Friday, June 17, 2016

Week in Review #2

Week 2: June 13 - 19

My training weeks run Monday to Sunday. I posted late last week so last week's long run is getting incorporated into this week too.

Saturday, June 11th - Long Run ~ 15 miles

From the first step out my door this run was difficult. My legs felt heavy and I was tired. The weather really plays a huge role for me. I like the temps hot and the sun shining.  It was chilly and cloudy and there was a threat of thunderstorms. I said it before, long runs are my weakness. I can't decide if it's mental or if there really is a barrier for me as the runs get up in distance.  I look back at last year and I only have one run, over 14 miles, that I would call successful.

Last weekend I didn't run my LR with music so I wanted to try it again. I feel like the run goes faster without music. I typically train (my easy runs) with music but I rarely race or do speed workouts with it. Something about it, when I'm trying to run faster, annoys me.

Most of the 15 miles 
I wasn't going to take pictures on this run but I couldn't resist this one LOL

In May, I started transitioning to sneakers for my longer runs because of the big toe joint that caused me so much pain after my Bridge Run (yes, race recap will eventually be coming) and I've actually done the majority of my runs since then in the sneakers instead of Vibrams.  Near the end of mile 4, I almost called My Musician to come get me because that toe was hurting so much. I've discovered how easily my mind can get my body to freak out. If I can find a way to run through the pain, for a short period, it will typically go away. When it doesn't, then I know it's a legitimate pain and not my mind panicking about the upcoming workout! The toe was really aching so I curled my toe and tried to ignore it. Then at the beginning of mile 5, as I was gasping up a hill, a bug decided to fly in my mouth, I bent over coughing and choking, I thew up and peed but the plus side was that in that moment and for the rest of the run, my toe no longer hurt.

I found Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel

As I was running on this very rural road, I had an eerie sense of just how secluded I was. There was no houses around, hadn't been for awhile and I had zero cell service.  Not a quarter mile later, as I was nearing the end of the road, a truck turned on to the road and pulled over. I'm sure it was totally innocent but it really creeped me out. Thankfully I was back in cell service, pulled my phone out and called My Musician.  The truck then drove away. I do use RoadID but it was nice to hear his voice, even for the few minutes we chatted, gave me a since of security.

It's amazing how 3 hours of my life can be focused down to the simple act of trying to breath well and putting one foot in front of the others as I struggle up a hill. 

Fueled with the Huma at 6.5 miles and the Huma+ at 10.7.  I tried the Huma+ during my marathon relay and really liked it.  I miss using the chia seed pancakes for fueling but it's just so hard for me to run faster, chew and breath so I've gone back to just using the Huma.

The hills will either kill me or make me stronger, not sure which yet. 

Ah, I love a glass of wine after my long run. Now that I'm marathon training again, it's the only time I'll have a glass. 

Tuesday, June 14th ~ Track Run

Tuesday track. I was so tired. I didn't get much sleep and I turned my alarm off, not wanting to get up. Thankfully I was supposed to meet a friend so that forced me out of bed. She wasn't able to make it, due to an injury, but I was grateful we had the plan so I was up and ready to head out. Then the awesome ladies in my FB messenger group made sure I kept my butt moving out the door. 

Over the winter I put the weight back on that I lost and it's really effecting my speed and after my warmup and first 400, I got annoyed at how my breathing felt.  I threw my planned workout out the window and decided to work on 400's for the next few weeks because I know how well they work to help me with my breathing. In a few weeks I'll get back into my marathon track workouts. 

Today's intervals:
1 mile warm up
5 x 400
1/2 mile cool down (pretty much only because I was sick of the track lol)

Wednesday, June 15 ~ Tempo Run

I didn't actually end up doing a tempo run per se but I ran with my Speedie Friend so it was definitely an effort workout.  She set the pace and I just tired to keep up. Looking at the splits afterwards, I was really impressed by her pacing.


It felt great to push myself. It was harder than the same pace was for me last year. It really accentuated just how out of shape I am right now, from where I was and want to be again. I got very dizzy at the end but I've felt that before in 5k's and some hard training runs. It's not a feeling I like but it's also not one that worries me.

Thursday, June 16 ~ Easy Run

Just an easy 5 miles. I wanted to do more but I was feeling the effects of the last couple days and I wanted to just give my legs a bit of a rest.

