Flying Pig 2015

Flying Pig 2015

Sunday, July 23, 2017

CSWS: Week 9

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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I was really excited for this week because I was planning to run my highest weekly mileage in two years. Yay! I just wasn't sure how my body would handle it. I wasn't as concerned about the first two workouts of the week, but the last four days included a lot of mileage [for me]. All I could do was put myself out there and hope for the best.
 
This was, by far, my favorite way to cool off this week.
 
  • 7/17: 4.01 miles, 9:15/mile. I stayed close to home and met up with Sarah K. for this run. It was so incredibly humid outside. I was happy to run short and easy knowing that things would only get longer and sometimes faster the rest of the week.
  • 7/18: 10.01 miles, 8:34/mile; Bis/Tris/Glutes, 40 minutes. Steady State Run. Everyone else needed 8 miles so I did a 2 mile warm up before everyone arrived (9:21/mile). I knew I needed some warm up miles if I was going to keep up with these ladies! I got pregnant and they just kept getting faster (except Jackie...she got pregnant and stayed fast the entire time!!)! LOL. The remaining 8 miles averaged 8:23/mile which is in my pace range for the workout. Run highlights: Opossum sighting of which I missed, Marion screaming when she saw it, Jeanne at the top of the hill acting like a possum, our resident zoologist (Dani) telling us all about opossums, and Jackie saving me from a car driving too damn fast around the traffic circle.
    (s)miles in Dublin. [Jeanne, Jackie, Marion, ME, Dani]
  • 7/19: Yoga, 50 minute class at the Y; Shoulders, 30 minutes. Running rest day for me! I had a late start to my work day so I was able to check out a morning yoga class at the Hilliard Y.
  • 7/20: 10 miles, 8:46/mile. Track day! Fartlek Workout: 5.36 mile warm up, 12 x 1 minute hard/easy (approx. 3 miles), 1.64 cool down. I had a lot on my mind this morning. Running alone in the dark always has me on edge, but it's my reality some days. The positive is that it allows for prayer time. The word "excuses" was stuck in my brain. I was exposed to many situations the hours leading up to this in which people seemed to have excuses. I was trying to work through this and how it was affecting me, etc. I let out my frustrations via a conversation in my head, but the run just wasn't clearing my mind. When I got to the track to start my intervals, it all seemed to go away as I was focusing on each faster minute. As I headed home for my cool down, I still couldn't shake the thoughts from my head. This might be the first time a run couldn't clear my mind!
    The moon kept me company.
  • 7/21: 8 miles, 9:16/mile. This week I promised my pal I would start intentionally putting an easy, not too short run the day before my long run. I haven't been avoiding it on purpose...I've just been scheduling as it fit more conveniently to my personal schedule as well as when I could find partners. That changes NOW! I will do what I have to do to run strategically...even if it means running solo. I met Jessie in Gahanna for some easy miles. We weren't sure how the weather would play out. It rained very little, maybe only a minute, but it was lightning throughout the entire run. It seemed to be far away, but still a little scary. Probably not my smartest decision! The air was super thick, but we survived the run. It will only make us stronger, right?!
  • 7/22: 17 total miles: 8.75 @ 9:15, 8.25 @ 8:19. That storm, though?! Wowza. I planned to run some miles with Katie and Tamara, and we had our eyes stuck on the weather apps. Begrudgingly, we decided to meet at 5:30 a.m. thinking we'd have just enough time to finish before the storm hit. Not so much! We were about 8 miles into our run when it started getting very dark behind us. We stopped to check the radar to make a decision. We were pretty close to Katie and Tamara's homes and not as close to our vehicles. We decided to play it smart and run to Katie's house. Halfway through that mile, it got BAD...wind, lightning, rain. Crazy pants. We hauled ass to Katie's garage, dried off, and Katie drove us to our cars. I wasn't looking forward to finishing on the treadmill, but glad I had that as an option. Also, it would help me keep pace for my race pace miles (trying to look at the positives!). I got on the treadmill, ran 1.25 miles to reach 10, and set it to 7.3 mph (8:13/mi) for the final seven. Things started getting mentally tough during my fourth race pace mile, but that only lasted a mile...thank goodness! I'm just happy everyone came out of this run without a scratch.
    Compression and coffee in a mug...my Saturday regulars.
  • 7/23: 6.10 miles, 9:15/mile; Hatha Yoga Class, 1 hour. I had this new route in my head that incorporated the new trail section in Gahanna, BUT I missed my turn and we didn't get as much of an adventure as I had intended. Of course, it was crazy humid making it tough to warm up. Once we got past the first half of the run, we were cruising right along. I was surprised at how good my legs felt during this run. Sure, the pace was easy, but I've had some easy paced runs feel pretty crappy!
    I love my Sunday morning chaos...most of the time.
 
