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Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 12

Twelve weeks in, and I finally had a training week that felt great. My legs felt good, my guts felt better than they have in a long time (yay restrictive diet!), and the weather was absolutely amazing. Here’s how it went.

Monday: 

AM: I finally decided to be less of a bum and get to the gym to lift for 45 minutes.

PM: 12 miles easy in the beautiful sunshine.
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Like my new sunglasses? I finally broke down and bought decent ones.

Tuesday:

Parent-teacher conferences in the evening meant a morning treadmill run. Whomp whomp. 8 easy miles and some quick core work.

Wednesday:

Another easy 8-miler, outside this time, followed by some core work and stretching. I’m trying to learn to take mid-run selfies like you legit bloggers. It’s not going so well.
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Yep, that looks natural.

Thursday: 

Another day of conferences meant another treadmill run — Yasso 800s this time. I know it’s not quite the same on the treadmill, but I hit my pace on all of them and didn’t feel like death, so I’m counting that as a win! I ended up cutting my cool-down (super)short because of the whole “having to go to work” bit and ended up with 8.2 miles for the day.

Friday: 

To make up for the two nights of conferences, we had Friday off, which was sweet. In the middle of the day (because I could), I ran 8 miles, stopped at the gym to lift, and ran another mile home. It was glorious.

"Maybe if I take the picture on this side of the pond, it'll work better!" Nope.
“Maybe if I take the picture on this side of the pond, it’ll work better!” Nope.

Saturday: 

22 miles. It felt downright hot outside. My body’s not used to this “warmth” business yet!
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Here’s a me-less picture, since you’re probably getting tired of looking at my awkward mug.

Sunday:

Rest day, but way too nice out to stay inside. My pal Sarah came over, and she and J and I walked for about an hour. It was 80 degrees out. 80.

Total: 67.2 miles. That’s a nice number. I feel good about that.

Is it feeling springy where you are?

Do you take mid-workout selfies? HOW?

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 11

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS OVER!

If the capital letters weren’t enough to clue you in, let me just tell you: I’m excited. And check out the saucy temperatures coming up this week:
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Tuesday and Thursday are parent-teacher conference days, which means no enjoying that glorious sunshine, but you’d better believe that the rest of the week, I’ll be soaking it up.

In the meantime, let’s review what I hope was my last treadmill-heavy week of this training cycle. I mentioned last weekend that this was kind of an awkward cutback week: even though my training plan weeks are Monday-Sunday, this cutback started with last Saturday’s “long run” and went until this Friday. Here’s how it went:

Monday: 

AM: Body-weight strength training in the basement. I need to get back to the gym, but it sure is  easier to just go downstairs.

PM: Tempo intervals: 5 x 2000m with 400m recoveries; 10 miles total including warm-up and cool-down. This was the first speed workout this whole cycle that I’ve felt really good. I hope that’s a good sign.

Tuesday: 

6 miles easy, core work, and stretching

Wednesday: 

7 miles of fartleks followed by core work. And fruit loop socks, because this was a morning run and fruit loop socks make mornings happier.
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Thursday: 

AM: The same strength workout as Monday

PM: 6 miles easy

Friday: 

5 easy miles

Saturday: 

20-mile long run. J had a meeting (and thus a hotel room) in Denver Friday through Saturday, so I tagged along and got to enjoy my long run in the Mile High City.
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This picture is from the top of the little hill in Cheesman Park, which feels not-so-little at mile 9ish of the half at Rock ‘n Roll Denver (it’s mile 9 of the full, too, but feels a lot less brutal when you’re running the full).

Sunday: 

Rest. I didn’t even do yoga today. I took a walk instead, because the weather was gorgeous and I needed my vitamin D fix.

Total: 54 miles

And that’s the week in a nutshell. I will get back to the gym this week. I will. Maybe.

Daylight savings: Love it or hate it?

Favorite at-home strength move? I’ve been doing pistol squats. I love/hate them.

