Marathon Training Week 16

It was a busy week! I was glad to get back to the pool, and my spin workouts were really good. Tough. I felt like I worked hard all week and definitely enjoyed my rest day on Saturday.

Monday – I did elliptical for 1 hour 3 minutes, 8.36 miles.  I was sweating pretty good, but my heart rate didn’t really get up very high at all, my average was only 117.  I also did weights for 35 minutes. That was tough, since I had taken 3 weeks off from that too. But I was able to up some of my weights with lower reps!

Tuesday – I managed a 6.44 mile run in 1 hour, 9:19 pace. I warmed up for about 15 minutes, did 2 minutes fast and 2 minutes recovery 7 times, then ran the rest of the way home, about 18 minutes. Everything felt pretty good! The knee felt a little weird at first, but once I was warmed up I really didn’t have any issues. I hope that it stays that way! I also biked to and from work, 40 minutes and 5.65 miles. Nothing to write home about, just a little extra activity. After dinner I did this yoga video and it was exactly what I needed. I was SO sore all day and this really loosened me up and got me nice and relaxed. Love that feeling 😀

Wednesday – Spin for an hour, then I did weights for about 40 minutes in the morning before work. After work I went to the rec center and did pool running for an hour. Later on I did some yoga to stretch everything out.

Thursday – 9 mile run, 9.23 miles in 1 hour and 28 minutes, 9:35 pace. I was trying to keep my pace around 9:10 for the most part besides my warmup and cool down miles, but I stopped a few times so my overall pace was higher. Nothing hurt though!!! I felt a few niggles in my ankle, but I just tried to keep good form and everything was fine. I did the Standard Warmup before and after. After was pretty funny, I could barely move, and even  just reaching down to my toes was so painful lol But once I got into it I was glad I had done it. I wasn’t super stiff and sore later on so I think it helped. After work I went to the rec center again and did pool running for 1 hour and 20 minutes, 850 yards. After I got done I tried swimming a few laps. I suck so bad at swimming lol I ended up doing backstroke mostly.

Friday – Spin bike 1 hour, then weights. After work I put on my 20# weight vest and walked on the treadmill, 1 hour/3.3 miles changing up the incline every 5 minutes or so. It was a climb from level 3 to 9, and then a shorter ‘descent’ After that I did yoga for about 40 minutes.

Saturday – Thought about riding my bike outside for a couple of hours, but I didn’t end up doing anything. I decided a rest day was probably a good idea after all I’d done this week!

Sunday – Ran 18 miles! 2:57:29 for a 9:51 pace. This included all of my walk breaks and stops, so I think that’s pretty good! I walked every 2 miles, and fueled at miles 4,7,10,13, and 16. I really wanted to try and go 20 miles, but after 18 I was just beat. And it was almost 3 hours anyway. I didn’t want to push my luck so I just walked home for about 10 minutes. That was painful LOL I took a very cold ice bath after I did my warmup moves again. The knee and ankle were not hurting, but I could tell there was something going on. Too much time on my feet. So far though they feel okay and not hurt **knocking on wood**

It was a long, tough week! But I feel like it’s working. After my long run today I laid around for a while, but now that I’m up doing stuff like making dinner I feel pretty good. I feel worked, but good. Hopefully it stays that way! One more week of as much workouts as I can stand and then it will be time to take it easy,-er.

2 1/2 weeks out

I’m 2 1/2 weeks out from the marathon. I’d like to be more excited than I am, but I am totally unprepared! At least that’s how I feel. It’s hard not to be depressed about how my training has gone. All last year I focused on strength and base building, hoping that I would avoid injury when it finally came down to training for the marathon. Things feel like they have spiraled out of control. I don’t know what I could have done differently, except for a few things like,

  • Not drinking at all, and therefore taking too much time off from working out (though in total I have only probably missed a month or so of workouts the whole year).
  • Not messed around with my shoe choice, trying out too many different things, especially so far into my training – it didn’t do me any favors and maybe made things worse.
  • Picked a different plan? I already downgraded from the one I wanted to do (Hanson’s Marathon method) to less running, and apparently I couldn’t even handle that. I know many people say the FIRST method blows, but honestly it’s looking more and more appealing to me for future attempts. Maybe my getting-older body just can’t hack the higher mileage.

