Okay, let’s just all agree that posting recaps every 2 weeks may just be how it goes for the next EIGHT WEEKS because that’s ALL THAT’S LEFT before Chicago. Holy. Crap.
July 31-Aug. 6
The week before was a down week with a race, so it was back on the mileage grind this week.
Monday: 8 miles easy in the morning, 65 minutes, AHR 139. Jasyoga in the evening.
Tuesday: 10 miles after work on the treadmill with 5×1 mile repeats at threshold pace/85% max HR, 75 minutes, AHR 155.
Wednesday: Early morning 6 miles, easy recovery with a friend, 51 minutes, 140 AHR. Oof. Massage that afternoon then taught Pilates.
Thursday: Taught Pilates first then ran 8 miles with 8x 20 second strides, 62 minutes, AHR 152.
Friday: 6 miles easy in the morning, not fast. Warm, windy, and humid — plus still feeling the effects of mile repeats and the massage.
Saturday: 14 miles total with 8 miles at 75-85% max HR, 105 minutes, AHR 150. Cool weather helps, but I had a hard time getting my HR to 160. Felt like I was stuck in 3rd gear. Maybe because it was cool?
Sunday: Slept about 9 hours. Easy 6 miles later in the morning, 49 minutes, AHR 135. Taught two Pilates classes after.
Totals: 58 miles run, 255 minutes of Pilates and Jasyoga.
When in doubt, grind it out. I worked from home some this week because Morgan was still in recovery mode from her spay surgery and the lack of exercise led to the demise of 3 pillows and 1 footstool poof, RIP.
Monday: 8 miles around 2 p.m., beautiful weather, 62 minutes, AHR 142.
Tuesday: 10 miles around 2 p.m., hotter than I expected. 4 miles of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy. First 2 miles were great. Took 90 seconds jog after mile 2. Mile 3 was tough. Quick water stop at 3.5, some dry heaving after the 3rd rep of last mile. All-in-all pretty solid and consistent. Jasyoga after.
Wednesday: 6 miles with a friend, early morning, 50 minutes, AHR 142. Taught Pilates in the evening.
Thursday: 10 miles with 30 minutes of continuous hills, which turns out to be 12 total climbs on my favorite loop and about 700’ of climb. 80 minutes, AHR 150. We’ve now entered the “two 10 mile weekdays” phase of marathon training. Taught Pilates in the evening.
Friday: 6 miles easy in the afternoon, right after a thunderstorm, 49 minutes, AHR 141. Humid AF. Jasyoga after.
Saturday: 18 miles easy, 2:28, 139 AHR. Low and slow just like a crockpot. Picked up my friend and her jog stroller at mile 5 and then did the next 4 extra easy, then back on my own for the rest. Warm and humid.
Sunday: Easy 6, 49 minutes, AHR 134. Slept in.
Totals: 64 miles run, 130 minutes of Pilates and Jasyoga.
P.S. Morgan is back to running a little bit, but keeping her to about .30-.70 miles right now. I haven’t really been tracking it. The best part is when I put the leash around my waist, she knows it is time to run and starts freaking out!
Life has been busy lately, and my training logs have been suffering as a result! Actually, suffering is a great word to describe this entire training cycle. Right now I’m just trying to stay in the moment and take things day by day, because most days lately if you ask me whether I will be able to make it to October 1st ready to run a marathon, my honest answer would be “probably not.” My long runs have been incredibly difficult and I have yet to do a long run that leaves me feeling optimistic about running a marathon in 6 weeks.
Wow! This is so inspirational! Some of my shorter runs have been okay, and feel somewhat better than I had been feeling, so that’s positive. And I keep running despite every whisper in the back of my head that tells me to just bag this training and call it quits. Who knows, maybe I’ll go out for my long run this coming weekend and knock it out of the park? Crazier things have happened, and there’s still enough time left to get my body ready to finish the marathon.
Goals for the next week: keep running. get strength training back on point. keep running.
Week of 7.31-8.6
Monday 7.31: Ran to the park, went on a hike with friends, and ran home. 1.1 mile @ 10:26, 2.8 miles of hiking (1 hour), 1.1 mile @ 10:27. My short runs felt surprisingly good, considering the day prior I had a terrible long run.
Tuesday 8.1: I forgot that I had a really great feeling run this day. It was 80 degrees, humid, windy, and sunny and I completely expected this run to suuuuuck. Instead it was my best run in forever. 5 miles @ 10:35.
Wednesday 8.2: Another great run. 57 degrees felt incredible that morning! 4 miles @ 10:40
Thursday 8.3: Weekly Thursday night bike ride. 26.3 miles, 15.3 mph avg, HR 138 avg.
Friday 8.4: Got a late start, so only had time for 3 miles @ 11:21. A crisp, beautiful morning. Went for a walk at lunchtime- 2.1 miles.
Saturday 8.5: Was feeling incredibly optimistic about this long run, given how great I had been feeling this past week. Goal was 15 miles, but the 94% humidity messed with my asthma big time. At mile 5 I couldn’t catch my breath and had to call my husband to drive my inhaler to me. I never could get my breathing back on track, and despite it being a pretty cool morning, I was sweating buckets. I called husband for a second rescue at mile 10 when my breathing turned into hyperventilating. I drank a lot of water on this run and was still down 4 lbs when I weighed myself when I got home. Just awful. 10.2 miles @ 12:04 (not including a million times I just straight up paused my watch to sit on a curb and try to breathe).
