Marathon Training Week 11

I feel like I should title it “Marathon Training”. How can you call it training without even doing any running?!

This week actually went pretty well, even with no running.

Monday – I did pool running for 1 hour and 5 minutes. I think I did 900 yards. Sometimes I lose track of my laps 😉 It seemed like a good working, not like running but still a workout. I also did workout #9 of Better Body by Minimalism. After a week off from weights it was tough! I did some random core moves afterward. I also rode my bike to work and back, about 6.25 miles.

Tuesday – I did the spin bike for 45 minutes, mostly staying at gear 11, with some intervals mixed in at the end. Then I did elliptical for 35 minutes at level 6, just trying to keep my heart rate up. I also did a ZGYM workout, lower bodyweight moves and kettlebells. In the evening I did a 20 minute yoga routine aimed at the feet. It was…interesting!

Wednesday Pool running again, this time an hour and a half. I’m guessing about 1100 yards this time. My quads were definitely feeling it after this one. I was getting pretty worn out by the end of it! I also did another ZGYM workout, mostly kettlebells again. In the evening I did another yoga video, Stretch and Soothe with Adriene. I am really liking her videos!

Thursday – I did the spin bike for 1 hour. I tried to keep the rpms around 90, mostly on gears 10 and 11. Added 20 minutes of intervals at the end. I was dripping in sweat by the end! I also did workout #10 of BBBM. I made some good progress with my band pull-ups, most of them I was able to do with 1 knee instead of 1 leg. I also rocked my kettlebell swings at the end, doing two sets of 12 with my 44# bell 😀 In the evening I did some yoga, no video, just some vinyasas and deep stretching.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – were all ‘rest’ days. We went camping and had a blast!! We rented kayaks and spent a few hours on the reservoir paddling and fishing. We didn’t do much hiking, mostly just relaxed. It was a much needed break from work and we had a lot of fun.

This week hasn’t been as productive, but I’m still doing my best.

My new bike

I mentioned I got a new bike a couple of weeks ago. Here it is!

Isn't she lovely?!

Isn’t she lovely?!

So far I’ve taken it to work and back a few times, and went out for a long ride on the parkway trail. So far so good! Not that I really know anything about bikes though 😉 It is the Cannondale Quick Speed 2. I’m loving the disc brakes, like, a lot. I’m not looking to do super long rides or train for any bike races, more just for recreational riding. Like I said, so far I’m pretty happy with it! It is a lot easier to ride on the ride than my super old bottom-end Trek mountain bike.

I’ve been wanting a new bike for a while, and I figured that even if I just rode it in the evenings instead of sitting on the couch it would be worth it. And my daughter is so big now that she has grown out of her bike and taken over my old one anyway! So I needed one. I’ve since made a goal that I will ride to work instead of driving at least 3 times a week.

One thing I have noticed when wearing my Fitbit while riding is that it is pretty hard to get my heart rate up. Most of the time I’m around 115-125, compared to running at an easy pace where my heart rate would be 130-135. Since I will be using it to get some of my cross training in while I’m not running, I’d like to get that heart rate up if I can! So I’ll have to play with it some more and find what works.

 

Marathon Training Week 10

Well, it was not a good week here. After my long run, my left side was completely messed up. I don’t know what’s going on, but there is a spot on the inside of my calf, like right under the knee joint I guess? It was extremely sore and when I pushed on it, it HURT. So I spent the next few days just being depressed and wondering what in the hell I was going to do. I skipped a few workouts because things did not feel okay and I didn’t want to keep screwing my body up 🙁

Monday and Tuesday – No workouts.

Wednesday – Felt better, so I decided to try out a few miles. I ended up doing 4 miles. I started out in my minimal NB trail shoes, but it didn’t seem like a good idea so I went back home and changed into my Newton Gravity’s for the remaining 3. I was just going slow, trying not to feel pain. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great. 41 minutes, 9:56 pace. I also started riding my new bike to work! I rode about 6.3 miles in 35 minutes or so. Wasn’t exactly timing it. It went good, except I got a flat tire on my way in! I took it to REI and a really nice woman gave me a tire changing lesson.

