Two Weeks!!

April 22, 2012

I can’t believe that two weeks from right this second I’ll be in the midst of running my second marathon….probably about 6 miles in at this point.  I’m excited 🙂

This week was a pretty tough week between recovering from the 20 miler and trying to get the last week of higher mileage in under my belt.  Yesterday was a bit of a crash and burn during my last long run. I was supposed to get in around 13 miles but quit after 9.5.  It wasn’t that my legs couldn’t hang, it was that the blazing sun was killing me and I was cursing the fact that I just didn’t get out there earlier. I was running through sprinklers trying to cool myself down and figured it just wasn’t worth it to push myself further.  It actually knocked me out for the rest of the day and I wound up napping on the couch.  Oh well, you win some, you lose so

For the next two weeks I just have to focus on getting my workouts in, eating right and getting enough sleep.  I think I can mange that 🙂

Here is what my week looked like:

Sunday – 20 miles outside 3:19

Monday –  1100m swim, lb strength and lots of stretching 

Tuesday – 3 miles elliptical, stretching and foam rolling (I was quite sore this day)

Wednesday – 5 miles of speed work 

Thursday – off

Friday – 2 very slow miles with the dogs

Saturday – 9.5 miles outside 

I was thinking about heading out again this morning but it’s super nasty outside 😦 so its looking like a rest day for me!

Have a great day!


Just the Boost I Needed!

April 16, 2012

Yesterday’s wake up alarm was 4:50 (ooof – that should be illegal on a Sunday) and my nervous energy had me out of bed 10 minutes later; I was soooo ready to get this 20 miler done and was hoping for a total confidence boost.  After a little bit of coffee, I took care of business and headed out the door to make the 20ish minute drive to the training run location.  I was worried about parking as almost 500 people signed up for this run, but then quickly realized that most of those people were training for the half and they were starting an hour later than us.  Even though it was tough getting out of bed at that hour on a weekend – I was glad that our run started at 7 a.m. in an effort to beat the forecasted heat.

As I walked up to the meeting place I was greeted by a crowd of runners that were just a eager as me to get this run going!  I decided to tote along my Nathan fuelbelt as I wasn’t sure how far apart the water stops would be and due to the predicted high temps, I didn’t want to be left without water when I needed it.  At about 7 am we made our way up to the boardwalk where groups of about 10 runners were released every 3 minutes or so.  At this point the sun was just coming up and it was a bit chilly with the wind coming off the ocean – I was shivering in my shorts and t-shirt!  I chose to start out with the 10 min mile pace and off we went 🙂  About .75 miles into the run I had to pee (must have been all the shivering) and saw a porta potty that I quickly ducked into.  I paused my Garmin as I wanted to get an accurate moving time for my first mile….after I got running again the first mile marker beeped at 10:05 — “perfect”‘,  I thought 🙂  I was right on pace with how I wanted this run to go.

I am one of those people that firmly believes that fate has it’s way of working out for us.  Right after the first mile (I was running solo at this point since the group I started with pulled ahead with my quick pee stop) something made me look to my right at the exact moment that my dentist was running by me. As a quick aside, my dentist is a super amazing woman who has run over 50 marathons (including Boston 9 times!) .  “Dr. Liz!!!”, I exclaimed….she was like “HEY!!!!!” and from there we just started running together and chatting.  She was telling me that she decided to come out and run at the last minute as she was supposed to be on a train to Boston.  Apparently BAA made deferring your race until 2013 a bit tricky as you had to defer IN PERSON!  Luckily she managed to get everything squared away and will run next year instead.

Being able to run with her was such a super treat for me (because she is so amazing) and I kept telling her that if I was slowing her down to go on without me; however, running with her was just the push I needed to break out of my comfort zone.  We chatted away for the next 13 miles ticking them off at a 9:30ish pace and I was feeling GOOD…while it wasn’t easy, I also didn’t feel like death I know I’m capable of this pace for the longer hauls.  Amazing what your legs will do when your brain is distracted!  At mile 14 I needed to stop for a quick walk break/stretch so I told her to go on with out me and I would catch up.  Unfortunately, the stretch of miles from 14-19 were in the blazing sun and I was really starting to feel it by mile 16 where I needed to take walk breaks more often than I would’ve liked to.  My legs were feeling decent but my hands were getting tingly and I was getting goose bumps so I knew I was a dehydrated.  Instead of pushing myself to the brink of passing out I reminded myself that this was just a training run and I had to adjust to the heat (this was the first “hot” day I’ve run in since September!).  I still finished the 20 miles in 3:19 which I am super happy with!

I can’t say enough great things about this organized training run.  The course was clearly marked, there were self serve tables with water/gatorade and Gu every 2.5ish miles and light refreshments at the end.  In addition, they had bins of tech shirts, hats and socks from last years full/half that were free.  I would’ve taken a shirt but they didn’t have any in my size (plus I think I would’ve felt weird wearing it knowing that I didn’t do it)…I was able to snag a free running hat though 🙂

Even though I’m feeling a bit stiff today, it’s nothing unbearable.  I was still able to get to the gym this morning for a 1000m swim, light LB lifting and stretching.  I may try to walk tonight too just to keep everything feeling loose.

This run was exactly what I needed to prove to myself that I am ready to tackle 26.2 on May 6th.  Now I just have to taper smart and take care of myself for the next 3 weeks 🙂


’twas the day before my 20 miler

April 14, 2012

And I kind of want to just get out there and get it done! By this time tomorrow I’ll probably be about halfway done and I’m praying that I’ll be feeling good. On tap for today:

  • Drink plenty of water and eat sensibly
  • Get all the housework done
  • Charge the Garmin and iPod
  • Get a new running playlist together
  • Lay out all my gear and go to bed early ( need to leave my house by 6:00 am)

I don’t think that’s too tall of an order and then after tomorrow starts taper time!

Have a great Saturday everyone and I’ll be sure to post my thoughts of the scary 20 tomorrow!

Is it enough?

April 11, 2012

Hello Blog World!  It’s been awhile….I needed a break and I’m glad I built two “break weeks” into my training schedule to accommodate just that.  I used one a while back when I had achy knees and threw in an easy week last week because I was starting to get really burned out.  I was waking up in the morning dreading my decision to do another marathon and wanted nothing more that a couple days to just veg out and do nothing.  So from Wednesday – Sunday I did just that (aside from a couple walks with the dogs — but that doesn’t count as “working out”).  Monday morning I woke up with a desire to put my shoes on and get out there again — too bad it was 40 mph winds outside.  I had all intentions of doing 10 miles but after 7.5 I gave up and let the wind beat me.  Yesterday was a 4 mile recovery run and today was speedwork that totaled 5.5 miles.  I think tomorrow I’ll swim and lift to give my legs a bit of a break and then do another 4 as a shake out on Friday.

On tap for this weekend:  the SCARY 20 miler!!!

Fortunately enough, the NJ Marathon offers a free 20 mile tune up run where water and gu are available on the course and you run a good portion of the marathon course.  I decided to partake in this fun adventure since I’d much rather run with other people than by myself for 20 freakin long miles.  I’m really hoping for a confidence booster because I’m starting to feel like I haven’t done enough to feel fully prepared.  As I look back at my training since January, I definitely put in the time and effort and hit nearly all of my training runs as prescribed.  Sure I made some modifications to some speedwork days – still did the speed, just maybe not exactly as it was written and perhaps I may have broken up two of my long runs by running 10 in the morning and the remainder after work. But I’ve definitely done MORE than my last training cycle — so there’s bound to be improvement, right?