Monday, October 16, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 6

Well, it's been another busy week but I'm pretty happy with how the week of training went.  It involved lots of catching up time with friends and family as well as a fun race.  Here are the details.

Monday - Rest day with recovery yoga from Yoga With Adrienne

Tuesday - 45 minute easy run in the morning before work

Wednesday - Strength training

Thursday - Tempo run after work.  It was supposed to be 10 minutes of warming up in zone 2, 20 minutes in zone 3, and a 10 minute cool down in zone 2.  I was a bit crunched for time and only did 32 minutes instead of the full 40 minutes.  The cool down was just a couple minutes but I did get in the full amount of zone 3 running.

Friday - rest day and walking around the expo for the Nationwide Columbus half marathon.  I skipped my scheduled strength training

Saturday- 60 minutes easy in the morning in my parents neighborhood, part of it was a walk with my dad.

Saturday evening we got together for dinner with a whole bunch of old friends.

Sunday - Columbus half marathon - this was a great race!  There was also a 1 mile walk to the start and after the race back to the hotel so 15 miles total with the walking. Full recap to come.

Here's Coach Laura's plan for this upcoming week.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - 45 minute easy run
Wednesday - strength training
Thursday - 45 minutes to include 20 minutes speed work
Friday - strength training 
Saturday - 60 minute easy run
Sunday - 14 mile long run

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How is it October already!?!

I cannot believe how fast the year is going by.  I'm already on week 6 of Marathon training.  And I have a bunch of fun plans for the Fall that seemed so distant and now they've crept up on me and I'm feeling unprepared.  In reality, it's all fine and I'm sure things will fall into place but I've just done less research and planning then I'm used to.

First, this weekend is the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon.  I'm so excited for this one because I'm running it with a bunch of childhood friends and there will be a bunch of family spectating.  Two of us have run half marathons before and it will be my friend's first full marathon.  It will be a first half marathon for the others.  But I haven't figured out much about transportation, logistics, food, etc.  Thankfully, my parents live in Columbus and will drive me around a bit, and one of my friends lives right near the start/finish and has offered his apartment for the group to use before and after.

Me in the middle with 2 of the friends running their first half this weekend

And then yesterday, Mike reminded me it's a month before we leave for our big Fall vacation!  This has been in the plans for a while as it's my 40th birthday celebration :)  We're going to Disneyland and I'm doing the Infinity Gauntlet challenge. And then after that, we're going to Maui for a week.  I'm really looking forward to the time to relax in Hawaii and I'm sure I'll need it even more after a weekend at Disneyland.  We've booked hotels and stuff and I've done some general research but we haven't made too many specific plans yet.  This may be a vacation where we play things by ear and have less structure than usual. 

From our last trip to Disneyland, back before I had even started running

And of course, then we're into the holidays and we still haven't done anything to prepare for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I'm sure that will be here before we know it.  And then right after that is the trip to Disney World for the marathon in January. So with all the trips and with marathon training, I'm sure I'll continue to feel behind for the rest of the year.  But at least it's all for good reasons!  And at least training is going pretty well.  I definitely won't feel untrained for the half marathons.  I did 12 miles two weeks ago so should be trained up for this weekend's half.  And I'll have done a 16 mile long run before the Avengers half so I should be ready for that one as well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 5

I had a pretty good week and I hope all of you did as well :)  This week felt pretty routine, which I was happy about after all the recent travel.  And on the training front, this was scheduled to be a bit of a cut back week with 2 rest days and no speed work given the army 10 miler.  Which I ended up deciding not to do.  But here are the details. 

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - Strength training

Wednesday - 30 minute easy run before work.

Thursday - I moved my rest day from Saturday to Thursday since this ended up being a hard day at work and I was exhausted.

Friday - 45 minute easy run before work.

 Saturday - 45 easy run in the morning.

We also went to the expo for the Army 10 miler to pick up bibs and then had a delicious brunch with a friend who had moved out of town earlier this year but was back for a visit.

Sunday - 10 miles on the treadmill. 

I was supposed to do the Army 10 miler but decided not to do it at the last minute.  I had initially signed up because two of my friends were planning on doing it but they both ended up backing out a couple weeks ago for various reasons.  And when I checked the forecast Saturday night, there was a risk of thunderstorms.  As my main goal is training for the marathon, I didn't want to risk the race getting shortened or cancelled and not being able to get in my assigned 10 miles.  It turns out that the thunder storms didn't materialize but it looks like the race did get shortened a mile for the back of the pack (which I would probably have been in) for heat/humidity.

We also spent some time checking out the Halloween store to get some decor for our house.  There were some pretty creepy things available!  We did not go with these but couldn't resist trying on some of the masks.

Here's Coach Laura's plan for this upcoming week.

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - 45 minute easy run
Wednesday - strength training
Thursday - 40 minute moderate run
Friday - strength training + flying to Ohio
Saturday - 60 minute easy run
Sunday - Columbus half marathon + 1 mile warm up for 14 miles total

I'm linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap.  I'm also  linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.

Monday, October 2, 2017

WDW Marathon Training - Week 4

Last week was a tough week for training, which I knew it would be.  I'm glad I shifted things around a bit and got in my speed work at the beginning of the week.  So I got in speed work, 1 easy run, and a long run.  I did miss 1 easy run and didn't get in any strength training.  But traveling for work always ends up exhausting since it's meetings non-stop from 7am to the evening.  At least we were staying in a different hotel than where the conference was so I got some pretty walks around Chicago in.

Monday- speed work - this one was fun.  It was a 15 minute warm up and then a ladder with 1 minute fast, one minute recover, 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery, 3 minutes fast, 3 minutes recovery, and back down ending with a 15 minute cool down.


Tuesday - Easy 30 minute run


Wednesday - Rest day. I flew to Chicago and got in a 20 walk at the airport as well as a walk in Chicago.


Thursday- Rest day with more pretty walks around Chicago.


Friday - Rest day with just a walk around O'Hare.  I did at least get in 10,000 steps every day I was in Chicago.

Saturday - Rest day.  This was supposed to be a 45 minute easy run but I was just so exhausted.  I actually ended up taking two naps!  I did get some errands done and got in a 30 minute walk in the evening.

Sunday - 12 mile long run with a friend.  It was a cooler morning than my last couple long runs, which was much appreciated.  We also drove over to the C&O Canal tow path, which is an unpaved trail and pretty flat.  It was beautiful and we saw 3 separate groups of deer.



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

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 :)