October and November have been busy for my fitness schedule!
October 11- Steamtown Marathon
October 17/18- CXWORX & BODYFLOW AIM 1 in Baltimore
November 7- Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Amy and I in Baltimore for a LES MILLS day. We got to do the new releases that I’ll get to download next week :)
Our schedule for the day, plus we were able to take the brand new class SPRINT (HIIT cycle 30 minute class). We ended up watching BODYATTACK and did about 20 minutes of COMBAT before we left. I am feeling it today!
Coming up next –
December 6- Les Mills BODYPUMP, CXWORX and BODYFLOW Workshop in Baltimore
Along with these big fitness events, I taught lots of classes in October and put some serious time in practicing for my two AIM 1 trainings! I knew it wasn’t ideal having both AIMS back to back and 6 days after my marathon, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! Sometime around then I did something to my right hamstring. I think I pushed myself too hard practicing for FLOW right after the marathon. I just felt so good right after the race I went into everything else a little too hard. It is a nagging, frustrating strain that hasn’t completely gone away. Certain things like running and squats flair it up. Yoga seems to make it feel better. Since the Disney race is over, I am going to take time off from running to see if it helps. I also took a little time off PUMP (except for this past weekend!) to let my hamstring calm down.
Our Disney trip was great! Colby and I went with his brother and girlfriend and stayed at the Caribbean Resort. We flew to Orlando early Thursday morning and spent Thursday and Friday getting to all the theme parks. My favorite is Epcot, and we were there during the Food and Wine Festival. There are extra countries added to the World Showcase with “small plate” food stands.
On Saturday, we went to the race expo in the morning and relaxed at the resort pool in the afternoon. We tried to get a nap in before eating dinner and then got ready for our night race! The race was supposed to start at 10PM and you had to get on a bus to the ESPN complex by 8PM. Around 9, we started to see a lot of lightening and the wind really picked up. Soon everyone (15,000 runners!) were evacuated to the baseball stadium for a weather advisory. We didn’t really know what was happening while we waited, and the cell service was pretty weak. Around 10:45 we were told we could head to our corrals. We ended up running just after 11PM and found out that the half marathon was shortened due to conditions in Animal Kingdom.
We skipped Animal Kingdom completely, and ran directly to Hollywood Studios. We were in there for a while and then got to the boardwalk area behind Epcot and finished by running through Epcot to finish at the entrance of the park. The distance ended up being just under 7 miles and I finished in exactly an hour. Colby and I weren’t heartbroken over the shortened course. We were tired and my hamstring was a worry for me. This was also our third time running this race, so we have ran through Animal Kingdom before. Some people were devastated by the shortened course, and I can only imagine if this was your first half marathon. We were happy to get to Epcot just after midnight, changed into clean clothes and got to ride SOARIN’. We also ate at a few of our favorite countries and left the park around 2:30AM. The “after party” for the race was open until 4AM!! We were tired Sunday, but had a great lunch in Animal Kingdom and flew home that night. The next time I go to Disney World, I think I will just vacation and skip the race! We were happy to run it for a third time, but it is exhausting! We walked almost 10 miles each day! Looking forward to next weekend because I don’t have any plans! :)
On Sunday, I ran my fourth marathon! I had a great experience and I’m feeling great this week. I felt so good I even smiled for the photographers! I ran the Steamtown marathon last year, but my watch died around mile 21.5 and I walked a lot at the end. This year, I started out a little slower and kept a steady pace through the race. This is a point to point race and is downhill for almost all of the first 23 miles. Just after mile 23, there is a short steep hill that I allowed myself to walk. After 24, there is a long, winding hill that goes through a neighborhood with lots of spectators. I let myself walk all of this hill. At about mile 25.5, there is another hill that leads to mile marker 26. The last .2 are completely downhill! I highly recommend this race. It is super organized and not too big – about 2000 runners. Gorgeous fall scenery and we had perfect weather.
There were a lot of factors that helped me have a great race. Even though I was just over 2 minutes from a PR, I was just so happy to finish strong. Since most of this race is downhill, I really tried to hold back and not run too fast. I didn’t look at my watch that much and I tried to feel comfortable. I stopped at a bathroom twice – just before mile 5 and 14. I guess I was hydrated, which is good! That might have been my PR right there, but I was all about feeling comfortable. I listened to my three Les Mills programs (BODYPUMP, CXWORX and BODYFLOW) and went over the choreography in my head for the current releases. This took me up to about mile 13 and then I switched over to a running mix.
I wore a race belt that had one bottle filled with 2 Hammer gels (vanilla), half a tropical NUUN tab and water. The other bottle just had water. I sipped on my gel/NUUN bottle mixture for about the first 22 miles. After that, my stomach didn’t want anything but water. I think sipping on my nutrition instead of taking an entire gel is better for me. I also had an interval timer just in case I wanted to walk. I only used it for the last two miles and had it set to 3 min run/1 min walk. I really focused on running as much as possible and only allowing myself to walk during the main three hills at the very end. Last year, I started walking at mile 18 and walked a lot to the end.
Colby had a great marathon – 3:16!
I think the fact I’ve been teaching BODYFLOW and practicing yoga on a regular basis has really helped me. The day after the marathon I wasn’t very sore. I stretched and did a little yoga. I taught CXWORX Tuesday and Wednesday night! I also walked 1.75 and ran 1.25 on the treadmill before class on Wednesday. I’ve been foam rolling and stretching each night as well. I’ve also been trying to fit in more HIIT training with sprints and GRIT classes, which is helping me train my heart rate.
With our friend Bethany – she got a PR!
My frosty after the race :)
I have another BIG weekend coming up! This Saturday I am taking an AIM 1 (Advanced Instructor Module 1) for CXWORX! About a week ago, I decided to sign up for the AIM 1 BODYFLOW that is at the same place on Sunday. So CXWORX AND BODYFLOW AIM 1 this weekend!!! I’m really excited and hope my body can hold up!