triathlon training for a mom of 4 (almost 6) kids!

real life training plan from a real life mom

Monday, August 16, 2010

i did it!!!


i finished!

here are my results:
swim: 34:24 (i think that's the fastest i've EVER swam a mile!)
transition from swim to bike: 4:30 (i told you i wasn't in a rush!)
bike: 1:50:42 (ugh...i don't even like to think about it...SO hard!)
transition from bike to run: 1:53
run: 1:03:45 (slower than i wanted...but my REAL goal was to not walk...so...)

total time: 3:35:12!

you can read all the details on my family blog

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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4.7 mile run...EASY and slow (in 1 billion degree weather!)

rode my sister's bike for a few minutes to get used to the gears again

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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1 hour yoga

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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swim 3/4 mile
run 4ish miles RIGHT after

Monday, August 9, 2010

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1 hour spinning class

2 sets of pushups/crunches/jumping jacks

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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rest

(+ 8 mile bike ride with family)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

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GREAT 6.5 mile run!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

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swam 1 mile
battling migraine

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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4 mile hill run

1 hour aerobics

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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BRICK:
15.5 mile bike
2 mile run

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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4 mile run

30 minutes yoga

Monday, August 2, 2010

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1 hour spinning

20 minutes cruches/pushups

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

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40 min "insanity" video

50 min yoga video

Friday, July 30, 2010

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6 1/2 mile run...slow but felt GREAT!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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50 minutes bike

3 sets crunches/pushups

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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3 sets pushups/crunches

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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1 hour yoga

swim 1 mile

Monday, July 26, 2010

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run 5 miles

1 hour spinning class

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

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hiked 11 miles! HARD and so fun!

Friday, July 23, 2010

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ran 5 miles

did my own little triathlon:
swam 17 laps (1/2 mile)
biked 20 miles
ran 1.5 miles

felt GOOD!
100 degree weather...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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rode 17 miles (hard)

ran 4 miles

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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swam 1 1/2 miles

1 hour spinning class

Monday, July 19, 2010

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ran 4 miles - with my GROUP again!!!

3 sets of:
100 jumprope
30 pushups
100 crunches

1 hour yoga

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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rode 19 miles
HOT out there... {100+ degrees}

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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ran 4 miles!
first increase in mileage and it felt pretty good.
i'm slow...but that's ok.
just glad to be RUNNING!

30 minutes yoga

Friday, July 16, 2010

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rest (traveling)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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ran 3 miles and it actually felt GOOD...like i wasn't going to die.
excited to run 4 miles next time!
building up...slowly...

1 hour yoga

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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3 sets of:

100 jumprope
30 pushups
100 crunches

1 hour yoga

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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ran 3 miles! (HARD! breathing was hard...not my muscles...which is so frustrating)

ran 1 mile with Rebekah (more a walk/run)

yoga with Pat for 50 minutes :-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

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3 sets of:

100 jump rope
30 pushups
100 crunches

30 minutes of yoga - WITH pat! :-) fun!

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3 sets of:

100 jump rope
30 pushups
100 crunches

30 minutes of yoga - WITH pat! :-) fun!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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ran 30 minutes and it felt GOOD!

3 sets of:
30 pushups
100 crunches

on the hotel room floor :-)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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traveling...

Friday, July 9, 2010

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helped run kids' triathlon

that's all i have in me... :-)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

i ran!!!

3 sets of:
30 pushups
100 crunches
100 jump rope

ran for 30 minutes...well, ran 2 minutes, walked 1 min over and over.
on the treadmill.
total of about 2 1/2 miles.
it felt GREAT!
the test will be how my hip feels tomorrow morning.

i was at the gym running.
and i kept having to take the hUGE smile
OFF my face...people probably thought i was NUTS!
it felt SO good!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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45 minute HARD swim workout

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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3 sets of:
100 jump rope
30 pushups
100 crunches

swam 1 mile +a few laps of kicking

1 hour yoga

Monday, July 5, 2010

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sprint swim workout

Saturday, July 3, 2010

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today and tomorrow - REST

Friday, July 2, 2010

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1 hour walk (4.2 miles)

20 minutes weights - arms and stomach

30 minutes cardio - rowing machine and elliptical

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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rode bike 1 hour (13.5 miles)

45 minute walk

15 minute ab workout

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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45 minute swim workout - HARDEST i've ever swam! WOW!
followed by a 30 minute bike ride - 7 miles - BIG hills

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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swam 1 1/2 miles

rode bike 30 minutes - 8 miles - BIG hills

Monday, June 28, 2010

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1 hour spinning class

1 hour yoga

Sunday, June 27, 2010

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rode 10 miles on my sister's road bike that she's letting me borrow!!
fun!

