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MARATHON Training WK14 & WK15 - Bringing it in to the FINISH!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The end of last week concluded the intense portion of marathon training...can I get a WOOHOO!

Once again I finished my 20 mile long run just under 3 hours which means...dare I say it...I am on the right path to get a sub 4 hour marathon come the big day. I hate that I have even quantified that as my goal, which is a popular goal to say the least but really I do not want to put so much pressure on myself especially because I have been reading lots of blogs about this marathon and many others that have had the same exact goal. The story always starts out so similar, great training, a great start with high hopes and then the last few miles they slug it out only to get close and a few and I mean a selected few achieve the goal. The main thing that I learned is that the ones that have the near miss it is due to starting out too d@mn fast. I will attempt NOT to be so foolish for sure but I tend to make that mistake even in a 5K!

As of last week no more crazy mileage, I feel rather relieved about that and I say bring on the taper!

WK 14 Stats...

Monday - 5M run outside, 43:23
Tuesday - 5M run treadmill, 7mph
Wednesday - 12M run outside, 1:27:05, 8.92 mins per mile
Thursday - 6M run treadmill, 7mph
Friday - 6M run outside, very painful run, 54:57 PLUS cross training with zumba at night
Saturday - OFF
Sunday - OFF

WK15 Stats...
Monday - 5M treadmill, 7mph
Tuesday - 10M run outside, 1:27:38
Wednesday - 10M pace run, 6.6mph treadmill
Thursday - 5M run outside, 42:49
Friday - cross training, gym workout
Saturday, 20M run outside, new route, 2:58:25
Sunday - OFF


Don't mind the face shot, I look ROUGH in the morning, picture of my training shirt

WATER!! I use all 4 bottles

The power of GU! I love these things! 2 needed for 20 MILES...

Gotta have the tunes too!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/24/2014 3:09PM

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Bring on the taper!!! emoticon Great run times. 20 miles in under 3 hours....YOU ROCK!!

When you start your race...think of the all blogs you read & how they most started out to quick & didn't make their goal. Might help to slow you down a bit.

Good Luck & I can't wait to read your race report. My 1st FM is the weekend after I'll be needing insperation (no pressure!! emoticon

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KARENBROWN6 4/23/2014 9:45AM

Wow you are awesome. I am attempting a HM time of under 3 hours and you did 20 miles!
Good luck with the race and let us know how it goes.

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    You rock and will rock the race.

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IMSMILEY88 4/22/2014 10:51AM

    Of course you deserve a emoticon

I'm amazed at your speed and hope you are able to hold back at the start of your marathon. I watched some of Boston yesterday & didn't listen to a lot of commentary but it sounds like Shalane Flanagan probably just went too fast too soon & burned out before the fight really got started.

I'm dreaming of training for a marathon... if I can get my foot issue under control. But, I see you running your 20 mile run in under 3 hours.... it'd take me at least 4.5 hours! I see where that would be a big difference in just the amount of time needed for training. But, I'll work on speed for now & am going to start training for another half this fall & see how it goes from there.

I'm incredibly proud of you & hope/wish/pray you do your marathon in under 4 hours! But, you should be proud of yourself whether you achieve that goal or not.

Here's another... emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 4/22/2014 10:04AM

    Awesome job! Your training has really been on point and with another year of mileage under your belt, you will have no problem breaking 4 hours!

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    Keep it up! I am so jealous of people who run marathons!

Make Today a Great Day!

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MARATHON Training WK12 & WK13 - Adventures in Zumba, Chasing Sk8ters & Scaling Bridges!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Doesn't that title sound OH SO exciting!

I am just now catching up with my last two weeks of marathon training and unlike last year in which I was thoroughly exhausted from the process, this year I am making the training work for me and as such am enjoying myself more so than ever! Biggest difference is forcing myself to deviate from the ho hum of strictly running miles after miles and adding some fun stuff when possible to keep things interesting. So before the reporting of my stats...which are not too shabby I must say, let me share my recent fitness adventures...

