Marathon Training {Week 8}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

Rest day!

Tuesday

I started my run later in the morning due to the amazing weather in Indiana. Tuesday was speed work and my workout included the following.

1.5 mile warm up
1 mile (goal pace 8:45-9:15)
.5 mile recovery
Repeat 2 times
1.5 mile cool down

I started out really well, even with the rolling hills in my parent’s neighborhood. My warm up was pretty quick at a 9:40 pace and my first mile repeat was an 8:40 pace. My recovery run took me to the end of the sidewalk on whatever street I was running on, so I turned around. My second mile repeat was 8:46. I was feeling really good at that point knowing I only had one more left. I ran up a hill during my .5 mile recovery but I was ready to tackle my third mile. During my third mile repeat, I looked down at my watch and it was paused. I was so upset. I have no idea what happened, how long it had been paused, or what my watch was doing at that point. I was so annoyed that I decided to just stop the workout and run. Since I was closer to my parent’s house again, I stopped at 6 miles, though I was supposed to do 7 total. The positives of my run was that I crushed the first five miles of my workout, the weather was amazing, and I saw some good scenery on my run.

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Wednesday

I decided to sleep in, so I went to the Y after work for one mile on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. I haven’t gotten on the elliptical in a while because it started to hurt my feet. I was definitely feeling it the next day.

Thursday

Unfortunately, I was back in the heat and humidity for Thursday’s run. This run was a true testament that the weather really makes such a difference from one run to the next. Thursday was SO hard. My 6 miles ranged from 9:59-10:21 but I felt like I was running on empty. The run also took a lot out of me. It took me a good couple of hours to recover. I felt completely drained.

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Friday

After Thursday’s run, I decided to take another rest day before my long run on Saturday.

Saturday

Leading up to Saturday’s run, I felt the most nervous I have been through training. I’m not sure why 20 miles seemed so much longer than 18 miles which I just ran a couple weekends ago. Either way, it was weighing on my mind. Arriving home from my mini-vacation in Indiana on Tuesday night threw a kink in my week. I wasn’t eating very well and I didn’t do much to really prepare for my run. My alarm went off at 3:10am and it was go time. We started our run at 4:15am and set out to do 20 miles. We stopped to pick up new friends along the way which was super fun. The run was a struggle. It was the hardest run yet, both mentally and physically. I kept thinking about how I could have eaten better, stretched more, rolled my legs, etc. but I didn’t do any of those things. By miles 14-16, everything hurt. I finished. As I continued to think about it the rest of the day, I let up on myself a little bit. I ran 20 miles and that is something to be damn proud of! I now know how to better prepare for my 22 miler in a few weeks, so that’s a win too.

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Sunday

Greg and I took the kids to the Y so we could run next to each other on the treadmill. I did my 5 mile recovery run and felt pretty good afterwards. As the evening went on, my legs started to hurt more. I made a point to stretch and roll before bed!

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As week 8 comes to an end, I am officially halfway through our training plan! Only 8 more weeks to go!

Marathon Training {Week 7}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

After our crazy, busy weekend, I decided to take a rest day on Monday.

Tuesday

The plan called for 7 miles of hills, which meant we needed to find an overpass to run considering there are no real hills in Central Florida. We met at 4:30am for one warm up mile, then 5 miles of hills repeats. The overpass is about .3 miles long so we ran that thing 15 times! We ended with one cool down mile for a total of 7. My stomach was upset majority of the run so it was a struggle. I was so happy to be done!

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Wednesday

After sleeping in for the second morning this week, I decided I needed to do something when I got home from work. After the kids were in bed, I did a 25 minute yoga stretch workout from Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. It wasn’t a rigorous workout by any means, but it was better than sitting on the couch AND it forced me to stretch.

Thursday

I always look forward to Thursday runs after my Tuesday runs. This week I did 6 tempo miles and I actually kept them fairly consistent: 10:14, 10:04, 10:17, 10:42, 10:10, 10:09. I think next week I will dedicate my first mile to warm up, then concentrate on keeping the rest of the run consistent.

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Friday

Heather and I did our long run on Friday since I was leaving town early on Saturday morning. We ran 5:1 intervals (run for 5 minutes, walk for 1 minute) for the first 8 miles. I had to get back to the house so Greg could go to work, so I ran the last 6 miles on my own. I ran them pretty quick since I was racing against the clock. I felt pretty good afterwards aside from some sore toes.

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Saturday

I headed up to Indiana with the kids, so this was another rest day.

