Started off the week strong, and then had to step back and listen to my body. It can be really hard to find the balance in marathon training- you know when running high mileage and working hard you’re going to feel bad/tired/worn out. That’s putting the necessary work in. There’s also a slight panic when you realize how quickly the race is creeping up on you, and the urge to fit in as much as you can. But there is a fine line between pushing it and pushing it too much and getting injured.
This race was a pretty last-minute addition to the race calendar. Mr. Chicory and I signed up the Monday before the race. My coach wanted one more all-out effort from me before my goal marathon in November, and the mister doesn’t race very much and needed to get a better sense of his goal for the same marathon.
Indianapolis is about 2 hours from our house in Louisville. I looked for a race closer but the only ones I could find 10k to half-marathon were all 2 hours away in various directions. Indy gets preferential treatment because we go often enough that we sort-of know our way around, and because my coach is based there. This means extra perks, usually, like a tent where we can leave our stuff plus last-minute motivation and an on-course cheerleader/photo-taker.
I’ve been really happy with my return to running, and even weeks like this leave me feeling confident. It was the most mileage I’ve run in 11 months, but I still had 3 total rest days (though that wasn’t really planned). Nice to see the boost, but be able to run more miles at a time again allowing me some more flexibility throughout the week.
My goal for this week was to put some effort in on hills, throw in some more strides, and be really good about loop bands/PT exercises. I succeeded at the first two but definitely not the third. Win some ya lose some, right?
I have thought about what I want out of the fall, and part of that is general endurance and strength for running…a good base. When I run around my neighborhood I’m lucky if I crack 30-50 feet of elevation gain for the run. While it isn’t always feasible to run elsewhere, I did get out to a local hilly park twice this week which was helpful. Plus I knew I’d get some rollers on my long run at our cabin on the weekend. Part of this hilly desire is because I’m running a hilly half in 2 weeks and part is simply because hills make a stronger runner. I don’t always MAKE the time to do my strength work because of other priorities- but hills allow me to build strength and get miles in at the same time. Tuesday was miles, hills AND stroller…a great run all around. I finished the week with 1234 ft of elevation gain (per Strava)….which I know is peanuts for some, but made me happy to see progress! I also have a history of running better on hills than super flat, so I’d like to get back to that level of fitness.
It was a busy week with work, Hannah’s 4 month checkup, and preparing for a long weekend away. I tried super hard to prepare myself for it all, but was still left pretty flustered Friday afternoon trying to get everything ready. By the time we made the 3 hour drive I was feeling much better about it all- and was just super ready for a few days away. Labor day weekend/Birthday weekend….and little did I know…something else too.
My sister and I did our long run together Saturday, she is training for a marathon and I wanted to get some good time on feet in. My plan was 14 and hers was 16 so we compromised at 15 since I was feeling good enough to go another mile. Longest postpartum run yet! We relaxed most of the rest of the day until we went to take family pictures….which is when I got a huge surprise. Needless to say the rest of the evening was spent celebrating our engagement with champagne, a good meal and family time. Later in the evening Brian and I along with my sister and her husband went into town and had drinks out to celebrate engagement and my 30th Birthday…hence the longer than usual list of “Beers Drank”.
Monday: Rest (just didn’t feel like it…)
Tuesday: 3.5 Hilly Stroller miles(9:45 avg) + 10 minutes Loop Bands
Wednesday: 5.6 Easy Miles (8:34 avg) + 4 x strides
Thursday: 6 Hilly effort miles (7:46 avg) + 6 x strides
Friday: Rest (work/packing/driving)
Saturday: 15 mile long run with my sister! (9:03 avg)
Week Totals: 30.5 miles run, 10 minutes fitness (womp womp)
Beers Drank: Ommegang Witte, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Leine’s Summer Shandy, Two Roads Bergamonster, Dogfish Head Namaste White
It was a little disheartening that the taxi driver had no clue what was going on when I said, “Staten Island Ferry, please!” I figured he’d just finished a shift of hauling around drunk adults in Halloween costumes, so I wasn’t very surprised.
