Manic Monday – 07/28/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.

Monday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day):
Walked to work (2.21 miles).  My bike has been acting funny, and I knew we needed to grocery shopping after work, so Ben picked me up.

Tuesday (Scheduled Speed Work):
Ben and I were up late watching Season 3 of Hell on Wheels on Netflix (so good!  Any watchers?), so I was unable to drag my carcass out of bed for an early run, and after work we drove down to Quechee (about 1.5 hours) for my mom’s 60th birthday dinner, so this was an unplanned rest day, other than walking to work (2.21 miles).

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day):
Since I missed my speed work on Tuesday, I got my butt over to the gym for a treadmill day.  I did a 1 mile w/u, working my way up to a 10 min/mile pace, then did 4 x 400 at 8:34 pace, with 400 recovery at 10 min/mile pace in between, and a short cool down, for a total distance of 3.24 miles.  I was a sweaty, sweaty beast when I finished, but I felt really strong.  I’m excited to keep up these workouts!  I also walked to and from work, for a total of about 4.4 miles.

Photo Jul 23, 6 45 00 PM

Thursday (Scheduled 4 mile Run):
Walked to and from work (~4.4 miles), and hauled a bunch of file boxes around while at work.  Ben and I also had a long overdue date night, which was wonderful.  Tacos and margaritas at El Gato, and Fro Yo at Orange Leaf.  Mmmm.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day):
Walked to and from work (~4.4 miles), and hauled a bunch more file boxes around while at work.  After work, I met up with my friend Emily for dinner, drinks, and shopping 😀  I really needed some new work clothes, so this was timely.

Saturday (Scheduled Virtual 10k Race):
I ran the Jost “Beat the Heat” virtual 10k.  It went really well, but I’m waiting until I receive my medal to do a full recap 🙂 The rest of the day was errands related to moving, and then we had some friends over in the evening for video games, beer, and wine.

Photo Jul 26, 8 59 48 AM

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day):
Ben and I had a lazy morning with omelettes, coffee, and video games, and then I drove down to Quechee for my dad’s birthday celebration.  His actual birthday is Tuesday, but we decided to celebrate on Sunday so I didn’t have to drive 3 hours round trip on a Tuesday again (my parents’ birthdays are exactly one year and one week apart).  While it was a lot of driving, I’m glad I went.  I could tell my dad was really happy to have the whole family there.

Plan for this week:
I sort of fell off the wagon with my plank challenge, so I’m planning to revive that this week.  I left off at 1 minute, 30 seconds, so I’m going to start there and keep going.  I also want to get back to my 10 push-ups per day, and add in some daily hip strengthening exercises, since my hips were very sore for a few days after the half.  I think I may actually need to set a “workout” alarm on my phone or something, otherwise I’m never going to remember to do this…

Otherwise, it’s business as usual:

  • Mon:  Cross train
  • Tues:  Hill repeats (4 total this week)
  • Wed:  Cross train
  • Thurs:  Short, fast run
  • Fri:  Rest
  • Sat:  Long run (7 miles)
  • Sun:  Rest


What was your favorite part about this weekend?  Mine was my maple creemee.  Mmmmm ice cream!

16 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 07/28/14

  1. dgobs says:

    Rock on with that speed workout! Running on a treadmill is hard enough for me, I can’t even imagine doing speed work on there… the belt is too steadily paced for me, since my pace changes constantly. I feel like it would be a much harder workout than doing speed work on the track.

    That maple creemee looked unbelievably delicious. I think my favorite part of the weekend was the Friends marathon I had with Drew. Even though we’ve been having a lot of those lately, they make me happy 🙂

  2. runsaltrun says:

    I MISS SPEEDWORK! Nice job with those 400’s! I always use the treadmill for mine too (I wish I had a more accessible track, but whatever works and I think the treadmill is great!) You had a killer week and congrats on that 10K PR!!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Thank you! I’m feeling really good about running right now 🙂

      I actually really like the treadmill for speedwork because a) air conditioning, and b) it forces me to keep a quick, consistent pace.

  3. txa1265 says:

    Loved your ‘creemee’ pic on Instagram! (looked into it more, definitely a VT-centric term!)

    Great workouts and don’t stress too much on when things go off plan … I mean, look at your results! You rocked that virtual 10k! 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’m SO PUMPED about that 10k time! Really excited to see what keeping up with my workouts will do going forward.

      Yes, “creemee” is definitely a VT thing-there’s no such thing as “soft serve” up here 😉 But maple is totally the best flavor, especially when it’s a good one!

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