Last Week’s Workouts – Week 5

Last week’s workouts (week 4) were impressive for a couch potato like me. This past week’s, however left something to be desired. I had another 4 runs scheduled but only completed 2. Whomp whomp. But I added a strength workout as well, so that doesn’t suck.
The truth is that my week was self-induced stress with IEP meetings, difficult parents (not mine. Mine are beautiful. Love you!) and a death in the family. A good workout would have alleviated some of the stress, and I know that. But knowing and doing are two different things. Plus wakes and funerals and visiting with family takes time. Time away from exercise.

Despite all of that…here’s what I accomplished:

  • Monday – strength
  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday – dog walks and stress eating
  • Saturday – 3 miles/35 minute training run
  • Sunday – 4 mile/45 minute training run

My strength routine was something I made up:

  • 50 reps or seconds of each exercise with 15 pound weights:
  1. squats
  2. lunges
  3. plank
  4. mountain climbers
  5. pushups
  6. wall sit
  7. triceps
  8. biceps
  9. step ups
  10. balancing dead lifts

It was an ass-kicker; much tougher than I thought.

Today is the start of a new week (#6 of the training plan) and tougher workouts. I’ve got longer runs (buh-bye 2 milers…you’re my warm up now). But I am ready. Even though I only did 2 of the 4 scheduled runs, I purposely did the 2 toughest. I didn’t wimp out. My mantra was “finish strong” and I ended up picking up the pace for the last 1/4 mile of both runs. Pat on the back…

And today being Memorial Day means we have a picnic to attend. Bob’s been smoking brisket since yesterday and our whole neighborhood smells like smoked meat (in the best possible way). I’m looking forward to playing with my nieces and nephews, avoiding the chips and dip, and remembering Tom Coogan: family friend, godfather/grandfather, Marine, World War II and Korea veteran, and beautiful soul. You will be missed.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.

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