Dallas Marathon Training: Week Eight

The plan:

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Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 4 miles/9:30 pace

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Easy run: I originally planned to get up early Tuesday morning and complete my speed run, but I slept in (to 7:30 or so) instead. Also, I had started thinking that if I could find a 5K on Saturday to run, I could do that as my speed run and, at the same time, try to attempt a new 5K PR. I’d been thinking about this ever since I beat my current 5K PR during a training run last week.

So I ended up signing up for the Race for the Cure 5K that was scheduled to take place on Saturday. Instead of doing my speed run Tuesday, I ran 4 easy miles after work.

Wednesday, Ran 7 miles/9:16 pace

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Tempo run: This was tough. I set my alarm for 6 and made it out the door by 6:40 or so (after pressing snooze a couple of times), to get the run done before work. It was still dark when I left the house to go to the river path, though the sun was starting to rise and it was light enough by the time I started running. I am ready for DST, so it will be lighter earlier in the morning.

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Last week’s 7-mile tempo run was done at a 9:07 pace, and I hate that I didn’t at least match that this week. Maybe it’s because I ran so late in the evening on Tuesday, or maybe it’s because I didn’t have any caffeine or fuel beforehand, but my first few miles were very sluggish and slow. I only started speeding up for the second half of the run.

I drank Powerade Zero from my Nathan handheld throughout. I also listened to the Hollywood Crime Scene podcast episode on Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, which made me LOL several times.

Thursday, Rode bike/2 miles and bicep curls

I have been a very lame cross-trainer so far, but I recall in previous training cycles that I usually flaked out on cross-training all together, so at least I’m doing something? I might have rode for longer, but with my 5K looming on Saturday, I didn’t want to overwork my legs too much. I also recently got my 8-pound weights out of storage, so I did 3×15 sets of bicep curls. Hardcore, I know.

Friday, Rest

Saturday, Ran a 5K/7:45 pace + 1 mile/9:00 pace

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Speed run: I recapped the Race for the Cure 5K here, which was the majority of my speed run. I was understandably tired afterward, so to finish up my training run, I did 1 more mile a bit slower while waiting for the awards ceremony to start.

Sunday, Ran 15 miles/10:41 pace

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Long run: Wow, I woke up quite sore this morning, clearly from going out so hard in the 5K on Saturday. I felt really tired and even contemplated moving my run back to the afternoon so that I could go back to bed, but instead I set my mind to getting the run behind me. Started right around 7 AM, and the soreness and tiredness actually helped me stick to my long run pace goals. I’d complained about my inability to slow down enough during long runs, but that was definitely not a problem this week!

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For the first time this training plan, I fueled with some PowerBar energy gels – one before the run and one in the middle. I basically aimed to go 11-minute miles for the first 8 miles, which was my easy pace, then 10:18 miles for the last 7 miles, my marathon goal pace. I also drank Tailwind during the run, but I was thinking today that I probably won’t carry Tailwind with me during the marathon, so is it a bad idea to train with fuel I won’t be using on race day? I know I can handle Gatorade/Powerade, so if that’s what the race is offering, I should be fine? ::shrug::

My right foot was really giving me problems during the run, I don’t know how to explain it… the top of my foot hurts, sometimes it feels unstable, and the bottom started aching too. I wrapped it with sports tape before church.

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Beautiful.

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September Recap

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Another great month!

Miles ran: ~105 – I’m hitting all of my training runs, gaining speed, and feeling great. Suffering from some aches and pains here and there, specifically in my right foot, but nothing too serious.

Races run: 1 – the Race for the Cure on Sept. 30. Not only did I set a new 5K PR, but I was first female!

PRs set: 1 – Goodbye 26:33… my new 5K PR, set during Race for the Cure, is 24:06!

Significant running purchases: 2 – I registered for the Louisiana Marathon, what will be marathon #10, and also went ahead and ordered my next pair of shoes – Mizuno Wave Catalysts. My current Wave Catalysts are nearing their mileage limit.

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Other fun memories: Going to the La Tech/Miss. State game, attending our friends’ wedding, and going to the Red River Revel, a great arts festival that happens every year in our town.

 

October-December is my most favorite time of year. Ready for it!

Race for the Cure 5K – A PR & a Win

When I set my 5K PR more than 6 and a half years ago, I never imagined that it would take so long to beat.

