AJ could see if he liked it, and he did! Hooray!

Friday, July 21, 4 mile run, personal training – legs: This run was awful. I really should not run the morning after I do a speed workout because I tend to be super depleted in terms of my energy levels, but I really didn’t want to run both mornings this weekend. I took walk breaks after every mile. It’s funny how one day, you’re powering through a speed workout and the next day, you can’t run a mile without stopping. And by funny, I mostly mean horrible. Another fun leg day at the gym – this time, with weighted box squats! I’m not able to do “real” squats with the bar across my shoulders because of my back (my trainer doesn’t want me to do anything that puts that much pressure on my spine), so we find creative ways to do them. For this one, I held a 25 pound weight and did sumo squats down onto a box, then stood back up. Harder than it looks!

Saturday, July 22, personal training – upper body: AJ and I went to the gym together and met with our trainer! YAY FOR AJ GOING TO THE GYM! I did upper body and ended up increasing my bench press max to 105 pounds! I have my eye on 135 and can feel myself getting a little stronger each time. I hate chest exercises in general, but the bench press is the one I like. PS – AJ said his muscles shook for hours after the gym. Bless his heart.

Sunday, July 23, 5 mile run: Ok, I’m done. I am quitting running for the summer. I am so over it. Pearce and I met at 6:30, hoping to do 6 miles…and I literally could not do it. I felt nauseous, my heart rate was maxed out, and it was just all around awful. Despite running in the heat for well over two months now, I have not acclimated at all. It seems like every day just gets worse. There is a strong possibility I will be doing all of my runs on the treadmill until October. Seriously, summer, screw you.

Me to summer every single day

LEAVE A COMMENT: What fitness goal are you working towards?


10 thoughts on “Workout Roundup: Week of July 17, 2017

  1. Right now, the goal for me is to stay consistently active. And not kill my dog, who is driving me nuts this morning. That’s what (decaf) coffee is for, right? But seriously, I want to avoid diastasis recti, have a good, strong, functional core for when baby arrives, and maybe have a digestive moment every other day (please). TMI? You understand!

    1. Ok so this comment confused me because I was like wait, what baby? And I went to my Bloglovin and NOTHING (ugh!), so I went to your site and AHHH!!!! OMG!!! I am so excited for you! Those are all awesome goals. Really, what more can you ask for than a healthy mom and baby and an abdomen that isn’t split down the middle?

  2. Goals … I am not sure. I have really not had any significant goals for a while other than ‘stay in shape’, ‘be half marathon ready at all times’, ‘keep enjoying running and stay healthy’, etc.

    But this summer while thoroughly NOT enjoying the most humid and warm summer I have ever run through (and this is my 29th summer running), I have also not found myself struggling to not lose too much weight. I upped my intake along with my mileage, and my weight has stayed where my doctor wants it and where Lisa doesn’t say ‘you’re getting too thin’. Sad thing is … I LIKE being at that lower end, regardless of anything else. Not too thin, just about 5 pounds lighter than where I am now … and so naturally I have internal struggles about this.

    I honestly think it is great that you have found a good experience in the gym with personal training, and also with running the treadmill – honestly it has to be about what works for you.

    But one thing I always keep in mind – the reason for the ‘suckage’ of running in this stuff is that the heat and humidity is making your body work harder. So a 7:30 pace on a treadmill in a nice air conditioned room is NOT the same as the one outside in heat and humidity. And if you track your HR you will see this. That is something I remind myself when I want to take a nap mid-run 🙂

    1. It is a little funny that you want to be in half marathon shape at all times, but you never race 🙂 I understand what you mean, though – that was my goal for a long time, too!

      I struggle very much with my weight not being where I “like it,” even though I am much healthier now. I get it. It’s a tough mental battle. With running, I do know that the heat and humidity makes it much harder, but I also feel like I acclimate much slower/less successfully than other runners I know. I know some people just don’t run well in heat, but it really messes with me mentally. Unfortunately, tracking my heart rate does very little good because my heart rate is always much higher than what most people consider “normal” thanks to the heart condition I have. Heart rate monitors just make me feel more out of shape!

      1. Two follow-up thoughts:

        – Someone last year called me out on ‘half-marathon ready’, saying that I already RUN half-marathon distances regularly, that I am in fact marathon ready on a regular basis. The logic makes sense … but I have this weird thing where I don’t consider myself ‘ready’ for a distance if I run that far – since I have run >25 miles only twice this year, I don’t consider that being ‘ready’ (this is stupid, I know).

        – It is weird that I don’t race, I know. But there are three things that feed into it:
        1. I am just used to running alone, get up and go. Races take time, and I don’t always want to put in a half-day to run 3 or 6 miles, or a full day to run 13 or 26.
        2. I didn’t even run my first 5K until I was 46 and had been running for 23 years, so it is truly not even something that enters my mind regularly.
        3. I have a hard time prioritizing the money. With two kids in college and my paycheck the primary source of everything … we are careful about expenses. And I would rather put the money into things that go beyond me – like our trips this year, and so on.

        Sorry – it has been something I have been thinking about lately …

        1. Oh, I don’t think it is weird! Unusual maybe, because I don’t think there’s a lot of people that put in that kind of mileage without a race goal in mind, but it’s not really weird. Racing is expensive! The logic on not being marathon ready is definitely skewed, though 🙂

  3. Hi Danielle – I missed a few blogs in the last month or so. What happened to Barre3 — teaching or taking classes? It looks like maybe you are now going for more of a traditional strength workout?

    1. Hi Kelly! I stopped teaching in December because my day job had been extremely stressful for about 6 months, and teaching was too much. I subbed and taught occasionally until May when work allowed. The studio now has plenty of instructors, so I don’t teach anymore. As far as going to class, it’s pretty far from my house and work (about 20 minutes each way), so I just haven’t really gone since I stopped teaching. I’ve been trying to simplify my life a bit and have more free time, so I opted for a gym closer to home (5 minutes). I never really intended to stop going, it’s just kind of a combination of factors.

  4. Just discovered your blog and I am enjoying the read. We appear to have a few similar issues… 10lbs to lose, I have had rods in my back since age 15, hoping to finish 50 states, and very close location. Cannot wait to read more of your work.

    1. Hey Claire! I am so glad you found my blog! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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