I've been an avid blog reader much longer than I've been a blog writer. I love the interactive platform of blogging, being able to comment and engage with bloggers, especially because most bloggers are just normal, every day people. I love to see how an average mom saves the memories of her children's first years, or a family's holiday traditions, a crafting endeavor that someone is attempting for the first time or even what recipe someone made for dinner. Since you're here, I'm assuming you feel the same way since that's basically all I share.
This is especially true when it comes to fitness inspiration online. As inspirational as it is to hear about the rigorous training a professional athlete goes through to prepare for their event, I know my limits and that I can't train for 8 hours every day. So I mainly want to read find out what other moms and working athletes are doing on a weekly basis, and how they are fitting it into their busy lives! My three favorite blog series that I check weekly are: Katie HartMorse's Workouts of the Week, Training Week posts from My Heart Races blog and the weekly updates of Andy's Boston Marathon Training at fitandy.com. Some share more details than others, and all three really inspire me! Especially Maury of My Heart Races, who is a mother of four and gets her marathon training in by waking up between 4 and 5am to get her run in every day before getting her kids up, fed and out the door to school. Reading her blog reminds me that I have no excuse to not get my own butt out the door in the morning!
Since the beginning of December, after a 2 week rest once cross country running season ended, two of my friends from the team and I have been meeting and working out together every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. We also meet on Sundays, and lately Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons and now also Saturday mornings haha, BUT the 3 early weekday mornings are where we have been most consistent in our training. We are training for triathlons, other races and just life in general. My one friend plans killer strength and spin workouts, and the other kicks our butt with swim intervals in the pool. Basically, I just show up and do what they tell me to :)
I've decided to start sharing my week of workouts on here, and if it's not your thing then at the start of every week just scroll past haha, because I would really like to be able to look back on our training! Since I don't plan the workouts, I'm not going to share the details and take credit of my friend's geniuses, I'll just jot down in general what we did over the course of the week.
^^ Emery likes to be involved in the at-home strength training sessions ^^
Here we go, this week in Tri Training: 16 weeks to race day (haha, we're giving ourselves a lot of time to prepare!)
- 60 min strength ( this week we did a total body weights class)
- 20 min swim- kick intervals (after a long time of just playing at the pool together, I pushed Emery in her boat doing intervals of flutter kick while she pointed out all the dinosaurs around the pool deck)
- 70 min run - hill circuits 3km warm-up run, 8x hill repeats, 3km cool-down. (The hill circuit my friend and I do is a little over 0.5km long, so the hills section of the workout was 5.5km this week. Total run distance: 11.5km. We take turns pushing the stroller up and down the hill, so we each get 4 circuits with the stroller and 4 without. The turns with the stroller burn the quads so bad, especially in the winter when we're pushing through snow/slush, and the turns without the stroller are much faster and burn the lungs!)
- 20 minute recovery swim
- 60 min spin we were so sore this morning, it was more like 45 minute spin/ 15 minute stretch
- 40 min tempo trail run
- 45 min swim I planned this one, the main set was 10 x 50's with 15 seconds rest between then a 500 that went: 200 comfortable distance pace, 100 sprint, 10 seconds rest, 200 comfortable
- 30 min strength/stretch at home, while Emery climbed all over my head and chest :) She actually climbed up on my back while I was doing push-ups, and as much as I loved the idea of an extra challenge I collapsed after one, haha
- we downhill skied Friday night, which doesn't count as training but did tire the legs out extra for the next morning's run!
- 80 min comfy run I'm coining the term "comfy run" since I don't like "easy run", since getting up early on a Saturday morning isn't easy no matter how slow the pace (although having two great friends to meet up with does make it easier). We ran at a comfortable pace, ergo: comfy run
- we went for a family swim all morning, and I tried to do kick behind Emery as much as possible
- rest day
Have a great week!