But it has been a PR unbeaten for that long, because I admittedly have never been extremely concerned about speed, I hate 5Ks because I hate being out of breath, and I have always focused on and more enjoyed long distances. I tried to beat my 5K PR three years ago, and I surely would have done it then if the course for that race hadn’t been too long.

So when I beat my 5K PR in a training run last week, that really bugged me. I didn’t feel like I could count it as a new PR, because it wasn’t during an officially timed race. And knowing that it had been so long since I had set a new 5K PR, the wheels in my head started turning. I suddenly really wanted to get a new PR for real.

I looked around for 5K races taking place this weekend, and there were only 2 that I could find. One was an inaugural 5K race that I’d never heard of before and wasn’t sure who the organizers were. The other was the huge Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which I figured would be really congested and might possibly be hard to PR in if I had to fight through crowds of people. Then I remembered – the 6-year-old 5K PR I was hanging onto? It was actually set during the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Baton Rouge. In that race, I simply started way up front so that I wouldn’t get stuck behind walkers, and then I just ran as fast as I could. That resulted in a time of 26:33, an 8:33 pace. So, after thinking about it for a couple of hours, I signed up for the Race for the Cure 5K with a simple goal of beating 26:33.

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The race was being held in walking distance of my house, so I left around 8 AM to walk over to the CenturyLink Center, where all the festivities were taking place. I really enjoyed being able to do this. My speed run for my marathon training plan was 4 miles, so I planned to do the race and then run home to get to 4 miles for my training run.

The race was big, but not as big as the one I did in Baton Rouge, which is to be expected, since BR is a much bigger city. When they started announcing that it was time to line up, I made sure I was near the front of the pack. I felt pretty nervous, but I had no doubt that I was capable of PRing.

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When the gun sounded,  I basically just started running as fast as I could. We turned out of the parking lot of the arena and ran down the parkway. There was also a 10K going on, so those runners kept going while 5Kers turned around at about 1.5 miles and made their way back down the parkway to the arena.

I did notice as we got started that I quickly passed the few girls who were in front of me, and soon there were no other females ahead of me. I really couldn’t believe that I might not only PR, but win first overall female, and I also refused to believe that. I made myself focus on the PR and not worry that another girl would pass me. I even tried to convince myself that it was inevitable another girl would pass me.

I glanced at my watch here and there, and I was pretty much always running under an 8:00 pace. This really surprised me! My first mile was 7:45, and my second mile was 7:47. The last mile was tough. I was definitely approaching my limit, but I focused on hanging on. I knew that I was going to PR big time, but I also didn’t want to sputter out and end weakly. And I knew deep down that I would be majorly disappointed if another female passed me at the very last second.

I turned into the finish chute and found a little extra fuel to speed up for the finish. My last mile was 7:40, and I finished with a big PR of 24:06.

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The results were scrolling on a screen nearby, and they confirmed I was also overall first female! This has only happened to me two previous times, both very small races. This wasn’t a HUGE race, but it was a lot bigger than those other wins. I was thrilled with my fastest 5K ever and somehow managing the female win!

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I waited around for the awards ceremony and got a very nice plaque. I’m so glad I decided to do this race at the last second! I even had to go register in person and fill out a paper form, because I had missed online registration. It was all worth it 🙂

Marathon #10

I haven’t run Marathon #9 yet, but I just signed up for what will be Marathon #10.

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The Louisiana Marathon was my very first marathon on January 15, 2012. I think it’s only fitting that I should return to this race for my 10th marathon in January 2018. It takes place five weeks after the Dallas Marathon.

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My goal will be to PR in Dallas and then run Louisiana for the milestone. I’ll probably rest for a full week after Dallas, then continue my same weekly schedule with long runs of 18, 20, 15, and 10 before the next race.

I’m excited to do this race again and return to Baton Rouge, where I lived for four years and first started running. Much of the course takes place around the LSU lakes, and it will be really special to me to revisit that area and indulge in some memories of my first few years as a runner. I spent countless hours out there on those lakes, training and running new distances for the first time. I’m already getting very mushy just thinking about it.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Seven

The plan:

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Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 4 miles/8:26 pace

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Speed run: This was my first week with a speed run longer than 3 miles, and while my pace was slower than last week, my final mile in this run was the fastest mile I have run in quite a very long time – 7:57.

