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 ;)

How Les Mills Classes Help My Running

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Hello!! I’m back to school (teaching) and just finished my first week.  I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP/CXWORX and violin lessons over the summer, but on my own time.  Now I’m getting back to a regular schedule and trying to fit it all in again!  I got a little behind on the blogging, but I did a lot of house projects this summer and was enjoying my time with family and our puppy :)  I will definitely post about the home improvements once things are complete, because I had great success with Pinterest projects!

Above is the Hal Higdon Marathon Novice 1 training plan I’ve been following for my upcoming October marathon.  This will be my third marathon!

I am going to finish week 12 this weekend.  I’ve been trying to maintain teaching my Les Mills classes along with this training plan.  Sometimes I’ve dropped a mid-week short run, but I’m okay with it.  I have to stop being obsessed with the training plan and just go with the flow!

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Above are my iPhone workout notes from the past two weeks.  As you can see, I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX each week and trying to fit all my runs in as well.  I have gone DOWN on my leg weights for pump (squats and lunges) to prevent dead legs on my long runs each weekend.  Once I got to week 8, my long run was 13.1 and I need to take care of my legs.  I just want to stay healthy and keep my body injury-free!

 

15milers

I just realized that you can search distances on Garmin Connect!  I had an amazing 15 miler the other weekend, and looked up my other 15 milers from past training seasons.  This 15 was my best, by far!! I like that I can see them all in one spot.  I ran the first 5 on my own, and then my buddy Amy joined me for the last 10!

16milers

After my 15 miler, my body was tired.  I felt tired the next week, was hungry all the time and my legs were tired.  I know that is pretty normal, so I didn’t get upset that my 16 felt tough.  It wasn’t as good as my 16 miler in 2011, but that’s okay.  I didn’t do a 16 miler for my 2nd marathon in 2012 because I pulled my calf.

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I’ve still been teaching BODYPUMP 90, because I like the release so much!  I’m ready to switch out a few tracks for a change this week, but I’m so ready to start memorizing 91!  I LOVE release 91!! I can’t wait to teach it and I’ve been listening to it non-stop on my long runs!

I’ve been trying to focus on my upper body when I teach pump since I’ve been going lighter on my leg tracks.  I can always build my weight back up after the marathon.  I know my legs are stronger from the muscle I’ve built because overall, my running has been so much better.

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I LOVE CXWORX and I’m still teaching release 15.  It’s still hard for the class and still has my face dripping with sweat after the oblique track!  I LOVE the music for release 16 and I can’t wait to teach it soon.  My core is stronger and the class really works my shoulders, BACK, legs and hip flexors.

 

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Not fitness related, we got new furniture and Bella approves!

 

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July Updates

Lots of workouts for me this month!! Between teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX at the gym and my marathon training, I have been sweating a lot!  I just finished my 8/18 week of marathon training with a 13.1 run.  I am currently following Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training plan.

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At the beginning of July, I got my “pass” email from Les Mills for CXWORX!  I filmed my CXWORX 15 tape at the end of June and blogged about it here.

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My long runs this month were 10, 7 (back down), 12 and 13.1.  I ran my 12 in Lake Placid for Colby’s Ironman (recap soon!).  The weather in Lake Placid, NY is SOOOOO nice!  My buddy Amy has been running my long runs with me, and it is so nice.  Since her husband was doing the Ironman too, we ran around the lake a bunch of times to get 12 miles.

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Colby crushing his Ironman!  More details soon!

This morning we ran 13.1 on the local rail trail.  My legs were tired, so I bought some ice…

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I am still keeping track of my workouts on my phone.  I’ve been covering a lot of classes at the gym, so I need to add in some YOGA and STRETCHING to keep my legs happy!

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This little lady loves summer and socks.  :)

Marathon #3!!!

So after watching my friends run a marathon Memorial Day weekend, I was inspired.  I’ve done 2 full marathons before and a bunch of half marathons.  I had a great experience with my first marathon in spring 2011, and I even started my blog a week afterwards.  After my last marathon in spring 2012, I wasn’t sure I would do another full.  I had stomach issues the whole time (it was HOT race day!) and I threw up at the finish.  I took about 40 minutes longer to finish my second marathon too.  So, I needed a break from the big 26.2.

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After looking at a few FALL marathons, I found the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA.  This race is known as a “fast course” because the first 23 miles are down hill.  Yes, like ALL down hill.  Sounds good, but I’m still scared of the course!  I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon training plan again and I am finishing week 2 today.  I was supposed to run my 7 mile long run on Saturday, but with travel for my husband’s Ironman 70.3 it didn’t work out.

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Here is my Garmin for the past week, including a 20 mile bike ride with my Dad on the rail trail.  I am still getting used to the heat, and I know it is only going to get worse.  I’m hoping that since I have so much more free time over the summer I can get up early to run.  I am worried about training for a marathon, along with teaching classes at the gym and getting used to my new CXWORX class!  I know I will make it work and hopefully all the cross training will make my legs nice and strong for the race!

If you look at my Garmin stats above, the third one down is only 0.27 mile.  That’s because it was my first run with this little lady…

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Oh I know you missed her!  That little Bella can run fast, but gets tired!  She’s still only 4.5 pounds and almost 7 months old :)

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Just for fun… Bella tried out some swimming this past week!! I went on Amazon right away and ordered this little life vest to keep her safe :)  We love her so much!!!!