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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weekly Workout Wround Up

I think these next three months of training need some kind of name. How does May Days sound? Too desperate? I mean, I am technically training for the half marathon on May 1st, but I am planning to run three races that month. Any suggestions?

In the mean time, I've decided to follow Kim's example and do a brief round-up of all the week's workouts on Sundays (especially because I just realized I can access my strength training workouts from home so I don't have to remember them!). I typically only write blog posts about my running or the occasional cross-training experiment. But this way I'll have a more complete log. Heck, it's a new year; it's time to try something different.

So, without further adieu....

Training Week 1 - February 1st to February 7th

Feb 1

5.5 mile tempo run with the Oak Park Runner's Club followed by beer and gumbo at a nearby bar with members of the running club.

Feb 2

40 minutes of strength training with Legs focus

Seated Leg Press: 20 @ 55 lb; 20 @ 55 lb
Elastic Squat: 12 w/red band; 20 w/red band
Close Grip Pulldown: 15 @ 20 lb; 8 @ 27.5 lb
Seated Chest Press: 20 @ 20 lb; 20 @ 20 lb
Seated Back Extension: 20 @ 70 lb
Elastic Front Raise with Palms Up: 14 w/green band
Seated Arm Curl: 20 @ 25 lb
V-Bar Pushdown: 20 @ 15 lb
Glute Machine: 20 @ 45 lb; 20 @ 45 lb
Horizontal Calf Raise: 20 @ 30 lb; 15 @ 30 lb
Crunch with Heel Push: 20
Straight Leg Thrust: 12
Reverse Crunch: 20
Decline Side Oblique Crunch: 10


30 minutes elliptical on "Around the World" (Level 5) for a total of 4.15 miles

Feb 3

3.2 mile lunch run with one of the guys from work. Should have gone slower. Oh well.

Approximately 25-30 minutes of strength training with Core focus

Cable machine woodchop: 10 @ 12.5 lb both sides x2
Cable machine reverse woodchop: 10 @12.5 lb both sides x2
Cable machine side woodchop: 10 @ 12.5 lb both sides x2
Cable machine chest press with squat and leg lift: 10 @ 5 lb both sides
Stability ball: 10 crunches
Stability ball: Alternate Pikes with Knees to Chest for a total of 10 x2
Stability ball: Bench press 10 @ 12.5 lb x2


One hour of Hi/Lo Aerobics - I wish I had video of our class. I wonder if my instructor would let me record a few minutes. He IS an actor, after all. Until then, here's a (cheesy) video that sort of illustrates what we do. We have better music, though. My instructor likes to play "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol. And make us sing along with the chorus.

Feb 4

4.85 miles at lunch with the running group at work. I meant to go slow but ended up doing these at goal half marathon race pace. Found out after the fact that Chicago had a air quality advisory for the day. Oops. Also, I am now tossing around the idea of a duathlon in 2011 thanks to these guys. I just need to get a bike!

50 minutes of strength training with Shoulders focus

Seated Chest Press: 20 @ 20 lbs; 20 @ 20 lbs
Seated Shoulder Press: 12 @ 15 lbs; 12 @ 10 lbs
Elastic Front Raise: 15 w/green band; 15 w/green band
Seated Rear Deltoid: 20 @ 10 lbs; 20 @ 10 lbs
Close Grip Pulldown: 16 @ 20 lbs; 20 @ 20 lbs
Seated Arm Curl: 20 @ 20 lbs
V-Bar Pushdown: 20 @ 15 lbs
Seated Leg Extension: 20 @ 25 lbs; 20 @ 25 lbs
Lying Outer Hip Raise: 20 each leg
Glute Machine: 20 @ 40 lbs; 20 @ 40 lbs
Crunch with Legs Elevated: 15
90 Degree Reverse Crunch: 15 x2
Decline Crunch: 12


The Lying Outer Hip Raise was a new addition to the list. Whoo boy. I sure could feel the burn on that one! If you strength train, do you like to add different exercises to the mix or do you prefer to stick to the same ones?

Also, I've been doing pretty well avoiding the dreaded palm callouses that tend to plague many people who strength train. I think this is because I do very few dumbbell exercises and stick mostly to machines with rubberized handles. But, if you do find that you get rough, scaly hands from strength training, Erica over at I Run...Because I Can is giving away a pair of weight lifting gloves. I think I'd wear them anyway if I won because it would make me look totally hard core :-)

Feb 5

Well earned rest day!!!

Feb 6

7 mile run through my town and neighborhood. Nice and slow on very tired legs. I followed this up by spending the day shoe shopping with my mom. Not for running shoes, though. I've just now decided I really want to look for a pair of leather riding-esque boots. Any suggestions for good places to look?

Feb 7

As much as I wanted to go to the gym today, my body had other plans. I hit a wall around 11 AM. I got up at 8, dealt with the dogs, walked to the grocery store for a few things for breakfast (just under a mile round trip), made breakfast, and then needed a nap. I laid in bed finishing my book for book club tomorrow (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much in case you care) and then promptly fell asleep. It felt goooood. And then instead of going to the gym upon waking I went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients for homemade granola bars! I made two batches: peanut chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin:





They're not Clif bars, but they're certainly moist and I love that I can play around with the ingredients. Is there anything that you prefer to make at home even though it's readily available in the store?


Total weekly running mileage: 20.6
Goal weekly running mileage: 19.5

Hmmm, I seem to have gone over my mileage for the week. But! I hit 20 miles in a week which I've been trying to do for months now. I'm pleased.

6 comments:

Bayjb said...

Oh my gosh the homemade granola bars look great!!! I'm glad with all this training too that you get a rest day. SO well deserved!

kilax said...

I love reading your first weekly recap! Of course, I would though ;)

What is a straight leg thrust? I haven't heard of that one. I have been sticking to the same routine, but I would love to mix it up like you. It's awesome that you are doing so much strength training! My fave move is definitely the v-bar push down you showed me :)

I wish I could suggest a place for you to look for boots! I am so bad at fashion. I hope you find something great.

So happy you made the bars! Yours look great! Peanut Choc chip sounds so good! :) Do you think you will make them again? I like that they are handy and easy. We made more of those, and wheat thins, and veggie broth this weekend. I guess those are the things we like to make at home. Oh, and bread crumbs, when we need them!

Lauren said...

Try Frye riding boots; a bit pricy but very comfortable and cute!

EricaH said...

Those homemade bars look goooood. :) also Congratulations on getting 20 miles in, I have had 20 miles on my goal list for a couple weeks but still have yet to get them in. :)

kristen said...

I like the weekly roundup. It makes me feel more organinzed which then makes me feel more accomplished :)

You do a lot of strenth training. That's good. I am going to start doing more of that this week. I always wear my gloves. Your right - they do make you feel more badass:)

I have a homeade granola bar recipie too. It's the one from Alton Brown. SO good! Way better than any grocery store! Your flavors sound yummy.

thebalancebroad said...

I love "May Days!" I think it's perfect - and I like the weekly recap, too.

Hmmm....I got a pair like you are describing from Macy's - usually can't go wrong there! I LOVE Piperlime, but they are a bit $$$. But a lot of cute options!

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