Manic Monday – 04/21/14

Another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week and set out goals for the upcoming week!

I walked the 2 miles to and from work.  Ben declared that it was too nice out to go to the gym (sunny, 75 and breezy), so he played basketball with Pete and I ran some errands.  I did some random strength exercises after dinner just so the day wouldn’t be a total wash–body weight squats and sumo squats, push-ups, biceps curls, and a couple of minutes of planking.

Photo Apr 19, 3 37 06 PMI walked the 2 miles to work in the morning.  After work was supposed to be a 3 mile run, but it was cold, windy and rainy, AND we had dinner plans at 6.  So instead, I pulled up my Nike Training Club app and did their 15-minute “Ab Blast” workout.  It certainly got me sweaty, and I was sore the next day.  Then we had so much good food!  Our friend Erik loves to cook, and he made bacon-wrapped veal meatloaf, pureed cauliflower, and asparagus.  I also had a few beers.  Delish! Although my tummy was not pleased the next morning…

I finally did some cross-training!  I went over to my friends Aimee and Andrew’s house because they have a home gym.  Andrew is a PE teacher and a fitness nut, and he KICKED.MY.A$$.  Or rather my arms.  We did over an hour of upper body super sets and it was pure torture awesome.  I really want to try to make it over there once a week because a) Andrew makes me do stuff I wouldn’t do on my own, and b) it’s fun to work out with friends!

I was scheduled for a 4 mile run, but I was so stiff in my upper body from Wednesday’s workout that I was having a tough time regulating my breathing and pace.  I think I was also hungry and a little under-hydrated, because it was a rough go, and I stopped at 3 miles.  I also walked to work in the morning.

Scheduled rest day, which worked out well because Ben’s sister Emily and our friend Johannes (from Austria!) were in town, so we went to Ben’s parents’ place for a bonfire and beers.

The Light the Night 5k!  I PR’d, which was amazing (full race recap coming soon), but I’m not sure I’d ever do an evening race again.  It’s hard to stay focused and in preparation mode all day.

Scheduled rest day.  We slept late and had a nice, early Easter dinner with Ben’s parents.

All in all it was a good week.  I think I did a pretty good job of hitting my goals from last week’s Manic Monday, although I still have work to do on the hydrating and eating better fronts.  I brought my 32 oz Nalgene water bottle to work today, and I’m going to try to finish one full bottle before lunch and one before heading home.

Goals for Upcoming Week

  • Incorporate speed work and/or hills.  This is definitely something that has been missing from my training up till now
  • Complete ALL scheduled runs for the week.  The last couple of weeks I’ve missed at least one for one reason or another.
  • Do more cross-training

Before I sign off, I have to send love and positive vibes to everyone who ran, volunteered, or was otherwise involved with the Boston Marathon.  I will never cease to be amazed.

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