Basil’s Training Log – Hanson’s Week 7 & 8

Obligatory Alaskan hiking picture
Obligatory Alaskan hiking picture

The past two weeks have been an absolute blur, with the exception of a time-stands-still tempo run in which every mile went on for DAYS. But other than tempo runs, time flew by way faster than I could write about it. Still, I’ll attempt to hit the highlights (hint: NOT the tempo run), and recap these last two weeks of running as I check off week 7 and 8 of the Hanson’s marathon plan.

In non-running life, I made a trip to San Jose to catch the USA Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials with my gymnastics-obsessed 9 year old, my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece. Our #fangirlsweekend was so much fun, and it was absolutely amazing to see the gymnasts compete! Mary Lou Retton won gold in LA when I was the same age as my daughter and  an aspiring gymnast myself; and I felt like a star struck 9 year old again as we watched the future Olympians demonstrate exactly what it means to be strong, tough and fearless. My mileage did suffer as a result of the travel, but I knew that was going to happen and didn’t sweat it. It was 100% worth it!

In terms of my defective hip drama, the saga continues. I had an MRI- arthrogram nearly two weeks ago with a cortisone injection. The good news is that the cortisone did help take the edge off the pain and discomfort, reducing the pain by a fair amount. I was really encouraged by that. When I met with the surgeon to go over the results of the MRI, I found out that my left hip is in even worse shape than my right hip was. Not only do I have a labral tear, but I have both cam and pincer impingement, and the cam deformity is more severe. (My right hip only had a mild cam deformity and no pincer impingement). So if I want to continue to run, surgical intervention is highly recommended. My surgeon is also a runner (ultras, multi-week wilderness races, marathons, you name it). So we spent as much time talking about running and Alaskan races as we did my bum hip. He gave me the green light to keep training for the Kenai River Marathon, which was by far the best news of the visit!

Speaking of training for a marathon, I’m pretty sure training logs are supposed to be about, um, training. So I’ll stop rambling now and share what the last two weeks of running have looked like!

Week 7 (July 4-10) – 42.5 miles

Monday – 8.5 miles, ladder workout at track. 1.75 warm up, then 400m (1:48/ 1:40) -800 (3:34/ 3:27) -1200 (5:20/ 5:19) -1600 (7:10/ 7:03) -1200 (5:20/ 5:19) -800 (3:34/ 3:33) -400 (1:48/ 1:40), 400m recovery, cool down. Not easy by any stretch but also very doable. Legs were NOT fresh, but I was able to complete the workout anyway and I felt good about that. Also was a confidence boost to hit all the targets with some room to spare.

Tuesday – 6 miles easy.

Wednesday – Off.

Thursday – 15 miles (8:52 avg). I knew I wouldn’t have time to do a long run while traveling, so moved the long run up a few days. Ran the first 8 or so on my own and then met my friend for the final 6. Got distracted and didn’t turn around in time so ended up running an extra mile. Felt the best I have on any long run thus far in the training cycle!

Friday – 5 miles easy. Ran around neighborhoods in San Jose. Struggled to find ways to get away from the sidewalk/ concrete. That surface is no bueno for my hip!

Saturday – Off. Well, not entirely. I did run a mile in Toms and skinny jeans from Fisherman’s Wharf to Ghiradelli Square to feed the parking meter in San Francisco. It was as comical and fun as it was terrible for my tibial tendons. (Both feet were kind of mad at me later. Oh well.) We walked several additional miles at Muir Woods and then around the city taking in the sights. Super fun day!

Sunday – Tempo (8 miles total). This run was a bit of a fail. I started on the treadmill at the hotel, vowing to just get as much as I could in of my planned 7 mile tempo (with warm up and cool down). My ankles were hurting me (see Saturday), and I woke up with a sore throat. I made it through about 6 miles of tempo (8:00 pace) with several breaks to stretch my calves and try to cool off. It was better than nothing, but it still felt like a pretty lame effort on my part. I just didn’t have the oomf I needed.

Week 8 (July 11- 17) – 48 miles

Monday – 6 miles easy. Still in San Jose, so switched my track day to Tuesday and ran easy before heading to airport.

Tuesday – 7 miles, strength. Started with 1.75 mile warm up including drills. I was very tired going in as sleep had been poor due to travel. 3 x 1600m @ 7:10 target, 600m recovery. Splits: 6:53, 7:05, 7:01, 1.25 mile cool down. I was glad I hit the targets, but I think I overdid it on this workout. Recovery was slow going. I felt hot and really really tired, almost sick, for several hours after the run. My heart rate never got out of control during the workout. But I think I was just really worn down, and this took more of me than I had to give.

Wednesday – Off. I’ve never been so ready for a rest day!

Thursday – 10 miles with 7 at tempo. 2 mile warm up, then 7@ GMP (8:00 target), 7:53, 7:53, 7:53, 7:58, 8:01, 8:06, 8:13. Ran this with a friend, and it was such great accountability and motivation! I had a terrible terrible side stitch in the last mile and SO wanted to stop, but ran through it. The first half of the run felt very doable, very easy and relaxed. The last half got progressively more difficult. I am still not sure if I’m stretching too much with an 8:00 goal pace for the marathon, especially if I’m struggling with a 7 mile run at that pace with just 10 weeks to go. That being said, the pace does feel easier each week, so I know I’m making some fitness gains.

Friday – 5 miles easy.

Saturday- 10 miles easy. My friend joined me for this, and again, it is so much more enjoyable and the miles go by so much faster with a friend.

Sunday – 10 miles easy. My daughter rode her bike with me for the first 6 miles, and then I finished up on my own. It was hot! As is usually the case for every Sunday run, I felt flat and tired. But as is also the case for every Sunday run, I Got. It. Done. even when it was the last thing I felt like doing.

Overall, I’m really happy that I’ve made it this far. I’m starting to think I might actually be ready to race an Alaskan marathon in September!!

Recovering corporate hamster-wheeler turned Alaskan hausfrau, mother of two and running enthusiast. Kind of a June Cleaver in tempo shorts...minus the makeup and vacuum. Will run to great lengths to get a moment of peace.

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