I WAS surprised when my $50 visa gift card got declined and I had a mini-panic while I tried to figure out how to get to an ATM. Luckily, I happened to be in New York City, where banks outnumber bathrooms, and paid the man with no real trouble. I should have just taken the train like I planned. I’d gotten to the station with plenty of time, but had suddenly freaked out: What if the train got stuck? What if what if what if??
It was 5:55am and I had 4 hours and 20 minutes until the start of the New York City Marathon. You may think I was silly to worry I’d be late, but I am not a lucky person. Especially when it comes to getting places on time. Or when it comes to things going smoothly. Read more >>
I am about seven weeks behind (yikes!) on updating my training log here. Since my last update, I have been back on the marathon training horse with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon being my goal race. I’ve basically done a bunch of mileage and some higher volume workouts at mostly between half marathon and marathon pace. The past several weeks have been busy outside of running as well with many visits to and from old friends of ours, a mini vacation at my mom’s while my hubs was on a work trip, my daughter turned 3 years old and my son started Kindergarten. The last two things happened on the same day. Summer has gone by quickly with all that has been going on in my house and I can’t believe Chicago is a little over four weeks away now! My past several weeks of training are below.
week of 7.17-7.23.17
Monday: 5 miles in the a.m. w/ kids in double before kiddo garden club, 8 solo miles in afternoon.
Tuesday: 6 miles in the a.m. w/ kids in double, 4 solo miles in afternoon.
Wednesday: 13 miles w/ 6.4k of on/off 200s. Goal was 42s for ons, 52s for offs, but was more like 40-41/50-51. Overall mile average for the 6.4k was 6:10 pace.
Thursday: 11 miles, middle 4 solo while the kids played at Bucknell, other 7 were to/from pushing the kids in the double.
Friday: 6 mile family run in a.m. (hubs pushing the double the whole way, woo!), 4 solo miles in afternoon.
Saturday: 13 miles w/ 5 miles of progression in the middle. Paces for progression were supposed to be 7:00-6:50-6:40-6:30-6:20. I started off a little too fast and ended up running 6:45, 6:42, 6:29, 6:21, 6:11.
Sunday: 18 miles, first 3 w/ hubs and kiddos and the rest solo.
92 miles for the week
week of 7.24-7.30.17
Monday: 6 miles in the a.m. w/ kids in double, before garden club again, 7 solo miles in afternoon.
Tuesday: 11 miles, middle 4 solo and other 7 to/from Bucknell w/ kids in double.
Wednesday: 14 miles w/ 10 miles of steady state. Goal pace was 6:30. Did this on my nearby neighborhood loop that runs just over a mile. Ended up averaging right at 6:30 for 10.25 miles.
Thursday: 6 miles in a.m. w/ kids in double, 6 solo miles in afternoon.
Friday: 20 miles. Did my long run today as we were down at the Eastern Shore of Maryland over the weekend for a college friend’s birthday party.
Saturday: 8 miles w/ the hubs in the a.m. before driving 4+ hours to MD.
Sunday: 5 miles in the a.m. from our hotel in Easton, MD, 7 miles in the evening, ~2.5 of which were w/ the hubs and kids.
90 miles for the week
week of 7.31-8.6.17
Monday: 16 miles w/ workout. Plan was “14-16 w/ workout: 8 x 1m @ 6:15-20 (613-18 if 1600s) w/ 60s rest. Option to piece together intervals (and have recovery be up to 60s per mile of interval length (e.g. 4×2 w/ up to 2min, 2 x 4m w/ up to 4min. no option for 1 x 8m though. if feel really good keep it at 2 x 4m, take just 2 min rest, and then option for last 2m of second rep can be 605-10 range).” Ended up doing 2 x 4 miles, but really it was 2 x 6.4k since I was on the track and taking 1600 splits. Workout splits were: 24:56 via 6:14.83, 6:13.92, 6:14.57, 6:12.84
3:52 800m jog recov, 24:34 via 6:13.33, 6:12.50, 6:06.91, 6:00.84.
Tuesday: 6 miles w/ kids in the double in the a.m., 5 miles w/ E in the single in the afternoon while C was at play-K at the library.
Wednesday: 11 miles, usual routine of 4 solo miles in middle and 7 miles to/from Bucknell w/ kids in double.
