weekly recap: 6/22 – 6/28

I am pleased to announce that after many false starts, some bad weather, a nasty illness and lots and lots of travel, I have finally managed to officially complete my first week of marathon training!

On the one hand, it’s a fabulous feeling. A step in the right direction, so to speak.

On the other? OMGMARATHON!!!!!!111!!

In case it’s not obvious, I’m still in a state of shock that this is happening.

Sunday –  Rest.

It was Mama PugRunner’s birthday! The weather was pretty horrendous, so we got together for a delicious dinner, complete with coconut cream pie for dessert. Yum!

Monday – Speed work – 8x400m repeats with warm up and cool down.

Little man spent the night with his grandparents, so I took advantage. I have really been struggling with my speed work, but I was determined to get in my full circuit of 400m repeats.

At least I had the magnificent view to get me through.

Tuesday3 mile run. 60 minutes of yoga with weights.

I chose to double up on Tuesday simply because I had the time before my yoga class and I wouldn’t feel rushed at the end of the week. First, I did my three miles (didn’t hit my negative splits though. Boo).

And then it was off to practice. I switched from my usual 3 lb dumbbells to a 2 lb set. My shoulders were on the sore side and I want to focus more on my form and control. It was a good choice.

Wednesday – 60 minutes sunrise yoga.

I was the only one in class on Wednesday, which was kind of cool. We went out to the water to greet the rising sun. It was absolutely gorgeous, and comfortable and we tried all kinds of different poses and flows.

Slightly less comfortable was this guy, who swam up to watch us.

Why are there always alligators?

Thursday – rest

Allt he early mornings were taking their toll, so I took Thursday off. Little man and I went to the zoo and spent the day walking around and looking at the animals. It was nice having a somewhat quiet day.

Friday  – long run with bridge repeats

It’s a little sadistic to add the bridge repeats into my long runs but I really love the view – it helps the miles pass faster. It was a prett humid outing today, and the only breeze was, unfortunately, a nasty wind on the steep side of the bridge. I made it work.

Once again, the scenery did not disappoint.

Even better? I didn’t have any tummy issues

and I managed to finish at a faster pace than I did last week.

Saturday – I won’t be doing any formal working out, but I will be getting my share of walking, so not quite a rest day.

All in all, the week was a huge success. I am hopeful to shake the laziness I’ve been feeling lately, but I think that, as with all things, the deeper I fall into my routine, the easier it will be. I also need to start getting to bed earlier, but I am in a big reading phase again and it’s hard to close the books. Another positive is that I am on track to book my highest monthly mileage since December of last year (right now, June stands at 42 and December was 43. I will have one more run on Monday, which will put me at either 45 or 47).

Do you get enough sleep at night?

How did you get your sweat on this week?




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14 Responses to weekly recap: 6/22 – 6/28

  1. Darlene says:

    So jealous of your morning views. It would motivate me to get out if bed.
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  2. Beautiful views! I am starting marathon traning week 1 this week! Excited/nervous 🙂
    I definitely need to do more yoga!

    Karen @karenlovestorun
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  3. “Why are there always alligators?” #FloridaProblems

    I ran 3x this week, but I need to find access to a gym or some sort of motivation to do some workouts at home because I HATE only running 3x a week and I am too poor to afford a gym membership. I feel squishy and lazy…so I gotta figure that out soon!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      #FloridaProblems is right!

      The one thing I love about the yoga class is that it’s $10 per with no obligation. That way, if it fits into the budget, great. If not, it’s not a big deal. I hope you are able to find something you love soon!

  4. Matilda says:

    What a stunning sunrise.
    I ran a trail half marathon on Saturday. It was hard work, but I did it.

  5. jan says:

    Woohoo for marathon training!! I love the pictures–you are right, beautiful scenery!!
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  6. megan says:

    So jealous of you views! I had a really great week, and this week its all training for my 10km this coming Sunday. I wanted to ask what you do for speed work? Run as fast as you can for 400m? I would like to know a bit more about it, perhaps its something that can help improve my time? X
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t go all out on the 400m, but I push it to what, for me, is uncomfortable and try to increase my speed for each repeat.

      I really just started with these and so it’s hard to gauge the success right now. At the same time I started, the temperature and humidity increased, and that slows me down, no matter how fast I try to run. I also try to put in a run on a bridge/hilly route. That helps with speed as well.

    Congrats on what looks like a great first week! I seriously need to replicate your mix ins of yoga and strength, I am super impressed!
    Most of all, YeyYYYY for a solid run with no GI issues! Haha that’s always worth celebrating in my book!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, oh, oh! There it is! The panic again! Hashtag-this-isnt-real!!!! I feel like I am totally pimping out the yoga, but it is WORKING. And I was the biggest skeptic in the world – thought yoga was ridiculous. I’m not down with the whole clear your head, zen part (because I just don’t function like that), but the stretching and flexibility makes so. much. difference. And yes, no GI issues is probably the best part of the week!

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