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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…

AN EARLY NAP.

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.

STATS

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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