After 30 years, the Kansas City Royals are the World Series Champions!! Sorry, Mets fans, I just had to put that out there. I lost a LOT of sleep watching the World Series, but it was worth it! What a great year to be a Royals fan! And no, I’m no fair weather fan – we watched the ENTIRE MLB season and went to 5 games. I’m all in!
November has arrived and the Annapolis Half Marathon is getting closer! I’m still nervous about how I’ll do on the big day, but thankfully I’ve got quite a bit more training to do!
Today I’m linking up at Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie at Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness, and Nicole at Fitful Focus! Check out their blogs for some great workouts!
Wednesday 10/28: It was raining out, and since I had a lingering cold, I took it inside and ran on the treadmill. I decided to knock out my speed work: 1-mile warmup, 2 miles at a 10-minute pace, and 1-mile cooldown – it was tough, but I got through it! When I got home, I did 30 clam shells on each side. I’ll be doing these regularly to help strengthen my hips.
Thursday 10/29: Weight training class in the gym with Elga – it was great! I did most of my workouts with 8-pound weights and definitely felt it – squats, lunges, clean and press. We also worked our core with planks on the Bosu. Then in the evening I ran 4 miles. The view was pretty, but my legs felt pretty beat and my pace was really inconsistent, highly unusual for me. I think the speed work tired me out, plus the pavement felt harder on my knees. Last, we had a kickball game where we shut out the other team and I had a great time pitching!
Friday 10/30: No workouts…I needed some rest!
Saturday 10/31: We had 2 early softball games at 9 and 10 am. The good news is that I only had one strike out! Just being able to make contact with the ball is huge for me and it seems that I’m finally getting out of my head and figuring it out. We were still killed by the other team, though! Later in the afternoon I went for a 4-mile run. A few people were out wearing costumes for Halloween. Unfortunately, this run didn’t go well…I ran way too fast – I have no idea what’s going on. And at the end of the day, I did 30 clam shells on each side to keep working on my hips.
Sunday 11/1: Long run – 10 miles! Bret ran with me and took us on a new route – I ran over the Strawberry Mansion Bridge for the first time, and it was beautiful! The weather was fantastic! This was a tough run though and my hips were pretty sore, possibly from all those clam shells. I was relieved to make it through.
Monday 11/2: Started the day with a 1-minute forearm plank and 10 push ups. Then I had a short 1.5 mile walk at lunch with my new team for the company’s Fall Walking Challenge. I forgot all about it and wore heels to work…smh.
Tuesday 11/3: I missed core class because of an impromptu meeting I had to attend. I was thinking about running, but I decided to run Wednesday and Thursday instead. I did 10 push ups and 20 bicycle crunches.
I’m glad that I completed all of my runs for the week, but the weight training was definitely a major highlight. I know that getting stronger will be beneficial to my running; I just need to make sure I keep it up!
I’m going to give Week 3 a B+. My easy runs should have felt a lot easier than they did, so I need to focus and make sure that I keep it slow. It’s tempting to run fast, but if it makes me feel terrible at the end of the run, it’s NOT worth it!
How have your workouts been? Did you watch the World Series?