Monday, October 27, 2014

week in review: october 20–26

Dopey Challenge Training: Week 17

Monday, October 20: rest day

Tuesday, October 21: unscheduled rest day

Wednesday, October 22: 30 minute walk

Thursday, October 23unscheduled rest day

Friday, October 24rest day

Saturday, October 253.2 miles at Monster Dash 5k, 2.04 miles right afterwards to = 5.24 miles for the day (30/60 run/walk intervals)

Sunday, October 262.41 miles (treadmill - 60/60 run/walk intervals), 5 minutes on stationary bike; 20 minute walk with the dogs

Weekly mileage:  7.65 miles
Total mileage for Dopey Challenge Training: 263.7 miles

Oh boy, not a great week in terms of training. I skipped a day of running - eeks! Let's just say I was pretty exhausted all week, still battling allergies and a minor cold. I'm still not feeling great this week, but I do plan on sticking to my training schedule, which is intense — two 45 minute runs on Tuesday and Thursday, 8.5 mile walk on Saturday, and 20 miles on Sunday. Since I have my gym membership, I'll also take a stab at some cross training there – I'd really like to try the row machine, but need a little help to make sure I'm doing it right. 

I had a busy calendar this past week with only two days after work being home; the rest of the week I would get home and would be off for dinner and/or drinks immediately, and by the time I got home it was past bedtime. I'm pooped! I really need to stop planning so many meet ups and rest one of these days ;)

On Saturday I ran the Monster Dash 5k with my mom in Chicago. It was a gorgeous day for a run, even a bit warm if you can believe it! Since I needed 5 miles for the day, after finishing the race and grabbing our medals, water, and snacks, we hit the lakefront path again for 2 more miles. You can read my BibRave review here. Later in the day, I went to Boo at the Zoo with my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and husband. After that, the hubs and I were off to a friend's birthday party.

I tried to put a BibRave tattoo on my hand...
it didn't work out too well haha.

Monster Dash medal, BibRave orange tank, and
my first time wearing a Sparkle Athletic skirt :) 

For the first time in weeks, I was able to sleep in on a Sunday – I went to bed without setting an alarm, and it felt amazing to just wake up when I wanted, and then be lazy around the house for a bit. Around noon I hit up the gym and ran on the treadmill while watching the Bears game, and then tried a stationary bike. The bike was one of the lower ones with a back, and I did not like it much. I think I just feel awkward because when I'm more used to the standard sit up bikes. I'll try one of those next time.

Tried out my Flipbelt at the gym - worked great!
Full review to come after more testing is done.

After the gym the hubs and I took the dogs for a walk, I returned a library book, we hit up a local brewery for a drink to finish watching the Bears game, and then that night we went to a friends house for dinner and a game night with some of my college friends. It was a blast! Now it's time to get serious about eating right, staying on task with my training schedule, and hydrating for the weekend!!

As a side note, ENERGYbits is running a promotion right now called BITS for BIBS: 

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How was your week? Did training go well? Any races over the weekend? What are your recovery tools/tips?

P.S. Make sure to review your race(s) on, and join us for #BibChat tomorrow night at 8pm CT.


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