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Ragnar training recap

I am going to write my recap for Ragnar soon, but wanted to recap my training leading up. I had some great weeks and some disastrous weeks and several minor flare ups – I would not call them injuries, just weird pains and I definitely backed off so that I could get to the start line of Ragnar as healthy as possible.

June 13 – 19
29.1 miles
M – 5.5 miles, 8:19 pace
T – 6.73 miles, 7:58 pace
W & Th – off because my right hamstring would NOT get better and was really hurting/making me nervous
F – 3.8 miles, 8:10 pace
Sa – Seattle Half Marathon! Actually not a !. It was a bit of a disaster. I was hoping for 1:35 or a bit faster, but ended up 1:37:36.  I started with a 1:35 pace group, but stopped to pee in the 2nd mile. I tried to catch up, but couldn’t. In those miles I went too hard, and then paid for it and slowed a lot.

June 20 – 26
48 miles
In Maine! We flew to Maine on a red eye the night of the Seattle half – nothing like a full day/night! :)  Sought to balance family time, husband gone, etc.  Tricky!
M – 8 miles, 7:44 pace
T – 6 miles, 8:04 pace. Hamstring feeling better!! So relieved!!!
W – 8 miles, 7:58 pace
Th – rest
F – 10 miles, 7:54 pace
Sa – 16 miles, 8:04 pace
Su – rest

June 27 – July 3
42.7 miles
M – 6 miles, 7:58 pace
T – 6.5 miles, 8:19 pace
W – off
Th – 8 miles, 8:06 pace
F – 15 miles, 8:07 pace
Sa – 7.1 miles, 8:01 pace. Big rolling hills!
Su – rest

July 4 – 10
26.7 miles
M – 2.7 miles, 8:08 pace. Holy cow back is killing me :(  Swam ~1/4 mile in the freeeeezing cold water and back locked up.  Also was flat exhausted from that swim.
T – 3.2 miles, 8:19 pace. Back STILL hurts so called it a day to get it BETTER before Ragnar
W – rest – epic long travel day
Th – 6.1 miles, 8:13 pace. Back home!
F – 3.06, 8:31 pace. Right heel HURTS now. What the heck is going on?!?!?!?!
Sa – 11.7, 8:02 pace. Heel hurts but not horrible.  
Su – rest

July 11 – 17
43 miles total, 33.9 miles RAGNAR
M – 3.3 miles, 8:17 pace
T – 3.9 miles, 7:55 pace
W – rest
Th – 2 miles, 8:06 pace
Friday noon – 11.2 miles, 7:39 pace
Friday  10pm – 12.1 miles, 8:00 pace
Saturday 6:30am – 10.6 miles, 7:47 pace

More to come on my Ragnar experience soon!!

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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

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

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

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

*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

rest … enjoyed vacation :)

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 4

Race day is 3 weeks from tomorrow. WOW.  I just wrapped on my highest mileage week of training.  The next 3 weeks are taper weeks.  YAY!!  I texted my brother today (he’s a 2:30 marathoner so always had great tips) asking about his taper. I think I tapered too much for my last marathon.  His advice will be another post soon.

I had 58.5 miles for the week.  This was my highest mileage week ever. In my life.  In 2012, I never even cracked 50 miles. This was my 3rd week of 50+.

This week was a bit different – my kids were on spring break so we went out of town for a few days, and my Mom was visiting, so I didn’t have to wake up in the 5am hour AT ALL! I got so spoiled :)  I also did ALL of my miles on the road – no speed on the treadmill.  I opted for 1 tempo run this week, rather than 1 speed & 1 tempo, and focused on getting lots of miles in.

6.5 miles, 8:28 pace

8.1 miles, 8:27 pace
my splits were all over the place – 2 miles slow on trails, 2 miles more steady on the beach, then 4 miles closer to tempo pace on the road

10 miles, 7:23 pace (2 miles were sub 7!) – lots of long rolling hills – great run!!!

6.5 miles, 8:19 pace – found an old logging road to run on – great to be on soft surfaces – ended with a mile on the beach

3.5 miles, 8:20 pace
then 1.25 miles with my 8 year old :) 9:31 pace – a record for her on longest run without stopping! :)

22.6 miles, 8:02 pace
I did a point to point run, which was nice – my amazing husband picked me up :) My legs felt tired basically the whole run – which is understandable.  Yet I ran solid. I ate 2 Gu (60 min in and then again at 105 min) which helped.

I was slack on core work this week. I missed the gym! I need to be better about going it on my own!! My favorite core class also does squats – which I feel I should back of off during the taper. I need to figure out a plan for the next 3 weeks!

