WK 9 of Space Coast 26.2 training

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Week 9 consisted of my normal two 5 mile runs during the week followed by my LSD fall back run of 11 miles.

Tuesday I ended up running my 5 miler around my home instead of with my normal running group on beach side. I decided that I need to incorporate some kind of speed work since I have a pace goal for the marathon this year. I have been training with Galloway intervals but decided to run 5 one mile tempo runs instead. I still don't have my Garmin back so I used my runkeeper and it was not working! I got so irritated with that dang thing that I gave up after resetting it at least a half a dozen times. It did record my average pace here and there and for the most part it looked like I was around a 10 to 10:30 pace but can't be sure.
My legs and breathing felt great!

Wednesday I actually got some cross training in! I rode my bike with my oldest son, Tyler, for almost 6 miles at a nice brisk pace. It was nice to change up the cardio, especially since the Y discontinued the 6am spin class!

Thursday I was scheduled for my 5 miles but it was storming something nasty outside. I waited until dark and then decided to call it off. I thought about running Friday but it was such a busy day with the kids out of school, baby sitting my niece and getting ready for my Mary Kay debut party that I wasn't able to.

Saturday was my fall back LSD run of 11 miles.
I got up at 5:30 and headed out at 6am on my normal LSD route along the river. It was a cooler morning but still very humid. I ran my intervals at a comfortable pace and felt great!
I ran my 11 miles with the average pace of 11:37 which is far better than last weekends 15 miles at a 13mm! Plus I just felt better!

Week 10 is now on deck and I am thinking about bumping my short runs of 5 miles up to 6 miles. I will see how it goes. My LSD run Saturday is 16 miles and I will likely run my normal route. I really need to get back to the gym!! I haven't done any ST and that is something I really need!! I am gaining weight again-I just lost 3lbs and it's back! UGH!!! I worked so hard to get that 3 lbs off!! DANG! Anyway, I also want to be stronger so that I can be more stable, avoid injury and look more lean.

So, now that I went over my training I have other things to blog about!

First up: I have the honor to be Becki's back up runner for the Southern Odyssey relay in 17 days! I am sad and excited at the same time! I have always wanted to run a relay (and with such awesome people) so I am happy about that but I am bummed because Becki can't. She has worked so hard and has looked forward to this for a while but her knee said other wise. I know there is no possible way I could fill her shoes but I will do my best to make her and the team proud!

Second: My SIL Julie is undergoing another surgery on Friday to implant the gene therapy into the tumor wrapped around her brain stem. The radiation was not working, the tumor has grown larger, deeper and more entangled around the brain stem. They are going about the gene therapy a different way this time. Instead of going through the bolt in her head like they did with the other tumors they are going in though the front of her neck in hopes they the tumor pulls out a little less violently so that it doesn't sever her brain stem, which was the fear the last time they did this.
With a ton of prayer and a miracle, in 90 days she could be cancer free for the first time in 4yrs. Her Leukemia is currently in remission, the battle is these star shaped brain tumors with tentacles. She has beat every odd given to her and I pray she does the same here! Just last month they gave her less than 5 days to live and now she isn't on a time line. There is still a major risk with this tumor but it's not a 90% fatality rate in 5 days. She also mentioned that if she pulls through this treatment she will be the first person in this trial to survive it. WOW! That says a lot!
Be thankful for what you have in life! Love your family and friends!
Make each day count!

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    You will awesome in all your running ventures.

    I will be praying for Julie and the doctors.
    3233 days ago
    Way to go on your training! You are doing awesome.

    Great to hear about Julie and I'll be thinking about her, extra, on Friday! She is truly amazing!!

    Hugs to you!!
    3233 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Sueann, that is great news with Julie. You know taht ya'll have my prayers and will continue to do so as long as needed.

    I am also so excited for you running the relay with Wendy. Like you, I am so sad for Becki because I know how much she was looking forward to doing it with Wendy. Have fun and keep up the great work!!

    Love ya!
    3234 days ago
    Wow, great news about your SIL! Will be sending all of my positive energy your way!

    You will LOVE the relay! Relays are so much fun and you are going to be a great addition to the team. Plus, it will be great speedwork for you!

    Sounds like your training is going really well, too. I definitely recommend bumping up the weekly mileage. One xtra mile is not a HUGE deal, but the additional mileage pays off on race day, big time!
    3234 days ago
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Julie's surgery sounds amazing!!!!! Will def be lifting her, the surgeons and the family up in prayer!

    When did you change your background??? LOVE the new horse!!!!
    3234 days ago
    Great blog, here's tons of positive vibes to Julie!
    3234 days ago
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