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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:


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.


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.


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…


AM: 45 minutes of full-body strength training

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


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


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.


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)

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

Are you joining the #NoExcuses challenge? DO IT.

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