On WK12, my scale back week I decided to switch it up from my typical gym workout on Fridays and joined my mom and my cousin at night time Zumba. Now Zumba for the record is NOT my thang, way too much coordination involved, way too much to think about for a workout. I dig the music though and my first class was free. So last Friday night I decided to attend night time Zumba for one reason and one reason only - they give out GLOWSTICKS! Yup, I am a gimmick kind of gal so the fact that you get glow sticks and the class is taught in the dark in black light was awesome, plus in the dark people cannot really see you screw up! It was a blast and I laughed. I was happy also that because it was my scale back week I purposely squeezed in some fun exercise and switched things up!

Then this past Saturday when I had to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to do a 20 mile training run, DS#1 volunteered to go with me and get this - skate the entire way. At first I said, yeah right, I mean the kid is a sk8ter (notice the spelling, I think that this makes me cool ;) but 20 miles is NOT for the faint of heart I mean I barely like it and I have been training for weeks. But he convinced me that this was no problemo, worse case scenario though I gave him the key to my car so if he wanted to go back he could at any time. Well the kid is a trooper and I ran after that skateboard for 20 miles on the bike track. I sang to DS#1 to make the time pass by but 3 hours is still 3 hours. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the end when I did my best tie for 20 miles! Afterwards we stopped at the gourmet coffee shop and had nice bonding time, love it!

Then this past Sunday, even though it was totally unplanned, I decided to pace my mom on a 5K in which you ran over the Jamestown bridge. Beautiful venue and she really enjoyed that fact that although she is an evil coach and I could never take that away from her - I went to a race that was not about myself and purely for her as she has sucked it up time and time again waiting for me. We had a great time although it was super duper hilly and I tried to warn her that Huh-llo bridges = hills but she learned that lesson that's for sure! The amenities were great, lots of post race food and it was put on very well. Also, I was scheduled for a 5 mile run that day and instead of freaking out (like last year) and opting out of the race because it was not in the training plan, I decided to do the 5K and then finish the remaining 2 miles on the treadmill at home. Still a little obsessive I know but for a control freak like myself, this proved to be the definition of flexibility.

Week 12
Monday - 6M run treadmill, pace run, 6.5 mph
Tuesday - 6M run outside, 53:42, 8.9 mins per mile
Wednesday - 5M run treadmill, 7 mph
Thursday - 12 mile run outside, 1:48:35, 9.02 mins per mile
Friday - 5M run treadmill, 6.8 mph
Friday night ZUMBA!

Week 13
Monday - OFF
Tuesday - 10 mile pace run treadmill, 6.5 mph
Wednesday - 10M run outside, 1:27:10, 8.71 mins per mile
Thursday - 5M run treadmill, 7mph
Friday - cross training, gym day
Saturday - 20M run outside, 2:57:45, 8.87 mins per mile!!!!
Sunday - 5K pacing mom, 43 minute finish, 2 mile treadmill run, 7mph

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HARRINGTON5 4/20/2014 4:04PM

    OMG, You are doing great! Good for you, I'm glad to hear you are having a little fun too.

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    You are gonna do awesome.

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CWRISTON1 4/11/2014 10:44PM

    You are STILL killing it girl! Can't wait to read more about your upcoming Marathon!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/10/2014 5:15PM

    Sounds like fun times were had!! I'd sooo be into the Zumba with glowsticks! Sounds like sooo much fun.

That's awesome that your son went with you on your long run & sk8ted the whole time...he must've been tired later. lol. Definetly a great bonding experence thou.

Your times are amazing as always. I can't wait till I can run fast like you. I ran a 22km last weekend in just under 3 I have a ways to go. lol.

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MBSHAZZER 4/10/2014 12:02PM

    No wonder you are loving the training this year, you are making it so fun! I love that your DS skated with you! That's totally awesome and I'm sure the bonding was great!

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IMSMILEY88 4/9/2014 1:00PM

    I loved reading about your adventures!

First of all, I can't imagine 20 miles taking only 3 hours. GASP!!! I've never done it, so I don't even know how long it'd take, but more like 4.5 hours.

Second, I think that is incredible that your son skated with you! Wow!!! And, you did it on a bike track? I'm wondering how many loops you had to make. Hopefully it's a long track!

