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Taking up space at the pool

My workouts have been going good so far this week. Not quite as planned, but that’s okay.

Yesterday I did 50 minutes of spin in the morning, followed by 35 minutes of weights. I swung my 44# kettlebell for 3 sets of 12! I did pretty well on my chin-ups too, did all but 3 of my 36 with 1 knee in the blue band. The other 3 I had to do 1 leg. I was feeling pretty strong and badass after this one LOL I had planned to go to the pool for running after work, but I got off too late and would have only been able to do a half hour. So I just came home and put my 20# weight vest on and walked on the treadmill, playing with the incline for an hour. I got all the way up to 12! And felt like I was going to die. It was a good workout though. I ended the day with 30 minutes of yoga. That felt awesome. Deep stretches, which I am truly loving lately.

I made sure to call the pool yesterday because they have different schedules for the high school swim team. They pretty much take over the pool for their practices, which are twice a day. They said that the kids wouldn’t be there until 7:00, so I planned on pool running in the morning and then road running in the afternoon. I got to the pool a few minutes before 5:00, got out of my car, and saw a bunch of guys hanging outside the building. I freaked out, thinking that maybe I was told wrong and the high school kids were going to be there at 5:00! I went back to my car, chicken that I am, and debated what to do. I decided I was being stupid, and I paid for my membership and deserved pool time just like anyone else, and why would they tell me the wrong day? So I went inside. It was clear there was no practice, the group of guys were navy recruits I think. I grabbed a lane and got going.

I ended up having to share a lane for a while. I felt kind of silly because here are all of these real swimmers, and I am the only one ‘jogging’ in the water. I just kept telling myself that I deserve to be there too. And tried to shut down my brain and not give a crap about it. Nobody else cared either, I’m sure LOL

I ended up staying there for 1 hour and 50 minutes, and having to wade through all of the high schoolers warming up when I was done. Taking up space again. I could go into that more, but another time 😉 I ended up going 1500 yards total, 60 times across. The longest I’ve done pool running before today was like an hour and a half, so I was pretty stoked to have stayed that long!

After work I went for my run. I planned 7 miles with some intervals mixed in. I warmed up for a mile and then started on 400s. I wasn’t really watching the pace, just trying to keep it under 8:00 and going fast until the recovery part. I was really pushing it! My heart felt like it was going to explode a couple of times and I had to start walking to recover towards the end. Doing the cool down mile totally sucked. I was going at a good pace but I could not breathe properly. I just kept going, knowing I would be done in less than 10 minutes, and then walked 1/4 mile home. I ended up doing the whole thing in just over 1 hour, 8:48 pace.

My splits were: 9:22, 8:25, 8:30 ,8:37, 8:35, 8:51, 9:12.You can see where I started to lose it. I was also having Garmin malfunctions and had to stop a few times to make it do what I wanted to! I stuck a fork in myself because I was DONE.

Now it is time for my ‘mini-taper’. I’m just going to do what I have planned, and maybe not even that if I don’t feel like it! My knee was acting up a little today, probably going too fast. So if I try to run on Thursday and it doesn’t feel good, I’ll do something else.

This week’s planned workouts

I’m still winging it since I screwed up my training so bad this past month. But I do have a plan that will hopefully get me to the finish line – expert that I am. (Disclaimer – I am so NOT an expert so don’t listen to me.)

Monday – Spin bike and weights in the morning, pool running and yoga/stretch/foam rolling in the afternoon and evening. My plan is 3 hours of cardio, so if I need to do more I will incline walk on my treadmill.

Tuesday – 7-ish mile run with some intervals and a mini strength routine in the morning, more pool running and yoga/stretch/foam after work. Again I’m aiming for 3 hours of cardio.

Wednesday – Spin for 45 minutes – an hour in the morning, more yoga/stretching in the evening.

Thursday – 5 mile run, yoga/stretch.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 2-3 mile run.

Sunday – Marathon!

My 3 hours of cardio won’t all be as hard as I can go. Some of it will, but most of it will be under my running heart rate. That’s why I want to do so much of it. I hope that it will help endurance-wise.

No rhyme or reason to this schedule, just what I feel like will be the most beneficial. I know I still need to do a couple of really hard days, and then let my body rest and reset and get ready to run forever LOL

Hopefully this gets me to the finish line and in a good time! I do care about the finish time, but most importantly I just want to finish 😀

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

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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.


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.



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.