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Happy Sunday!

I’m currently skipping my long run (the first one of half marathon training!) and writing this post instead. I planned to meet a friend for the run this morning but I had to cancel on her because I woke up with some soreness from yesterday’s 5K race at the spot where my achilles tendon and calf muscle attach. This is an area on me that tends to get strained very easily (and the reason why I often wear compression sleeves for long runs) so I knew the smart thing to do was rest today and wait and do the run tomorrow rather than push it and end up sidelined for a couple of weeks.

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One thing that I’ve learned in my years of running, running injuries and learning to listen to my body is to be flexible with my training plan. Am I bummed to miss my first long run today and the chance to run with one of my favorite running buddies? Yes. Was it worth it to run and risk an injury? Absolutely not. I also skipped this week’s tempo run in favor of easy miles because I knew I’d be racing the 5K on Saturday. Overall, my body felt super great this week and all of my runs and strength workouts went well and my yoga practice felt very nice as well. I want to keep that going so I knew rest was key today!

While I do take my training plans seriously, I also take into account how I’m feeling. Had I just been running on tired legs today, I probably would have pushed through but I knew the smart thing for me to do was hold off on the run and give my body a day of rest. So that’s my tidbit of advice for you this morning!

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This Week’s Meal Plan

Sunday

Sriracha lime salmon with glazed Chinese long beans and eggplant

Monday

Chorizo, shishito pepper and sweet potato skillet topped with eggs (I’m going to make this one up as I go)

Tuesday

Whole roast chicken with farmers market veggies

Wednesday

Wild mushroom risotto with a side salad

Thursday

Pesto meatballs with fresh corn polenta

Friday

TBD

Saturday

TBD

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(Zoey after our Tuesday run…check out that tongue!)

Last Week’s Workouts

Monday

500 meter row then…
21-15-9 back squats (95#) and kipping pull ups

500 meter row then…
21-15-9 power cleans (75#) and strict push ups

500 meter row then…
21-15-9 romanian dead lifts (75#) and burpees

21-15-9 overhead plate walking lunges (25# plate) and sit ups (ran out of time for the row…had to run off to teach!)

Tuesday

4 mile easy run with Zoey + hot yoga

Wednesday

3 mile easy treadmill run + strength

3 rounds…
15 bench press (65#)
15 pull ups (machine, lightest assistance, neutral grip)
30 split squat jumps

3 rounds…
15 biceps curls
15 tricep cable tricep press downs
20 resistance band two-step side shuffles
20 alternating kettlebell squats and jump squats (I’ll share this exercise with you in a future post)

Then I did another three rounds of something with kettlebell deadlifts in the mix but I can’t remember so oh well! 🙂

Thursday

Hot yoga

Friday

2 mile easy treadmill run + tabata/HIIT

Tabata #1
Battle ropes, 8 rounds

Tabata #2
Mountain climbers and bicycle crunches, 4 rounds of each, alternating

Tabata #3
Kettlebell swings, 8 rounds

Tabata #4
Push ups and burpees, 4 rounds of each, alternating

HIIT
5 rounds of one sled push down and back with 20 sit ups between for recovery

Saturday

5K race

Sunday

REST (skipping long run)

How do you know when to skip a workout or run? Is it easy or hard for you mentally to do it? 

What’s on your meal plan this week? 

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