Thirdly, I think the Zumba at night with glow sticks in the dark sounds really fun!! Glad you took some time to have fun and go a little outside of your comfort zone.

And, lastly, how great that you ran with the 5K with your mom! And then still did your extra 2 miles. It sounds like you are doing terrific with your training!!!

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MARATHON Training WK10 & 11 - Peak Training!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Man, the mileage these last two weeks has been pretty crazy but I am hanging in there! Last year during the peak mileage time I was burnt out pretty much, it also did not help last year that I was in the middle of moving and buying a house whereas this year there are far less distractions going on. I am proud to say that I did every single training run as ordered by my Hal Higdon traing chart which is a beautiful thing. When I originally started training I was not too sure if the Intermediate 2 program was right for me since there are so many more training runs involved than my plan from last year. This time around I have 4 training runs of 20 miles which seems crazy to me. But what I have learned is that you take each run day by day and that the more you run the faster you are and this year I am seeing that in action. I did not want to put a time goal on my marathon completion because it seemed rather scary to put it out there but face it, much like everyone else I know, I want to finish in under 4 hours or at 4 hours. My first marathon which was a slightly longer distance of 26.4 and yes that 0.2 still bugs the crap out of me was finished in 4 hours and 6 minutes. I think that it it fairly reasonable to knock off 6 minutes of my time. We shall see but after my long run of 20 miles last week I am starting to feel really confident about this race!

The weather is still so cold in RI and I cannot stand it! I am looking forward to nice spring time weather but it hasn't happened yet. This week it is supposed to snow yet again, I am so over it seriously. I cannot wait to run in actual sunny mid temp weather, soon I hope!

My nutrition this year is seemingly better than my eating last year around this time during training but the scale has not been so nice. This week being my scale back week I am going to make an extra effort to really stick with clean eating and not overdo it. Perhaps muscle? Wishful thinking I must say, I just need to clean up my diet and control my portions better.

Anyhow, rather random blog but it is Monday, I feel well rested today and ready to take on the week which is a positive thing!

Monday - 9 mile pace run, treadmill, 6.5 mph
Tuesday - 4M run outside, 38:28, 9.57mins per mile
Wednesday - 4M run 7mph
Thursday - 9M run, 1:23:36, 9.26mins per mile
Friday - gym day
Saturday - 19M run outside, 9.16 mins per mile
Sunday - OFF

Monday - 10M treadmill run, 6.7mph
Tuesday - 5M outside, 43:25, 8.65mins per mile
Wednesday - 5M run treadmill, 42:52
Thursday - 10M run outside, 1:29:11, 8.9mins per mile
Friday - gym day
Saturday - 20M, 2:59:56 YESSSSS! 8.99mins per mile!
Sunday - OFF

Long run this week...12M, I am chilling!!!

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HARRINGTON5 4/6/2014 3:15PM

    You are really doing awesome! I am so thrilled for you. You are such a competitor that I know you are going to do well.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/25/2014 4:59PM

    Your doing Awesome!! I have no doubt that you'll make your race goal!!

Enjoy your scale back week. They are the best!!

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MBSHAZZER 3/24/2014 4:25PM

    More running and especially more long runs definitely make you faster and also more prepard. The more time you have on your feet during training, the easier the actual marathon will be.

I took 6 or 7 minutes off of my time from Marathon #1 and Marathon #2, so it is totally do-able (our times are very similar; marathon #1 I finished in 4:01 or something similar).

Sorry about the weather. I feel for pretty much everyone else that is not in Florida!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 3/24/2014 12:57PM

    You should be PROUD!!! This is great - sticking to the plan has proved me right last year... Like you I am going for a repeat... and it will lead us to success AGAIN!

I just finished week 9 Hal Higdon 26.2 (I really admire your perseverance and commitment to the plan - I have to switch one of my run to a cross because of the weather in "Northern" Ontario - still feels like winter with lots of snow and ice)...
I was looking back at my training log this morning to realize that 9 weeks ago a long run was 13k... now it is more than double that distance!

