Sunday, April 22, 2018

Marathon Training (WW # 142)



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I want to thank my friend Teresa who graciously filled in for me last week as co-host while I was out of town!  Also, a huge congratulations to my friend and co-host Wendy who knocked it out of the park at her race yesterday. 

Sunset on the Florida Panhandle -- [NO FILTER]

Marathon training continues.  I haven't gone into much detail this time around but suffice it to say, I'm in the thick of it.  Last week while in Florida,  I ran 16.5 miles for my long run and this weekend it was 17.  I certainly enjoyed the scenery and route better last weekend.  The loops around my neighborhood can get monotonous. 

I admit, the crankiness has started along with the sleepiness and eat-everything-ness.  I wish I'd bought stock in Justin's Maple Almond Butter and Nabisco 'Nilla Wafers. Wait!  Let's not forget Tru Moo chocolate milk.  Anyhoo, it's been more difficult this time around to fit it all in.  With a recent work merger, commitments, family activities, travel...some weeks, something has to give.  I didn't cross train for a few weeks, mostly because I was trying to rehab a cranky hip but also partly due to time constraints.  There are mornings when I simply can't get out of bed and I've become accustomed to evening runs.


My mid week runs have reached double digits.
Running in the evening has become rather enjoyable.

I'm still only running three times a week but I'm working hard to make sure each run counts.  This week's speed session was 3 x 2 miles on a hilly loop.  After warming up, my splits averaged 9:14. Given the hilly terrain, I was happy with that.  I'm still searching for that perfect downhill training route.  Hills I have, but I can't seem to find one long enough to feel as if it's doing me any good for my downhill marathon.  I'd like to run miles and miles of downhill grade without stopping.  Alas...

Short hills are better than no hills.
Another six miles in the evening!

After Saturday's 17 mile long run, I decided cross training would be a better option for Sunday.  It was a dreary day, so I hopped on the mag trainer for indoor cycling and caught up on Survivor.  They had to eat the gross stuff this week.  I'm lucky I didn't toss my 'Nilla Wafers just watching it.


 

Summary:

3 Runs = 33.4 miles
1 Cycle = 16.4 miles
1 Strength Session
1 Yoga for Hips


And that's a wrap!


Racing is winding down in the south as we approach our summer heat.

Are you training or maintaining or resting?



76 comments:

  1. Busy. Busy. Busy. I can totally relate after the week I just finished ;-) We're runners, though...we can do hard things, right?

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    1. Yes, we can! But then I tend to crash after a while of unending busy. I'm planning on an easy week this week.

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  2. Awesome job this past week! Once you hit double digits for your weekly runs, you know it's real!

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    1. Absolutely. I also think those mid week medium distance runs are where we make the most gains in training.

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  3. You are killing it! That incline for your hills...yikes...

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    1. I chose this loop for the sharp downhill it had. I just wish it had last longer. I don't want to work on the "up". LOL.

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  4. That is quite a hill workout! There's a few routes around here that have long, gradual inclines, and maybe one street I know with a decent ascent/descent for about 3/4 mile .... Your sailboat sunset is amazing.

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    1. There is a steep hill in our downtown area that is probably about 3/4 mile. But then I'd have to continually run back up. I don't want to waste time and effort doing that. A pretty sunset will never get old.

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  5. Looks like you are right on track with you training and things are going well! I would never be able to be on Survivor-this girl is not eating bugs

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    1. That would be the one challenge that would knock me out. (Well, that and the fact I have to eat every 2-3 hours. LOL). But I can't eat slugs, eyeballs, larvae,duck embryos, etc. Nasty.

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  6. Yoga for Hips sounds like a great class for you - glad you found it. There's only so much time in the day, and every day, it seems like something's gotta give!

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. Wendy clued me in to Five Parks Yoga. She has several routines specifically for hips and glutes. I also feel she is easy to follow.

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  7. Summer heat. I'll dance in the streets when it hits 60 here. Great week for you! I think the downhills you have will suffice. next stop tapper town!

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    1. I’m definitely looking forward to taper this time. Only a couple of weeks left of hard work. Whoot!

