Well, we have just had snow and more snow this winter! Much more than last winter. Of course, it has to be the winter when I start my long commute to work. lol. That is how it always works I guess.

Aren’t husbands the best??




Today was my scheduled long run.

I admit, I was a bit nervous if I would be able to do it after yesterday’s onslaught of yoga and weight training! My shoulders, back, and arms are sore, but my legs aren’t, so I decided to ‘try out’ the run and see how it went.

My beautiful view this morning:


Poor potted plants!


Workout stats:

  • 0.10 mile walking warm-up, 4.0 mph, incline 2%
  • 8 mile run, 6.0 mph, incline 2%
  • 0.05 mile walking cool-down, 4.0 mph, incline 2%
  • Total duration: 1 hour 22 mins.
  • Max Heart rate: 154 bpm (79%)
  • Avg heart rate: 147 bpm (75%)
  • Feel the burn: 650 kcals

I stopped briefly at the 4 mile and 6 mile mark to get a quick drink of water. I stopped for no longer than about 15 seconds each time.

I think I did better with this run. I didn’t have as much mental boredom as my 8 mile long run last week. I really try to think about my ‘to-do’ list as I run and I go over things that I need to accomplish- today, tomorrow, this week, etc. It helps time pass.

I also read the last of my magazinefor probably about 20 mins. of this workout. Every little bit helps.

I am just itching for Spring when I can get outside and play!

Tomorrow will likely be an off day. I am feeling really sore and stiff. Where is a masseuse when you need one!?

Running fall-back week

As I mentioned in this morning’s post, this week was a ‘fall-back’ week for my running schedule. If you have looked at or follow any of the top marathon training schedules, you will notice that every 3 weeks there is a ‘fall back’ week.

What is a fall back week?

A fall back week is one where you reduce your running mileage by about 20-30% for that week to allow your body a week to recover and rest.

This week, I ran a total of 20 miles, which was a reduction of 16-17% in my running mileage from last week’s 24 miles. Now I should have planned a bit better and reduced this by another mile or two, but I wanted to make sure I got my long run in. My long run was supposed to be 9 miles today, but I figured 2 week’s of 8 miles will be just fine.

Do you take fall-back weeks (or simply easier weeks) in your training, whether it be for running, exercise, or other sports?


My breakfast this morning was filling and delicious:


I had approx. 1.5 cups of Health Valley’s Spelt cereal with Cranberries, and then I spooned on some raisins and slivered almonds. I had the cereal with Almond Breeze milk and an apple on the side!


Filling and delicious!


Stay tuned tonight and tomorrow:

  • FAQ’s tonight!
  • Nature’s Path cereal review
  • Reader’s journey to health story
  • My sister’s Get My Body Back 2009 Challenge
  • A new poll of the day feature
  • and much moooore!


I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

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1 jenngirl January 11, 2009

Congrats on your long run! The snow is sooo beautiful, wow! :)

Looking forward to this evening’s post! Have a great Sunday!


2 VeggieGirl January 11, 2009

Fabulous run!!

Hooray for the husband clearing the snow! :-D

Can’t wait for your next post, as always!!


3 girlrunningaround January 11, 2009

We must be on a similar half training program. I had an 8 mile long run today too. When is your half?


4 katie January 11, 2009

Hey..came across your blog and i LOVE it!! I want to run a half marathon or full of these days! :)


5 Erin January 11, 2009

Nice run! Your stats amaze me. When do you think you’ll tackle yoga again?


6 Priyanka January 11, 2009

Fabulous Run! I think working out the TO DO list while exercising is one of the easiest way to beat boredom!


7 Amira January 11, 2009

wow look at all that snow- it’s like a winter wonderland!
I’ve never heard of a fall back week, so interesting
have a fantastic day :)


8 polly January 11, 2009

hi sweetie! Way to go on your run (8 miler wahoo!!) and hubby… you ROCK for the snow removal. :) We finally broke down and got a snow blower. My hub’s back had had it! XOXO


9 ttfn300 January 11, 2009

i like that idea of a fall-back week, i might have to think about that this year…

and shoveling is good exercise, too ;-)


10 Dave January 11, 2009

I’m thinking, if you help the hubby out then you’ll get a super-duper upperbody workout. Then again – if he’s just been watching you do workouts then he probably need the upper body workout himself – haha
Another great run!


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