Sunday

The temps were much cooler in Indiana than in Florida so there was no rush in getting out the door for my recovery run. I finally got out there around 9am, which is unheard of in August. It was overcast and in the mid 60’s so I wanted to run forever! The rolling hills snuck up on me however and my legs were tired. I stopped after 4 miles though the plan called for 5, and I was perfectly fine with that decision. I am looking for one more cool weather run before I head back to the heat and humidity.

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Happy running!

monthly miles {july}

The hottest month of the year has come and gone. Here’s a recap of July!

Total miles: 133.19 — This is the most miles I have ever ran in one single month!

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Fun places I ran: I spent a lot of time in Seminole County this month. We ran in Oviedo and Winter Springs several times, on the overpass, road, and trail.

Races I ran: No races this month.

Favorite running thing this month: The list is long! I swear I pack a bag for each long run just to make sure I have everything. I will definitely do a post about marathon training essentials after this is all said and done. Two of my favorite things right now are the Honey Stinger Energy Chews and my Camelbak Hydration Pack. I have the Charm.

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Longest run: I hit my “longest run ever” three times this month when we ran 14, 16, and 18 miles. My longest run of the month (and of my life) was 18 miles on the Cross Seminole Trail.

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Non-running workouts: I spent a lot of time on the spin bike, both reading and chatting. I also went to piyo which was awesome!

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Next month: Marathon training continues and I’ve got a 20 miler on the schedule in just a couple of weeks. School also starts up in a couple of weeks, so our routine at the house will be changing. Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll be in the new swing of things!

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Happy running!

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Marathon Training {Week 6}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

After bragging last week about not missing a Monday, I missed a Monday. I traded my rest day for Monday after not sleeping very well and having super sore legs.

Tuesday

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to only see 4 miles on the schedule this week. My speed workout was 200m fartleks. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what in the world that means. Fartlek is a Swedish term that means “speed play”. Thanks Google. I really liked this workout and it went by so fast!

1 mile warm up
200 meters
30 second recovery
x 12
1 mile cool down

I couldn’t bring myself to put in my target pace as 7:45-8:15 because I didn’t truly believe that I could pull off paces that started with a 7. Once I got out there, I aimed for this pace, but my watch thought I was going for 8-8:30 so I heard the “slow down” beep a few times. My paces ranged from 7:51-8:18. and I only went over 8:15 for two splits. Now I just need to reflect this when planning for my future workouts.

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Wednesday

I rode on the spin bike and read for class.

Thursday

This was supposed to be another consistent tempo run and I thought it was going to be easy since it was only 4 miles, but it was the toughest run of the week. My splits were 10:31, 10:05, 10:14, and 10:11 but I struggled through every mile. It was crazy humid and I was spent.

After work, I headed back to the Y for piyo! It felt so good to stretch and get a good strength workout in.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

The schedule called for 10 miles on Saturday. It was nice to only run 10 miles which wee joked about it all week. We ran in our neck of the woods again, which meant I could sleep until 4:35am! The run was good, but really humid and then hot once the sun came up. We walked a little bit during the last few times, but we got it done!

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Sunday

I slept in on Sunday and put off my run all day since we were hanging out with friends and doing stuff around the house. I was planning to meet some of the girls at 5pm for our run, but of course it was raining. I opted for 4 miles on the treadmill at home. I am usually really bad about working out at home, but I got it done. After dragging all day long, I actually felt so much better.

Since our mileage dropped this week, I went into the week thinking it was going to the easy. I was very wrong. Coming off 18 miles on Saturday was hard and the cutback week was definitely needed. I struggled more this week than I expected.

Marathon Training {Week 5}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

I’ve been going strong with my Monday workouts. I hopped on the spin bike again at the Y and continued to read for class.

Tuesday

It was another speed work day with a total of six miles. I tried a new workout and did well, but not great.

1 mile warm up
800m
90 second recovery
repeat 6 times
1.3 mile cool down

My target pace for the 800s were 8:00-8:30 and my splits were 8:02, 8:18, 8:28, 8:29, 8:44, 8:38. I hit the first four and missed the last two. I did a good job of running on each of my 90 second recovery splits though so I was pleased with the workout overall.

Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

I attempted another marathon pace tempo run and didn’t do well for the second week in a row. My splits were 10:38, 9:54, 10:17, 10:53, 10:43, definitely not consistent! My goal for this coming week is to hit all of my tempo miles within 10-10:10.

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Friday

Heather and I caught up while we rode the spin bikes at the Y.

