We woke up to a day filled with this …
My kids had a snow day and the roads were a wet, sloshy, slippery [beautiful] mess. If it was a cold, dry snow, I’d be tempted to try to run. Not in this 33 degree slush! Thus, I headed to the gym this evening for a run on the ‘mill (aka treadmill). While I do have a secret love affair with running speed and tempo runs in the ‘mill (more on that later) I dread [I MEAN DREAD] a normal run on it. A 6 mile run outside goes by quickly and doesn’t feel long. On the ‘mill it always feels so much longer and faster than what it says my pace is. So I slogged my way through 6 miles. At least the run got done!
And I pretty much felt how I looked post run … shew,it’s DONE.
(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
*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
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
6.11 miles, 49:46, 8:09 pace
75 min hot yoga
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 :)
5.02 miles, 42:02, 8:23 pace
9 miles on the ‘mill – 1 mile w/u, 8 miles @ CMP = 59:36, 7:27 pace
5.21 miles, 42:56, 8:15 pace
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
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
5 miles EASY, 43:03, 8:36 pace
legs (and whole body) were sore from skiing Sunday!!!
8 miles, 1:01:45, 7:43 pace
ran with my new running buddy!
5.26 miles, 43:52, 8:21 pace
legs were tired but better than I thought
75 minute hot yoga class
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
1.5 mile cool down – 14:10 (walked 2 min then ran easy)
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
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.
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
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)
8 miles in the RAIN, 1:03:08, 7:54 pace
found a new running buddy!!! yay!!! :)
4 miles easy, 33:33, 8:21 pace
21 day fix arms workout
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
6 miles, 50:13, 8:20 pace
75 minute hot yoga
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!
SKIING!! – only half day of it, but after the week, I know my legs will be TIRED on Monday!
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!