What My Training Has Looked Like the Past Week

Last week was a down week for me and I took full advantage of it. My body was feeling the effects of being on the backend of marathon training, so I cut some of my short weekday runs extra short and did a little pool running instead. An IT band that was feeling a bit angry probably would have dictated this move even if I wasn’t on a down week, so it all just worked out perfectly.

My long run over the weekend was only 6 miles (with a moderately paced 5K thrown in the middle). Not doing a long run felt so bizarre!! On Saturday night I actually had TWO dreams about running!

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Overall this refresher week was much appreciated, and now my body (and mind) are feeling 120% ready to tackle the last month of training with a BANG!

I took this yesterday, so it's actually only 40 days away!

I took this yesterday, so it’s actually only 40 days away!

Since I was spending a lot less time running last week, I ended up actually fitting in three strength training days instead of my usual two. I’ve been bad at keeping a log of my lifts, but from memory here’s a collection of what I did over the three days:

  • Bench press 5 x 5 @ 40lbs
  • Shoulder press 5 x 5 @ 30lbs
  • Lateral raises 5 x 5 @ 5lbs
  • Overhead tricep extension 5 x 5 @ 15lbs
  • Planks 30 secs, 30 secs, 45 secs
  • Rowing on machine 5 x 5 @ 40lbs
  • Bicep curls 10 x 3 @ 10lbs
  • Tricep pushdowns 15 x 2 @ 50lbs
  • Bent over rows 3 x 5 @ 45lbs
  • Dumbbell squats 5 x 5 @ 50lbs

I also did more of Kim’s stability ball exercises!

New moves I tried included the Side Leg Pulls (on the right, then the left):


And the Leg Squeezes with Butt Lift:


The Side Leg Pulls were SUPER HARD for me, and the Leg Squeezes with Butt Lift definitely had me feeling the burn. Kim recommends 44 reps for each move, but I did 45 (not to show off, I just felt weird stopping at 44).

(The other stability ball moves I’ve tried are in this post.)

With an increase in strength training, comes an increase in protein shake making:

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Cecil is really good at putting together a tasty shake!

It’s actually taken me YEARS to find a protein powder that I like, but I’ve finally found it: Jarrow Brown Rice Protein in Mixed Berry. I put the mixed berry powder in with frozen peaches, frozen mango, vanilla greek yogurt and a bit of milk … and it actually tastes really good! It’s gluten free and vegan. I’ve heard that Scott Jurek uses Jarrow too, not that I care what he does or anything : )

Whooo, this was a long post for a Monday! I hope you’re off to a great week of work and training!

What do you put in your protein shakes / smoothies?



  1. August 25, 2014 / 5:55 am

    Way to take the time to listen to your body! And Kim has the best exercises, right? She thinks of things I would never dream of that all look easy (and hard!) at the same time.

  2. August 25, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Nice job strength training! I love putting in blueberries and bananas – sometimes I add greek yogurt as well.

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:53 pm

      Ohh yes, I love putting in bananas too. I oddly do not like berries… I don’t mind the flavor (hence the berry flavored protein powder) but I don’t like actual berries! So weird, I know.

  3. August 25, 2014 / 9:02 am

    Cutback weeks are VERY important to marathon training – glad you got the opportunity to rest up a bit! What’s even crazier about the countdown is that I realized I only have 3 weeks – 3 more long runs – until it’s time to taper! Wow!

    Oddly enough, I almost never dream about running. Go figure, huh? It’s not like I do it and talk about it all the time in my waking life!!

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:54 pm

      I KNOW!! I can’t believe the taper is right around the bend. It’s exciting and scary!

  4. August 25, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Recovery weeks are amazing and they really do wonders to get you recharged. 40 days holy crap it’s coming up fast lol.

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:54 pm

      No kidding! I feel like just yesterday I signed up for the marathon, but really that was back in December of last year! Ahhh!

  5. August 25, 2014 / 10:12 am

    You know you are in marathon training when 6 miles seems short… 🙂
    I bet your legs will feel refreshed this week!

  6. August 25, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Ooh those leg pulls look like they would be good for your glutes! I have been sooooo lazy with my shakes. For the past 6 months, if I even MADE a shake it was simply vanilla whey mixed with milk.

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      My legs were literally DYING at the end of the leg pulls! I had to do them in sets of 10s with little rest breaks in between lol

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    August 25, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Haha, my cats look at anything milk related in exactly the same way.

  8. August 25, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Hooray for a cut-back in running before you enter your last stretch of marathon training!!!
    Thanks for the link and pictures – you make them look much better than my pathetic slap them on the post!
    You know why I do 44, right? In 3 weeks I will start doing 45 reps of everything!!!

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      I can’t believe I just now realized what the 44s are all about! 🙂

      The fact that you take the time each week to take pictures and videos of your workouts for us is so appreciated. The quick pic collage is really the least I can do as a thank you!

  9. August 25, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    That picture of Cecil with the protein shake is awesome! My body is definitely feeling the effects of marathon training. I have a half marathon this weekend and I’m actually relieved. Isn’t it crazy that 13 miles seems like nothing now?!

    • August 25, 2014 / 9:59 pm

      I know EXACTLY what you mean!

      I really wish I had a half marathon scheduled into my marathon training plan, but unfortunately the first half marathon in my area isn’t until November. It’s just too hot down here before then :/ I bet you are going to have such an awesome run this weekend!

  10. August 25, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    My go- to smoothie is frozen banana, spinach, kale, mixed berries, greek yogurt, peanut or almond butter, and orange juice! I always get excited to buy some different stuff and change it up, but those are items I always have. Oh and you really know you are in the thick of marathon training when you are dreaming about running:)

    • August 25, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      I’m still too nervous to put anything green in my smoothies. I bet the fruit really balances out the kale, but I just can’t do it! 🙂

  11. August 26, 2014 / 5:36 am

    Great way to listen to your body and have a pseudo-rest. 🙂
    Yum to the protein shake! Currently we have no blender but we are thinking of getting one, so watch this space, may be mixing up some smoothies soon, I hope.

  12. August 27, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    I’m glad you got a little rest. I think at this point in your training, making sure your body stays healthy is a priority!

  13. August 28, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    I ALWAYS have dreams about running and triathlon. I think it is our way to cope with the stress, emotions, mentality, etc. I should really jump on the smoothie wagon. I always buy them, which adds up quickly.