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What Makes My Legs Happy

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I did a comfortable 12 miles on Sunday to finish out week 12 of my marathon training plan.  I haven’t been able to stick to the training plan exactly as it should be (run on Tues/Weds/Thurs/Sat).   For week 13, I started out with my 9 miler.  Amy ran with me and we ran all 9 after school Tuesday night and almost got caught in a major thunder storm!  It rained on us, but nothing we couldn’t handle :)

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On week 13! 18 this weekend!

How I Make My Legs Happy…

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This past weekend, I ran my 12 miler from my parents house.  I ran to the grocery store the night before to get some breakfast stuff and the Naked protein juice smoothie shown above.   It tasted pretty good and had like 30 grams of protein.  I’ve found drinking protein after a long run or teaching BODYPUMP helps my muscles recover FASTER.  I’ve been lazy in the past and done nothing, or grabbed a protein bar… but it’s just not the same.  The only issue with this drink? It was over 400 calories! That’s like drinking 4 miles! Since I did 12, I didn’t care but I wouldn’t drink a whole one after a shorter workout.  I also like Perfect Fit Protein when I’m making a smoothie at home.

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My secret weapon?  Most runners know the magic compression socks can do for your legs… but my secret is which ones I love.  I have the “big” name compression socks geared towards runners.  They’re okay, but NOTHING compared to my… Walmart compression socks!! I’ve talked about these before, but they are amazing!  So tight on my legs, CHEAP and I’ve thrown them into the washer/dryer a million times.  You can find them at Walmart near the pharmacy, or on Amazon here.  Seriously, they are the best.  I even hide them under my dress pants at work in the winter ;)

60 Minute BodyPump-ish Workout

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Amy and I completed this workout on Thursday and the Polar said I burned 429 calories.  We moved quickly through the tracks and didn’t really break in between songs.

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On Thursday I started feeling kinda sick.  Colby has been sick with bronchitis and I am just so stuffed up.  I took Friday off and planned to run 5 miles at the park with Amy this morning.

 

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My Garmin was all crazy at the beginning of our run and saying we were running a 11 min mile.  Amy’s watch said 9:20… all I knew is that I felt kinda like I was dying.  I couldn’t breath well and the pace that I was running last week seemed so hard today.  I did wear my heart rate monitor and was shocked to look down and see I was in the 180’s right away!  I knew I was sick and the sudafed probably didn’t help my heart rate out at all either.  When we got to 3 miles, I told her to go ahead without me and run until 4 and then turn around.  I slowed my pace down a lot and walked a few times and started to feel better.  She got about 1/4 of a mile ahead of me and I was happy to finish the last mile with her.  When I got home, I was shocked to see that my HR had gotten up to 187! YIKES!  Tough workout and the compression is ON!  I’m going to take it easy and take another rest day tomorrow!

 

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