The Plan
The Plan

The Plan

So – I have a plan. My plan involves three goals. Those goals are a 15K on March 15, a half marathon on May 9, and a marathon either May 31 or June 27 (depending on how much expendable travel income I have when it comes time to make that decision). (I am also thinking of a marathon on November 9 in North Carolina, but that’s really not important at this point.)

Anyways, my plan is elaborate. It involves spreadsheets (because I love me some Excel).

And, because I love you guys, I am inflicting sharing my plan with you weekly.Β  My training plan runs Monday – Sunday, which drives me a little batty, and eventually, I may adjust that, but it’s not as simple as moving columns, as the Sundays would need to be pushed down to the following week. (Actually, it bugs me so much that I’ll probably do that next weekend sometime.)

BUT, moving on. The plan for this week:

Monday: Yoga (check)
Tuesday: Tempo run, 5 miles (1 mile warm/cool; 3 miles at 10:00)
Wednesday: 45 minutes elliptical, crunches & push ups; PT exercises
Thursday: Cross-train with The Ambitious One; 30 minutes strength & 30 minutes cardio (not running)
Friday: Easy run, 3 miles @11:30
Saturday: TBD (rest or yoga are the two possibilities at this point)
Sunday: Long run, 6 miles @11:30
Total workout minutes planned: 351 (or 5 hours & 51 minutes); that will go up if I yoga on Saturday (there’s this studio near my house that just added a Saturday class, and I’m kind of dying to check it out).

That is actually a pretty good view of what my weeks will look like – 3 runs on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday. Sunday are long run days, Fridays are easy runs, and Tuesdays are variable – tempo, speedwork, hills, etc.

Mondays are Bikram, Wednesdays are easy home workout nights (usually either elliptical or my Shred DVD), and Thursday are cross-training days.

AND, since I’ve mentioned yoga, I have a question for all you well-endowed yogis out there….do you ever have any trouble…breathing…when in either of these poses?

My boobs fall into my face and then I start to suffocate, which makes it really hard to stay in those poses. I wear a sports bra under my yoga tank, but it does not keep things contained. Any suggestions? Mocking laughter? HELP!


  1. Alisa

    Yay for plans! I love your incremental races. What race is on March 15th? I think you should do a marathon on May 31st!!!!!!!!! I was thinking it might be fun to get a suite hotel room, you, Kristen (my best friend) and me (of course signifcant others if they are coming along). We don’t have a hotel or plane tickets for SD yet…however, after running last year we have a better idea of where to stay, etc. San Deigo!!!!

    1. The 15th is the Shamrock run. I did it last year, and it was good! We ran from Naito to Broadway, and then up Terwilliger past OHSU to Barbur, and then back down. I loved passing everyone on the uphills! πŸ™‚

      I’d rather San Diego, just because I know people who are doing it, but it really really depends on funding and/or my college reunion which is supposed to be happening sometime in the spring/early summer.

  2. Okay, first of all, awesome planning. I actually hate excel, so right now you’re kind of an alien to me.

    Secondly, do you have an eliptical trainer at home??? Do tell.
    I want some sort of home cardio equipment but have not commited to purchasing anything just yet.

    Anyhoo, yahooooooooooooo for gearing up for your first marathon!!!

    1. I have an elliptical, and it’s definitely useful, but if I were going to do it all again, I’d spend a bit more money. I got it about 2 years ago, and it’s definitely seen some major use. I spent about $300 on it, and think that it would’ve totally been worth it to go up into the $500 range. The computer (that tracks speed, distance, etc.) doesn’t work, which really isn’t THAT important, but still…also, it only has 8 resistance levels, and 1-7 are really easy & 8 is super hard, so that’s kinda weird.

      Honestly, the architect probably uses it more than I do, but in the winter it does get used. It’s in our bedroom, which only sucks because that means I can’t get up & use it in the morning. Eventually I want a basement workout area, and then I could do a morning workout on it. I’d honestly rather have a treadmill, though.

  3. OK – I can’t breathe in any of the poses, and it isn’t because of my stilly B cup boobies. I just suck at yoga! My real question – because I’m nosey nelly – what race is the 15K? The Shamrock Run?

    1. I’m hoping that 2009 will be way better than 2008, fitness wise. 2008 started so strong, but then pooped out halfway through with my knee injury.

      I think that I need to remember, when assembling training plans, that the MOST IMPORTANT THING is flexibility – and that I don’t need to run through the pain just because my Excel spreadsheet has something scheduled.

  4. I don’t know what to say about the yoga poses – I’ve definitely done them many times but haven’t experienced that issue. At least you’re getting down there far enough to have the problem! I’d say to focus on getting the stretch that you want to achieve, which for me is the back leg hammy on the 1st pose. The 2nd pose doesn’t do anything for me – maybe a little back stretch, but otherwise is worthless to me.

    I love excel too! Bring it on!

  5. I bow to your Excel spreadsheet making skills! As for yoga, I’ve got the same “problem.” I wear a very supportive sports bra with underwires and full shaping coverage. Keeps the girls perky AND in place!

    Good luck with training. Can’t wait to read about your progress!

  6. michelle

    Wonderful plans for 09!!! I am thinking of a half in january!

    I am now doing a running streak. I will run the whole month of december and end it with a run on Jan 1st 09!!

    What marathon will you be running?? I am just trying to get some ideas in case i decide to do a marathon in another state. NY is so hard to get into.

    GOOD LUCK CHICA!!! You will rock all the races you do!!!

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