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  8. It's crazy that you are getting ready for summer heat an we are desperate for spring! Looks like things have been going well for you!

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    1. Yes, soon I will no longer be able to do those after work runs due to the heat. It was already near 80 on one this week. I'll have to learn to get up early again.

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  9. I've only seen a couple seasons of Survivor, and I skipped those episodes. Not only can I not eat any of that, I can't watch other people try to eat it.

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    1. It's hard to watch! But, the contestants handled it pretty well this year so I was able to watch most of it.

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  10. I am always impressed by the time people put into marathon training. You sound like you are doing the best that you can. Me? I'm always in maintain mode nowadays ;)

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    1. It is a huge commitment of time, even when you are doing a lower mileage plan like me. But, as with anything, you get used to it and I'll probably miss it once it's over.

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  11. I find it hard to fit everything in -- without working, kids, and oh yeah, just training for a half marathon. Which has barely begun. And I think only 3 runs a week makes it even harder -- you really have to make those miles count! But you do what you gotta do. And you do a good job doing it!

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    1. When I decided to try out a "run less" plan, I had to commit that all three runs would be of effort and distance. I've liked this plan. We'll have to see what results I get from it.

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  12. Well, your training is really going by fast.

    It's hard to believe that your weather is so warm when we are still cold.

    Love Florida sunsets - no place better.

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    1. This whole years seems to have flown by! I'll be in Denver in no time at all. You just can't beat those beach sunsets!

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  13. Ah, I can't wait for when my mid-week runs hit double digits! I was so proud of myself for hitting 5 miles during the week instead of 3. This rebuilding is taking a while! Good job on your training in spite of a busy schedule.

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    1. Last summer when I was running very little, 10 miles for a medium distance mid-week run felt so far out of reach. It takes time and consistency (and patience!) to get there.

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  14. Marathon training is soooo time consuming. Heck, all running/training is - even with "only' 3 runs a week - way to go!

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    1. If you add the time you spend running, cross-training, stretching, strength training, foam rolling, etc. it really adds up to a huge amount.

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  15. Sounds like your marathon training is going great. Hope your hip cooperates for the race!

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    1. Me too. I'm doing everything I can to keep it happy.

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  16. Best of luck with the rest of your training! It sounds like you're doing your best despite the general obstacles of life. Looking forward to following your journey through the rest!

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    1. I hope things will be a bit calmer for the next few weeks as I go through the peak mileage weeks. If not, I'll do what I can.

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  17. Looks like training is going really well! I hear you on the morning workout situation - I'm not a morning person at all, and I've gotten used to evening workouts too. Trying to change that habit before it gets too hot to train anytime other than morning!

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    1. I'm going to have to get up early again or I'll be forced to run in temps in the 80s. It's gotten very warm here during the day.

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  18. That point in marathon training where everything is tired and you’re questioning everything. Ugh. Stay strong and keep doing your thing. You’ve got this!

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    1. Yes, I'm definitely there. I'm simultaneously wishing I could go ahead and run it to get it over with and wishing I had more time to train. I'm a nut case.

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  19. What a great week! I also love venturing out of my neighbourhood for some of my runs - not always possible but it really makes a difference to change up the scenery a bit!

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    1. A change of scenery is so welcomed at this point in marathon training. I've seen enough of my neighborhood. LOL.

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  20. Evening runs can be a really great way to decompress from the stress of the day.

    You really are right tin the thick of training- good luck!

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    1. I've really enjoyed my evening runs. But, it's getting too warm now to keep that up. It will be back to mornings for me.

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  21. I give you tons of credit for squeezing it all in! It's getting so close to your race.
    As we're gearing up for summer, I'm gearing up to start some solid training. It's time to build my base back, get stronger and get ready for some fall PR's

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    1. I plan to take a couple of weeks of in June and start base building again in the later part of summer. It's hard to run in our heat and humidity anyway.

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  22. Those are quite the hills! Way to push through running on them, especially during a double digit run!

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    1. I wish I had longer hills as my disposal but it is what it is!