Thursday: 12 miles w/ workout plan of 8-16×200 @ 42. Did 16 and all of them were at 40-41, recovery 200s progressed over the course of the workout from 55 down to 48. Did a 4 mile shakout run in the afternoon.
Friday: 9 miles w/ kids in double in a.m., 4 miles w/ them again in the p.m.
Saturday: 21 miles solo.
Sunday: 6 easy miles.
94 miles for the week
week of 8.7-8.13.17
Monday: 7 miles w/ kids in the double in the a.m., 5 solo miles in p.m.
Tuesday: 17 miles w/ planned workout of: “16-17 w/ workout: 3 x 4k @ 6:08-6:12 pace w/ 800m @ 3:30 pace. If things feel hard, aim to keep to 608-12 but slow down the 800m (340-400). If feeling good (things not too hard) then you can first have the recovery come down into 3:20-3:25 range. If you have done that and still feel very good, then 3rd 4k can move into 604-608 range. practice gels (okay to take during rest).” Was a bit intimidated going into this workout b/c I haven’t done this lengthy of a workout w/ a brisk recovery in a while. In the end, I felt good and the workout went well. Workout splits were: 15:20 via 6:08.08, 6:09.01, 3:02.81, 3:25 800 recovery, 15:20 via 6:09.21, 6:07.88, 3:02.21, 3:18 800 recovery, 15:07 via 6:03.97, 6:03.33, 2:59.19 – 52:30 for 13.6k (6:12.7/mi avg). Also did a 3 mile shakeout w/ the kids in the double in the afternoon.
Wednesday: 6 miles in the a.m. w/ the kids in the double, 6 miles solo in afternoon.
Thursday: 12 miles, middle 5+ solo while kids played at track, other 7 to/from Bucknell w/ kids in double.
Friday: 6 mile family run in a.m.
Saturday: 22 miles w/ 14 miles of steady state. Goal pace was 6:40, but I ended up running right around 6:30s for most of this, averaging 6:32 pace for the 14 miles of uptempo.
Sunday: 8 mile family run in the a.m., 4 solo miles at my mom’s in the evening.
96 miles for the week
week of 8.14-8.20.17
This week I was at my mom’s w/ the kids as my husband was up in Boston for a work trip and I figured I’d let the kids have a week of swimming at Grandma’s pool before school started for my little guy.
Monday: 6 miles in the a.m., 4 miles in the p.m.
Tuesday: 16 miles in the a.m. w/ workout of 8-10 miles at MP (goal of 6:15 pace, with exception of last mile, which was allowed to be a bit faster if I felt good). Since I was doing this on the track, the plan was to only look at 1600 splits (versus 400 splits) after the first 3200. I did ok w/ this for the first few miles, but then I went too fast and overcompensated by slowing down too much, then overcompensate again by going too fast. Finally, I just made myself settle in and trust my instincts w/ how pace and effort felt and I got back on track. Splits: 6:12.92 (93, 3:06, 4:39, 6:12), 6:11.98 (3:06 800), 6:14.71, 6:09.39 (boo), 6:21.07 (boo again), 6:06.87 (Seriously. Through 800 in 3:02), 6:12.10, 6:10.08, 6:09.59, 6:01.46 (through 1200 in 4:34) – 61:50 for 16k (6:13/mi, 6:11/1600 avg). Did a 4 mile shakeout in the evening.
Wednesday: 12 miles in the a.m.
Thursday: 4 miles in the a.m. before an all day iliopsoas massage class (I may need to do a post on what I learned there), 4 miles over lunch break from class.
Friday: 13 miles in the a.m. w/ workout of 2 x (4×800). Plan was “12-14 w/ workout #1 (either order this week): 2x(4×800) w/ 1:30 w/in set, 3-4 min b/t sets. each set goes roughly 254->250. okay to be a little bit out of range based on how hard/easy things feel but keep in mind this is not only workout this week. do not strain for fast times.” This was the most humid weather I’ve worked out in this summer. DP was 73 the whole time. Was surprised to hit the 800s. Felt good and I think the all day class of hip flexor work yesterday may have had something to do w/ it. Husband-coach and kiddos were there during workout and I was given a bonus 1600 at MP at the end. Splits: 2:52.19 (77r), 2:51.77 (82r), 2:51.06 (80r), 2:46.92 (3:51r), 2:50.09 (78r), 2:49.15 (80r), 2:47.20 (80r), 2:45.77 (~90r, watch malfunction here), 6:09.51 for MP 1600. 6 mile shakeout in the evening w/ the hubs.
