Dallas Marathon Training: Week Fifteen

The plan – identical to last week:

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Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Rest 

I felt so tired after work, and my right quad was still really sore from the 20-miler, so I took another rest day. I am definitely ready for the taper to begin.

Wednesday, Ran 3 miles/8:57 pace3e

Easy run: I intended to do my 5-mile speed run, but I still just lacked energy! I got up before work, and whereas usually I have no problem getting into my ‘speed’ pace, I felt sluggish and slow. I decided to just to do my 3-mile easy run, and try to figure out a way to reclaim some energy for the next few days. I took my B-complex vitamin when I got home, which I’ve been neglecting to do lately, and I tried to drink more water and eat better throughout the day. I’d been eating kind of bad the previous few days, which surely doesn’t help contribute to energy and activity.

Thursday, Ran 5 miles/7:59 pace

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Speed run: My coworkers and I agreed we were all feeling extra tired this week. Maybe it’s the weather? Still adjusting to DST? Whatever the case, I was still tired Thursday morning when I got up to do my speed run, and I felt myself running out of gas near the end. But, somehow, I still managed to do my fastest pace for a 5-miler ever. Pretty sure I’d never run 5 miles at a sub-8:00 pace before. I’m constantly amazed that after several lackluster and sometimes downright awful running years, I’m now the fastest I’ve ever been.

Friday, Ran 5 miles/8:40 pace

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Tempo run: I couldn’t muster up the motivation to do this run before work, and I even considered pushing it back to Saturday morning. But I got out and did this run Friday evening instead, and I felt okay but not great. My pace was slower than last week. 😦 Verrry sweaty afterward too. This is November. Sigh.

Saturday, Arm workouts

Sunday, Ran 20 miles/9:58 pace

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Long run: Just like last week, I super procrastinated getting out the door to start this run. It’s just so mentally daunting sometimes. But the run went by rather quickly once I got going. The weather was really nice, in the high 40s to high 50s, breezy, sunshine. I listened to episodes of Dateline and Hollywood Crime Scene podcast, and those really kept my mind off the task at hand.

I also focused on trying not to glance at my Garmin too much, so that I wouldn’t be constantly checking how far I had gone. As a result, my pace was usually too fast. I did make conscious efforts to try and slow down at points, but it never stuck.

Mileage starts coming down next week, and I am relieved. I think the combination of weather changes making me sick, adjusting (or not adjusting, as the case may be) to Daylight Saving Time, on top of work, volunteering, and marathon training, has all started to catch up with me. I will focus these next three weeks before the race on trying to get as much rest as I can, taking my vitamins, eating well, drinking water, and hopefully being at peak health on race day.

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Dallas Marathon Training: Week Fourteen

The plan:

(Let’s try this again)

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Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 5 miles/8:02 pace

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Speed run: I ended up working later than expected, and when I got home it was chilly and drizzly outside. I was tempted to push this back. But instead, I sucked it up and got it done. I didn’t get too wet, and ended up with my best 5-mile pace thus far.

Wednesday, Arm workouts, sit-ups

It was raining tons this day, so running outside wasn’t happening for me. I pushed my tempo run back a day and did my typical lazy “cross training” instead.

Thursday, Ran 5 miles/8:26 pace

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Tempo run: I got up before work and did this run around 6:45 AM, with temperatures around 44 degrees. I felt kind of bad during the run, but still pulled out a good pace. I was happy to have this done early.

Friday, Rest

After work we went to a little concert at my brother-in-law’s church. I felt so tired at the end of a long week!

Saturday, Ran 3 miles/9:07 pace

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Easy run: Another early morning, chilly run. I got up and did this run around 7:30 AM before heading out to volunteer at the cat rescue for the rest of the day. I ran what felt “easy” and felt really, really good.

Sunday, Ran 20 miles/10:11 pace

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Long run: For this run, I was hoping to have the same cool temps we had earlier in the week, but alas, it was about 68 degrees when I headed out Sunday morning. I got a much later start than planned because I was procrastinating, big time. There is something so mentally daunting about tackling 20 miles solo. It’s only 2 miles longer than 18, but just sounds so much harder.