Things I can’t change anyway, so why dwell on them? All I can do now is move forward. I could do the thing that is probably the most smart, and just not run. But that’s not happening, unless I end up not being able to walk after a run up to the race *knock on wood BIG time!*. I’ve decided it’s ON, no matter how ugly it might end up being LOL

So far this week I’ve run 6 miles and some change, doing intervals and things feel relatively good (knocking on wood again!). I felt pretty worked yesterday from weights the day before, but I rode my bike to work anyway. I’ve been doing yoga/stretching at night to work out the kinks. Today I plan on doing some spinning with lots of intervals, then weights, and possibly a pool run later. And more yoga/stretching. Tomorrow will be 8 miles or so with more cycling and yoga. I guess the idea will be to kind of run myself into the ground almost up to the week of the race, and then cool it so that I can recover and feel ready to run 26.2 miles. It will either work or it won’t! If I have to run/walk it I will. It definitely isn’t how I wanted it to go, as I was feeling like I would be able to kill it earlier in the year. Oh well. I can always try again? Or not. I haven’t thought that far ahead and think it’s best that I don’t 😉

Marathon Training Week 15?

I think I just finished week 15. I guess there are 3 weeks left of an 18 week plan, so yeah. Not much to speak of for this week though. I will say that I was thinking about it, and when we were on vacation we were walking and hiking a ton almost every single day. So it’s not like I was sitting around doing nothing…anyway.

Tuesday – I ran 4 miles. It went okay, considering I hadn’t run in 3 weeks. 42 minutes, 9:20 pace.

Thursday – Ran 8 milesThis was a struggle. I guess I was still recovering from vacation and too much booze. Had a hard time breathing and was super tired after. 1 hour 14 minutes, 9:18 pace. I know I walked a few times when it got to be too hard.

Saturday – Biked for 19.6 miles, 1 hour 33 minutes. This was tough too lol I had planned to go for 2 hours, but I felt like I did enough and I didn’t want to trash my legs for my run on Sunday.

Sunday – Ran 12 miles!! I walked for 30-40 seconds out of each mile, just trying to be careful and hopefully stay pain free. I just went at an easy pace so I wouldn’t get worn out too soon. So far so good! I’m not feeling any ill effects, *knock on wood*. I don’t really want to be doing a run/walk for the marathon, but if it is what I have to do to keep from feeling pain then I’ll do it. 1 hour 57 minutes, 9:46 pace. Not too shabby in spite of all of my walk breaks.

I had my phone with me on today’s run and tried to take some pictures of me running when I was done. Didn’t work out so well lol These were the only ones I ended up actually in the shot. LOL

20160918_080155 20160918_080140

Guess I will practice some more next time and see what I come up with

So, not a very productive week. But I’m finally feeling better and I’m going to get in my cross training this week. I already paid for another month at the rec center so I’m planning on getting to the pool for running tomorrow. And I’ll be back to riding my bike to work as long as the weather is good.


It’s been so long…

That my computer didn’t even want to log me in to post here, haha. I haven’t been doing my marathon training posts because well, I haven’t been training. 🙁 I had a bad couple of weeks where I didn’t have any motivation, and then we needed to move up our vacation, so we did that last week. I am just now coming around to getting back to a place of normal. All I’ve done this week is one 4 mile and one 8 mile run. I’m planning a 12 miler tomorrow, but I’m not even sure that is a good idea. On the plus side, so far my body feels pretty good after those runs?!

Add to that that we have already taken the vacation that was planned around the marathon…I don’t even know how to feel. I’m not going to give up yet though.

Today I plan on getting another month’s pass to the rec center so I can get back to the pool running. I think I will try and do the 12 miles tomorrow and see how my body feels. And I have got to get back to the spin bike and strength training.

I’m feeling like it is incredibly stupid to try at this point, but here’s the thing. I’m pretty tough. Even if I just cross train all the way up until the race, I think I can get it done (might not be pretty!) without too much damage. And we already bought tickets to fly back up to Portland and a hotel room for a few nights. So either I’ll be there running the marathon, or I’ll be there and not running it.

So after almost a week and a half of vacation and indulging in too much food and booze, I’m still not feeling my best but I’m working on it. Hopefully I’ll feel all better tomorrow!

Maybe I’ll get a vacation recap together, though we all know how I am about those things lol

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!



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.