Sunday 8.6: Went for an early morning trail run with my friend Kate, and it was just what I needed after the previous day’s debacle. 3.7 miles @ 11:57
Total for the week: 28.1 miles of running, 26.3 miles of cycling
Week of 8.7-8.13
Monday 8.7: Rest day because I realized it had been 13 days since my last full day off.
Tuesday 8.8: Planned on running after work, but I was exhausted this day. Unplanned rest day.
Wednesday 8.9: 5 miles @ 10:45. Storms were rolling in, and I apparently ran past a funnel cloud at the end of my run.
Friday 8.11: 6 miles @ 10:51. Pretty warm after work, but at least it wasn’t humid.
Saturday 8.12: A great early morning bike ride with friends. It had been over a month since I’d had a long weekend ride, and it felt great. 43.7 miles, 15.4 mph avg
Sunday 8.13: The weather was such a tease this day and there was a threat of thunderstorms all day long. Decided to gut this out on the treadmill, and I’m pretty sure this was the longest run I’ve ever done on a treadmill. #Soblessed to have Netflix. The run itself could have been worse, but still not feeling super confident about my long run situation. 13 miles @ 11:44
Total for the week: 24 miles of running, 72.8 miles of cycling
RACE WEEK?! What? This was my first race week in a looonggg time, and to be honest….I loved it. I talked during pregnancy about how I realized that my love of running was tied to competition so this felt like a big turning point for me to pin a bib on again. While I have actually found myself enjoying running lately even without specific goals/training plans, it was still nice to feel those pre-baby feelings again.
The week as a whole was good though and not just race weekend. I got in a little bit of everything this week between stroller miles, a mini speed workout, some walking, easy running and then the race of course. I cut back on strength a bit the second half of the week for the race, and recovery on the weekend.
II will recap the race in another post, but the short of it: I went out too fast (6:16), but somehow held on for 6:47-48 miles for 2 and 3. Finished in 20:47 for what will be by now 5k postpartum PR! Having Hannah at the race was honestly the best feeling, I loved finish lines before but babies at finish lines- hard to even describe!
This was a slightly lower mileage week (again), but with the race I kind of wanted it that way. I have been hanging between 25-28 miles for a few weeks now and it seems to be a good spot. While I want a bit more, I also like the loose plans I have and flexibility with my running schedule. If I get more in, great. If I run a little less that is cool too. Now that I have done a race though, I feel a bit better about maybe putting a few fall goals on the calendar but still nothing crazy- I don’t see myself getting into a rigid training cycle for a few more months at the least. I’m enjoying flexibility and balance that I have at the moment and want to continue that in hopes to keep it going even when I do start officially training for something.
Monday 8/7: late evening 12 min core/PT, my ancient loop band finally snapped so I had to order some new ones
Tuesday 8/8: 5.2 stroller miles (9:05 avg) + 15 minute strength circuit (w/kettlebell & dumbells @ home) Wednesday 8/9: 20 minutes upper body strength at gym + Evening run with 4 x 3 minutes with 2 minutes recovery Thursday 8/10: 1.9 mile evening family walk Friday 8/11: Evening 20 minute shakeout run + 6 x strides Saturday 8/12: 1st Postpartum race! Bergen 5k/USATF Niagara Champs Sunday 8/13: 7.6 easy miles Totals: 24.9 miles runs, 47 minutes fitness/strength, 1.9 miles walked Beers Drank: Sam Adams Summer Ale, Sam Adams Golden Hour (Still working on that Sam craft pack obviously)
Goals for coming week: 25-30 miles, 2-3 strength/fitness sessions, at least 10 minutes of recovery work each night this week, Also finish any remaining SA beers in the fridge to make room for some new ones!
Monday – Lunchtime – 1 mile to and from pool, 30:00 pool run. PM: 2 mile warmup, 2x 2.5mi at tempo (8:25/ mi), 1 mile cooldown Tuesday – 2.5 miles to and from playground with stroller Wednesday – 6.5 miles easy! hot! humid! Thursday – 5 miles: 3 at tempo, 0.25 @ asthma attack, 1.75 @ plod home Friday – Very hot and humid. 30:00 pool run, followed by 30:00 splashing around in pool with kid, followed by inhaling large burrito Saturday – Long run. Humid again. 15.2 miles in just under 3 hours (ack).
Sunday – Long way round to the grocery store, 2 miles
Week ending August 13
This was week 8 of an 18-week lead-up to Baystate, and I was pretty darn happy with the way my workouts went. In terms of everything else happening in the world, though – for both women and people of colour…it was an emotionally exhausting week.
Monday – 7 mile tempo run at marathon goal pace (actually nailed it for once!!!) Tuesday – errand run with a couple of stops, 5 miles Wednesday – Lunchtime: 1 mile to and from pool, 30:00 pool run. PM: 2 mile warmup, 4×800 (3:48 – oops too fast, 3:53, 3:53, 3:52) with 400m recovery, 1 mile cooldown. These 800s felt a little faster than ideal Yasso pace, which seems to be around 10K-HM pace for me, but hey, there were only 4 of them…! Thursday – 6 miles easy Friday – rest Saturday – Long run, 17 miles. Started on treadmill because it was pouring rain at 5.30am…and never left. Hour 1: between 5.1-5.3 mph (11:45 min/ mile to 11:20), treadmill reset itself at 60 minutes, took quick bathroom break. Hour 2: between 5.3-5.8 mph (11:20/mi to 10:20), gel at mile 6, gel at mile 11. Hour 3: 5.8-6.6 mph (10:20 to 9:05/ mile). The goal was to do the last 5 miles at or close to marathon goal pace…nailed it!
