Sunday, February 16, 2014

Marathon Training Week 11 - Recovery Week

Last Sunday's 21K was tough, both physically and mentally. It felt like a slog right from the start and never got any better. I was tempted a few times to jump on a bus to head home, but kept trekking along in the snow. However, I decided it was time for a little break so I took the past week off.

Les Mills Pump & Shred
My husband got me a new Beach Body program for Christmas that I've been enjoying. The biggest thing I miss about being a Goodlife member was the group classes. This DVD set replicates the feel and the instructors are a lot of fun so I'm loving it.
Monday was my first time with this specific DVD - it's a bit longer than the ones I've been doing and adds in a shoulder track and a lunge track. I followed this up with 20 minutes of gentle yoga.

4.9K on the treadmill.
Tried to push my pace a bit and managed 7.07/km which is the fastest I've been able to do in months. Followed up with more yoga.

Total rest day. No yoga, nothing. Felt good.

And it all goes downhill.
The plan was 6K on the treadmill, following this Around the Bay Treadmill Simulation. My hip flexor started acting up though a short way into the run. I considered pushing through it, but did the smart thing instead and stopped just under 4K. Followed up with some Injury Prevention yoga (maybe too late for that) and made an appointment with a new physiotherapist.

Another session of Pump & Shred. So many squats.
Yoga of the Day: 20 Minute detox yoga

I was going to meet up with a running group but I was still concerned about my hip so I skipped my run. Ended up working out with my husband who has been following Shaun T's Focus T25 program.

Shaun T tried to kill me.

25 minute workout but extremely intense. You're just thrown right into the work out. Really liked this workout so I might look at incorporating some of the DVDs from the first stage of the program.
Yoga of the Day: Qi Balancing Flow

Yoga for Runners. Perfect end to my recovery week. Back at it tomorrow.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Goals

2:30 Half Marathon
I might only do one half this year, so its going to be a good one.

Run 1500km
I did close to 1100 in 2013, so this is doable. 

Run a Marathon
Feels like a bit of a cheat goal since I'm already registered and training, but I still have to get through it on the day.

Do Yoga
A simple goal. Just continue to make yoga a part of my life.

Go Somewhere New
This is going to be a goal every year. It doesn't need to be as epic as going half way around the world to New Zealand, anywhere new would be fine.

Watch 100 Movies
I was so close last year. Movies need to be new to me.

Read 50 Books
I read 60 in 2013, but I always start the year with the goal set at 50. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Goals - How'd It Go

I wasn't really blogging at the beginning of last year, so my 2013 goals only live on my ipod. Let's review them anyways, shall we?

Run 8K Continuously
This didn't happen. I got up to running 6K continuously. My hip injury and pretty much taking 3 months off running didn't help this.

Go Somewhere New

When I set this goal, I was thinking along the lines of Montreal. New Zealand works though!

300 Workouts
I seem to remember Daily Mile sending me a year in review last year, otherwise I'm not sure how I'll track this. According to Garmin Connect, I did 155 runs so I must be close to 300. I'll update this if I can.

Watch 100 Movies
I got up to 98 which is pretty good. Or maybe I watch too many movies, I don't know.

2.5 Hour Half Marathon
Another goal victim to my injury. I know it would have happened though in October if I hadn't been dealing with my hip strain.

Run 1000km
Despite my injury, ran 1071. 2012's total was 815, so I'm pretty pleased with this.

Read 50 Books
I ended up reading 59 so A+ here.

Weigh Less
This was a goal for me at the beginning of the year, but 2013 was the year that I accepted my body for what it is and what it can do so heck with a number on the scale. That's not to say that I don't weight myself, I do to keep track of how I'm doing with my eating. But I'm not trying to get to some sort of magical number anymore so this goal has been met in a completely different way.

Onto 2014!