Monday, July 17, 2017

Heart Rate Training Week 8

Last week seemed to drag at the beginning since it was the first full week back at work after the 4th of July.  But it ended up being pretty busy and sadly I didn't get much blogging in.  I did however get almost all my workouts in so that's a win in my book!  Here are the details.

Monday - Rest day with a 20 minute walk

So many rabbits in my neighborhood!

Tuesday - Strength training.  I only got through half of my fitstar routine because my stomach was not feeling well this evening.  I was in the middle of a set of burpees when I decided to stop since my stomach felt like it was about to rebel.

Wednesday - Easy run in the morning and a 20 minute walk with a friend in the evening.


Thursday - Intervals at the gym after work.  It was a 5 minute warm up with 2 minutes in zone 4 and 1 minute recover times 8.


Friday - Strength training


Saturday - 6 miles with a friend.  The temperatures weren't as hot as they had been earlier in the week but the humidity still seemed pretty high and that made it tough.  We were in shade for most of the run and that really helped.  We also met friends in the evening for dinner and a nerdy dance show so it ended up being a late night for me.


Sunday - 3 mile easy run.  This was supposed to be a threshold run but I was struggling with a lack of sleep so I decided to just keep it easy.


We also drove down to North Beach after the run for a little day trip to the beach.


Here are my workout plans for this week.

Monday - rest day (and a concert in the evening!)
Tuesday - strength training
Wednesday - easy run before going to work in the morning
Thursday - interval run at the gym after work
Friday - threshold run
Saturday - strength training
Sunday - long run

I hope everyone else had a great week too!  I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Run With No Regrets) for the Weekly Wrap.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Heart Rate Training Week 7

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July week!  Mine was nice and relaxing with lots of time off from work and off from the internet.  But it's back to the grind now.  Before immersing myself in the new week, here's a summary of last week.

Monday - Rest day with a couple 20 minute walks

Tuesday - Easy run in the morning.  It was the 4th of July so we spent the rest of the day cleaning up the house a bit and then having friends over to celebrate the holiday together.


Wednesday - Strength training as well as a 20 minute walk in the morning.


We also spent a couple hours at Dave and Busters playing games.  We had tokens leftover on our card from the last time we were there so this essentially ended up being a couple hours of free entertainment.

Thursday - Interval run at the gym after work. It was a 5 minute warm up plus 2 minutes in zone 4 with a 1 minute recovery x8. 


Friday - Unplanned rest day with a 20 minute walk - but this resulted in only 1 strength training session in the week :(

Saturday - Threshold run with 5 minute warm up, 10 minutes in zone 2, 15 minutes in zone 4 and ending with 15 minutes in zone 2.  I was able to keep in the right zones for the most part except at the end.  I have a hard time getting back into zone 2 after running in zone 4, so I just tried to make sure it felt easy at the end even if my heart rate was high.


Sunday - 5 mile run with a friend.


The break was nice while it lasted but we're back to our normal routine this week.  Here are my workout plans.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - strength training
Wednesday - easy run before going to work in the morning
Thursday - interval run at the gym after work
Friday - strength training
Saturday - long run
Sunday - threshold run

I hope everyone else had a great week too!  I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Into The Glimmer) for the Weekly Wrap.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday 5 - 2017 Goals update

This week has flown by but that makes sense since I only had two work days this week.  And now it's almost time for the weekend again!  Which also means it's time for the Friday Five 2.0 link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. Since we're halfway through the year I figured I'd take this time to see how my goals for the year have progressed.

1. Train for a marathon - This one is on track.  I registered for the Disney World marathon and I've chosen a training plan which starts in September.  I've also managed to convince one of my running friends to do this as her first full marathon too!  Yay for company on this journey :)  I've been spending the Summer working on building up my base and increasing to 4 runs per week instead of 3.

2. Two new types of workouts - Well, I still need to get moving on this one.  I have started heart rate training this year, which is something new, but I do really need to get out of my comfort zone and try a completely new type of workout.

I've enjoyed new things I've tried in the past, like aerial yoga

3.  Try a challenge race - This one is on track too!  I have registered for the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge at Disneyland in November.  This will be a 10k Saturday morning followed by a half marathon Sunday morning.

