Manic Monday – 08/28/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/21/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We started with some back squat work, then moved into Open Workout 11.1/14.1, which was a 10 minute AMRAP of 30 double-unders and 15 power snatches. We finished up with 40 manmakers with a 10 minute cap. I was so sweaty toward the end that I had to stop after each one to wipe the sweat out of my eyes. Gross.

Tuesday 08/22/17: 5k Run | Rest
My foot was still not feeling right, so I decided to be extra cautious and take a full rest day.

Wednesday 08/23/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
This class was a LOT of work. We did some skill work for handstand push-ups, then did 3 x 8 seated dumbbell presses, then did two 7 minute workouts. First was 15-9-7 HSPU (I did pike push-ups) and hang cleans, then 9-7-5 deficit HSPU (I used a box) and burpee bar muscle-ups (I just hung from the bar).

Thursday 08/24/17: 5 Mile Run | 5 Mile Run
After a week off from running, I was anxious to see how my foot was feeling. It hadn’t hurt in a couple of days, so I set off for my scheduled 5 miler. I felt great until about 4.5 miles in, at which point I started feeling some twinges.

Friday 08/25/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
Today’s workout was a quickie–10-8-6-4 on clean and jerks and burpee bar jump overs, with varying distance runs in between. I was very proud of my finishing time of 18:53. Then I went home and had tacos and a gin and tonic, and watched Netflix until bedtime.

Saturday 08/26/17: Rest | Rest
And rest I did! After a morning appointment to view some property, I pretty much sat on my butt all day, binge-watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix.

Sunday 08/27/17: 11 Mile Run | 3.1 Mile Hike/Walk
I decided not to push things with my foot, but we still wanted to get out and do something active, so we went for a nice nature walk/hike around Colchester Pond.


Overall, it was another solid week. I hit my three scheduled CrossFit classes, and did one nice, middle-distance run. My foot has been feeling good lately, so I’ll attempt to stay on my training plan this week. Running the Covered Bridges Half is pretty unlikely at this point, but you never know.

Have you done any hiking lately?

Manic Monday – 08/07/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Charlotte Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 07/31/17: CrossFit | CrossFit
We did a strength WOD with thrusters, then a 12 minute AMRAP 40-30-20-10 double-unders, kettlebell swings, kettlebell snatches, and kettlebell overhead squats. Woof!

Tuesday 08/01/17: 5k Run | Rest
True confession: I didn’t run because I washed my hair that morning and didn’t want it to get all sweaty before a date night with Ben. #priorities

Wednesday 08/02/17: Rest | 5k Run
It was fairly hot and humid, but I got in a lunchtime 5k regardless, and was glad I did.

Thursday 08/03/17: 4 Mile Run | Rest
I had a phone call scheduled for the middle of my lunch break, so I opted not to run. And then the call was rescheduled at the last minute. Whomp whomp.

Friday 08/04/17: Rest | Rest
I thought about running, but a) it was hot, and b) I had my rescheduled phone call to make.

Saturday 08/05/17 : CrossFit | Rest
I had way too much to do Saturday morning, then a three year-old’s birthday party and getting ready for the last performance of Dogfight on Saturday night, so it just didn’t happen.

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Sunday 08/06/17: 8 Mile Run | 3.1 Mile Hike
My best friend and her husband were in town to see the show, so we spent the day together hiking, eating ice cream (twice!), cooking delicious food, and playing games. It was an excellent day.

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Thanks for the flattering photo, Vinny!

One CF class and one hike is certainly better than nothing, but I think attempting to do anything more would have just ended up making me a stressed out, tired mess. I’m excited because now that Dogfight is over, I can get back to going to classes and running more regularly, eat dinners at home, and see my family more. Yay!

Have you ever stopped for ice cream twice in one day?

Manic Monday – 07/24/17

Manic Monday

Training For: Covered Bridges Half?

What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 07/17/17: CrossFit | 5k Run
I decided it would just be too stressful and difficult to cram a CF class into my lunch break, and zipped out for a speedy 5k between rain storms instead. It was just what I needed.

Tuesday 07/18/17: Run 3 Miles | Rest
I ran out at lunch to get some birthday cards (my mom, dad, and older sister all have late July birthdays), and just relaxed on my lunch break.

Wednesday 07/19/17: CrossFit | Rest
Exhaustion set in big time, so I used my lunch break to just relax.

Thursday 07/20/17: Run 3 Miles | Rest
I took the day off of work, slept for 11 hours, and did NOTHING all day. It was glorious.

Friday 07/21/17: CrossFit | 5k Run
It was a hot one, and my legs felt like cement for the first mile, but I was happy to get another run in this week. I needed some endorphins and sunshine.

Saturday 07/22/17: Rest | Rest
Yay, Ben was home! We spent the day together running errands, I gave him a haircut, and then he came to see the show ūüôā

Sunday 07/23/17: Run 6 Miles | 10k Run + 4 Hours Hiking
Note to self: attempting a steep and difficult hike up Mount Mansfield the same day as running 10k is not a great idea. Still, it was a fun day, and I got to spend it with Ben.

Unsurprisingly, my legs and back are absolutely shredded after yesterday’s exertions, and I also didn’t sleep well, so today will be a total rest day. I’m hoping that I can hit CrossFit at least once this week, too. I miss it!

When’s the last time you overdid it with your workouts?