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 10

I like to believe that I’ll post more each week than my training recaps. But then I remember that I teach English and essays don’t just grade themselves. The good news is that Matt from No Meat Athlete and his sister are doing another #writeandrun31 challenge this month. I got some decent writing out of the January challenge, so I’m looking forward to this one. I’m committing to 10 minutes per day of writing, which is what I did in January. It’s not much, but it gets the juices flowing and I usually end up writing longer. Plus, it’s easy to convince myself to do even if it’s bedtime.

I hope I’ll have some interesting, non-training log stuff for you to read soon, but until then, let’s take a look at this week, the first on my new plan.

Monday: 

AM: 45 minutes of strength training, done in the basement because driving on icy roads before 5 a.m. sounded just plain awful.

PM: 10 miles easy

Tuesday: 

8 miles easy — layered up for 4 outside, then finished with 4 inside once the sun went down, followed by enough core work and stretching to get to a good stopping point in The Bachelor. 
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Wednesday: 

Cruise intervals: 10 x 1000m. With the warm-up and a too-short cool-down, I hit an even 10.

Thursday: 

AM: Strength training in the basement again, this time for only 30 minutes. I love sleep.

PM: 8-mile easy run. I didn’t get home in time to make layering up for a couple of outside miles worth it, so I stuck to the tready.

Friday: 

7 easy miles, core, and stretching

Saturday: 

I spent Saturday decorating for and chaperoning a dance, and while I thought I’d probably have time to run between decorating and heading back to let in the DJ, I didn’t want to risk running out of time. Decorating always takes longer than I think it will. Who knew that hanging gossamer was such a time-consuming task? Anyway, I decided to run before decorating, which meant starting at dark o’clock, which meant treadmill.
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Luckily, this plan has kind of an awkward cutback week — it started with Saturday’s shorter progression run, and this coming week’s runs are shorter, but this Saturday’s long run will be back to 20. I won’t complain, because that 11-mile progression run fit perfectly into the time I had on Saturday, AND I had a little time in the afternoon to squeeze in a catnap before this grandma had to stay up until midnight.

Sunday: 

30 minutes of yoga.

Totals: 54.1 miles, a little over 2 hours strength, stretch, etc.

In other news, I’ve had “The Wobble” playing in my head all. day. long. Darn you, dance.

Which would you choose for a strength workout: bodyweight and dumbbells at home, or an early-morning drive to the gym? I prefer home, but sometimes I go to the gym since I don’t have all the weights.

What was your favorite song to dance to in high school?

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 9 and a Change of Plans

I made a decision this week. I didn’t even waffle much, so I’m pretty sure it was the right decision. That decision was to switch training plans, even though I’m at exactly the halfway point of training.

Here’s why: I love to run, and I love to train hard. But running is my hobby. I’m an okay age-grouper, sure. But I’ll never be an elite or even a sub-elite. This will never be my job. And the time commitment required by the plan I was following was simply too much for me right now. I have a career, and a husband, and commitments outside of running, and they were starting to be neglected in favor of my hobby. Something is wrong with that picture.

Starting tomorrow (well, really, starting yesterday, but we’ll get to that soon), I’m switching back to the McMillan plan that I’ve followed for my last couple of marathons. My peak mileage will still be around 70, but it’ll be more spread out over the course of the week. Rather than having a 15-miler Tuesday and a 5-miler Wednesday, for example, I’ll have an 11-miler Tuesday and a 9-miler Wednesday. That difference may not sound like much, but trust me, it’s MUCH more manageable.

That’s the new plan. Here’s how last week on the old plan looked:

Monday:
AM: 6-mile recovery run. I had the day off for President’s day, but woke up early (of course) and decided to just crank it out on the treadmill.

PM: 4-mile recovery plus 45 minutes strength training. I ran 3 miles, lifted, then ran the mile home. It was a bit on the chilly side, but not bad.
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Tuesday: 

14-mile run.

Wednesday:

5-mile recovery run, finishing with the sunset.
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Followed by some core work, stretching, and foam rolling.