Sunday – Bodyweight strength work at home, and a longish Jasyoga reset video
Currently eating: Ginger molasses cookies, some nice peaches, sliced cucumbers, little pieces of cheddar cheese
Currently reading: Mary Roach, ‘Grunt’, about some of the quirkier aspects of military science and research: addressing sleep deprivation on submarines, preventing diarrhea in the field, and how to scare off sharks (!).
The whole tragic piece has so much truth in it, from how people lost their trust in the food system:
“In prosperous countries, large numbers of people – whether they wanted to lose weight or not – became understandably scared of the modern food supply and what it was doing to our bodies: type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, not to mention a host of other complaints that are influenced by diet, ranging from Alzheimer’s to gout. When mainstream diets start to sicken people, it is unsurprising that many of us should seek other ways of eating to keep ourselves safe from harm. Our collective anxiety around diet was exacerbated by a general impression that mainstream scientific advice on diet – inflated by newspaper headlines – could not be trusted. First these so-called experts tell us to avoid fat, then sugar, and all the while people get less and less healthy. What will these “experts” say next, and why should we believe them? “
To the losing battle of trying to separate the truth from the snake oil:
“The true calamity of clean eating is not that it is entirely false. It is that it contains “a kernel of truth”, as Giles Yeo puts it. “When you strip down all the pseudo babble, they are absolutely right to say that we should eat more vegetables, less refined sugar and less meat,” Yeo said, sipping a black coffee in his office at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, where he spends his days researching the causes of obesity. Yeo agrees with the clean eaters that our environment of cheap, plentiful, sugary, fatty food is a recipe for widespread obesity and ill health. The problem is it’s near impossible to pick out the sensible bits of “clean eating” and ignore the rest. #Eatclean made healthy eating seem like something “expensive, exclusive and difficult to achieve”, as Anthony Warner writes. Whether the term “clean” is used or not, there is a new puritanism about food that has taken root very widely. ..
The real question is how to fight this kind of diet absolutism without bouncing back to a mindless celebration of the modern food environment that is demonstrably making so many people sick…”
And to the systemic inequalities that enable the affluent to indulge in the luxury of ‘clean eating’ and other nonsense, while leaving everyone else with no other choice:
“Our food system is in desperate need of reform. There’s a danger that, in fighting the nonsense of clean eating, we end up looking like apologists for a commercial food supply that is failing in its basic task of nourishing us. Former orthorexia sufferer Edward L Yuen has argued – in his 2014 book, Beating Orthorexia – that the old advice of “everything in moderation” no longer works in a food environment where eating in the “middle ground” may still leave you with chronic diseases. When portions are supersized and Snickers bars are sold by the metre (something I saw in my local Tesco recently), eating “normally” is not necessarily a balanced option. The answer isn’t yet another perfect diet, but a shift in our idea of what constitutes normal food…
“Among the affluent classes who already ate a healthier-than-average diet, the Instagram goddesses created a new model of dietary perfection to aim for. For the rest of the population, however, it simply placed the ideal of healthy food ever further out of reach. Behind the shiny covers of the clean-eating books, there is a harsh form of economic exclusion that says that someone who can’t afford wheatgrass or spirulina can never be truly “well”. “
I’d add one more caveat: even balanced, ‘normal’ healthy eating is a luxury. It’s easier to be balanced about food, with no hang-ups, when society deems your body to be a desirable shape and size, *and* when you have full access to a wide variety of foods. And when you have the ability and time and freedom to move and exercise.
It’s been a crazy few weeks. Between quitting group fitness instruction, changing my focus to a half marathon, and getting ready to move, I’ve had to make quite a few mental adjustments. Also, I’m learning how to fit in cross training without relying on my group fitness classes, which has been a challenge. I’m trying to do core 6 times a week, yoga once, and strength training three times. We’ll see how long I can keep that up!
Monday-8 miles easy plus 6x:20 strides. 8:16 average for 8.2 total miles.
Tuesday-track ladder day! Workout was 400, 800, 1600, 800, 400, 2×200. Prescribed paces were 85 for the 400s, 2:52 for the 800s, 6:00 for the 1600 and 40 for the 200s. The track was really crowded, and this made me a little nervous. I had to surge to pass people a few times. I did the first 800 too fast (2:49) and then was pretty wiped out for the 1600 (6:02) and second 800 (2:54), but all in all it was a successful workout. I did some upper body strength later.
Wednesday-9 easy, 8:20 pace.
Thursday- 3 warmup, 3×1 mile at 6:05 with .5 recovery, 1 cooldown. I had to do this on the treadmill, but hit 6:o5 for all 3 miles. I did some strength training later in the day.
Friday-8 easy, 8:23 pace. I took a great ashtanga yoga class later in the day.
Saturday-14 miles, 8:09 average.
Sunday-rest day! Celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary with a goodbye party with some great friends.
Monday-8 easy treadmill, 8:23 pace again.
Tuesday-short intense track day. 2×200 at 45, 3×800 at 2:52, 2×200 at 40. These 800s have gotten a little faster each training cycle, and I was happy to average 2:51 here. Later I did some strength training.
Wednesday-9 easy plus 6x:20 strides. 8:22 average. Yoga class later in the day.
