Monday, September 18, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 2

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was fun but it flew by and now we're already back at Monday.  I'm looking forward to this week with no travel.  But first, here's my recap of last week.

Monday - rest day

Tuesday - unplanned rest day.  I somehow slept straight through my morning alarm :(  And then I had some stomach problems the rest of the day.  It was so bad by the time I came home that I just went straight to bed.  I woke up briefly to eat some dry toast and then went back to bed for the night.

Wednesday - Strength training.  I felt better and was trying to decide between going for a run or strength training but I decided to stick with the scheduled strength training.


Thursday - Speed work at the gym - 15 minute warm up, 5 sets of 2 minutes fast to 2 minutes recovery, 10 minute cool down.  I also started to feel stomach problems today and caught it early so was able to take medicine to help and also took the afternoon off work so I was able to rest and get back up to speed for my workout in the evening.  I also realized it must be the new protein powder sample I was trying out in my oatmeal so no more of that.  It was causing a lot of acid reflux :(  Back to the drawing board with trying to get more protein in my diet.


Friday - 45 minute easy run


Saturday - Flew to Atlanta for a wedding but also squeezed in some quick strength training for my core.


Selfie with my niece
Sunday- 9 mile long run.  I just ran repeated loops around the neighborhood we were staying in so that was a bit of a mental struggle.  It was also hillier and 20 degrees hotter than my long run last week so it was tough but at least it got done!


So here's the plan for this week.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - 45 minute easy run
Wednesday - strength training
Thursday - speed work
Friday - strength training
Saturday - 10 mile long run
Sunday - 30 minute easy run

I hope everyone else had a good week!  Since I'm official in training now, I'm going to start linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap.  I'm also  linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Five - random things

It's Friday and this week has flown by.  A weekend of travel and more travel this weekend will have a way of doing that.  We're heading off to another wedding and I'm sure we'll have a great time.  But in the meantime, it's time for the Friday Five link up hosted by Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness.  I'm going to talk about five random things going on with me.

Friday Five Linkup 2.0

1. Ugh, it's only week 2 of marathon training and I've missed a run.  I moved things around so that it was my shortest easy run that got skipped, but I'm still not feeling good about that.  But I was experimenting with food because I wanted to try to get more protein in my diet and protein powder did not sit well with my stomach.

2.  I've got a lot of travel coming up in the next 4 weeks or so.  There's a wedding this weekend, a work trip, and then a trip to Columbus for a half marathon!  And a mini local trip for the Army 10 miler since we have a hotel room in Virginia for that race.  These are all things I'm looking forward to but I'm not looking forward to the actual travel portion.

Random piece of art work I saw on the street last week

3.  The cats have been in fine form lately.  On the good side, I've caught them being friendly with each other and even rubbing noses.  Which is impressive since they are more likely to fight instead of be nice to each other.  On the bad side, Perry managed to throw up on my favorite blanket before work on day this week.  That was not a good way to start the day.

Shelby determined to fit in boxes of any size

4. I downloaded an audio book from the library to try listening to on my long run last weekend.  It worked out really well and kept me engaged for the whole 2 hours.  But it takes so much longer to get through a book that way then just reading it.  So I don't see myself moving to audio books for good, but it's a nice option for a long run.

5.  I go an instant pot a couple weeks ago and I love it!  We've made rice, dried beans, lentils, and tried out an Indian street food called Pau Bhaji a couple days ago.  I'm excited to keep experimenting and I think it will be even more useful as the temperatures get colder and we want to eat heartier grains and beans and stuff.

So that's it for my random five things.  I hope everyone had a great week and that the weekend is even better :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 1

First week of marathon training!  It was a little complicated due to weekend travel for a wedding but overall, it went by the book and I'm really happy with it.  Here's the summary.

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - 45 minute easy run


Wednesday - strength training with a routine from Coach Laura


Thursday - Speed work at the gym: 10 minute warm up, 8 x 1 minute hard, 90 seconds recovery, 10 minute cool down.


Friday - 30 minute easy run


Saturday - Strength training with a FitStar routine

We also had an early flight to Columbus today to go to a wedding for an old family friend.  It was a great time catching up with people and enjoying some time with my family.


