Category Archives: Exercise

Cardio 1/21

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5/1 walk run

2.0 miles

33:02

My calves were very, very tight so I spend a few minutes with the foam roller this evening. The foam roller and I are NOT friends!

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WOD 1/20

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2.05 miles 

34:08

5 min warm up

1 min run / 5 min walk (4 times)

5 min cool down

  

Week1

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Getting back into the swing of things, I’m happy with 5 days of exercise this week even though only 2 were cardio.  Next week my goal is 3 days of cardio, 2 strength days and 2 climbing days.  That shouldn’t be a problem, but we’ll see how it goes.  We’re headed to San Diego 50 on Friday for my husband’s ultra.  That will be another kind of workout on its own!  First race of the season, hopefully it isn’t that cold of a day.

What is your goal for working out?  7 days a week or do you give yourself days off?

Back in the Saddle

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Hi!  I know I’ve been absent… I haven’t really been doing much to write about, but now I’m back!  I’ve been trying to run again, taken up weight lifting (a little), rock climbing and taking college classes to be a web designer.

I plan to share all the great pictures I intend to take on our adventures and keep track of all the fun fitness stuff I will get into this winter!

New year new goals? Or do you keep your goals the same from year to year?

Trying a Different Training Method

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All my attempts at becoming a runner before, I feel, haven’t really been successful.  They’ve gotten me through the race I was planning for, but I haven’t yet come to enjoy the act of running.  I know not everyone enjoys every run they go on, but I was hoping to become one of those people that generally enjoys going for run and can tough out those runs where not everything is perfect.

The first training method was following a free training plan on the internet.  No customization, just a general 10% increase weekly plan with the longest run being I think 12 miles for a half.  I got through that race, it wasn’t pretty, but I made it.  The second try was with a customized training plan where I filled out a huge questionnaire and a trainer made a plan based on my fitness level and my schedule.  That plan also did get me through a half marathon, but it didn’t help foster my love or acceptance of running.

After a four month break and a scary dentist appointment, I’ve decided to give it a try again, but using a different method.  I’m going to try heart rate training.  I started this week using Maffatone’s HR range.  The range for me to stay in is 145-155.  I have completed a couple workouts staying within that range and it wasn’t pretty.  I’ve taken walks mid day, where it is still near 90 degrees and to keep my heart rate in the specified range, I’ve been at an 18 minute pace.  So, next week, I’m going to try going for a walk in the morning when its cooler to see if that makes a difference.  I’m hoping it does, but I don’t really know.

My goal is to get my pace to around 12 minutes while staying in that heart rate zone.  I have no idea if that is feasible, but that is my initial goal.  Once I get there, I’d like to start working toward a 10 min goal so that I can run a 30 min 5k.  Based on what I did this week, I know it will take a while and have to have the patience to make it happen!

Another New Beginning

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Another New Beginning

I’ve had a drastic change in my life the past week. I am no longer employed. I don’t have a 1.5 hour commute to and from work, nor an 8 hour workday. I feel such a sense of relief. I thought I would be more anxious about only having one income than I am, which is a relief. I am becoming involved with the PTO and plan to find other means of volunteerism while looking for a job in the local area.

Not having an 11.5 hour work day means I have given myself plenty more time to get healthy and to be a more involved parent with my son. I’m looking forward to creating a new normal with all the changes that have been made. I foresee a few more on the horizon, but I feel like I am in a good place to handle them.

My plan is to improve my overall fitness for a few months with group fitness and/or videos, the elliptical, walking and if I can find a swimsuit, going to the pool and swimming laps (or learning to swim laps). Once it cools off a bit outside, I want to start running again.

Onward and hopefully slim-ward!

Erin

Training Changes

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This week, I focused on making sure I had 4 runs for the week. I had noticed that I’d been letting myself slack a little bit and only having 3 runs, not good.

I made it happen.

Heart rate training made my volume a little bit less even with the extra day.. Hmm…

In other news, I’ve signed up for an individualized training plan from McMillan Running. I am using them for a 12 week plan that will get me to the SoCal Wine Country Half Marathon in June. The Big Bear Half is out the window, it may be used as a supported training run, but the half focus will be in June followed by the Long Beach Marathon in October.

I’ve never had a personalized plan before (minus the 6 weeks my husband attempted to coach me) so I’m excited to give it a try and see if that will help me make the transition to being a runner. My husband thinks I should try a coach, but I wanted to see how following a training plan went before making that commitment.

Running coach, yay or nay?