Hello! I’m a little behind in sharing my training because my peak weeks happened to coincide with peak work crazy. Happy to have juggling that behind me! Now, on to the deets.
“How do you fit it all in?” I’m entering the time of year where I ask myself that question a lot. Despite an increasingly full calendar and traveling for work, I got a pretty solid two weeks of training under my belt, as I recovered from the Papa John’s 10 Miler and started gearing back up for my April half marathon.
So I ran a 10 mile race last weekend! Before we get to that, I thought it might be good to give y’all a sense of what I’ve been up to, and not just in the big picture, existential life updates kinda way, but really, truly what’s been going on with my training. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Read more >>
Why hello out there, Salty readers! I am sitting here watching the snow absolutely pour down on a rare snow day from work for me. Time to catch you up on what’s been going on with my training over the past two weeks.
Week of 2.17.14 – 2.23.14
When last I left you, I had a sprained ligament in my foot that I was babying. It was definitely on the mend, though, so my strategy for this week was to not only take it day by day, but to just take each run mile by mile. In other words, I’d plan enough time for the full run as written, but could bail at any time if I started experiencing issues with my foot.
Monday – 7 miles @ 9:45 pace. I ran with my iPod on this run, but with the volume cranked way down so I could really focus on what was going on with my foot. The verdict – I did it! 7 miles!
Tuesday – 8 miles @ 10:02 pace
Wednesday – Planned rest day. I sometimes go to yoga on Wednesdays, but the thought of doing a downward facing dog with top of my foot still so bruised was pretty off-putting.
Thursday – So now came the real test – could my foot handle speed? This interval workout was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but I flipped the days to give my bruised and battered ligament a few more days to heal up before trying out any kind of speedster moves. My schedule called for 4 mile repeats with an 800 meter rest; the 1600s should be at 7:26. We’ll call this run a gritty win… or keeping with the test theme, a B-. I knew the 7:26 was ambitious even on a good day, so I am okay with not hitting pace and even more okay with making it through this workout! Fastest mile was 7:52. 7 miles total for the day.
Friday – 8 miles at 9:42 pace. Friday runs are one of my favorites of the week. I typically have further to run than my friend A, so I will run from my house to hers, get in few miles with her (and sometimes her dog), then run home. It’s a great way to mix it up and I get a nice visit in as a bonus! Since I had 8 today, I was even able to grab my dog for the last stretch. Not the speediest, but it’s a fun, fulfilling way to head into the weekend.
Saturday – 20 miles on tap. I was a little – well, more than a little – nervous about this one. Plus my running buddy was battling hamstring issues, so we were basically a mess! I managed 20 miles in 9:20 pace. The run had its ugly moments – around the mile 14 mark and again at the end – and I got a little testy, but ya know, I did it! And I thank the weather gods that despite a pretty miserable winter, both of my 20 milers so far have been on relatively nice days. I rewarded myself with some scrambled eggs and biscuits afterwards in good company.
Sunday – Rest. I knew I should cross train, but I was still feeling nervous about yoga and just couldn’t fit a trip to the gym in.
Total – 50 miles
Week of 2.24.14 – 3.2.14
If last week was about baby stepping and proving that I could handle the mileage, this week was about getting my paces (mostly) where they should be.
Monday – 9 miles at 9:13 pace. Last half mile with my dog – a recurring theme lately! It’s just enough to make her happy and keep her in running shape, but not enough to drive me batty with her need to stop and sniff everything.
Tuesday – Tempo Tuesday! My plan called for 8 miles with the middle 6 at 8:04 pace. I managed an 8:21 average for the mid-6, with my fastest at 8:15.
Wednesday – Planned rest day, which worked out well since we got quite a bit of snow Tuesday night!
Thursday – 10 miles at 9:38 pace. A little slower than I’d like, but a really good run overall. I felt like I honed my mental toughness on this one! The second half was faster than the first, and my pup joined me for the last half mile. My prize for getting this guy in before work and waking up at 4- something? A fancy coffee from Starbucks, baby.
Friday – Another typical Friday run to my friend’s house, a few miles with her and back. This was my only (human) company of the week so far, so it made this run extra fun… and took some of the sting out of the “feels like” 2 degree temps! 9 miles @ 9:16 pace.
Saturday – 16 miles @ 9:06 pace on a cool, overcast morning. I felt much stronger than last week’s long run.
