Laying Low Before The Runners World Half

This was a quiet week on the workout front, the work front, and the home front. I continued to take it easy to chase my plantar fasciitis away, swapped a day trip to Chicago for a video conference, and did absolutely nothing around the house since I spent the weekend in Bethlehem for the Runner’s World Half.

I’m writing most of this before I get to Pennsylvania, so you’ll have to wait for my full recap. 🙂


Weekly Wrap

My main goal for the week was to let my foot recover as much as possible while maintaining my sanity. I did an easy run on Tuesday and debated doing a short hilly run on Thursday, but realized that I couldn’t train for 13.1 miles of hills in one week–let alone one run. Here’s what I did while laying low before the Runner’s World Half.

Monday: Mostly upper body workout at home. It was fun to see that my usual routine includes most of these exercises that Laura shared on Abby’s blog. I just have to add arm circles. 

Tuesday: 4.4 mile neighborhood run.

These Halloween decorations are more cheery than scary
at o’dark-thirty in the morning!

Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness
The treadmill workout was an “endurance” workout–after a warm-up we ran 1 mile at a “push pace,” recovered for 1 minute, and then ran 1/2 mile at a faster “push pace.” For the first mile I gradually edged up my pace from 7.0 to 7.5 mph. I did the 1/2 mile mostly at 7.5 mph, but spent the last minute at 8.0 mph for an “all out” pace. 

I found an OTF app on Garmin Connect that mirrors the OTF heart rate data and “splat points.” Garmin records the whole workout as a “run” but the “moving time,” “average moving pace,” and distance match my treadmill time. I have created my own multisport workout program for OTF (rowing, strength, treadmill) that I may try sometime, but I like seeing this little graph on my Fenix.

Thursday: Full body strength workout at home. 

Dinner with Deborah, Rachel and Erika!

If laughing counts as exercise, I had a great workout with Deborah, Rachel and Erika. Rachel was in town for the Marine Corps Marathon, and we were able to meet up for dinner and help her and Erika start carb-loading. It was so fun to meet in person!

Congrats to both Rachel and Erika on their great marathon results!

Friday: CPY2 at CorePower Yoga. 
I really love my Friday morning CPY2 classes, and especially appreciate how Ann encourages us to try the peak pose–whether we think it’s within reach or not. 

I never thought I’d be ably to do any balance poses, but now I’m confident in crow and side crow and sometimes can get my feet off the ground in other arm balance poses. I’m not ready to try inversions yet–although I’m good with wheel, supported shoulder stand, and sometimes plow. 

Saturday: pre-race rest day!

Sunday: Runner’s World Half

***Spoiler Alert***

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia  for the Weekly Wrap–join in and support other women in their goals to be active and healthy!

Did you race this weekend?

Is anyone participating in Orange Theory Hell Week this week?

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30 Responses to Laying Low Before The Runners World Half

  1. Kimberly G says:

    That’s great that you were able to take it easy this week – I’m sure your body was like “yes please”!

    Can’t wait to read your race recap – I hope you enjoyed the race and that the hills weren’t too bad!
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  2. How fun that you got to catch up with Deb, Erika, and Rachel!

    Looking forward to reading your recap on Runner’s World!

  3. Sara says:

    Congrats on your race!! That is a great pace and I love the medals.
    Great job this week. I also love your yoga tights – so cute!

  4. Congrats on your amazing finish time!!!

    I would have loved to have been at your dinner! So fun.
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  5. Does the spoiler alert mean it was a PR? I know that’s a tough course!

    That dinner sounds like so much fun. It was a very busy, mostly unplugged weekend so I wasn’t able to follow everyone racing & can’t wait to hear how y’all did!
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  6. It was really fun to hang out the other night! Congrats on your half can’t wait to hear all about it. I am afraid to let go and do the crow!

  7. Marcia says:

    WooHoo! So glad your PF eased enough to knock out a fabulous race! Can’t wait to hear more. That dinner get-together looks like a blast!

  8. Congrats on you race! How fun you got to meet up with fellow bloggers earlier in the week. I have never tried a core power yoga class. Sounds challenging holding those poses for a period of time. Cute yoga pants!
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  9. I’m excited to hear how your race went. And, I’m SOOOOO jealous of that dinner with the gals! Oh, SO jealous 😉
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  10. steena says:

    Oh how fun! I get to see Erika yearly as she comes to Madison for our giant beer fest!
    Interesting finisher medal, can’t wait to read your recap on that!
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  11. Debbie says:

    I’m so glad that all my favorite bloggers got together! So much fun! I can’t wait to read your recap!

  12. Lesley says:

    Great job on your race! I love seeing the Halloween decorations around my neighborhood. I haven’t decorated yet, but will in time for Halloween.

  13. Laura says:

    Wow! Solid pace for that hilly half- way to go!! So glad I got to see you on Saturday, too!

  14. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like a great week! And how cool that you found that OTF app on garmin connect. I had no idea there were things like that out there.
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  15. Looks like you had a great race! Can’t wait to hear about it! Hope the foot held up.
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  16. Teresa says:

    Great race time Coco …and you were worried! 🙂 Congratulations! Can’t wait to read the recap.

    How fun to get to meet up with Deborah, Rachel and Erika!! Blogger meet-ups are so much fun!
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  17. Wohoo – amazing job on the sub 2 hour race.

    Will you be doing Hell Week again at OTF?

  18. What a great week! I’ve never heard of Orange Theory Hell Week, but it sounds both awful and enticing. 🙂

  19. It looks like you had a good week and how fun to get together with your virtual running buddies!

  20. HoHo Runs says:

    How fun to meet up with the other bloggers for dinner! I think it is safe to say you had a great half marathon race. I can’t wait to get details! I hope your PF is better too! Thanks for linking.

  21. I did not race this weekend but had major race FOMO!!!

  22. Jenn says:

    No OTF for me, but it sounds fun! and awful!

    Great job with that half! And so much fun at dinner with those ladies! So glad everyone had a great race weekend!
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  23. Isabel says:

    Wow great time with the half! I can’t wait to read your recap. And laughing is definitely a full body workout 🙂
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  24. Yay for a week of being able to lay low. I could definitely use a week like that right now.
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  25. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Great idea to lay low! I actually look forward to taper time, as I get caught up on other things!

  26. Toni says:

    Looks like taking it easy paid off, great job on the half!

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