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Week 5 Complete

Monday, August 01, 2011

Yesterday was a mere 3 miles. The training program Jeff Galloway provided has us alternating weeks- so from now on every other week will be only 3 miles and the miles will increase in between. Last week was 5.5, next week is 7.

It was a good run. We used a 1-2-4 interval and kept the runs at a 4.4 pace. We sat down a few days ago and hammered out a plan for increasing speed. We run 3 days a week: 30 minutes on Wednesdays, 45 on Fridays, and Sunday Long Runs. We want to increase speed on Fridays and increase intervals on Wednesdays (so for example right now we run for 1, 2, and 4 minutes...we want to get that up to 4, 9, and 14). And on Fridays, we want to use the intervals to up the pace, so for example we ran this week at 4.5, 4.7, and 5.0- next week we'll up it to 4.6, 4.8, and 5.1, etc... It sorta sounds complicated but I swear it makes sense to us, haha!

Thus far our training has gone very well and we're feeling great!! emoticon

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    Good for you! That's awesome!

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Week 4 Complete

Monday, July 25, 2011

Yesterday's long Run was 5.5 miles- the longest I've ever done in my life. It went pretty well overall. The first mile or so was tough. The second mile...even tougher. But once I hit 2.5-ish (and could start to see "the end" lol) it started to get MUCH better. We ran inside (since it was a cool 105 degrees outside) and though I actually don't mind treadmill running, for a good 30 minutes a lovely gentleman hopped on the treadmill next to me...he already stank something god-awful when he started, but then he proceeded to play Black Sabbath VERY loudly on his phone and air-drum (complete with head-banging, which flung sweat...where else? All over ME. GROSS). I thought I was in a nightmare, it was so awful.

But anyway. I finished and actually felt pretty awesome afterwards. Kristen and I bought this recovery drink called Endurox R4 and chugged 12 oz about 2 minutes after stepping off the treadmill. I think it really helped because we didn't feel nearly as fatigued and sore post-workout as we normally do after such a challenging run.

Physically, this marathon training business is tough. But THAT'S where the real challenges are....


Week 3 Complete

Monday, July 18, 2011

Yesterday completed week 3 of marathon training. Our "Long Run" was actually only 2.5 miles because it was a recovery week. So we did the 2.5 but then hit the bike and elliptical for 40 extra minutes of cardio. It was a little rough because we attended a wedding Saturday night and had some alcohol (which we literally NEVER drink) and extra food. We drank some extra Gatorade before our workout for hydration purposes and I think that helped, but long days definitely go better when we've hydrated and fueled properly beforehand! On to week 4 :)


Marathon Training (and oh, how things have changed in one year!)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Its hard to believe that a year ago I was writing this post:

I clearly was anxious about running for a whole 3 minutes at a time. Oh my, how far I've come since then! I can run for an hour now and my partner and I are training for a 10k, Half-Marathon, and Marathon all at the same time! (ultimately, we're training for the Disney Marathon, but are also incorporating the other races to add some extra flair and fun to the training program).

We are following the program outlined by Jeff Galloway specifically FOR the Disney Marathon. I love it SO much (which, btw, I thought I would HATE). The run/walk method brings me back to my C25k roots and truly does make distance running much more reasonable.

Today was the second "Long Run" of Marathon training. It was 4 miles, which is literally the longest distance I have ever run/jog/walked in my entire life. It was a great run though! Kristen and I opted for a treadmill run (BLAZING hot here in NYC today) and did run-walk interval sections of 1-1-2-1-4-1, using 3.3 for walking and 4.3 for running. We finished the 4 miles in 59 minutes, putting us at a very respectable 14:45 pace. We were actually only aiming for a 16 minute pace, so what a nice surprise! I felt great all throughout the run and stayed nice and relaxed!!

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CORNERKICK 7/20/2011 1:55AM

  Way to go!

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MRS_AVERY 7/11/2011 12:24AM

    That's AWESOME!! great great inspiration you are. Please give me a pointer on how to get over the mental block of running more than 3 minutes. I tend to run for 2-4 minutes, then I have to walk for 2 minutes or so. I want to run like you.

BEST OF LUCK with the training. The Disney Marathon sounds wonderful. Run Hard!

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Still Alive

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hello, SparkFriends!

I just wanted to announce that I am, in fact, still alive. I know I haven't been around, but unfortunately we had a death in the family and the entire month following that It was expected (cancer) but still pretty awful to swallow. It was my Aunt and her 4th grader is now my sister since my parents took custody of her. A LOT has been happening and my health was (sadly) not my priority :(

But I'm back home and have been on track for about a week. I'm 1.4 lbs away from where I was pre-crisis, and that feels great! Its goooood to be back!

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IZADORA 11/4/2010 3:04AM

    Welcome back. Sending lots of love your way to help you through! emoticon

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CHANJEN348 11/3/2010 7:47PM

    I'm sorry to hear that it has been a rough time lately. I'm glad to hear that you are back though. emoticon

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KARENBROWN6 11/3/2010 2:53PM

    Welcome Back


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