Monday, August 26, 2013

First Week of School - (half)marathon Monday Recap

Phew - we made it through the first week back to school!  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were teacher inservice days.  Our students arrived for Thursday and Friday!  It definitely takes some adjusting to get back into the routine of getting up early, working out after a full day of work, and meal planning again!  The "back to work" reality really hit on Thursday when I tried to do a 3 mile easy run after school and my legs barely hung on for 2 miles.  They're not yet used to being walked around on all day long again!!

Here's the summary for the week:

Mixed run - ran a lap (well, a hallway at school) then up and down the stairs twice, mixed in with some bear crawls, pull ups, walking lunges, and burpees.  Then repeat! (I think I did 4 laps?  Maybe 5?)

Strength training at the gym

Urbanathlon Group Training at the gym!  We did circuits that included kettle bell swings, mountain climbers, step ups, walking lunges, pull ups, push ups, and running.  I was feeling this one the day after!

Terrible run.  Ran 2 miles, walked a half for a total of 30 minutes.  It was really humid and I was exhausted!

Strength training at the gym

Long Run - 10 miles!  (1 hour, 54 minutes - 11:29 pace)

I felt pretty good through the run.  I ran a variety of terrain - road, grass, gravel trail, hills, and flat.  I fueled with ENERGYbits and an Ezekiel muffin topped with banana and almond butter beforehand.  Then I had a honey packet at mile 3, and I dropped an 8 oz bottle of water with a baggie of cut up dates and dried apricots at mile 5.  I snacked on those throughout miles 6-8. 

Lesson I learned - don't start out with water.  Drop water at about mile 2-3, and then another bottle around mile 6-7.  I don't need the water for the first few miles but I'm desperate for it during the last few!!

Also - I forgot socks for my Thursday run and so I ran without them...which resulted in rubbed heels.  So, when I went to put on my Brooks Ghost (my usuals), they hit that same spot on my heel even with socks.  I decided to run in my Mizuno Wave Enigmas since they didn't hit the same spot.  Annnnd I ended up with a nice blood blister on my toe!  First toe issue ever. 

I got myself some new shoes on Saturday, since I've been wearing my Ghosts since February.  I went with the Brooks Pure Flow.  They felt so springy! They're lightweight, and have a lower heel drop (4mm vs a 12mm in the Ghost) but yet plenty of stability.  I'm anxious to get out and try them for a few miles!!


  1. Um, you ran without socks?! How did you even do that? Crazy girl.

  2. Looks like a good week of workouts! I like honey, too, but one time I put it in a bottle and somehow all of it leaked out during my run!