Saturday

The much anticipated long run was here. I picked up Michelle at 4am and headed to Oviedo to get on the trail. The first group started at 4:45am and we did 4 miles before heading back to meet up with the rest of the group. Once we were all there, we got on the trail to go out and back for the next 14 miles. After our first 4 miles, it was hard to get into the swing of it. The trail is great since it’s shaded, but it’s also pretty boring. We finally got into our groove at some point in the run. Our first check point was at McDonald’s so we had a potty and water break. Afterwards, we pressed on until our turnaround point where we still had 7 miles to go. We stopped at McDonald’s again which was good since my Camelbak was completely empty. Plain, ice cold water tasted so good at that point. We headed back, chugged along, and finished out our run. I ran 18 miles! I was certainly feeling it by that point, but overall it was a great run.

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Sunday

I slept in and met up with Michelle and Amanda for 5 recovery miles. We ran, talked, and did a little bit of walking. It was good to get my legs moving as much as I didn’t want to.

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I am looking forward to shorter runs this week!

Marathon Training {Week 4}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

I went to the Y and rode on the spin bike while I read for class. #multitasking

Tuesday

Speed work was on the agenda. I did my first ladder workout for a total of six miles.

1 mile warm up – 10:17
400m – 8:09
90 second recovery
800m – 8:21
90 second recovery
1200m – 8:26
90 second recovery
1 miles – 8:38
90 second recovery
400m – 8:21
1.75 miles cool down – 10:30

I hit or exceeded all of my goal paces for my workout and I felt really good.

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Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

This was supposed to be a tempo run, but it definitely did not turn out that way. My splits were 10:10, 9:48, 9:27, 10:10, 9:16. After the first four miles, I knew I wasn’t consistent so I picked it up on the last mile just so I could be done. It was a struggle and we were all really happy to be done.

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Friday

I took an extra rest day this week.

Saturday

My alarm went off at 3:42am for our 4:30am start time. We ran a route from Oviedo that took us through two different counties. Overall, I was really pleased with my run. It was better than our 14 mile run last week and we added on two miles! The last two miles were definitely hard and my legs were feeling it, but I ran my longest run ever — 16 miles!! I also found out later (the hard way) that I had some pretty bad chaffing, so I’ll definitely be taking measures to avoid that in the future.

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Sunday

I slept 10 hours Saturday night and it was much needed. I got in a five mile recovery run and shared two miles with Kenley while she rode her bike. It was hot!

Marathon Training {Week 3}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

I was able to go to the spin class at the Y on Monday since I had some extra time in the morning because the kids didn’t need to be dropped off at camp. There were only three of us in class due to the holiday and class was hard! My legs were so heavy after my weekend of running and piyo, but it felt great to start the week with a good sweat.

Tuesday

For the 4th of July, I headed out to run an overpass with the girls for our hills workout. We were able to start a little later at 6am since no one had to go to work. Our hills workout was one mile warm-up, four miles of hills, and one mile cool down. I absolutely crushed this workout! It was hard, but I felt so good afterwards. My pace was also considerably faster than I expected it to be. My splits were: 10:03, 9:06, 9:44, 9:33, 9:32, 10:00.

Afterwards, we took a family trip to the Y and I did some strength training (arms and abs).

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Wednesday

Rest day! But I’m also calling it a cardio day based on how much we walked after the Metallica concert at midnight.

Thursday

I opted to sleep in on Thursday morning since I didn’t get into bed until almost 1:00am. I headed to the Y after work to get in my 5 miles. Running on the treadmill is certainly not as fun as running with friends, but I did a fast 5 miles while I listened to a podcast.

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I did run into these ladies after they finished piyo!

Friday

I met Heather at the Y for some time on the spin bike. I hadn’t seen her all week so we caught up while getting our workout in for the day.

Saturday

Our long run on Saturday was from Oviedo to Winter Springs on the Cross Seminole Trail. My alarm went off at 4:10am and I was out of the house by 4:30am. It was so great to run in a different part of town and I just love the trail. We got in 14 miles! This was my longest run EVER! The last couple of miles ended up being tempo at a faster pace since Michelle had to get back to go home. Surprisingly, I was able to do it and it felt good. Painful, but good.

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Sunday

I had 4 miles on the schedule for my recovery run on Sunday. I ran 1 mile, then picked up the rest of the crew for a family fun run. I pushed Crosby’s in the stroller for 2 miles and we stopped at Starbucks to get coffees for later. I ran the last mile without pushing the stroller. It was so hot and a hard run, but I was thankful to have some great company!

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