Wild Workout Wednesday

All about that base

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It’s hump day! And it’s Wild Workout Wednesday and I’m linking up with  Fitful Focus, The Fit Foodie Mama, Fruition Fitness, and Pretty Little Grub.

Lately, I’ve been mentally gearing up for marathon training. One, because I love planning and two, because I know it’s going to be HARD. Training officially starts in July. And I live in Atlanta. I’m from New England. So basically, get ready to watch a 4 month dumpster fire. I’m gearing up for it…

Just an aside: I can blather on and on and on about base building. I think it may be my favorite running topic ever.

What I plan to do between now and July:

Work on my weaknesses: Say what now? A.k.a. strengthen my hips and glutes and foam roll my calves religiously. Up until recently, I hadn’t struggled with calf issues but my hips are a known bugger in training. Race Pace Jess posted an awesome article on what to do before starting marathon training.

Build endurance: I love Jason Fitzgerald’s article on building a base.

[And] Bob Kennedy, the former American record holder in the 5,000m, explains, “There are three basic phases to a training cycle: base, strength and speed. The problem that most athletes have is that they think [the phases] are mutually exclusive. I think that the phase of training is defined by what you are focusing on during that phase.

But you always do a little of all of those things. There’s never a time of year when you’re just running mileage or you’re just doing speed. You’re always doing all of it, it’s just a matter of to what degree.”

Any base period should include three components: gradually increasing mileage, the critical long run, and of course, at least one faster workout per week.

Training plan: I’m still so undecided. I did a “modified” Hansons for my last marathon and felt pretty much amazing up until the very end. But I also found this Women’s Running training plan that looks appealing. Part of me wants to “save” Hansons for when I’m ready to make some big time goals.

Have fun: I’m just going to live these Disney Princesses hit the gym video right here…

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Who RUNS the world? Girls.

I’m linking up with Fitful Focus, The Fit Foodie Mama, Fruition Fitness, and Pretty Little Grub today. And I’m also channeling my inner Beyonce today because I-85 is closed indefinitely through a super busy part of Atlanta and, as you can imagine, commuting has been FUN. Enter lots of caffeine and trying to be being awesome…


On Monday, I posted about this week being a reset week. Not necessarily a lazy week, but a week for me to get my bearings back after a ridiculously crazy time at work and a trip out of town over the weekend.

What does that even mean?

– Run what I feel like during the week instead of having a set schedule. Monday I rested and got cozy in bed early, Tuesday I ran for 30 minutes on the treadmill while jamming out to Billy Joel. The best.

– Yoga? Maybe. I love love love yoga. But I also really like having more time at home. So this week, I’m going to trade going to the studio for yoga at home and more time to hang out with Hulu.

– Coffee. All the coffee. Made deliciously. With cream and maybe sugar instead of straight up like usual.


– But also hydrating to the max. Because no one likes dry skin and feeling more tired than necessary.

– Own that I need a breather. I didn’t post yesterday because I just needed to prep dinner for the week and veg out. It’s hard to relax when the to do list is growing but it’s necessary.

I kind of (okay definitely) am in love with not putting any sort of pressure on myself to do anything this week.

Today’s workout: (probably) a 30 minute run, (probably) on the treadmill with all my favorite tunes.

What are you up to on this wild workout Wednesday? How do you recharge after craziness ensues?

♥ Nicole