Thursday: 

AM: 45 minutes strength training

PM: 11 miles with 6 at tempo. I warmed up outside, then did the tempo portion and the cooldown on the treadmill. I can’t wait for the time change!

Friday:

6-mile recovery run, core, and stretching. i’d hoped to get home in time to run outside, but ended up chatting with some colleagues for too long. Whoops.

Saturday: 

Earlier Saturday morning, I’d reworked my training plan and switched to the new one, which said 16-20 miles. Since the old one said 20,I figured I’d just finish out the week on schedule and switch Monday. Nope. I felt pretty crummy the entire run. The RD said my stomach stuff might get worse before it gets better. Well, she was right about the “worse” part, at least. That, added with the head cold I’m fighting and the snowstorm moving in, made the run pretty darn miserable. I decided 16 was just freaking fine. I regret nothing. photo 2

At least the pond was pretty.

Sunday: 

An hour of yoga. I followed this video, and I really enjoyed it. Holy hip openers.

Total: 62 miles.

I’m definitely looking forward to this week and the not-so-life-consuming training schedule. Especially since I need to rest up and shake this wanna-be sickness before next Saturday, when I get to stay up late chaperoning a high school dance. SO FUN. (SO SARCASTIC.)

Have you ever changed training plans mid-cycle?

What’s your trick for preventing the sniffles from becoming full-blown colds/flu? Normally, I drink green tea and Airborne like it’s my job, but Airborne is off-limits for now.

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 8

Three-day weekends are amazing, but sometimes they throw me off… hence my weekly training recap being posted on Monday night instead of Sunday. Today felt like Sunday, and yesterday, we went to the Denver Home and Garden Show and had dinner with my brother and his fiance, so by the time we got home, I chose bed over blogging. I regret nothing. To make up for not posting on schedule, here’s a picture of a firetruck dog made out of flowers at the Home and Garden Show. He’s the cutest.

Woof.
Woof.

So anyway, training. This week, Colorado decided that it didn’t want to be February anymore, and the weather skipped right over to April. I don’t blame it, because February kinda sucks. This week was full of 60-degree, sunshiny days, and I was able to get off work early enough to run at least a bit outside every day.

Monday:
AM: 45 minutes strength training

PM: 10 with 5 at tempo. I ran a three-mile warm-up and two tempo miles outside before dark, then hopped on the treadmill and finished the last three at tempo and a two-mile cooldown. It’s not ideal to break up the tempo part like that (it took a few minutes to use the bathroom and cue up a show for the treadmill), but I was NOT going to pass up that weather.
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Tuesday:
14 miles — 6 outside, 8 in. These weekday longer runs are a staple of Pfitz plans, and I do think they’ll help me bust that dumb 3:13, but man, they are tough. No grading happens on Tuesday nights right now.

Wednesday:
5 recovery miles, and then core work and some yoga for Sweat Pink and Prana’s #tbringingyogaback Instagram challenge.

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Confession: After Wednesday, I gave up on the challenge. The poses got harder, and I got awkwarder (it’s a word; shut up), and I did not wish to show that awkwardness to all the Internet people… especially since those pictures would probably make their way onto my students’ propaganda posters next fall.

Thursday:
I fully intended to get up and go lift, but I slept miserably. As I was lying wide awake at 3:30, I thought, “You know, if I do manage to fall asleep in the next hour, I do not want to get right back up.” So I turned off the 4:30 alarm and did, in fact, manage to go back to sleep. So there was no strength training, but there was an after-work 11-miler, again split between outside and inside, so the day wasn’t a total loss.

Friday:
My longest workday outside run yet this year: 7 miles with strides, followed by some core and stretching.
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Saturday:

21 miles, wearing shorts and T-shirt. It was glorious, and I apologize for my bragging to all you East Coasters wading through snow right now. This was my longest run since last September,  so I kept it on the slower end of long run pace, and even stopped to say hi to some cattle.
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Sunday: 
Rest day. I was glad of it, since the weather decided to be all Februaryish again and snow and blow. I really should have done some yoga before we left for Denver, though, because my hips were whining all day. I told them to shut up and quit being baby hips, but they didn’t listen.