Saturday: 8 miles in the a.m. w/ the hubs, 4 miles in the p.m. Last run at mom’s.
Sunday: 22 miles solo back at home.
103 miles for the week (my first 100+ week in almost two years)
week of 8.21-8.27.17
Monday: 4 miles in the a.m. w/ the kids in the double, 6 solo miles in the afternoon, after viewing the eclipse.
Tuesday: 13 miles, first 3.5 pushing the kids over to Bucknell, then the rest solo as the hubs met us at the track and took the kids and double jogger home so I could finish the run solo.
Wednesday: 8 miles in the a.m w/ E (the birthday girl!) in the single, after putting C on the bus for his first day of kindergarten. 5 miles in the afternoon w/ E in the single.
Thursday: 16 miles in the a.m. w/ workout of 4x3200m @ 6:00 pace, easy 400 jog. Splits: 11:57 via 5:59.62/5:57.60 (2:15r), 11:56 via 5:57.74/5:57.76 (2:15r), 11:57 via 5:58.40/5:57.97 (2:10r),
11:52 via 5:57.29/5:54.49 – 54:22 for 14k (6:15avg). 4 miles shakeout in the afternoon w/ E in the single.
Friday: 8 miles in the morning w/ E in the single, 4 solo miles in the afternoon.
Saturday: 7 miles w/ my brother, Jesse, who was in town for Emmy’s birthday party.
Sunday: 18 miles w/ workout of 10 miles (really 16k since I was on the track) at MP. Goal was 6:12-6:16. Did the MP portion 7 miles into the run and did an easy 1 mile cool down after. Practiced w/ gels and fluids today. Splits: 6:13.79, 6:13.85, 6:11.01, 6:13.29, 6:11.44, 6:12.89, 6:12.80, 6:10.87, 6:12.84, 6:08.37 – 1:02:01 for 16k (6:14/mi avg, 6:12/1600).
93 miles for the week
week of 8.23-9.3.17
Monday: 8 miles in the a.m., 5 miles in the afternoon. Both runs w/ E in the single.
Tuesday: Same as yesterday – 8 in the a.m, 5 in the p.m., both w/ E.
Wednesday: 16 miles in the a.m. w/ a light workout of 2-4 miles of uptempo at 6:20-6:30 after 10 miles on a hilly route. Got in 4 miles at 6:19 avg via 6:25, 6:19, 6:17, 6:15. 4 miles shakeout in the afternoon w/ E in the single.
Thursday: 8 miles in morning w/ E in the single, 5 miles in afternoon w/ E and the hubs. He kindly pushed the jogger the whole run.
Friday: 5 miles in the morning w/ E in the single, 4 miles in afternoon w/ E and the hubs again.
Saturday: 19 miles w/ workout. Plan was 4x4k @ 6:08-6:12 pace w/ 800 recovery @ 3:30. Did this while visiting my husband’s hometown, so he was able to join me for a bulk of this (even doing most of the pacing) and modify the workout. After the 4th 4k, he had me tack on an extra 800 @ 3:30 and then a 1800 done via 1600 @ 6:08-6:10 and a final 200 @ 45. Splits: 15:28 via 6:10.50/6:10.62/3:05.92 , 3:24 800r, 15:21 via 6:09.27/6:08.82/3:02.76, 3:28r, 15:24 via 6:10.77/6:08.59/3:04.69, 3:28r, 15:23 via 6:09.28/6:10.06/3:04.10, 3:32r, 1800 in 6:52 via 6:06.98/43.19 – 21k in 1:22:19 (6:18.5/mi avg).
Sunday: 8 miles w/ the hubs in the morning, 5 miles solo in the evening.
