Hey friends, long time no talk! This past week was coo coo bananas, so my free time has been pretty much non-existent. No free time=no blogging. I’m struggling a bit to find the balance between my personal and work life, my desire for productive free time and just vegging out because I can. The one constant throughout all of this has been marathon training. Surprisingly, it’s a welcomed given in my life right now. No matter what happens at work, I always have marathon training. Running has always been my therapy, but never more so than lately. The Chicago Marathon train is still truckin’ along!

Week 5 (7-14 – 7/20)

Chicago Marathon training week 5

  • Monday: Rest day/travel day back from our friends’ wedding in VT
  • Tuesday: 3 mile progression run (9:30, 9:00, 8:30 min/mile pace) plus 40 minutes of weight circuits.
  • Wednesday: 5 miles (9:09 min/mile pace) in the rain. Didn’t mean to push the pace a bit, but felt pretty good. Finished up with some hip PT exercises.
  • Thursday: 3 miles, (10:00 min/mile pace). Nice and slow recovery miles. I was feeling particularly tight and these slow miles helped to loosen me up. Plus some core work afterward.
  • Friday: 60 minute yoga class at a new studio (more below). Apparently the post-yoga zen rubbed off onto Koji.

Koji

  • Saturday: Long run. Cut back week! 7 miles up and down heartbreak hill and BC. 9:47 min/mile pace. Wish it was a bit slower, but I felt good.
  • Sunday: Rest (exhausted from dancing at the Justin Timberlake concert!)

 

The Good

I purchased a killer deal on Gilt City for a package of 5 yoga classes (the 5 pack is sold out, but the 10 pack isn’t; it’s an amazing deal!) at Coolidge Corner Yoga. Since I worked from home on Friday and I had a TON of work ahead of me, I fit in a 6:30am class. The vinyasa class was only an hour long, but it was a quick-moving flow that felt a lot longer than only an hour. I love when classes are fast and flowy like that — you always feel like you get more ‘work’ done. I’m glad I fit in a yoga class this past week. My mind and body needed it.

The Bad/Room for Improvement

Again, I’m trying to put more of a plan behind my runs instead of just running miles for mileage sake. More to work on this week.

The Ugly

My exhaustion level after running 7 miles + walking around the city with my mom + dancing at Justin Timberlake. I swear I’m only 26 years old, not 50. My feet were BARKING!

 

Readers: What are you currently working on to improve in your fitness/healthy living plan?

This week I’m putting a priority on eating as healthy and cleanly as possible!

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