All Aboard the Choo Choo Train(ing)…

Remember how I’ve started my Marathon Training??

Well, for reasons unknown, I’ve failed to post the past few weeks of training here…but that FO SHO doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing them!  Oh no, sir.

Here was last week:

MAY 23
MAY 24
MAY 25
MAY 26
MAY 27
MAY 28
MAY 29
20 Mi

Dist: 3 Mi

Dist: 5 Mi, inc
Warm; 3 Mi @ 9:05; Cool

Dist: 12 Mi

And here’s this week:

MAY 30
MAY 31
22 Mi

Dist: 2 Mi

Dist: 6 Mi, inc
Warm; 3×1600 in 8:32
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 14 Mi


This past Sunday, I ran my longest (consecutive) run since my Half back in January and it felt awesome!  Believe it or not, but I did the long run on the treadmill + as per usual, I struggled keeping the pace as slow as the training plan recommended…I finished my 12 in 1 hr 15 min, which is an average of about 9:15/mile.  I will definitely tone it down this Sunday with the 14 miler planned, and perhaps, I can have a good outdoor route planned for that…

As for the XT (cross-training) days, I have been doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – yup, take two (reference my first attempt back in March) and seeing as it is May 30 — yes, this try is UP!  For all fairness, I did NOT participate 30 days in a row, since our Seattle trip was right there in the beginning (excuses, excuses, LOL) but otherwise, I was pretty good about sticking to it-ive-ness this run around.  In fact, I just finished my Level 3 workout about an hour ago, whilst rocking my new lulu-like racerback tank that I picked up at Costco this weekend.

And the grand results?


…nah, just kidding!

For real though, I did take measurements this time, and though I did not weigh myself (the scale broke a few weeks ago after a little too much water seeping in, thanks to its poor placement under the shower door when it would swing open) I did lose…drumroll please…ONE INCH.  Yup, one inch.  In the waist.  My arms look way more toned but they are the same size, as are my legs and bust.

I have to say though, I definitely DO feel stronger.  I can do more consecutive pushups than I could have imagined before – though admittedly, not 100 – though I CAN do 100 in a session!  Also, I can feel the increased strength in runs which really helps when I get tired at the end of a training run – hellllo swift arm action to power through the end of a workout!  Bam!

So, I feel it was definitely successful, and am interested in finding more good workouts that combine cardio and strength.  As cheesy as the infomercials are, I have to admit that I am very intrigued by P90X and the Insanity workout.  Here’s an article that I found that compares the two…have y’all tried either one?  The main thing I am concerned about is the amount of plyometrics in the workouts – because, yes, I do love it (whoo for jumping!) but it definitely made me more mindful about what time of day I’d be jumping around the room like an imbecile, in respect to my downstairs neighbors!


So, that’s where the training is right now!  I want to write a nice big post about our super fun weekend that took us from Charlottesville to Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Yorktown and back again, but there’s some laundry calling my name and it’s back to the grindstone tomorrow, so I should skeedadle!

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend?  What are you looking forward to this week?



  1. i’ve never done the shred or the p90x, but i’ve heard good things about both of them from friends whose activity level is at or above my pre-baby level. i’m excited to get back to working out! we can’t jog with her yet, and i’m not very good at sticking to in-home work outs. any tips on that front?

    • My biggest tip when it comes to home workouts is to schedule them. I know that sounds kind of weird, but if I KNOW I have to do it, I will – I write it in my planner as if it were an appointment! =)

  2. we talked about p90x and insanity in my fitness meetings and one thing that we talked about is that they often cause participants to overextend and accidentally pull muscles. i saw this one girl at the gym doing some overhead tricep extensions but the way she was doing it was so scary. i think both programs can be good but they make you do many reps in a short amount of time and people forget to make sure they are doing the exercise with good form. i know you won’t do this but just thought i’d give you my fitness instructor-two cents. 🙂

    • Good points! I definitely want to see if I can borrow it from someone or try a few of the things online before committing and one thing I learned from JM’s programs is that you have to master the movements instead of just go nuts with reps! Those crazy jump lunges I was telling you about last week still make me feel like I have issues, but I do them as slow as I need to so I don’t hurt myself!!! =D

    • people who perform their reps super-fast are a bit of a pet peeve of mine. control is more important than speed. the muscles aren’t working much if you’re letting momentum do all the work! so i totally agree with you jenni.

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