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I am SO happy with how this week ended. I know there are people that run WAY more than I do, but getting 55 miles this week was a HUGE milestone for me. It's been a long time since I've done that. Fourty-one miles the last four days including speed work and race pace miles...I'll take it!
 
My only annoyance right now is my left hip tightness. I've been so focused on loosening up my right piriformis (the one that was causing my radiculopathy), that I've neglected my left hip tightness as well as my back tightness. My left glutes have been getting a lot more attention the past three days. The tennis ball has been my best friend. It's feeling much better today so I'm hoping that trend will continue. Again, if it  doesn't subside completely in a couple more days, I will make a date with the massage therapist.
 
This coming week, I will be enjoying my first 20 miler of the training session!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CSWS: Week 8

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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A date with my boy.
Halfway there!!! I've finished week 8 and the second of four training blocks. This block continued to incorporate all of the various types of runs (listed at the end of THIS post), but increased mileage and intervals as well as incorporating race pace miles in two of my long runs. My weekly mileage ranged from 44 to just over 50 miles. Fifty miles is what I peaked at for my first two postpartum marathons this year. I'm excited to venture towards the upper 50's again. I hope my body can handle it!

Black beans!!
At the beginning of this week, I was dealing with a tight calf and piriformis in my right leg...same one I had issues with earlier this year. It felt as tight as it did the month before I ran the Little Rock marathon. I ended up getting a massage a few days before I ran that race. I decided, if the tightness persisted after the weekend, I would probably fork out the cash to get another massage. It really seemed to help the first time around. It never bothers me while running...just during the day when I'm sitting in my car. I was definitely getting referred pain from my sciatic nerve being compressed. Fortunately, the tightness seemed to subside by Friday and never really came back after my long run (which I suspected might irritate it). 
 
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  • 7/10: REST. I'm pretty sure I did nothing at all. My legs definitely needed a break.
  • 7/11: 6 miles, 9:55/mile; Chest/Back/Glutes, 40 minutes. Today's workout included hill repeats. I met some ladies at the Hoover Dam for 10 x 30 second hill sprints. Warm up, recoveries, and cool down were slow. I definitely worked hard on my sprints, though. Doing the hills probably didn't help out my tightness issue, but the workout needed to be done!
    Morning view.
  • 7/12: 6.01 miles, 8:39/mile. Today called for an easy run. I met up with Jackie and Marion in Dublin!
    Stoplight selfie! [Marion, ME, Jackie]
  • 7/13: 10 miles, 8:40/mile. Workout: 4 mile warm up, 6 miles progressing 8:15 (MP) to 7:45(HP). I couldn't find a partner for this workout!! Ugh. I was a little nervous about getting up early and running solo. Historically, I find an excuse not to run anytime I'm put in this situation. I prefer not to run alone in the dark. Because of my reservations, I decided to run two 5 mile loops so that I was decently close to home at all times. Let's talk about the weather...it decided to get really hot and humid this week. Today was no joke! Garmin tells me it was 79 degrees when I was running. I didn't check the humidity before my run, but it was 92% when I finished. Geez. I could feel it! My warm up was incredibly sluggish (look at those splits! LOL).
    I didn't know how I was going to hit these paces. I kept telling my self I could shorten the number of fast miles...but then I felt as if I would have been cheating myself out of a workout. I decided to would target MP for 2 miles, 8:00 to 8:05 for two miles, then work my way towards 7:45 for the last two (actual splits above). The entire workout was a struggle. I felt like I was fighting for every second. So frustrating. I wasn't nervous at all about hitting these paces when I saw the workout. I was more concerned about being alone. When I started running, I knew it would be a tough day. I'm just happy I survived without getting struck by lightning (the weather was eerie).
  • 7/14: Yoga, 40 minutes. I did a workout from Yoga Journal magazine. I was hoping to find a private room at the Y, but they were having classes. I had to do it in public! Ugh. I'm sure I looked like a weirdo.
  • 7/15: 18.03 miles, 9:13/mile. I was really looking forward to my long run this week. It's been a while since I've hit that number! Also, I didn't have to add any race pace miles so there was nothing to be afraid of. I met up with several of my regulars in New Albany for a little exploring. It was a gorgeous morning! So much cooler than the crazy ass weather we had at the end of the week.
    My favorite part about Saturday.
  • 7/16: 5.29 miles, 9:29/mile; Hatha Yoga Class, 1 hour. I met Sarah K about 3 minutes from my house for an easy run. I needed this run! My pelvis was a little stiff/sore from my long run, and this was just what I needed to help loosen it up.
    It was a skirt kind of day.
 