Totals: 68 miles, 1.5ish hours strength training/stretching — slacked a bit there; I’ll pick it back up this week.

Did you get a long weekend, too? How’d you spend it?

What’s your favorite yoga pose? Do you also feel like an inflexible doofus when you do yoga? No, just me? Shoot.

And there you have it.

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 7

Hi friends! First off, thanks a ton for all the encouragement on my last recap. You all inspired me not to give up on my 3:10 goal and give it one more shot. This week was a cutback, so hopefully next week will feel better again.

Monday: 

AM: 45 minutes strength training. The gym is still crowded.

PM: 8 miles. We had an inservice day, so I was able to get out a little earlier than usual. Combined with the longer days, that meant I was able to do the whole thing outside. That makes me happy.
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Tuesday:

This was a weird day. I took a group of kids on a field trip, and we had lunch at Tokyo Joe’s. When I started running several hours later, my stomach felt like I had just eaten. It was miserable, and I made all of 5 of my planned 12 miles. I felt pretty crummy; in fact, I didn’t even eat dinner, and you know something’s wrong if I’m missing a meal. Apparently digesting is hard. But the good news is I have an appointment with an RD on Friday, so maybe she can figure out what’s wrong with me.

Wednesday: 

I got up bright and early feeling much better, so I cranked out a 10-miler (originally scheduled for Thursday). So that was good.

Thursday: 

AM: I got up at no-o’clock in the morning to make up Tuesday’s 12-miler. Why in the morning? Well, because I promised my freshmen I’d stay as late as they needed for help on their research project. Yeah… two came in and they were gone by 4. And it was 60 degrees. Boo.

PM: 45 minutes strength at the gym

Friday: 

5-mile recovery run. Another beautiful day ended with a beautiful sunset. Followed by core work and stretching. photo 2 (21)

Saturday:

15-mile long run. In shorts and T-shirt. It was amazing.

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Later, my friend Sarah came over, and we went for a walk. Because when it’s 70 degrees in February, you don’t stay inside.

Sunday: 

Rest day. J and I took a walk because it’d be a crime to stay inside on a 60-some degree day, and then I did some hip opener yoga.

Totals: 55 miles, 2.5ish hours strength and stretch

This week, mileage ramps back up. Here we go.

How’s the weather where you are? Sorry to rub it in to you East-Coasters.

Lincoln Marathon Training, Week 6: Is It Time to Give Up on my 3:10 Dream?

Am I the only person in the U.S. who doesn’t care about the Super Bowl? I have it on right now, but mostly just so I’ll have an idea of when J will be home. I don’t even care about the commercials anymore, since a bunch were released early and the rest will be on the interwebs, so I can watch them anytime if I want to. Instead, I’ll blog about my training week and the mental gymnastics I’ve been doing regarding this race. Aren’t you excited?

Monday: 

AM: 9 miles with 5 at tempo. I like doing tempo runs on the treadmill, because then I have to hold that pace, and I don’t go out too fast like I do in every outdoor tempo run. And race.

PM: 45 minutes of strength training at the gym. Apparently my strategy of avoiding the gym for the first couple of weeks of January worked; I heard some of the “regulars” talking about how all the resolutioners were gone.

Tuesday: 

14 miles. I left work a smidge earlier than usual and managed to get in 5 outside miles in the beautiful weather before the sun went down and forced me onto the treadmill. I’ve missed running into the sunset, and I’m SO GLAD the days are finally getting longer.

Stopping to wait for a train makes for a good sunset photo op.
Stopping to wait for a train makes for a good sunset photo op.

I hopped off the treadmill and did a 90-second wall sit for the #NoExcuses Sweat Pink challenge. Know what’s painful? Doing a 90-second wall sit after running 14 miles.
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Wednesday:

I’ve found myself looking forward to Wednesdays during this training cycle, as they’re recovery days. Five slow, easy miles followed by core work and stretching. I took a picture to prove that I was stretching, since I hardly ever do it. But I’m really trying to make it a priority this cycle.
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Thursday: 

AM: 45 minutes strength training. Getting to the gym in the mornings is tough, but it’s so much quieter. Plus, I didn’t think I’d have time to get in my whole run before work.

