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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

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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.

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

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!

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.

Goodbye, June

June, where did you go?! I can’t believe this month is pretty much over already. Actually, this whole year just seems to be flying by me so fast! This week is 15 weeks out from the marathon. Less than 4 months! I still don’t feel ready at all :/ But I’m still doing my best.

Since I last wrote, I’m doing loads better. I’ve pretty much been staying away from the alcohol, which is really helping me stay on top of my workouts. Last week was a little rough, but I’m feeling really good this week. This past Sunday I did an 11 mile long run at a 9:24 pace. Not bad. I’m not really aiming for any kind of times with my long runs. Just doing what I need to do to make it through the run. In a couple of weeks I have 14 miles for my long run. And after that they just keep getting longer and longer…and scarier LOL I think I’ll be okay though! Just gotta keep moving 😉

I am not without physical issues though in this training. I’ve been having ankle/heel issues for a while now, probably since the half marathon in April. I started doing some strengthening exercises for the ankle and I really should get back to it because I think they helped a lot. My heel is bugging me a lot lately, I think it is an Achilles issue. I’ve started to do heel raises daily, 100 per day and on the days that I do them, it doesn’t feel like a problem. I hope that is the key? I’ll just keep doing them and hope that it works for me. Funny enough, the knee problems that have plagued me since I last trained for the marathon aren’t even a problem anymore. I had a slight flare-up in December-ish, but since then no problems at all.

Beyond that, achy muscles and tired legs are to be expected. I’ve been doing epsom salt baths and foam rolling whenever I think about it. I also do a full dynamic warmup before almost every run, and I’m doing stretching after every run. The only other things I need to do are to start doing some kind of yoga more often, even daily if it is something short, and keep up with regular strength training.

This week I’ve done cross-training and strength, a 3 mile run, and I’m about to get out there and do 6 or 7 miles. The rest of my planned workouts this week are:

  • Thursday – 3 miles and strength
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 6 miles
  • Sunday – 12 miles

Shouldn’t be too bad!

Cutting the crap

I really thought I had this thing in the bag. After my success last year, I thought I would never lose momentum again and I would achieve everything I wanted to this year too. Well, turns out that isn’t what happened (so far). The biggest problem now, again seems to be alcohol. And the feeling that I worked so hard, I deserved to have a break! The only thing that mentality is accomplishing is making me once again yo-yo. I’m only going up and down about 6-7 pounds, but I am just not getting anywhere. I’m starting to feel flabby and not my best and I don’t like it.

So what am I going to do about it??

I’ve come up with not necessarily a plan, but more just a set of guidelines for how I want to be. Here’s what I came up with. I’m calling them my ‘rules’ to get through marathon training, but they are really just what I need to do to be where I want to, all of the time.

  • Stick to the training plan. Don’t miss workouts.
  • Eat real food and cut down on treats
  • Drink minimally – only a few drinks per week, only once per week
  • Keep up with strength training
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Give it my all, and don’t forget how bad I want it!

The biggest thing that is making me have a hard time is once again, alcohol. I’m not drinking every day, but I have weeks where I do, and it is just making things hard. And there have been days where I definitely had more than enough, and that really screws things up. I just have to face the facts, and they are that I can’t drink that often. I don’t even want to! I guess old habits really do die hard. But I can still work on making not drinking my new way of life. I don’t want to never drink again, but I know I am much better off just keeping a lid on it most of the time. I get a better feeling from my runs when I am killing it, because of all of my hard work. Or when I feel strong after a hard strength workout. I have to remember that if I overdo it with alcohol, I won’t even get to that workout because I won’t feel like doing it.

So yeah, with only 17 1/2 weeks until marathon day, I have to seriously get with it!

So far this week I’m doing okay. I was very sick over the weekend with a stomach bug so I’m still kind of tired and recovering. I missed my cross training and strength on Monday, but yesterday I tried to make up for it and did an upper body workout after my 3 mile run. I also put away the big groceries at work (lots of cases of drinks and 30 pound boxes of fountain syrup). I am SO sore today! I did the first workout from this post on This Runner’s Recipes. I haven’t done that many pushups in a while! I’m up early today so that I can get my run in before I go to work.

Yesterday was an off day with eating, as we went to the movies in the evening. I basically had popcorn and candy for dinner. Which is perfectly okay once in a while. Today I won’t do that, and I’ll choose something more nutritious 🙂