Thursday-Track day round 2-2×2400 (6 laps…I had to do the math!). Goal was 9:25, which is 6:17 pace. My paces were 9:23, 9:24. This was very mentally tough and I was glad to get it done.
Friday-10 easy, 8:04 pace.
Saturday- Half marathon pace workout day. Prescribed workout was 2 warmup, 5 at 6:55, 2 cooldown. I averaged 6:56 but it felt really hard, and then included one stop when my stomach cramped up and I thought I was going to have to duck into the woods (false alarm). I’m frustrated that this wasn’t easier…my track workouts have been getting faster and going really well, so I’d hoped that my tempo workouts would go well too. It was really early in the morning so I’m wondering if that made it harder? Either way I’ll be happy to try that workout again in two weeks.
I only ran one mile because I tried to run on the treadmill after eating-bad idea.
a.m. 5 miles (8:09)
p.m. speed work: 1.5 mile warm up, 2 X 1600 (5:56, 6:04), 2 X 800 (2:57, 2:59), 4 X 200 (39, 41, 40, 40), 1 mile cool down
I went out too fast on the first 1600 but hey, it was a one mile (1600-close enough) PR! I crashed a little throughout the workout but this crash/burn type of workout is good to do now and then.
push ups, planks
a.m. 7.5 miles with hills (8:17)
p.m. 4. 5 easy miles (8:48)
1 mile warm up, 5 miles at tempo (6:47 average), 1.5 mile cool down
I crashed a little from mile 3 due to fatigue, elevation and a side stitch (no more peanut butter before runs!). It was still a good workout.
p.m. 4.5 mile recovery run (8:27)
arms, abs, legs
Friday: Easy run
7 miles (8:10)
Saturday: Long run
20 miles (7:39)
I finally completed a quicker paced long run. We started with an uphill first mile at a 9 minute pace. I ran some 7:15’s in the middle but tried to maintain a steady 7:30 pace. I slowed a little on the uphills but finished with a strong 7:11 mile.
Sunday: Easy run
8 miles (8:16)
Total Miles: 70
This was a good week of running. I was fatigued by the end but I had some quality runs and a decent amount of miles. I have the first of (maybe) two summer half marathons next week. The first one is harder but hopefully I am getting in better shape each week. I hope to beat my course PR of 1:29 on the first one, and 1:26 on the second (flatter) one three weeks later. I am seeing how the first race goes before I commit to the second one!
I’m back in the US and preparing for law school! And a quick 131-mile relay run from Columbus to Cincinnati! ;) I will be on a team of 8 people for the C2C Run, an American Cancer Society event benefiting the Road to Recovery program in Columbus. I like this event because the money raised directly benefits cancer patients in my city. I will be running in memory of my grandfather and so many others. If you’re interested in donating to my cause, here’s my fundraising page! My personal goal is $300, and I’m a third of the way there!
I took 4 weeks off of running while traveling in the US with my boyfriend. It was refreshing. I started running again just in time for Salty Camp in July! Last weekend I ran an impromptu 5k in 25:50. I won my age group and along with that, a beer and glass, pizza, and socks! A great time was had by all- especially me, since I went out at a 7:30 pace and ended with a 9:30 pace and vomited. :) Lolz.
Week of 7.23 – Return to Running
Sunday- 5ish miles at Salty Camp
Monday- 3 easy miles, no watch
Tuesday- 5 miles total, 4×400 at 5k pace, 4×200 sprints
Thursday- 4 mile progression run averaging at 8:30 pace
Saturday- local 5k!
Total- 20 miles roughly
Week of 7.30
Sunday- 7 miles easy
Monday- 3.8 miles easy, 2 miles walking with a friend!
Thursday- 5ish miles with hill repeats, no watch!
Friday- unplanned rest. Law school thing with lots of driving.
Saturday- 6 miles
Total- 21.8 miles
Overall my runs have felt pretty good considering my time off. I feel like I’m picking right back up where I left off. I’m hoping to start ramping up mileage to unofficially train for the Columbus Half in the fall. A few wise Saltines have told me to chill with racing in grad school, but I’m a little stubborn. Maybe I’ll experiment with Run Less, Run Faster. We shall see!
I’ve been going into each week with some small goals and a loose plan for running and working out. It helps me stay motivated and have a semi-plan of attack but also not feel super tied down if/when things get jumbled around. Life as a working mom with a 3 month old and some other personal things happening….yeah things get jumbled around. I still pieced together a pretty good week though and happy with another week of feeling a bit more like myself.
The week started with two recovery days so I could ease into things as I was feeling a bit tired from hot 10 miler on Sunday (followed by working that night). Lack of proper hydration and recovery from that run on Sunday definitely was that kick in the butt reminder I needed to NOT do stupid things. By Wednesday I was ready to resume normal again but was in an annoyed and frustrated mood. I got out later than planned, our lab followed me for the first part of the run (not on leash) before I realized and had to turn around and bring her home. Then the side streets in the neighborhood were bustling with cars because of the Wednesday night concert in the park by our house….so I called the run after 2 miles. It was dark, I had Hannah in the stroller and cars weren’t helping so I figured it was best to go home and just chill.
Thursday evening we needed to go to Brian’s parents and I planned on running when we got there while he took care of things and well…it was down pouring when we arrived so I waved my white flag and knew I would have plenty of time on the weekend for running.