4.  Read more non-fiction (6 books):  On track for this too.  I've read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell (an interesting look at Hawaiian history), and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (was inspired to read the book after seeing the movie).

5.  Be more fiscally responsible:  We're working on this.  We've definitely been better this year than last year and have started up monthly finance meetings where we can review our savings and spending for the past month and things to change moving forward.

So that's how things are moving with the goals for the year.  I'm pretty happy with my mid-year progress but I've definitely got to remember to try some new workouts before marathon training starts in September.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Heart Rate Training week 6

I'm a bit late with this week's weekly review.  I've been trying to treat our staycation as a real vacation so I haven't been on social media much that past several days.  I'm hoping to catch up with reading blogs this week though.  In the meantime, here is my summary for last week.

Monday - rest day with 20 minute walk in the evening

Tuesday - Strength training


Wednesday - Easy run before work


Thursday - Interval run at the gym after work


Friday - 78 minutes of dancing.  I meant to do some strength training today but was sore so decided to take it as a rest day.  But we went to the silent disco in the evening and the music was amazing!  According to Fitbit, I had 78 minutes straight of dancing with an average heart rate of 125.


Saturday - Unplanned rest day since I was sore again from the dancing.  We went to a small science fiction convention in Virginia since it was their first year and we wanted to be supportive.  It was small and low cost and we had a great time.


Sunday - Threshold run with 20 minutes in zone 2, 20 minutes in zone 4 and 20 minutes in zone 2.  I had a hard time getting my heart rate back to zone 2 at the end so just tried to run that portion at an easy feel even though my heart rate was a bit high.


So that was my week!  I only got in 3 runs but did get an additional cardio activity in with the dancing so I'm happy with that.  And I only got in 1 strength training work out and need to try to get back to 2 per week.  So here are my plans for this week.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Easy run
Wednesday - Strength training
Thursday - Interval run at the gym after work
Friday - Strength training
Saturday - Threshold run
Sunday - Long run with friends

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Five - 4th of July

This week has seemed to take forever.  But now,  it's Friday and that means it's time for the Friday Five 2.0 link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness.  I'm especially excited for this weekend because we're taking a long weekend for the 4th of July.  We had initially planned to take a trip to Philadelphia but we spent a lot of money on Perry when he was sick so we changed it up to have a "staycation."  I think this might end up being even better then a trip since it should be nice and relaxing staying in the area but still taking Monday and Wednesday off from work next week.  So here are 5 things that I'm really looking forward to this weekend.

1.  Silent disco - we did this last year and had a great time.  So we're getting a group together and doing it again tonight.  Like I said last year, it was the perfect dance party for those of us that might be too old for nightclubs.  It's early, and the music is over headphones so you can control the volume or change the channel to another DJ if you don't like the music.  Added bonus, it's on a beautiful rooftop with a great visa of the sunset over the city.

2.  Pool party with friends - A friend of ours is having a big house party on Sunday complete with a pool, pot luck food and fun drinks.  A lot of my friends are great cooks so I'm really looking forward to that, as well as the time hanging out in the pool on a hot day.

3.  Spruced up patio - We haven't been taking care of our patio the way we should have been but that's being taken care of today!  It's getting fixed up and pressure washed and it will be so much nicer to hang out there once that's finished.

Though Perry still likes to roll around on the patio no matter how dirty

4.  Exploring the city - we have a couple unplanned days to just decide what we feel like doing based on the day and the weather.  We're thinking of maybe the zoo or the Smithsonian folk life festival.  Or both depending on how ambitious we feel!
Baby panda photo from the last time we were at the zoo

5.  Chill 4th of July - We're planning on a relaxing 4th of July and having some close friends over to relax on our spruced up porch and grill.  We're keeping it simple with burgers (veggie and meat), salad, and ice cream.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Heart Rate training week 5

I hope everyone had a great week!  Mine went pretty well with lots of buckling back down at work and trying to get things done before the 4th of July holiday.  But I managed to get my workouts in too!  Here's a summary of the week.