According to my Garmin, I also ran a 5K in that 4 miles that was faster than my current 5K PR (26:33). :-0

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Wednesday, Ran 7 miles/9:07 pace

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Tempo run: Completed this run before work. It was slightly slower than last week’s tempo run, but was also one mile longer, so I will take it! The air was thick with humidity, it was gross 😦

Thursday, Rest

Friday, Ran 4 miles/9:21 pace

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Easy run: I thought about running before work, but was too tired. Instead, I set out around 7 PM after it cooled off a bit, finishing as the sun was going down. The end of this week was super hot, with highs in the 90s. Ugh! I want fall weather.

Saturday, Rode 4 miles

After a day spent volunteering at the cat shelter, I did a short little bike ride around the neighborhood. 4 miles in about 25 minutes.

Sunday, Ran 14.5 miles/10:15 pace

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Long run: Well, my alarm went off at 6:20, and I didn’t start running until 7:30. I need to be better prepared for the morning so that I am getting an earlier start. Today it would have been great to get out by 7, because it got really hot before the run was over.

I really, really, really need to be disciplined in my long runs to go slower than what I’m doing. I know it sounds silly to act like I just can’t help being “fast,” but I feel like longer runs are supposed to be getting my body used to being on my feet longer. That’s why my goal is to run the first half at an easy pace, then do the second half at marathon goal pace. But I just find myself going faster than goal no matter what, and it’s only going to wear me out.

I fueled during this run with Honey Stinger chews and Tailwind and Powerade. Quite a mixture of random things. Next week I want to focus on my nutrition. I haven’t been training with gels, but that’s what I plan to do during the marathon, so I need to start utilizing them during my long runs. Due to their thin consistency, I have only ever been able to tolerate PowerBar energy gels, so I’m going to order a bunch.

This was only supposed to be 14, but I was a half-mile from my car when I hit 14 miles, so I kept going. Whoops.

So that’s my boring recap for this week. The weeks are really flying by, and I find myself really energized by the progress I’m making with my speed and conditioning. At one time, I was really at a point where I thought I’d never be as fast as I was 6 years ago, but now I really have hope for getting a marathon PR in a couple of months. I just need to continue putting in the work and taking care of myself.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Six

The plan:

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This week was one where I really could have fallen back on my usual excuses to flake out on some of my training runs. To be frank, it’s that time of the month. So… I was achy.  I was grumpy. I was exhausted. Wednesday evening after my 6-mile tempo run, I told my husband that I felt like “a bag of crap run over twice and then backed over.” But with the exception of a questionable cross-training day, I didn’t miss a beat. I still hit all my goal paces. Excuses won’t get me anywhere. Some days the motivation is just not there, but somehow I still did it.

Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 3 miles/8:12 pace

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Speed run: This was the only pre-work run I did this week. I was pretty surprised with how fast I ended up doing it, and I definitely wasn’t trying to run an 8:01 mile. If I had realized that’s how fast I was running, I would have most definitely aimed for 7:59! This was still tough, but it’s been cool to see myself getting faster each week in these speed runs. Next week, the run goes up to 4 miles, so we’ll see how that affects my pace.

Wednesday, Ran 6 miles/8:59 pace

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Tempo run: On Tuesday night I slept in my running clothes, had everything set out ready to go, and when my alarm went off Wednesday morning at 6, I just couldn’t do it. I felt so tired, so I pushed the run back to the end of the day. This made me paranoid that something would happen to prevent the run from happening; I felt guilty for not getting it done in the morning.

Alas, I went out as soon as I got home from work and went to the river path to run. This was my first time running with my bigger Nathan water bottle, and I don’t think I pulled the strap tight enough, because it felt awkward in my hand and my shoulder tightened up at times. I was tired during this run and it was quite the challenge, but I still pulled out my best pace so far during this training for a tempo run.

After the run, I went home and ate dinner, then took an Epsom salt bath. As soon as I got out of the bath, I suddenly felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck. I had been thinking about eating some Halo Top ice cream for dessert, but my appetite was gone, thinking about eating made me feel sick. I got in bed and stayed there for the rest of the night, watching this dumb Netflix movie, #RealityHigh.

Thursday, Rest

Friday, 50 push-ups and foam-rolling

I had been running my easy run on Friday mornings the past few weeks, but I had to be somewhere for work at 8 a.m., so that wasn’t happening for me this time.

50 push-ups and foam rolling took place that night. It’s lame activity for what was supposed to be a cross-training day, but I will tell you, the push-ups were no joke. Those last 5, I could barely lower my body at all, and my armpits still hurt today (Sunday).

