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. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Week 10 Marathon Training}

|August 10-August 16|

My motivation for running this week has gone down the tubes. Burn out?!? Maybe? Monday morning I woke up at 4:30 am to the sound of thunder and lightening. My running buddy then text that to say the storm wasn't going to pass anytime soon. By the time Monday evening rolled around I had zero energy left and same for Tuesday. So fall back turned into "way fall back week" eek! I'm sure I'll get my mojo back after my business trip next week. I've just been stressed out and I hate leaving my family. 

Week 10 Marathon Training called for 31 miles this week and I ran 20 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 10 miles

Saturday Long Run (10 miles): This week I called a Garmin and they confirmed what I knew. My watch is broke. ::sad face:: So they are replacing mine but I still haven't recieved the replacement. I used my Nike Plus app on my phone for this run. My friend Jackie tagged along to MIT today. It was so nice to have her there this week since we haven't run together in awhile AND tomorrow's her birthday so it was an extra special run. 

I forgot everything this morning when I left but luckily did remember chews. So I had Watermelon GU Chomps. Then drank the Gatorade Lemon Lime with water that was out on the trail. 

Overall good run and I was really happy we were "just" doing 10 today. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

{Week 9 Marathon Training}

|August 3 - August 9|

Week 9 of Marathon Training and my plan called for 34 miles and I ran 25 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Walk
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 14 miles

You know those weeks where mediocre is this bar that seems so far high above where you are, that you will never reach it? Yeah that was this week. Both my husband and I are running the same amount of miles. We are both tired. The most simple things seems to be impossible this week.

On top of the fact that I've been having off and on soreness in the outside of my right leg by my ankle. I'm sure this is due to the increase in miles lately. I gave myself an extra rest day on Tuesday and walked a few miles on Thursday night.

I did started using the new Brooks Ghost 7 I bought a few weeks ago with my MIT discount. Aren't they so pretty? 

Saturday Long Run (14 miles): Let's start with the good, I just ran my longest run ever. Wow 14 miles!!!! The last 3 were tough but the group helped push each other through to the end. If I haven't said, I love my MIT 10:30 pace group. Some of our conversations just crack me up.

The not so good, I think my Garmin is broken. It cannot find a satellite at all. I messed with it most of my run trying to get it work but nothing. I got home, did a hard restart, sat it outside and still no progress bars at all. I don't know what happened?!? So I guess I see a call to Tech Support in my future. No fun map of the trail today :( 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Week 8 Marathon Training}

|June27-August 2|
Such a perfect quote for marathon training

Week 8 Marathon Training called for 30 miles and I ran 28 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12 miles
Columbus Marathon sends out newsletters monthly. This months newsletter had a whole section about the new PR (personal record) Gong! Umm how awesome is that? So since it's my first marathon, I automatically PR. I'm totally pounding that gong with any energy I have left.
  Long Run Saturday (12 miles): This week we met at Thomas Worthington High School again. I went into this run slightly nervous. 12 seemed so long since it's been almost a whole year since I ran that distance. Breaking it up into sections during my run definitely helped. I went with the mantra today "I'm along for the ride." Today's run we did a lot of doubling back. 

I took GU Chomps (Peach tea, 2x caffeinated) at 6ish miles. Then drank fruit punch Gatorade and water (50/50) in my handheld the whole run. That combo, so far, seems to be really working for me. I loved the super caffeinated Peach Tea Chomps. They really helped today. 

I did do a low cold water bath right after my run. I'm hoping that helps a little. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sore. The back of my left knee is really sore actually. So now my job is recovery! 

My sweet husband left me a little note this morning since I leave before he gets up. So sweet <3

{July Total Miles}

July Total Miles = 108

I am still in disbelieve that I ran 108 miles this month. Running 100 miles in a month has been a goal of mine for a while. With family, work, etc. it just never seemed to be the right month to make that goal happen. But I set my sights on bigger goals (marathon training) and look what happens! :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Week 7 Marathon Training}

|June 20-June 26|

My new favorite morning snack: Stoneyfield Banilla (banana/vanilla) yogurt w/ Strawberries, Blueberries and Grapes & Green Tea

Week 7 of Marathon Training called for 29 miles and I logged 25 miles. I decided to give myself an extra rest day this week to help prepare myself for the 10 on Saturday. I still did most of the miles for the week.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 miles

I think I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm just going to be tired through this whole process. Maybe accepting it will make it less tiring? ::yawns:: But getting up at 5 am does get you some really cool heat lightening pictures.

Long Run Saturday (10 miles): This was not, by far, my strongest 10 mile run but I do so much enjoy the runs with my MIT pace group. They are a fun group of people. 

Today I took a combo of Fierce Gatorade and water (1/2 and 1/2) in my handheld water bottle. Then at 4.5 miles I started eating my watermelon GU Chomps (no caffeine) and drinking water with each chomp. We stopped at a little over 5 for a water break and I was done eating all the GU Chomps by that point. I refilled my handheld water bottle with a combo of Lemon Lime Gatorade and water. My stomach was a little upset at mile 7 but it passed pretty quickly. 

Overall though it was a good run. I of course forgot to restart my Garmin so it only says 9.56. ::slaps head:: This 10 mile run it puts me at 92.1 miles so far this month. I'm hoping to break 100 miles this month.