Back to the gym!

I have been neglectful of my workouts since early September, when I was starting to taper for the marathon. I did get back into the running quickly after the marathon and have been running twice a week during the week after work. Since Daylight Savings Time ended this morning, I have decided to go back to the gym. Running in the dark is not for me. A woman alone in the dark, not so good.
I have come up with a new workout plan.

1st Marathon Complete

I ran my 1st marathon today! Some how I managed to survive. Not sure how yet. I have to give credit to the little girls passing out bananas on Queen st. I think that saved my ass.

Here is the runkeeper map. Unfortunately my GPS went out on me around 25km, so I had to stop & restart Runkeeper as it crashed on me. So the times aren't accurate but the final time & routing are correct.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is tomorrow!!

I will be running my 1st marathon tomorrow. I'm a little nervous, but not as nervous as my 1st half-marathon last year. My nerves aren't about getting there and being on time like last year, but more "am I going to finish this thing". That's where I am a little scared. Yes, I've done all the training but I'm afraid my body will give out on me. Just need to make sure my body is well rested before the run.

One Week to Marathon!

I have 1 week until the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! I'm a little nervous, but just going to take it easy this week in my training.

A reminder that I will be running for the Assaulted Women’s Helpline.

Longest run ever!

I ran my longest run yesterday. I ran just over 20 miles. It was slow & painful. I ran slow at the beginning so my time was really slow (4 hours & 18 minutes & 28 seconds!), but I believe it allowed me to finish the 20 mi. Don't think I would have been able to finish it if I had run my regular 7 minutes/km.

Here is the mapped out run from Runkeeper:

New workout for September

I thought I'd start a new workout for September. I wanted it to be more intuitive to using dumbbells as that is all I have at home.

Modified Runne's Workout

Since starting my last workout, I've put my YMCA membership on hold & started doing my work outs at home. Therefore I've had to modify my runner's workout.

Runner's Workout

I use the application iFitness on my iPhone 3G. I use it to keep track of my workouts as well as the reps & sets that I did per workout. In it is a great runner's workout. I have found the same exercises in other runner's workouts so I would like to share it with you.

New Workout

I started a new workout this week.
Starting at 3 sets & doing 10 reps for upper body & 12 reps for lower body. Eventually I will move up to 4 sets & 12 reps for upper body & 15 reps for lower body.

Determine maximum heart rate

I've been following Jenny Hadfield's marathon training on the ScotiaBank Training pages. I've been finding it difficult to run at my 65-75% of max heart rate as I felt it was too slow.

I was using the 220 - Age = Maximum heart rate, which was 184. That left me with:
65% - 119.6
75% - 138
80% - 147.2

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