Thursday – Didn’t have tons of pain from the day before, so I decided to run some intervals. Yes, I am brilliant, I know! I did 6.46 miles, warming up for 20 minutes before running 400s. It did not go well. For some of it, I didn’t have any issues. But that caught up with me. I said fuck it at 4 miles, turned off my watch, and started walking and trying not to cry. But I started my watch back up and finished the last of my intervals and a 10 minute cool down. 57:43, 8:56 pace. I still don’t know what the deal is, I was thinking it was bursitis, but I really don’t know. Anyway. This one left me feeling super depressed again, but I was happy that I knocked out the sub 8:00 intervals. I also did a ZGYM workout after my run.

Friday – Fed up, I finally decided to try pool running. I was SO nervous to do this! I know it sounds silly, but there were so many reasons I didn’t want to go, even though I really DID want to try it. I thought I would feel stupid, what if there were tons of people there? What if I couldn’t do it?! I just made myself get ready and go. I got to the pool at 5:05 am and there was hardly anyone there. Whew! I still had to make myself go from the locker room to the pool, and it was hard lol I finally got in the pool and ended up going for an entire hour! I don’t know if I was doing it right, but I just kept going. I felt like I got a good workout, and when I got out of the pool I could really feel my quads. I timed myself going across a few times, and I guessed that I was going the length of the pool in about 2 1/2 minutes. So I might have gone 600 yards. I was super glad that I went. I felt my knee a little here and there, but nothing major. I also rode my bike to work and back again, so another 6 miles or so.

Saturday – No workout.

Sunday – I thought about running, but in the end decided my knee wasn’t feeling good enough. So I got out on my bike! I rode first for an hour with my daughter, which was kind of just like a leisure ride 😉 After I dropped her back off at home I went back out for more of a workout. I ended up going 25.10 miles in 1:54:52/13.1 mph. Not bad! I felt my knee a little bit, but nothing  to talk about. I was glad to get out for that long and that far. Maybe I’ll go even longer next week if I still cannot run.

So not a stellar week by any means. But I still got some things done, and I think I’m finally in a better mood. I’ve been depressed and pissed off all week. It doesn’t really help. Whatever happens will have to be good enough. If I stay fit and strong, maybe I can still manage the marathon in just 8 weeks : O

Marathon Training Week 9

This week has been rough. My long run on Saturday got cut short by 3 miles because my left side just felt really out of whack. By the end of the day I couldn’t put any pressure on my left leg because my knee hurt so bad. And the next day I put on a sleeve and went walking all around our local amusement park, Lagoon. Maybe the dumbest idea ever?! But actually today it feels a lot better. I plan on wearing that sleeve again today and possibly doing weights, but otherwise resting today. I was able to take the day off from work. I hope that tomorrow I’ll feel good again. Anyway, here’s my workouts this week:

Monday – Better Body by Minimalism Workout # 7, plus spinning for 30 minutes. I’m just getting used to the spin bike again, so I did gears 10-12 for about 20 minutes, and a 5 minute warm up and cool down. It was tough!

Tuesday – 4 miles on the treadmill. I wore my minimal trail shoes and it went well. I am still very slow on the treadmill. I used to be able to run faster, but anymore I can only do 5.5 mph. Oh well. 43 minutes/10:45 paceIn the evening I also did a ZGYM workout and some stretching.

Wednesday – 8.04 miles pace. This was outside. I was aiming for 9 miles originally but only ended up with 8. I was doing pretty well with the pacing for the first 5 miles, but then it got really hard. My usual aches (left knee, right ankle) were bugging me. I foam rolled after my run. 1:12:48, 9:03 pace. In the evening I did a youtube yoga video and a short core routine.

Thursday – BBBM workout # 8 and spinning again for 35 minutes. This time I added some hard intervals for 5 minutes at the end of my workout before a long cool down. In the evening I did a yoga routine for runners.

Friday – 4 miles on the treadmill. This was the day that my knee started to feel shitty again. I wore my minimal shoes again. On the plus side, I had tried taping my ankle and that seemed to help a lot! I didn’t feel any aching/pain from my ankle. I ordered a bunch more tape so that I can keep doing that. 44 minutes/10:54 pace. I did the Cannonball routine after my run, and in the evening I did another yoga routine that used a foam roller, so it was like a two-in-one workouts 😀

Saturday – 10 miles. I wore a knee support sleeve for this one, even though I haven’t been doing that. I thought it would help. I felt okay for the first 5-6 miles, but things started to unravel quickly. I was also wearing the Hoka shoes I bought, which I took back later in the day for store credit. I don’t think they were doing me any good. I was having a really hard time mentally on this run. I tried running without the sleeve, and even ended up taking off my damn shoes for a mile or so lol That was probably a really stupid idea, even though it actually felt okay at the time. I ended up walking home 3 miles, trying not to cry the whole way. I did an ice bath when I got home, but as I said I could barely walk by the end of the day. 1:35:21, 9:30 pace.

