Showing posts with label long run. Show all posts
Showing posts with label long run. Show all posts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Last week, I ran. A LOT.

So, this Bob Harper Live 2 Week Challenge is over.

It's really, really hard to fit in strength training 5 times a week, plus marathon training.

I REALLY liked the BHL workouts (shockingly). They were challenging, but over pretty quickly, and - most importantly - they seemed to actually WORK. If I were better, I'd have taken some pictures, but I didn't. You'll just have to take my word for it.

I think I'm going to keep adding the BHL stuff to my routine, but probably not five days a week right now. 4 seems to be just about all I can handle, with work/kids/running.

Last week....
Monday: BHL Total Body Challenge II - burpees, lunges, squats, weights, etc
Tuesday: 8 miles, fartleks (on the treadmill - fast during commercials, easy during Friends); BHL
Wednesday: BHL WOD - Jump lunges, mountain climbers, thrusters, kettle balls, push-ups, and other things.
Thursday: 8 miles, last 2 fast
Friday: BHL - arms
Saturday: 6 easy with The H
Sunday: 20 easy, 2 mile walk

Total miles: 42 (44 if you include the walking) - that's my highest mileage week ever. So tired.

This week:
Monday: REST (or maybe yoga)
Tuesday: 7 miles hill repeats (BAH), BHL?
Wedneday: BHL
Thursday: 8 miles, easy tempo
Friday: BHL
Saturday: 4 easy, BHL
Sunday: 14 easy

My Sunday run was a loop around Newport Back Bay, plus some trails (I use that word losely, they were just unpaved), and a couple weird out and backs.

I do a LOT of my running on the treadmill. I love the treadmill, I get to watch whatever junk TV I feel like, and no one bothers me (except all the weirdos at the gym, but compared to yapping kids, I'll take it). But the weather this weekend was BEAUTIFUL, so I decided to take advantage and head outside.

I'll be honest. Running a long run outside, by myself, it kind of terrifies me. I'm cool for 8-10 miles outside, but after that, I start thinking crazy things. What if I get bored? What if I get lost (on a loop, hello, me)? What if I get hurt? Fall? So many stupid things run through my head, and I freak myself out, because I'm insane.

But Newport Back Bay is kind of a runner's paradise - pretty, great views, well travelled, but not overly crowded, a little hilly, but not TOO hilly, and bathroom/water fountain accessible.

I don't know what my problem is, but it was FINE. I did one loop, then ran some of the trails at the park, and decided another loop was just TOO FAR (I don't know why I'm so dumb sometimes, 10 miles is 10 miles, right?), so I went out on an adjacent trail for a few miles, back, out on the Back Bay trail a few miles, and back, and walked the 2 miles back to my car (WHY did I walk that, it's like I forgot that walking and running suck equally at that point).

Also, I don't know WHY people on this trail are so rude. I make sure to acknowledge everyone - partly because it's just polite, but also because I don't want to be killed, and I assume a murderer won't kill someone that was nice to them. But of everyone out there, two dudes acknowledged me. That was it.

Just wave back, people. I don't need to be your BFF, but lord, is it so terrible to be polite? It's not hard.

And, cyclists, don't be an asshole. There's no need to try to pass someone and almost run into me because you're not as good as you think you are, and can't pass that guy fast enough.

Anyway. It's a pretty loop.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

I'm not normally into analyzing my mile splits on long runs (mostly because it's on the treadmill and I don't know them.....), but holy CRAP was I pretty consistent:
12:25 -gu
11:20 -shotbloks
10:53 -shotbloks
11:12 -gu (when I thought I might try for 22...)
12:26 - THE END


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