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!
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!
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!
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 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.
BRING IT ON!!!
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!)
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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