Sunday - 8 mile long run


Like I mentioned, I'm happy with how the week went. It also helped that we had some cooler temperatures last week.  So the plan for this week is pretty similar.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - 45 minute easy run
Wednesday - strength training
Thursday - speed work
Friday - 30 minute easy run
Saturday - strength training
Sunday - 9 mile long run

I hope everyone else had a good week!  Since I'm official in training now, I'm going to start linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap.  I'm also  linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Sara Runs This Town) for the Weekly Wrap.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Heart Rate Training week 14

My week went by super quick.  I was not around much in blog world due to lots of stuff at work plus a quick work trip in the middle of the week.  But to be honest, I was also resting my foot pretty much all week.  I hardly worked out at all but I think that was the right move.  My foot is almost back to normal.  Just in time for marathon training to start!

Monday through Thursday were all rest days.  Tuesday, I flew to Cleveland for work.  I had a harrowing Lyft drive to the airport so I relaxed a bit once I got to the airport.


My parents don't live too far from Cleveland so they also drove up and I had dinner with them and some family friends that evening.  I presented my material during the day Wednesday and then I flew back home Wednesday evening.  Another fun thing this week was my husband signed my up for the Reddit runner gift exchange and my gifts came in.  I love the Disney shirt and I'm sure I'll need the shot blocks during training.  I'm saving the decal for after I finish the race to not jinx myself.


Friday my foot was beginning to feel ok so I tried some strength training.


Saturday I met up with friends for a run.  We were thinking about doing 2 hours and we started out in the rain but then it started pouring so we cut it off at one hour.  We went back to my friend's house and did an online yoga video to make up the rest of the hour.  The good news is that my foot didn't hurt at all during the running, but it ended up hurting during some of the yoga poses that involved turning my foot sideways, so I tried to avoid those.


I had thought about trying another run Sunday but instead I decided to take it easy on my foot and do a fitstar routine for more strength training.


So that was my week.  It kind of bummed me out not to be able to run when we had some beautiful weather that was cooler and lower humidity.  I didn't even put in any extra walking or anything on my rest days. But I really do think it was the best thing for my foot. Here's the plan for this week according to Coach Laura.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - east run
Wednesday - strength training
Thursday - speed work
Friday - easy run
Saturday - strength training
Sunday - 7 to 8 mile long run

I hope everyone else had a good week!  I'm linking up withHoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Pretty Lil Mudder) for the Weekly Wrap.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Heart Rate Training Week 13

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  My week didn't exactly go to plan.  Long story short, my foot still hurts and I'm not sure what the issue is.  Hopefully it will go away with another day of rest but here are the details of the week:

Monday - rest day with a 20 minute walk

Tuesday - 20 minute walk and strength training


Wednesday- Morning run before work


Thursday - Unplanned rest day with a 30 minute walk in the evening.  Sadly, I think this may have been when I hurt my foot since it started hurting Friday morning.

Friday - Speed work in the morning before work.  It was 4/1 intervals.


We also went out dancing again at the last silent disco of the year.  The DJs weren't as good as past years but we still had a lot of fun.


Saturday- I tried out a new barre class.  It was ok.  I got a great workout for my core and legs but it wasn't as high energy as past barre classes I've been to.

Sunday - I was planning to meet friends for a 2 hour run.  But when we started, there was an immediate sharp pain in my foot :(  So I decided to just walk.  At some point in mile 2, the foot wasn't hurting and I could walk normally so I ran a bit in mile 2 and was able to add even more running in mile 3.  But I decided to just keep it to 1 hour instead of 2 hours.


I was glad I got out there though since it was such a beautiful morning!


So that was my week.   The foot still hurts (it's the front and outside of the ankle).  It's fine most of the time but there's pain when I move it wrong, i.e. tilt it up or to the side.  My work shoes have a slight heel and it actually helps since it keeps my foot tilted down.  I'm hoping more rest today will help.  But I hope everyone else had a good week!  I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin (and guest host Finding Fabulous at Fifty) for the Weekly Wrap.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Five August Runfessions

It's the last Friday of August.  I hate feeling like the Summer is slipping through my fingers.  But all we can do is try to make the most of the time that's left!  And of course, Friday means it's time for the Friday Five link up hosted by Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness.  So I'm going to take the time today to talk about some runfessions.