Friday, June 25, 2010

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walk 3.5 miles

swam 45 minutes...worked on stroke count (just learned that on wednesday!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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a REAL {1 hour} swim workout led by a COACH! fun!!!

20 minute ab video

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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swim 1 1/2 miles

Monday, June 21, 2010

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sprint swim workout

Saturday, June 19, 2010

weekend

NOTHING today or tomorrow.
ugh.

Friday, June 18, 2010

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spinning class

crunches/pushups

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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45 minutes elliptical/bike

crunches/pushups

NEEDED to SWEAT!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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swam 1 1/2 miles
felt GREAT!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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went to dr.

diagnosis:
torn tensor fasciae latae (where all the "stuff" - ligaments?? - that runs along the outside of my leg from my knee to my hip meet at the top of my hip)

have to NOT run for 4 weeks - ahhh!
BUT i can swim and possibly bike

i haven't done anything since last thursday...for 5 days!
planning on swimming tomorrow

Friday, June 11, 2010

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taking a break...very tired and my hip hurts...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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5 mile run

1 mile swim

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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45 minutes aerobics tape

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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4.5 mile run

level 1 of the shred

45 minutes cycling
30 minutes yoga

Monday, June 7, 2010

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5.3 mile run

sprint swim workout

Sunday, June 6, 2010

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rest day...at the Nationals game! :-)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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12 mile run

Friday, June 4, 2010

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1 hour Firm video

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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4.5 mile run

sprint swim workout - last day at my current gym...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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level 3 of the shred. LOVE it!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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4.5-5 mile run (my gps died)
1 hour yoga
45 minutes spinning

Monday, May 31, 2010

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8 mile run (memorial day)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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25.5 mile bike ride followed by a 6.2 mile run!!!!
that's the last 2/3 of my triathlon!
it felt great!

Friday, May 28, 2010

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3.8 mile walk/run

1 hour Firm video

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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4.8 mile run...sprinted up repeated hills. wow.

swam 1 mile without stopping.
then swam another 1/2 mile.
GOOD swim!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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level 3 of "the shred"

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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4.6 mile run

45 minutes yoga

1 hour spinning

Monday, May 24, 2010

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4.6 mile run

sprint swim workout

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

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12 mile run - felt a little better than last week...but not great

Friday, May 21, 2010

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day off - needed it...for myself AND my kids

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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5 mile run (with some sprints)

45 minute Firm video

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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3 mile walk

level 2 of Jillian Michael's 30 day shred - she is SO hard core!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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4.7 mile run

45 minutes yoga

1 hour spinning

Monday, May 17, 2010

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slept in - didn't run.

sprint swim workout.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

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12 mile run.
awful.
hardest ever.
probably walked a total of 1 of those miles.
but done.

Friday, May 14, 2010

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3.8 mile walk/run

1.5 mile swim (in 50 minutes)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

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20 minute ab video

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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did level 1 of Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred...feeling VERY tired...didn't give 100% but i liked it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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4.8 mile run

1 hour yoga

50 minutes spinning

Monday, May 10, 2010

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4.7 mile run

ladder sprint swim workout

Saturday, May 8, 2010

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12 hours of putting on a yard sale!

Friday, May 7, 2010

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4 mile run/walk

deck of cards workout

hours of pricing for yard sale!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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5.5 mile run

20 minute ab video

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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9 hours of yard sale pricing/organizing ;-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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4.7 mile run

45 minute yoga class

1 hour spinning class

Monday, May 3, 2010

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45 minute Biggest Loser DVD

1 mile swim +10 laps (with my eyes closed...)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

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12 mile run - the first 6 miles we had a 9:11 pace! the second 6 miles was closer to 9:40 pace. but still pretty good for me!

