Monday, December 15, 2014

Training, Training, Training

Week one of training - managed 25.7 miles of running (all easy paced), 2 upper body sessions and one core work out and 2 full rest days.

Week two of training wasn't bad...managed 30 miles of running, threw in those strides, 1 upper body session, 27 miles of biking, one short strength session, and 2 full rest days.

A highlight was Sunday, when I finally broke 1,000 running miles for the year...1,004 is my official count. 

Tuesday night 8 miles @ 10:08 average pace in my night gear

Thursday night - strides 

Junior has healed up just fine and is back to normal- no more window diving for him
Saw Santa in golf cart on one of my runs last week

I had logged 10 miles for my long run (10:12 avg. pace) before we hit the trail to bike 
But we had to take advantage of the 50 degree, sunny day :) 
Usually this view is completely green 
Saw some festively dressed horses on the trail 


A nice little 20 mile ride on the trail
I slept like a baby Saturday night, all that running and biking had me worn out.

Sunday, after my recovery run (5 miles 10:35 avg. pace), we headed out again for a shorter ride


in a quiet paved area, just 7 miles to soak up the sun. My legs are really feeling it today, but the weather was so pretty and sunny, we wanted to take advantage of it while it was here :) 

How was your weekend weather? Did you get to enjoy any outside activity? 
Do you sleep a lot better on nights you have a bunch of physical activity?

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  1. I am not a night runner -- I am definitely a morning runner -- so I am always impressed with your night runs. Weekend morning running is by far my favorite time to run.

    We did get out on Saturday - highs in the 50s -- but Sunday it snowed all day so we stayed in. And yes, I always get better sleep after alot of physical activity. When I used to do the long Saturday runs, I always napped that afternoon for at least an hour.

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    1. I don't love night running, but since it gets dark so early and I have to work, I have to get out and furnish in the dark. I do feel better since I got my lights :) I am with you, early morning weekend runs are the best.

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    2. Well, you are just dedicated, running at night, after work. By the time I put in a full day of work, it is just difficult for me to find the motivation to run in the evenings.

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  2. We have the same watch. I've logged about 500 runs on mine. I think I've gotten my money's worth. Oddly, I don't sleep very well after really long runs. Congrats on the 1000 miles! The bike trail looks like fun!

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    1. I love that model Garmin, it doesn't have all the fancy...but it will hold a charge for at least 6 hours. I have logged about 1800 miles on it so far and I wear it for every weight lifting, hiking, biking, session as well. I upload everything and clean the data off the watch about a once a month so it doesn't take forever to load. Garmin Connect is awesome :) I wonder why you don't sleep well after a long run??

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    2. I've used my watch on bike rides too. I picked it, at the time, because I thought it had a bigger face. You know...eyes way over 40. Its been great! I love Garmin Connect as well. What ELSE could it possibly tell you.

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  3. What kind of watch is that? I have the old Garmin 205 - had it since 2011. You definitely log a lot of miles each week. With working full-time, I have a hard time getting it done - usually 20 miles per week. I just hit 900 and am happy to be healthy. I'm not a biker. I've only biked when I couldn't run. yes, I ran a 15k yesterday and it wasn't warm but warmer than it has been.

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    1. The watch is Garmin Forerunner 110, mine has been great :) I was only logging 15-20 miles before marathon training...even during half training i think I only logged a few weeks at 24 miles. This kind of mileage is new to me and it is a huge challenge to me working full time. My cross training will suffer but it's only a few months, so I am going to try :)

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  4. 1000 bike miles!? You are a machine! I helped my brother move all weekend, so yes, I slept like a baby!!

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    1. I fixed that lol it was 1,000 run miles :) I am not sure how many I biked, I didn't get my bike till summer so probably not many. Moving is always really hard work!

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  5. On the days I run I fall asleep in seconds, but on the days I don't run I toss and turn for a while. Another reason why i run six days a week... I would probably run seven days a week if I could just for the sleep benefit, but I don't know if my body would be able to handle no rest days haha.

    Way to go on all the biking!!!! AND running!!

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    1. I am the same way, I know I need rest days but I have an awful time actually getting to sleep. I am out getting a pedicure tonight hoping it will relax me :) my legs are really tired today!

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  6. Great pics! Always got to take advantage of these few nice days. Riding bike after running, no wonder you slept well. I always sleep good after my hard work out days too. -L

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    1. Thanks!! I do try to make the most out of the good days :)

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  7. Congrats on the 1,000 miles that's awesome! I didn't keep track of my mileage this year and I wish I did. Oh well there's always next year :)

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    1. Yes, next year will be here in a flash! I was trying to break 900 this year so i was thrilled ;)

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  8. Congratulations on 1000 miles!! Whoo hoo!! Love the pics, looks like a beautiful run/ride....aww Junior....hehe.

    Sleep all depends. I usually work out in the evening, and on those nights it's actually harder for me to sleep than on nights I don't workout, probably because of all the endorphins still going. But on the days when I run in the morning or afternoon I think I do sleep a bit better :-)

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    1. Thank you Hanna :) I wish I could feel that happily exhausted all the time! It is hard when you workout to get to sleep, I have done that and I do like time to unwind after for sure.

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  9. On days that I have a really long run, I don't sleep well at all--I wake up and have to move around. I sleep well after the regular runs though. Great job with your mileage!! Enjoy the biking while you can!

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    1. I wonder why the longer runs disrupt you!? Thanks, I may pull out my bike again today :)

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  10. omg your cat is gorgeous! Congrats on breaking 1000 miles!!!

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    1. Thank you :) Junior is our pettiest, but don't tell the others lol

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  11. Great job with all the training Karen! We had similiar weather this weekend and it was awesome!

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  12. Junior! You are so cute!

    Stellar two weeks and HUGE congrats on the 1000 miles! You are on fire!!! Keep it up!

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    1. Awww, Junior thanks you :) Thank you! I am trying to take advantage of winter and run :)

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