Week 9 recap

(a bit late!)

Last week I dialed back intentionally to give my body a bit of a break AND it was perfect timing because we had a weekend getaway to the coast with another family! Oh, and my kids were off school all week which makes getting to the gym hard.

32.6 miles, 4 days running

Monday
6 miles, 49:00, 8:10 pace
did a 30 min yoga DVD (with company …


Tuesday
7.45 miles, 1:01:06, 8:13 pace
lower fix extreme (killer LEG workout)

Wednesday
5.1 miles, 42:52, 8:25 pace
pilates dvd

Thursday
*I was feeling so tired from waking up at 5am 3 mornings in a row AND given that I was driving out of town later that morning, decided to sleep in which means no run
cardio fix extreme dvd

Friday
rest … enjoyed vacation :)

Saturday
14 miles, 1:52:02, 7:58 pace
my tummy was screaming mad at me for much of this run and THANK GOODNESS for a port-a-pot  … all the more confirmation that wheat and dairy are not working for me right now – more on that later

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Week 10 recap

I felt a bit more tired last week, but overall still really good.  I am going to back off a bit this week, and then ramp back up again the next week.

50.4 miles total

Monday
6.11 miles, 49:46, 8:09 pace
75 min hot yoga

Tuesday
9 miles, 1:09:22, 7:41 pace
ran with my new running buddy, yay :)  it’s SO GOOD to get this longer than normal week day run in and even better at such a great pace :)

Wednesday
5.02 miles, 42:02, 8:23 pace
Pilates DVD*

Thursday
9 miles on the ‘mill – 1 mile w/u, 8 miles @ CMP = 59:36, 7:27 pace

Friday
5.21 miles, 42:56, 8:15 pace
arms DVD*

Saturday
16.05 miles, 2:06:47, 7:54 pace
the 1st 8 miles or so were 7:30s, then slowed to closer to 8s, except for mile up the Powerline Trail (RIDICULOUS hill) was 9:10. VERY solid long run!

*all my DVDs are the 21 day fix extreme workouts

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Week 11 recap

I am feeling really good right now.  Actually, I am pretty amazed at how well my body is handling how much I am running.  I am fairly confident it is from the things besides running I have been doing – weights & yoga.

47.1 miles for the week

Monday
5 miles EASY, 43:03, 8:36 pace
legs (and whole body) were sore from skiing Sunday!!!

Tuesday
8 miles, 1:01:45, 7:43 pace
ran with my new running buddy!

Wednesday
5.26 miles, 43:52, 8:21 pace
legs were tired but better than I thought
75 minute hot yoga class

Thursday
9 miles on the treadmill – 5 x mile, plus warm up & cool down
1:11:11 total time, 7:55 average

1.5 miles warm up – 13:12
5 x mile with .25 recovs
6:58 (2:20)
6:55 (2:19)
6:51 (2:49)
6:48 (2:33)
6:45
1.5 mile cool down – 14:10 (walked 2 min then ran easy)

Friday
5.76 miles, 46:29, 8:06 pace
my sleep app woke me up at 4:50, so I got up and had a quick cup of coffee before I ran – it’s so much easier to run a decent pace after coffee! ;) ran very relaxed – I am amazed at how good my legs are feeling right now.
75 min hot yoga

Saturday
14 miles, 2:01:09, 8:39 pace
lots and lots of big hills (even walked a short amount up the 2 BIGGEST hills)
considered this more of a “time on your feet run” than aiming to hit a certain distance – but 14 miles AND 2 hours was my minimum.  

 

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Boston Marathon training week 12

Last week was a really solid week of training! 1st week over 40 miles and 1st week running 6 days. My legs felt amazingly well.

46.1 miles total

Monday
6 miles, 48:35, 8:06 pace (did pick it up intentionally the last 3 miles to be sure to make it home before my hubs needed to leave for work!)
did 1/2 of the 21 day fix extreme leg workout – each round of 4 exercise has you do 2 sets of each – so I did 1 set of each – didn’t want to make my legs too sore)

Tuesday
8 miles in the RAIN, 1:03:08, 7:54 pace
found a new running buddy!!!  yay!!! :)

Wednesday
4 miles easy, 33:33, 8:21 pace
21 day fix arms workout

Thursday
tempo on the ‘mill – goal was 8 miles @ MP, only squeaked out 6 … gotta start somewhere
7 miles total after 1 mile warm up – 6 miles average 7:28 pace

Friday
6 miles, 50:13, 8:20 pace
75 minute hot yoga

Saturday
15 miles, 2:01:42, 8:06 pace
Best of Seattle loop – 1 of my favs! :) And so excited about my new long run buddies!

