WEEK 3: 9 miler + swimming begins!

Week three of Vermont City marathon training. Swimming class started. Ready…go!

Vermont City Marathon Training – Week 3:

Monday, January 16: Three miles on the indoor track. Easy. Kundalini yoga class. The university had free fitness classes last week, so I thought I’d try out a new type of yoga. Wow, Kundalini yoga is really different! No down dogs in this class. I think I liked it? If you haven’t done it before, it’s a lot of chanting and more meditative. We also did a lot of faster, quicker moves with our breath. Just….so different.

Tuesday, January 17: So, I signed up for a swimming class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. It’s a technique class. I took it a few years ago and it remains – to this day – my favorite class ever. I also realized that I need a class in order to swim. I think I’ve been to the pool less than ten times since the class two years ago. I’m just not good at motivating myself to do laps at the pool. Plus, I’ve never been a big swimmer, so it’s nice to learn stroke technique. Again. We didn’t swim the first class, but did introductions and went over the syllabus.

Wednesday, January 18: 1-hour Bodypump class (weight lifting).

Thursday, January 19: Swimming class – in the water! We spent about 95 percent of the hour doing freestyle drills. Kicking drills. Breathing drills. Hip rotation drills. Pulling drills. I think I hold my breath under water – unintentionally – and therefore create some sort of anaerobic workout. I was huffing and puffing!

Also, funny story. Pretty much everyone is an undergrad student in my class. I’m thinking that I totally look like a college student too! I even arrived to the morning class in my New Duds t-shirt and pajama pants. In my lane, I’m wearing a swim cap and bug-eyed goggles (the sleek ones hurt my eye sockets), when my lap partner turns to me and asks, “Do you work at the university?”

Hmmm, so I guess I don’t look like a college student anymore.

I’m reminded of traveling with Laney over the summer. She’s telling me this story about jogging around the LSU campus after she taught a class. She tells her husband,  “I think I still look like a college student.” He replies, “Um, no you don’t.”  Of course, I tell Laney, “Pish, pish. You TOTALLY look like a college student. What planet is Judson living on?!!”

Um, maybe we’re on the wrong planet. One-up Judson.

Friday, January 20: I meant to do my interval workout on Wednesday, but couldn’t fit it in. Or Thursday. So, I woke up early to run before work. I really need to get in the habit of morning workouts because next week my days are c.r.a.z.y busy. Morning workouts are just SO hard for me! I got a late start and could only fit in 4.5 miles of the 6 mile workout. I did a 1/2 mile warm-up, then 4 miles at 8:13 pace. After work, I went to bodypump class. Yay, twice this week!

Saturday, January 21: 9 miles outside.

I wore yaktrax (not shown), but it’s still slick outside. Thinking that I may have to run inside for long runs, which is painful for me. I can only handle running about 6 miles inside. I really enjoy getting fresh air. I love to run down near the water, even though it’s windier down there.

Oh, and it’s starting. My craving for pizza. My other craving is potato chips, but that hasn’t kicked in just yet.

And post-long run laziness has set in. Maybe it’s running in the snow that drains me? For the rest of the day, I was on the couch and this fur-ball was on his chair. 90 percent of the time, Merlin likes to sit across from me instead of with me on the couch. Cats. Always on their terms.

SundayJanuary 22: 1-hour snowshoe adventure in Stowe. We actually don’t have a lot of snow for January in Vermont. Some friends and I thought we could just go on the Stowe rec path, but there wasn’t enough snow. So weird! We drove up to Wiessner Woods, just above Stowe’s upper village. It’s gorgeous!


Pretty place. Will have to go back.


Ahhhh, and I have to talk about my Sunday night. After snowshoeing, we stopped for a bite to eat and a beer. I promised my friend Rachel that I would go to this meditation class with her, so I hurried back to town to pick her up for the 6:30 p.m. class. She wanted to go last week, but we were both tired and bailed. I was thinking that this would be a 45-min drop-in meditation class. I felt like even that was A LOT, considering my goal is five-minutes a day….which I have not been doing.

No. This is like an established group. A sangha.

We did 20 minutes of sitting meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation, 20 minutes of sitting meditation, a reading, and a Dharma circle. I actually really enjoyed the sitting and walking meditation, although the second sitting meditation was harder. My mind wandered more frequently and my back started to feel stiff. The reading and the Dharma circle were cool – although I got distracted whenever they said Dharma because I would think of Lost – but took forever. The sharing circle had no end time. We wrapped up in just over two-hours. I thought I might miss Downton Abbey at 9 p.m., at which point, I was thinking, “I might have to break the Dharma Circle. Would there be a revolt?” Luckily, I made it home just in time for the new episode. Whew.

Weekly Totals
Mileage: 16.5 miles
Yoga: 1-hour class + 2 plus hours of meditation (that might be a one-time thing)
Weights: 2 hours
Swimming: 1 hour
Random/fun stuff: 1 hour snowshoeing

Previous marathon training posts here.

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11 Responses to WEEK 3: 9 miler + swimming begins!

  1. What a lovely, active week. I made your pink zebra cookies for my writing class, and they were a massive hit.

  2. Sounds like an excellent week! I work on a university too and I always tell myself I can pretend to be a student. (Well, I’m technically a grad student again, but that’s not what I mean.) I have a feeling I may be on the wrong planet with y’all. Oh, well. Let me have my illusions!

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, it was a busy week. Not that many miles, but everything added up….well, it tired me out.

      Oh yeah, and I realized that I’m better off with my illusions. Makes me feel better!

  3. I’ve only gotten to go snowshoeing once, but loved it. Thanks for taking me along on this outing!

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