Marathon Training – Week 3 … Kinda …

Well, I knew it was going to happen.  I knew that when I went on vacation that it would not go exactly as laid out on paper.  What did Robert Burns say again?  “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray?”  I had it all laid out, ready to go, but life had other plans.  I heartily believe that it was the Universe calling me out, challenging me … Basically saying, “You know, Row., you have this great plan set out, let’s see if you’re gonna stick to it.”  ‘Cause you know that’s usually what happens to me anyway, when I set out to do something.  Yep … the Universe likes to challenge me … over and over … again and again … I set myself up …

I spent my week in BEAUTIFUL South Lake Tahoe with my family.  My week consisted of two birthdays … Milestone birthdays at that.  My son, Samuel, turned 21, and my hubby, Chris, turned 40.  Yep.  So … in typical Wallen fashion, we hit the impromptu vacation – just picking up and taking off whenever we can get a couple days off together.  So … here’s the breakdown of my week …

Monday:  I had a little soreness from my half marathon on Saturday night.  Just a little not a lot.  I hit up my favorite Chiropractor, Dr. Brian Crawford, and had him adjust me from head to toe, feet, ankles, and sinuses.  I had my H-wave treatment done on my feet, and I laid on the traction table for awhile.  Aaaaaahhhhh!  I love manual adjustments of my head, neck, back … I love the feeling and sound of all my spinal cord clicking into place.  I’m a little sadistic, I know, but that’s me.  Afterwards, a 2 mile walk done once in Lake Tahoe to explore our surroundings.

Ski Run Drive in S. Lake Tahoe. Loved this place!

Tuesday: 3 mile run done.  Kind of an interval workout, interspersed with lots of hills.  Was a nice run.  Beautiful weather, great surroundings, nice place to train.  Then another 2 mile walk.

Wednesday:  More walking.  This time about 3 miles.  So much fun here in Tahoe.  I love it here.  In the evening it was time to do a little resistance training, so biceps, triceps, shoulders, and core … DONE.  Today was also my son’s 21st birthday!  Yippee!  Can’t believe that he’s already so “old.”  Wow!

Thursday:  4 miles – walking.  I know, I know … I’m supposed to be running, but it’s time on my feet, right?  At least I wasn’t sedentary.  So proud of my daughter who walked 1.5 miles and only complained a few times.  Did a core workout also.

Friday:  Cardio.  I love cardio!  My cardio is high intensity and includes lots of resistance along with interval training.  I got smart and prepared an ice cold towel to cool me off which was a good idea.  Made it a little more bearable, and I got a good solid hour in!  Intervals, squats, lots of leg work, and core.

Saturday:  I did absolutely nothing …  I had every intention to go to cardio or to yoga and I slept instead.  Yep.  I made it a recovery day … from my vacation.  It was also my husband’s 40th birthday!!!

So there you have it.  My week at a glance.  All in all, even though it was a very “easy” week, it’s okay because I know that not all weeks will be this easy.  I also didn’t make the *best* food choices, not all bad, but not all good either.  Hey, I’m human, okay?  And I like my share of cake and ice cream … it’s not my fault that two birthdays fell within 3 days of each other.  And I don’t go on vacation all the time either so weeks like this will be few and far between!

Tomorrow starts another week.  Hope everyone has a great one.  School starts for my kiddos this week so life will once again start to have some sort of routine.  My sleeping patterns are still somewhat crazy, but at least I’m sleeping.

Happy training everyone.  Make good choices, and just get out there and do it.  That’s the hardest part … getting out there.  But what I have found is that if you just show up and start, it gets a little easier.  Just give yourself 20 minutes … if after 20 minutes you want to stop, then at least you will have gotten a little something done, but chances are you will be ready to finish once you start.

One thought on “Marathon Training – Week 3 … Kinda …

  1. Cindy Rivera 24 July, 2011 / 21:00

    What a fun time you had with the family….you know vacation is to take it easy and spend that quality time with your family that you normally don’t have time for when you’re at home. So Row I hope you really enjoyed it because it doesn’t happen too often! It’s funny my husband is Christiaan (Chris for short sometimes) and he will be 40 this year too.

    On a side note, what did the chiropractor do with the H-Wave on your feet? I have an H-Wave and normally use it on my neck when I feel it tensing up.

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