2.24.2014

#bestfoot Check-in!

Aloha and Happy Monday!

I used to do my weekly check-in's on a pretty regular basis during peak training but I would fall off track here and there. But fortunately, some lovely gals are good at keeping me at it since I do realize looking at each week critically (in a good way) really lets me see where I am going...honestly. This post will be linked to the #bestfoot link up through Run to the Finish, The Adventures of a Darwinian Fail, and The Sweet Life with Ericka. Trust me, these ladies rock!

So here we go! First, I got to say after working my butt off at Whale Day on 2/15 I broke down and bought a Polar Loop this Monday. I really wanted to get a good idea of how active I am each and every day and how that impacts my training. I started wearing it Monday afternoon. I do not have the heart monitor but I am already dreaming working that into my budget. I have active days. I have not so active days. That all makes sense but right now I do feel the Loop underestimates my activity level when running on my incline treadmill at home. My pace is slow and that is all it has to go off of. My pace. But I am running at a 10% incline so I think I am working a bit harder than the Loop thinks. I will give you its data at the end of this post...and sorry, I didn't download and sync up last night so Sunday is MIA.

Monday: Woo-hoo for President's Day! (By the way, have you seen Lincoln? That movie is pretty darn good!) I took the day off of work since darling daughter had no school. We started our day with a lovely breakfast and headed to the gym. I ran 8.08 miles (random hill repeats) and did 26 minutes of yoga - the Faith class I created. This class has flexibility, strength, and balance elements. I got my Polar Loop later on and didn't get it on until late in the afternoon.

Tuesday: An easy mile before work followed up with 30 minutes of yoga - Beginner Flexibility. Please note I am putting in some intermediate poses here and there but provide the class name so I really know what I am doing. P.S. I am using the Yoga Studio app on my iPhone and LOVE IT! I came home and ran an additional 1.35 miles to get the endorphins flowing for afternoon chores.

Wednesday: 4.6 miles before work followed up with 15 minutes of yoga - Beginner Flexibility. OH MY GOODNESS! The lizard and reclined pigeon really opened up my left glute today! Heaven on Earth! P.S. I reached my Polar Loop activity goal sometime between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. That made me happy.

Thursday: 5.06 miles at home after work. I followed this up with 15 minutes of yoga - Beginner Flexibility. My Polar Loop is telling me to get more active. This is when I realized that my home running may be seriously under represented. I do realize I am running at a slower pace, I get it. But I don't think I am really putting forth that much less effort, am I? Only the heart monitor can confirm.

Friday: 1.05 mile run before work followed up by 15 minutes of yoga - Intermediate Combination. I came home and ran another 4 miles after cleaning house as I wanted more miles; therefore, the family got tuna melts for dinner although mine had no cheese.

Saturday: Mommy/daughter day again and we headed to the gym! I ran 7.07 miles and did 26 minutes of yoga - Faith. We did lots of errands and crafting before I ran another 3.33 miles at home. I wanted more since I knew Sunday would be an easy day. P.S. My Polar Loop told me I reached my goal sometime around 9:30 am.

Sunday: After making a delightful breakfast for darling daughter and myself I ran 2.05 miles and did 36 minutes of yoga - Love. This is the second class I put together and it has a lot of the Faith elements with some additional hamstring opening moves. After this the whole family went on a whale watch and it was AWESOME! Gotta love it when darling daughter actually got tired of seeing whales! But it was a blast and once we got home I was wiped out. I played and crafted with darling daughter between doing a few final chores. And yes, I was in bed by 7:00 pm. And yes, I slept in past 5:00 am so I will be squeezing in my Monday moves after work before going to the meeting dear hubby and I have. Why do I do this to myself?

Sunday marked day 787 of my running streak and day 57 of my yoga streak. I ran 38 miles. It was a great training week!

And here is the Polar Loop data I promised:


Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my Polar Loop.
Daily Affirmation: I have an open heart.

4 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what you find out from wearing it. Like I said for me it was a reminder that my workout does not constitute moving all day, ha! Your streaks are beyond impressive!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! The Polar Loop is also giving me some intriguing feedback with the calories feature too. I am now thinking those days I get a funny taste in my mouth are related to doing a longer/harder workout in the AM and not up'ing my fuel intake enough during recovery since I take the same stuff to work each and every day for breakfast. Hmmm.....

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  2. Tehe I actually work for Polar Canada so I love seeing how you like the loop. Adding Heart Rate would definitely help improve the accuracy - especially on the treadmill. Sounds like you had a great week!!

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    1. No kidding Krysten! What a small world it is. Yeah, the heart rate monitor may be sneaking into my budget sooner rather than later. It would provide LOVELY data and I am a sucker for that!

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