Saturday, Ran 4 miles/10:11 pace

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Easy run: My face represents how I felt during this entire run – so tired and crappy. I had to go out and do it before going to work at the cat rescue, and I was just already exhausted thinking about the day ahead of me. I wanted to quit at 3 miles, telling myself that this run is just junk miles and doesn’t really contribute anything to my training. But in my head I said to myself, “You really don’t think you can run for 10 more minutes? Come on!” So I finished it out.

Went to the cat shelter and worked for about 4 hours, then I headed to the mall (covered in cat hair and scratches from an unruly kitten who did not want to be carried back to the kitten room) to try and quickly find a dress for a wedding we were attending that night. My tiredness all week had kept me from doing this earlier!

Luckily, I went into H&M and immediately found a cute green dress (and two tops). The wedding Saturday night was super fun, and I had a hot date.

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Sunday, Ran 9 miles/10:24 pace

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Long run: It kind of bothers me that my long run this week is shorter than my last two long runs, but I’m just going with the plan. I did 5 miles at an easy pace, 11 minute miles or so, and then I aimed to the do the last 4 at marathon pace, 10:18. I listened to Ali on the Run’s podcast during this entire run, and it made the miles go by quickly. I love her. It was much warmer for this run than the past few weeks. See: shirt drenched in sweat.

I ran with my Nathan water bottle again and was able to pull the hand strap tighter, so it was a much better experience than on Wednesday. I drank Tailwind tropical buzz flavor during the run.

Next week, things get much tougher. My speed and tempo runs are each a mile longer, and my long run is 14 miles. Will definitely be a challenge!

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Five

The plan:

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Monday, Rest

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Part of me really wanted to go ahead and do my speed run on this day, because I was off work and I thought it would be easier to do the run on a day when I had no other commitments.

The problem was, I was exhausted from a busy weekend. I went to a friend’s apartment to go swimming in her complex’s pool Monday morning, but we really just kind of stood still in the water talking. I decided to just count this as the rest day it was scheduled to be anyway. I don’t want to peak too early in my training, and forcing runs on rest days, when I’m really tired, seems like a good way to burn out. Don’t need to do that in Week Five.

Tuesday, Ran 3 miles/8:36 pace

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Speed run: I planned to do this run around 6:30 AM before work. After taking a tab of melatonin Monday night around 9, I got in bed and fell into sleep pretty easily. My aim was to be able to sleep through the night without waking up several times, which has become a regular issue for me. Well, this was not accomplished. I woke up multiple times after having very weird dreams, which I attributed to the melatonin.

At some point I reset my alarm from 6:15 to 7:15, deciding that I was going to push my run to the evening. After waking up, I figured I could still get the run done and be at work by 9, so I set out at 7:40 or so.

I felt terrible the whole time. I was sluggish, probably another side effect of the melatonin, and I had been dealing with congestion for a week, so I found it hard to breathe through my nose. I finished, and wasn’t happy with the result, which was slower than last week’s speed run. I proceeded to be groggy for most of the morning at work. If I ever try melatonin again, I will limit it to half a tab. Ugh.

Wednesday, Ran 6 miles

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Tempo run: Again with the sleep problems, I couldn’t fall asleep Tuesday night until around 11, and then I woke up at 4:30. I lay there for about 45 minutes and decided since I was awake, I might as well get my run done. I set out for six miles, and it was awesome. I had to stick around the neighborhood since the river path has no lights, and I felt safer. It was basically like running at night; I wore a blinking light bracelet thing that I have, and I also wore a white shirt and reflective headband. I also stayed on the sidewalk 95% of the time. The streetlights and the moon were plenty enough light for me until the sun started to rise. The weather was chilly, with a cold front settling in, and every mile was faster than the last. It was just a great run!

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Thursday, Rest

Friday, Ran 3.2 miles/9:13 pace

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Easy run: I wore long sleeves for this run! It was 58 degrees when I headed out to run around 7 AM before work. This is my easy run, and the 9:13 pace felt easy, helped by the wonderful weather. This run was scheduled for Saturday, but I moved it to Friday morning. This might become a weekly thing.

Saturday, Rode bike/3.15 miles (20 minutes)

So I learned it’s much easier to ride your bike when your tires have enough air in them! Ummm… I’m clearly a genius. Put more air in the tires Friday night, and my Saturday morning bike ride was so much easier and faster than previous rides. I just got this in quickly on Saturday morning before heading to the cat rescue to help clean for a few hours. Then, around 2 PM, we headed to Ruston to tailgate before the Tech game, which was a complete debacle football-wise, but it was still fun to hang out with some friends!