PM: 12 miles. I had planned a run like Tuesday’s — outside until it got dark, then inside — but some students borrowed my classroom Chromebooks and then weren’t where they said they’d be, so I lost a chunk of time searching for them and it was dark by the time i got home and changed. Darn kids.

Friday: 

Wednesday’s twin: 5 recovery miles, core, stretching

Saturday: 

18 miles. I hated almost every step of this run. If I’m being perfectly honest, I should admit that I went into it with a bad attitude. The weather was cold and gloomy, and I was tired, and my throat was scratchy, and I was overall being a big baby. Things did not improve when I finished the first eight miles and was supposed to run the final 10 at goal pace. I could not hold my goal pace to save my life. Goal pace is 7:15; I was struggling to keep it sub-8. This went on for the entire run. My legs were tired, but that’s the point of these runs after several days of higher mileage: the fast part is supposed to feel like the last 10 miles of a marathon, not the first. But that almost makes it more frustrating that I couldn’t hold the pace.

Recycled picture from the Fall Classic, where I ran yet another 3:13.
Recycled picture from the Fall Classic, where I ran yet another 3:13.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that goal pace runs are always hard for me. I almost always struggle to hold goal pace.  My goal for my last two marathons has been to run a 3:10 or better. Both times, I’ve run 3:13s, making a total of three 3:13 marathons. I’m wondering if it’s time to give up on the 3:10 dream. I don’t want to be a quitter, but at what point is it not quitting so much as admitting your goal is too lofty? I’m training as hard as I can — I can’t fit in anymore mileage and still, you know, have a job and friends and a happy husband.

So what do I do? Part of me thinks I have a 3:10 in me –I would’ve had it at the Fall Classic had my digestive system not rebelled. But Saturday’s run was hugely discouraging. If I can’t even hold 7:15 pace for 10 miles, how can I expect to hold it for 26.2?

Okay, rant over. But I’d appreciate any advice and your honest opinions on whether or not 3:10 is unrealistic.

Sunday

45 minutes of yoga. I tried a new-to-me video on YouTube, which was a little more challenging than my go-to routines via the Yoga Studio app. It was tough but good for me, I think.

Totals: 63 miles, about 2:45 strength/stretch.

This coming week is a cutback week (all the way back to 55 miles…). I’m looking forward to it.

Do you think I can run a 3:10?

What seemingly impossible goals have you reached? Tell me some inspiring stories, please!

Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 5

This training cycle seems to be going really quickly. Week 5 already?! But that’s a very good thing, because the days are getting longer and warmer (though I’m sure we still have several cold and snowy spells ahead). Week 5 was a decent one; I feel like my body’s finally adjusting to the heavier training load again. And I even made it back into the gym, which resulted in some major DOMS… meaning I need to not take several-week breaks from lifting. Profound insight, that one.


I love memes.

Anyway, here’s how the week went:

Monday: 
Monday was a great day. I started by going to the gym… at 7:30 because I had the day off. 7:30 is an amazing gym time because no one is there. I wish I could do that all the time. Later, once it warmed up to shorts-temperatures, I headed out for a nine-miler, finished with 10 strides. (Side note: I’ve been doing strides for years and I still feel like I’m doing them wrong).
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Then, the day got EVEN BETTER because when I got home from my run, these babies were waiting for me on the porch:
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End-of-year shoe sales are the best. I already have an identical pair that’s still in rotation, but no worries: my Sweat Pink shoelaces will help me tell the difference.

Tuesday:
14 miles. On. The. Treadmill. After work. It might not be exaggerating to say that this felt like the longest run of my life. Also, no grading got done that night. It was mostly just run-eat-sleep. I did manage to catch most of the State of the Union address, so I felt like an okay American.

Wednesday: 

5 recovery miles. They felt remarkably short after the previous day’s run. Afterward, I did some core work and stretched a little.

