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.
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.
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