More than Miles: Last Week’s Workouts

Well rest and recovery seem to do a body good – but you guys know/told me that. Looks like my time off the pavement and in the pool has really helped heal my little pinched nerve. It’s not all the way there yet (the pain/soreness still goes into my hamstring) but my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start adding some miles back in last week. Let’s discuss…



45 minute spin class + 20 minutes of my “noodle exercises” in the pool.

A few people asked what these “noodle exercises” are. Basically, I float on a noodle (resting under my armpits) and do 10 sets of 50 “bicycles” in the deep end. Literally just moving your legs like you are on the bicycle.



20 minutes of noodle exercises



60 minute Moksha yoga class



4 miles + 10 minutes on bike + noodle exercises

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This was my first run in about 10 days (it felt like forever) and it was totally pain-free! I don’t remember the last time I ran on a treadmill. It was weird to be able to control my pace but kinda nice. I ran 10 minute miles then cooled down on the bike then changed into my bathing suit and hopped in the pool. Successful morning.



Noodle exercises + lotsssss of foam rolling and stretching.

I was really sore on Friday after Thursday’s run. It was a bit frustrating but I knew I had to rest and recover and adjust my plan accordingly for Saturday.



3 miles + 45 minute spin class + noodle exercises

I really wanted to go for a “long run” but made the smarter decision for the long run – aren’t I punny?



75 minute Power Flow class

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So obviously I am running less, CrossFit-ing none (I put my membership on hold until after the race – but I am still a big believer in the benefits of strength training for running!) and focusing my efforts elsewhere. I am still training but I think this whole journey has really illuminated that there are so many aspects to training. Training for a marathon is more than miles. You don’t need to run a billion miles a week to train for a marathon or even just to “stay active.” Don’t get me wrong: miles are still important but fitness is like food… everyone is different! As always, figure out what works for you in order to attain optimal health. For me this is through balanced fitness (which I am clearly still figuring out), fueled nutrition, adequate sleep and stress management.

My mileage isn’t according to plan, I miss lifting, and the pool still grosses me out. But I know this is what I need to be doing right now. I love to run but I am learning that my body doesn’t love countless miles. I am focusing on continuing to train smart and trusting my training thus far. I need to trust that the strength I have built up is not going to disappear in a month. I need to focus on cross-training and recovery in the pool, with yoga and spinning. I need to eat nutritious food. I need to sleep more and stress less. I need to listen to my body. I am almost there.

More than miles

My intention this week is to cross-train before hitting 18-20 miles over the weekend (cross your fingers!). Then I will taper, rest and recover before the big day. Thank you for all of your continued support and encouragement – and for visiting this space to allow me to blab about this journey to 26.2.


Questions of the day…

Are you training for a race or competition? What is your focus/training plan?



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16 thoughts on “More than Miles: Last Week’s Workouts

  1. Training is also like food in that quality matters a lot more than I used to realize. Running tons of miles can be fine for a while but I think most people need to adjust their training to get what they personally need. You’re getting there and glad you’re feeling better!

  2. I couldn’t agree more! During my training I ran a lot less than most marathoners and often felt like I wasn’t doing enough. But like you said, everyone is different and one way isn’t the right way. Hope you have a great week!

  3. I do a long run and power yoga five days per week. Eleven days ago, on a rainy Thursday my water boot rubbed against my ankle as I was walking doing errands. Two days later my ankle swelled up and was very red. The ortho didn’t even want to see me. He told me to go to the ER because I needed x-rays. Well needless to say, I have a very serious condition that if spreads to my bone I can die from. I can’t take the antibiotic because of my digestive issues I am trying to heal. It hasn’t gotten one bit better. I just started curcumin and an external ointment. All I can do is hope. I am grounded from ALL activities period–even walking is a struggle. I could never in my life imagine being soooooo inactive. I am active just around my home all the time. Resting has never been a favored past time for me during the day. I am always happy and smiley, but this really tests a persons ability to accept whats thrown them. My family is just hoping this doesn’t take my life. Soooo your post is so timely for me. Life as I know it seriously came to a halt. Just hope it starts up again. Amy your a strong girl with so much good in you emotionally and physically. Go easy on yourself. When you physically relax, relax your mind. Mental relaxation carries us a long way in the physical arena of life. You have it all. Just keep it all balanced and in order and it will come to you and all will work out well. Here’s to your successful marathon girl!

  4. I love the noodle exercises!! I’m so happy you’re listening to your body and taking the time to recover properly. I can’t wait to hear how your long run this weekend goes! I know you’ll crush it! Send you an email tonight! Have a great Monday!! xoxoxo!

  5. I have so much respect and admiration for your ability to tune into your body’s cues and make smart choices. I’m not training for anything in particular right now – my only goal is to do a pull up. Ha! It sounds so simple but I’ve never been able to do one and my pushups are weak too.

    Best of luck on your long run this weekend :)

  6. No more CrossFit huh? Maybe that’s why I never see you on my blog anymore. (ooohhh, shots fired! Haha!) I do miss having access to a pool. It’s always fun to go splash around, even if it is for nothing more than a change of pace from the normal fitness routine. Glad your pain is lessoning, definitely at the right time!

  7. My fingers are crossed! It’s really great that you’re still keeping yourself active even if it’s not a ton of running. The fact that you ran with no pain is progress. Take advantage of that pool and the yoga classes! All positive steps to listening to your body. I admire that!!

  8. Glad that you’re doing better!!
    You’re so right, different people can get by with different amounts/types of training. I’m always nearly undertrained for my races, but that’s what suits me best, and that may not work for someone else.
    I’m so pumped to read about your race :)

  9. Sounds like you’re doing a great job training! I miss Crossfit most days but just don’t have the time right now. I’ve definitely lost some muscle mass in my lower body but my upper body is still about the same :-)

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