Sunday
SKIING!! – only half day of it, but after the week, I know my legs will be TIRED on Monday!

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Boston Marathon training week 13

(just a reminder, I count DOWN in my week #s rather than up – so week 13 means 13 weeks to go!)

13 weeks?!  Yikes!!! I feel a bit behind, but I am where I am and I am finally getting in my groove of consistency to up my training.

39.3 miles, 5 days run

Monday
6.1 miles, 50:37, 8:17 pace
30 min cardio fix extreme*

Tuesday
tempo/speed intervals on the treadmill
“3-2-1 work out” copied from Hungry Runner Girl
8.4 miles total, 1:06:06, average 7:53 pace
1.1 mile warm up
3 miles hard – CMP – 7:30 pace = 22:30
.4 mile recov (3:30)
3 miles harder – GMP – 7:13 pace = 14:25
.4 miles recov (3:53)
1 miles hardest – 6:45
1/2 mile cool down
(CMP = my marathon pace from Eugene, GMP = my goal for 2016 – more on that soon)

CXworx core class (30 min core class at my gym – abs, butt, back, a bit of everything!)

Wednesday
5.71 miles, 48:26, 8:29 pace

Thursday
30 minute upper fix extreme workout** and 10 minute hard core***

Friday
5.06 miles, 42:58, 8:30 pace
it was POURING down rain :(

Saturday
14 miles, 1:55:40, 8:16 pace
great long run and perfect prep for Boston – early down hill, miles of flat, and BIG hills at the end 

*Beach Body Cardio Fix Extreme is part of the 21 day fix extreme DVDs. I love these 30 minute workouts! – they are TOUGH!!  This is their description of cardio fix extreme: “Combining weighted cardio moves with traditional metabolic training intervals keeps your heart rate soaring.”
**part of the 21 day fix series too – “By alternating opposing muscle groups, this no-rest upper-body workout will help shred your chest, back, shoulders, and arms”
***also 21 day fix

 

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time to write again

After writing throughout my training for the Eugene Marathon, I totally STOPPED writing after the marathon. I never even wrote a race recap :(  I started to several times, but never finished.  Overall the race was great, I set a 9 minute PR, and felt good *most* of the race.  But I think that was my biggest issue and the reason why I was not super pumped after the race. I want to run a marathon where I feel GREAT and STRONG the whole race!! Maybe that isn’t possible … but it’s what I want.

Maybe at some point I’ll recap the race more but for now I am going to move on.  I am training for the Boston Marathon. Only 88 days to go!!!

 

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some of my favs from this training cycle

I read about these arm warmers in Runner’s World.  The company, Louva Gear, was started largely out of frustration for how expensive little sleeves you wear on your arms can be!  I have another pair – yet between on affordable these are, from what I had read about how soft they are, and how they have thumb holes – I wanted to try them.  And I am so glad I did! I LOVE them!! :)  They are softer and warmer than my other pair.  If it’s a really chilly morning in Eugene next Sunday (AH!!!) I’ll wear these for the first few miles.
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THIS has become my routine on long run mornings.  I had tried eggs for a while, but oatmeal does my tummy a lot better.  And of course my big mug of coffee :)  I also have a banana with peanut butter and then a Gu shortly before I start.  I try to eat 1+ hours before my run.  On race day I’ll do about 90 min before.
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My newest compress socks.  My zebras :)  I needed a new pair of compression sleeves and these stripes were 40% off … so of course I opted for the cheapest pair!  If it’s cold on race day, I will be wearing these for sure!
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My 2 morning companions :)  My Garmin (yes I am a type A runner – but I do not look at my pace constantly – I keep track of my miles and mile splits – not constantly checking my pace) and my Nathan safety light.  I have never felt the need for a flash light for me to see – but I do want cars and other people to SEE ME. So I wear this bright flashing light clipped on my waist band.
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And just for fun … when we were at the coast a few weeks ago, my husband joined me on his bike and then running for a bit of my run. He snapped this picture as we headed out onto the beach that first morning.  The sight, sound and smells of the ocean were so invigorating!
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