Training Week 423

By , November 26, 2017 7:48 pm

Highlight of the Week: Saying “Happy Thanksgiving” to people on the trail on Thursday’s run/running on a brand new portion of the Millennium Trail on Saturday.

Monday | November 20, 2017: 3.3 m run (incl. 4 hill repeats) + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 46°/49°, Time: 35:27, Pace: 10:45 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: annoyed with cars, still mad about something from Sunday
Strength: BOSUs and dumbbells, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | November 21, 2017: 15 m ride
Indoor Ride Time: 52:01, Pace: 17.3 mph avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good, just sore butt
Wednesday | November 22, 2017: 3 m run
Loc: Chicago Lakefront Trail, Temp: 32°/34°, Time: 31:22, Pace: 10:26 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: pretty good
Thursday | November 23, 2017: 7 m run
Loc: Kilbourne/VP Woods loop, Temp: 33°/32°, Time: 1:18:52, Pace: 11:16 avg, Difficulty: easy-ish, Felt: good, legs kind of tired
Friday | November 24, 2017: teaching strength class + 672 yd swim + 3 m run
Strength: ankle resistance bands, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but tired (sleepy)
Loc: FitNation, Time: 15:26, Pace: 2:18 min/100 yd, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great
Loc: VP Woods, Temp: 63°/63°, Time: 30:50, Pace: 10:16 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, especially to run in shorts and a tank!

Saturday | November 25, 2017: 5 m run
Loc: Millennium Trail to Pine Dunes and back, Temp: 43°/44°, Time: 52:14, Pace: 10:26 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great!
Sunday | November 26, 2017: 10 m ride + teaching fitness boxing + 3 m run (incl. 4×400)
Indoor Ride Time: 37:58, Pace: 15.8 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just sore butt
Strength: box and boxing, Difficulty: easy (all observing), Felt: good
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 49°/49°, Time: 29:09, Pace: 9:43 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good!


  • The Holiday Mile Challenge started this week! I have to log a mile (walking, swimming, biking, running, whatever) each day from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. So far, so good!
  • Whiny whine whine – I was excited to see how many steps I got on Thanksgiving after a seven mile run then being on my feet all day. But my watch goofed up, and my steps didn’t count from after my run until I reset my watch ten hours later. Annoying. I changed my watch to a new face that doesn’t show my steps, cause I don’t care when I don’t see them! <— so dumb
  • Speaking of Thanksgiving, it bums me out to see people so stressed about overeating on that day. Yeah, don’t eat yourself to the point you’re uncomfortable, but it’s a holiday! Indulge a bit! It’s just one day.
  • And on that note, I did NOT do a 5K on Saturday because I’m just a bit too heavy now to go push it and see where my fitness is. Maybe I’ll do one in December.
  • It’s been kind of gloomy for most of the month, so it was nice to have the sun out for all of this week’s runs (and to even wear shorts for my last three runs!). I would NEVER say that in the warm/hot months, ha!
  • The classes I teach at Essential Fitness feel like fun workouts with friends, so I forget, from time to time, that people pay to take the classes! Ha ha ha. I guess that’s a good thing… if the students feel that way too!
  • Steven came with me on my Sunday run, to walk. Knowing he was there and that the sooner I finished my run the sooner I got to walk with him made me go a lot faster! And of course, my fastest interval was the one where we were crossing paths.
  • Ugh, I need to get back to figuring out time in my weekend schedule for a long run! I feel so good when I do one!

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12 Responses to “Training Week 423”

  1. Chaitali says:

    That’s so frustrating when the tech doesn’t work right and the steps don’t show up. I know in reality it doesn’t matter and we get the physical benefit anyway but I like to see them 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Exactly, exactly. It doesn’t matter but it makes me happy to see them counted. Grrr. Glad you get it! Cause I was feeling crazy!

  2. Kathy says:

    yes to the long runs. I’ve had a few eh weeks after building back up and crazy holiday schelude but I’m looking forward to getting some good training in….lets get it!

  3. Anne says:

    I always felt like Efit classes were workouts with friends. Also the prices are so reasonable, it never felt like a big deal. I miss paying to hang out with you a couple times a week now!

  4. Alyssa says:

    That’s awesome to hear about the new portion of the Millennium Trail! I like to run at Pine Dunes sometimes but maybe now I can do long runs there and VP!
    I’m chuckling a little bit about your whiny section about the steps. I know you have written before about how seeing the steps goal can bother you too! I don’t always wear my Garmin so it often adjusts my step goal down so it’s easier for me to hit it when I do wear it 😉

    • kilax says:

      Yes! I parked at VP and ran to Pine Dunes, and could have easily added on mileage at either!

      Yes, please laugh cause it IS so silly! I was so relived when I realized I could tell my watch a step goal instead of letting it increase each day based on how many I did the previous days.

  5. Alyssa says:

    Well if you can’t whine on your blog, where can you, right?! I really dislike that my watch keeps beeping when I walk to far away from my phone and it says “Phone Disconnected”. But I guess I’m not irritated enough that I will actually look and see how to turn off this sound notification.

    • kilax says:

      It’s funny you mention that, because I feel like mine started doing that A LOT more lately. I was actually holding our skittish outdoor cat, who is scared of noises, and it beeped and he freaked out! Let me know if you take the time to figure it out, ha.

  6. Pete B says:

    I love the post-long run good feelings as well. Presently, I’m doing one every other weekend. I’ve found that doing a LR every weekend month after month can gradually wear me down.

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