Friday came and we were getting ready for a weekend away at our cabin in the 1000 Islands. I was able to take a half day of work which really gave me a little time to get things done in the afternoon before taking off on the 3 hour drive. I decided to treadmill my workout due to weather, and time. I ran a 10 minute warm-up, and then did 3 x 5 minutes at 7:30, 7:13 and 6:58 pace (2:30 easy in between). I finished with 3 x 1 minutes at 6:00 pace with 1 minute recovery and then cooled down until I hit 5 miles. I was happy with the workout and the 5 minute pace blocks required effort but wasn’t killing myself which made me optimistic.
We spent the weekend in the islands, which happens to be one of my favorite places in the world to run. Saturday morning I ran with my mom which makes me incredibly happy. I have to mention that she ran a TWENTY FIVE minute half marathon PR a few weeks ago at the SanFran half marathon and it was her second half ever! She’s trying to maintain running a few times a week now even without a race and man…it’s just so much fun to share with her! I cannot wait until she moves home at the end of the year so we can do this more often.
Sunday was the day for “my” run…I always do at least one Tibbets Point Lighthouse run every time I am up there. Its my favorite place. It’s 7 miles from the cabin so I didn’t want to go there and back as 14 miles would have been a big jump. So I ran into town for a little extra mileage and then up to lighthouse and had Brian pick me up. I ran a progressive run from 9:00 down to 7:40ish for the last 2 miles and finished feeling good. I was happy with the effort and the distance, keeping my heart rate in control. I didn’t pay attention to HR the last few miles and just let my stride open up into the wind as I made the 2 mile trek along the water to the point. Great way to end a good weekend and decent week of running as well. We drove home that afternoon/evening and I got in my loop band work while waiting for Hannah’s bottle to heat up. Parenting = multitasking.
Monday 7/31: Rest Tuesday 8/1: 3.5 Late evening recovery miles (9:57 avg) + 20 minutes Core/PT/Loop bands Wednesday 8/2: 2 Late evening Stroller miles (9:58 avg) Thursday 8/3: Rest Friday 8/4: 5 Treadmill miles(8:03 avg) w/3×5 minutes (7:30, 7:13, 6:58 paces) & 3 x 1 minute (6:00 pace) Saturday 8/5: 4.75 morning miles with my mom! (10:22 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands Sunday 8/6: 11 mile long progression run + 10 minutes Core/PT/Loop bands Totals: 26.2 miles run, 45 minutes fitness Beers Drank: Sam Adams Hefeweizen, Sam Adams Tropid of Yuzu, Sam Adams Berliner Weisse, Downeast Cider
(We bought a Sam Adams craft pack for the trip- I wasn’t a big fan of the Tropic of Yuzu or Berliner Weisse, but the Hefe was good- it also had the traditional Boston Lager and Summer ale in the pack which you cannot go wrong with)
Goals for the coming week: 25-30 miles, 3-4 core/PT/Loop Band sessions, also…not die during my first postpartum race! I have run the Bergen 5k/USATF Niagara 5k Championship race for 7 or 8 years now without missing it- so works out it will be my first time pinning on a bib since the half I did when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Hannah! I don’t have a time goal but I’d like to run hard effort and see what I can do to use this as a “time trial”. I think it will be a good test to see where I am at to help make any fall running/racing goals.
Highest weekly mileage in a year and a half (70), despite my husband’s full return to work after taking leave and starting up traveling again. Thankfully it was a little cooler for a few days, so running with the triple later in the morning was bearable. I didn’t mind- I had kind of missed my little running buddies chatting away keeping me company!
I also attempted a track workout- first time I’ve run on a track in over a year! The high school track in my small town is pretty hard to access- they normally keep it locked up (actually double fenced) but since the high school football team now has early morning practice I thought I’d be able to sneak in there. By the time I found a way into the track I didn’t have much time left to run on it, so I did a shorter workout. That’s fine by me, I actually have fun doing shorter stuff on the track, and really anything at all on the track makes me feel like I’m really training!
7/30: 46 mins in my parent’s neighborhood after a late night celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday! 1 hour of family hiking.
7/31: 1:09 total with the triple, w/ 10 minutes of strides
8/1: 1:09 w/ the triple; came home to eat breakfast and then was planning on showering and walking to the library, but since it was a cooler morning and I was acceptably sweaty for public, decided to run there so got in another 31 minutes total. I felt bad about having my kids sitting in the stroller for so long, but at least fed them breakfast on the first run, and lunch on the second, things which they would have been sitting for anyway.
8/2: track day- 1: 28 total. 35 minute run to the track; 4 x 200 (39, 38, 38, 38), 2 x 400 (79, 79), 4 x 200 (38, 39, 38, 38) with 200 jog between each rep; 30 minute run home.
8/3: 90 minutes Weymouth Woods- nice to run on a soft surface minus all the spider webs; 31 minutes with the triple later that morning.
8/4: 1:10 total; 23 mins w/ triple to the park, 25 mins of drills/strides + strength, 22 minutes w/ triple home
8/5: 6 miles on the treadmill @ 7:30 pace while watching the Little Mermaid with my oldest daughter for the first time, who loved it!
It’s been a few weeks, but I’m back in the swing of things with “real” training, or at least as real as it’s going to get for me at this point. Mostly that means actually setting an alarm to sneak out the door for some early morning workouts, doing actual workouts, and upping my mileage.