Sunday – Rest Day.

I’m having such a hard time now staying positive about the whole thing. I really want it to work out, but I just feel like my body is crapping out on me, once again! I did not envision my training going this way. I thought I would be strong and I would be able to kill it, but it is so not happening. I still plan on making the changes to my workouts, and today I’ll go pay for a membership at the rec center so I can get to at least one day of pool running, maybe two. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to do more of other stuff and less running, but I can’t see continuing to break my body down and I just know that eventually I’ll get injured for real, and not be able to run at all. What I really need to do is listen to my gut, even though I’m not an expert on running. And quit googling running and injury stuff! I need to stick with my decision and see how it pans out. I hope this week goes better!

Changing it up

I think I mentioned that I am going to change my whole approach to this marathon training thing. I’ve decided (in my non-expert opinion) that I was just doing too much, and the back to back Saturday and Sunday runs were not doing me any favors. I didn’t have enough recovery time, and since I was doing pace runs on Saturday and then long runs on Sunday, I was just working too hard. My body couldn’t hold up. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! So what am I changing?

  • Running only 4 days a week instead of 5
  • Doing serious cross training 2 days a week, instead of just treadmill walking
  • Going to really look into pool running once a week, just need to make some phonecalls to see where I will get a membership and get an aqua jogger belt
  • Doing more quick boot camp-style workouts more often
  • Get serious about doing yoga/foam rolling/stretching

I’ve done a few yoga routines for runners and they felt awesome. I’m pretty sure I will feel a lot better if I make sure and do it regularly!

I’m also not going to be running more than 2 days in a row. I’ll be running Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Saturday will be a rest day so hopefully I’ll feel good and rested for my long runs on Sundays.

I joined ZGYM and will be doing it 3-4 times a week in the evenings. I like the workouts, they are tough but not too long, and they don’t completely wear me out. I was doing boot camp before while running and I felt pretty strong and was not getting hurt, at all. So I figure this can’t hurt.

My changes add up to a lot more activity, but I think it will be good for me. And it is less running, so less impact on my already strained ankle and knee. If I feel like it isn’t doing me any good, or I start to get worse, I’ll rethink again. Could be stupid changing my plan, but I honestly feel like what I was doing wasn’t working and only making me more and more worried and broken (lol). I hope that this works and I’ll be able to run without feeling like I am one step away from injury!

Newton Gravity IV Score

In my never ending search for THE right shoes, I came across Newtons. I’ve heard of them before but never really looked at them much. I was really happy with my old school Altras and Saucony Kinvaras for a long time. I’ve been randomly trying different shoes now since both of those models have changed too much for my liking. Most of what I’ve tried hasn’t worked out 🙁 Anyway, I couldn’t bring myself to plunk down $150 on shoes, so I started googling for what I wanted on sale. I actually found these Newton Gravity IV in bright orange on sale online at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $89, plus I got another 25% I think off, so they only ended up being $60!! I’m sure they were on sale because of the color, but I do not care. In fact, I ended up buying another pair because they were so cheap!

#canyouseemenow?!

#canyouseemenow?!

They came on last week, and while I wasn’t sure they would work, I decided to just go for it and try them outside. They are pretty different from what I am used to, but after a short while they felt pretty good. The ‘lugs’ on the front of the shoe are pretty weird feeling when you are just walking, but running felt normal. I wasn’t feeling any aches or pains, which is the most important thing! I plan on using them for my shorter runs to see how they end up working out.

 

Marathon Training Week 8

Been trying not to have a big pity party this week, but I’m pretty frustrated. Still getting it done though.

Monday – I was supposed to do weights and cross, but I skipped the cross. I have just felt drained all week. I should have probably rested up, but I am not a smart person 😉 I did workout #5 of Better Body by Minimalism.

Tuesday – Did 4 miles on the treadmill in some Newtons that I bought online. I didn’t have any issues really, other than being tired. I did a small amount of plyo moves and the Myrtl routine post-run. 43:12/10:48 pace. I also did a random yoga video on youtube.

