Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/11/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/04/19: 3 mile run | Rest
I was completely exhausted after my sixteen hour, three show day on Sunday, so I took a total rest day.

Tuesday 03/05/19: Yoga | Legs + Core
My yoga buddy had a rough night and was not up to a workout, so I did 3 x 10 goblet squats, lunges (each side), and deadlifts, plus some weighted glute bridges and plank variations. Short and sweet.

Wednesday 03/06/19: 3 mile run | Hip strength
My running buddy cancelled on me last-minute, and since I had already spent Vera’s long morning nap cleaning, I never got a chance to run. But I did manage to squeeze in my hip strength routine while playing on the floor with Vera.

Thursday 03/07/19: Strength | Booty + Core
I did a couple of Tone it Up videos during Vera’s morning nap, which got me surprisingly sweaty.

Friday 03/08/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
That was the farthest I’ve run in MONTHS, and it felt challenging, but good.

Saturday 03/08/19: 3 mile run | Rest
We had a really rough night with a teething baby, so come Saturday, I didn’t feel like running. I stayed in my PJs most of the day and just rested.

Sunday 03/10/19: Rest | Yard Work
I didn’t feel like running, but I did some serious pruning of our gigantic lilac, and dragged the resulting branches across the yard to our fire pit.

Weekly Mileage: 3

Total 2019 Mileage: 72.75

So, not the best week running-wise, but I’m proud that I got a few strength workouts in even when I was feeling worn out. I’m also feeling inspired by the extra daylight thanks to Daylight Savings Time, and I’m hopeful that spring will come soon and I can GET OUTSIDE for some runs. I can’t wait to load Vera into the jogging stroller and get both of us some much-needed Vitamin D.

Manic Monday – 10/02/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/25/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with a strength WOD of 5 x 5 push presses, then did 5 rounds of 5 deadlifts, 5 front squats, 5 thrusters, and 5 push presses. I finished well under the time cap and promptly collapsed on the floor, haha. I hate to complain about the weather but it has been unseasonably hot lately!


Tuesday 09/16/17: 5k Run | Rest
I had lunch plans and after work plans, so a run sadly wasn’t in the cards. I was secretly ok with it though, because it was still super hot.

Wednesday 09/27/17: CrossFit | 4.1 Mile Run
I was still VERY sore from Monday’s CF workout, so I headed out for a quick run. It was really hot, so I made a point of not checking my pace AT ALL and just running by feel. I surprised the hell out of myself with an average pace of just under 10 minute miles. Woohoo!

Thursday 09/28/17: 5k Run | CrossFit
I was feeling a bit less stiff, so I made up Wednesday’s CF class. We did a bunch of sprints, which I nailed, if I do say so myself, then a workout of deadlifts and muscle-ups (or ring dips in my case), with some double-unders sprinkled in every three minutes. It was tough, but good.

Friday 09/29/17: CrossFit | 5k Run
With the gorgeous fall weather, I just HAD to get out for a run. I took it to a hilly portion of the bike path to help prepare me for Sunday’s race.

Saturday 09/30/17: Rest | Rest
I did some productive stuff around the house and hydrated like a boss. We had some friends over for supper, but I made it to bed at a decent hour.

Sunday 10/01/17: Leaf Peepers Half | Leaf Peepers Half
If you follow me on social media, you know that I got a big fat PR! Full recap to come later this week 🙂

Weekly Mileage:  20.3
Total 2017 Mileage: 183

Manic Monday – 09/25/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/18/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with some overhead squatting (which I’m finally making progress in!), then did a “3-mom” workout (every three minutes) of 250m rows, 10 KB swings, and 2 rope climbs.

Tuesday 09/19/17: 5k Run | Rest
We met with a mortgage broker in the afternoon, so I had to work through lunch, and then I had dinner plans with friends, so no run.

Wednesday 09/02017: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with three rounds of EMOM: 2 Turkish get-ups, planks, and 10 candlestick rolls. After that was 3 rounds for time of 10 DB snatches, 50 double-unders, 10 box jumps, and a 400m uphill run. I managed to finish in 15:29, which I was proud of.

Thursday 09/21/17: 5 Mile Run | 1m WU + 8 x 400 + 1m CD
I’ve really been neglecting speed work lately, and wanted to run fast, so I decided to add some intervals to my middle distance run. It felt really good to do some speedy intervals for the first time in quite a while.