Don't worry too much about the weight... Food is fuel! You are doing fantastic - keeping the BIG picture in mind.

Thanks for sharing with us - you are a great source of inspiration - I will think of you in the next couple of week when I will tackle my long runs like you just did!

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    Realize if you are using your GPS watch to measure your distance - they ARE NOT Accurate. They are only allowed to access the satellite every I believe 10 seconds - so if you ever enlarge your route that the watch down loads to the computer you will see you cutting corners...turn arounds are terrible. Don't stress 0.2 tenths.

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MARATHON Training WK8 & WK9 Tracking & HM PR!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Well I totally slacked on tracking my training and my weekly goals last week but that does not mean that I was not busy! Yesterday I completed another half marathon which was part of my training and I did surprisingly well! There weather is cooler than what I would typically like for a half marathon in general so I was so surprised when I actually PR'd the event!

Yesterday I did the Ocean's Run Half Marathon in South Kingstown, RI. With the race being right on the water I knew that the scenery would be extremely nice. Trimom productions put on the event and the owner does a lot of local events in RI. I must say that Kathy outdid herself on this event. As part of your registration fee which was pretty small, you got a choice between a long sleeve tech shirt OR a nice snuggie like embroidered fleece, of course I opted for the fleece.

Accompanying me once again for race day was my always faithful partner in crime, my mom AKA the Evil Coach and she was seriously excited about this race as she was doing the 5K. Bonus was that she also got a fleece as well as a finisher medal. The Evil One was so excited race morning that everyone she saw thought that she was running the half marathon too. She wanted to talk to everyone on race day about her "professional" racing background and ALLLLL the races she has run before.

This race had a pretty good turnout and I must say that after seeing yesterday's event I am convinced that I must get a costume or at least a tutu for these races! I was not really nervous about this race mainly because this was not the "main event" and this was just considered part of my training process. Also, I had a few words of wisdom from the Evil Coach..."run fast" was her parting advice. I did not take my fuel belt because this race promised water at every mile and I even double checked with a volunteer the day before...

I felt extremely good during this race. What was helpful was that I had just run 17 miles the week before as part of my training so this was seemingly a walk in the park. The race route was fairly packed for the first couple of miles but then after mile 3 things lightened up. There was quite a crowd running in this race which was really nice. Here were my POSITIVE observations out there on race day...

#1. There was a guy out there with a boombox in his fuel belt blasting techno music...LOVE IT! I turned off my I-POD, told him that I loved the music and just followed that guy! He slacked later on and I had to leave him but what a welcome distraction!

#2. My I-POD per usual NOTE to self: must purchase new I-POD - was low battery after mile 3 which means I had to save it which meant turning the d@mn thing off which allowed me to monitor my breath the whole way and soak in the scenery

#3. Gu Gels ROCK! I had a chocolate one early on which gave me a great pep in my step, THEN at like mile 8 there was this guy on a bike handing out Hammer gels to the typically I hate blueberry everything but that day I loved me some blueberry hammer gel pitts and all!

#4. Training so hard and putting in lots of miles makes you FASTER, true story...I was killing it for most of the course, I felt good and strong and I could have kicked it up a notch at the end if the race did not end in a muddy down hill and grass and there was no way I was spraining my foot!

#5. I LOVE the after party and this after party did not disappoint, in the finisher tent there was tons of food and free goodies throughout, I was super impressed with the amenities!

#6. Finisher medals rock! I always expect one for a half but seeing my mom's face with her medal - which by the way she PR'd her 5K time too and she wants everyone to know - is priceless!

#7. PR'd a half marathon with a time of 1:51:29 in MARCH which is good deal!

#8. Feeling of confidence that my marathon should go swimmingly!

Anyhow here are the stats...

Monday - 4M run, treadmill, 34:19
Tuesday - 8M run, 1:09:44
Wedneday - 8M run, treadmill, 68 mins
Thursday - 4M run outsides, 36:10
Friday - gym day, cross train
Saturday - 17M run, 2:35:49, 9:14 mins per mile

Monday - 4M run, treadmill, 34:19
Tuesday- 9M run, 1:18:25 outside
Wednesday - 4M run outside, 35:39
Thursday - OFF
Friday - Gym day, cross training
Saturday - OFF
Sunday - Half Marathon!!!