Sunday – Yoga! I made it to the Healthy Backs class that I love so much. It’s not a super active yoga class, but focuses a lot on holding poses and strengthening the core.
Total – 52 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes yoga
This week started out great with two runs that were milestones, each in their own way, but then it, shall we say, took a dive. I’ll let the log do the rest of the talking.
Monday – An easy 9 on the treadmill (8:49 pace). This was my longest pre-work treadmill run so far, which meant an extra-early (i.e. pre-5 a.m.) wake up time.
Tuesday – Six tempo miles on the ‘mill. I managed to hit my goal of 8:07 pace. (Eight miles total.) Not gonna lie… this workout felt pretty baller.
Wednesday – Planned rest day. Then… this happened.
Short version: I was wearing stupid girly shoes, my foot was asleep, and my foot came out from under me when I stood up too quickly. Like something out of the Looney Tunes. When I fell, I landed on the outer edge of my right foot. I nearly blacked out from the pain yet still insisted on going to my planned pedicure date until the very, very last minute, despite the fact that my foot was swollen to the size of a tree trunk.
Thursday – Probably stating the obvious, but unplanned rest day. It still hurt to walk, let alone run, for most of the day. Lots of RICE.
Friday – One lonely treadmill mile, 9:55 pace. I had decided that as long as my foot was supported, it would be okay. The mile I got in was pretty uncomfortable. I wouldn’t say painful, exactly, but I bailed on the workout because I decided that it wasn’t worth trying to be a badass and prove something if I was doing further injury.
Upon my return from the gym, I noticed that the swelling had gone down (yay!), but now almost the entire top of my foot was bruised (not yay). So later that morning, I went over to the sports medicine clinic to get it checked out. (Becoming running buddies with a sports medicine doctor? Pretty genius move on my part.) The good news is I didn’t have any broken bones. When I fell, I sprained a ligament, so I was just instructed to keep up the RICE regimen, take ibuprofen and take it easy. The irritating thing about running that morning had been my shoe hitting the injury, so the docs also suggested changing up how I tie my shoe. The best news was that I should be back up at full mileage within a week. Forget chocolate – this was the best Valentine’s Day present this girl could’ve gotten.
Saturday – Rest. It felt so weird not doing a long run on a Saturday, but I was glad that I could just enjoy the snow from my warm kitchen and not worry about how it was impacting my run plans.
Sunday – The test run – 2 miles – went relatively well. I definitely won’t be a foot model anytime soon, but it’s getting better.
Total – 20 miles
This week certainly didn’t go as planned, but I’m okay with that. I have a post-it note on my computer that says “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” This was a Plan C or D kinda week, but I got (most) of my running in. Just 10 weeks to go until the Derby Festival Marathon!
Monday – An unplanned rest day with really no good reason. For the first time in at least five years, my company closed due to a snow day. I kept thinking maybe I would make it to the gym “a little later”, but later kept getting later, and before I knew it, the day had flown by with puppy snuggles, lounging and finishing up a good book. I would come to regret this later in the week as it became harder to fit my mileage in, but sometimes you just need a lazy day.
Tuesday – Oh, Tuesday. Tuesday was such an epic decision-making fail, y’all – so much so that it should probably serve as a lesson to all future runners of the world. Tuesday morning, I got up and got ready for the gym, but it was so icy that I could barely make it out of the driveway. “No problem,” I reasoned. “I’ll just run after work.”
This is where things started to go south.
I had tried a few trips to the gym after work in the prior weeks, but always hit ridiculous traffic. I had previously toyed with the idea of a running commute, as my office is only about 3 miles from home. I decided that today would be the day; I’d miss traffic, get my run in, and save time. Genius! Until it wasn’t. It did warm up during the day just a hair, but as I was leaving work in my tights and with all my stuff on my back, it started to rain. No, scratch that… freezing rain. Which wasn’t so bad until I got to sidewalks that hadn’t been shoveled with rain now freezing on top of the layer of snow. To make a long story shorter, I called my husband and ended up running back to his office (to “get in extra mileage”, because I was still delusional). I started sobbing as soon as I got in the car because I was so soaked and cold and really kinda scared. And that is the story, my friends, of how I ran 1.25 miles in the freezing rain.
