The Week That Will Be: October 29 to November 4

The plan for this week is simple: It’s exactly like last week, except I’ll try harder to whatplan-299x300execute.

Sunday, October 29th – Rest.

Monday, October 30th – Lunchtime Walk Club, Beginner Yoga, Monday night vinyasa.

Tuesday, October 31st – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D1, Tuesday night vinyasa, Gentle Yoga.

Wednesday, November 1st – Lunchtime Walk Club.

Thursday, November 2nd – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D2,

Friday, November 3rd – Rest.

Saturday, November 4th – C25k W2D3 (trail run).

My plan is to add a Sunday, Wednesday, Friday full-body workout, probably using the 7-minute workout app on my Garmin watch beginning in December. I’ll also be adding Sunday bicycle rides, depending on weather beginning in December.

I’ll also be working to remain within my 2000 calorie-per-day food limit, daily meditation practice, and daily steps goal. I want to have at least 210 “active” minutes for the week (which averages to 30 minutes per day).

What does your week look like? Do you have a goal and a plan to get there?


The Week That Was October 21 – October 28

It’s accountability time, my friends!

I’m a firm believer in reporting your plan and then your progress on a regular basis.

The Week That Was will be my regular reporting to you on how my week went. They’ll appear on Sundays and report the previous Sunday to Saturday.

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0 to 50k in 16 Weeks – Week 2 Summary

Or the week that wasn’t. 

I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, per the plan, but the rest of the week was a wash. 

I was afflicted with a funk, as they say. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a mood funk that I’d be able to run my way out of as much as a respiratory funk. I couldn’t breathe well, or talk, from Wednesday until … Well, I’m still having a bit of trouble with deep breaths and coughing. 

I’m hoping by Tuesday to jog a couple miles. 

I’m considering changing the plan a bit. I’ve been thinking maybe training up to a 30 mile long run isn’t a great idea. 

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks: Week 1 Summary

Week 1 is complete.

It looked like:

  • Monday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Done!
  • Tuesday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Wednesday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Thursday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Friday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Saturday: 4 miles run Done!
  • Sunday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.

It was a solid week of running, even with missing out on some cross-training.

 This was an easy week to make time to run since we were on vacation at Onslow Beach Tuesday through Friday. 

The coming week won’t be as smooth, but I’m still looking forward to it. 

0 to 50 k in 16 Weeks

Today is Training Day 1 for the Southern Tour 50k.

I’ve delivered a training plan that’s certainly not a “win-the-race” plan, but I’m not a “win-the-race” kind of runner. I think it’s definitely a “finish-the-race” plan.

Here’s it is:

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Wk Total
Wk 1 2 2 2 4 2 12
Wk 2 2 2 2 6 2 14
Wk 3 2 2 2 8 6 20
Wk 4 2 2 4 10 6 24
Wk 5 2 2 4 12 8 28
Wk 6 2 4 6 14 8 34
Wk 7 4 4 6 16 10 40
Wk 8 4 6 6 18 10 44
Wk 9 4 6 8 20 12 50
Wk 10 4 8 6 22 12 52
Wk 11 6 10 8 24 14 62
Wk 12 6 10 8 26 14 64
Wk 13 6 10 8 28 16 68
Wk 14 6 10 8 30 16 70
Wk 15 4 8 4 10 8 34
Wk 16 3 2 0 31.1 36.1

There aren’t specific run workouts. It’s straight mileage. If I get comfortable, it’s possible that I’ll make the Tuesday and Thursday runs into something like “speed work”, but it won’t be much more complicated than light-post sprints.

Mondays and Fridays are cross-training/active recovery days. Those days will focus on yoga and calisthenics. Also, there will be a 10 minute calisthenic workout after the Wednesday and Sunday runs.

That’s the plan. It’s firmly set in jello, so I’m willing to change things if I think it’s needed. 

What do you think of the plan? Have any advice for a first time 50k runner?

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

2015: It’s Going to Be a Big Year

We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.

2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.

In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be finding making! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.

I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.

I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.

This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):

A lot of running:

  • Two (three?) half marathons
    • Flying Pirate (April)
    • Marine Corps (September)
    • Southern Fried (November?)
  • Marathon?
    • Outer Banks (November?)

More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice

Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).

Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.