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This coming week should definitely hand me some challenges. I'll increase my mileage to 55 including only one running rest day. Postpartum, I ran just 4 days a week except for my 50 mile weeks (ran 5 days during those weeks). It's been two years since I've done this so I'm a little nervous. I'll certainly continue to listen to my body, but I'm hoping my body brings me success!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

CSWS: Week 7

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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This week, I needed to figure out how to arrange my training with a random 5k on Tuesday. I didn't want to replace my steady state or fartlek workout because they are important to my training. Amanda helped me decide to just put it in place of one of my easy runs. Since this week is a 50 mile week for me, I turned race day into a 10 mile day to pack on the extra miles.
James earned a "guys night" since he pooped in the toilet and didn't have any accidents. Part of guys night was going with daddy to get a hair cut. Love my handsome boy!!

This week was also a struggle of the mind. Negative thoughts started creeping in about my ability to BQ. Am I going to be ready for this by September 10th?! UGH...I still don't know. You bet your ass I'm going to try, but there's still that part of me that doubts my ability to make it happen. In the midst of my mental struggle, I decided to look for a half marathon to run in the next few weeks (this was some advice received from Amanda). The thought was that it would give me an idea of my abilities and help me figure out areas of weakness.

At first, the thought was nauseating. I really didn't want to run a half marathon. When I started stressing about my ability to BQ, I was on board for a half. I actually found a half that I was interested in running. I kept the registration page opened on my computer and kept looking at it over and over trying to make a decision. After a few days of thinking about it, I realized the race is the same day as Ruthie's birthday party! BOO!!! Now I'm back to just trusting my training and hoping for the best. If I don't get it, there are still hundreds of other marathons!
This little sweetie is now 11 months old!

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  • 7/3: 6 miles, 9:34/mile. I met with some ladies in Westerville for an easy stroll through I'm not sure where because I was lost the entire time. Sarah D has a way of throwing me off in a place I thought I knew like the back of my hand! I was hoping this run would have felt amazing and easy since I had a race the next day...Umm...it did not. It was awful. I will gladly welcome the same company, but I would love to forget the way I felt! All I kept thinking the rest of the day was the fact that the 5k was going to suck if my legs didn't feel better.
    We love America! [Elizabeth, Tracey, Katie, ME, Sarah D.]
  • 7/4: 2.13 mile warm up, 9:45/mile; 3.06 mile race, 7:11/mile; extra 4.86 miles, 9:04/mile. My goal was to get 10 miles for the day.
    Post-race smiles with Sarah K.
    After the race, we had family time at the Gahanna parade followed by Taco Tuesday at Local Cantina. No better way to celebrate the America than with tacos and margs. Not running related, but my heart freaking melted seeing James at the parade. He had a blast. He did such a good job sharing candy with the other kids. I think his favorite part was the marching band...be still my heart!
    He's so excited to see the marching band coming down the street!
  • 7/5: Bis/Tris/Abs, 45 minutes. No running for me today. I was so sore from that race! I couldn't believe it!!
  • 7/6: 9.16 miles, 9:09/mile. It was track day again! This week, my fartlek intervals were increased to 3 minutes (with 2 minute recovery). In my quest to respect the appropriate training paces, I was targeting 7-7:05/mile pace rather than dipping into the 6's like I did the other weeks. Since I am distance-minded, I used a calculator to determine that I needed to run 683 meters (to be exact). I hit my target distance range each interval and tried not to pay too much attention to my watch. Thank goodness I was joined by some of my New Albany running group friends so that I could stay motivated. As you can see in my splits, I wasn't super motivated during my warm up and cool down!

