Weekly Workout Round-Up (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6)

So much for posting this stinker on…uhhh…Sunday?  Ah, well, there was too much 50King to discuss this week to be overly concerned about Workout Round-Ups.  Most of you know what a taper looks like, anyway.  But I’m a sucker for completeness, so here’s a quick rundown of my workout week leading up to the North Face 50K.  Mostly, it’s a super-taper (aka, more taper than I usually do), with a lot of yoga.  My hip was feeling extra tight the week before the race, so I wanted to do whatever I could to stretch that out before race day.

The menagerie was anxious for KMN's return.  They even sent a delegate to wait at the door for him.

The menagerie was so anxious for KMN’s return that they waited at the door for him.

Monday: Run (4 mi) & Yin Yoga

KMN worked a last-minute deal from Saturday through Tuesday, so he spent maaaaaaaany hours at the office early in the week.  “Maaaaaaaaany hours” as in, “It’s a good thing he has a toothbrush and changes of clothes there”.  So I worked, cooked (although failed to take many photos), ran/yoga-ed, and hung out with the Stuffed Menagerie.

Tuesday: Run (4.7 mi)

I took my trail shoes out for a little pre-race tooling around at McRitchie.  Nothing too intense, just a short jaunt on some of the trails we’d be covering before dawn on race morning.  Besides a little hip tightness, things felt pretty good.  I foam roller-ed afterward like it was my JOB.

I also put the breadmaker to good use.  Carb-loading, and all that.  [This loaf wasn't finished cooking yet, thus the slightly pale appearance.]

I also put the breadmaker to good use. Carb-loading, and all that. [This loaf wasn’t finished cooking yet, thus the slightly pale appearance.]

Wednesday: Rest

KMN and I planned to meet for RPM spin class, but we were both running late.  Ultimately, he could have sneaked into class, but I was about 5 minutes too late.  He was a gentleman (or was looking to avoid his workout!), and skipped class too.  Instead, we went out for chicken rice dinner, and came home to do work.

Oh, I did sneak in a sprint around the apartment in the morning, slamming windows shut, when I glanced out the back and realized that this was happening:

"Fogging" This is how Singapore manages its mosquito problem.  I don't like it, but it's better than Dengue...

“Fogging” = Spraying some kind of pesticide. This is how Singapore manages its mosquito problem. I don’t like it, but it’s better than Dengue…

Thursday: Yoga

Since my return from Perth, I’d been skipping many of my “usual” classes at the gym, sneaking in spin when I could, and grabbing whatever yoga classes were convenient.  Thankfully, on Thursday, I got myself over to the gym for one of my favorite yoga classes for the first time in many weeks: Sherlin’s Thursday night yoga.  It didn’t disappoint, my hip flexors were leeeeeeeeeeeengthened, and some very good business connections coincidentally came out of the evening.

Early AM shake-out run.

Early AM shake-out run.

Friday: Run (3.6 mi) & Yin Yoga

An early morning shake-out run, then some final tune-up stretching with Joyce before race day!  I also did lots of extra stretching on my own, throughout the afternoon and evening.  The extra hours of desk-sitting brought on by taper were productive – but probably contributed to the tightness in my legs.  Thankfully, some extra stretching helped work the kinks out.

I also treated myself to this:

The heel of the loaf, but it looks amazingly like a toasted buttered roll, right NJ folks? [Apparently, toasted buttered rolls are "a New Jersey thing", although I have no idea why they haven't caught on elsewhere, seeing as how they are delicious.]

The heel of the loaf, but it looks amazingly like a toasted buttered roll, right NJ folks? [Apparently, toasted buttered rolls are “a New Jersey thing”, although I have no idea why they haven’t caught on elsewhere, seeing as how they are delicious.]

Saturday: TNF 50K!!!! [Race Report Part 1 and Race Report Part 2]

Sunday: Walking & (very gentle) Stretching

Yes, walking was a workout.  And stretching sore, achy muscles took a lot of mental fortitude – but I felt better and better each time I did it.

Total Workout Time for the week: 13 hours exactly – although more than 5 of those came from the 50K.  Now, looking forward to a week of rest, recovery, and “doing whatever I feel like doing” workouts!

“Toasted, buttered roll”: New Jersey thing, or not?

And since we’re well beyond last week already, how about you tell me the most FUN workout you’ve done so far this week?

14 thoughts on “Weekly Workout Round-Up (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6)

  1. Amy

    Toasted butter rolls remind me of my grandmother in Pittsburgh, a whole state away from NJ. I like seeing your taper for the week of race, since I am already getting excited about short runs next week. Oh, let’s be honest: this week has been full of short runs as well. They feel great. Running 10 miles seems like a major chore right now that I am dreading this weekend. Um, I might have problems next weekend when I have to go 26. Darn it.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Iiiiinteresting…Maybe the tri-state area? I mean, I thought everyone ate them, and realized much MUCH later in life that they seem to be more localized than that.

      Not a chore! An ADVENTURE! 😉 And no – by the time you get to race weekend, you’ll be ready to go! (Or at least, be ready to be done, which can’t happen until you go!) Hang in there, take each run as it comes on your schedule, and be thankful that 10 isn’t 20!

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  2. Allison

    The most fun workout I’ve had is doing my pure barre class 3x a week. It’s so hard but I love it!

    And keep talking about the 50k…..you team for ever!!! So yea, you deserve to talk about it a lot. Great job again lady!

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  3. Kristen L

    I’m way behind on my posting lately — life just seems so busy right now! Great week! I’m about to go read your 50k pt 2 post.

    We just got a spin bike, so my favorite workouts this week have been on that. Fun to do something a little different. It was helpful for me to get in a good workout first thing in the morning too. Roll out of bed and onto the bike. Perfect.

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      You got your own spin bike? Whoa, cool! [Although I’ll be honest – I’m not sure I’d be as motivated to ride solo as I am to ride with a group!] But it would be great for working out lessons and workouts, too. Have you used any online training videos or tools yet? If/when you do, will you blog about it? As I’m in my instructor training phase, I’m reading and learning whatever I can about indoor cycling, and what kinds of resources people do/don’t like right now. I’d love to hear your thoughts, when you have them!

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  4. Meagan

    I love bread markers and the smell of fresh baked bread! Especially if it is banana bread 🙂

    I don’t know if toasted, buttered roll is a NJ thing. I mean, we eat rolls with butter that are fresh out of the oven. Same thing??

    Enjoy your resting and recovery!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Well….do you halve them, butter them, then RE-toast them, so the inside parts are slightly browned and crispy?

      Maybe this is more wide-spread, but I’m not sure – I’m getting a lot of mixed feedback! 🙂

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  5. Stephanie@nowirun.com

    I’ve just been thinking that I’m looking forward to diversifying my workouts when the marathon is over… Right now I know it would be good to do that during marathon training, but I’m just focusing on getting the runs in with taking care of everything else!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I think that’s totally normal – although I will say that cross-training and upper body/core strength training have definitely made a difference to me, in how comfortable I feel during longer runs, especially on trails. But hey – life goes in cycles/waves – after the marathon, treat yourself to a break and some diversity in training. Why not? 🙂

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Believe it or not, my breadmaker can also make jam! Unfortunately, my favorite jam items (berries, mostly) cost about a zillion dollars out here. BUT – when we’re in the US, homemade strawberry is definitely a fave!

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  6. Sheila

    I *heart* my breadmaker. I love fresh bread, but I hate baking so I put mine to good use every once in a while! And my fave workout was definitely my pace-race on Sunday.

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