Wednesday – 8 miles at 8:52 on the treadmill. I don’t always go to the gym in the evening, but when I do, I watch Wife Swap at the mercy of others, apparently. The fact that the TV didn’t have any sound only added to the train wreck factor. I hadn’t hit the ‘mill in the morning due to the aforementioned ice, the fact that I was so strongly convinced that we would have at least a two hour delay at work, and the lack of planning for anything other than a delay or closure. Oh, and I’d had a pretty awful day on Tuesday, if you recall, so I needed the extra sleep.
Thursday – Since I had dinner plans with a girlfriend on Thursday, my only options were a) early morning or b) post-dinner. I went with what was behind door number one and cranked out 8 miles on the ‘mill at 8:47 pace. And promptly sported my compression socks under my boots all day long.
Friday – 8 easy miles on the treadmill before work – 8:50 pace. [Sidenote: If you’re wondering why I have so many 8 mile runs in a row, I tweaked some of my planned runs to add in mileage and get a little closer to what should have been my original weekly total.]
Saturday – My group changed up our usual Saturday location due to worries about the usual winter culprits – snow, ice, driver visibility, etc. So we started a little later, met somewhere else and rolled with it! It was around 18 degrees, but man, was I glad to hit the roads! Only two sections had snow and ice of the entire 17 miles we covered. 17 miles at 9:06 pace… then a group breakfast after featuring blueberry waffles!
Sunday – Rest
Total – 42.25 miles
I know I’ve been slacking in the training log department. But to be honest, Old Man Winter is really fouling up my plans. I’m still getting my workouts in (mostly), but I can’t just roll out the door and hit the street. I have to get up earlier to allow for drive time to and from the gym. And I’m getting more than my fair share of Justin Bieber news on those TVs at the gym. These are such first world problems, I know – but I don’t do well when my routine is out of whack.
Monday – Outside… yay! 7 miles at 9:22 pace. It was a little icy; not terrible, just dodgy in some spots. The real issue was the wind of 17 miles per hour! There wasn’t a whole lot of chatting going on with my friend. Instead we just improvised the route on the fly to avoid ice and wind.
Tuesday – Off. I switched things around to make today my off day due to the -15 degree forecast and an early meeting.
Wednesday – Hit the treadmill early for a tempo run. I did 8 miles total, with the middle 6 at tempo. I hit 8:07 pace for those, and my goal pace was 8:08. It was one of those days where I felt like I hit my stride all day thanks to starting it with a great run.
Thursday – 12 degrees outside, so it was treadmill time again. I did an easy 7 miles at 8:50 pace.
Friday – It was a balmy 34 degrees, so I ran outside today. It’s the little things, right? Some areas were still pretty icy, but it was a good 6 miler (9:16 pace). I ran from my house over to a friend’s, did the middle 3 miles with her and her dog, then ran home. It was a fun way to break up the run!
Saturday – My first 20 miler of this training cycle, and, man, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for it. I ran it with a training buddy whose also running the Derby Festival Marathon and it was one of those great runs where we talked about everything under the sun but kept clicking off the miles at a relatively good pace. Despite having a hilly route, I averaged 8:54 pace. And it helped that we had company for the middle 8-9 miles. I made sure to go on a nice long dog walk later in the day to prevent soreness, and I also employed the other time-honored method for preventing soreness: eating froyo.
Sunday – A little yoga at home, but mainly rest.
Total – 48 miles
Hellllo, Salties! Happy 2014! It has been a very long time since I’ve posted a training log here on Salty Running. About eight months, actually! I just got busy with marathon training and work and life, and my spot on the rack fell by the wayside. But it’s a new year and near the start of a new training cycle for this spice girl, so here I am! I have set my sights on the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon – known ’round these parts as simply “Derby” – in April. I set a PR in my fall marathon by clocking a 3:47, but I’m still shy of that magic BQ. I am hoping 2014 is the year, and having it happen so close to my home turf would be extra special. Derby is also special to me because I have run the half there twice, the first one being my first half marathon ever in 2006. I have come a long way from that first 13.1.
This week marked my first real week of marathon training. I originally had an 18 week plan, but on Week 1, I had lots of life things that meant moving my workouts around, and ultimately cutting out two runs, including an all-important Justin Timberlake concert, a final exam and a busy work schedule. Then on Week 2, which should have been the new Week 1, I was horribly sick. Like missing-Christmas-Eve-with-the-family sick. I did get a couple of runs in towards the end of the week, but you know, it’s okay.
