Good morning, lovelies! I got up bright and early (5:15 am!) to get ready for a 30 minute running workout. I’m happy to say, I got my workout in. Jetta curled up and dozed on her doggie bed in the basement, shooting me looks every once in a while that said, “We’re not supposed to be up yet. Why are we up?” She’s a nap-capable puppy, which means she fits in perfectly with our family, since Sean is the most nap-capable person I know. I am the polar opposite, however… I hate naps. Maybe I don’t know how to nap, but nearly every time I nap (unless I’m hella sick), I wake up feeling worse than when I decided to lie down.
Aaaaaanyway, I digress. 2nd running workout of the week is complete. I know that once marathon training starts (in THREE weeks! EEEEE!), I’ll be on the hook for 3x/wk running workouts, so I figured I’d set the precedent for the weeks leading up to the start of training.
What’s on my mind today is scheduling. I have all sorts of things I want to do in the workout realm, and I just have to figure out how to fit it all in in a sustainable way. I don’t want to set up some schedule that works so badly, I don’t do any of it. So, here’s what I’m thinking. I’m updating a spreadsheet as I write this and using this space to refine my thoughts. My marathon training schedule is Jeff Galloway’s 30-week run/walk training schedule (not for time goal, just to finish the race!).
I need to run 3x/wk. Per my training schedule, that’s Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
Monday will be my one rest day for the week. It works well because it’s generally after my long run.
I would like to swim 3x/wk, but I also want to keep my butt on the bike regularly over the winter, so I’m going to scale that back to swim 2x/wk. One of those 2 will be at my Sunday swim lesson at the U. And then bike 1x/wk (I have a bike trainer in the basement… just need to put the bike on it!). I can ramp up run and bike once the marathon’s over for Mpls Duathlon training.
I started a yoga class a few weeks ago and I’d like to keep up at least a 1x/wk yoga class. That should move to Saturdays once my Wed class is done in 2 weeks (will be good to stretch out and center myself before my long run on Sunday. Actually, I think I’ll add in the BodyFlow class. A combo of Yoga and Pilates. Sounds good to me!
And there are other fitness classes at the Y I’d like to try (Zumba, BodyPump/BodyStep, Kickboxing, Mat Pilates, water workouts, etc.). I suspect I won’t be trying most of them till after marathon training is over, however.
So I have Wednesday and Friday unaccounted for, and 1x/wk swim and 1x/wk bike to schedule. I think I’m going to try BodyFlow on Saturday morning and then swim after that. And I can bike on Friday morning at home on the trainer.
I can do BodyPump on Thursday evenings at the Y, and if I feel energetic Tuesday or Friday, I can do a workout after work there as well.
I think I have my schedule. I realize this sounds like a lot, but I need to get my exercise minutes up there as a part of getting stronger and leaner, and this is the way to be able to do what I want to do. If I feel tired in any given week, the Body* classes at the Y are what I leave out, as the other stuff is a “must complete.”
Monday = off
Tuesday = 30 minute run at home
Wednesday = morning swim @ the Y for 30-45 min
Thursday = morning 30 min run at home, evening 60 min BodyPump class @ the Y
Friday = morning bike 45-60 min at home
Saturday = morning 60 min BodyFlow class @ the Y, then swim afterward for 30-45 min
Sunday = long, slow run, varied mileage… the highest mileage weeks (the 20, 23, and 26 mile runs), I’ll likely not do BodyPump and BodyFlow at the Y during the week, but I think I can manage the classes and the mileage.