Monday, June 17, 2013

Workout Recap and Weekly Goals: Marathon Training Starts, Double Dates, Dancing, and Chihuahuas

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely Father's Day.

This weekend involved some of my favorite things: good food, dancing with friends, running in beautiful weather, kickass spin classes, and rejuvenating yoga.

On a short walk Friday afternoon, Mason and I met this long-haired Chihuahua who looked just like Mason! We've never seen a long-haired who looked so similar to Mason before and I got extremely excited, especially when I heard his name was Max. Max and Mason! I need to make this a cartoon TV show for kids.

After all that intense Chihuahua excitement on Friday, and after a loooong day of studying, Sourabh and I met up with our friends Katherine and Prat for a double date at Cata. It was our second time there with them because we liked it so much the first time! Delicious tapas and creative gin & tonics, what's not to like? Sadly, I could not participate in the G&T festivities due to my finicky stomach, but don't worry, I had a nice glass (or two) of Cava as a consolation prize.

Katherine mentioned a bar with dancing that wasn't filled with creepers or hipsters, so we headed there for a bit.

Yes, Sourabh and I get quite into our music. 


And a good time was (clearly) had by all.

The rest of the weekend flew by. Saturday included a fantastic spin class with Laura at Flywheel, a second dinner with Katherine and Prat at our favorite Upper West Side Indian restaurant, Saravana Bhavan, and This Is The End (I liked it OK, the boys really enjoyed it). And Sunday, I enjoyed a free yoga class at Athleta followed by running with Sourabh. Then back to the books, of course!

Workout Recap
I didn't quite get my mileage up the way I'd planned, but it was a conscious choice not to after I felt how tired my legs were in a Sunday morning yoga class (probably a byproduct of not enough sleep all week... see: next week's goals!). Instead, I ran with Sourabh on Sunday and had so much fun getting to share a favorite Central Park route with him! I wanted to be fresh going into my first week of marathon training, so I'm ok with the 14 miles I got in this past week.

Otherwise, I hit all my goals for last week! I replaced a strength session with spinning, but Flywheel incorporates some upper body work so I feel like that counts, right? And I went to yoga again! Be proud, people.

Monday: Rest day. SO sore from Sunday's Refine Method class that used suspension straps!!

Tuesday: 5 miles (47:16). Easy run with friends. These miles flew by and Central Park hills seemed easy as we chatted away. It was so nice to see two ladies I hadn't seen in a while and catch up!

Wednesday: 5 mile run/race (~45:47). 1.5 mile w/u and JPMorgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile race. Didn't time the warm up, so I just estimated 10 min/miles for it and added that to my race time.

Thursday: 60 min. strength training session with trainer. Intense TRX workout left me nice and sore.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: 45 min. spin class. Enjoyed an awesome Fly 45 at Flywheel with Laura. The instructor, Wendy, was fabulous and made for a great class. She had terrific focus on form and cues, which I loved.

Sunday: (1) 50 min. Hatha flow yoga class at Athleta with Laura (thanks for letting me know about the class!). (2) 4 mile run (37:43). Ran with Sourabh! Yes, the boyfriend ran 4 miles, a distance he hasn't run in a year. The time on the run is misleading since we stopped frequently, but I didn't mind since it was nice to have him running with me!

Goals for this week:
AHHH. You guys, it's the first week of marathon training! At this point, it's really not different from half marathon training, but it feels different. While I was running on Sunday, I kept thinking "I will be running this times 4.5. AHHH!" But an excited AHHH. Not a scared AHHH. This is going to be a great adventure!

Jess put together what seems like a great, doable week that has me hitting about 22 miles and incorporating plenty of strength training and yoga.

• 1 yoga class
• 1 tempo run
• 2 easy runs (one for mileage with strides thrown in, one for time)
• 1 long run (8 miles)
• 1 Refine Method class
• 2 strength workouts (one short, one longer that I'm super excited about!)

I have one other goal for this week that isn't fitness related but that really, really needs to happen:

Yeah, I've been getting about 7 hours max every night, and typically more like 6, and it is just not. cutting. it. My legs felt dead all weekend and it makes it hard for me to study, so I have to stay up later to have enough time to get everything done, which leads to .... less sleep. Vicious cycle. So more sleep is a big priority. No more Candy Crush Saga before bed!

What are your goals for this week?


  1. Let the marathon training officially begin! (And the studying continue, lol.) Lots of people came into the store yesterday for new shoes because they're starting marathon training as well--'tis the season. In terms of my workouts this week, it looks like it will be a down/recovery week; we'll still sprinkle in a few solid efforts across the disciplines, but nothing too intense.

    1. I love getting to see marathon training from your side at the store. That's so cool that you get to support so many people!

  2. Woo Hoo it's the start of my marathon training! Although kind of feels like I haven't ever stopped :-/
    It is also the start of structure such as actually taking rest days, not running double mileage some days just because and well marathon goal focus! Cheers to it all beginning!

    1. So excited!! We definitely need to get a run scheduled ASAP.

  3. Sounds like you have a great week ahead planned with your goals - god luck :) I look forward to see how your marathon training goes :)

    1. Thanks, Susan! It's nice knowing you have support :)

  4. Haha yay marathon training! I start next week. Can't wait to follow along with yours :)

    1. I know, it'll be cool to follow each other's training as we both embark on the big 26.2!

  5. I'm running the Chicago marathon too, and am excited to start training! Look forward to reading how yours is going - good luck with it!

    1. Hi Gina! That's awesome!! I love the energy of big races so I think it'll be a fantastic first race :)