7/16-7/22: 51 miles for the week, which I was happy with considering we spent half the week on vacation, and I didn’t want my running to get in the way of our trip. It was great and even though I ran lower mileage than my now weekly goal, we did some good hiking and lots of walking so I definitely didn’t lose any fitness.
**since I run by time, I just convert everything to mil eage estimates in my running log. Including aqua jogging minutes. I figure it all averages out in the long run.
Sunday: easy 31 minutes early in the morning; we had a busy day and I just needed something to get me going.
Monday: 45 minutes aqua jog in the am; 30 mins in the pm (1/2 with the double stroller, half solo)
Tuesday: 1:15 total; 20 minute w/u, 4 x Bethesda Rd. miles: 5:55, 5:38, 5:47, 5:39 (the road is slightly more uphill one way, so my goal is to be consistent or faster in each direction) with about 3 minute recovery jog, 20 min w/d.
Wednesday: 1:10 recovery run in Weymouth Woods; several hours of walking at Dollywood
Thursday: full day of walking at Dollywood, 45 minutes aqua jog
Friday: 60 minutes hilly run in Smoky Mountain National Park
Saturday: 30 mins aqua jog; 2 hours of hiking
7/23-7/29: 64 miles for the week, mostly backloaded for taking a day off and trying to get back into the 60s. This was the first time doing multiple consecutive double digits days (4) in a long time, so my legs were feeling it!
Sunday: 90 minutes of hiking; 61 minutes in the mountains of western NC- beautiful run but it was prime bear country so I was running with my head on a swivel the entire time!
Wednesday: 1:15 total; 25 min w/u, 32 min fartlek at the athletic fields complex, 20 min w/d; 30 mins aqua jog
Thursday: 1:08 w/ my friend Bridget; 30 mins aqua jog
Friday: Wanted to do mile repeats on Bethesda Rd but I knew they would be slow given the build up over the last few weeks, so I decided to make this into more of a strength workout. 90 minutes total: 20 min w/u, 3 x hill loop (hills were about 2:45 each) then run over to Bethesda Rd- 25 mins total, 3 x Bethesda Rd (6:08, 6:19, 6:01), 20 min w/d plus strides; 30 min aqua jog
The down time continues, although this past week I started to think about the possibility of a winter marathon in a warm climate. It’s been in the back of my mind for some time but I think my approach and goal would look quite different than the past few training cycles. Instead of an aggressive goal and training plan, I am considering a lighter plan with the goal of getting to 20 miles in one piece and then finishing strong. The idea behind it would be to get a good running marathon under my belt regardless of the time.
For the present circumstances, I continue to run about 4 days a week (except this week was 3 days) with daily yoga and one weekly swim. I’m starting to notice some small improvements doing the Jasyoga in addition to a once a week in person class. These improvements include slight increases in flexibility and strength. The only downside is that I have to keep an eye out on some poses, such as down dog, which seem to aggravate my achilles. In the spring I overstretched it and every once in a while if it gets too much pull, it hurts on a run.
The best news of all is with the swimming and my attempt at mastering a flip turn. I’m happy to report that I can now officially flip with the help of a noodle! I will attempt step 3 this week which is basically doing a flip sans noodle. I really look forward to my Thursday night sessions.
Monday: 20 minute Jasyoga core video.
Tuesday: Off/rest due to some scheduling issues. But this was likely good for my Achilles.
Wednesday: 5 miles and Jasyoga calf reset.
Thursday: 35 minute swim and Jasyoga hip reset.
Saturday: 4 mile trail run with James and Chris and 45 minute hike afterward. James and I are planning to do Rim to Rim at the end of September so I’m starting to brush up on some hiking in preparation. Jasyoga back reset afterward.
Sunday: 7 mile “long run” and Jasyoga hamstring reset.
Total: 16 miles running and various cross training
1.5 mile warm up, 8 X 800 (3:03, 3:02, 3:00, 3:00, 3:01, 2:59, 2:59, 2:57) 1 mile cool down
I had planned on starting at 3 minutes per 800 but that felt like a faster pace than I had anticipated. I still managed to get the last few intervals down a bit. There were some oblivious kids kicking soccer balls onto the track towards the end, which made me mad and helped me hit that last 2:57. Run angry!
second easy run: 3 slow treadmill miles
4 miles (8:35)
I had a long day and had planned on doing 8-10 miles in the evening. However, things did not go as planned-my body felt horrible in every way from mile 3 and I decided to quit.
very light arms, abs
6 mile progressive tempo run (splits of 8:09, 7:52, 7:30, 7:13, 6:57, 6:40), 1 mile cool down
I did not go as hard as last week because of a 5k this weekend.
second easy run: 6 miles (8:14)
Friday: Off running
light arms, abs, legs
Saturday: Long Run
20 miles (8:04)
The weather was much cooler this week and I felt much, much better. I was debating whether to do this long of a run because of a 5k the next day. I decided that the marathon is my focus and I needed to do the long run even if my 5k time suffers. My watch acted up and had me at a 4:45 mile in the middle! I went by my friend’s watch pace average.
Sunday: 5k Race
1.5 mile warm up, 5k race in 19:05, 1.5 mile cool down Well, this race was a bit faster than a few weeks ago. I decided to use it as training and did not put any pressure on myself (a 20 miler and 2 beers the day before). My legs felt more effortless than they had in some races when I have done everything right. Sometimes I feel like my body is completely random. I also wonder if I do better at races without any kind of taper.
second easy run: 6 miles (8:22)
push ups, planks
Total Miles: 67
I am still building my miles and hope to be in the 70’s next week.
