Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Austin Half Marathon - Week 13 PFTW

I've lost track of what I've been doing because I've been crazed the last few weeks, so I guess here's what I can remember?

Strava tells me....
Wed 1/3 - 3 miles
Fri 1/5 - 3 miles
Tues 1/9 - 4 miles
Thurs 1/11 - 5 miles

I quit the challenge somewhere in there, and I'm not a little bit sad. Jumping is the worst.

We drove (I drove) Lora back to school this weekend, and on the way (totally out of the way) detoured to Cane River Creole National Historic Park outside Natchitoches, LA. I knew about this place thanks to Ghost Adventures (don't judge me), but it turned out to be fascinating and very haunting. Not in a spooky way, in a people can be really terrible way.

Then we drove sketchy/snowy backroads to Memphis because I enjoy living dangerously I guess.

Once in Memphis, it was entirely snowy and icy, and the roads were a disaster, and I had to text Becka for tips on driving in ice (protip: don't fucking stop, ever).

Today, in Austin, it's icy and snowy. Winter is great.

Un-weather-related, I got a promotion at work, and am taking on a fairly hefty project with very little ramp up time, and expanding my team by 40%, so I already miss sleeping :(.

This week....
Tuesday - 4 miles
Wednesday - strength (no challenge, just back to strength work)
Thursday - 5 miles, with "speed"
Friday - strength
Saturday - rest
Sunday - 8 miles

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Austin Half Marathon - Week 11 PFTW

Last week...


Squats (10lb) - 3x15
Bicep curls (10lb) - 3x12
OH tricep extensions (10lb) - 3x10
Single-leg deadlifts (10lb) - 3x10
Russian twists - 3x30

4 miles
50 squats

Lunges (10lb) - 3x12
Pushups - 3x10
Bent-over rows (15lb) - 3x15
Single-leg bridge - 3x15
Sit-ups (10lb) - 3x15
70 squats

4 miles, 4x400
90 squats

100 squats

150 squats
9 miles

It was below freezing IN TEXAS from about lunchtime on NYE through yesterday afternoon, and everything is iced and broken. I broke Texas, sorry everyone.

Lora ran outside and sent me all these creepy icicles (right after we watched an episode of Grey's Anatomy where Christina was IMPALED by an icicle!)...

And then it SNOWED again.
So I didn't really leave the house except to go to the gym to run 9 miles, because I was terrified of driving on ice.

I completed the December Squat Challenge that a friend posted in FB, and it was great/awful. Because I can't resist challenges, and frankly I'm struggling with not having a personal trainer now because I'm fancy, I'm jumping into this this challenge for January:
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It looks great/awful, so I hope I don't die.

For this week....
Monday - Challenge Day 1
Tuesday - Challenge Day 2
Wednesday - Challenge Day 3, 3 miles easy
Thursday - Challenge Day 4, strength
Friday - Challenge Day 5, 4 miles "speed"
Saturday - Challenge Day 6
Sunday - Challenge Day 7, 6 miles

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 10 PFTW

Last week....

50 squats

50 squats
Lunges (10lb) - 3x10
Pushups - 3x8
Bent over rows (15lb) - 3x12
Single-leg bridge - 3x15
Sit-ups (10lb) - 3x12

100 squats
4 miles easy

50 squats
Chest press (15lb) - 3x15
Reverse fly (10lb) - 3x6
Overhead press (1 set 15lb, 3 sets 10lb) - 3x10
Leg lifts - 3x12
Figure-4 oblique crunches - 3x12

100 squats
4 miles speed (lol "speed")

150 squats

20 squats
8 lovely miles

According to Strava it's been appx a million weeks since I've run that far, so imagine my surprise when it was a really great run. I'm probably going to win Austin Half Marathon.

It was a beautiful day for a run - a little breezy, but chilly, and I really love this trail through our neighborhood.

This week
Monday - I did nothing but sit, cook, and eat
Tuesday - Strength
Wednesday - 50 squats, 4 miles easy
Thursday - 70 squats, Strength
Friday - 90 squats, 4 miles "speed"
Saturday - 100 squats
Sunday - 150 squats, 9 miles

Monday, December 18, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 9 PFTW

Last week....

30 squats

50 squats
3 miles easy

70 squats
Bicep curls (10lb) - 3x10
Overhead tricep extensions (5lb) - 3x10
SL Deadlifts (10lb) - 3x10 ea leg
Russian twists - 3x20

90 squats
4 miles, progression

110 squats

130 squats
{holiday party}


I made some very, very poor footwear choices on Saturday, and spent Sunday hobbling around with numb toes. I was afraid I was permanently damaged, but thankfully, I seem to be okay today. No amputation, what a relief.

Becka and I are also playing the Not Eating All The Things game again, and it's miserable. FML.

This week.....
Monday - 50 squats, strength
Tuesday - 50 squats, 4 miles easy
Wednesday - 100 squats, strength
Thursday - 50 squats, 4 miles
Friday - 100 squats
Saturday - 150 squats, 8 miles
Sunday - 20 squats, rest

Monday, December 11, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 8 PFTW

Last week..

