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. 

{Week 5 Marathon Training}

|July 6-July 12|

Week 5 Marathon Training called for 29 miles and I logged 24.5 miles.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 4 Miles
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 3.5 Miles
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: 9 Miles

Overall, I was feeling like I was getting sick and struggled with my miles. I think it was my allergies. Luckily some Claritin made me start to feel better.

I worked really hard on my diet, to keep eating foods that keep me energized. I had Christopher grill up some chicken for me on Sunday again and I packed that in my lunches with Quinoa and Broccoli. The other days I had left over white chili with lots of beans and veggies in it.

I still indulged in a few donuts to make myself feel better for being sick though. No ones perfect. Sometimes a donut (or two) is just want you need.

 Long Run Saturday (9 Miles): I felt very strong this run. I can tell all this running is paying off. I ofcourse forgot to restart my Garmin (again). I really need to use the fancy auto stop feature. This week we ran from Whetstone High School to the OSU stadium and back. It was pretty cool since we know we'll be running though the stadium for the Columbus Marathon. 

At 5 miles we stopped for water and I ate a package of GU Chomps (strawberry). I'm starting to play with my fuel a little and liked these at about the half way mark. 

After my run I had a chocolate protein shake from Whole Foods. I love that these taste so good with just water. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{Week 6 Marathon Training}

|June 13-June 19|

Week 6 Marathon Training called for 26 miles and I logged 21 miles.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6 miles

This week is "fallback" week, this allows for active recovery of my muscles. I'm attempting to run 5 days per week but this week I did 4 days. It seemed to help slightly with me being so tired all the time (slightly). 

Long Run Saturday (6 miles): this week we met in Westerville at Ohio Health. That was one very rainy run! But I have to say running in the rain at 7 am definitely makes you feel more badass. ::fist pump:: This was a really good strong run. I only used Grape Gatorade and water since it was a 6 mile run. 

I'm going to try to rest up this weekend, next week has A LOT of miles to be logged.