8.25 mile bike ride - BIG hills

Friday, April 30, 2010

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4 mile run/walk

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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4.9 mile run - felt strong! hills...and had enough to "kick it" on them!

sprint swim workout - felt REALLY strong!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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45 minute Firm video

plus

20 minutes Ab video

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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5.8 mile run

1 hour yoga

45 minutes spinning

Monday, April 26, 2010

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5.5 mile run

1 mile swim (NO stopping!) +12 laps

Sunday, April 25, 2010

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REST DAY!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

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12 mile run

Friday, April 23, 2010

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sprint swim workout

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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4.5 mile run

1 hour aerobics tape

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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1 hour aerobics tape

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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4.7 mile run

45 minute yoga class

1 hour spinning class

*ran 3 more miles during rebekah's soccer practice...1/2 mile warm up, 2 miles at 8:00-8:30 pace, and 1/2 mile cool down

Monday, April 19, 2010

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4.2 mile run

deck of cards workout

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

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rode my bike 25 miles!
that's the total distance i have to ride for the triathlon...

it was fine.
super windy (which made me so MAD!)

but i didn't swim a mile or run 6 miles either :-)

Friday, April 16, 2010

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6.3 mile run

some situps and pushups

Thursday, April 15, 2010

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5.1 mile hill run

swim sprint workout

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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1 hour Firm aerobics

plus some additional weights....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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5 mile run

45 minute yoga class

1 hour spinning class

Monday, April 12, 2010

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5.2 mile run

swam 1 mile +10 laps (all i had time for)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

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12 mile run - felt GREAT!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

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3.9 mile run

sprint swim workout

Thursday, April 8, 2010

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5 mile run (first 1/2 of run was hill repeats!)

20 minute ab video

SO sore from spinning/yoga on tuesday...but i DO feel stronger after my "break" last week!!! yay!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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1 hour Firm exercise video

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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4.5 mile run

45 minutes yoga

1 hour spinning

Monday, April 5, 2010

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4.7 mile run

200 crunches
80 pushups (the girl kind...)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

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19 miles bike

3 mile run right after the bike
the first 1/2 mile i couldn't feel my legs
by 1.5 miles i could feel my legs and they didn't feel good
by 2.5 miles my legs felt good!

Friday, April 2, 2010

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on vacation from march 28-april 1
didn't run/bike or swim.
did do lots of hiking.

today:
ran 5.6 miles

deck of cards workout

Saturday, March 27, 2010

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12.5 mile run

Friday, March 26, 2010

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swam 1 1/2 miles...really pushed myself...swam faster than usual for that long of a distance

Thursday, March 25, 2010

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4.1 mile hill run

deck of cards workout

1 hour spinning class

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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40 minutes of Biggest Loser DVD

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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4.6 mile run

Firm workout

Monday, March 22, 2010

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5 mile run

sprint swim workout

Saturday, March 20, 2010

race!

5k (actually...3.2 miles...) in 26:54 - 8:26 pace!!!

1 hour bike ride OUTSIDE! 13.7 miles

Friday, March 19, 2010

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45 minute walk/run

swam 1 1/2 miles

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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4.5 mile hill run

deck of cards workout

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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1 hour Firm aerobics tape

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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4.8 mile run

1 hour yoga

1 hour spinning

Monday, March 15, 2010

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5 mile run

ladder swim workout

Sunday, March 14, 2010

rest

day of rest.
i love sundays.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

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AWESOME 12 mile run!
in the wind and rain.
and it really WAS awesome!

Friday, March 12, 2010

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swam almost 1 1/2 miles

ran out of time because i had the cutest conversation with my 75 year old friend.
heard about his children (6 of them) and grandchildren and the cottage "up north" they are about to head to.
and his wood burning stove.
and the new gazebo they have for this summer...the Amish built it.

and did you know he eats 1 cookie a day?
1/2 of the cookie after lunch
and 1/2 after dinner :-)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

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4.75 mile run

deck of cards workout

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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1 hour aerobics workout

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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4.6 mile run

1 hour yoga

1 hour spinning

ahhh...feels so GOOD to be healthy again!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

on the women's retreat

50 minute "fit" class

8 mile run

Friday, March 5, 2010

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deck of cards workout

1 hour spinning class

headed away for the weekend...not sure what my training will look like...but bringing my running shoes with me!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

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i'm back!!!