80 squats

90 squats
4 miles easy (lol because everything is easy-but-so-hard pace right now)

Front squats (20lb) - 5x15
Plain squats - 25
Push ups - 3x8
Bent-over rows (15lb) - 3x10
Single-leg bridge - 3x15
Sit-ups (10lb) - 3x10

Nothing because it snowed (IT SNOWED) ((squats rest day))

40 squats
4 miles

Chest press (15lb) - 3x12
Reverse fly (5lb) - 3x10
Squats with OH press (10lb 1st set, 5lb next) - 3x15
Plain squats - 15
Leg lifts - 3x10
Figure-4 oblique crunch - 3x10

80 squats
6 miles

This was the first week of working out without the trainer, and I kind of miss that guy. It was nice to have someone talking nonsense while I was dying, to distract me from that dying. It was also nice to just do what I'm told, and not have to piece together some well-rounded workout program. The heaviest weights we have at home are 10lb, so I don't know what I'm going to do when I need to increase weight. Use my gym membership, I guess.

The other big headline of the week was that it fcking snowed. In Austin.

People tell me that this is super rare.

They also told me that about the crazy tornado that came through when I was on my first visit here, and when we had a hurricane, so it can only be so "super rare". I'm starting to feel like they're lying and/or I'm cursed.

Next week....

Monday - 30 squats
Tuesday - 3 miles, strength
Wednesday - squats
Thursday - 4 miles, strength
Friday - squats
Saturday - squats
Sunday - 7 miles, no squats!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 7 PFTW

Last week.....

Front squats (15lb kettle bells) - 3x12
Bench press (20lb) - 3x6
Seated row (27.5lb) - 3x12
Single-leg hip bridge - 3x15
L-sit-ups with medicine ball (11.5lb) - 3x10

4 miles easy

Kettle bell swings (25lb) - 4x10
Kneeling single arm press (10lb) - 3x8
Lateral box steps - 3x8
Upright row (10lb) - 3x10
Lateral plank steps - 3x2x10

3 miles speed intervals (actually "speed")
50 Squats

TRX Squats - 3x12
Arnold press (12.5lb) - 3x10
Deadlifts (115lb!!) - 3x4
Bentover row (45lb barbell) - 3x8
Figure-4 sit-ups - 3x15
Reverse crunches - 3x10
Another 24 squats for a total of 60 for the day

5 miles easy
70 squats

When we were house hunting here last spring, we fell in love with this neighborhood - giant trees, not on a busy road but close enough, 15 minute commute for me, and this amazing running trail close by.

Point 1: It really IS beautiful, and I've loved running on that trail!


Point 2: Also super weird.

I don't know. Austin is weird.

Last week was my last week of personal training, so I guess now I have to like "be motivated" or something. I'll probably go back to fitness blender, but since I'm very, very strong now (lol), I don't have weights heavy enough at home, so to the gym it is!

This week:
Monday - 80 squats, because I saw a challenge and signed up for it. IDK.
Tuesday - 90 squats; 4 miles
Wednesday - 100 squats; strength
Thursday - no squats, 4 miles
Friday - 40 squats; strength
Saturday - 60 squats
Sunday - 6 miles

Monday, November 27, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 5/6 PFTW

Week 5 

I wasn't able to get in anything before I left for Chicago, and en route to Chicago, I started feeling like I was coming down with something.

Wednesday I was up at 5:30a for my flight, and finished at the office at 8:30p, so I was good and exhausted and immuno-compromised when I left.

Thursday I had an all-day meeting (7:15a-5:45p), and immediately after left to see....
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It was as amazing as I dreamed it would be, but had me walking back to the hotel at 11p, and by then I was dripping and coughing and it wasn't pretty.

Friday, I was back for another long day of meetings and talking, and didn't get out of the office until I had to rush to O'Hare for my flight home. If you hear of a plague in the next few weeks that originated on a plane from O'Hare to Austin, I'm sorry.

Saturday I laid around and watched TV while trying to stay awake/conscious. Sunday I thought I felt better and left the house but it was a terrible mistake. I remember asking my husband how it's possible one person's head could have so much snot in it. We've been married almost 20 years, he so lucky.

Week 6
Monday was no better. Still dying, but since I was out of the office the week before and had PTO planned for the rest of the holiday week, I dragged myself into the office and sequestered myself into a room. I quit around 3 and went home to rest before my 6p trainer appointment. I went to the gym, and I know I did stuff, but I didn't write any of it down so I don't know what it was.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tuesday I was still dying and worked from home on my PTO day.

Wednesday I finallllllly started seeing a glimmer of hope! I felt a little less like dying! I went to the gym for my appointment, and rushed to the airport to pick up Lora. She was super excited to be in Austin for the holiday (she hates it here), and was really lovely and pleasant to be around (she was the worst for most of her visit).

Thursday/Friday I did a lot of cooking and cleaning and stuff. I also bought a couch online, and paid an exorbitant a grown-up amount of money for it. We've been living with a tiny Ikea loveseat in this giant living room since we moved because we couldn't agree on a couch, but Thursday, I asked my husband so many times what he liked about this couch, or this rug, or this couch with this rug, that he told me to just buy whatever and stop asking. That's my strategy for every purchase going forward now.

Saturday I don't remember what happened but Lora was still here so I'm sure it was tense.

Sunday, I dropped Lora off at the airport, and then.....

I ran and didn't want to die, so I'm probably recovered.

As dead as all these damn leaves in my yard

This week.... I have a lot of gym time scheduled, because my trainer is leaving so I took every last appointment had had :( Sad.

I'm probably cancelling my training after this, because the idea of starting over with someone else is terrible, and I don't really like people so Tyron was an anomaly. I was only sticking to it because I had pre-paid, but now I'm done with that part of the contract, so... adios.

Monday: Trainer
Tuesday: Run - 4 mi
Wednesday: Nada
Thursday: Trainer, Run - 3 mi
Friday: Trainer
Saturday: Trainer
Sunday: Run - 5 mi


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