This was a very, very hot workout. I wanted to complete the workout without crashing too badly, so I started conservatively and tried to negative split. The recoveries were very short (100m jog), so this was a good marathon workout. I did pretty well until I almost puked before the last one and then took it easier just to finish.
8ish miles (mix of roads and trails, easy pace)
puh ups, planks
2 mile warm up, 3 miles at tempo (splits of 6:40, 6:27, 6:20), 2 mile cool down
second easy run: 5.5 miles (8:38)
push ups, planks
Friday: Off running
light arms, abs
8 miles (8:17)
Sunday: Long Run
17 miles (7:56)
I had planned on doing 20 miles but it was incredibly humid. I ran with friends and we all cut it short. I had a few 7:15ish miles in the middle, then crashed. I will plan on running a 20 miler next week.
Total Miles: 65ish
I got my miles back up like I had planned and will continue to build. I had some great quality speed and tempo runs this week too.
Sometimes I have to think less about running and just do the damn thing. So I haven’t been great about logging or reflecting or any of that. I did read Ronda Rousey’s “My Fight/Our Fight,” which was a good motivational read that was also quick and easy.
Quick and dirty weekly recaps for now. My intention both weeks … train. Don’t overthink it. JFR.
Monday: 8.57 miles easy. My Garmin Forerunner 35 went kaput so I had to use my phone and the Strava (barf) app to record. 1.5 miles for Morgan.
Tuesday: 10 miles total, speedwork day. Warm up, 4×30/60s, 1 mile at 90%, 8×400 at 90%, die, cool down. Felt really good about this workout. The heat index 98 and I ran on the roads because the track was closed. Resorted to my old FR15, which doesn’t show lap distance, so had to keep adding the 400s/200s up in tenths. Went a little hard on the sixth 400, paid for it on 7th. Times: 6:15, 92, 92, 92, 89, 87, 85, 96 (recorded a smidge long), 90. The c/d miles were ugly. Jasyoga calf reset during the day and legs up after. One of my favorite notes from coach on this one: “Your business is kicking ass and business is good. This is strong stuff!”
Wednesday: 6.33 miles very, very slowly. First 1.5 with Morgan. Coach: “If people only knew what a sub 3 marathoner runs on the recovery days.” Taught Pilates that evening.
Thursday: 8.6 mile “light” progression run, .65 with Morgan at the beginning. 4 miles cut down from 8:06 to 7:20. Humid.
Friday: 6.25 easy with a friend. 80º at 7 a.m., neat.
Saturday: 16 miles total, long run of doom. SO HOT AND HUMID. I didn’t even put notes into my log, it was so bad. 87º, feels like 97, dewpoint 76. I had to change clothes and shoes. Forgot to weigh before I went but I was 109.2 Friday morning and 105.7 after the run … with lots of stops. That was rough.
Sunday: 6.25 treadmill miles while it was storming.
Totals: 62 miles run (100k!), 70 minutes Pilates/Jasyoga (yikes, not enough), 3.65 miles for Morgan.
Monday: 8 miles, first .65 with Morgan. Nothing notable. Jasyoga 5 minute reset while at work, subbed a Pilates class after.
Tuesday: New watch day! 10 miles with 4x2k hill circuits, which involves 2k worth of up and down ran at tempo effort. Hot but less humid. Ran the first part of the warmup with Mr. Chic, but he had less total mileage on the day so he started the hills first. I caught him on my second/his third. First two reps were great, last two were not as fun. Jasyoga after.
Wednesday: Dropped Morgan off to get spayed, then subbed a morning Pilates class. Worked all day, then taught Pilates after work and then ran 6 or maybe 6.32 on the treadmill. Not sure which is more accurate — watch accelerometer or uncalibrated gym treadmill.
Thursday: Humid 6 moderate-ish with some strides. This was not as fun as I anticipated.
Friday: 4 mile easy shakeout run with a friend.
Saturday: Grand Slam 4 Miler. Great weather, 61º but the cold front brought with it a decent breeze especially along the river. 2.5 mile warmup plus strides, didn’t feel great. 4 mile race, lead from the beginning. A lot of us got sent the wrong way because they had three lead bikes but all at the very front instead of spread out. I crossed the finish line about 400m short, so I just lap split for interest and pushed hard until my watch hit 4. Not super accurate because the course has A LOT of zig-zag turns, but at least gave me an idea. I closed that last 400m at 5:30 pace, too. BOOM.
The next couple of girls also got turned around at various points, and if you take my watch time with the extra 400m, I was still 2+ minutes ahead of second. We basically all agreed it was fine how it was, that the order would’ve been the same had we all gone the same right way. That means I defended my title from last year (when we also got misdirected) and got another Louisville Slugger bat, though! And I get to throw the first pitch at an upcoming minor league game. Hard to compare the races since I had them both short for different reasons, but Garmin says I averaged 5 seconds per mile faster this year, so that’s good. 3.5 mile cool down, mostly with a group of other racers.
Sunday: 6 miles slow. It was 57º out, I couldn’t not run. Felt the race in my hamstrings and glutes. Jasyoga hamstring reset after.
Totals: 50.4 miles, 189 minutes Pilates/Jasyoga. Just .65 miles for Morgan since she’s now in recovery mode for a couple of weeks.
