11 Week Workout Plan: Week 1 Review

Last week was the first week of my "11 week workout plan." No specific rhyme or reason to having 11 weeks... I just wanted to lay out a plan for myself to get active. Here's the schedule for week 1.

Monday - I did 60 minutes of my Ultimate conditioning class which is a mix of cardio/lifting

Tuesday  - off

Wednesday - Had to work all night! Wasn't able to exercise

Thursday - 2 miles on treadmill @ 10:15 pace; and then 20 minute Tabata workout from Hillary at Nutrition Nut on the Run.

Friday - 5:30 am Ultimate conditioning class and 1 mile on the TM

Sat & Sunday - Nothing!

Three days working out is better than zero! Feeling pretty good. Goal for next week is 4 days + healthier eating :)

Holding myself accountable (1 year later?!?!)

Wow! A lot has happened since my last post. Lets see... I studied for the bar exam, took the bar exam, started work clerking for my firm, found out I PASSED the bar exam, became a lawyer, bought a fixer upper (kind of--parents own it), and have been crazy busy. Working out? It has taken a backseat. I'm afraid that while I'm getting adjusted to my job, I am unable to have the freedom to really focus on exercise and enjoying my time working out. That should not stop me from finding some time to get workouts in though. My friend Jen (who I've talked about on this blog) and I are both at a point where we want to start getting back to running and being fit. We followed the 10k running plan last year almost to a T, so we decided to make a get fit 11-week workout plan. This is based off of the 10k plan, takes into account our busy schedules, and has a new focus on cross training and weights.

Without further ado:
I hope keeping track on this blog will help keep me accountable in my path to working out more :) I've been doing a few things this week, but the real plan starts on Monday of next week. If you are following along, I will post a key for the things that aren't clear, like "Wed Weights." Those are going to be decided week-of.

Esprit de She Triathlon (Relay)

A few weeks ago I participated in the Esprit de She Triathlon sponsored by Athleta. I did the event as a relay with my roommate (run) and my boyfriend's mom (swim). I was on the bike (ha!).

It was a really fun event and I suggest that you check out the Esprit de She website here for information on an event in your area. They have runs, duathlons, cycling races, and triathlons all over the US, so there really is an event for everyone.

And now for the pictures :)

 (Hotel room the night before. They gave us some pretty sweet swag bags!)

(Coming in from the bike portion, smiling but tired as all get out!)

(Transition, my roommate headed out to do the run)

(We finished!!)

Run for Boston

The local running club organized a run dedicated to Boston, so my roommate and I brought the dogs out and joined them. (we are third and forth from the left). The group did the same route they do on their weekly fun runs, which is a 1-miles warmup followed by a 2-mile run around the park. 
 My roommate is running the marathon this upcoming weekend (10k for me! yikes!) so she wanted to run a little more.  We ended up doing 5 miles total. 

March 2013 Running in Review

March was an interesting month. It was half dominated by my indoor triathlon (doing an ironman over the course of a month...which I finished!! woo!).  The other half was spent in Europe doing an international commercial arbitration competition. I only ran twice but I'm surprised I even did that! Anyway, my review of March reflects these two things.  

March Stats: 
Total Distance: 41.94 miles
Total Time: 7.31 hours
Average Pace: 10'12"

Compared to February, I ran only 11 times as opposed to 14 times, but I still only ran 4 less miles. So I am definitely increasing my mileage.  My pace slowed down a bit, but that is probably because I take a slower pace doing my long runs.   My goal for April is to get back in the 9 min mile arena for my average pace :)

Unofficial Budapest Running Tour

I'm almost done with the first leg of my European journey.  I've spent the past few days in Budapest, Hungary for an arbitration competition.  I am so exhausted.  We didn't quite get over the jet lag before having to wake up early to arbitrate and then attend the evening social events (cry me a river, right?) But as we write this I'm seriously on the struggle bus staying awake!!

We went on a 6 mile sight-seeing run throughout the city of Budapest on our first full day in town. It was so awesome.  We stopped ever so often to explore castles, take pictures, buy a few random goodies, and eat lunch.  The weather was sub-par but the company was great.

(Map of the run. We had no idea where we were going but we did a nice little circular tour around the downtown!)

 (Run/posing for the camera)
 (Teammate bonding!)
 (Castle in Budapest)

(Posing at the steps leading up to a monument).

All-in-all, a great run.  Where is the most interesting place you've run?

10k training: Week 10

As much as I want to share my life with you all, I have to keep this short and sweet today because I am a busy traveling lady. Week 10 was a little hectic but I managed to finish my indoor triathlon and do most of my runs. All-in-all, week 10 felt really good and made me feel more confident about the 10k in April. 

Week in review:

Did Tuesday's workout pretty much. I cycled for 13.68 miles at the gym. 

Did Monday's workout. Ran 3.12 mi at a 10'00" pace on the gym treadmill. Then did the spin bike for 10.3 miles (which goes much faster than the other gym bikes btw!)

Went to spin class for 1 hour. Let me just give a standing ovation to anyone who is crazy enough to do that more than once a year. I was D Y I N G. DYING DYING GAH! It was so hard! 21.4 miles biking in 1 hour. 

Thursday was interesting.  I signed up for something called "Run with the dogs" (I hope to write more about it soon), but basically, once or twice per month a group of runners takes out the dogs at the humane society for a 2-4 miles run.   Thursday was the training day and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone. Unfortunately, we didn't get to actually go out for the run yet, so no puppy run time.  I did end up just running around the area afterward and actually ran into my boyfriend (who was also running lol!).  I did 3 miles at about a 9'20" pace, and then did a few striders. 


Was supposed to do a long run but had no time--I was also not in the mindset.  Saturday I was traveling from Champaign --> Chicago --> Zurich --> Budapest and I was all anxious about making sure I was packed and ready to go .My head was in the clouds!  I did manage to get on the treadmill for a few minutes and do a 2.6 mi run. 

Jet lag, sleeping, drinking wine, and more sleeping!