Thursday: 

AM: 11 miles easy, again on the treadmill because winter. I miss daylight and non-icy roads.

PM: 45 minutes of strength training at the gym.

Friday: 

I fully intended to be a good person and work out in the morning so I could stay and watch the basketball game after school. But being a good person seemed a lot less important at 4:30 a.m., so I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep. So… 5 evening recovery miles, core work, stretching, and foam rolling. And no basketball-watching. Hashtag I’majerk.

Saturday: 

18-mile long run. I started at around 7:30, and it was pretty chilly. I kept expecting it to warm up, but it never did. It wasn’t miserable, but this friend of mine had a hard time getting undressed for a post-run shower because her hands were so cold. She flailed around for nearly ten minutes and it was kind of hilarious.

Okay, it was me. I don’t have friends.
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Yes, I’m wearing giant, non-running sunglasses. My awesome running sunglasses got stolen a few months ago, and the cheap-o ones I bought to replaces them broke. These were better than nothing.

Sunday: 

Rest day! 30 minutes of yoga.

Totals: 62 miles running, about 2.5 hours strength/stretch

This coming week looks almost identical mileage-wise. My main goals are to work on my post-run nutrition (always a struggle) and keep working on stretching and strength training.

Have a great week, friends!

What is your favorite time to go to the gym?

Runners: What sunglasses do you wear? I really need to get some decent ones again, but I can’t afford Maui Jim’s like my beloved stolen glasses. Whomp whomp.

Lincoln Marathon Training, Week 4

Can you believe January is more than halfway over? If feeling that every year goes faster than the last is a sign that you’re getting old… well, I’m old. The good news is that the Colorado weather gods decided we’d been punished enough, and the past few days have been 50 degrees and glorious. And the days are getting longer all the time, so soon I’ll be back to outdoor runs on more than just the weekends.

Here’s how the training week went:

Monday: 

AM: About 30 minutes of upper-body and core work, including some planks for SweatPink’s #NoExcuses challenge
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PM: 11 miles easy. Or as easy as 11 miles on a treadmill on a Monday night can be.

Tuesday; 

AM: 30 minutes of lower-body and core

PM: 13 miles. That’s a long time on a treadmill, but on the bright side, I was able to watch almost the whole premier of The Bachelor. Yes, I know it premiered a week ago, but Hulu  won’t let me watch it free until the next episode is out. And it’s not within my pride to pay for that.

Wednesday: 

Only one workout: a five-mile recovery run and 10 #NoExcuses burpees.

Nothing says "I'm working hard" like looking at the camera to make sure it's working...
Nothing says “I’m working hard” like looking at the camera to make sure it’s fliming…

Thursday: 

AM: 45 minutes of full-body strength training

PM: 9-mile run with 4 at tempo. I hate tempo runs. Have I mentioned that?

Friday: 

5-mile recovery run and 15 minutes of yoga to try to loosen up my tight legs.

Saturday: 

We went to Denver Friday night with Jordan’s family, and I planned to do my long run in Denver Saturday morning. But we were staying way out by the airport (i.e. nowhere good to run that I know of), and when we woke up, the wind was howling. So I decided to wait until afternoon, which was a terrific choice: the wind died down, the sun was shining, and I ran 15 miles in shorts.
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Shorts weather also means snow-melting and mud-making weather.

Sunday: 

45 minutes of yoga. I tried a new-to-me video on Amazon. It wasn’t my favorite, but my legs and hips felt a lot better afterward. And I took a picture for the #NoExcuses challenge, because prizes.
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Totals: 58 miles running, about 2:45 strength and stretch.

This week, I plan to head back to the gym for my strength sessions. I avoided it the last couple of weeks because one, doing it in my basement is easier, especially in the early mornings, and two, I didn’t want to fight New Year’s crowds. But I need to lift some heavier weights, and I know that, so back to the gym I go tomorrow.

Anyone else wearing shorts in January?

What’s your next event?