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  23. Marathon training isn't for the weak, that's for sure - I give you huge props for getting out in the evening for your runs - for me, by the end of the day my legs just don't want to run at all. BTW, the mini Nilla wafers are even more delicious than the regular size, in case you didn't know. ;)

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    1. That's good to know! I mistakenly bought low fat wafers recently. They were awful. I gave them to the dogs are treats. LOL.

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  24. That's a beautiful sunset photo! I agree those neighborhood loops can get monotonous, so it's nice when you can get a change of scenery in.

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    1. I'm going to have to be creative on my next long run so it won't be so boring. Maybe I'll cut through to an adjacent neighborhood. At least it would be a little different.

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  25. I guess I'd be in the maintaining phase right now, but I am kind of training for the 10k. I will be entering serious training when I get to marathon training this summer though. Race season is definitely winding down for us here too...I have one more race in two weeks in Pittsburgh and after that nada until fall. Sad face.

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    1. I have nothing on the calendar after this marathon. I look forward to a down season while it's nasty hot and humid here.

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  26. It sounds like you are doing great with your training despite the time constraints. My work and travel have kept me so busy lately, I've done next to nothing!

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    1. Now that baseball season is over for our youngest son, we don't have quite as many evening commitments. Hopefully things will feel easier.

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  27. Sounds like a good week Holly despite time constraints! I hope your hip cooperates for the rest of your training!

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    1. I doing as much as I can to keep it happy. It has gotten much better since my extreme hiking, while I was still running, so I take that as a good sign.

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  28. Marathon training can drain me for sure...the eating can feel like it gets out of control, but if we are running lots of miles, the food is a necessary evil...ha! Great week!

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    1. I've managed to drop a few pounds even though I feel like I'm eating a lot of food. It's a great excuse to eat my nut butter and wafer snack though.

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  29. Haha I would totally get in on owning some stock of Justin's! Great speed workout too!

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    1. There is nothing better than his Maple Almond Butter. On anything!

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  30. I remember those marathon training days of being hungry and tired all the time. Seems like you are managing it well. Great training week!

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    1. I think I eat enough to make myself feel better. And then it starts over again. LOL

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  31. Fantastic miles! Sounds like training is going good even with you being busy. Just had a nice week off of running and will be maintaining until June.

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    1. It's been a bit more difficult this time around, but at least the race is getting close now and it will soon be over. And, then I'll be sad. LOL

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  32. I'm training for a half marathon in four weeks. I had to skip my cross training last night as I have sever DOMS after my long run - stairs are not my friend!

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    1. Oh, my. It's tough when you have to do the stairs backwards or sideways. At least that pain is pretty temporary?

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  33. Nice workout variety this week. I have a half next week, but it's kind of a check in before I start training for one in July. We shall see how it goes. Have a great week!

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    1. A July half would be very hot around here. I supposed it isn't in Montana though. Ha.

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  34. Awesome job this week! Those are quite some hills on that 2-mile repeat workout - at least there was downhill to balance out all that climbing! I hope training continues to go well for you.

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    1. I really enjoyed those hilly loops. I wish it wasn't so hot not in the afternoons so I could go there and do that speed work again.

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  35. I’m jealous of your Florida vacay!! Great job on getting those long runs in! I am cutting back for now until I start feeling better. I am excited to see how your marathon goes! I signed up for a 50k in July but not sure how far I will actually make it. It is HOT in July!

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    1. I hope you are feeling better. But, I can't imagine a 50k in July in the South.

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  36. I know what you mean about having a busy week, we just try to balance as much as we can. My neighborhood is hilly but the downhills don't last very long!

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    1. That's the problem in my neighborhood. Lots of hills, but pretty short in both directions.

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  37. For covering 33 miles in three runs, you are really hitting the mileage! Very impressive training, Holly, even amongst the craziness of life!

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    1. My craziness couldn't even touch your busy life being a Mom of three littles. My hat is off to you!

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  38. This week I'm resting but want to be maintaining; training won't be happening until much later in the year. :) The joys of marathon training with all the cranky, sleepy, and eating-ness. LOL

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    1. I get so cranky, but I know I'll feel lost once it is over. Crazy, isn't it?

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