4.5 mile run - felt GOOD!!!
did a short aerobics video...to feel "normal" more than anything

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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still sick.
still nothing.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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sick.
resting.
trying to get better.

i'm NEVER going to be ready for this triathlon!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

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swam 1 1/2 miles
tried to do the sprint workout but my body said NO.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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11 miles - 11 R O U G H miles...sick with a head cold...but i pulled it out. it was ugly.

Friday, February 26, 2010

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nothing.
need a day with my God and my kids.

{i feel like ever since i started this blog, my "training" has been the most sporadic it ever is! sorry! but, i guess that's "real life" as a mom, huh??}

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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somehow pulled out a 4.5 mile run and doing my deck of cards workout...have a cold and wanted to die

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Leslie Sansone's 3 mile Walk away the pounds video {was feeling "blah"...hard, hard day the day before...and coming down with a cold}

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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5.5 mile run
1 hour yoga
1 hour spinning (focused on strength today = lots of riding with lots of tension...wow!)

Monday, February 22, 2010

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4.5 mile run

went to the gym to swim...but they did some maintenance on the pool over the weekend and the water temp was 60 degrees - that's COLD! way too cold for me to get in. luckily i was still in my running clothes, so i still worked out for an hour...

10 minutes on the rowing machine
15 minutes on the elliptical
10 minutes on rowing machine
15 minutes on the elliptical

{i'm ADD on those cardio machines at the gym...and i was also trying to workout my chest/shoulders like i would have if i had been able to swim but still get my heart rate up}

then i did...

15 pushups/50 crunches 4 times (total of 60 pushups and 200 crunches)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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rest day :-)

plus a 1 hour walk with the fam...for fun, NOT exercise!
LOVE getting fresh air in the sunshine!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

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12.5 mile run
for the record - it was an awful run...so hard...i was dying...but i pulled it out thanks to the ladies that run with me. i love good runs. but it's also nice to know i can pull out a long run even when it's hard.

doing my best to recover now...and move on with our weekend!

Friday, February 19, 2010

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1 hour speed walking
1 hour aerobics video (transfirmer ultimate calorie blaster!)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

5.5 mile run
1 hour yoga {it's "flow yoga"...i'm kinda loving it. i "flipped the dog" for the first time! yowza!}
1 hour spinning {interval stuff...}

Monday, February 15, 2010

12 mile run
200 crunches (4 sets of 50)
60 pushups (4 sets of 15)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

nothing.
rest day :-)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

nothing.
i'm either all or nothing.
and saturdays = long runs and it would just be painful.
either go to the gym and run 12 miles on a treadmill (NOT happening)
or try to run 12 miles outside where there's only 1 lane cleared in the snow all around town and make all the drivers mad.

i just couldn't do it.

monday is a holiday.
maybe i'll get a long run in then?
but i don't think there's going to be much melting between now and then...

i'm trying to tell myself that "rest" is just as good for my body as a good long run.
it's not as good for my attitude, though...

Friday, February 12, 2010

ran 5 miles.
swam 1 1/2 miles.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

1 hour Firm workout

{trying not to freak out that i'm "out of my routine!}

videos

what video's do i use in my basement?? {here ya go, Holly!}

i have 2 full sets of The Firm VHS (oh, yes!) tapes!
i LOVE LOVE LOVE them....i've used them for years (obviously...since they are vhs!)
i have to do them on this little tv that is like 8 inches and has a vcr built into it.
comical.

i also use The Biggest Loser DVD...a friend gave it to me as a gift (and i LOVE it!)
it has 5 or 6 sections - each one 20 minutes long (low cardio...high cardio...boot camp...strength and sculpt) and you "create" your own workout with them.
it's cool.

