Training


So yesterday I ran a whopping 8 miles, 5 of which were with my fellow PETA Pack runners. The other 3 miles were to and from the run. Today I am super sore. I am literally hobbling around. Rachelle seems pretty sore too, she went for a 4 mile run while I was out.It has been so god awfully cold lately that I haven’t truly kept up with my training. for a while I was condensing my running and cross-training into a single day. But honestly, running on a treadmill isn’t the same as running outside. My legs are so sore that I will be spending the whole day inside today (it’s an effort to get to the kitchen from the couch, I dare not brave the three flights of stairs down from my apartment).

Last week I went to the gym with Drew and Lindsay. I mainly worked on my abs, but I did run a couple miles as well as work on my legs, arms and back with weights. I discovered the medicine ball. I was doing the 45 degree twists with the medicine ball. I did 200 reps (starting off with 120 reps @ 16lbs and upping it to 20lbs for the last 80 reps.), I also did long arm crunches set at 90 lbs. Let me say that my mid-section was not happy with me the following day. Luckily being vegan means a much faster recovery from strenuous workouts like that.

Anyway, I need a new pair of shoes. The $20 pair of joggers I have now just aren’t cutting it. While I can run a mile or two in them without much worry, after that the heal strikes really start to fuck with my pace. The reverberation up my leg is a killer. I am thinking of picking up the Newbalance MR905. The running store near my apartment has a pair in my size and I think I am going to try them on this week. Especially since next week’s run is a mile longer than this one.

Sorry it has been so long since I posted. Yesterday was the beginning of week 3 of training. The last bit has been pretty hectic. Once we were all moved in training started to continue as normal until a couple of co-workers went away for the holidays and I said that I would watch their animals, not that this is a bad thing because I do love their dog and cat. However, the time it takes to watch them plus the low temperatures have ensured that my outdoor running has slowed down dramatically.

Yesterday I went to the gym, I know it isn’t a cross training day but I just doubled up since I had missed a couple days of working out. Drew Winter came with and ended up getting a gym membership as well. First I started on the recumbent bike. I rode for 2 miles to warm up and then I headed up stairs to the weights.

Once upstairs I started off with the sitting leg lifts; I did 3 sets of 10 at 50lbs before moving on to the standing leg press. Here I worked both legs alternating left to right and did 3 sets of 10 at 70 lbs for each leg. I then hit up the seated machine row and did 3 sets of 10 at 35 lbs and hit up another rowing machine where I did 3 sets of 10 at 50lbs. I then did some pull downs with 3 sets of 10 at 50lbs and finished off punishing my upper body with 3 sets of 10 rope tricep pushdowns at a meager 15lbs. But I remind myself that I am not going for weight I am going for endurance.

Once I was done with those I hit up the ab area and did 30 captain’s chair leg raises and 30 long arm crunches at 35lbs. To finish off the whole ordeal I went back down to the recumbent bike and did 12 more miles.

I was proud of my time on the bike. I did 14 miles in total with a workout in there as well. It makes me feel more confident about my abilities. Even today my legs weren’t sore, my goal for next time I am at the gym is to cruise up to a cool 25 miles.

So today was a run day. It poured last night so I wasn’t looking forward to it, and when I got out f bed briefly at around 5am my fears were confirmed, it was raining hard! But for some miraculous reason, come 7am, it was not only not raining but warm! I started running in a hoodie for fear of cold but it was actually really warm and I finished the second half mile in a t-shirt.

Shortly after the rain started coming down, it was almost as if nature knew I needed to get my run in this morning and turned the sprinklers off. I was grateful to say the least.

For more reasons why I am running, watch this investigation that just broke today. Money raised from my running this race will go to help fund investigations like this, and force transparency onto corporations that use animals for profit.

Watch undercover footage from inside
Brookstone’s frog supplier.
Find out more at PETA.org.

See you tomorrow.

Before I start talking about my training let me give you some background on who I am. I am not an avid runner, but I do enjoy running. I have run in the past as a sort of recreational activity. When I was younger I cycled pretty much everywhere and over the past 6 years I have not owned a car and have walked, run, cycled, or skated pretty much everywhere within reason. I will be 28 years old in March (4 days before the marathon). I am roughly 140lbs and 6 feet tall which makes me look extremely thin but with a BMI of 19 I am actually just on the lower end of being a normal weight.

So my training started last night. I started off with some yoga to loosen up. Since I will be trying a new regimen, and haven’t run in the past few weeks I decided that all rest days will double as yoga days. This will let me relax and at the same time recharge so to speak. I can tell that I haven’t done any sort of yoga in a long time because there was quite a bit of straining and wobbling, especially during my forward bends and inversions, but in the end I got it. It was a good 30 minute routine and afterward I pretty much passed out.

I woke up this morning at 6:45am and hit the snooze once, bad habit I know, but I was up and running at 7:05 and in the shower by 7:15. I only ran a mile this morning. If you have been following my schedule, I am starting off with a mile a day for 3 days a week for the first couple weeks. It isn’t that I couldn’t have got up and done 2 or 3 miles but it’s early and I would rather pace myself now than pay for it later. For now a one mile loop it is.

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Once I was back at the house I grabbed a quick cool shower to wash off before work and made a quick smoothie out of Trader Joe’s Organic Hemp Protein Powder, vanilla soy milk, and a couple of bananas.

Tomorrow is cross-training. I plan on cycling, and a short low weight upper body work out, but right now… sit ups.

See you tomorrow.