Week Workout Recap: January 18-24, 2015 (LA Marathon Training: Week 2 of 8)

Week 2 of training should have probably included more miles for me, but I decided to taper a little, since I had the Surf City Half Marathon the following week.  I'm finding that the hardest part about training is keeping a diet that complimentary to my workout schedule.  I've been eating a lot of Greek yogurt, chia seeds, green pressed juices, whole grain pasta, and grilled/baked chicken.  But I've been definitely missing my morning blueberry muffins, refined pasta, and beer!

LA Marathon Training - Week 2 of 8:

Sunday:  Rest.  I treated myself to a much needed beer at Angel City Brewery for my friend Rebecca's birthday.  Of course the girls and I took the obligatory angel picture.
Monday: 2 miles during lunch, 1 hour yoga after work.  I joined LA fitness today, and took one of their yoga classes.  Definitely not as challenging as my usual power yoga, but I got much, much needed stretching in.
Tuesday: 1 hour cycling (17 miles).  My first time in a cycling class for probably over a year.  It was perfect cross training.  I could definitely feel the burn in my calves and quads without the impact of running.
Wednesday:  1.5 miles interval running.  0.5 miles sprinting, 0.5 miles jogging, 0.5 miles sprinting.  I dread my sprinting days, but I'm always thankful for them during race day.
Thursday:  Rest.
Friday: 1.5 hours power yoga.
Saturday:  8 miles on the strand.  1 hour yoga with Lorna Jane Marina Del Rey.  Absolutely loved their free yoga class, and the little inspirational quotes everywhere.  "I believe the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do."

Total mileage:  11.5
Total cross training: 4.5 hours

This week I learned that if my joints are aching and my muscles are sore, then I'm not running.  I'm learning that training doesn't always necessarily mean miles and there are ways to keep up my endurance without beating up my body too much.  Yoga has definitely been my savior in training for my first full marathon.

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