  • 7/7: Shoulder workout, 45 minutes. I got to workout with my boo. I was in a bad mood, but the workout made me feel better.
  • 7/8: 17.01 miles, 8:45/mile. This week's long run called for 5 race pace miles. I ran 9 easy, 5 faster, and 3 more easy (faster splits: 7:48, 7:56, 8:11, 8:05, 8:05). My target race pace range is 8:12-8:15 so my first two were way too fast. I got into a good groove the third mile and was almost perfect. I tried to feel the same groove on the last two rather than look at my watch, but they were just a tad fast. I felt so much better during this run than I did during my 15 miler last weekend. LR factoids: My first run EVER with Lindsey...we heard a tree snap and fall into the river (sounded like fireworks and/or guns) SCARY...the first time I've had to poop during a long run in YEARS, and, thankfully, there was a toilet!!
    We had to stop for a photo with The Shoe. [Tamara, Marion, Lindsey, ME, Dani]
  • 7/9: 8.4 miles, 8:23/mile. I met up with some friends in Dublin for my last run of the week. Although I felt great yesterday, my legs were so tired this morning. I had to do my steady state run which is faster than my easy pace, but not quite as fast as race pace. Fortunately, it was a nice cool morning, but the humidity was still up there. My legs were tired the entire time! If it hadn't been for the company and the Spanish lesson, I would have given up on trying to stay in my pace range. I'm looking forward to my rest day tomorrow!
    Post-run multi-tasking...coffee, kiddos, stretching!
 
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I had a pretty solid week of training. My legs are tired after this weekend...as they should be! I hit my first 50+ mile week since I was training for Carmel. Next week, I cut back just slightly on total weekly mileage to end Block 2 of my training program....that means 9 more weeks until race day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Albany Independence Day 5k


I hate 5Ks. This is not a new complaint. I'm honestly not sure why I do them sometimes...especially in the blazing summer. That seems to be the only time I do them...WHY?! I suppose what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I have this inner desire to be good at these shorter distances. It just hasn't happened yet. If I could just freaking BQ in a marathon, I can forget about that goal and move on to improving my 5k, 10k, and half.
 
Rant over.
 
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I was asking my new running friend, Sarah K, if she was running on the 4th. In a matter of minutes, she registered to run it with me! Ha! I'm usually the one being peer pressured, so it was nice to dish it out.
 
I usually only have one goal for my 5Ks. For this race, it was to beat my last 5k (22:14 BUT on a slightly short course...7:21/mile per Garmin). I'm still trying to work towards my PR from the summer of 2015 (21:38). I did my typical 2 mile warm up and joined the New Albany MRTT ladies for a group picture.

New Albany Moms Run This Town Crew.
Nerves were very present from the time I woke up. I absolutely do not understand why I would ever get that nervous about a 5k. So stupid. My stomach was in knots, I couldn't make myself eat, and all I could think about was every reason I should fail today. UGH!! I couldn't even carry on a decent conversation with Sarah because I was a hot mess. I saw a couple of people I knew in the crowd, but it just didn't distract me enough from the [hopefully] fast death I was about to put myself through.
Post-race with Sarah K.
 
It was FINALLY time to start, and we lined ourselves up towards the front of the pack. There was no organization at the start line, but I looked at results from previous years to get an idea of how close I should be to the front. The next thing I knew, they said "One minute until we start!" OMG.
 
My goal was to stay as close to a 7 minute mile as I could for the first mile. The two races I did the month before were 7:11 and 7:07...I really needed those few seconds to get my time down. I tried not to look at my watch too much and just get into some kind of groove. I looked at my pace in the first half mile to make sure I wasn't going too fast. Mile 1 clocked in at [6:54]! Ok...good start.
 
