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Fat Tuesday & Week 2 Begins

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I can truly say that I didn't "feel" like running at all this morning. The photo above is SO TRUE. I just needed to put my shoes on and go!

Following my long run Saturday, I took a much earned rest day on Sunday. I soaked it in and just took it easy. I expected to be sore but really wasn't. My hamstrings were tight, but no pain to speak of! emoticon

This week is a busy one for me, so I knew I was going to have to figure out and schedule my runs carefully. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I'm following a 3-run-per-week training schedule with 2 cross training days mixed in.

Monday I did circuit training with weights and an emphasis on core work.

Today I knew I had more time to work with, so I did Key Running Workout #2-- 7 miles: 1 easy, 5 miles @ 10:28, 1 easy. It took me about 75 minutes to complete it and I walked the final quarter mile. I felt really good the whole time. If my legs feel good in the morning, I'll attack my speed work. If not, I'll do another circuit training session. I love having flexibility with the runs! My half marathon training plans in the past have always been 4-5 days of running and I seemed to have chronic shin splints. I love that I can move the runs around depending on how my legs feel!

I'm exhausted and I know I'll sleep well tonight!

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MILMOM2000NEW 2/22/2012 7:34AM

    Great job on getting out there and making that run! :-)

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KKINNEA 2/21/2012 11:52PM

    Nice work!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/21/2012 10:39PM

    I agree. Getting started with exercise is sometimes the hardest part.

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-PINKPRINCESS- 2/21/2012 8:53PM

    Love the photo and its very true... good for you for getting out there...

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First Long Run of Marathon Training

Monday, February 20, 2012

I have one complete week of Marathon training under my belt. On Saturday I ran 9.25 miles. I felt AWESOME. I had recently refreshed my running playlist on my iPod and I was really in the right mindset for a long run. It took me a little over 92 minutes to complete it.

Prior to Saturday, I hadn't done much more than 6 miles, and I just realized that the "Get Lucky" Half Marathon is only about 3 weeks away. I'm confident that I'll be able to run the whole thing and feel good. In fact, if I HAD to I'm pretty sure I could do 13 this weekend.

I have a little extra padding built into my training schedule so I think I'm going to repeat week 1 just to boost my confidence. Today I'll cross train, and tomorrow will be speedwork.

Have a great week!

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GWBACH 2/21/2012 5:52PM

    sounds like you will hit this one at the right time

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FITFOODIE806 2/20/2012 9:01PM

    Yeah!! So glad it's goings well.

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CBEVNOW 2/20/2012 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you.

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    Good job!! You are doing great!!

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ASMITH3B 2/20/2012 3:35PM

    Awesome job! I want to do the Get Lucky half, maybe next year. Good luck!

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KKINNEA 2/20/2012 3:16PM

    Coming to the Get Lucky? Woohoo! I may be pacing someone in th 10-11 minute range - let me know if you want to run together or meet up before/after!

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Marathon Training continued!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I was going to call this "Marathon Training, Day 2", but that's not an accurate description. This is technically day 4, as I got cross training in on Tuesday and Wednesday.

My plan had me running 6 miles today. 2 miles easy, 2 miles at 9:21, and 2 miles easy.

I can honestly say I felt great the entire time. As I mentioned in the last blog, this training plan is aggressive and is going to get to some longer distances rather quickly. Tomorrow will be a full rest day and I'm looking forward to a hair cut and a highlight emoticon It's amazing how good a haircut and color can make you feel. I've just been feeling blah lately and am looking forward to a pick-me-up.

This weekend is my long, slow distance. 11:58 per mile is going to feel slow, but I have to remember that those slow distances are going to help build my endurance.


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    Sounds like you are right on plan. I'm trying to get my energy back too.

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CDK210 2/16/2012 3:28PM

    gotta love those runs that just feel great! and remember them, for the runs that don't go as well ;)


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Day 1 of Marathon Training COMPLETE!!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I've decided to follow the "Run Less, Run Faster" approach to marathon training. It consists of 3 key work outs per week, one speed, one tempo, and one long distance slow run. I love that I only have to run 3 days per week because it can be tricky to sneak in more than that, especially when the hubs is in marathon training, too. The catch is that YOU MUST cross train 2 days per week too. I love that there is the potential for 2 rest days especially as the mileage increases.

It's an aggressive plan. At first glance I was shocked. But I needed to remind myself that I have an excellent base. I've run several half marathons and have been running even in the off-season.