Monday Check-In

This isn’t my normal Manic Monday training recap, because most of last week I was still sidelined with a tailbone injury. I did have a nearly miraculous improvement¬†(which you can read about here), but I didn’t want to jump immediately back into rigorous training for fear of prolonging full recovery.

That’s not to say, however, that I was completely inactive. Although I wasn’t running, I walked a lot. I walked for nearly an hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday on my lunch breaks. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy just walking. It’s still pretty good exercise, but I don’t get nearly as sweaty, so it’s a lot easier to transition back to work clothes afterward.

Also, Ben and I hiked Mt. Mansfield on Saturday. This was the biggest hike I’ve attempted since we hiked Mt. Hunger two years ago, and it’s also the most vigorous activity I’ve undertaken since I fell on my tailbone. It was a pretty tough hike, but my tailbone didn’t hurt at all, so I count that as a win. And afterwards we took a dip at Jeffersonville Falls, so all in all it was a perfect VT summer day.

Now that I’m reasonably sure that my butt’s all healed up, I’ll be easing back into running this week with a few short runs, and hopefully a longish run this weekend while we’re in MA for July 4th festivities.

Did you do any hiking or swimming this weekend?

Friday Free-For-All – 06/24/16

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I saw my doctor yesterday. It was my annual physical that I already had scheduled,¬†which was a nice way to see a doctor about my tailbone without having to schedule an additional appointment and possibly pay an additional copay. I love my doc–she’s super cool, AND¬†she’s a runner, so she gets it. We talked about what had been going on, and while she laughed a bit when I gave her my dislocation theory, she said that as long as I’m feeling ok, I can get back to running. I just need to make sure I’m healed enough that I don’t change my gait to try to avoid discomfort and potentially injure myself elsewhere. I’ll probably wait until next week to be sure I’m good to go, but this is very good news.

Ben and I are planning to hike Mt. Mansfield tomorrow. Ben has hiked Mansfield numerous times, because the trails begin practically in his parents’ backyard, but I can’t remember the last time I hiked Mansfield, if I ever did. I may have done it with my family when I was younger, but I honestly don’t know. It will be the biggest hike I’ve attempted in a couple of years, but I’m excited. It will be¬†a good test to see if I’m ready to start running again.

I love my Gap Inc. employee discount card. In addition to getting a discount at Athleta, I also get sweet discounts at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. After last weekend’s clothing purge, I realized that I only had one pair of casual shorts for summer (running shorts don’t count), so I headed to Old Navy after work last night. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a lot of shorts to choose from in my style, but I got one pair of shorts, a maxi skirt, and two tops for $40. Woo!



Manic Monday – 06/23/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the following week.

This was my first normal week back at home after vacation and wedding ridiculousness.  On the whole, I think it went really well.  From here on out, I am in taper mode until the half on June 29.  If I can just keep my hydration up, get lots of sleep, and keep a lid on my nutrition, I should be good.

Monday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)

I rode my bike to and from work, for a total of ~7.4 miles.  It was sunny and warm, and it felt great to be back in the metaphorical saddle.  Instead of focusing on getting to and from work as quickly as possible, I just took my time and enjoyed the ride today.  It was great!

Tuesday (Scheduled 3 Mile Run)

I rode my bike to and from work, for a total of about 7.4 miles. ¬†I decided to run after work, in order to continue acclimating myself to higher temps and humidity. ¬†I’ll be honest, even though this run was only 2.5 miles, it sucked. ¬†I’m gonna blame a lot of that on the fact that I drank a bunch of juice and ate cottage cheese right before I left work, and hope that my next few runs are better.

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)

I rode my bike to and work (~3.7 miles), and then I went for a bike ride after work with my friend Sharon, and did about another 12 miles.  I was pooped!

Thursday (Scheduled 3 Mile Run)

I was tired and cranky all day, so I decided to just relax, other than riding to and from work (~7.4 miles).  Ben and I had a nice, healthy dinner, played some video games, and went to bed early.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)

Since I didn’t run on Thursday, I headed out for a 4 mile¬†run after work. ¬†I’m still trying to acclimate myself to heat and humidity, because there’s no telling¬†what the weather will be like next Sunday. ¬†It was perfect running weather and I really enjoyed my out and back along the lake.

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Saturday (Scheduled 7 Mile Run)

Note to self: ¬†when your first half marathon is only a week away, DO NOT GO HIKING. ¬†Your friends will convince you it’s a great idea, and then you’ll spend hours going straight up a mountain, climbing rocks, rolling your ankles, and feeling uncomfortable twinges in your knees. ¬†You will also be too exhausted to do your long run.

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While in retrospect, I question my judgement in attempting this hike, the 360 degree panoramic view from the top of Mount Hunger was insanely beautiful.

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)

I REALLY rested.  My legs were incredibly sore from the hike on Saturday, so I spent a lot of time playing video games and watching movies.  I also spent some quality time with my foam roller and hand-held massager.

I have a few goals for this upcoming week, mostly related to the half on Sunday (eep!)

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  2. Stay in a positive headspace.
  3. Get lots of sleep
  4. Eat well–don’t get caught up in “carb loading” just for the sake of eating a lot.

We are now T-minus 7 days till “The Big One.” ¬†You can catch me weather stalking, outfit planning, and generally freaking out every minute of every day until Sunday.

Do you enjoy hiking?  Where do you usually hike?