The return of the fitness and training diary! By Rachel

So, a week later, here I aaaaam!

After putting up on one of the open threads that I was interested in holding myself accountable again with the fitness and training diary, I thought I’d finally put one up. Here we go:

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.

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21 thoughts on “The return of the fitness and training diary! By Rachel

  1. So, I’ve committed to doing a 100k ride around Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay (or halfway around and back) in October. I’m also toying with entering a half marathon that’s exactly one week before the bike ride. I did this two years ago, and while I didn’t set the world on fire with my speeds, I completed both and didn’t injure myself and was in excellent shape, so I might do that again.

    My week:
    Monday: rest
    Tues: run – 8km @6.20
    Wed: spin class
    Thurs: gym – weights session
    Fri: rest
    Sat: long run – 11 km
    Sun: long bike ride – ??

          • I know. Stupid equator, messing up with time and seasons and everything! ;-)

            Hey, while you’re “here” – last year, you were talking about your DH making you running sandals based on another type of sandals (name escapes me). I will be buying shoes like an Imelda when I’m in the states in August (because 50% cheaper!) and would like sandals like that. I use my Vibrams for gym and for a short run each week and OMG, my feet and tendons are so much stronger! But the downside is that I really struggle with flip-flops now. Any suggestions?

  2. Wow! That’s more than I can even imagine taking on. I just switched my gym membership from a women- only gym downtown to the Y right near my house. It was a good decision, money-wise, but I don’t know how to use anything there besides the cardio machines. I’m sitting here in my gym clothes, procrastinating going over there, so I guess my week looks like this:

    Monday: Actually go to the gym. Cardio
    Tuesday- Friday: Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

  3. I’ve been a walking machine – putting in 2-3 miles a day for the past week… it’s all about the soundtrack for me and I purloined a bunch of songs from liza’s iPod like “Party Rock Anthem” and “pricetag” and “Valerie” and I am cruising!!!

    but then yesterday was National ice cream day so… you know… it’s a wash.

    • I love your mix. Actually, Jess, Lily and I all love your mix. Because we have all those songs, too. When Pricetag came out, Jess heard the line “It’s not about the ba-bling-ba-bling” as “It’s peanut-butter ba-bling-ba-bling.”

  4. Okay. I’m starting very slowly here, as I have not exercised with any regularity in the past two years. Shameful, I know. We joined the Y and my goal is to get there 2 times this week. I am having a hard time figuring out when, but I really really must. So…still figuring out exactly when, but I am committing to 2 times for either general cardio machines or a water aerobics class.

    • Good for you! I’m sort of in the same boat right now. I’m figuring if I can make it to the gym 3 times this week I’ll call it a win. The problem is I woke up with wicked cramps (stupid perimenopause) and while I hear my gym teacher’s voice in my head (“Exercise is an excellent cure for cramps! Now dress out and be on the floor in 5 minutes!”), I really just want to curl up with a pillow and skip it.

    • Good for you. I would love to take some classes as well, and do some weights. My problem is committing … I would really prefer somewhere that I can do drop in because I’m not sure I can get there frequently enough to make the money worthwhile. That seems nearly impossible though – all the places want your $ on a monthly basis. We don’t have a Y here, everywhere seems fairly hard core.

  5. I walked around the block.

    I can’t wait until my body is back to being able to do my 40 minutes, four times a week!

    I did lose at least 6 pounds this week, but it was a very dramatic way to do it, and not one that I would recommend.

      • I”m doing OK – still very tender at the incision site (and it’s a big one) and generally achy. Doctor yesterday said the achiness is other muscles trying to compensate for the lack of abs; he also saw me try to sit up and told me to use my arms, not my midsection (which I didn’t realize I was doing), so that I don’t get a hernia. Eeeek – that’s enough to put me back to laying down more.

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