So here we are. I present to you, the first week of my marathon training.
Monday – 7 miles at 8:49 pace. I was off work the first part of this week, so it was nice to do a mid-morning run instead of my normal early wake-up.
Tuesday – Tempo Tuesday! It was really cold and windy, so I had to ditch my planned route. 7 miles, mid 5 at tempo. My friend B and I hit pace – this was a really good workout, and definitely a day on which I was glad to have the company! Plus harder workout = more calories to consumer later on NYE.
Wednesday – I kicked off the running year with 6 miles with my run club at 9:04 pace, and a little coffee and girl talk afterwards. I also got in an afternoon hike with one of my girlfriends. We couldn’t find an official First Day Hike nearby that interested us, so we just made up our own! It was a really beautiful afternoon. We hiked about 2.5 miles, give or take.
Thursday – Rest. I moved the schedule around to have my off day today, since I knew the return to a regular schedule after 12 days off work would be difficult. Thursday evening after work, after watching the crazy weather forecasts get worse and worse, I joined a gym.
Friday – Brr! I took this one indoors, running 6 miles on the treadmill at 8:33 pace.
Saturday – Ah, long run day. My Derby training partner and I debated long and hard about where to do this run and the merits of indoors vs. outside. In the end, we chose to hit the ‘mills due to the possibility of black ice, scary drivers and the specs of the workout. And for my longest ever long run on the treadmill, it wasn’t so bad! We did 15 miles with the middle 5 at race pace. I averaged 9:06 pace overall, with the middle miles actually a bit below race pace at 8:19. Despite my fears of crowds of New Year’s resolutioners at the gym, we were the only two in the movie room at the gym for most of our run, watching Baby Mama.
Sunday – Planned to go to yoga, but ended up taking a rest day filled with lots of cooking.
Total – 41 miles
See you next week! Sending warm thoughts out to everyone.
Hello lovelies! This was another week of gradually increasing mileage for me. It feels weird to not be on a training plan! I have started researching different plans for my fall marathon, but that won’t start until June. In the meantime, I registered for a 5K, got some new kicks and am trying to just enjoy this relative down time as much as I can!
Monday – A chilly 39 degree 4 miler (9:40 pace). I had to dig out some of those cooler weather clothes that I’d (maybe too optimistically) put away.
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Another attempt at a double workout day, but this one didn’t go as planned. I ran 4 miles at 9:38 pace in the morning. In the afternoon, yoga fail = rest. I had everything I needed to go straight from work to yoga class… except my change of clothes.
Thursday – You know when you can just tell it’s going to be a bad run, right from the get go? The wild weather swings this week were giving me headaches, and I woke up with a splitting one Thursday morning. I hoped that the run would help it go away, but the headache just got worse and the resulting run (3 miles at 10:21 pace) was just all I had. I also paid a visit to my LRS, where I got some new shoes and learned that the orthotics I’ve been wearing are all wrong.
Friday – Rest
Saturday – What a fun day full of being active and enjoying life! First I ran 9 miles at 9:01 pace. Even though it was a little drizzly, this was a great run with one of my running buddies who’s moved away and was back in town for a wedding. Then I did about 10 miles on my bike. The first 8 miles or so of that was part of a big annual fun ride where they close off the roads to vehicle traffic. Afterwards I got in some more miles as my friends and I rode our bikes around downtown. The Mr. and I also celebrated our wedding anniversary Saturday, which translated to some delicious cupcakes. All in all, a very wonderful day!
Sunday – Rest
Total – 20 miles running, 10 miles cycling
Another week, another bump up in mileage. My foot issue from right after the race is now about 95% better. Of all things, I found that changing how I lace my shoes seemed to help in speeding up that process. I’m getting a little antsy keeping up the miles so low, but trying as hard as I can to slowly increase, thus keeping the chance of injury low. But it’s so hard! Particularly with lots going on both at work and personally, when I’m used to having running as that time to clear my head and decompress.
Monday – 3 miles at 9:26 pace
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Double workout day! 3 miles at 9:03 pace in the a.m., 1 hour yoga in the p.m. This is a free class that I have been wanting to try for so long… not just because I have heard the instructor is amazing (she was!), but because how often do you have the chance to go to yoga in a brewery? So fun. I definitely plan to make this a fixture of my summer workout routine.