I was starting to feel the heat about this time. I just told myself to keep moving my legs no matter how my body was telling me it felt. Halfway through the second mile, the faster girls caught up and passed me...at least three or four of them. I'm not competitive enough to let this bother me...sometimes I wish I was! I hated this mile because we had to run over this wooden bridge. The change felt weird under my feet, and I just didn't like it! I had to re-find my groove after that. Mile 2 clocked in at [7:20].
 
I was o.k. with that split. Historically, in 5Ks, my first mile is the fastest, the second is usually my slowest, then I get a bit of a kick at the end. This race was slightly different than my typical 5K. The heat was starting to get to me. I carried a hand-held water bottle so I was trying to focus on hydrating myself. I looked at my current pace and it read "7:50." Just as I thought I might give up, I saw one of the leading ladies walking. As I passed her, I tried to encourage her to keep going. She told me she had just battled breast cancer. I told her to keep going and finish with me! The fact that she was out there put a fire in me. I couldn't let myself finish with a mile that slow. I tried my best to forget about my surroundings and finish the best that I could in that moment. I managed to run mile 3 in [7:25]. Meh. I then rounded a corner to take the straight-away to the finish. I dry heaved for a minute or so after finishing. At least I had proof that I tried!
Apparently, I can run 5:23 for at least 0.06 miles. Bahaha!! 

My official finish time:

22:01.

I know Garmins aren't perfect but I like to go by my overall average for my small races to help me see my improvement. My Memorial Day 5k averaged 7:22. The Chloe 5k a week later averaged 7:21. I improved by 10 seconds per mile!

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I'm inching closer and closer to my old running self. There are so many areas in which I need to improve...pretty much all of them need to improve! LOL. I'm not unhappy with my progress, I'm just impatient. Right now, running a good marathon is my main focus. After I qualify for Boston, I can focus more on the shorter races. I just want to do it all, and that's just not possible.
 
 


Sunday, July 2, 2017

CSWS: Week 6

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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Took Roop on her first wagon ride!
 
I was really nervous about my training week. I had two speed workouts that seemed as if they'd be too difficult to achieve. Initially, I was supposed to run long on Friday which meant I'd likely be extra tired from my workouts the two days before. I'm glad that changed! I ended up surviving the week and inching closer to a 50+ mile week.
 
I made a comment mid-week that I "feel like a marathoner again." After my first two runs of the week being 10 and 9 miles, it never occurred to me that this was abnormal. I mean, it's totally normal, right?! Even though I ran the two marathons earlier this year, my body didn't feel like a marathoner. I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting a little speed back. I just need to prove it by having a good race!
  • 6/26: 10 miles, 8.:14/mile. This was labeled as a track day on my program, but doing more than one 1600 on a track is rubbish.Workout: 3 mile warm up, 4x1600m with 800m recovery, 1 mile cool down (interval goal, progress from 7:45 to 7:25). I met up with Kimberly and Karen at the wee time of 4:30 a.m. ICK. I failed in the pacing department and went a little fast. It all went downhill on the third interval. My first two splits were 7:35 & 7:27...in my range, but on the faster end. The third interval was 7:18. Apparently I got a little excited. I had a decision to make...slow down and make my last interval in my intended range OR go for 7:17 so I could have progressive/negative splits. Naturally, I chose to go for the negative split. I figured it wouldn't be a big deal. The beginning of the last interval was on an incline, and I was nervous that I wouldn't get my goal. Because of that, I suppose I ran a little too fast thinking I needed to make up for it. The last interval was 7:03. Sure, I was happy with my workout, but I should probably be a little more disciplined.
    Sarah Marie Design Studio has so many awesome shirts that I'm too cheap to buy!
  • 6/27: REST. I actually would have loved an easy run today, but I had to place my rest day here due to other commitments.
    Snuggles with my main lady. She got tubes in her ears this week. Poor booger.
  • 6/28: 9 miles, 8:31/mile. Tempo Run. My program defines my tempo run pace as 7:37 to 7:21. Today, I ran a 3 mile warm up, 3 miles at tempo pace, and a 3 mile cool down. My faster splits were 7:30, 7:25, and 7:19. I was fortunate to run during the day (it was gorgeous out!!), but I didn't have the advantage of sleeping in either! Ruthie had to be at the surgery center at 6:30 a.m. to get tubes in her ears so I was up at 5:30. Although I was sleepy, I was super happy with my workout. The first two faster miles felt great, but the last half mile of the final one got a little sweaty. Although it was a more mild day, the sun was blazing. I'm hoping I at least got a tan out of the deal!
    Sun, sun, and more sun!
  • 6/29: 6.31 miles, 8:23/mile; Chest/Back workout, 30 minutes. I've been trying to connect with long lost running friends. I couldn't pass up an opportunity with Jackie and Marion. They were running long, but let me tag on for a short run. I was glad for some heat exposure. I don't want to turn into a sissy.
    Not too bad for 88+ degrees! Lots of water was imbibed.