Friday, June 17 ~ Unplanned Rest Day

Today was a schedule run day but I decided to give myself a day off. I have a really busy weekend with family and I have a race tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a race that I ran for the first time last year, Vestal XX (it's a 20k).  Of course I'm totally second guessing myself and my ability to run this race.  A race report will be coming, I have to write the other two I haven't yet done first though!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Next Seventeen Weeks (and Week in Review #1)

I have been avoiding the blog world for awhile now. Sometimes I just don't know how to type all I'm thinking, there's a huge disconnect between the brain and the keyboard. I have three race reports to still type. I could just let them go but I do like to reread them when running races of equal distance, to remember how I fueled, how the race went, etc.

I've begun my next training cycle for my fall marathon.  It's early fall. I'm registered to run the Wineglass Marathon in October.  I've not yet had what I would call a good training cycle for a marathon. My two marathons have had injuries and then this last cycle, I let the weather and other things get in the way of proper training, which is why I downgraded from a full marathon the marathon relay. The race recap for that will be coming soon!

So I'm really hoping this will be a good training cycle. I finished June's schedule at the end of May and this week, I finally finished the rough outline for the entire training cycle.

This was my first week of my extended cycle. The long run is my biggest weakness and starting training early gives me a chance to do multiple weeks of the same LR distance. My first long run went really well and this weeks was one I survived.

Week In Review

Saturday June 4th ~ 13 miles

This was a good run. I normally run my long runs on the flatter roads and through town because I want them to be a "successful" run.  Rarely do I feel like my long runs are successful so I decided to run it on the hilly back roads around my house.  It was one of my best longs runs that I've had. I stopped and took way too many pictures but enjoyed every moment of the run, even when I was gasping up the hills.

This little guy greeted me at the beginning of my run
As I headed out the door at 6am, nature decided to harass me at various points of the run. I was almost hit by 2 robins fighting and flying straight for me, then a few miles later, a deer bolted out of the woods and almost ran into me. The scariest encounter yet was a squirrel, that I'm pretty sure was rabid, showing up on the side of the road. It sat there, barely able to hold itself up, looking nasty and mangy, wobbling side to side like a drunk. I had a pretty formidable hill in front of me and I knew I wouldn't be able to bolt up it if this psychotic looking squirrel decided to charge me.  I have no idea how I ran by it without tripping because I watched it more than the road.  I must have looked back 20 times as I went up that hill, sure that it somehow got up the energy to chase me and possible slaughter me on this back road.  The poor thing was in the middle of the road, just going in stumbling circles, over and over.  I was so grateful to put that critter behind me.

The fog on the hill and the pond were so pretty. 

I wish the picture reflected the hill, especially the one way in the distance.
The biggest downfall of these roads is that there is zero shoulder.

I love this barn

Oh my word, this hill doesn't look nearly as steep but it tried to kill me.
My favorite part of a hill is getting to the top,
turning around and seeing where I'd just conquered. 

The hill across from my daughters school.  

Monday June 6th

My Musician and I decided we wanted to run together but Tink didn't feel 100% so we ran in front of our house. We live on a hill and there's a straightway of a quarter mile. Quarter mile down the hill, quarter mile up a hill.  I wanted to run three miles but only could suffer through 2 miles of it. My Musician kept me moving and motivated. It was fun running the hills with him.

I found a website to figure out the Grade %.  This hill is 8.5% grade.
No wonder I always feel like I'm dying when I run this hill.

Wednesday, June 8th

Track run. I haven't done a speed workout in months. This one felt fairly easy but I'm not sure how many more laps I could have done. I did a ladder workout 200, 400, 600, 800, 600, 400, 200.  It felt so good to running those paces again! 

Friday, June 10th

Tempo run. I started the run thinking I would just run 6 easy miles. I got to the park, ran my first mile at 10:31 and felt really good. I decided then to do a progressive tempo. The next three miles were 10:18, 9:09, 8:34 with a recovery mile of 10:37.  It was a gorgeous day for a run and wish I could have actually run a bunch more miles but I knew I had my long run the next day. 

Pano of Corporate Drive, you can see Rt 81 right before the hill. 

This was a light running week. I know as the weeks go by this is going to get more intense. I remember last summer, sitting on the edge of my bed at 5 am wishing I could sleep in like normal people.  I'm actually looking forward to those days.  As My Musician would say about me, "I am a marathoner, I must run".

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