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 2 miles at 9:42 pace. I felt kinda silly going to meet my friend for “just” two miles, but I was trying to be good and keep my overall mileage for the week from jumping up too quickly.
Saturday – My longest long run yet since 26.2… 7 miles at 8:45 pace. I have been considering various options for run commuting, but hadn’t yet made the plunge. I stuck my toe in the shallow end on this run, as my friend who drove me to the group run wasn’t feeling it… so I just ran home the extra 2.5 miles. I was really happy with the pace on this run, especially considering that I’d gone out for a Mexican food feast the night before!
Sunday – Rest
Total – 15 miles running, 1 hour yoga
Hello Salties! I have been so very behind in posting training logs, but I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to since my marathon on April 20. It’s not the most enthralling training log of all time, but it will give you a good idea of how the post-race transition is going for me.
Week ending April 28 (Post-Race Week #1)
Sunday – Unless you count stretching my legs to get coffee and a dog walk, nada! I wore my compression socks nearly all day. I did notice swelling near my ankle, so I treated with Aleve.
Monday – Easy walking – probably about 40 minutes total. I made a sports med appointment for my foot. It was just red and irritated-looking, not painful. The best way to describe it is a bump in my vein. After talking to my med school friend, I decided it was probably nothing, but you know, why not get a medical opinion in person versus over text, right?
Tuesday – Doctor appointment to get my foot checked out. Despite a high level Anxiety Girl freak out where I swore I heard the doctor say from the hallway “She definitely won’t be running anytime soon,” turns out it is an inflamed sheath around my tendon. Rx: Rest, OTC meds, ice. Whew!
I also resolved to not wear the shoes I’d worn for the marathon again. Although the doctor didn’t single them out as the cause, I realized after looking at my training log that the longest run I’d worn that particular pair for was 17 miles. My next longest distance in them was two 13 milers. I think they’re just not good long run shoes… and maybe not good shoes for me, period.
Wednesday – Easy walking
Thursday – 90 minutes walking. I got together with girlfriend and we had some wine and cupcake time before taking our pups on a nice long stroll.
Friday – Lifting, sort of…. you see, our local Girls on the Run 5K was on the horizon, and one of my duties was getting the cases of bananas. Those suckers are heavy! Oh and I also got a massage, which was the best thing ever.
Saturday – The first Saturday in months where I didn’t have to get up super duper early, woohoo! I took advantage of a free Saturday morning yoga class. It was a much harder class than I was anticipating (lots and lots of planks), but it left me sore in a good way. After some GOTR race duties, I rewarded those hard-working marathon feet with a pedicure. As proud as I am of my runner feet and all that they do for me, this was a wonderful treat to go from blister sister to being pampered.
Sunday – GOTR race day. As one of the volunteer coordinators, this meant lots of time on my feet and running around. It was also the first time I’d worn running shoes since the race, since I thought that was what had aggravated my tendon. I definitely needed to ice afterwards! However, in the evening, I did go for a super short run (really short, as in 4 blocks) and everything seemed okay.
Totals – 75 minutes yoga, lots of walking and lots of babying my foot.
Week ending May 5 (Post-Race Week #2)
Monday – Easy walking
Tuesday – I was really starting to get antsy to run again, but just went on an hour-ish walk with my dog. For some reason, 1.5 weeks off was the magic number in my head.
Wednesday – First real run back – yes! I just did 2 miles at 9:53 pace with my pup. We’d obviously both lost some cardio in the time off, so lots of stopping to pee for her and not really minding for me. My foot was red afterwards, but it didn’t bother me the rest of the day – even when we went on an hour-long walk that evening.
Thursday – In the spirit of easing back into running, just a long dog walk again.
Friday – An easy 3 miler (9:32 pace) with a couple friends. It’d been forever since I’d run with these two since the weather, life and training had been messing up our plans for so long! My foot felt fine during, if a little uncomfortable, but was really red after. I started taking Aleve again for it, and I also picked up a foot massage ball at my LRS after work. The foot massager and ice really seemed to help.
Saturday – My first long run test. I chose an easy out-and-back in case I needed to bail early. But I managed 6 miles at 9:00 pace! I put some foam padding on my mean tendon, and while it didn’t stay in place the whole time, it definitely helped. My foot was not as irritated afterwards as it had been.
