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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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!

Lake Placid Trip

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We just got back from a quick trip to Lake Placid, NY this weekend!  Colby is training for the Ironman, which is July 27.  My friend Amy and her husband went with us, since Matt is training for the Ironman too.  The guys wanted to ride the bike course (112 miles) this weekend.

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While the guys rode their bikes, Amy and I ran around Mirror Lake (where the swim is for the race).  Amy is running a marathon this Sunday (!) so she wanted to go easy and run 8 miles.  We ran 7 and then walked the last mile.  We stopped and took pictures and didn’t worry about the time.

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I’ve actually been running a lot this week.  I’ll have to post more about that later, but I’ve been getting up before work and running outside.  This is huge for me!

 

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Colby stuck his feet into the freezing cold lake!  I hope it warms up by his Ironman in July!

 

 

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9 Miler and Graduation

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I ran my 9 mile long run this morning with Amy!  It went very well and I had a goal to not walk and keep my splits under 9:30.  I just missed my goal with a 9:31 mile 2, but was so happy my average pace was 9:25.  I was tired, but I haven’t done a long run like this in a long time. I was happy to pretty much reach my goal even while I talked to Amy the whole time.

Next weekend I have 10 miles and I want my splits to be under 9:25 and hopefully have a faster overall pace.  If I can gradually increase the speed of my long runs a little bit, I will feel better about race day! It is coming up soon! April 27!

 

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Today was Bella’s last day of puppy school at Pet Smart!  She even got to wear a little graduation cap for a picture! She is getting a little shaggy, so we are hoping to get her first hair cut in a few weeks.  We need it to warm up!!