Pesto Training Log – 9.18.16

A happy, sweaty, workout Wednesday

Another solid week in Pesto-ville. I was tired and constantly hungry for the majority of the week. Which makes a lot more sense now I sit here and write this all out. I am trying particularly hard to be diligent with my cross training and strength work this training cycle.

Speaking of training cycles, I have some exciting news to share with you all! I will be running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November as my *first* marathon! Specific times and goals have been put on hold momentarily as the goal of the Fall is to get strong and stay healthy.

A few highlights:

  • Doing a photoshoot for the new SaltyValu #NMR collection. If you have not had a chance to check this out yet – you absolutely should, it’s essentially guaranteed to make you PR.
  • Three of my students scored 100% on a test (I’ve never had anyone get a perfect score on the first test).
  • 10mins at 6min pace at the end of a workout feeling fairly comfortable.
  • Enjoying a particularly delicious bottle of Petit Verdot with Mr. Pesto on Sunday evening.

Here is the week that was:

Monday: (am) 8mi recovery run
(pm) 45min body weight strength. Every week I just say ‘strength’. Incase you were wondering, here are some examples of things I’ve been doing recently. Usually I make a circuit of 7-8 exercises and do it three times through with 12-15 reps each. Single leg lunges, squats, push ups, medicine ball twists, long legged drop, calm shells, single leg bridges, planks …

Tuesday: (am) 8.5mi easy
(pm) 3.8mi + 30min pool run

Wednesday: (am) Workout. 2mi warmup. 3 x 10mins with 2mins recovery between. 6 x 300s with 300 jog back. 2.5mi cool down. The goal pace for the 10min portions was 6:36 and I ended up running a bit faster and doing these at 6:23, 6:07, & 6:00 paces for the respective blocks. 300s needed to be under 62 seconds, they averaged out to 58secs. These are HARD tacked onto a long workout!
(pm) Physical therapy + 30mins of strength work

Thursday: (am) 6.5mi recovery. This was the shortest morning run I’ve done in a while, and it was glorious!
(pm) 40min pool run

Friday: (am) 8.2mi with friend Judy. We always have so much to chat about the time goes by so quickly, such a great start to a Friday!

Saturday : (am) Long run/workout. 8 mi warm up, 4 mi at marathon pace (6:57, 6:49, 6:41: 6:38), 4 mi cool = 16mi total @ 7:34 average. This is the longest run that I’ve done since before my injury, despite being tired from this weeks training (add to the mix, work was also kinda nuts this week) I was fairly happy with this workout.

Sunday recovery done right!
Sunday recovery done right!

Sunday: (am) Relaxed 6mi around the neighborhood. We were puppy sitting my best friends toy poodle this weekend so we took them out to run/romp around to chase me … mainly because I needed 0.6mi more to hit 70 for the week. Or I could just start counting my pool miles like a normal person?!
(pm) 40min pool run and 5ish minutes of trying to swim laps. Swimming endurance is undoubtedly an area for improvement!

Miles: 70
Strength sessions: 2 sessions + PT
Pool running: 3 sessions (110 minutes)

I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience while sipping on wine & coffee in Northern Virginia. Together with my husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie we battle to keep the Tupperware cupboard organized for more than two days at time. I recently ran my first marathon (2:51) and am excited for what is to come. I like to ramble about running post injury, finding a work-life balance and running quickly.

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  1. So excited for Indy for you- seriously you are going to kill it at first marathon! sounds like it was a great week overall though, running and life- that is the best feeling. Also, teach me your SaltyValu modeling ways!

    P.s. the photo of you running in field with the dogs reminds me of when I do strides in the park across the street and our lab chases me sometimes!

    1. We are so lucky that we have a great spot to play with the dogs right behind our place! Makes it that much easier to convince Mr. P that it’s doable 🙂 Step one to SaltyValu modeling, read ALL the Anthropologie mailers!

  2. Hooray! What a week! And it’s exciting to hear you have a race on the calendar as well! Go Pesto!! Also – regarding pool running – the music they’ve been playing in the pool I use recently is THE WORST. Like…hawaiian enya would be the best way I can think to describe it. I really need to get waterproof headphones.

    1. Oh my goodness, I feel your pain! I’ve been timing my pool running with the college swim team practice (when I can) as they usually have some good tunes. Just don’t try taking your phone in the pool …