4.21.2014

#bestfoot: Staying Accountable

In training there are good weeks, bad weeks, and okay weeks. This week can be summed up as a good week in so many ways. The only thing that gets me down is the lack of my long run outside but that was made a decision early on in the week. In fact, on the Monday. You see, I was going to take darling daughter to Easter mass on Saturday so I could run long outside on Sunday. Thing is, I found out the service would be around four hours long due to other things going on. That would not set neither darling daughter nor I up for success to attend mass that starts at our regular dinner time and extends beyond our bedtimes. This Mommy made a switch - mass on Sunday and no long road run for me. It was a great decision and my week rounded out nicely...thanks to lots of determination on my part.

So what did I do? Let's see!

Monday: I felt irritable and grouchy all day with a nagging headache. I came home and ran 2.76 miles after work (oops! I was supposed to stop at 2 miles) and followed it up with 15 minutes of yoga - Beginner Flexibility. During my yoga it dawned on me, irritability + headaches = hormones. It doesn't really change things but at least it brought understanding. I also moved my dolphin plank for #ffaprilabs to before my yoga session due to dreading the plank and "ruining" the peacefulness of my yoga.

Tuesday: I ran 6 miles after work and felt like I was back in my groove. I even accidentally held my plank 5 seconds too long and you know I will keep building on the mistake. As of now my plank is 2:15. I was supposed to stop at 2:10 but when I got to that time I couldn't remember if I was to stop at 2:10 or go beyond 2:10.  I followed it up with 15 minutes of yoga - Advanced Strength.

Wednesday: I was supposed to run 8 miles today but only got to 6.5 miles before work. I ran fartleks and had a blast! I followed it up with my plank and yoga - Beginner Flexibility. Yes, I could have skipped the plank and yoga and got 8 miles but Wednesdays are my longer work days and there is so much to do once I get home. I wanted to make sure I got my fitness taken care of so I could be 110% there for darling daughter later.

Thursday: I ran 2.01 miles after work and followed it up with my plank and yoga - 15 minutes of Beginner Flexibility. I really can't remember why this turned into my "rest" day but I think I was just juggling a lot in life.

Friday: I ran 10.26 miles at home. Dear hubby ended up having to go into work so I ended up at home with darling daughter. Yay for emergency vacation days and an awesome work place! I followed it up with my plank and cried out in agony. Darling daughter told me I had to do it. I told her I was done and she looked at me collapsed on the floor and snapped her fingers. I asked her if that meant good job. She kindly told me, nope. It means get up and get moving. Yoga time - 15 minutes - Intermediate Combination done.

Saturday: I ran 6.01 miles at home in the morning and followed it up with my plank and yoga - 15 minutes - Beginner Flexibility. Darling daughter and I baked and cleaned our hearts out to be ready for Easter and fun and games! A new pair of running shoes arrived from Kindrunner so I had to give them a test run - another 1.5 miles done.

Sand Bunny, Carrots, and Parakeet in formation!
Sunday: Happy Easter! After seeing what the bunny brought and eating some cinnamon rolls - homemade the day before, no icing, no dairy, a Heavenly indulgence - I ran 5 miles and squeezed in my plank and 15 minutes of yoga (plus packing the picnic with darling daughter's help) before work. My yoga class today was Intermediate Combination. The whole family went to church and the beach to celebrate Easter. It was a blast and we even squeezed in another run on the beach - darling daughter wanted to run. I grabbed my phone and said, "Let's make it a training run!" My goal: 1 mile. She was game and started out fast and strong. By 0.85 miles she was ready to throw in the towel...and so was dear hubby. I talked her into slowing her pace and that lasted a nanosecond and with some gentle encouragement and playing landmark games, we made it to 1.06 miles...dear hubby too. In her 5K she must start slower! And yes, I may encourage her to walk through the aid stations. Seriously, at the start I feel she was running my standard easy paces. Her overall pace was 13'28". Great job! P.S. We later made a sand Sphinx and Pyramids. 

I ended up running 41 miles this week and you know I am always happy to break 40 miles. I do wish I did some 30+ minute yoga classes but that is part of the weekly check-in's. You find out what is going good or what is lacking and learn from it. I want to do at least one 30 minute yoga session next week. The planking is hard and wipes me out each day but I am sticking to it. I ended this week with a 2:40 plank, running streak day 843, and yoga streak day 113. Thank you God! I am so blessed.

And yes, I am still tracking my daily movements with my Polar Loop and wear my heart sensor in most of my runs. I love that my overall percentage is moving up! It is nice to reach my daily goal and get fireworks but I agree with others, it would be beneficial if the user could adjust the daily goal to meet what they want to do. If you look closely you can see that on my "rest" days I do move less. This week I rested on Monday and Thursday with shorter runs. It does make a difference.


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. I love this link up and each week strive to find at least one new lady to support! Jump on over and find some awesomeness and add your own!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for beaches.
Daily Affirmation: I am learning to walk away from a fight.

6 comments:

  1. Nicely done! I read "Mass that starts" as "Mass Start"... I have racing on the brain it seems!

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  2. Great week. I am impressed that you can run every day. Oh to be young again!

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    1. In all reality, it surprised me too initially but it was a lot of learning that each day doesn't have to be fast. Easy slow runs seem to aid my recovery better.

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  3. What a great week! I admire that you practice yoga every day. I'm a newbie yogi and I need to do that....very awesome that you can plan for over 2 minutes too!

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    1. Thanks Janelle! The planking is hard but part of a challenge with FitFluential. Adding 5 seconds a day is doable but not necessarily easy. :)

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