Friday Five Linkup 2.0

1.  Skipped a run - I've been pretty good about getting in 4 runs per week recently but I skipped my speed work at the gym last night.  I have no good reason, I just was tired after a long day at work and just wanted to get home, have some dinner, and cuddle with some cats.  So that's what I did.  I figure no point in getting burned out before I even start marathon training.  I did make it up with speed work this morning before work but that means it will just be 3 runs this week.

Shelby's side eye when I want to cuddle

2.  Worried about my feet - Not sure what's been going on with my feet but they've been hurting at random times.  I don't think it's even really related to running.  I did switch out some old worn out every day shoes recently so hopefully that will help.  I've also been better about doing the feet exercises from the podiatrist and with icing my feet.


3.  Forgetting to take photos - I love seeing everyone's photos of their run.  I enjoy the selfies and I enjoy the scenery photos.  I keep telling myself I need to do more of that but then I keep forgetting.  Not a big thing in the greater scheme but I'm going to try to remember to do this more.

I did remember to take a photo Wednesday morning with the sunrise

4.  Bad at foam rolling - Foam rolling is something else that I haven't been that good at.  I'm definitely working on getting better at this too.  I even added it to my habit tracker and hope to get at least 2 foam rolling sessions in per week, more as needed.

Instruments of torture?

5.  Food and weight - I've had some success losing weight recently and eating better.  But then this week has been a struggle.  It's like I had a couple weeks of success and then I've just gotten lax again.  I'm getting back on the wagon today and trying to remember that a couple good weeks is not all it's about.  I've got to remember that it's about a healthy lifestyle in general.

So that's it for today.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eastern County 8k

I met up with some friends last weekend to run the Montgomery County Road Runner's Eastern County 8k.  This is one of their low-key races so it was free for members!  I had done this race 2 years ago and really liked the first part of the course but not the last mile or so.  I had heard that year was not the normal course and they had to make a last minute change and that the course is usually nice the whole way.  So we were giving it another try.

The course is in a beautiful, local park. It starts off on the road but moves to a paved trail pretty quickly.  It follows the trail around and then there's a turn around at the half way point, then back the way we came.  We continue to follow the trail back the way we came until the finish, which is by the start.

Empty course during my 1 mile warm up

It's a fairly hilly course.  It starts with a nice downhill and then some rolling hills but that means on the way back, there is a whole lot of uphill at the end. Most of the race was pretty shaded except the last half mile or so where the sun really beat down on us.


It's a pretty small race.  There were only 139 people this year and the last time I ran this race, there was around 160.  The trail isn't closed so in addition to the race participants, there is the usual use of the trail and plenty of people walking their dogs, out with their kids, etc.  I was in the back of the pack so it never felt too crowded but I'm sure it might have been a bit congested for the middle of the pack, especially since it was an out and back on the same trail.


Speaking of back of the pack, I was way in the back of the pack for this one.  I knew it was a small race but I had a minute of panic at the beginning because I felt like I might be the last person.  But then I talked myself down and reminded myself that it didn't matter if I was the last person.  Someone has to be and I should still just run my own race at my own pace.  So I slowed down to where I felt comfortable and tried to just run my own race.


I picked off two people by the turn around and picked up 3 or 4 more people before the finish. And more importantly for me, I enjoyed the race and felt good the whole time, in spite of the heat and humidity.


So I'm glad we gave this race another try!  I love the location and the trail it's run on.  It was a beautiful wooded area with shade for most of the race.  The only negative this time was that there wasn't much food left at the end of back of the packers.  This is really unusual for MCRRC races.  There is almost always plenty of food at the end.  This time, there were no bananas, no oranges, no watermelon... there were some dates so I helped myself to one of those.  There was also plenty to drink with water, apple juice, and iced tea.  The array of beverages seemed a bit unusual.  Hopefully the food thing was just an aberration.