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    Great job

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/12/2014 4:03PM

    Congrats on the PR!! That's awesome! This race sounds like a great event.

Tell your Mom aka Evil Coach Congrats on her PR also.

Great Stats. When is your Marathon??

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MBSHAZZER 3/11/2014 12:17PM

    AWESOME job!!! And yes, running more makes you a better / faster runner! That is one of the nice benefits of marathon training... instant speed without the speedwork! Congrats on your PR! Glad to hear the Evil Coach also PR'd!

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RAINEMARIE214 3/11/2014 11:08AM

    Congrats on your HM PR! And congrats to your mom on her 5k PR!!

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POSITIVE41 3/11/2014 6:11AM

    Thanks for posting your training schedule - I have slacked off the last week or so and this motivated me. Oh - and your comments about your running coach - CRACKED me up! Thanks for the laugh!

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MARATHON Training WK7 - Increased Mileage = DEcreased Weight

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Reporting quite late on my training from last week but right now I am approaching the high mileage portion of my marathon training which is a bit exhausting but I remember distinctly last year that it gets worse and then when you think you cannot take it anymore the taper begins. Right now it has been okay, the only runs that are causing disruption have been my long runs which I reserve for Saturday mornings. Last week I woke up really early to tackle my 16M run and I have to say that it went really lovely and my time was good too! Plus I stuck with my goal after my long run and went and had a foo foo protein shake at this frozen yogurt/shake bar place near my house called Honey Cone. It was such a nice treat and seriously I have never had a more delicious protein shake before!

My nutrition during the weekdays mainly has been pretty on point as of late and I would like to think that that is the reason that my body is finally responding and losing some unnecessary weight that I have been steadily been putting on since my move late last year. However, I am thinking that it probably has to do more with the mileage that I am doing right now. I am running way more than I typically do. I hear these stories about people gaining weight during marathon training but for me that seems a bit odd because the mileage counteracts any splurge eating that you may do unless of course you really over do it which I have been known to do but I am making a concerted effort not to do right now.

I signed up for my half marathon for next week which is a part of my marathon training. I picked a local race and I am crossing my fingers that it will not be so cold as it was 7 degrees during my run this morning. We shall see but I am LOVING have a game plan and although carving in the time for my long runs is tough I am getting used to dealing with that too.

Anyhow here are the stats for last week...

MARATHON Training WK 7 Results
Monday - 8M pace run, treadmill, 6.5mph, 73 mins
Tuesday - 4M run outside, 35:42
Wednesday - 4M run treadmill, 34:19, 7mph
Thursday - 8M run outside, 73:28
Friday - gym day, cross training
Saturday - 16M, 2:27:39, 9.21 mins per mile...not bad at all!
Sunday - OFF, much needed too

GOALS Results - Accountability
#1. Good attitude and work hard for 16M run on Saturday, set the right tone - YES
#2. Protein smoothie after long run, no junk! - YES
#3. Chicken/fish and veggies for Sunday dinner - YES, still had cookies though...
#4. Gym day on Friday, ab work, leg work - YES
#5. Finish DS#2 bathroom ugh, it's the never ending bathroom project - DOH, still working on it

Even though it is already Thursday here are my goals for the rest of the week...

#1. Get my GU gels for Saturday morning run
#2. Run a different route for 17M
#3. Ab work after run on Saturday
#4. Embrace salsa dancing
#5. Take DS#1 out for dinner on Friday night

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    You are rocking the training.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/28/2014 3:20PM

    Your doing Awesome!! Can't wait to hear about your HM next week.

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MBSHAZZER 2/27/2014 3:09PM

    Glad to hear it's going well! I have never had an issue with weight gain during marathon training either. I either maintain or lose. Fortunately. If I gained weight on top of all of the other *joy* that comes along with marathon training, well, I would definitely NOT be marathoning!

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ELRIDDICK 2/27/2014 10:27AM

  Thanks for sharing

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