100 miles for the week
If you’ve read through this whole thing, kudos to you.
My planned half marathon on Sept. 3rd was downgraded to more of a training run due to an illness and missed training three weeks before the race. Still, I was somehow on edge all week in a taper-y way.
Sunday, August 27th: Rest day from running. I went to a professional track meet in the afternoon and had so much fun.
Monday, August 28th: 8 km easy + 1 hr. Pilates.
Tuesday, August 29th: 8 km total with 6x3min at interval pace. Felt sluggish on my warmup, but interval pace turned out to be not so bad.
Wednesday, August 30th: 8 km easy.
Thursday, August 31st: Supposed to be a mini-workout with 2×10 min. at threshold pace, but took a rest day instead because my son was home sick.
Friday, Sept. 1st: Kiddo feeling much better, but now I’m all anxious about getting his cold. 5km easy jog.
Saturday, Sept. 2nd: 6km easy jog, feeling sniffly.
Sunday, Sept. 3rd: Still sniffly, but my resting heart rate is not elevated and I’m otherwise fine. I got up before 6 to eat oatmeal and coffee up, and left for the race at 6:45. It was a beautiful day, sunny but cool, with a slight breeze and low humidity. The race was just the right size: 1200 runners, so not huge and over-crowded, but enough people that you were never running alone. I started out at the pace prescribed by my coach, which was faster than my usual easy pace but felt easy given the crowds and race-day energy. I didn’t pay much attention to my watch and just ran. Apparently I should have paid more attention, because I started running too fast and my hamstrings started cramping around km 15. I slowed down to a jog, but it didn’t get better. At km 16 I decided I had no desire to finish the last 5km at sad-crampy-pace. Km 16 was actually only 1 km from the finish line, so I took off my number and sad-jogged back for my first DNF in a long time. Embarrassing, maybe, but ultimately it was the right decision. Running with crampy hamstrings is not only painful and Not Fun, but can lead to longer term problems. This way, I recovered quickly, as from any other workout, and can get back to training. I have my eye on an October 10k and look forward to the next few weeks of training.
Every marathon training cycle – heck, every cycle when I’m training for a significant goal – I have at least one freak-out. This one took a few months to arrive, but it hit me over the head with a rock and dragged me by the hair into a dark cave. I’m still not sure what triggered it. Perhaps other people’s anxiety about big fall races was getting to me. Or perhaps because we’re on the cusp of Boston registration season, even though BQing is only a vague and extremely long-term goal right now. I rarely think about it, but the annual debate over qualifying standards just reminds me exactly. how. far. off. that is for me. (1 hour, 19 minutes, and 17 seconds, plus two or three or five minutes of buffer, plus however much the BAA decides to tighten standards in future. Squeak, squeak: is that a runner squeaking in, or the screws turning? At which point I just throw up my hands and think ‘eh, I should just give up now’, which is an utterly foolish and irrational thing to think, for many reasons.)
See, I have an inner ‘turtle girl’. Deep down I’ll always be the girl who took more than six hours to finish her first marathon. Turtle girl says, dafuq are you doing here? Turtle girl says, echoing all those beardy crusty old guys in the deeply speedist and sexist history of the sport, You have no business running marathons.
It’s true, I don’t have a great history with marathons. I cramp, every single time. I happily run the first 20 miles with no ill effects, thinking I’m on track to finish strong and smooth, and then BAM! the quad cramps take over and I hobble home. I have no time goals for Baystate, I just. Want. To. Bloody. Not. Cramp. Is that too much to ask? I suppose I could walk the whole way and avoid cramps, but where’s the fun in that? I’m afraid I’ll just cramp up as usual and be disappointed again this year. I’m afraid I’ll feel like I’ve wasted all this time and effort in training. More than the ‘wasted’ training or the finish time, the disappointment lies in the sense that I’m not really running to my full potential the way I am with half marathons. And trying to push the limits of my potential is part of how and why running makes me happy.
But we’re 7 weeks out. There’s no turning back now, is there? I still enjoy training. I still enjoy the act of running. And the only thing more disappointing than training hard and failing is giving up now. I’m still going to do this marathon. The only way out is through…
Monday – 12.1 miles. AM: 4.8 easy. PM: Track – warmup, cooldown, 3mi and 2mi at…somewhere between tempo and marathon pace.