Sunday – Rest
Total – 11 miles
I’m late sharing my log with you guys this week, so let’s just get down to business. It was a little bit of an up and down week with having to shift runs around and just being so, so sick of the cold, but I also had a really good speed session and ran my peak long run of 21 miles on Saturday. I am excited to have it behind me, and to be rapidly approaching marathon day!
Monday – Unplanned rest day. I didn’t go in the morning because it was absolutely pouring and thunderstorming (we got a record 1.7 inches in just one day!). Although it had stopped raining by the time I got off work, the temperature had cooled significantly and I was starting to feel like I was getting a bug. So I made the decision to just call Monday a wash and move the rest of my training days around to accommodate this.
Tuesday – 5 miles easy at 9:13 pace
Wednesday – 8 miles, with the middle 6 at race pace. A chilly 28 degrees. Does it feel to anyone else like winter is never ever ever going to end? I hit 8:26 for my mid-6, much better than my target of 8:35. This workout definitely gave me a big confidence boost!
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 3.1 miles at 9:20 pace. It has become a Friday tradition to log these shorter runs with my friend and our dogs. I’m not sure who has more fun, us chatting or the dogs sniffing! At only 20 degrees, I piled on the layers and said a thank you for good running buds, that’s for sure.
Saturday – 21 miles at 9:22 overall. This run was challenging at times, but I got it done with the help of a relay of friends doing shorter distances. Afterwards I had some delicious blueberry pancakes!
Sunday – Rest
Total – 37.1 miles
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Salties! I have been running lots and lots, just not posting about it. Balancing marathon training with life has me a little bogged down lately, but I am back and ready to catch you all up on my running adventures!
Week of 2/17/13
Monday – Easy 5 miles
Tuesday – 4 miles, negative split.
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Morning: 6 easy miles, Evening: 1.5 hours Integrative Yoga
Friday – Easy 3 miles. A rare afternoon run for me to take advantage of a sunny, warm day!
Saturday – 20 miles at 9:35 pace
Sunday – Rest
Total – 38 miles, 1.5 hours yoga
Week of 2/24/13
Monday – Easy 3 miles. I pushed this one to the afternoon to get more sleep, as my neck was weirdly achy on Sunday. Taking it easy on Sunday seemed to help a lot, but when my morning run buddy bailed, I decided more sleep could only help!
Tuesday – An easy 7.2. This was originally supposed to be a tempo day, but I made a game-time decision to switch it with my Thursday run due to bad weather, an uncharged Garmin and more being cautious with my neck.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 9 miles total, middle 5 at tempo (8:53 average).
Friday – A fun workout day. I was pretty crunched for time with a haircut right after work, so I counted walking to meetings 🙂
Saturday – 16 miles at 9:24 pace. Afternoon massage. I needed this massage so badly that I took the only opening and missed the first part of the UK game!
Sunday – Rest
Total – 35.2 miles
Week of 3/3/13
Monday – 5 easy miles. I was in Louisiana for work, so I used this as a chance to explore – and look for a local coffee shop. Lots of pretty architecture, blooming flowers – and most importantly, warm temps!
Tuesday – Still in LA. On this dreary, rainy day, I had intervals on the agenda. I ran 10 sets of 4 minutes at 85% of effort. So I could focus on speed and not worry about anything else, I just did this on the bike path along the levee. I averaged 7:54 pace for the interval sections and had 9 miles total for the day.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – On paper, an “easy” 7.2…. but let me tell you, this was rough to get up and hit the roads at 5:30 a.m. after getting in from a late flight the night before! Luckily one of my neighborhood running buddies joined me for the last 3, to keep me honest and prevent a case of snooze button-itits.
Friday – Planned rest day.
Saturday – 17 miles. This was a run that had me really, really nervous, but it ended up being great! I had to work a half day, then I watched my beloved Wildcats in their final regular season game right at noon. A 3 p.m. run was a big shift for me, as I normally run around 6:30 on Saturdays! I was also pretty anxious about fueling before a mid-afternoon run like this, but it worked out okay. Luckily it also meant sunny skies and 63 degrees – conditions probably close to what marathon day will bring for me. I ran with a friend on a new-to-me paved path out past horse farms. It was a great afternoon for a run! We averaged 8:46 overall. I was supposed to hit “race pace” of 8:35 for my middle 12 miles (my goal is a 3:45 marathon), and instead got 8:34. I’m feeling good about Carmel!