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - Easy run before work


Wednesday - Strength training in the evening


Thursday - Intervals on the treadmill after work...5 minutes in zone 4 and 1 minute recovery x5


Friday - rest day with 20 minute walk and recovery yoga

Saturday - Easy run followed by strength training at home.



We also had a fun evening out and went into the city for dinner and a show at the Kennedy Center.  I had seen the movie of Hedwig and the Angry Inch before but never the live show.  It was amazing!


Sunday - Met with a friend for an hour run around our local town center followed by catching up over breakfast.


The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning, doing errands, and just relaxing at home.  So that was my week!  It should mostly look like more of the same this week.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - Body Pump
Wednesday - easy run in the morning before going to the office
Thursday - interval run at the gym after work
Friday - easy run
Saturday - long run
Sunday - strength training

I hope everyone else had a great week too!  I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Zenaida Arroyo) for the Weekly Wrap.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Zooma Annapolis 10k

The Zooma Annapolis race was the first weekend of June and I did the 10k with a friend.  What is Zooma?  Well, here's the description on their website.

"Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move – encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, getting strong, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture an inspiring weekend filled with strong women, yoga sessions, intelligent speakers, an exciting expo, and celebrations in an unforgettable resort location.  This is Zooma." 

We figured this sounded like the perfect opportunity for a girl's weekend!  Since it was Annapolis in June and neither of us does well with racing in the heat, we decided to sign up for the 10k.  I love that the race had multiple options for the distance, 5k, 10k and half marathon.

There was no packet pick up on race morning.  You could choose to come to the expo the day before or they would mail you your packet for an extra fee.  Since we were making it a girl's weekend, we decided we'd go to Annapolis on Friday and check out the expo.  The host hotel was really nice but a bit more than we wanted to pay so we got a cheaper room about 10 miles away.  For those that did stay at the host hotel, the expo was right there and the start/finish was in walking distance.

So we got to the expo the evening before the race and parked at the hotel.  I think we got there a bit before 5 and it wasn't too crowded at all.  And it was pretty small, with just a couple tables of vendors selling stuff.  And some of the vendors were an interesting choice for a running event, for example, the people selling lipstick.  But we got our packet with no wait at all, found some fun things to buy, and sampled some wine :)

Tank top and visor I bought at the expo

After browsing, we realized we were at just the right time to catch some of the talks.  So we went into the adjoining room to listen to the course preview.  I've never done this for a race before but it was really helpful.  They pointed out the turns, the hills, the particularly scenic areas, and the fact that there isn't that much shade on the course.  We also listened to the founder of Another Mother Runner talk about race day tips.  She was really funny as well as being informative and I'm glad we stayed for the talks.  I'll have to look for that more at other expos.

But we left before the next talk because we were hungry!  We went to the restaurant that was right there in the hotel and had some delicious drinks and dinner.


And then back to the room and an early bed time.  The race started at 7am and the preview had mentioned that the traffic can back up getting into the parking so we wanted to get there early.  We left our hotel at 6, hit no traffic, and were parking by 6:15. 


The race started at the Navy stadium so there was plenty of parking available and the volunteers were doing a great job directing traffic.  We walked towards the start line and given the size of the race, it never felt too crowded, even when we lined up to start.


I'm glad we chose the 10k course as it seemed to include the most scenic parts of the course!  It was beautiful and we split of from the half marathoners somewhere between miles 4 and 5.  My understanding is that the rest of the course was mostly highway.  In addition the being pretty, the course was definitely sunny and this did hit me a bit hard towards the end of the race.  It was also a bit hilly at parts because we were crossing bridges.  But overall, I loved the course.  Here are some photos of things i saw along the way.






I wasn't actually racing this race for time given that I knew it would be hot.  So I just had a good time along the way, enjoyed the scenery, and took photos.  My heart rate was high anyway, I guess because of the heat and humidity.


The finish was back at the stadium and I loved the way they set it up.  There were snacks, free wine (I think everyone had two drink tickets, though we only used one of ours).  There was also more shopping and free yoga sessions.


We hung out a bit and then headed back to the room to clean up, check out and get some lunch. Overall, I would definitely recommend this race.  It was well organized, things went smoothly, and it was a lot of fun!