workout recap (10.31.16 – 11.6.16)

We are back to referring to these weekly workout recaps as just that, workout recaps.

Calling today’s post a half marathon training recap no long makes sense as I am no longer training to run the half marathon next weekend.

Still fine with my decision, by the way, totally fine with it.

In fact, I forgot all about the half marathon until I sat down to write this post!

This week in running and workouts was heavily clouded by my time of the month which affected my running more than it usually does which can happen from time to time without warning.

There’s nothing I can really do about it when this happens, you know? I just wait for the few days to pass until I feel myself again.

One thing I did do quite often this week to feel better (aside from taking Aleve around the clock) was take lots of walks during the day.

My legs were feeling the cramps this month too (you know when the pain and discomfort radiates from the lower abdomen into the legs?) which is something I notice happening as I get older but I do find some relief when I sit less and walk more.

The weather was pretty nice every day this week so walking around the neighborhood for 20 minutes or so at a time really helped me to feel better.  Since I tend to walk the same path that I run, I try to walk it in the opposite direction which I swear produces a totally different view than what I see when I am running.

running path

Monday – Gym day

I woke up with my period right on schedule to the minute which translated into a crappy workout morning. I started with Pure Barre Tone in 10: Full Body before heading over to the gym for an easy run on the treadmill.

Within a few steps on the treadmill, I just knew it wasn’t going to work.

Both of my lower legs were experiencing what tends to happen to me during my time of the month – it’s like a heavy legged/heavy foot stiffness combined with a dull aching feeling – ugh!

I made it one mile before switching to the elliptical machine for 30 minutes followed by some time with the free weights.

Tuesday – 6.5 Miles

3 miles easy, 3 miles with effort, short cool down

The first 3 miles were NOT FUN AT ALL since that heavy footed feeling was present but mentally I was in it so I allowed the first few miles to be terrible, hoping that the kinks would work themselves out once I was fully warmed up. I think I even stopped a few times to walk and stretch out my feet during the first 3 miles which does not happen often.

Splits: 9:20, 10:25, 10:30, 8:18, 8:30, 8:11

Wednesday – Pure Barre & 5 Miles

I chose the Pure Barre Mile High Series DVD (35 minutes) before heading outside for 5 miles.

I think I felt a little bit better than earlier this week but I was still slow and heavy footed until mile 4.  At least I was able to run outside!

saucony ride 8

Thursday – 8 Miles

I squeaked out 7 miles in 60 minutes on the treadmill and finished up outside (since it was finally light enough) with a one mile cool down.

Definitely felt better today! Not 100% normal but well enough to push my pace on the treadmill after the warm up without any foot discomfort or need to stop.

Friday – Pure Barre & 3 Miles

Normally I reserve the Pure Barre Pure Results (featured focus on thighs) workout for the weekend since it’s a 55 minute workout but I was in the mood for this Pure Barre routine so I made it work for me on a weekday morning. I am in the midst of putting together a good review of this Pure Barre workout so hopefully I finish that post up sooner rather than later.

Here’s a screenshot from one of the inner thigh exercises towards the end of the workout.

pure barre pure results featured focus on thighs

Saturday – 13 Miles

Now this was a great run. It was one of those long runs when you feel as though you can run forever, experience the happy endorphin high all day long and even notice you are energized when you finish the run rather than feel tired.

I had zero plan for this run other than to just run where I felt happy.


9:36, 9:30, 8:53,

8:18, 8:06, 8:35,

8:14, 8:20, 8:23,

9:31, 9:37 (on phone during these slower miles),

8:58, 8:32

Sunday  – Pure Barre/Easy Run

I am still feeling all energized from my long run that something tells me I may head outside for an easy run in the morning but maybe some Pure Barre too, I don’t know just yet!

Good luck to everyone running the New York City Marathon today! The weather is looking real good aside from some wind at various points but not sounding too terrible!

In case you missed my post on Friday, I shared my dad’s memories from his first New York City Marathon back in 1986. You can read it here.

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Does your time of the month interfere often with your workouts?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend? I had a great brownie sundae last night!

Is today a run day or rest day?

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  1. says

    I tend to stay away from barre/Pilates/any core classes during the time of the month, I just feel way too uncomfortable. Cardio and any type of boot camp classes feel best and help with cramps so I tend to do those during my time of the month. You had a great week of workouts and runs this week! Last night, I went to a Friendsgiving so I ate very well haha. Nothing like a brownie sundae though!
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