Tuesday – 5.1 miles easy
Wednesday – 6.5 miles including errands
Thursday – 4.4 miles. The original plan was to drop off stuff at the gym (0.5 miles), run a loop around campus (3 miles), and pool-run for 30 minutes, but the pool run was thwarted due to freshman swim tests.
Friday – rest
Saturday – 18.2 miles long run, as 16.6 on a hilly route followed by a quick 1.6 stroller-jaunt with husband and kid on part of their run.
Sunday – 3.3 miles, treadmill. After Saturday’s run I saw that 3.3 would put me at 50 for the week…how could I not?!
Total for the week: 50 miles!!!
Every marathon training season has its own ups and downs and every race day is different. Sometimes it is a grand success, sometimes it is a heartbreaking fail. Usually there is no in-between.
But no matter the end result, each season takes on a life of its own and each holds a special place in my heart. No doubt this is because we must devote months of hard work, commitment, sacrifice, self-doubt, and dogged determination all for (hopefully) success on one day.
Thankfully, this season was one of the best ones yet for me and it reaffirmed why I do this: no matter who we are or where we are in life, we can always push ourselves to achieve more (take that Father Time!).
It’s been a crazy few weeks! On August 16, we moved from San Antonio, our home for the last 11 years, to Weatherford, Texas, a town about 20 miles west of Fort Worth. There have been many emotions and changes in the past few weeks, but things seem to be settling down a bit. Best yet, we finally have internet, which means a return to Netflix and I have the ability to update my training log! It would be too long and tedious to tell you every run for the past 3 weeks, so I’ll just give you the highlights.
3 workouts this week which went as follows:
Tuesday-track ladder: 400, 800, 1600, 800, 400, 2×200. This was my last workout in San Antonio and I was very nostalgic throughout, but was able to hit most of my prescribed paces-85 for the 400s, 2:52 for the 800s, 6:00 for the 1600, and 40 for the 200s. My second 800 was inexplicably 2:58, but you can’t hit them all.
Thursday-3×1 mile at 6:05. I had to do this on the treadmill in the afternoon after unpacking boxes. My stomach does not enjoy afternoon workouts, but I got it done with only 1 sprint to the bathroom.
Saturday-15 mile long run. This was a huge struggle for me, and my coach attributed it to my tough week.
3 workouts again this week:
Monday: 2×200 at 45, 3×800 at 2:52, 2×200 at 40. Everything went as prescribed except for the last 800 which was 2:56-I blame it on it being too dark to correctly read my watch. This was my first run on a track in Weatherford, and I was psyched to fine one that had working bathrooms and a water fountain!
Wednesday-2×2400 at 9:25 (6:17 pace). My husband had to make a quick work trip, and since the kids weren’t back to school yet I did this on the treadmill. The treadmill is really tough for me for fast intervals like this-I’m basically trying not to fall off the whole time.
Friday-Tempo-6 miles at goal half pace (6:55). This was done on the treadmill too (hubby still out of town) but it went really well compared to the last disastrous attempt at a half marathon tempo. It was a great confidence boost.
3 workouts again. My coach wants me to start making 1 or 2 of my mid-week runs medium long runs, which will ultimately make me stronger for the Houston Marathon in January. That was one change this week, in addition to my kids going back to school. I don’t have a job here yet (working on becoming a substitute teacher which will start in a few weeks), which means I have plenty of time to get runs in during the day.
Tuesday-tried to go to a new track which was closed early in the morning. That meant I was forced to do my ladder workout on the treadmill. While I hit all the paces, it was ridiculously hard on the treadmill and I was glad to be done.
Thursday-3×1 mile at 6:05. I did these in 6:05, 6:05, 6:07.
Saturday-16 mile long run, 8:07 average. This was a great run-a million times better than the previous 15.
Marathon training can be such a grind, just trying to recover before the next workout or long run, feeling like you’re slow and exhausted and there’s no way you can run a marathon soon especially not fast.
