Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Training Update and a Little Inspiration

Happy Tuesday everyone...  tomorrow is hump day and today is my much needed rest day!

Last week I posted my 5 week countdown to CIM plan,  and its been going well.  Here is a little summary:

What I planned
-4 x 800 m (7-8 miles)
-6 mile tempo
-1 recovery run (4-6 miles)
-long run 30K 
-one swim, one bike, and 2 hot yoga workouts

What I actually did
- 4 x 800 @4 minute 19 second per K (~7 miles)
-4 mile tempo
-long 30K run
-two hot yoga classes
-one swim class

I skipped my bike and recovery run,  as I was getting over the last part of my cold,  and my tri swim class was intense.  By the time Sat rolled around and I planned a bike and recovery run,  I knew I would benefit more from a rest.   On Sun am,  I ran a VERY hilly (300 meters of elevation climb) run with some friends so it turned out to be a good idea to take a rest today.  Today (Tuesday)  is my rest day this week and I am enjoying every minute of it!

This week I will up my mileage before taper,  but I feel great,  I am really trying to listen to my body rather than just piling on the miles and wearing myself down.   I think I can thank the return of hot yoga to my schedule for awaking my awareness of my body. I absolutely love my hot class.  I am so happy to be back doing it twice a week.  I've really noticed a difference in how I feel and the weight seems to coming off better. Today I weighed myself and I am now down 10lbs from a few months ago.

Speaking of yoga,  hubs sent me a link with a video of a climber's trek to Mount Everest Base Camp (altitude 5360 metres (17600 ft),  a bucket list item that he wants to complete in his life... (hubs has read every high altitude climbing book out there). The thought of it both scares and thrills me at the same time. 

The music that accompanies the video is beautiful.  I first heard this song  at a yoga studio and I immediately bought the CD at a yoga show.  I listen to it whenever I need to be empowered or need to feel calmness.  Its appararently a Tibetian (sp?) chant for world peace.  The positive karma you feel when watching this video and listening to the music is wonderful.  Enjoy!














Do you have a bucket list?  Are there items on your bucket list that scare you, but you know you must do them sometime in your lifetime?

24 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

10 lbs! Marci, that's amazing! Congrats! Awesome that you're listening to your body and making time for recovery :) You'll do awesome at CIM!

MCM Mama said...

Wow on the weight loss! Great job listening to your body!

I don't have a bucket list per se. I love to travel and I love to do adventurous things, but I don't have any specific things that I feel like I absolutely must do before I die. I'm generally happy with the mundane things that make up my life. ;o)

Missy said...

10lbs, that rocks! Lighter is faster, just saying. I don't always pay attention to that little fact but it's true.

Mmmm, bucket list that scares me, not yet but I'm still building mine.

lindsay said...

nice job checking off your workouts! and wow! 10 lbs!!! come be my jillian! :)

Jess said...

Congrats on the weight loss!

And good luck preparing for the last few weeks before CIM!

Lacey Nicole said...

maybe i will make my bucket list today. and seriously, CONGRATS!!! you are working really hard and must be feeling really great!!!!!!!!!

i'm gonna get on that bucket list :) thanks for the music!

Marlene said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! That's awesome!

Great job on the CIM training as well.

Mount Everest! Oh my. I actually just read Into Thin Air last week.... that is definitely NOT on my bucket list, but good for hubs. Amazing.

One item on my unofficial list that scares the crap out of me is completing an Ironman. That is a long way off. ;)

Marathon Maritza said...

Your training is going so well!!! Great job!

I keep thinking to myself that I need to go back to yoga. I also felt that I was more aware of what my body liked/disliked, including eating better overall while I was going consistentlly. It's on my to-do list post-CIM. :)

LOVED the base camp video!!! It's definitely on my bucket list and I watch any and all documentaries on it. Thanks for sharing!!

Heather said...

Nice job on all the workouts! I just read the "race report" on CIM in Runner's World - looks like a beautiful race!

joyRuN said...

You're getting excellent cross-training in along with the great running!

Great video - thanks for sharing :)

Alisa said...

Great job on the weightloss that's huge.

Nice work on training for the week too!

Wish I was going to be at CIM cheering you on.

Bucket list...um...IM! (I'm signed up for a half next summer so we'll see.)

The Happy Runner said...

Great job listening to your body and feeling good! You're gonna rock the CIM!

I do have a list of things that I want to do at some point.

Stuart said...

Great job on the weight loss, it looks like your ducks are lining up nicely!

I have a keg list...the bucket overflowed!

ShirleyPerly said...

Good for you listening to your body. I know so many folks who overdo things in training and set themselves back. Congrats on your weight loss. I really don't have a bucket list, it seems as I keep doing things that I want to do as I think of them :-)

Ali said...

Wow, 10 lbs! That is awesome. I need to get back to hot yoga. Actually it has been so long I need to start hot yoga.

robison52 said...

I never had a bucket list, something I should consider in creating. My biggest goal I've accomplished was running the 2008 Boston Marathon, haven't had a huge goal since then. Maybe a tri someday, although I don't have time to train for three disciplines (swimming would be my weakest link). Next year would be nice to run my first ever ultra race.

Ted said...

Shhhessh, I just suck when it comes to catching up on the blogs. Time fly, huh??

Awesome on the 10 lbs. Sweet !!!

I cannot wait to hear all about CIM. I heard a lot of good things about CIM. You are going to rock.

Hmmm... I should get started on the bucket list soon.

Melanie said...

Sky diving. The thought scares me, but I want to do it sometime for sure!

Boris T. said...

Good luck at the CIM!

Staci Dombroski said...

One of my favorite things to do it hot yoga! I am a first time reader to your blog and I enjoyed it!

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