Last night I had my recurring dream that I was in college again and found out at the end of the semester that I was registered for a class that I totally forgot to attend. I have this dream on a semi-regular basis and it’s usually when I feel like I’m dropping the ball in some area of life. I just decided there must be some deep seated guilt about being behind on posting a training log!
I’ve been avoiding posting a log because running has not been going smoothly for me over the past two weeks (again/still) and I feel like I have so much to say about it all that it feels a bit overwhelming to write a 2 week log. I will give you the condensed version and save my turmoil for a post of its own!
The positives? I traveled to Cleveland and got to spend a weekend hanging with other Saltines! So fun to hang with Coriander, Cinnamon, Salty, Mango, Bergamot, and Ginger. I also ran a last minute 5k in Minneapolis the night before I flew to the Cleve.
The negatives? My running miles were lowwwww for two reasons: foot pain and lethargy/bad attitude (due to foot pain and poor running performance lately). I skipped a long run entirely while I was in Cleveland (foot pain and the awful Cleveland humidity), and I BOMBED my long run last week. Like, big time bomb/only finished half- epic collapse.
The neutrals? I did bump up my pool running a bit. I did find a way to stay active in some manner most days.
The hopefuls? It seems my foot/ankle pain is getting quite a bit better. I suspect Sunday’s long run bomb was hormonal in nature. I decided a week ago to make some big time changes to get my nutrition back on point. I’m feeling physically better and my overall soreness is already improved with my improved eating.
Here’s the last two weeks if you’re still invested in reading about the train wreck! Ha!
Monday 7.17: Did a water aerobics type class with friends. It was pretty lame and I don’t think our HR even climbed into the fat burn zone. We laughed a lot though! 1 hour.
Tuesday 7.18: 40 minutes upper and lower body strength + core
Wednesday 7.19: Made the 3.5 hour drive to Minneapolis and ran the Torchlight 5k that evening! I ran it not to race it, but did try to push myself faster than an easy paced run. The race was at 7:30p, it was sunny, hot, and humid. Almost melted just during my warm up! The race itself was fun, but the course distance was off by A LOT (and was later confirmed by the race coordinator). It ended up being a 3.3 mile 5k. OOF. You never realize how long .2 miles can be until you reach 3.1 of a 5k and you’re still not done! Anywho, I ran the first mile, but had to take a lot of walk breaks (short ones, but breaks nonetheless). My pace was 10:37, which I was satisfied with given the walk breaks and the heat and just my poor running performance as of late. Total for the day 4.4 miles.
Thursday 7.20: I arrived in Cleveland and got punched in the face with the Cleveland humidity. I broke a sweat walking slowly! Did a run/walk/chat with Cinnamon that evening. 4 miles, 12:40 pace.
Friday 7.21: Travel fatigue, humidity fatigue, just wanting to hang with my Salty Running pals= zero running this day. I did take an epic nap in the afternoon though, because vacation.
Saturday 7.22: Run/walk with Ginger! 4 miles, 11:36
Sunday 7.23: Body just feeling so run down. Foot pain extra painful. Had to get ready to travel home. I just straight up skipped my long run, with the hope my body would appreciate the rest.
Total miles: 12.4 (OOF)
1 hour pool class
40 min core+strength
Week of 7.24-7.30
Monday 7.24: Pool run 40 min, kick board 10 min
Tuesday 7.25: MY BIRTHDAY! Also a rest day. I skipped my run and went to Target instead to buy myself an Apple watch as a gift to myself! :)
Wednesday 7.26: 4 miles in the morning 11:58 pace (I used my Apple Watch for running instead of my Garmin… lots of trying to monkey around with it and figure out why it would auto pause every time I took a walk break….) Decided that I will continue to use my Garmin for running purposes from now on, and the Apple Watch for everything else. In the evening I went to the pool and did a pool run with the Apple Watch and it was pretty magical! I love that I can wear it in the pool and I can track my HR while pool running. This is definitely an added pool running motivator. 30 minutes total.
Thursday 7.27: I slept in, which was not a great idea because that meant I was going to try and get some running miles in before my weekly Thursday night bike ride. By the end of the bike ride, I was TOAST. It was hot/ humid and my body was like HELL NAW. 4 miles, 11:04 pace. 27.2 miles bike. 16.1 mph avg, HR avg 147.
Friday 7.28: I wanted to try and save my body for my weekend runs, so I opted to pool run instead. 40 minutes total.
Saturday 7.29: Bad run #1 of the weekend. Total sweat fest, total bonk fest. Only managed to squeeze out 4.5 really pathetic miles. 11:33 pace (not including the times I just flat out stopped and contemplated why I even do this).
Sunday 7.30: Bad run #2 of the week. Plan was 15 miles, but I called it a day at 8 miles. Did the first 4 with my friend Julie. We started at 6am, hoping to beat the heat. It was swampy from the start and I could tell even during the first mile that this might be a tough run. I hoped that after I warmed up it would get better, but it just never did. I had to stop so many times and I walked a ton and my body just felt wrong. My stomach was cramping and I felt lightheaded/ nauseous when I would stop to catch my breath. Nothing good was going to come of me gutting out the other 7 miles. And I honestly don’t think I could have gutted them out even if I tried.
Two weeks of failed long runs could definitely make me fearful about the rest of my training and worried about future long runs, but I am doing my best just to move forward and take each run as it comes. The weather looks like it’s going to cool and it looks like the humidity will follow suit. I am going to try for 14 this week and will stay optimistic!