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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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    OMG, You are doing great! Good for you, I'm glad to hear you are having a little fun too.
    1308 days ago
    You are gonna do awesome.
    1314 days ago
    You are STILL killing it girl! Can't wait to read more about your upcoming Marathon!!!
    1317 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    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.
    1318 days ago
    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!
    1319 days ago
    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!!!

    1320 days ago
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