Motivation/ Running/ Strength Training

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Training Recap – Week #10

Ten weeks in and I’ve found myself at that point where I need to make some decisions:

Do I keep training for the marathon or do I drop down to the half marathon? 

I thought long and hard about this, then decided to put in a good effort with my training this week, and re- evaluate after my long run.  If my long run was a big ol’ fail then I’d have to drop down to the half marathon, or if I miraculously survive it, then I would keep going with the marathon training. 

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 Awwww thanks Nike +!

Surprisingly I survived it.    And my recovery from this 25k was WAY better than my 19k last week. Though don’t believe Nike +  – I have run further than 25k before, only it was 11 years ag0 – before I had kids and before Nike + was ever invented.

All in all last week I crushed my training and it felt soooooooooo good!!!  I may need all of this week to recover 🙂

Planned: Strength workout with my coach 
Actual: Strength workout with my coach

Coach gave me a surprise weigh-in because we hadn’t worked out together in 3 weeks.  I guess he wanted to check to see if I was really being good about my food and working out…. Thankfully I was – since our last weigh-in in February I lost 7lbs and 2% bodyfat!! Yay!  (Thank you to FitBit and MyFitnessPal for helping me to match my eating with my activity levels).  We then did a tough lower body workout: squats, leg press, single leg lunge jumps, chest press, seated rows etc.

Planned: 10k run  
Actual: 8.53k run

Didn’t wake up early enough to get a full 10k in before work, so I fit in as much as I could.  

Planned: Strength workout with my coach  
Actual: Pool workout with my coach

Forgot my running shoes, but found my swimming stuff in my gym bag so I emailed my coach to give him the head’s up that our workout would have to be in the pool instead.  I really lacked motivation to swim hard during this workout now that the triathlon is behind me. 

Planned: 10k run  
Actual: 7.23k run

Again I didn’t wake up early enough to get a full 10k in before work, so I ran with Juliette and fit in as much as I could.  

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Post-run sweaty #selfie

Planned: BodyPump  
Actual: BodyPump

This went way better than last week’s BodyPump class – I felt more energized and could lift as much as I used to back in January before I switched to personal training for strength workouts.  

Planned: 25k run  
Actual: 11.02k run

I felt like running, but didn’t feel like running 25k by myself.  I also had to get home for Amber’s last soccer game & to see her get her first soccer medal:

image (1)Cutest soccer player ever.

Then I spent the afternoon back to school shopping with the girls:


Parenthood trumps running any day.

Planned: Active rest  
Actual: 25 k run

 Got out and ran 7k, then met up with my bestie who was running 18k for training for the Reach the Beach relay.  After we had run about 11k together I got kind of cranky – I was almost out of water and trying to ration what I had in my bottles.  We stopped with 5k left to go to refill our bottles at my parents’ house, then the last 5k went well.  25k in the books!!

It was a great training week, but now I feel so beat up!!  This week will be about recovery as I head into the last 5 weeks of hard MARATHON training.  I’ll be home with the kids, and heading up to a cottage so I don’t have a lot of training ambition for the week other than to make sure I get in: two 10k runs, perhaps some strength and a 30k run in on the weekend.  I hope that’s enough ’cause I really feel too tired out to do any more.

Have a great week everyone!


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  • Tina@GottaRunNow
    August 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I like to use MyFitnessPal, too. Congrats on your improvements since your last weigh-in!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    August 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    So glad you had a great long run this week.


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