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Marathon Mondays – The Struggle is Real

Eek! Cutting my Marathon Mondays post kind of close. Life has been kind of hectic, but nevertheless, I got my post in. Hooray! And without further ado, my week 2 recap.

Honolulu marathon training 

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 mile easy pace) 5.5 miles – Since I was short on time, I broke up my 5 mile run into a 2.5 and 3 mile run. It was 2.5 miles on the treadmill and 3 miles outside with my run group. I also ran an additional mile because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 6 miles on Wednesday.

Tuesday (Rest) 1 mile warm up with 21, 15, 9s – I will preface this by saying that I basically do no upper body workouts unless I absolutely have to …which is probably why this workout absolutely destroyed my arms for the rest of the week. LOL. Seriously. I could not sleep on my right arm because it hurt so bad. Q_Q

It is called 21, 15, and 9 because these are the #s of times you have to perform a certain action. I did 21 squats with a barbell and some weights followed immediately by 21 burpees. Then, I did 15 squats, 15 burpees, 9 squats, and 9 burpees. To make things worse, I had to increase my intensity meaning I had to do it FASTER over time. God, what did I put myself through? LOL. By my last set, my arms were shaking a ton and when I got back to my desk to resume working, I realized that it hurt to type. -_- Let’s just say the rest of the workday was not pretty.

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Wednesday (6 mile easy pace) 4.5 miles – It was warm, but I powered through with a running buddy. Celebrated with a capri sun. LOL

Thursday (5 mile easy pace) 4 miles – Broke up another run with 3 miles and 1 mile run. I intended to weight lift this day as well, but my arms said otherwise.

Friday (Rest) Rest – Hallelujah! 🙂

Saturday (8 mile easy pace) 8 mile run – Another tough long run. Despite waking up early to go for a run (7 am), it was still rather humid and the humidity was just killing me on the run. My shoulder was also still very sore so I was on the struggle bus for a good chunk of the run. At 4 miles, I had to take a walk break and at every mile thereafter, I had to take a walk break. Luckily, a friend had run with me and was being a great sport about walking with me when I needed. 🙂

Sunday (Rest) Yoga – Helloooo active recovery. Stretching is something that I’m just so terrible at, but on Saturday, I bought a nice yoga mat and decided that I would try and incorporate more yoga into my life. I’m not going to lie. I hate stretching. It’s painful and 30 minutes into a yoga class, I was sweating more than I thought I would (for a non hot yoga class). LOL. But after the class, I feel like I accomplished something. Sooooo what I guess I’m saying is that I will continue to do yoga and hopefully one day, I’ll like it. Hah!

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Question for you: Do you like or dislike yoga? If you do like yoga, what’s your favorite kind?