Sunday – A three mile dog walk to loosen everything up!
Total – 38.2 miles
Week of 3/10/13
Monday – 5 miles at 8:30 pace
Tuesday – Tempo Tuesday! I did 3 repeats of 2 miles at tempo, and hit 8:35, 8:10 and 8:10 for the tempo sections. 10.4 miles total.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 9 miles. The last 4 were supposed to be at race pace but I just couldn’t hit it – I did have one mile below race pace, but had an 8:41 average for those. (I needed 8:35)
Friday – 4 miles at 9:21 pace. A good run with my friend and our pups!
Saturday – 15 miles at roughly 8:59 overall. This was another afternoon run due to work stuff, so it was 70 and humid! My legs felt really heavy at the start, so I was pleased to see the overall pace! I was glad to have company with friends doing 6, 10 and the whole thing, respectively.
Sunday – Rest
Total – 43.4 miles
Another week bites the dust!
Last week was a rough training this week, while this week was a rough “life” week. I was happy to have my runs to get me through it all, as we lost a family friend unexpectedly and dealt with the stress of waiting for test results for my puppy. (Thankfully, her lump is benign.) I did indulge a little mid-week and pamper those runner feet with a pedicure… and I learned why you should never try to get your nails done two days before V-Day. Holy moly, it was busy!
Monday – 5 miles at 8:31 pace. My schedule worked out so I was able to meet up with two friends for this run, and we all really pushed each other. Plus I enjoyed being able to run in shorts for this one!
Tuesday – Tempo Tuesday! I did 4 repeats of 1 mile at tempo, with a 400 meter recovery. This workout – especially the last mile – had me feeling pretty good about my fitness! I did the miles in 8:27, 8:37, 8:39 and 8:09, respectively. (Total – 8 miles)
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – A little Valentine’s Day interval action and my first time wearing my new kicks! I ran about a 10 minute warmup with my dog, did 8 intervals of 4 minutes at about an 80% effort, then finished up the cooldown with my dog again. 8.2 miles total.
Friday – An easy 4.1 miles at 9:20 pace.
Saturday – Brrr! Saturday is inevitably the coldest day of the week lately. What’s up with that? Since it was going to be so bitter cold (i.e. in the teens), and I only had 13 miles, I got a later-than-typical morning start. The first half of my run ended up being the tail end of my friend’s first-ever 20 miler, so I high fived and congratulated her before finishing up the rest. 13 miles at 9:16 pace.
Sunday – Rest
Total – 38.3 miles
This was a rough training week for me. I just felt off and extra tired and sore. I had some slower runs, but I feel like I finally rebounded by week’s end. I can chalk this up to being on my period, which equals not sleeping well, which leads to being a tired little slug. I definitely do have room for improvement in hitting the hay earlier, though.
Overall this week was a down week with a long run of “just” 16 miles. (Never would have thought years ago that I’d put those three words together!) I am looking forward to this week being a little bit lighter as well, and I may just have to treat my runner feet to some pampering!
Monday – 3 very chilly miles at 9:32 pace with my dog.
Tuesday – 7 miles, with an average pace of 9:38. Marathon training can get boring doing the same routes over and over. So I explored a little on this run to mix it up! I’ll definitely be incorporating some of those new places into future runs.
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – 9 miles at 9:36 pace. Really bad stomach cramps towards the end of this one, but I managed.
Friday – My legs were really sore today from the longer midweek run on Thursday, and I think a little from lack of good sleep this week. Definitely a recovery run that I gutted out… 3 miles at 10:11 pace. On a good note, it was 48 degrees, so I finally got to ditch the tights!
Saturday – An early start meant that, despite the sunshine, this run started out in the 20 degree realm. I did 2 solo before meeting up with a group for the remaining 14 miles. A really great run all around. We got to see the sun rise and horses greeted us at their fences as we ran over the rolling hills. My goal was to do the middle six miles at race pace (target of 8:35). I didn’t quite get there; I only had one at race pace, but 7 miles total below the 9 minute mark and a few hovering in that 8:30s/8:40s neighborhood. I’ll call the run a win and maybe aim to do my next race pace run somewhere flatter! Overall, I had a 9:03 average pace for the day.
Sunday – 75 minutes yoga
Total – 38 miles, 75 minutes yoga
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