Lincoln Marathon Training, Week 2

Before I get into my training recap for the week, I want to tell you about Sweat Guru’s No Excuses Challenge. If you’ve read my blog for long, you probably know I love challenges. Encouragement to work out, a group of like-minded supporters, and a chance to win prizes? I’m in. The Holiday Sweat challenge was a lot of fun, so imagine my excitement when I saw this one! Here’s what it entails (wording taken from Sweat Guru’s e-mail):

  • Each Sunday we’ll send you an email with weekly prompts (workouts, healthy snack ideas and more)

    • We ask that you share your answer or interpretation of those prompts daily via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, your blog, etc using #NoExcuses #SweatPink for a chance to win fun weekly prizes from brands like Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Beaming with Health….etc etc…

    • The workouts will be things like drop down and give us 10 push-ups or burpees or even get out and run (or walk) a mile!

  • Each day, we’ll all share what we’re doing and how we’re doing it on our social channels and help each other stay accountable, motivated and on top of our goals.

  • Every Friday, we’ll send around an email with winners, prizes and our favorite Tweets, IG posts and blog posts from the week (hello, link love and social sharing!)

Want to sign up? Use this link: http://bit.ly/1yCAQLl.

Now, let’s talk about week 2 of marathon training. Between marathon training cycles, I tend to forget, or maybe just look at through rose-colored glasses, how time-consuming training is. This cycle seems especially so, since I’m going back to a Pete Pftitzinger training plan after using McMillan plans for the last two races. Both plans have about the same overall mileage, but Pftiz has longer-at-once mid-week runs  — an 11-miler one day and a 5-miler the next, for instance, instead of two 8-milers like McMillan’s. I’m hoping that the mid-week longer runs will make me stronger and faster so I can finally get over that 3:13 hump. So I’m willing to put in the mileage, even if that means seeing numbers like this on a treadmill on weeknight.photo (13)

Monday: 
AM: Longer runs also mean two-a-day workouts when I strength train. I’m trying to do upper and lower body on different days, when possible, so I can spend a little more time on each. Monday was upper body and core.

PM: 8 miles with 10 strides… or at least as close as I could come to running strides on a treadmill. They’re so short that it’s tough to do them inside.

Tuesday: 
AM: 30 minutes lower-body strength training.

PM: 12-mile easy run. I was pretty disappointed to see that I can’t watch The Bachelor on Hulu yet for free. Looks like I’ll be a week behind all season, so no spoilers!

Wednesday:
AM: 5-mile recovery run followed by some stretching and foam rolling, I’m really bad about doing those two things, so one of my goals this cycle is to diligently do them.
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Only one workout today, as I had an evening full of meetings.

Thursday:
AM: 9 miles easy. J and I both had meetings/stuff that had to be done after school, and I wasn’t sure how long they would take, so I wanted to make sure the run got done.

PM: Quick upper-body and core strength workout.

Friday:
AM: 5-mile recovery run, some core work, and a bit of stretching. And then I took a selfie, because that’s what bloggers do.
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Working out at home is the best, because who has time for clothes that match?

Saturday:
J had a meeting in Denver (read: free hotel room), so I went up and stayed with him Friday night. Saturday morning, I headed to the Cherry Creek Trail for what was supposed to be 16 miles with 8 at goal pace.
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The first couple of miles were pretty clear, but then the patchy ice became more ice than concrete. Instead of goal pace, I stuck with “stay-upright” pace. It was a beautiful morning, though, and I love running in Denver, so overall, I’m not disappointed. I’m a little sore today, even though I didn’t go fast. I think it’s from stabilizing myself on the ice.  Afterward, I met up with my two college roommates for pedicures and brunch, so Saturday was pretty super overall.

Sunday: 
Rest; just 30 minutes of yoga. J agreed to try joining me for my Sunday yoga sessions. I’m pretty excited… even though he’s WAY more flexible than I am and will show me up.

Totals: 55 miles, 2.5ish hours strength/stretch

Week 2 is in the books, and today I made a bunch of meals to free up some post-run evening time, so bring on Week 3

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What’s your favorite city to run/exercise in?