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. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

{Week 4 Marathon training}

|June 29-July 5|

           Hot and sweaty Monday run

Week 4 Marathon Training called for 27 miles and I logged 24. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 8 miles

I've been feeling very rested this week but I think that has a lot to do with us taking some time off work. We spent some time at Zoombezi Bay and the Columbus Zoo but the whole house took naps everyday. Oh yeah, I love naps! 

I bought some fun new gear this week: Nathan handheld water bottle and a Saucony hat. 

Long Run Saturday (8 miles): 7 am my pace group meets at Thomas Worthington High School. I don't know why this week but I was feeling nervous about the 8 miles. Maybe because it's been so long since I've run anything over 6?! But minus some minor leg cramping it went really well. I forgot to restart my Garmin after one of the water stops so my Garmin only recorded 7.76 ::sad face::

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

{Week 3 Marathon Training}

|June 22-June 28|
Week 3 Marathon Training called for 24 miles and I logged 15.63 miles.
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3.62 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6.01 miles
Thursday: 3.00 miles
Friday: 3.00 miles
First, lets talk about my fun new toy Garmin watch. This is the Garmin Forerunner 220 in Violet. I've had my eye on it for months and have been saving my pennies for it. I finally splurged and went to Fleet Feet Columbus to used my MIT discount (another bonus of MIT).

This was a rough week for me. The exhaustion has set in and I dropped 4 pounds. I'm pretty sure there are a combination of things happening after some Google searches and asking some seasoned Marathon friends:
  1. Properly Timed Carbs: In the morning when I run my 3-4 miles, I don't eat before hand. Leaving me depleted of carbs right away in the morning. I have started eating half a banana before my runs now.
  2. Amount of Calories: I don't keep track of the amount of calories anymore since I have a good handle on my weight now. I'm going to start this back up. It seems I'm not taking in enough since I'm losing weight. I also started cooking my lunches on Sunday to make sure I'm getting all the vitamins and nutrients I need instead of buying frozen meals.
  3. Not enough rest days: It appears that I may need to work up to the 5 days a week my training plan calls for. I'm going to be doing 4-5. I'm coming to terms with the fact that cutting out a 3 mile run per week isn't going to make me not finish the marathon but will keep me a little less crabby.
  4. The Humidity: I get up at 5 am 3 days a week to get my run in before work. While this saves me from the beating down sun, it tends to be more humid in the morning. It's typically 90%+ humidity. That can take it out of a girl, I tell ya! I'm still going to continue to run at 5 am but I think running with something in my belly will help my energy level through the day.
chicken, couscous, broccoli and guacamole
So after trying to change the 4 things above. I decided that I had one "long run" on Wednesday, so I took Saturday and Sunday off. Caught up on some sleep and got right back to it Monday morning. I'm hoping all these small changes will make a difference for the next week.

Monday, June 30, 2014

{Week 2 Marathon Training}

|June 15-June 21|
Marathon Training Week 2 called for 19 miles and I did just slightly over at 19.64.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3.62 Miles
Tuesday: 3.01 Miles
Wednesday: 5.03 Miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3.75 Miles
Saturday: 4.23 Miles
Still feeling really good this week. Really excited to start upping my miles and I can tell my runs are getting stronger. I have decided to stop watching my pace and just log the miles. For a few weeks I was getting really caught up in what pace I was running. MIT stresses a lot for 1st timers just to log the miles. Don't worry about your pace for the first one. I'm trying really hard to follow that advice. This week our Saturday run was a "fall back" so we did 4.23. We will do a "fall back" week every 3rd week to allow for active recovery of our muscles. I'm learning so much through this group and just loving it!

{June's Total Miles}

June Miles Total=77.9
I love looking at my monthly summaries. Maybe because the total seems so impossible some months and yet I do it? Maybe because I never thought I'd be doing this (marathon training)? I don't know?
What are your total miles this month?