Friday 09/22/17: CrossFit | Rest
I had to work late for a United Way event, and after that, all I wanted to do was go home, have a drink, and sit on my butt. So I did.

Saturday 09/23/17: Rest | Rest
After a crazy week at work, I desperately needed a “sit on my butt” day. And that’s what I had. And it was glorious.

Sunday 09/24/17: 8 Mile Run | 8 Mile Run
This was the strongest long run I’ve had in quite some time. It was a bit hot, but I managed a 10:11/mile pace overall, which I was really happy with. Now if only I could manage that for an entire half marathon!

Weekly Mileage: 13
Total 2017 Mileage: 162

So, this was a great week workout-wise. I was pretty consistent, and even did a speed workout for the first time in ages. Unfortunately, this week was kind of a disaster on the nutrition front. Between being super busy with United Way activities, plus all of the food-based activities that United Way week entails, I was basically a garbage can. But hey, at least I was active. I’ll do better next week.

Oh, and get this–I OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR LEAF PEEPERS. I’m actually running a half marathon this weekend. Holy sh!t. I can’t lie, I’m really nervous, but also excited. This will most likely be my last race for a while, so I hope to make it count. Time to commence hydration, outfit-planning, and weather-stalking. Eeeeee!

How was your weekend?

Friday Free-For-All – 09/22/17

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Today is the final day of United Way campaign week, and I could not possibly be more happy about it. As usual, it was a ton of stress and work, and as usual, we raised a ton of money for a good cause. I can’t wait to go home after work and have a couple of beers and just let this shit goooooo.


We met with another mortgage broker this week. The first lady we met with a month or so ago sort of ghosted on us, which is majorly not cool. The new mortgage broker is with our bank. She answered all of our ridiculous questions and gave us a lot to think about, so we’re feeling pretty good about possible next steps. Yay! Next step will most likely be getting pre-approved, and hiring a buyer’s realtor to help us find a house. We’ve contacted a couple of referrals, so we’ll see what happens.

Final long run before the half will be tomorrow. Guys. I can’t even believe this, but I’m actually trained. Like, I’ve done two double-digit long runs, and some middle distance runs, and speed work. I think I might ACTUALLY run the half next weekend. In fact, I’m thisclose to registering online today. I think online registration is only open for a few more days, so I need to make a decision ASAP, as they don’t allow race-day registration.

Today is the first day of fall. Bring on the pumpkin everything, sweaters, boots, scarves, and of course, my dearest love, candy corn and mellocreme pumpkins. I plan to eat my body weight in candy corn. They are my most favorite candy of all time. I already caved and bought a bag earlier this week, but now I’m just really going to give in and go with it.


Do you like candy corn? I know it can be a polarizing food…



Manic Monday – 09/18/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/04/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
This was a doozy. We started out with a quick ab workout, then ran half a mile, then did a for time workout of 100 sit-ups, 50 burpees, and a 140m overhead dumbbell carry, and finished up with Jackie (1000m row, 50 thrusters, and 30 pull-ups). I was BEAT.

Tuesday 09/05/17: 5k Run | 5k Run
It was a beautiful, sunny evening, and I ran a nice, easy 5k.

Wednesday 09/06/17: CrossFit | Walk @ Lunch
We had our client appreciation event in the evening, so I went for a nice 3-ish mile walk on my lunch break.

Thursday 09/07/17: 5 Mile Run | CrossFit
We started with a set of 15 snatch complexes with increasing load, then did 3 rounds of 30-20-10 slam ball toss overs, slam ball squats, and slam ball push-ups.

Friday 09/08/17: CrossFit | Rest
I really wanted to run, but it was hot outside during lunch, and we were meeting a realtor after work. Whomp whomp.

Saturday 09/09/17: Rest | Rest
This was a “get caught up on life stuff” kind of day. Laundry, cleaning, napping etc. Then we had supper with our friends Lori and Emerson.

Sunday 09/10/17: 11 Mile Run | 11 Mile Run
Wow, this long run was SO MUCH BETTER than my 10 mile run two weeks ago. Faster, easier, and just more pleasant overall. Woohoo!

Weekly Mileage: 14.1
Total 2017 Mileage: 149

Manic Monday – 09/11/17

Manic Monday

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon Training
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 09/04/17: 10 Mile Run | 10 Miles @ 11:22
This was my longest run since marathon training last year, and it was HARD. It’s not that it was particularly hot, or that I was dehydrated or anything specific. It was just hard.