Wednesday 7.75 miles in some Hoka Cliftons that I bought from the local running store. It seemed okay with these, no major issues, but they might be too tight. I may be taking them back. 1:13:53/9:32 pace. I also did another random youtube yoga video later in the evening.

Thursday – 3.5 miles on the treadmill. I started in my Newtons, but was having ankle issues and so I actually just ended up running the rest in my socks. It didn’t hurt and everything felt normal that way. I am so confused as to what I should be running in and how!!! Ugh. 40:35/11:35 pace. I also did a yoga video for core in the evening.

Friday – Rest day.

Saturday – I was originally supposed to do 7 miles, but we were headed to the local amusement park Lagoon for the day, and on top of being sick I just didn’t want to do it. Plus I figured it wouldn’t hurt my issues to not do it. I just walked and stood around all day and rode rides. Ended up getting 19,000 steps just from that. Somehow I actually felt a little better by the end of the day?!

Sunday – 15 miles around town. I tried to keep it an easy pace, and took a walk break for every mile run. The pace was easy, but I felt like I might have been going too slow. I wore the Hokas and I’m still just not sure about them. I had ankle issues the whole time, but I wasn’t ever in actual pain, so I just kept going. 2:30:54/10:03 pace. Definitely slower than I want to be going, but even if I did the marathon at that pace I’d be happy. It would work out to be about 4 hours and 20 minutes. Anyway.

Going forward I am going to change up my plan and schedule. I just don’t feel like the back to back weekend runs are doing me good. I feel like my body is too worn down by Sunday and I can’t recover. So I’m planning on cutting out one day of running, and make it cross training. I’m thinking about trying out pool running so I can get the fitness benefits but not the impact of road running. And I’m going to dust off my spin bike. Also, going to do at least one of my short runs on the treadmill for a change in surfaces. And last, make sure I am doing some type of stretching/yoga daily. I’m basically going to do more exercise, but less running. I’ll see how it goes. If I can just make it through 10 weeks then I’m pretty confident I can actually run a marathon. I might be jumping the gun, but whatever!

Anyway, I hope that by changing things up, my body will hold up a little better and not be such a pain in the ass! We’ll see.

 

 

Feeling totally screwed

I kind of just need to vent today!!

I feel like I’m getting sick. Actually I’ve felt like that for about a week now? My throat feels irritated, I have an annoying dry cough, I feel low on energy. I don’t have any other cold-like symptoms so I don’t know what’s up. I’m going to try a humidifier in my bedroom tonight and see if that helps the dryness feeling in my throat and nose.

My body hurts in ways I know it shouldn’t. Ever since I did plyo moves last week my left knee has been effed up. Did that cause the flare-up during my long run this past Sunday? I have no clue. My ankle hurts. I should probably go see someone about my issues, but I don’t have faith that there will be anything to do about it. Stupid, huh?!

I’m still heavier than I want to be. I thought about just quitting weighing and measuring and thinking about weight loss in general, for good. But I can’t shake the thinking that some of my problems are due to my weight. Even though I’m not really overweight! I’m on the verge of it again though. I weighed in today and I’m 133.4 and 29% body fat. At the beginning of the year I was 126.4 and 26%. I’m convinced that if I got my weight back down I wouldn’t have as many issues. It can’t hurt to test that theory! So I can’t just give up.

Thinking about the marathon is seriously bringing me down. I know I need to just SNAP OUT OF IT and hope for the best, but it is so hard. I only let myself see the deja vu of getting so close and then not being able to do it. I have to think positively!! Being negative isn’t going to help.

I guess that’s about it. It feels like plenty to bitch about. These things are all very trivial and in the grand scope of things going on in the world, I am extremely fortunate to only have these worries.

Time to work on a major attitude adjustment.

Marathon Training Week 7

This week’s workouts were tough, but good! Well, all except one. The main thing is to just get them all done, anything else like pace, drills/strength after runs, or not taking walk breaks is just a bonus. I didn’t skip any this week 😀

Monday – Cross training. I did Better Body by Minimalism workout #3, and then I did some incline walking on the treadmill for about half an hour. I’m still not used to consistent weight training so this made me sore pretty much all week.