  • 6/30: 7.69 miles, 9:11/mile. I've officially let false precipitation predictions control my running life. If you remember last week, it showed 80% chance of storms for my long run and then did nothing. I was initially planning my long run for today, but had basically no sleep due to a cranky baby. I was trying to figure out how to arrange my remaining runs based on the fact that it was supposed to storm Saturday morning. At the last minute, Amanda helped convince me to knock out my 7 miler today and do my long run on Sunday just in case. When I realized I was 7.69 miles away from running 180  miles this month, I opted for the extra 0.69! It was a nice solo run from my house through Creekside.
    Another Creekside run.

    Pre-run monthly total...180, baby!
  • 7/1: Abs/Glutes, 15 minutes. I wanted to make time for a little more but crap happens! I won't even make an excuse.
  • 7/2: 15.01 miles, 9:16/mile; Hatha Yoga Class, 1 hour. I made it happen, but I'd rather forget the last three miles! Fortunately, I had Katie and Meg to keep me company for 9-ish miles...those were some good miles! It started feeling so hot after that. The sun was blazing! I tried running on sidewalks to get as much shade as I could. Then I ran out of water! UGH. I will officially end my complaints. Got it in...glad it's over.

Workin' on those guns. Bahaha!!!
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As I evaluate my week, I'm feeling convicted about going too speedy on my speed days. I was telling my coach friend, Amanda, that I feel a little lost regarding how fast I really am at the moment. I mean, my training paces have been based on my goal marathon pace of 8:12/mile. I just don't know if I have the ability to do that yet. The only other thing I've raced since the Carmel Marathon is a couple of 5k's...and I mostly sucked at those. I know I should schedule a half marathon before Erie, but I just don't want to run a serious summer half. This time of year is busy enough, and I don't want to complicate it with another race. Next week, I'm going to try my best to stick closer to my intended paces.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CSWS: Week 5

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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Such a sweet face to come home to.
 
I'm not so full of words today. I guess I had a pretty good training week. I had to switch things around a bit in order to do my long run on Friday. I introduced Sarah K. to my crazy love for the track, and FINALLY got to enjoy a run with Sarah D and company. A little weather drama led to an unexpected successful 16 miler, and I ended the week with a run at my favorite place in Columbus.
 
