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.  :)

End Of May

I can’t believe May is almost over!  School will end soon for my students and I have lots of great things to look forward to this summer.

This past Sunday, my friend Amy ran her second marathon and was about 50 minutes faster!  She had a goal of 4:15 and came in at 4:14!  This is a local rail trail marathon.  We ran it together two years ago and it is sooo flat.  Since the trail is open to the public on race day, Amy asked me to meet her for the last 3.5 miles of the marathon to run with her.  I tried not to be too perky at mile 23 and couldn’t believe how strong Amy was at the end!

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A photographer caught Amy, her daughter’s friend and I as we ran her to the finish line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy at the finish!  Bella’s first race experience!  She did a great job and stayed with Colby while I ran.

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The next day the bug hit me bad.  I signed up for the Steamtown Marathon – October 12, 2014.  I start an 18 week training plan (Hal Higdon) in two weeks! Ahhhhh  – this will be my third marathon :)

I’ve also been training for something else… to become a Les Mills CXWORX trainer!! You can read about CXWORX here and I’ll post more about it soon.  I’ve always LOVED this intense 30 minute class and it is going to be difficult to teach!  I’ve been practicing A LOT and the training is in Baltimore next weekend (June 7-8).  I’m SOOOO excited!

 

Week 15

Wednesday: 10 miles 

Thursday/Friday: off

This week is the highest mileage of my Hal Higdon Marathon training plan.  Week 15 is supposed to be: 5, 10, 5 and 20.  I am feeling really run down this week and was tired after the 10 miles on Wednesday, so I took the other 5 off on Thursday.  I just want to have a successful 20 miler tomorrow morning, so I’ve been trying to take it easy today.

If I could just DOUBLE this tomorrow, I would be so happy!!  Amy and I are heading to the railtrail early in the morning so we can start running by 8:00.  Hopefully we will be finished before 11:30!! Our 18 miler was on that hot Boston Marathon weekend and it took forever.  That was my first long long run in a few weeks because I didn’t run my 16 miler when I pulled my calf.  I feel more prepared for my 20 tomorrow and I’m hoping it goes well!!

 

I had stones/gravel in my shoes when I was running my 10 miler on Wednesday and had to take off my shoe and dump it out mid-run. I really hope that doesn’t happen on race day.  I was exhausted after teaching all day and running 10 miles mid-week and got home to blisters on my foot.  These were the only band aids I could find in our house.  I opened up the case and found Disney princess and Barbie band aids along with Twilight… I hardly ever buy normal band aids, so The Little Mermaid is currently keeping my toe happy right now.

I took care of my legs after the 10 with an ice bath, princess band aids and my favorite Walmart compression socks.  Seriously, don’t buy cute pink running compression socks for bed… go with these hot tan ones.  They are so much tighter than my running ones.

 

I’ve been making a list of what we eat during the week on a post-it for our fridge each week.  My Mom always cooks for us Monday, so we usually just worry about Tuesday-Friday and figure out the rest.  We couldn’t come up with anything for Wednesday, so Colby said he would figure it out because I was getting home late after the 10 miles.

He ordered pizza and I had a few slices and left over chicken soup from the night before.  I made pasta last night because Colby ran his 20 this morning and he had a great run! I decided to go with enchiladas for tonight and they are just coming out of the oven … right now!   :)