As you are reading this post, my husband and I are in Hawaii! We took off yesterday for one of my dream vacations and I could not be more excited to explore this beautiful island.
Knowing that we were leaving for a week really motivated me to fit in all my workouts this week. After finally starting to feel like myself again last week, this week brought even more success.
While I was still tempted to put off workouts and runs, my excitement and motivation was back and I was able to complete my workouts and surprise myself with the fitness I am starting to gain back.
25k training is officially underway now, and while I’m not sure what training will look like this week in Hawaii, I am feeling much more confident about this upcoming race and eager to get to work.
Check out my 25k training recap for week 10!
25k Training Recap: Week 10
Monday, 3/25 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for any marathon or long distance race. Regardless of the training plan, I will always incorporate this yoga routine on a weekly basis. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
I was really focused during this yoga session, which hasn’t happened in a long time (thanks to our endlessly energetic puppy). It’s amazing what a difference you feel when your breathing and movements sync up. This routine was just what I needed to get back on track after dropping down from the marathon!
Tuesday, 3/26 – 4 miles
This run was a surprising success. After weeks of adjusting my scheduled workout, it felt nice to finally get in the run that was on the schedule. This run called for some tempo miles, so I tried to run “fast”, not knowing what this might be after a few months off.
My watch kept telling me that I was running only slightly faster than my normal pace, which was really frustrating since I felt like I was giving it my all. I continued to push myself this entire run to see if I could increase the pace. When I got home and looked through my splits, I was surprised to see that I ran each mile nearly two minutes faster than my watch was displaying in the moment! I was very happy to find that I could still hit the same paces as I did during marathon training this past fall.
Wednesday, 3/27 – Strength Workout
This strength workout is another one of my favorites. I love how these exercises target the most neglected and injury prone areas of the body, and have found a great deal of injury free success since I began completing this workout on a regular basis.
I was feeling pretty motivated this week and really gave it my all during this strength workout. I added some extra core exercises to complete the workout and was really happy to notice that many of these exercises are feeling easier than they did a few weeks ago.
Thursday, 3/28 – 5 miles
My parents stayed the night after heading to a concert downtown with us on Wednesday night. My mom and I were able to run together in the morning before they left and it sure was great to have a running buddy!
This run was pretty sluggish after staying up later than usual for the concert and drinking significantly less water. I was definitely lacking motivation to get started, so it was extra nice to have someone around to keep me accountable. Once we got going this run turned out to be much better than I expected!
Friday, 3/29 – Cardio + core cross training
Heading into the weekend, I really wanted a workout that was quick but would get the job done. I combined two 15 minute bodyweight workouts for 30 minutes of cross training and was really surprised how tired I was after just half an hour!
I completed this 15 Minute Cardio Workout and 15 Minute Complete Core Workout and really loved them both. This cardio workout had me sweating and breathing hard within just a few minutes. I love how effective bodyweight exercises are! The core workout was just what I needed for a good challenge to leave my abs burning.
Saturday, 3/30 – Rest
As much as I had hoped to fit another run before we left, I knew that no matter how optimistic I felt, I’d probably end up feeling rushed trying to pack for the trip – and it turns out I was right.
I decided to skip my run in order to spend time getting all of our luggage and travel logistics organized and ready to go for our early morning flight to Hawaii. We are planning plenty of activities that will keep us moving on our trip, so I am not too worried about keeping up my fitness while we are gone.
Sunday, 3/31 – Rest
We spent Sunday traveling the 12+ hours to Hawaii and happily resting on the plane! I am so excited to explore this week and am hoping to fit in some mileage with hikes and various sight-seeing days. Even though I don’t have any concrete plans to run while we’re on the island, I’m feeling confident that we’ll fit in a lot of cross training and I won’t lose any fitness.
Here’s to a new week in a beautiful place!
Previous Running Recaps:
- 25k Training Recap: Week 9
- Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k Race Recap
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1 – 8
- 2018 25k Training Recap Posts
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap