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 Tomorrow!!

I run the Bob Potts Marathon tomorrow!! Woo hoo!  I’ve been training for this marathon for the past 18 weeks and tomorrow is finally the big day!  The race is an out and back on a trail trail and finishes at a college stadium.  I really hope everything goes well and my friend Amy and I finish together!! It is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT, so I am trying to get my race day outfit together.  I ordered this tank top a few weeks ago for the race…

Brooks Glycerin tank – I already have this one in a black and white print but I wanted to order it in a bigger size so it was a bit longer.  I ran in it last weekend and really liked it.  I love that it has a zipper pocket in the back.

Some things I’m loving this week:

CARBS

shrimp risotto

Mini bagels!

(I’m probably carbing up a bit much, but I like the excuse) I’ve been loving the white pasta a lot this week.

I’m loving my black sparkle TOMS and wore them almost every day to school this week. They are SO comfortable! When I first got them, they rubbed on the back of my heel a bit, so I wore socks with them in the winter.  I guess they just needed to stretch out a little, so they are perfect now and I really want a new summery lighter color.

Also loving the low mileage from this past week.  I ran 3.5 and 2.5 this week and loved taking it easy on the treadmill.  I really wanted to do some Yoga this week, but it always makes me sore when I’m not used to it so I avoided it.  I hope my legs feel fresh tomorrow!

Loving the great sleep I’ve been having over the past two weeks.  After my body calmed down after the 20 miler, I started sleeping again.  I was really having trouble staying asleep throughout the entire night when my mileage was higher, but it has been so much better the past two weeks.  I’m sure the marathon will upset my sleep patterns for the next few nights, but that’s okay.

Hungry All The Time

Tuesday: 2 mile walk and 20 minute YogaDownload video on YouTube

Wednesday: 6 miles (58:09)

I could not get myself to run yesterday.  I always take Monday off and I was just so exhausted after school yesterday, I just came home and sat on the couch.  I convinced myself I could just go for a walk and do some yoga to stretch out my legs and it would be okay.  I have not been following my training plan very well this spring, between the pulled calf muscle and just feeling too busy I haven’t been able to run as much as I should.  After I hurt my calf and took off a full week, I almost always took off one of my shorter mid-week runs each week.  I always did the mid-week long and the weekend long.  So, I would not suggest trying to train for a marathon this way, because it almost always ends in injury.  Luckily, the race is soon and I my legs are feeling pretty good.

I forgot to post this picture with my 20 mile post, but this was the food I packed to take with me to the rail trail for my 20 miles last Saturday.  I am loving the mini bagels with Peanut Butter and Co (best peanut butter ever… and now Target sells it!!!) and had one next to my bed to eat at 5:30 am Saturday morning before I went downstairs at 6am to try to eat some oatmeal.

Love my lemon-lime gatorade, vanilla GU, PB Luna protein bars and GOLDFISH CRACKERS. Yes, I’m still obsessed with them and I am currently out and very sad.  Those little fishies hold me over at school because… I AM HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.  It’s actually really annoying, but I feel like my appetite is starting to calm down.  I wasn’t that hungry Saturday after running the 20, but I was starving Sunday-Tuesday.  I seriously want to eat every hour.  I’m currently eating these…

I might as well just finish the bag tonight since I’m sad that I’m out of goldfish crackers.

 As I’ve mentioned before, I am completely in love with my Walmart compression socks.  Yes, I have the cute pink running compression sleeves but there is no stopping these tan babies.  They are awesome and super tight.  I went to Walmart Saturday night and spotted these gorgeous OPEN TOE socks!! I’ve been telling my friend Amy to buy them for the past 6 months and when I found these (across from the pharmacy), I had to take a picture to send to her.  Just look at that picture! A couple wearing those open toe tan beasts and they are playing footsies under a table?! Amy couldn’t resist and she bought her and her husband a pair.  She is obviously required to reenact this photo and send it to me so I can post :)

On a serious note, I have been having major sleep issues over the past month or so.  I can fall asleep, but I can’t stay asleep more than 4 hours.  I’m exhausted and I’m noticing a pattern where it is worse the day or two after a long run.  I’ve never had this happen before!  I’m hoping it goes away after the marathon, because I would love to sleep past 3 am.  Does anyone have trouble sleeping or staying asleep after long runs?