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A Week Off - NOT Awesome

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I did absolutely NO workouts this week. I mean, that was a planned thing. I'd anticipated a full two weeks rest after my half marathon after this rather grueling season of injury and healing and re-injury.

I never imagined how it would feel, though. I hear stories of marathoners who get antsy during taper periods before a race. I never knew why they'd hate a taper...I mean, it's a nice excuse to relax! What's not to love?!'s awful. Just awful. And here's another thing. I have learned that it's WAY more difficult for me to keep my eating habits in check when I'm not doing some sort of planned physical activity throughout the week. Granted, I did a hell of a lot of emotional eating this week (serious stuff going down here) and I understand why that has happened. But, it's a lot easier to stay on track when my food is truly fuel for my training. Lesson learned.

I feel so gross. Like I lost so much fitness this week. I know that's absurd and it doesn't fade THAT quickly...but, man...I don't really want to take a break this long again. It was not a smart move for me. Now I have that sluggish feeling that will make it difficult for me to get started again on Monday....even though I'm chomping at the bit, at the same time, to get back into my "normal life". Weird.

So, training schedule has got me doing 5 hours per week for the next month. I've got that scheduled as 2 one-hour spinning classes, 4 days of 30 mins swimming and 2 30-minute strength training sessions per week. THAT'LL be a BIG CHANGE. Haha. Absolutely can't wait. Can you imagine how much better and more energized I'll feel after 2 weeks of that????

Wrench in the works is that I have to travel to Denver next week so I'm "losing" 4 days of my "normal" training. Honestly, I think I'm just gonna pack some Jillian Michaels DVDs in my suitcase, slap them on my laptop a few times next week and call it a day. I'll get a great workout in on Monday morning (fly out on Tuesday) and plan on having an extra long workout on Saturday and something on Sunday. I think I can get 5 hours in that way. It won't be "the usual", but I'll still be getting it done.

Wish me luck. So much harder to motivate when I'm out of town!!! Was so spoiled in Austin with that gorgeous Hilton saltwater pool!

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EBURGITE 11/5/2012 10:13AM


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KATHIC2 11/5/2012 8:12AM

  I had a week just like yours! Rest is important in the training cycle but I totally over ate. Re-focused now, as are you. Here's to successful week. Happy training!

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BESSHAILE 11/5/2012 7:12AM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel - but I also know you'll stick to it .

One way I help myself with rest periods is to imagine my body rebuilding itself one cell at a time, with stronger muscles, better circulation, more streamlined digestion


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JUNEAU2010 11/4/2012 9:14PM

    Saltwater pool? I hope I encounter one (when I have a suit!)! Sounds AWESOME!

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KIPPER15 11/4/2012 7:15PM

    Travel safe. You can do it. emoticon emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 11/4/2012 6:53PM

    Safe travel. Good luck with your workout plan. Denver has a lot to offer.

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NSMANN 11/4/2012 2:55PM

    I too am traveling for work lately and wondering how to keep up with my fitness on the road. Luckily I have a gym membership that allows me to go to any location in the country, so I think I will be able to find a gym in Dallas. Good luck with your 5 hour /week commitment!

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HOLLYM48 11/4/2012 8:37AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan and it is so funny how addicted to exercise you become when you start this journey. I feel the same way if I miss 1 day of a workout.
Keep on being strong! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2012 7:58AM

    I understand. It's amazing how quickly the body feels sluggish from not working out! I feel like I have lost all fitness ability but it is not true. You'll get back in there and feel better. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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GOING-STRONG 11/3/2012 11:28PM

    Great plan..... and good thinking. You will be back in fighting form in no time at all.

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TREYONE 11/3/2012 11:25PM

  GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHY_NATURELVR 11/3/2012 10:35PM

    I learned from a trainer we had at my work that you can do a form of Tabata training in your hotel room. It can be grueling too, without weights (you can take resistance bands if you need them). The example on this website talk about using medicine balls, but you can modify to do something else without weights. You'll be sore for days.


A couple of women and I do a circuit twice a week (except we use one exercise for the four minute duration) for strength training. On Tuesday's we do:

Lateral arm raises
Modified push ups
Crunches or some other varied type of ab work
Forward Arm raises
Bench/chair dips

Your arms will feel like wet noodles right after and your quads will be screaming for days.

On Thursday we do a variety of core exercises to strengthen our core.

Download a tabata timer for your smartphone, if you have one. Otherwise you can use one online (

Here's another option:


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MANILUS 11/3/2012 8:39PM

    Good luck, you can do it!!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/3/2012 7:57PM

    Schedule disruption is can get around it!

As for the emotional eating, own it, track it, and move on!

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KRYSTALLA 11/3/2012 7:45PM

    Good luck, you can do it.

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SLIMLEAF 11/3/2012 7:34PM

    Leah, you stuck to your training plan for the week! In this (unusual) case, that meant fully resting. You found it hard. You didn't feel better for it, but worse. So what? You STUCK to your training plan!

Well done!

I have faith in you. You're doing fine. Remember - just one day at a time.
God bless.

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ISABELLE31 11/3/2012 6:20PM


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KKINNEA 11/3/2012 6:07PM

    Taking planned time off is tough but often very necessary. You'll be the better for it! Haul Jillian along with you and you'll be back before you know it.

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FITFOODIE806 11/3/2012 5:51PM

    You've got this!!! Hope the travel and working out goes well.

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DIANNEMT 11/3/2012 4:14PM

    I was sick then away then not much exercise. I hear you!

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MOM-MOM8 11/3/2012 4:11PM

    emoticon Have a emoticon week.

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KATYDID412 11/3/2012 4:05PM

    I kind of feel like you do. I did nothing this week between Monday and Thursday, and my eating was all of whack too. So this morning, the scale was not my friend.

When I'm exercising, I'm eating well, and vice versa. I am trying like heck to get myself back on track starting today.

It's scary how easy it is for me to fall off the wagon.


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SBRAN833 11/3/2012 3:37PM

    Best of luck!! I have faith in you!! :)

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LINDAK25 11/3/2012 3:21PM

    Enjoy your trip! Hope whatever is causing you emotional eating will calm down.


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JMARIES51 11/3/2012 3:17PM

    I hope to get to the point where I feel antsy if I don't work out. I still have to push myself to get started, but it is much easier once I am doing.

Maybe there will be a workout room in the place you are staying? It seems like these days a lot of places have some sort of weight room, treadmill, stairclimber. But DVD's are great.

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CINDHOLM 11/3/2012 3:01PM

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AUSFAM 11/3/2012 3:00PM

    Sounds like you're doing all you can do to plan for success--best wishes! Isn't it weird to think that you feel 'weird' without working out on a regular basis! :)

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DIET_FRIEND 11/3/2012 2:59PM

    DVDs are handy for working out when you the outdoors won't do. It sounds like fitness is not a problem for you!

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REGILIEH 11/3/2012 2:53PM

    Good Luck!!! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 11/3/2012 2:51PM

    Best of luck, you can do it!

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