the only other video i use is a Denise Austin one.
it's called "Fit and Fabulous for every age" or something like that.
it's cheesy...but a great combination of cardio and strength training.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

nada

{snowed in and having fun}

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ran 5 miles {shopping center parking lot again}

45 minute yoga class

1 hour spinning class

Monday, February 8, 2010

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ran 5.1 miles...mostly around a shopping center parking lot because of the 3 feet of snow.

swam a "ladder" workout:

400 m warmup
25 m swim
25 m sprint
50 m swim
25 m sprint
75 m swim
25 m sprint
100 swim
25 m sprint
125 m swim
25 m sprint
150 m swim
25 m sprint
150 m swim
25 m sprint
125 m swim
25 m sprint
100 m swim
25 m sprint
75 m swim
25 m sprint
50 m swim
25 m sprint
25 m swim

400 m to finish it up!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

cross-training??

4+ hours of shoveling!!!

and tomorrow is a day of REST!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday, Feb 5

12 mile run (from 5:15-7:15 am...so does it count for more?? :-)
did my long run today because of the 2 feet of snow that is falling outside.

1 1/2 mile swim (34 + 17 laps...too tired to add them up :-)) in 55 minutes (including the conversation i had with the man i was sharing a lane with. he was so cute! at least 30 years older than me. and gave me a run for my money! with his snorkel breathing thing and all! he said to me at the end, "go get 'em kid!" KID! love it!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

day 1 in writing

this is nowhere near day 1 of my "training"...but i don't know how else to start this!

we're just going to dive in with today's workout:

5 mile run
45 minutes cross training (workout video in my basement)...a little cardio...mostly strength training

my goal

this goal has been in my head and heart for awhile...

i am doing an international triathlon on august 14, 2010!

we all know i love to exercise.
i always have.
and i've grown to love it even more the last couple years.
i became a runner shortly after having bailey.

and i became a swimmer 2 years after that.

i couldn't do either of those things for more than about 1 minute when i started them.
if I can run or swim...anyone can.

i'll admit that one of the biggest driving forces in me to do those things was weight management.
i've always struggled with my weight.
and exercise helps me keep it under control.

but i've realized over the last year or so that it's not about that anymore at all.
it's truly because i love it.
and i need it...i need it for my sanity.

this also kinda scares me a little bit...to need something so badly.
so, i'm trying to take better care of myself...and not overdo it so that i don't injure anything.

i even started doing yoga once a week (that's all i can handle....)
but i'm starting to enjoy it a little bit and i really think it's good for my body to stretch and all.

i have 1 goal in finishing this triathlon.
i want to finish feeling strong.
i don't care about my time.
i just want to feel strong at the end.

i'm in pretty good shape right now.
i'm running a faster pace than i ever have before.
i'm running more miles a week than i ever have before.
if i'm going to do this...now is the time.

the day i signed up for it, my stomach was upset for the rest of the day.
and i'm sure it will be like that the day before.

but i know i can do this.
so i am.
technically, i could probably do it tomorrow...but i hope to train some towards my goal of feeling STRONG at the end.
i shouldn't have to work out for many more hours a week...i'm just going to have to bike more (right now all i'm doing is a 1 hour spinning class a week!) and run less...which i don't love...but i'll do.

what exactly is an international triathlon?? we start with a 1500 meter (a little less than a mile) swim in a lake (totally weirds me out! i only swim in a pool!!!)
these pics are from the luray website from the last 2 years


then we bike 25 miles
ok...besides not having one of those "triathlon suits" to wear...and hating wearing a cap to swim...it gives me a headache...i also don't have the "right" kind of bike. i can use the bike i have {a hybrid} but i will have to work twice as hard as the people on road bikes {they cost like $2000...not happening...you really can "buy" time in a triathlon!} hoping maybe to borrow a bike?? but, if not, i can use mine.

then we run a 10k (6.2 miles) at the end.
running is my thing.
so i love knowing that this is the last part.

am i crazy?
yes, totally.
but i'm so excited about this!!!

so...this is a real-life training plan for someone with kids and other priorities in life
{but i guess you also have to be highly motivated to workout...and slightly crazy :-)}