Motivation Monday: First Week of Training

Hi everyone!

This is my Mamavation Monday post for November 14, 2011.

So I’ve been back to work now for a full 2 weeks, and I’m happy to report that everyone is settled into our new routines nicely now. My first week back was exhausting and everyone had a hard time adjusting to getting up earlier for school/daycare etc., which led to some very tired and cranky evenings…  But this week was MUCH better! Especially for Amber – she settled back into waking once a night, and going right back to sleep after.  YAY!

More rest meant that I could workout/train for my half marathon harder.  I put together a very challenging sub-2 hour half marathon training plan and my intent is to follow it to a “T” in order to run the fastest half marathon of my life this coming March.  My primary goal with the plan is to finish in less than 2 hours, and my secondary goal is to set a new PR (my previous PR is 1:51, but I set that when I was like 27 and didn’t have any kids).  In my training plan I also included some spinning cross-training because I’m also in the early training stages for the 75k Ride for Heart, which takes place in early June.  Unfortunately I had to miss my Monday spinning class because a meeting with our CAO went long. I was pretty bummed that I missed the class because I greatly enjoy it, but I did manage to do a half an hour of strengthening at the gym instead.

Here’s my training accomplishments from last week:

Monday:  Spinning class with my co-worker  Gruntstyle 2 Week Challenge Champion Workout and Nike Training Club Ab Burner Workout
Tuesday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km 6:07/km  pace
Wednesday:  BodyPump
Thursday:  Speed track workout 2k warmup & cooldown, 2 x 1mile in 8:27 min, 800m recovery jog
Friday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace  Had a bit of chest congestion, and body aches so I skipped the run and went to the mall for some retail therapy during my lunch
(NOTE TO SELF – an easy walk around the park would have been less damaging to my bank account)
Saturday:  BodyPump class
Sunday:  11k long run at a 6:32/km  6:23 pace

I must say that after a week of training like that, I had absolutely no problem falling asleep every night 🙂 I like that because I honestly feel that sleep is as important to your health as good wholesome healthy food, water and exercise.

This week my training plan is very similar to the one two weeks ago, except I’m throwing in two BodyPump classes as well:

Monday:  Spinning class at the gym with my co-woker
Tuesday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Wednesday:  BodyPump
Thursday:  8k Tempo run (easy 1.5k warm up, 5k @ 5;33/km, easy 1.5k cool down)
Friday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday:  BodyPump
Sunday:  11k long run at a 6:32/km pace with two girlfriends

I don’t have any spectacular plans for the week that I can  foresee  interfering with my training plan so it should be a doable. (Man I love being back to work and having a kid-free lunch hour so I can do HARD work outs!)

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BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by  Omron. Two blogging carnival participants will each receive an Omron pedometer. To be eligible answer the following blogging carnival question in your weekly Mamavation blog post and mention  Omron  with a link back to their site. Link up your post  here.

What kind of activities have you done with a pedometer on?
The only pedometer I’ve used is the Nike+ for my iPod Nano for running, then when I got my iPhone I upgraded to using the Nike + GPS.  Truthfully, I’ve never found a pedometer that’s accurate enough to use on a regular basis, but I’ve never tried an  Omron one, so perhaps it’s better than the ones I’ve tried.

Oh!  I almost forgot!  Here’s a pic from one of my runs this week:

It’s a picture of the stream and bridge from the park I double lap (each lap is 1.5 miles).  This means I get to pass it twice and marvel at it’s beauty – it doesn’t matter if it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, the view is breathtaking and it’s the motivation I need to get out there every week.


What motivates you to exercise each week?

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by  Omron  and I ‘m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation ” a community dedicated to  obesity prevention  &  weight loss for women


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  • Steph aka Fit Mom in Training
    November 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Fantastic training plan! And I couldn’t agree with you more: being a working mama is tough but those kid free lunch hours are second to none in giving you consistency in training/working out.

  • Ashley
    November 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Wow that was exhausting just reading it! Im glad everyone in adjusting in your household, routine changes can be very hard. Good luck with your marathon and the contest 🙂

  • Jenn of
    November 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Great job on your workouts with returning to work. That can be a real challenge. Lovely photo from your run too. My mental health motivates me to workout even more than the physical. When I am not working out, depression quickly returns to my life. I am so glad I am digging out of that rut. Love being connected with others like you to help keep me motivated and inspired. Thanks!

  • Heather
    November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’m laughing about your retail therapy. Yes, a walk at the park would have been less damaging! LOL Thanks again for your encouragement this past week 🙂

  • Shannon
    November 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Glad to hear that everyone is settling into the new routine. Your workouts look intense! I hope that you have a great week.

  • Lena -
    November 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Looking at you – working mama. I am shocked how much time you can still put into your workout. I am going to move in with you for a while to figure out how that works – LOL

  • Megan
    November 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    That its a beautiful spot to run. I wish I had kid free lunches some times, but I just don’t have the heart to work anymore, I’m so not a morning person. You have an intense dedication that has me motivated to attempt to train in the future…since our chat, I think a half would be more my style. Good luck!

  • Shelley Hallmark
    November 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I completely agree that sleep is important to your health.Besides sleep helping your physical needs, it also helps your mental health (as do those kid-free lunch hours!).

    I usually write to sort of zone out of life and into my personal needs, but it sounds like for you running is the way to accomplish those needs. Great job in figuring out what you need and how to accomplish that!

    You might enjoy one of my recent blog posts, on Working Moms needing to take Time Outs 🙂


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