  • 6/19: 8.12 miles, 8:47/mile. I guess overall average doesn't matter since it was track day. Workout: 2 mile warm up, 12 x 1 minute fartleks with 1 minute recovery, 3 mile cool down. I ran my warm up solo from my house to meet Sarah at the track. I imagine she wanted to kill me for making her meet me so early (we usually meet at 5:30!). Ha! I'm glad she joined me because we killed that workout!! I ran about the same distance as I did 4 weeks ago when I had 1 minute intervals (approx. 250-275 meters) meaning I ran in the high 5s and low 6s for that short distance. I was feeling good for the first five, but started feeling it after that. It was hard and glorious at the same time. After the intervals, Sarah and I ran to her car, and I finished my cool down in my hood. It was nice running on my home track for a change.
    Love my Asics.
  • 6/20: 6 miles, 8:52/mile; Arm workout, 30 minutes. I posted looking for an easy run for today and Sarah D. made it happen for me (along with some other ladies). I don't always have the chance to run with her (which makes me sad, y'all). I woke up expecting to run in the range of 9:30-10. I let Sarah take the lead so I wasn't tempted to go too fast...I wanted my easy day! Umm...this girl, the same one that denies she is fast, ran us to an 8:52 average!! I was impressed, but also fully ready to blame her if my legs didn't feel rested for my steady state run tomorrow. ;)
    The Tuesday Crew! [Beth, Emily, ME, Jen, Sarah, Elise]
  • 6/21: 8 miles, 8:46/mile; Yoga in the Park, 1 hour. Steady State Run (5 miles at 8:22-8:32, 10-20 seconds slower than race pace). A huge group of us met for our respective speed workouts...well, the others were running speedy...Katie and I ran a more moderate pace. I was happy she was willing to stick with me for this one. I had a rough start because sleep has been lacking. I warned everyone that I was in a "mood." Katie refused to let me feel like crap and chatted me up until my attitude turned around. Miles 5-7 felt a little challenging because we were going up a slight incline most of the time. Not gonna lie...I was ready for that cool down mile. Just wasn't my best run. I should've felt better. My steady state splits were 8:27, 8:32, 8:33, 8:17, 8:20. Later that evening, I joined Sarah K. for a free yoga event in Dublin to celebrate International Yoga Day.
  • 6/22: Rest...from running anyway. I did a quick 15 minute ab workout after work (along with foam rolling of the butt). After the kids went to bed, I practiced some yoga moves. I was so close to doing my long run tonight. I planned to do it Friday morning so my husband and I could enjoy a night out on Friday (and the opportunity to sleep in on Saturday). The freaking forecast sucked. Ugh. I was so pissed. Looks like I'll be running long on very little sleep and a potential hangover.
  • 6/23: 16 miles, 8:51/mile. So...as you read from yesterday, I thought I was stuck running long on Saturday. I randomly woke up at 4:20 a.m. and decided to check my phone for some reason. I had a text from my friend Jessie that the weather was clear and a group was still running 7 miles at 5 a.m. I looked at the weather to see if it would be clear for my entire run...NOTHING! I was slightly annoyed because I had already given up on running long today and had nothing prepped. I'm so glad I got out of bed because I would have regretted missing the opportunity to get this run out of the way. I scrambled to get dressed, get my fluids, nutrition, and gear gathered, and head out the door. I ran my first 7 with Katie, Jessie, and Tamara (9:44, 9:23, 9:08, 9:14, 9:05, 9:08, 9:18).
    Just missing the life of the party (a.k.a. Katie). [Tamara, Jessie, ME]
    I was solo for the rest of it, but surrounded by a lot of fellow runners on the road. I convinced myself that I couldn't tolerate race pace miles today. I was mentally prepared to fail, but I also didn't care. I just wanted to get the miles. As I was approaching 10 miles, I remembered Tamara telling me that I didn't necessarily have to do 4 race pace miles in a row. She suggested splitting it up with recovery periods. I decided to try mile 11 at race pace to see how I felt. It actually felt awesome so I decided to try another one. Those two miles were 7:57 & 8:06 (goal was 8:12 so a little fast). It was gel time so I decided to just do a recovery mile (8:56). I followed that up with two more faster miles (7:55, 7:53) and a cool down mile (8:43). Phew. DONE. Now I can go party it up with my boo.



  • 6/24: Rest. Enjoyed some amazing time with my family. Such a great day.
    Breakfast for two. [South of Lane]

    Muffin making with Baby Boo.

    My sweet lady.
  • 6/25: 6.27 miles, 9:51/mile; Hatha Yoga class, 1 hour. Highbanks...my favorite place to run. It's pretty and hilly. What more could a runner ask for?! I got to see some new faces and faces I haven't seen in a while. I got to run with Theresa for the first time in forever and even enjoyed a walking cool down with her so that we could catch up on some things. It was certainly a great start to my day.
    
    What a crew we had at Highbanks! [Rachel, Elizabeth, Theresa, Hannah, Meg, Megan, Chris, ME]
    
 
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I have what appears to be a tough week ahead of me. Once again, I have to do my long run on Friday morning so that makes things a little screwy. If I can survive this week, I'll feel like a running queen.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CSWS: Week 4

Can't Stop, Won't Stop
 
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Crazy about this girl.
My friends really stepped it up this week and volunteered to run with me! It was awesome! I had a busy work week so waking up early was my only choice. Being peppy was quite the struggle.

