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.

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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


  1. Where are the bathrooms at the Back Bay? I used to know of one port a potty but now am left with the bushes :( Please inform me so I can stop scaring all of the unsuspecting bikers, runners and wild life :)

  2. Nice 20 miler and nice 42 mile week. My best week ever was 40 miles and I recall how tired I was that week. Congratulations on a great week!

  3. I did 11 miles on back bay Saturday and was afraid to go any further because I do not know where there are bathrooms/water stops - my water bottle was pretty much gone at 10 miles. Would you please let me know? I would love to do my long training runs there as it is about 2 miles from my apartment. thank you!!

  4. Great job with your training and your long run! almost makes me miss running that long, but I have to admit I am enjoying just taking it easy right now :)

  5. What a long time to be running. I'm constantly amazed!

  6. Nice 20-miler! I'm incredibly jealous after my shitstorm of a run yesterday.

  7. You are a machine (said in a sing songy voice with a dance).

  8. I do stupid crap like that on long runs too. Also why I end up doing a thousand loops of a 1.25 mile loop. Stupid.

    Also, you are my hero. Longest runs EVER.

  9. Great mileage! I also like your fartlek treadmill workout idea. I hate the treadmill, but going hard during commercials would break up the monotony enough that I think it sounds fun :)

  10. Great job bumping up that mileage. It will make you strong. What doesn't kill you will make you strong.

  11. Nice running Heather! I like the treadmill so I can listen to music & turn my brain off but can't just run - I have to play some sort of game with pacing or timing to make it more interesting.
    So impressed by your mileage.

  12. nice job on the run! i’m so curious about the BHL stuff. can you tell a big difference already? you would recommend it? how long do they take?


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