Sunday, Ran 12 miles/10:21 pace

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Long run: I was tired for much of this run, but mentally I just focused on pushing through. I went out to the river path and ran 6 miles straight, took a short break at my car for fuel, then ran the other 6 miles straight.

I kept the same strategy as last week – the first half was an easy 11-minute pace, the second half was my marathon pace, with the last half-mile at a speedy pace.

It’s tough to keep running strong in those last few miles, but I feel like it’s really preparing me for later in the marathon when I will be really tired but will need to keep pushing. I fueled for this run with a banana, peanut butter and honey beforehand, Tailwind raspberry flavor mixed with water throughout, and three Clif Shot Bloks in the middle.

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Size of new Nathan water bottle vs. size of old one.

My 3-year-old, 10-ounce Nathan handheld water bottle has been leaking during my most recent runs, and I realized the mouthpiece part has a small hole where the liquid comes out. I guess the material deteriorated or whatever at the opening. I had been thinking I wanted to get a bigger handheld anyway, so I went to the local running store and got a bigger version as a replacement.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Four

The plan:

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Monday, Ran 3 miles/8:27 pace

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Speed run: So, with Hurricane Harvey bearing down in Texas next door, our local weather forecast kept changing and we were expected at times to get a lot of rain. I decided to move my runs up a day and try to get them done before the worst of the weather was likely to hit. So on Monday instead of resting, I ran my speed run after work.

I was in a bad mood when I set out on this run, and that translated into me running my fastest pace yet. I guess sometimes it’s good to be mad! And of course, I felt much better when I was done.

Tuesday, Ran 6 miles/9:19 pace

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Tempo run: There was some rain in the evening forecast Tuesday, so I decided to get up early before work and get my run done. The air felt like rain was coming, and the temperature was so nice. I went out to the river to get this run finished at around 6:45 AM, and it went great.

Of course, the weather predictions were wrong and we didn’t end up getting much rain at all on Tuesday, but when I got off work at 6, I was so glad I had already completed my run and could just go home.

Wednesday, Rest

Thursday, Rest

I was going to cross-train this day as scheduled, but I went to eat with family after work and was just too tired after I got home. I decided to push it back to either Friday or Saturday.

Friday, Ran 3 miles/9:34 pace

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Easy run: I knew I had a busy Saturday ahead of me, so I decided to go ahead and do my easy run a day early. I had a terrible night’s sleep, but I still got up before work again and set out at 6:30 AM. Maybe I had it in the back of my mind that I needed to get done quickly, but my pace for this run was faster than I’d planned. It still felt pretty easy though, and the cooler air helped me with that.

Saturday, Rode bike

I think cleaning at an animal shelter for about 7 hours should count as cross-training. We had a packed house at the cat rescue due to taking in some cat evacuees from Texas, and it was mostly just me and one other volunteer working all day. I got to the rescue at 9 AM and didn’t leave until after 4 PM. Lots of crouching and kneeling and wiping and cat-kissing. My back was sore the next day, and I was exhausted afterward!

I got home and decided to just do a short bike-ride so I could feel like I had done something that legitimately counts as “cross-training.” I didn’t go too long because my tires seemed very low on air. Afterward, I took a bath, went to Old Navy and Whole Foods, and was in bed by like 8 PM. Took some Nyquil because I’ve had a cold the past few days, and was asleep by 10.

Sunday, Ran 11 miles/10:23 pace

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Long run: I was well-prepared for this run, having charged my iPod and Garmin on Saturday, set out all my gear and slept in my running clothes. But somehow I still screwed up – I set my alarm for 6:30 AM, and I must have pressed “stop” instead of “snooze,” because the next thing I know, I wake up and it’s 7:15! I had wanted to get started by 7 because I had to be at church at 10:30 to greet before service. I jumped up and got all my stuff together, ate a slice of toast with peanut butter/banana/honey (best combo ever), and drove to the river path.

After reading some articles on long run strategy, I decided I would do 6 miles at 45 seconds slower than marathon pace, so about 11 minute-miles. Then I would do the last 5 miles at marathon pace, with a speedy final half-mile.

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It turns out I really suck at hitting exact goal paces. I either am going way too fast or way too slow. For instance, trying to hit 11-minute miles, I would look down and either be going 10:30 or 11:20. Never actually hitting 11:00. I guess it evens out, but it doesn’t seem like the most efficient use of my energy.

