Monday, April 3, 2017

Chicago Spring Half Marathon Training, Week 2


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Week 2 of half-marathon training was an overall success despite minor setbacks. I was better about not making excuses and I doubled my mileage from last week, both much-needed victories and boosts of confidence! I feel so inspired going into Week 3. Let's do this!

Here's how Week 2 went down:

Monday: 2.25 miles at Orangetheory.

Also: Situps with torso rotation, planks lifting alternating leg/arm, 1,000-meter row, bicep curls on the TRX strap, single-arm snatches, squats, etc. I've been using 15 pounds for most moves.

Tuesday: Light yoga at home.

Wednesday: Rest day. I wanted to run outside or go to Orangetheory, but 1. It was rainy and cold. 2. I didn't get child care in time and 3. I didn't plan my meals well. (I can't really eat a big meal right before class.) I felt like a failure -- at training, being a parent, being a wife, and blogging. I felt much more hopeful after talking to Graham and having sushi for dinner. Do you ever have days like this? Tell me how you get through them in the comments, please.

Thursday: 1.5 miles at Orangetheory. It rained all.day.long. However, I was in much better spirits. I wrote down exact times I needed to eat and have things done to allow myself to work out.

Workout highlights: 30 power jacks with 8-pound medicine ball (two sets; would have preferred 10 pounds), Y raises on TRX strap, 600-meter row, 500-meter row, lateral bench hopovers, tricep extensions (15 pounds, three sets), etc.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: 5 miles on the treadmill. It was a beautiful day in Chicago (compared with the rest of the rainy week), sunny and 50 degrees. I would have loved to run outside, but I had planned to use the gym's day care when I thought it was going to be gray/cold/rainy. (Graham had to work so he couldn't watch her.) I felt great! I watched fitness and travel vloggers during my run to motivate me.

Sunday: 2 miles at Orangetheory.

Floor workout included: squats to bicep curls, atomic mountain climbers, squat jumps of the TRX straps, hoppers, squats to alternating reverse lunges.

Goal: 12-15 miles.

Week's mileage: 10.75 miles.

Reflections:

I'm learning that being a mom doesn't mean I have to sacrifice my necessary workouts or alone time; I just need to plan. (I also shouldn't feel selfish! I finally used the child care center at the gym, but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. The alternative would have been to schedule a sitter for Saturday morning so I could run outside. When the weather is even nicer that will likely be my solution, even though it costs more. (Child care at the gym is free.)

I felt great when I ran, and even better when I trained in the weight room. I love seeing slight changes in my arms, notably my arms. I still get uncomfortable in my shoulder; so I take it easy on the weight when we do stuff like reverse fly(s) and tricep extensions.

How are you doing with your goals?

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