Fitness and training diary w/o July 23

This is an open thread for those who are interested in increasing their fitness and/or training for a race of any shape or kind. Post your training regime for this week and come back to report on your progress. Got a question on training, walking, running, biking, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming or anything to do with race preparation? Post it here – someone will know the answer.

(by Rachel, if anyone needs that! ;-)

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25 thoughts on “Fitness and training diary w/o July 23

  1. I really enjoyed myself last week. I did two runs and two bike sessions (one spin, one long ride on my bike.) The weather behaved beautifully, so I really got to enjoy the outdoor weather!

    I’ve decided that I’m going to do a 10km road race the week before the 100km bike race in October. I want to focus on building speed as well as endurance, but I’m concerned about overdoing it and not causing an injury, so I’m going to stay away from the half marathon.

    This week:
    Mon: rest
    Tues: run – 10km
    Wed: spin class
    Thurs: gym – weights session
    Fri: rest
    Sat: long run – 12km
    Sun: rest

  2. This week:
    Walk the dog for 30-40 minutes every morning.
    “Strength training” with DS1 and DS2 Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (our strength training consists of some sort of crunches, some sort of push up, and some sort of leg work — we vary it each time).
    Experiment with swimming laps — now that DS2 has his green band and can be anywhere he wants in the pool without an adult, I can swim laps in the pool. I did my best to swim four lengths today — two breast stroke and two freestyle. The freestyle about killed me. I’d like to keep working at that and build up some endurance.

  3. We’ve got a new cross trainer upstairs (yay for credit card points…and DAMN how much am I spending on that card?!!). I’m going to try to carve out some time to use it. Have to figure out when. The husband is using it though, which is good. A dad in my daughter’s class died of a heart attack over the school holidays, so some cardio exercise in addition to his recent mammoth weight loss would make us all feel better. :)

    • oooh, that sounds like an interesting purchase! Hope it sees a lot of regular use by both of you, and how awful about the dad from DD’s class. It scares the ever-lovin’ tar out of me; DH had another health scare recently and I don’t know how much longer I can take him working this insane life. Good thing is, he’s making some dietary modifications and started riding to work again, so …

    • How scary! I was quite surprised when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure a year ago, after going in for something totally unrelated. It is so easy for that go unnoticed until it’s too late. So hey everyone–get your blood pressure checked!

  4. I’m trying to figure out which cardio machine at the gym is most efficacious. There’s a tread climber, an elliptical, a stair climber and a treadmill. I’ve been playing with all of them and the stair climber seems least useful since it only does legs- same with the treadmill. So…between the tread climber and the elliptical, I can’t really feel much of a difference, but they have a long row of each so there must be some reason to do one over the other, right?

      • Hmmm….I just want to burn calories. I wish they came rated, like Triple A rates hotels. “This is a ****machine. It will kick your ass.” “This is a ** machine. It’s basic and will get the job done, but don’t expect too much.”

        • If you’re moving and your heart rate is up, you’re burning calories. If you use the arms bits on the elliptical/cross trainer, you’re moving MORE of your body…which is always good. I’d try them all and see which one you like. Unless you have bad knees or hips. Then use the elliptical.

        • I had a similar complaint when I did my intro session at my gym. Made the mistake of saying something like, ‘the elliptical doesn’t hurt my knees, but I also don’t feel like I’m getting a good workout’. The trainer pulled out a heart rate monitor and put me on the elliptical in cardio mode and I realized anything can be an effective cardio workout! So maybe try using the sensors, or buy a hrm.

          –R

          • I love my heart rate monitor. I can never grab the sensors just right, but the HRM rocks my world. I have just a basic Polar, and it gets the job done.

            • The sensors never work for me either- apparently my low BP keeps them from picking up my pulse.

              I rode my bike to work today. Seemed like a good way to switch things up from the gym routine and it’s freaking gorgeous today.

              I suppose the whole “I want to burn calories” thing is less convincing when I drink beer and eat ice cream the night before, isn’t it? I’m not sure if it’s hormones or what, but I was an eating machine last night. Ugh.

  5. Good timing on bringing this back – thank you! I’m trying to get back on track after a few months of complete lack of work life balance. I’ve lost 4 lb of the 6 I gained, but I don’t have the fitness back yet. We are going on a family hiking trip at the end of August, though, so I’m using that as my goal and doing more stair stepping and inclined treadmill with my normal 2x strength training. This week, I’ll do T & F strength training, Sat and Sun cardio.

    (it’s 5:30 am and DH just suggested that if I can’t sleep, I should go for a run. Perhaps, but it seems so much better to plan to run Saturday than to do it this am…)

    –R

    • hey, if planning makes it happen effectively for you, plan away. I schedule hours for my workouts, but leave it kinda flexible as to what I do.

  6. Mostly I’m doing nothing but this Saturday morning I am going to my first ever Zumba class with my friend Jorge from work – I’m going because I can’t pass up the opportunity to watch Jorge do Zumba. Also, it’s on the far side of town so if I fall on my face I won’t run into those ladies at the grocery store.

  7. I joined an over-30 women’s soccer league for the summer. We play games on Wednesday evenings, and there are also pick-up games on Sundays. This is definitely a huge improvement over my previous activity level. It is hard to get hydrated enough and warmed up enough before I go, sometimes. I am sitting here with bad leg cramps as a result. And several times I have had to take the kids. They were pretty good, but it’s hard to concentrate on the game when you can’t see your 3-yr-old…or when she runs down on the field to hug you when you are taking a corner kick.

    I am going to keep doing it. I love soccer so much, and I had not played for years. There are very few things I feel good about doing, and this is one of them, like I was born to do it. It’s hard not to be very critical when I mess up.

    • Awesome. I too used to be a soccer player. But my one recent foray was on a five on a side indoor game…with people in their early twenties. I couldn’t walk for a week (I’m a wee bit competitive). An over 30′s women’s league sounds brilliant. I may have to find one.

  8. Great to have this thread back! I was just on two and a half weeks of vacation, and for the first time ever, I did not gain any weight. Yay! Our cabin in Maine had a sky light right over the bed, so I was up with the sun at 5:00 am every morning. To get away from the sleepers, I walked (can’t jog any more) for up to two hours every morning. We also did a lot of outdoor stuff (sea kayaking, hiking, cycling), and I was able to get into a gym a couple of times. I am very pleased.

    Now that we’re home, I need to get back into my regular routine. I took a yoga class today, and I’m hoping for some sort of walk or gym session tomorrow and a bike ride on Sunday. I’ll probably have work coming in next week, so I’ll have to figure that out once I know what’s up.

  9. I hopped onto the elliptical machine at the resort yesterday and OMG my calves are killing me!! It’s hard to walk today (which was mostly in the car anyway). It didn’t hurt while I was doing it…
    I really need to get back into shape.

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