Then, when I got to the last five miles wanting to basically hit 10:18 each mile, which is my marathon pace goal, I was just flat-out too fast. My last mile was much faster than that because I did speed up on purpose for the last half-mile.

I was definitely tired at the end, and I felt like it was a good workout.

After the run, I had about 30 minutes to shower, dress and get to church. I scarfed down an Evol breakfast burrito as I drove to church, and I made it just in time! Took this photo in the car:

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So it was a great week! I think this is the first time in my marathon training history that I’ve really been running each training run with goal paces in mind relative to a marathon goal. I always did “speed” and “tempo” and “long” runs, but my pace goals for those runs were always kind of arbitrary – especially long runs. I’m hoping I’m doing this right, and that it helps me PR on race day.

August Recap: (Insert Fire Emoji)

I’m writing this before the official end of August because I know I’m not going to be running again until September. This was a great month for me!

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I ran 75 miles in August! That’s 20 miles more than July and many, many miles more than any previous month for the last year and a half. The great thing is I feel GREAT. I’m not always 100% pumped for every single run, but I’m very motivated.

My longest runs in August were 9, 8, and 7 miles. The month also included numerous 5 and 6-milers, and the typical 3 and 4-milers. I rode my bike a few times and sucked at it, though.

I did one race – the Mission Possible 10K. Came in third in my age group, though I was mainly doing it as a long run for the week.  My fastest run was just this past Monday, 3 miles at an 8:27 pace. More about that when I do my Week 4 training recap.

I am in the middle of Week 4 of marathon training, and I’ve been nailing my schedule and my pace goals so far. I just feel really good and hope this keeps up!

August was pretty good on a personal level, too. We took a couple of trips in August – an accidental trip to Natchitoches when we got a flat tire on I-49, and then another trip down to the New Orleans area to see my family. We celebrated our 9-year anniversary Aug. 16.

And one last, very important thing that happened in August – I officially registered for the Dallas Marathon, which takes place December 10! The registration fee is increasing  by $30 on Sept. 1, so I made sure to get this done today!
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No turning back!

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Three

The plan:

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Monday, Ran 3 miles/8:39 pace

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Speed run: Set out for this one after work, solar eclipse day! I borrowed someone’s eclipse glasses to briefly look at it for 1 second, but otherwise averted my eyes and watched the live stream on the Internet.

I was surprised to run this one as fast as I did, though I was definitely out of breath and pretty much hit what I felt was my limit by the end.

This was supposed to happen on Tuesday, but I knew I’d have to work Tuesday night, so I switched the two days’ plans.

Tuesday, Rest

Wednesday, Ran 5 miles/9:17 pace

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Tempo run: Somehow I got the inspiration to do this run before work, so I got up around 6:30 AM and eventually made myself go out. This turned out to be a great choice because it was cooler in the morning, and later that evening it was raining off and on.

It felt great to get off work and already have my run long behind me, but getting up super early is always a struggle for me, so I don’t know how often I will manage to do this.

Thursday, Yoga (and 30 lame girl push-ups)

I worked late Thursday night, so it was too dark when I got home to do my normal bike ride. Instead I did a Rodney Yee yoga workout and push-ups. I guess that will have to suffice as “cross training” for this week. :/

Friday, Rest and travel

Saturday, Ran 9.1 miles/10:29 pace

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Long run: We were in South Louisiana this weekend visiting the fam, and the humidity was definitely thick. My goal was to hit a 10:30 pace, and I did just that. I have been reading about strategies for long run paces, and I think I may try to change it up next week to better suit my marathon goal.

For this run, I fueled by eating four Gu chews beforehand, then drank Tailwind throughout. I carried a 10-ounce handheld while I ran, and took a short break after 5 miles to refill my bottle and drink a little extra from a bigger water bottle at home.

Spent the rest of the morning and afternoon laying around and spending time with my parents, then Hunter and I went out to dinner at GW Fins in New Orleans before heading to a Saints preseason game. Great day!

Sunday, Ran 3 miles/9:50 pace

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Easy run: I decided I need to pick a pace goal for my “easy” runs. I decided to go with my marathon goal pace, which I guess if I’m being ambitious, would be a 10:18 pace (for a 4:30 marathon).

But for this run I decided on an even 10-minute pace. It wasn’t completely “easy,” to be honest. I was exhausted from the previous day/night, and I woke up with some congestion which made breathing efficiently a little more difficult. But I hit my goal and finished drenched in sweat.