Monday, March 19, 2012

CHM Training Week 7 Recap

Come back is always bittersweet...

Two weeks ago the flu knocked me down pretty hard. I basically laid motionless on my couch for 3 days. I couldn't eat, it hurt to blink, my stomach was in knots, and I had little to no energy. It was awful, and I'm glad that time now is nothing but a painful memory. Wasn't really sure how being out of the game for pretty much the entire week 6 of my cycle would effect things for this week, so I held loosely knit plans and had little expectation.

Luckily I was able to pick up right where I left off in week 5 and didn't really have to make any major adjustments to my goals for the week. Just have to put week 6 behind me and keep moving ahead celebrating all of the baby steps of progress.

In week 7 I:
  • Covered 68 miles
  • Got in 2 strength circuits
  • Attended 2 hot yoga sessions, one of which was a yoga sculpt with weights
  • Had a strong 12 mile progressive run on Sunday
  • Flew through my Shamrock Shuffle key workout on Friday
Legs are feeling fairly spunky these days. Maybe it's the unusually warm early spring weather we are having or maybe it's the unstoppable urge to achieve the unthinkable that has been brewing deep down inside me for my 28 years of life, either way I'm ready to take the 2012 racing season on.

Got in a little beach time on a sunny 75 degree day
A little alfresco dining on St. Paddy's day with the family along the festive green Chicago River
Spring always brings about growth and possibility for me.

This will be the year of "riding my edge" and pressing harder then I ever have before. You never know what's out there if you don't try, so I'm bravely forging ahead.

Week 8 Goals

70 miles
2 strength sessions
1 race tuning speed workout
1 yoga class
Buttloads of foam rollings
Plenty of sleep and proper nutritional choices
The start of my 2012 racing season with the Shamrock Shuffle 8k


  1. Sorry to hear about the flu...glad to hear you are all recovered!

    Great goals for this week!

  2. Okay I'm sorry but the first thing that comes to me after reading this post is WHAT THE HECK IS ON YOUR PLATES??? Those are the biggest pieces of cake I have ever seen and I want some right now!!!

    On a more serious note - congrats on the awesome week of workouts. I've never tried yoga with weights but it sounds super intense and amazing!

  3. Isn't spring the best?!?! So happy that you are feeling better...that flu sounds awful! are going to rock this week!

  4. Sounds like some kick ass training! Love the positive attitude, sounds like it will be a great year :)

  5. YAY I am so happy you have bounced back from what sounds like an awful flu! eek!
    your week looks like a great training week...and you are sounding SO positive and SO ready to bust through all your goals! :)
    I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

  6. Glad to hear you are feeling better!! You have been racking up those miles mama! So inspiring! Have a wonderful week!!

  7. That dessert looks divine!! :-)

    Great job on all the miles too! I have yet to ever hit 68!

  8. I know this is a strange "celebrity sighting" but I almost ran into you and your guy at the corner of North and Wells last night! You were sipping a milkshake and I wanted to say hi so badly - but then I felt super awkward, so we smiled instead.
    LOVE your blog.

    1. Thanks for reading Lindsay! You should have said hi! We were coming from the Fleet Feet Shamrock Shuffle fun run, did you go?

    2. That sounds like so much fun! I didn't know about it at all - I was on my off run day and took a spin class at GoCycle on North. I ran 9 miles the next morning and tried to channel my inner Chicago Runner girl. I will be less creepy "Anon" and send you an email soon. Good luck on the race this weekend. Looks like the weather will be perfect (maybe a little cooler than this crazy awesome we have been having recently).

  9. I love the drive that you have and I can't wait to see how all of your hard work has paid off in your 8K!! You are going to kill it. Good luck with week 8 training!!:)

  10. SO awesome to hear that u've kicked that stupid flu in the butt and those legs are spry and spunky as ever! :) u are so adorable with the hubs on St. patty's Day too...and that grub doesn't look to shabby either...hehe.

    Great job on those goals accomplished for last week and u'll rock the ones for this week...i'm really like the "buttload of foam rolling." keep it up! :)