It’s easy to feel like listening to your body = giving up on a workout. It has been a long time since I stopped mid workout. 2 of my 3 kids were sick last week, and yesterday and today I have been able to tell my body is FIGHTING it.
Today’s speed on the treadmill was going to be 40 minutes of 4 min on, 1 min off. I love this workout on my gym’s treadmills because you set it to auto – it slows down and speeds up to whatever you set it to. No brain activity required. Perfect. My goal was the 4 min at 6:40 pace. 1 min as slow as needed :)
From the get go, I knew I didn’t feel right. I always warm up 1.5 miles. Even at an easy pace, my body felt sluggish. And then HOT. I wondered if the airflow was off in the gym. Or maybe something we wrong with me? After my warm up, I stopped and stretched and tried to muster by determination.
I fought my way through 4 reps. Normally I do my recovs around 6.5 (9:13 pace) on the treadmill. Yet I was needing to walk and barely jog each time today. By the 5th rep I knew my body was DONE. I knew I wasn’t quitting. I was making a wise choice. One workout is not worth making myself more sick. I was sweating way more than normal. Like dripping off me nasty sweating after getting off the ‘mill. Gross. I did head to the CXworx core class when I got off the treadmill. And that was good – and the good kind of HARD.
In reality, this is a good week for less miles. I have been running solid weeks. I am also racing a 15K on Sunday. I am just hoping and praying I am well by then! And my legs will be rested :)
I am definitely entering into the real deal phase of training! 11 weeks to go! There are times when I wonder how my fitness really is and if I’ll be strong enough to run the time I want to run. Then there are days when I have encouraging runs, remind myself of all the *good* things I am doing this time around. And I get hopeful. Not excited yet. But hopeful.
42.3 miles for the week, 5 days of running.
Monday – 6.1 miles, 8:08 pace
Tuesday – tempo run plans derailed when my middle woke up sick, so did 2 Befit workouts at home. I was sore for days!
Wednesday – 7.16 miles, 7:52 pace. Intentionally ran more hills.
Thursday – finally my tempo run! 8 miles total. 1 mile warm up, 6 miles @ 7:26 pace, 1 mile cool down. On the treadmill. Held to 7:30 pace, with last mile = 7:06
Friday – 5.07, 8:25 pace. I was SO UNBELIEVABLE SORE from the week!
Saturday – 16 miles, 8:15 pace. 1062 feet of elevation gain. We ran in West Seattle – with 3 BIG ole hills in the run. By the top of the 3rd (and biggest) hill, my legs were on FIRE. Ran sub 8 min miles for the last several miles of the run.
For the next 5 weeks, I am alternating speed and tempo each week. I was slack week on core workouts – mainly because my kids were on break and I didn’t want to pay extra to take my older 2 to the gym. I’ll be back at it this week!
My kids are off school all week, and I am not crazy about how child care at our gym works for my oldest, I had only planned to go to the gym once this week. Today. I wanted to get a tempo run in on the treadmill – I like setting the pace and be forced to keep it.
BUT. As my husband is saying good bye to the kids around 6:20 this morning, I hear my middle run to the bathroom and the unmistakeable sounds of throwing up. Being the kind mama I am, my first thought was “there goes my tempo run :(” There goes my run at all. My husband is leaving for work, so my chance to run in the morning had passed.
I have a horrible track record of workout at home when that is my only option. Like 0 in 583 times. I decided today was a new day! I did a quick search on the internet, and decided on a youtube BeFit video. I did this one. And then this one. My legs feel like jello now! I know strength will help my running. So today was a good day for that! I definitely liked the videos and want to utilize them more.
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Last week was my 1st week of running 6 days in as long as I can remember! – seriously probably since high school! My body handled it well. I am thinking I’ll do some week of 6 days, some weeks of 5 days. Depending on a lot of things.
44.2 miles for the week
Monday – 6 miles in the ‘hood, 8:19 pace
Tuesday – 6.65 miles in the ‘hood, 7:48 pace. Intentionally ran more hills than my normal route.
