Life has been an enjoyable whirlwind over the past couple weeks – flying from the Pacific Northwest to New England and back again, prepping my athletes for fall races – that my first official Salty training log will compile those two weeks.
Since I’m new to Salty running, I will catch you up on my training: I started training on August 1 for the California International Marathon, which will be my second marathon. Part of me wants to run a BQ, but another part of me doesn’t want to put that pressure on myself. I want to grit it out and on race day, give my best, and run a strong race – whether that ends up being a BQ time, a PR, or neither.
Week of September 26-October 2
This week I attended the Rise.Run.Retreat with nine other runners and bloggers/social media influencers. What an incredible experience! The hills of Vermont killed my West Coast butt, but I ran a strong half marathon at the end of the week even though I missed by PR by 9 minutes.
Monday: 8 miles easy – just your bread and butter marathon training easy day.
Tuesday: Usually running helps with stress, but sometimes the stress wins out. My breathing was all out of whack on what would normally be considered an “easier” tempo run – 2 mile warm up, 4 miles at half marathon pace, 1 mile cool down. I still managed to hit my paces – 7:30, 7:27, 7:28, and 7:16 – but I just felt off.
Pilates in the evening helped me chill out mentally – for me, it does for the mind and body what yoga does for others.
Wednesday: 8 miles easy again – this time split between 6 on my own and 2 with my Labraheeler, who is learning how to run.
Thursday: Does pacing nervously around the airport during flight delays count as cross-training?
Friday: 5.5 mile on some crazy, crazy Vermont hills. Yes, I live in East Seattle – but my routes have rolling hills, not grueling mountain climbs. (Note to self: run more hills. Hills may kick your butt, but they are fun!)
Saturday: As part of the retreat, we had an instructor lead us through recovery yoga – or more accurately, the other nine women did yoga as I struggled with the simplest moves. To say that flying gives me tight hips is an understatement, but at least I felt better afterward.
Sunday: The Leaf Peeper Half Marathon! After a short warm up (3/4 of a mile?), I ran the hardest course of my running career so far. The first 3 miles gained approximately 800 feet (1000 total for the course!) and featured a grueling 17% incline. For the first 9 miles, I maintained a comfortable pace. But something clicked in my head and I drew from the support and inspiration of the women around me. I chiseled down to half marathon pace and clocked a 7:01 as my final full mile for a finish time of 1:47:55.
Week of October 3-9
Monday: Complete rest day. The combination of running a hard half marathon then hopping on a long flight back to Seattle took a toll on my body.
Tuesday: Back to the marathon grind! Another easy 8 mile run, split with the Labraheeler, followed by 25 minutes of Pilates in the evening.
Wednesday: I eased back in with one easy workout of the week – 9 miles with 6 miles at goal marathon pace over rolling hills. My miles ranged from 7:46 (oops! too fast on the flat) to 8:01, which I was quite pleased to see.
In the evening, I did a simple strength routine at home with the resistance band: clamshells, jump squats, regular squats, bridges, push ups, etc. The theme of this week was going a bit easy on my body after the race, before cranking it up hard for the final push of training.
Thursday: 7 miles easy. Can you see a theme here? I like those easy days right around 5-8 miles. CIM will only be my second marathon and I see no point in piling on crazy mileage at this point in my running.
Friday: 16 mile long run through the windiest weather I’ve experienced in a while. Running in 25 mph winds is no easy feat but I was proud of not wimping out and maintaining a decent pace on this run.
Saturday: 5 miles easy with my husband and our two dogs. We ran along gentle rolling hills at a very easy pace.
Sunday: 4.5 mile hike with moderate elevation gain. My husband and I are still training our new dog how to hike…and plus he has giardia (he’s a rescue so who knows what he got into before he came to us). So we kept our hike short and easy, but even then it still took us 3 hours with having to stop frequently and coax him over all the water crossings.
So now…it’s time to train hard for CIM. I’m ready to bump up to 50-55 mile weeks and put in the hard work of those 18-20 mile long runs.