Manic Monday – 10/20/14

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

An alternate title for this week’s Manic Monday post could be “The Week That Wasn’t.”  I worked out once.  ONCE.  And didn’t run at all.  I could blame it on lots of things, but I think the overarching theme is the burnout I’ve been experiencing lately, and being totally overwhelmed by everything I’ve got going on.  However, I’m not going to let this week bother me.  Overall, I’ve had a strong training cycle, and one missed week isn’t going to totally derail me.

Monday (Scheduled Elliptical and Bike)

I did 20 minutes on the arc trainer at level 8 and a 25 minute hill workout on the bike at level 10.  I was sweaty and wobbly by the end, which is exactly what I was going for.  I also did some squats and bridges for my glutes and hammies.

Photo Oct 13, 5 54 19 PM

Tuesday (Scheduled Rest Day)

I had my first dress fitting!  I really like the seamstress, and I can’t wait to see the finished product!  While the alterations won’t cost as much as I feared they would, they’re still pretty pricey.  The good news is, she didn’t pressure me to do anything I didn’t want (ahem, bustling).

Wednesday (Scheduled 7 x 400)

I totally blew this workout off.  This is probably no surprise considering Wednesday’s post, but I just was.not.feeling.it.  I was tired and cranky and just wanted to go home after work.  In retrospect, a good hard workout might have helped my mood, but I would not be swayed.  I have to say, this was just what I needed.  I went home, put on sweatpants, and hung out with Ben and his parents for a few hours.  It’s amazing how much longer the evening seems when you go straight home from work!  We barbecued some ribs, and the weather was incredibly perfect–warm with a strong, almost tropically warm breeze.  We stayed out until almost 8, sipping beers and chatting.  I also called my mom and my friend Krissy who lives in SF, and went to bed feeling refreshed.

Thursday (Scheduled 5 Easy Miles)

When I wrote this schedule, I completely forgot two things:  first, I was responsible for dinner on Thursday night.  Second, I had a wedding makeup trial scheduled for 5pm.  So yeah, 5 miles didn’t happen.  I thought about getting in some lunch miles, but it was pouring rain and I just didn’t feel like dealing with soaking wet hair all afternoon.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)

I went out to dinner with my friend, Emily.  We haven’t been able to get together in a few weeks, so it was great to see her.  With a toddler at home, Emily doesn’t get out much, so we savored our evening with dinner, drinks, and shopping.  And before I went home, I popped into Orange Leaf for a little fro-yo treat.  Once I got home, I immediately put on sweatpants, and Ben and I hunkered down for the evening, watching movies and playing video games.

Saturday (Scheduled 10 Miles LSD)

I woke up feeling a cold coming on, which I’ve been sort of expecting, since Ben has been pretty ill for the last week or so.  We ended up driving to Montpelier to have lunch with my parents instead of dinner, and we went to Positive Pie.  It’s a great place with a funky atmosphere, lots of local beers on tap, and excellent pizza.  It was great to see my folks, and nail down some wedding details.  It’s getting really real!  The rest of the day was spent lounging around the house, since it was rainy and cold.

Sunday (Scheduled Rest/Yoga)

I had fully intended to get up and run after Saturday’s laze-fest, but I woke up feeling even worse, and since it was still cold and rainy, I decided that it would be better to just take the day and not run.  That being said, I didn’t want to totally give in to the sickness, so I spent a few hours cleaning with Ben’s mom.  Unfortunately, being in a dusty knee-wall for several hours didn’t do much for my cold (surprise, surprise).

So yeah.  Not a lot of “training” happened this week, but like I said above, I’m pretty ok with it.  I wasn’t feeling running earlier in the week, and I didn’t want to push it while I was feeling ill this weekend.  I’m still not feeling super hot, so I’m going to take today off as well, in the hopes that I’ll be up to my hill repeats tomorrow.

This Week:

  • Monday:  Rest
  • Tuesday:  Hill repeats
  • Wednesday:  Rest (Meeting with our Justice of the Peace!)
  • Thursday:  5 easy miles
  • Friday:  Rest
  • Saturday:  At least 10 miles
  • Sunday:  Yoga/Rest

When was the last time you blew off a week of training?

How long is your longest run before a half marathon?  Last time my longest was 10 miles, and it looks like that’s what it will be again this time…

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16 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 10/20/14

  1. veryrach says:

    Hope you feel better! I’ve been blowing off my before-work workouts, but I;m not training for anything… maybe that’s why I have no motivation? lol Other than missing your workouts, it sounds like it was a nice week/possibly a good mental break. What video games are you playing?

    • DarlinRae says:

      It was definitely the break I needed! My fiance and I are super into Skyrim right now–we’ve both played it through several times, but love creating new characters and working on different skills 🙂 Do you play?

      • veryrach says:

        I have not played Skyrim, but am going to check it out! Most recently I’ve played COD & GTA V. Boyfriend just started Destiny too. I’m still a sucker for Sonic tho, and anything “old school” lol

  2. dgobs says:

    Heh… the last time I blew off a week of training was last week. Partly it was because of wanting to rest my dodgy knees, but partly it was because I’m embracing this tapering this a little too fully. I even blew off an easy run with my running buddy because I didn’t feel like it. It happens! And I feel like your week did you good… sweatpants, video games, and time with loved ones are all necessary! 🙂

  3. greenmountainlife says:

    Orange leafin’ should count as training for anything. For my last half in June I only made it to 7 miles which is about 4 less than I was hoping for. I was happy that they were “good” miles though and not “strained, overwhelmed, just trying to get to the end” miles which made all the difference in my attitude.

    Have you done a RaceVermont Half before?

      • greenmountainlife says:

        My friend did the half while I did the 10K this past spring and I remember we were surprised at how randomly hilly it was but overall it was a decent course. I’d do it again! Just be glad you don’t have to compete with the bugs, they were a real bitch no joke.

  4. Kimberley@Black Dog Runs Disney says:

    Does the vacation excuse count? Of course that led to my god-awful 11 mile disaster, but I think that’s behind me, I hope. A week off from running, especially when you’re germy, won’t make any difference in the end. Smart move to listen to your body telling you it needed some rest!

  5. piratebobcat says:

    Maybe you’re feeling ill because you missed some workouts??? I think you need to join us early morning runners – I hate the alarm, but it’s really nice to get the run out of the way before the day even starts – that way when life happens, it’s too late to affect my workout.
    Anyway, get back on it! Hope you feel better!

    • DarlinRae says:

      If I didn’t live literally on the side of a mountain right now, I would get up early and go. It’s so nice to just get to go straight home after work. Maybe early morning treadmill miles? I dunno. Once daylight savings time is over and I’m in bed by 9 every night, maybe I can swing it. Oof.

  6. stayhealthynfit4you says:

    At least you got one workout in. It’s a new week, so hope it goes better workout wise! It’s been a while since I blew off a whole week. Before my last half, my longest run 11 miles. Ten should be fine.

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