New Garmin and Post Marathon Running

New Garmin and Post Marathon Running

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I reviewed my Steamtown Marathon experience this week.  In the post, I wrote that my Garmin 405 (above) died from low battery at mile 21.5.  This made the end of the marathon even more difficult!  I’ve been having battery issues with this Garmin for a few months.  It is 4 1/2 years old, so I thought I would contact Garmin to see what options I had.

Garmin has the best customer service!  They got back to me right away and told me all my options.  They had some suggestions to try to update the device, but mine already was updated.  They also said it was probably a battery issue.  Since I was out of the 1 year warranty, they offered to fix the device for $79, or give me $79 towards a trade-in to a new device.  I thought about it… and decided on a new device!!

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The Garmin 15 is brand new!  I picked the teal color above and it will still works with my old Garmin heart rate monitor.  You can check it out on the Garmin website and see all the features.  It’s definitely a simple device compared to my old 405, but has new features as well.  I’m really excited to try it out when it arrives!

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After my other two marathons, I always stopped running for a few months.  They were spring marathons and by the time I would try to start running again – it was summer.  I’m going to keep running.  I have a half marathon coming up in a few weeks – November 8!  I’m also looking at spring races and trying to decide between another full or a half.  The run above was my first run outside since my marathon.  I ran 4 miles with Colby and didn’t walk.  I felt really good and was happy I could pick up the pace a bit at the end!  To maintain what I’ve got from the marathon, I’m going to try to run 8 miles this week and 10 next weekend.  :)

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!

 

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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!

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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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Workout Logs and Les Mills Taping

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On the car ride home from Colby’s 70.3 half Ironman in Syracuse, Amy and I figured out our workouts for the week.  She likes to keep them in her iPhone notes, so I tried that for this week.  Above you can see I moved my 5 miler from my week 2 training to this past Monday.  I put a :) after I finish the workout.  I didn’t mean to run so many days in a row this week, but that is just how it goes for now.  I just ran on the treadmill this morning, but it was a lot of walking.  I finished with 2 miles because I was going over my CXWORX notes and saying the workout cues out loud to myself.  I’m doing my first taping this afternoon and I’m pretty nervous.  I would love for this to be a good tape so I can submit myself teaching to Les Mills for certification approval.  It has to be one take, the music/mic levels need to be good and you have to see at least 5 class members in attendance.  The challenge of CXWORX 15 is there are no stops between tracks.  My throat gets so dry because I don’t have time to grab water!!

 

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I got new Reebok/Les Mills clothes in the mail yesterday!! I lifted my leg up so you could see the bottom of the capris :)  The top is from the Les Mills line, and I loved that it was orange for CXWORX colors.  It is a little big, especially on the shoulders but I’m still going to wear it for my taping today.

 

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Baby Bella missed us soooooo much after our trip.  When we were getting ready for bed, she jumped up onto our (very high!!) bed!  She usually sleeps in her little bed in a playpen in our bedroom, but I let her snuggle with us for a half an hour before I moved her to her bed.  She is so tiny, I don’t think she would be safe in our bed all night!  She finally weighed in at 5 lbs at the vet yesterday!  Since she is 7 months and hasn’t been getting much bigger, I think she might be close to full grown!