Tuesday 09/05/17: 5k Run | Rest
I had grand ambitions to do a nice little recovery run, but between pouring rain and lingering exhaustion from my long run, it just didn’t happen.

Wednesday 09/06/17: CrossFit | Rest
After a night of piss-poor sleep, I was already exhausted. And then our mortgage broker cancelled our meeting last-minute, so I was grouchy to boot, so I just went home.

Thursday 09/07/17: 5 Mile Run | Rest
It was another cold, rainy day, so running was out. And I had to work late, so CrossFit was out. Boo.

Friday 09/08/17: CrossFit | Rest
We were seeing a show in Stowe and I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to go to class, change, eat, and get out to Stowe without feeling super stressed, so I just went home.

Saturday 09/09/17: Rest | Rest
Another cold, rainy day where I just didn’t feel like doing anything. It was glorious to just laze around in PJs most of the day.

Sunday 09/10/17: 11 Mile Run | Rest
Despite my plans for a relaxing weekend, I ended up doing a fair amount of running around on Sunday and didn’t make time to run.

Weekly Mileage: 10
Total 2017 Mileage: 135

Oof. Not a great week. But I’m over it. I was exhausted and cranky all week, and all I wanted to do after work was go home, put on PJs, and snuggle with Ben. Having a house to ourselves for almost a week was really, really nice. We spent a ton of time together, which we really needed. Here’s to a new week!

Oops… I Did It Again!

The theme of my racing schedule for 2017 seems to have been “I might run that race. But probably not.” I was supposed to run 4 races in May, but due to circumstances largely outside of my control, I only ran 2. Since then, I’ve identified 2 races that I was planning to run, and then didn’t, either from lack of training or lack of funds.

And now, I’ve done it again. I will NOT be running the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half on Saturday. There are several contributing factors:

  1. The $55 registration fee just feels like too much to spend
  2. My recent foot niggles have caused me to miss several long runs, and I don’t feel prepared
  3. We are planning to see a show in Stowe on Friday night, and I know I won’t get enough sleep

I’m sure I could probably push through on the “under-trained” thing, but my whole intention in running a half this fall was to run it for time. And if I’m under-trained and unprepared, well, what’s really the point of paying for a race?

I’ve identified one more race for the fall that might work for me–The Leaf Peepers Half in Waterbury on October 1. It looks good because the registration fee is only $35, it’s relatively close, and it’s supposedly a really nice, scenic route. I’m going to continue running as though I will be racing a half on October 1, and if it happens, great. If it doesn’t, no sweat. There will be other halves at another point in my life where I’m ready to really commit to training.

Do you have any goal races on the calendar for fall?

Tardy Tuesday – 09/05/17

Manic Monday

Whoops! The holiday made me forget to post. Better late than never, right?

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/28/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We did a special workout to celebrate some members of the box getting married. It was a LOT of work, but also lots of fun, wrapping up with Hero WOD Bradley, which is 10 rounds of 100 m run, 10 pull-ups, 100 m run, and 10 burpees, with 30 seconds of rest in between.

Tuesday 08/29/17: 5k Run | 5k Run
Not much to say about this, other than it was great weather and a solid run.

Wednesday 08/30/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We did Helen (3 rounds of 400 m run, 21 KB swings, and 12 pull-ups), then did a “death by wall ball shot” workout, which meant an EMOM of wall ball shots, starting with 6 and adding 2 each minute until you couldn’t complete them within the minute. It was ROUGH, but good.

Thursday 08/31/17: 5 Mile Run | 5 Mile Run
A lovely afternoon and a lovely run. I averaged right around a 10 minute mile pace and felt great the whole time.

Friday 09/01/17: CrossFit | Rest
I had my wisdom teeth out in the morning, so I opted not to go to CrossFit.

Saturday 09/02/17: Rest | Rest
Ben and I drove to the Berkshires and back in one day to see a production of the musical Company at Barrington Stage Company. It was a long day, but well worth the trip.

Sunday 09/03/17: 10 Mile Run | Rest
It was a cold, stormy day, so I didn’t run. I knew I had Monday off work, so I pushed it off.

Overall, it was a pretty good week. I would have gone to three CrossFit classes had it not been for my oral surgery, and I got two runs in too. AND I actually did my long run on Monday. Sweet!