It was tough fitting in those strength workouts because of my work schedule. I usually have time between seeing my last patient and picking up the kids. This week, I didn't have that luxury. I was still able to get in three strength workouts, but it wasn't as convenient.
 
  • 6/12: 8.09 miles, 8:12/mile. Race pace day. Workout goal: 2 mile warm up and cool down, 4 miles progressing from 8:15 to 7:45 (marathon pace to half pace...I'm not really sure what my half pace is right now so I used a few pace calculators to come up with a number). My faster splits were 8:14, 7:53, 7:32, and 7:22. I enjoyed my time with Kimberly and Karen! They always make me feel fast...or slow if I end up way behind them! LOL.
  • 6/13: 5 miles, 9:39/mile; Chest/Back, 30 minutes. I'm pretty sure it's been a bazillion years since I've run with Beth. We had an exchange to make (pie dishes and pot holders for baby diaper covers...you know, normal mom stuff) so we met up for some easy miles. Elizabeth was looking for a partner so she hopped in with us. All I really remember is humidity and bugs...lots of bugs in the mouth.
    I'm wearing a shirt?! [ME, Elizabeth, Beth]
  • 6/14: REST.
  • 6/15: 4.35 miles, 9:17/mile. Gahanna with Sarah! So, those strides...I was supposed to do them after my run today, but I had so many excuses!! LOL. I had to poop...my baby was waking up as I was headed out for my run so I was anxious to get back home to her...I'm doing hill repeats tomorrow so that's a good workout, right? Ugh. I'm usually not full of excuses, but today is the day. When it comes to these strides, I need someone to hold me accountable.
  • 6/16: 6 miles, 9:29/mile; Leg workout, 45 minutes. Hill Repeats! Workout: 2 mile warm up, 10x30" sprint repeats, 2 mile cool down. It was my lucky day because Ellen and Melissa had hill repeats! They had a different workout, but it's always good to have company when you are going up and down a hill repeatedly. LOL. We warmed up together, knocked out our individual workouts, and ran our cool downs separately. I appreciated the company of these awesome ladies. I did not appreciate the creepy raccoon running from the trash can.
    Gorgeous, sweaty morning at the dam. [Melissa, ME, Ellen]
  • 6/17: 15 miles total including 6 miles solo, 9:04/mile, and 9 more miles (8 with Andrea and 1 more solo), 8:47/mile. Such a hot morning! Oh my goodness. I didn't sleep well the night before and was not-so-wide-awake before 5 a.m. I knew I was meeting Andrea at 7 a.m. so I decided to get my ass out of bed and do the rest of it beforehand. Starbucks is just a mile from her house so I parked there and got 6 miles before our meeting time. We did the 8 miles together before I headed back to Starbucks for a fat passion iced tea. The miles seemed to fly by and I didn't even notice I ran 15 miles until I was by myself the last mile. It was freaking hot outside! I didn't check the humidity, but it had to be in the 80s or 90s. Ick. My legs felt tired...probably from my workouts the day before. Despite this, it felt great to get in 15 miles! My longest run since the Carmel Marathon.
    I always love meeting new running friends! [Andrea, ME]
  • 6/18: Hatha Yoga, 1 hour. I haven't been to my yoga class in three weeks! UGH. Life. I was happy to make it back there.
    Berry picking with my first born.
 
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This week ended "block 1" of marathon training. The program I am following is 4 blocks consisting of 4 weeks each. Block 1 gave me a taste of the different types of runs in the program: steady state, fartleks, tempo, track, strides, long runs, easy runs and hill repeats. I stayed conservative with my weekly mileage (running between 36-40 per week) so that I could see how my body responded to the speedier workouts. I seemed to do really well, so I'm planning to step it up a bit for this next block (hoping to get my first 50 mile week since training for Carmel). 
 
Block 2 will have the same type of workouts, but will step it up in mileage. It will also start to incorporate race pace miles in my long runs. Up to this point, my long runs have been all easy paced miles. I'm looking forward to the added challenge!