But that’s the sneaky thing about fitness. It hides from you. You’re getting stronger and faster, even while you’re feeling the exact opposite.
Some weeks, that fitness peeks out and says, “HI CHICORY YOU DON’T SUCK AFTER ALL.”
I like those weeks.
I had one of those weeks this week.
Monday: 8.25 miles, 64 min, AHR 150. A little faster than a usual easy run because I was in a hurry. My HR was in range though so I just went with it.
Tuesday: 10 miles on the treadmill. I could’ve done this workout outside but the idea of 10×800 outside sounded really miserable no matter how I thought about it. It sounded less miserable on the treadmill so I did that. This was 10×800 at 85% max with 200 jogs … so more of a long tempo with short breaks than something like Yasso 800s. (Yasso 800s call for 10×800 hard with equal time recovery as a marathon time predictor. I averaged 3:13 and 68 second jogs.) I was happy with the effort, felt controlled the entire time and on target HR (162 average on the repeats, max 164-174).
Wednesday: Easy 6 early in the morning with the run club. Taught Pilates after work.
Thursday: 10 miles early, 78 minutes, 142 AHR, with 5 miles “light” progression (no more than 80-85% max). It was actually like 8 miles of progression if you include the warmup, haha. The idea here was more to get some turnover going and loosen up the legs than getting much speedwork benefit from it. I did it with a combination of HR and pace targets: 7:43/142, 7:34/147, 7:25/151, 7:14/152 (hm), 7:11/158. The last mile was slower than I was hoping for but the rest was great. Taught Pilates after work.
Friday: Sports chiro in the morning; tweaked my back last weekend. It was feeling better but was actually still swollen when he started looking at it. The two Pilates classes did not help. I got dry needled, adjusted, taped, and okay’d to run. 6 miles on the treadmill after work while the remnants of Harvey rolled over, 48 min, 139 AHR. Mr. Chic was texting me the whole time from two treadmills away, but it was his birthday so he can do what he wants.
Saturday: 14 miles, 1:48, 144 AHR. I kicked this workout’s ass. It called for 5 easy, 2 miles of 1 min on/1 min off, 2 easy, 3 at 75-85%, 2 easy. First 5 at 8 min pace; 7:17 average for the on/off; 2 easy at 8:07; 3 quick at 7:12, 7:09, 6:43; 2 cool down at 8:07. THE QUACK ATTACK IS BACK, JACK! Thank you fall weather, I’m glad you’re here. Took Morgan for a long walk after and did some Jasyoga.
Sunday: We went out Saturday night for Mr. Chic’s birthday so I slept in on Sunday, ran, and got donuts. Finishing writing this log with sticky fingers, a cup of coffee, and a dog on my feet. 6.25 miles,
Totals: 60.5 miles run (2 miles with Morgan), 2 hours of Pilates and Jasyoga.
Beers I drank (stealing from Barley): Great Flood Brewing Co. “Find A Way IPA” (Louisville, KY), Southern Tier Nu Skool IPA (Lakewood, NY).
Cool thing I read: “Joan Benoit Samuelson Targets a Sub-Three Hour Marathon—at the Age of 60” by the WSJ. Guess where she’s going to make the attempt?!?!?!?!? *pees pants*
August was a whirlwind of a month; I’d been apprehensively peeking at my calendar the whole summer trying not to think too hard about how busy I’d be. Before I knew it, July ended and off we went, starting off by running the Cascade Lakes Relay the first weekend. I sent my 11-year-old son off on a solo flight to his grandparents’ house the day before my husband and I left on our 216-mile running adventure, leaving our 4-year-old and dog at home with my mom.
Recently, finally, I was cruising up a hill in the park, cool drizzle misting my face, when I noticed the muscles in my face working in an unaccustomed way: I was smiling. Beaming, in fact. My legs turned over faster and faster as I crested the hill and threw my head back. “I want to train, dammit!” I shouted to the damp, empty park. I raised my fist to the heavens, rain pelting my cheeks and mixing with the sweat and salt. “I want to traaaaain!”
It was an epic moment of triumphant release.
And it came crashing down like an ice bath dropped on me from five stories up when I got down to the business of actually training. Read more >>
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