Tuesday, September 26, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 3

Oops, I'm a day late with my training recap of last week.  Things have been crazy recently with work and lots of things going on, plus another work trip this week.  But I am happy to say that even though blogging has taken a back seat, training has not.  I got in all my runs last week and I got in 2 strength training sessions, though I did skimp a bit on them.  But here are the details.

Monday - rest day with a 20 minute walk at work

Tuesday - 30 minute easy run


Wednesday- Strength training (I should have done 3 sets but only got 2 in)

Thursday - Speed work on the treadmill


Friday - unplanned rest day with a 15 minute walk after work

Saturday - 10 mile long run


Sunday - 45 minute easy run plus strength training moved over from Friday


The plan was shuffled around a bit for this week.  Initially I was thinking I would get in a run while I was in Chicago and it would be a nice way to see a bit of the city.  But as the schedule filled in and breakfast meetings kept getting added, I decided not to take a change and to get my runs in before and after my trip. So here's the plan for this week.

Monday- speed work at the gym
Tuesday - 30 minute easy run
Wednesday - travel day with strength training in the afternoon
Thursday - rest day
Friday - strength training plus traveling back home in the evening
Saturday- 45 minute easy run
Sunday- 12 mile long run

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.