Wednesday – 8 miles intervals on the treadmill.
1.5 mile w/u (13:18)
4 x mile w/ 1/2 mile recovs
1 mile c/d (9:24)
Thursday – 3.2 miles in the ‘hood, 8:10 pace. CxWorx core class
Friday – 5.25 miles on the treadmill, 8:19 average. Started slow, gradually increased. Did some “hills” and changed the speed around a bit. Last mile = 6:54
(had to run on the treadmill because my husband left for work at 5:30am)
Saturday – 15 miles, 2:08:49, 8:35 pace. Ran 3 loops on the Redmond Ridge trails. Pace on trails always fluctuates! Legs were SORE by the end!
(‘hood = my neighborhood. We live on top of a big hill – so all my neighborhood runs are rolling hills)
(In last week’s recap I failed to mention that Sunday was spent teaching our 3 littles how to ski! While I stayed on the bunny slope all day with the kids, I did lots of equating, bending, walking on skis and in ski boots and moving in ways I never have before on skis in attempts to keep the kids on their feet, in their skis, happy and feed – and it actually was an amazing day!!!)
Monday – 5.1 miles easy, 8:44 pace. I was EXHAUSTED.
Tuesday – 6.25 miles – intervals on the treadmill.
1.5 mile warm up, 6 x 1/2 mile with 1/4 mile recovs, 1/2 mile cool down
3:25 – 3:22 – 3:22 – 3:20 – 3:20 – 3:17
(these were similar to where I was in the Fall of 2012 – last time I was marathon training – which was very encouraging!)
CXworx core class
Wednesday – 7 miles, 7:59 pace. Ate a Gu before hand and I think that really helped to get me going for this run. Last mile = 7:15
Thursday – Body Attack class
Friday – 5.07 miles, 8:12 pace
Saturday – 14.08 miles, 8:43 average (pace was VERY sporadic due to long gradual hill, then traversing the side of a mountain on single tracks, downhill running on WET slippy trails, and a strong finish on flat. Last mile was 6:59!!
I’ve spent a bit of time looking back over my training log from a year and a half ago, while training for the Pensacola Marathon. Most my weeks were high 30s with a few weeks 45-48 miles (when I did my 20-22 mile runs). Mondays and Fridays were easy days (4-5 miles), I did a speed workout and a progression run with miles at marathon pace (MP) and my long run.
I like that format.
This go around, I want to have my easy days 5-6 miles. I am following a template that has me doing speed once a week for 2 more weeks – which will be 12 weeks out. I then alternate tempo and speed for 6 weeks. Then the last 6 weeks, just tempo. I also want to be sure to get in a week day longish run (8-10 miles). Next week, I want to hit 40 miles and keep it above 40 miles until taper time.
The BIGGEST difference this go around though is my cross training / strength training. I am determined to have my entire body strong – not just strong legs!
Prices for the Eugene Marathon went up February 1 – so I signed up on January 31!!! I fought the urge of “do I really have the time to commit to running a solid marathon?!” and went with “Eugene looks amazing, I’ve always wanted to go, I am going to train my best, and enjoy it regardless!” Of course my goal is a PR (under 3:25) and I’d LOVE to break 3:20. But qualifying for Boston is always a goal. I’d be qualifying for 2016 and I’ll be in a new age bracket by then :) so my QT is 3:40.
Week 15 recap – 36.9 miles
Monday – 6.1 miles, 7:52 pace (I need more runs like this! I felt exceptionally good for a Monday morning!)
Tuesday – 7.4 miles – intervals on treadmill –
1.5 miles w/u, 40 min of 4 min hard, 1 min recov (did 5 @ 6:53 pace, 2 @ 6:58 pace, 1 @ 6:53 pace), recovs slow jog and walked some. I was fighting hard by the end! c/d 5 minutes
Wednesday – 5.56 miles, 8:30 pace
Thursday – BodyAttack class
Friday – 4.5 miles, 8:27 pace
Saturday – 13.4 miles 8:10 pace