Tuesday – 4 miles. I went around a big city block for this one, it ended up being a hill workout of sorts. There are 4 hills, 2 fairly long and 2 shorter ones. I just kept going at an easy-ish pace. It was hot and windy, and there were lots of bugs hitting my face – gross :/ Afterwards I did some drills and plyo moves, which may have been a mistake. My left knee has been feeling wonky ever since. I will probably try them again, but be more careful and not do as much! I also did most of the Myrtl routine, and a bunch of calf raises and squats.  I did my 4 miles in 37:19 for a 9:19 pace.

Wednesday – 8 miles. Again just trying for an easy pace. My Fitbit wouldn’t pick up the satellite for a while and so I ended up going .35 longer than my planned 8, even though I knew I was going too far! Oh well. It went pretty good, and I went up a few hills again. After my run I did a quick core video online. It was cheesy, but my abs are still sore! Run time was 1:18:27 for a 9:23 pace.

Thursday – 4 miles + strength. By this day my body was feeling worked. I just wanted to get through this workout and my work day and REST. I didn’t plan on running fast, it just kind of happened. I wanted to get done!! I ended up running it in 36:30 for a 9:07 pace. The first mile was slow but the last 3 were under 9:00. I also did BBBM workout #4. I used my 44# kettlebell for 2 sets of 12 swings!!

Friday – REST DAY!! I tried to rest as much as I could. I had taken a half hour nap on Thursday, and Friday I almost fell asleep at 6:45 pm! I felt a little guilty for not doing anything, but that is silly. I worked hard all week and I need to honor my rest days or I will just end up feeling trashed all of the time.

Saturday – 8.29 miles total, 7 miles pace. I warmed up and cooled down for .63 miles each, then just tried to go at a good pace that wasn’t too hard. I pretty much nailed it, keeping all of my splits around 8:30, except for when I stopped to walk for a minute. My knee starting feeling achy, so I switched to dirt trails when I could for the last 2 miles. I did some drills afterward, and then foam rolled and stretched. Run time was 1:12:29 for an 8:44 pace.

Sunday – 14 miles. This is the one that sucked 🙁 I started feeling my left knee about halfway through. This is the same issue that made me give up on the marathon last time. I SO do not want this happening right now!!! It just pisses me off. I’m going to keep trying, maybe break down and get the Hokas and give them a shot. I will do anything I can to stop this from being an issue, but I don’t really know what to do. And maybe I can’t do anything. For now my plan is to just do the bare minimum as far as training goes (I’ve been doing extra), and try not to do anything stupid. Anyway, I walked a lot, about 8 different times, and it was kind of slow going. I also stopped to stretch a couple of times and adjust the shoes and such. Glad it’s over. Run time was 2:15:30 for a 9:39 pace.

I hope the next long run I do goes better! Not giving up just yet, but I’m not happy at all now. That’s about all I can say.

Starting Week 7 of Marathon Training

I started my training 3 weeks early, thinking I would have those weeks to take it easy when I needed. Well, those are gone, and now it is crunch time I guess. I’m starting week 7 of my 18-week training as of yesterday! I’ve been skimping on the strength workouts, but last week I started back up. Mondays I do cross training, which is whatever cardio I feel like and weights, and Thursdays I do weights after my run. I’ve decided to do the Better Body by Minimalism program by Nia Shanks. Yesterday was workout #3, and today I am SO sore! My body feels pretty crazy right now, but it will make me a better runner. I’m sure of it 😉 I hope to continue strength training up until the last couple of weeks in the program.

This week I’m setting my alarm back to 4:15 instead of 4:35 a.m.. And on Sundays (my long run day) I’m going to need to get up at 4:00. It is getting HOT out there! Anything to try and beat the heat! Right now it is 5:00 a.m. and I’m looking at this on weather.com:Screenshot 2016-07-19 04.51.26

I realize it is hotter elsewhere, but man! This is the hottest week we’ve had this summer. I would run in freezing temps any day over hot. I guess that will make me a better runner too…at least I’m not dealing with crazy humidity. I couldn’t do it.

Here are my planned runs this week:

  • Tuesday 4 miles
  • Wednesday 7 or 8 miles
  • Thursday 3 or 4 miles and strength
  • Saturday 7 miles pace
  • Sunday 14 miles

I’m a little nervous about the 14 miler, but kind of excited at the same time. I just hope I can actually make it through all of the miles. I’m still kind of dealing with issues in my right ankle/heel, but I’ve changed the shoes I’m wearing and I’m hopeful that they will go away. I’m even ready to try out some clown shoes Hoka One Ones to see if that would help. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m not ready to give up yet!!