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week 16 recap

This has been a bit of a sluggish week.  We spent Saturday-Wednesday at a condo on the beach with family – such a treat and my kind of vacation being only  30 minute drive away! :)  I think my body was tired from the last 2 weeks of beginning my “ramp up” and I also think I felt a bit sluggish knowing I was on a mini-vacation.  When then spent the weekend back home with my parents, sister and her family.  I LOVE running back home – with the group of guys who were huge in helping me get back in shape after baby #2 was born and leading up to our move to the flat land of Florida.

28.7 miles for the week

3.2 miles @ 8:53 pace – shortest, slowest run in a long time
postponed 30 day challenge because my arms were so sore from the day before!

5.2 miles @ 8:23 pace – took a while to get my body moving, but ended the run at a decent pace to make for an ok average
skipped 30 day challenge out of laziness

day off

intervals on treadmill – 7 miles total, 56:07 total time
did 6 x 1/2 mile
1.5 mile warm up
did 800’s progressively faster, always getting faster after 400 meters on each one:
1- 9.0-9.1
2- 9.1-9.2
3- 9.2-9.3
4- 9.3-9.4
5- 9.4-9.5
6- 9.5-9.6-9.7-9.8 (got faster each 200 meters on the last)

1.25 mile cool down
(still being lazy on the 30 day challenge – I have 2 more days to do!!)

9 miles @ 8:45 pace – very very hilly – oh how I miss the hills! (yes I am actually being serious) – and ran with my old running group – such a hilariously fun group of guys!!

4.4 miles @ 9:14 pace – ran with my sister at her pace. Love the time with her and love that she has gotten so into running over the past year!
water skied – serious full body workout!!

more water skiing – my whole body hurts!

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routine – take 2

I am a routine runner.  I’m sure I’ve written about this before – yes, in early June, right after Jon’s back surgery.

When my routine gets whacked out, so does my running.  I’ve been traveling with the kids for over a week now.  I’ve really been working on not taking more than 1 day off at a time (a stated 2010 goal was to be more consistent).   The travel has made that rough, thus making July have a lower mileage total.  I took 3 days off at the beginning of the month at end of our trip to Maine.  I missed 2 days mid month due to a crazy lightning storm and Jon having a crazy work day (2am-2pm, then home to sleep until dinner). I missed 3 days this past Saturday-Monday – 2 days of travel and then the 1st day at my sister’s house. I managed to run 2 days last week while there, but took 2 days in a row off.

I am at my parents this week, running in the most familiar place I know – the roads and trails I’ve run as long as I’ve been a runner. I’ve already run with my dad and the group of guys I ran with for about a year, until we moved.   The familiarity feels so good.  So I am making routine this week – a familiar routine in so many ways.

I have 2 goals for the month – to not take more than 1 day off in a row, and to run at least 20 miles a week, hopefully 25-30 miles a week.

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oh the cooler air

We just got back from vacation in Maine.  I LOVE running in Maine – such a treat in the summer to run in cooler air. I can run in mid afternoon and it feels GREAT!   The last bit of the trip I wasn’t able to get runs in between Jon going fishing 1 morning thus me not being able to abandon the kids, Sarah having a 24-hour throw up bug, and me not feeling very well myself for a few days.  But the runs I did get in were great!

One afternoon, I ran with 1 of my nieces and 1 of my nephews, both 14 and going in to 9th grade.  After the run, we headed to the dock and jumped in the COLD water and then layed on the dock in the sun to warm back up – perfect way to end a run!!  It was a lot of fun, and I loved sharing that time with them.

Now back home and back into routine.  I did not wake up early this morning because after a travel day yesterday that started at 2:30am … with 2 little ones … I wanted to sleep a bit! :)  I plan to go for an easy run once the kids are in bed tonight.  Tomorrow is another track race.  My plan is to use it for a speed workout. I did not get in as many hard runs (only 1) in Maine so I think it’d be pointless to try to better my mile time.  I think I’ll be super crazy and run the 800-400-200-1600!  The rest time is pretty quick, so it will be quite the speed workout for me.

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a rut

So I feel like I’ve been in a rut the past few weeks.  October was a very busy month for us – we travelled 3 weeks and had company our 1 weekend home.  We also had company during 1 of the weeks.  I’ve been exhausted, but have also had my routine disrupted a lot.  Neither of those things helps the running.  We were in Florida last weekend and I needed to run 10-12 miles.  I ran 4 miles.  What the heck?!   I’d like to think I’m immune to such circumstances affecting my running – but that is just not realistic!  As I tell my team all the time, you take frustrations and use them to motivate and propel you forward next time.  Life goes on.

I plan to run semi long on Saturday (6-8 miles) and then run 12 miles on Sunday.  The HALF is almost here so that will be my last tough long run until after it.

I’m very non-committal on what will come after the HALF.  Perhaps another half in the Spring; or maybe a full marathon.  We’ll see how I’m doing when December rolls around.

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