Saturday, September 27, 2014

{Week 16 Marathon Training}

|September 21- September 27|

This week is the last of the high miles. I'm soooo happy about that. Definitely ready to taper. 

I seem to be handling these long mile weeks a lot better than I did in the beginning. I was tired but not exhausted this week. 

Week 16 Marathon training called for 46 miles and I ran 35 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 20 miles

Chris and I took off Wednedsay to get my last weekday long run in. We went to Hilliards Rails to Trails and did 8 miles. 

Saturday Long Run (20 miles): I'm really sad to report this was the suckiest run I've had through training. First, I woke up at 5:30 am and realized we had no bananas. So I tried a Larabar and toast. Bad idea. Second, all my running buddies in my group were gone today. Third, I was cramping the whole run. It just sucked. BUT I sucked it up and finished 20 miles. Came home took an ice bath. Everyone has a bad run. Today was just mine. 3 more weeks until Columbus Marathon. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

{Week 15 Marathon Training}

|September 14- September 20|

Gosh we are so close! I cannot even believe that we are this close. I'm getting really excited for the miles to start lowering and more sleep to start entering my life.

Week 15 of Marathon Training called for 32 miles and I ran 20.8 miles.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5.80 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12 miles

My running buddy that is my neighbor moved this week. I'm so sad to see her go. We are planning on still running a few days a week through the marathon and will hopefully continue one day a week at least after.

My feet are starting to show signs of marathon training. Turn away if your are squeamish. I have a black and blue toenail, blisters, calluses and more blisters. My shoes are sized up 1 whole size but that doesn't seem to be enough for me.

Long Run Saturday (12 miles): This Saturday we started at Thomas Worthington High School and did 12 miles. The whole group was tired, quiet and crabby. It's about that time in training where that hits us all. I remember Christopher going through it last year. One more week of heavy miles and we start to taper. Luckily, I was able to focus on my wonderful Organic Fuel waiting in my car for me for the last few miles. My most favorite recovery drink ever!        


Sunday, September 14, 2014

{Week 14 Marathon Training}

|September 7 - September 13|

Looking back, a marathon was never anything I ever said I wanted to do. It was never anything I dreamed I'd do. When I heard of a person I knew training for a marathon I always admired that person, HOPED I could be that awesome in my later life but again never anything I thought I would be doing. 

At the risk of sounding cheesy, running as taught me that I'm so much stronger than I give myself credit for. And I think this week just showed me that. 

The beginning of the week was rough. My son was having problems with his asthma, I was feeling very weak and very tired. I gave myself some much needed time away from training early in the week. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 20 miles

Long Run Saturday (20 miles): I still cannot believe that I did this. I took this picture at mile 18, look at all those smiles. We were happy and enjoying our long run. It was a really great run. I'm so happy that my week finished with such a strong run. It makes me feel so much more ready for this marathon. 

We ran Worthington to OSU campus, around OSU stadium and back. 

Have I said how much I love my Garmin Forerunner watch? Satellite view of our run around the stadium. 

And my selfie at the stadium

Last but not least my running group. I cannot say enough about MIT and Fleet Feet Columbus. They are such a great support for me. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{Week 13 Marathon Training}

|August 31 - September 6|

How is it week 13 of training already? Do I really only have 6 more weeks of training? This summer has just flown by.

Last weekends recovery from 18 miles was pretty rough. I don't think I thought I would be so sore. I'm not looking forward to the 20 mile recovery.

Monday was Labor Day and we had a fun 4 mile race...Run 4 The Health Of It. I will definitely run this race again. It was a lot of fun and there was lots of swag afterward.
Week 13 Marathon Training called for 33 miles and I ran 23 miles
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles 
Saturday: 8 miles
Saturday Fall Back Week (8 miles): Saturday was a really busy day for us. I knew I wasn't going to be able to meet my MIT group. But also knew 10 miles on my own was doable. So I got up at 5:30 am and set out to do 10 miles but I ran out of time. So I came back thinking I would do another 2 miles later but ofcourse that never happened. It's 2 miles and I'm not going to stress about it. Next week will have plenty of miles. 

I did end up spending a lot of time with my family this weekend whic is way more worth it than the extra 2 miles! 

{August Total Miles}

|August 1-August 31|

13 runs=110 miles

Sunday, August 24, 2014

{Week 12 Marathon Training}

|August 24 - August 30|

My training plan called for 39 miles and I ran 45 miles. Yes that's an insane amount of miles. It was weird this week due to my race falling on Sunday. 

Sunday: 16 miles
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 7 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18 miles

On Sunday we ran Emerald City Half Marathon. My schedule called for 16 miles. So Chris and I got up at 4:45 am to get to the race in enough time to run 3 miles before. 

We met up with a few girls from MIT in our corral. They are so funny. 

And Chris is really good at taking running selfies. This was at 10 miles which was 13 for us. 

It was a great race! Afterward we met up with a few more friends and feasted on wings and rum. 

Saturday Long Run (18 miles): Wow that was one looonnnngggg run. The humidity was 90% when we left at 6:30 am and I was sweating at mile 1. My pace group slowed down considerably today due to the weather. So our average was more 11:30 today instead of 10:30. 

I really struggled the last few miles due to the humidity and being tired. So I decided to keep myself busy with pictures. This was at 16.5 miles. 

17 miles, the group I run with. We were running so fast you can't see us hahaha! 

Ok so about fuel....

For breakfast I ate an English muffin with jelly and a banana before I left the house. Then I took 2 GU Chomps with me (Watermelon no caff & Strawberry w/ caff.). I think I like the caffeine better so I'll just be taking those from here on out. I also tried out a new recovery drink after my run today that I really liked. It's called Organic Fuel by Organic Valley. It was super delish and has 26g of Protein in it. I ofcourse opted for Chocolate. This is definitely my favorite recovery drink by far. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Week 11 Marathon Training}

|August 17- August 23|

On Sunday I flew to Canada for a 4 day work conference. I knew going into this week that spare time would be slim but did not expect it to be as slim as it was. 

Week 11 Marathon Training called for 21 miles and I ran 8 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 3 miles

I hate to call Sunday through Wednesday rest because it was anything but. We did have multiple days of physical activity it just wasn't running. I was really conscious about what I ate while I was gone since I wasn't running. 

We didn't have MIT this week due to Sunday being Emerald City Half Marathon. Tomorrow morning Chris and so are getting up really early so we can run three extra miles on top of the half marathon. I'm kind of excited about a new mile PR.