Today's workout was speed work. My whole training program was calculated on a 2:10 half marathon time, which according to this plan gives me the potential to run a 4:34 marathon. I am not setting a time goal...I just want to finish!

Back to today's workout--speed work.

3x1600 in 8:48 with 60 second jog rest intervals between miles. That's 6.8 MPH on the treadmill. OY!

I started by warming up...then I ramped up the TM to 6.8 and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too bad! I managed the entire mile without any issues. I thoroughly enjoyed my 60 second break, and then it was on to round 2. The first half of the second interval was solid, but I was ready for my break as I got to the end of the mile. YAY! REST AGAIN! Unfortunately that third interval was a bear. I couldn't believe how quickly my break went by and I was off again...that third interval was a mental test because my head kept telling me there was no way I could keep this pace up. I kept plugging along though, enjoying the music on my headphones and trying not to watch the tenths of miles tick by. I was relieved when it was over and loved my cool down.

All in all it was a 4.5 mile run. I feel strong, powerful and totally capable of this marathon stuff (for now anyway...we'll see if I'm singing the same tune in a week!)

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    Sounds like you are doing great!

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FITFOODIE806 2/14/2012 6:03PM

    Nice! It sounds like this is the plan I emailed you?? I'm following it with some adjustments. This should get really investing for both of us really quickly! Glad day 1 went well.

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BIKERBABYZ 2/14/2012 3:10PM

    All I can say is, WOW! That definitely sounds like a beast-mode of a workout/training schedule!

Good luck!!! I hope you achieve all your goals!!

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KJDOESLIFE 2/14/2012 2:58PM

    Great job!

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 2:41PM

    Better to run for finish and surprise yourself with the time - it made it easier for me when my first finish time was longer than expected.

I'll be interested to see how the program goes for you!

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PIXIEMOM13 2/14/2012 2:18PM

    Woohoo, go beast mode!

I had fun googling and found they actually make a women's shirt with that slogan...
omenBeastMode.htm (just fyi.. Im not affiliated w/them or anything.) LOL

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/14/2012 1:05PM

    Beast Mode it is! GO GET IT!

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 2/14/2012 8:53AM

    Sounds great! Right now, I'm focusing on training for a half marathon but I'd like to eventually do a full. What plan are you following?

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SEABREEZE65 2/14/2012 6:59AM

    A great start!
Seems like 60 seconds between the 1600s is a really short time.

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WE_PA_FIT 2/14/2012 6:58AM

    awesome!! So what's this run less run faster method? how long have you been training like this and how's it working for you? What do you do for cross training? I only run 3 days a week which is why in my mind I have convinced myself that I could never properly train for a full marathon, but you're giving me hope!!

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NUOVAELLE 2/14/2012 2:00AM

    Good luck with your training. You can do this!

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Motivation for Running this week

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I saw this image on pinterest, and I will be thinking of this during the week on my running days.

Get out there and do it! LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

Have a great week!

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    Totally amazing, isn't it. And he looks so happy.

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MIRAGE727 1/30/2012 3:05PM

    That's Cody McCasland! I met him last year at Winter's (Yes, WInter the Dolphin!) Family Beach Fest! I told him I had seen him earlier that day on TV and I wanted to meet a real live movie star! He went, "Really? On TV?" He also asked me if I wanted some free pizza. (This was the day before at the Expo at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.) He gave me an autographed sports card of himself. Very cool kid and inspiring to say the least! (That was the last 5K I ran for about 2 months as I had pneumonia and didn't know it.) Check this event report out


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TESS504 1/30/2012 10:19AM

    I'm speechless!!! emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 1/30/2012 9:52AM

    Wow! How amazing is that?! Thanks for posting!

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LAURIE5658 1/30/2012 9:15AM

    Love this!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/30/2012 9:12AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MILMOM2000NEW 1/30/2012 7:17AM

    So amazing and adorable! His smile is PRICELESS! Thanks for sharing!

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NUOVAELLE 1/30/2012 2:16AM

    When the little ones teach us a thing or two about strength, will-power and ...life! They just make us feel so small in front of them.
One picture, a thousand feelings...
Thank you for sharing!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/30/2012 12:40AM

    Wow, so powerful. Thanks!

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MATHISC4464 1/29/2012 10:40PM

    I saw this too and it was really motivating! I love running but some days its hard to get out there and run!! Keep it up and run!

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EMFRAPPIER 1/29/2012 9:41PM

    This is great. Thanks for sharing!

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FITFOODIE806 1/29/2012 9:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. What a powerful and emotional picture.

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