Monday, February 3, 2014

Training Truths - Running Solo

In three weeks I will be running half marathon #11, which is going to feel awesome after a DNS at ZOOMA Cape Cod and my crazy finish of the BAA Half. This week I did all of my runs solo. I don't mind running alone, but I definitely prefer to have a partner. On the bright side, running on my own has helped me to focus on my running, especially paying attention to my effort.

Monday - After school I went for a sports massage. My left IT band is still tight and causing some pain along my left hip. Jeanie really knows how to get in there and work the muscles.

Tuesday - We had good 15 degree weather so I did my regular 4 mile loop. mrC and the dog played leap frog and Booney even got in a .25 mile sprint.


Wednesday - I joined the FitFluential #FFBURPEES Challenge to do 1000 burpees by February 28. After a little math, I calculated that if I do 35 burpees everyday, I will hit the goal before the deadline. I'm combining this with the #30DayRagnarChallenge. 35/1000

Thursday - It was nearly a heatwave around here with 26 degree temperatures after school, so I was able to do another 4 miler, out & back this time. Then I completed 35 driveway burpees. 70/1000


Friday - While making some blueberry protein bars I used my wait time to do 35 more burpees and some daily stretching. 105/1000

Saturday - We spent the morning at the beach watching my stepdaughter take her first Penguin Plunge as part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Before heading out to my Ragnar Team dinner meeting I squeezed in another 35 burpees which also met the Under Armour February #SweatADay daily challenge. 140/1000

Sunday - I finally enjoyed a weather cooperative long run. This was my first solo 10 miler. Although I was uneasy about going out alone, it turned out ok. I struggled up our notoriously BIG hill, alternating between running and walking the 130' gain over a half mile, but it worked. After some bonding time with my compression gear, I did 35 single leg burpees. 175/1000


Here's a great warmup exercise video from Runner's World:




Do you like to work out on your own, with a partner, or in a group?


16 comments:

  1. LOVE your dog...and your hat. I work out alone because I am a much slower runner but it is getting lonely.

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  2. Im so so so so so so so so SOLO.
    and I adore it. :)

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  3. Yay! So happy for you! I run about 65 of my 75 miles a week alone! For the most part I do not mind, I enjoy the time to think, and set up the day. I think about all I want to accomplish, and organize my mind a little. Also means you can run your own pace, and listen to what your body is telling you. I also do not have a problem pushing myself hard. Sounds like you are doing great! Cant wait to see how well you do in this race :)

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  4. Although I run just about all my miles solo, I really LOVE running with other people! I miss it!!!

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  5. Another awesome week of workouts! I totally love your running picture!!! I tend to workout solo and I"m ok with it, however I would love to have a partner for a good tempo run each week!

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  6. My solo run time is Me-Time. I love it!

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  7. Since my running buddy has been injured, I've been trying to get use to running solo again...not easy, I miss the company!

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  8. I work out on my own a lot, I like the alone time and helps me decompress. But I do like working out with groups too!

    ~ Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

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  9. We had a "polar" plunge in our town too this weekend. Brrr, I just don't know how people do it, even if it is for a charity. Kudos to your daughter!

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  10. I like doing my long runs with people. But prefer racing alone ;) As far as everything else I do it solo. Its my therapy

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  11. Way to go Amy! I like a mixture of solo runs and company. Lately I've only been running solo since my mileage is so low. I'm hoping to start up with my running friends soon. I've missed them!

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  12. Good for you. Running is such a challenge. I wish you luck in reaching your goals.

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  13. I.m more of a solo runner, though running with a friend sure does motivate me to run in the morning! I love the pic of you running with your dog, that is awesome!!! Mine passed away 3 yrs ago and I never did manage to ever get a picture of us running together :(

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  14. I love to find people to run with, but I run before work in the morning and do not really have any neighbors to run with.. Which during these winter months have lead me to run on the treadmill in the morning. I guess, both having a running partner and not are fine with me, but just not when its pitch black outside!

    Sara
    http://zerotosixtyjournal.blogspot.com/

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  15. I like running alone sometimes because I can fully focus on myself. Running with a friend helps the time pass though for sure!

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  16. I do most of my runs with my mom, and we have done every race together :)
    Thanks for the warmup video..I'm so bad with warmups...I will have to try this out!

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