October Training Recap + #MotivateMe Monday Link Up


If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Run Mommy Run for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Monday everyone!

October is actually one of my favourite months – The weather turns cooler which is nicer for running, the leaves turn colour and are so pretty, we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, and the kids are excited for Halloween. I’m sad t see that it’s ending, I’m so not looking forward to November 🙁

October was a great training month for me – actually it was the best one I’ve had this year! I started off with the first two weeks running four times each week and going to my boot camp class two times each week. Then I transitioned to adding in a fifth run (Speedwork), and a kettlebell strength workout at home for each of the next two weeks. My mileage total for the month is at 124.36km, and I still have two days to go! I lost 1.1% body fat and 4 lbs. Slowly but surely I’m getting closer to my goal!

Monday: Got up and ran 8k before work. Then at lunch I went to my boot camp class. Our trainer always has something new for us so I never know what to expect with our classes. This week we spent our entire 45 minutes works nag on core and hip strength, perfect for this runner!

Tuesday: I didn’t have a lot of time for my run at lunch but I still wanted to get out there so I ran 5k as fast as I could. It was fun to let my legs do what they wanted to do.

Wednesday: Got up and ran well th my friend Becky before work. We had originally wanted to do Speedwork but when we met up we acknowledged that we were both hurting from our previous workouts so we went for an “easy” 8k (Running with speedy Becky is never easy). Boot camp was cancelled so I went for a long walk at lunch.

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Thursday: Got up before work to do Speedwork with Becky. Becky’s calf was still hurting so she took it easy and paced me through my repeats. I ran 5x 600 meter repeats with 600 meter recovery jogs. Paces: 4:44/km, 5:04/km, 5:04/km, 4:46/km, and 4:54/km. I’m getting faster every week!

Friday: I felt exhausted so I skipped my lunch run. After work while I was with Brooke at the arena for her goalie clinic I felt guilty for skipping my run so I asked the community centre staff if there was a fitness centre there and if there was a drop-in fee I could pay to use the gym. They said they would let me use the gym for free! So while Brooke was at training I did an intense 35 minute workout: 5 minute treadmill warm up, goblet squats with press, step back lunges with overhead press, push-ups, bent over rows, planks, triceps dips and kettlebell swings.

Saturday: My whole body hurt from Friday night’s workout so I went for an easy 5k run

Saturday night was one of my favourite October happenings: Christine and Steve’s Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party. Halloween is like Christmas for my friend Christine and she goes all out decorating her house for the party. Her basement is currently unfinished so she turns it into an incredible crime scene. Pictures could never do it justice. The party is a potluck and we all bring Halloween inspired goodies. I made a Mexican cheese ball that I shaped like a pumpkin with Saran Wrap and rainbow loom elastics.

The theme for this year’s party was DIY so I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking:

I think Christine and Steve won Halloween with their costumes. Christine was a ghost holding a baby:

And Steve was a Piñata!

Both of their costumes are DIY hand made themselves – Christine’s is all one piece, so when she danced the ghosts head bobbed along behind her. Steve’s costume is felt pieces, hand cut and sewn onto a jumper.

Sunday: Rest day – I started the day off in a lot of pain from Friday’s workout but by late afternoon I felt a lot better. (I was designated driver Saturday night, so no, I wasn’t hungover).

This week I’m going to have to take a bit of a cut-back week because of the kids sports – there just isn’t enough time to do all the fitness that I want to do.

Here’s this week’s fitness plan:

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Monday: Lunch Bootcamp Class

Tuesday: Easy 8k lunch run + Halloween Trick or Treating walk around the neighbourhood.

Wednesday: Lunch Bootcamp class

Thursday: Easy 6k lunch run

Friday: Body weight workout

Saturday: Yoga

Sunday: 10k run

Have a great week!

Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, what is your costume this year?

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    Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner
    October 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    October was my best month of running in a long long time! congrats! Love the costume