Manic Monday – 08/28/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/21/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with some back squat work, then moved into Open Workout 11.1/14.1, which was a 10 minute AMRAP of 30 double-unders and 15 power snatches. We finished up with 40 manmakers with a 10 minute cap. I was so sweaty toward the end that I had to stop after each one to wipe the sweat out of my eyes. Gross.

Tuesday 08/22/17: 5k Run | Rest
My foot was still not feeling right, so I decided to be extra cautious and take a full rest day.

Wednesday 08/23/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
This class was a LOT of work. We did some skill work for handstand push-ups, then did 3 x 8 seated dumbbell presses, then did two 7 minute workouts. First was 15-9-7 HSPU (I did pike push-ups) and hang cleans, then 9-7-5 deficit HSPU (I used a box) and burpee bar muscle-ups (I just hung from the bar).

Thursday 08/24/17: 5 Mile Run | 5 Mile Run
After a week off from running, I was anxious to see how my foot was feeling. It hadn’t hurt in a couple of days, so I set off for my scheduled 5 miler. I felt great until about 4.5 miles in, at which point I started feeling some twinges.

Friday 08/25/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
Today’s workout was a quickie–10-8-6-4 on clean and jerks and burpee bar jump overs, with varying distance runs in between. I was very proud of my finishing time of 18:53. Then I went home and had tacos and a gin and tonic, and watched Netflix until bedtime.

Saturday 08/26/17: Rest | Rest
And rest I did! After a morning appointment to view some property, I pretty much sat on my butt all day, binge-watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix.

Sunday 08/27/17: 11 Mile Run | 3.1 Mile Hike/Walk
I decided not to push things with my foot, but we still wanted to get out and do something active, so we went for a nice nature walk/hike around Colchester Pond.


Overall, it was another solid week. I hit my three scheduled CrossFit classes, and did one nice, middle-distance run. My foot has been feeling good lately, so I’ll attempt to stay on my training plan this week. Running the Covered Bridges Half is pretty unlikely at this point, but you never know.

Have you done any hiking lately?

Manic Monday – 08/21/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs What Actually Happened

Monday 08/14/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
I was horrendously hung over due to a few too many glasses of wine at my work BBQ on Sunday, but by 4:30 I felt human enough to go to class. Shout out to my coworkers for leaving muffins and leftover pizza in the kitchen. I couldn’t have recovered without snacks.

Tuesday 08/15/17: 5k Run | Active Rest
As part of our Volunteer Week at work, I spent the whole morning sanding and painting at a local treehouse. Between that and Monday’s CF workout, I was exhausted and sore, so I opted not to run.

Wednesday 08/16/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
Our Strength WOD was a 10 minute EMOM of snatch complexes, which was brutal. And then we did 30-20-10 of pistol squats, push-ups, and pull-ups, with a 1 mile run to finish.

Thursday 08/17/17: 5 Mile Run | 4 Mile Run
It was a gorgeous evening and I felt great, but unfortunately, I’ve been experiencing some niggling pain in my right foot this week, which became more than just a niggle during this run.

Friday 08/18/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
The SWOD was 3 rounds of 250m row + 10 burpees, and then building to 1RM squat cleans. After that it was a MetCon of box jumps, handstand walks (or plank walks in my case), and chest-to-bar pull-ups (or ring rows in my case). I was a sweaty, shaky mess at the end.

Saturday 08/19/17: Rest | Rest
I had intended to do my long run this day, but the pain in my right foot still hadn’t gone away, and I was reluctant to attempt a long run when my foot hurt just walking around.

Sunday 08/20/17: 10 Mile Run | Rest
The foot pain persisted, and I just didn’t feel like pushing it. I’d rather take a few days off and be able to go to CF than push a long run and be sidelined all week.

Overall: That’s two weeks in a row of going to three CrossFit classes, woohoo! I also ran once, which is great, even though I’d have liked to get in a long run. I think the pain in my foot is due to the fact that we’ve been doing a lot of running in CF lately, but the shoes that I’m wearing for CF are 4+ years old and have pretty much zero cushion. I’m planning to hit up Dick’s Sporting Goods after work some day this week to get some new CF shoes, so hopefully the foot issue will go away and I can get back to regular training.

I’m still on the fence about whether or not I’ll actually run the half on September 9. Part of me is really eager to get out there and run a half marathon for time, which I haven’t done in about 3 years. But the other part of me REALLY doesn’t want to pay the $50 registration fee. We’ll see which side wins out.

Any recommendations for a good, reasonably-priced CrossFit shoe? They all seem to be $100+…

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