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St. Jude Marathon 2011 – Training Day 2 – 3 MILES + Strength/Cardio

I almost took another rest day today. I got about three hours of sleep last night (which you’ll note in yesterday’s post is one of my rest day qualifiers) thanks to my late night blog launch and a still-not-sleeping-all-night 11-month-old.

And then a light came down from the Heavens as angels sang from the clouds…


Little Dude went down at 10AM…and so did I. That extra hour or so made me feel a few degrees more human and gave me that extra bit of strength I needed to get my legs on the dreadmill (yes, you read that right).

I had no choice but to take it easy.  I told myself not to push too much since I was fatigued and not well recovered…but…toward the end of a run on the ‘mill I just can’t help it. I’m SO ready for it to be over the minute I begin that by the time I’m almost finished I kind of lose my mind a little bit. This (thankfully fleeting) loss of sanity combined with the fact that I’m a slow runner anyway makes trudging on a stationary belt even more grueling (but not nearly as grueling as running in 100,000,000% humidity). So as per usual, I probably overdid it a bit the last half mile.

I debated doing strength work since it’s not listed in my marathon training plan (I’m using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1) but did it anyway because I’m stubborn dedicated like that. Actually, I thought back to my first full marathon experience in which I did little to no (heavy on the no) strength training. I paid that chiropractor a lot of money for a long time.

Pilates it was!

I suffered through the workout with sweat pouring – watching these tiny, slim creatures on the screen with not even a hint of perspiration. Then again, I was rockin’ the five-pound weights while they slung around three-pounders. Take THAT, dainty ones!

So today’s training wasn’t my best and I certainly didn’t feel even close to 100%…but I fought the urge to do nothing and won.

That’s what’s gonna get me to 26.2.


3 MILES – 37:18 (treadmill/12:26 pace)

Crunch Fitness Burn & Firm Pilates – 52:00

4 Responses to “St. Jude Marathon 2011 – Training Day 2 – 3 MILES + Strength/Cardio”

  • Crystal says:

    Way to fight the inner sloth! This is going to encourage me to push myself a little more. I *want* to work out more, but right now I’m running 3 days a week, and definitely not pushing myself as much as I could. Keep it up, and tell that babe to stay asleep once in a while so you can keep your wits about you!

    • AJ says:

      Hey, running three days a week ain’t too shabby! ;) What’s worked best for me with cross-training have been streaming Netflix workouts. Even if they’re terrible (or you’re terrible at them), at least you’ll end up laughing away the calories…

      And yes, the boy. I have faith that one day he will sleep consistently. He must. For all our sakes.

  • Alisa says:

    Not a bad day, all told! Way to fight the sloth with two different forms of exercise.

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