Finally, I got started shortly before 8 AM, and I just tried to zone out. I listened to a couple of podcasts, but mostly music. I did a decent job fueling for this run – peanut butter and honey toast beforehand, three PowerBar energy gels total (beforehand, 7 miles, and 14 miles), and Powerade throughout. My pace was faster than I expected or intended, and I finished strong at the end, but I was definitely feeling tired at the end. I think in the marathon I’m going to end up taking 5 total gels, so I will be eating more calories during the race.

Hotel for race weekend is booked, and I’m growing very excited. I hope my nerves don’t get the best of me come race day. I need to remember to enjoy it.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Thirteen

The plan:

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Monday, Planking and bicep curls

This was my “cross training.”

Tuesday, Rest (HALLOWEEN)

I was going to run after work, but I ended up working late, it was raining off and on, and the neighborhood was inundated with trick-or-treaters. I decided to call it a night.

Wednesday, Ran 5 miles/8:06 pace

5 miles

Speed run: This was my fastest 5-miler yet. I didn’t feel great throughout, in fact I felt kind of crappy. I did it after work, and had been feeling kind of nauseous throughout the day. But I sucked it up and got it done! We had a nice spell of cold weather, but now it’s back to warm humidity.

Thursday, Ran 5 miles/8:53 pace

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Tempo run: I had to do this in the dark as I didn’t get home from work until after 7. Not much to say! I was very sweaty, apparently! It was nice to only have 5 miles on the schedule, instead of 8 miles like the previous three weeks.

Friday, Rest

We traveled this day, so I went into work extra early and we left around 3 PM to hit the road. I woke up with a cold, which would affect me during the weekend…

Saturday, Ran 12 miles/10:24 pace

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Long run: Welp. At the last minute, I decided to switch this week’s 20-mile long run with next week’s 12 miler, because 1) I felt terrible – my cold had worsened and I just felt like garbage when I woke up. 2) I had gotten a terrible night of sleep. 3) I was visiting my family for the weekend and wanted to have more time with them during the day Saturday, so 90 less minutes of running seemed more desirable.

Due to this switch, I will end up running 20 miles two weeks in a row instead of running 20, 12, 20. Also, if I had been following the plan for the week where I do a 12-mile long run, I’d have run 8 miles instead of 5 miles for my tempo run. Oh well. When all is said and done, I only came up 3 miles short this week from the plan, and I will make up the 20-miler the next week. This is the first time in 13 weeks that I deviated from my training plan, so I guess that’s pretty good.

As for the actual 12-miler, I felt horrible as I started running with all my cold symptoms, and the thick South Louisiana humidity did not help. I wanted to quit a few miles in, but I kept at it and completed the 12 sweaty miles.

Sunday, Ran 5 miles/9:08 pace

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Easy run: If I had done 20 miles on Saturday, this would have been a 3-miler, but after I switched to just doing 12 miles, I did the easy run length that went along with that week’s plan – 5 miles. Nothing to write home about, my cold felt a little better, and I did it rather quickly because we had to get packed up and leave in time to go to the Saints game in New Orleans.

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The Saints are 6-2! I felt my sickness during this game, and at times I thought maybe it would have been better not to run at all this weekend. I don’t want to prolong sickness by being stubborn and running instead of resting. But a few days later, I feel almost completely better, so I guess I got away with it this time.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Twelve

The plan:

week 12

Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 5 miles/8:15 pace

12 - 5 miler

Speed run: I’ve decided the worst thing to run in is not heat, cold, or rain – it’s WIND! This run was SO windy, and the first half was brutal because I was going up against head wind. When I turned around to come the opposite way back on the river trail, I had most of the wind at my back, and I was able to make up my pace.  Ultimately I was very surprised that this run was faster than last week’s speed run.

Wednesday, Ran 8 miles/8:58 pace

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Tempo run: I did not get a good night’s sleep the night before, and I went running after work, so I was super sluggish to start, and I knew I wouldn’t have as good of a pace as last week. But I just focused on pushing through, and somehow I still got a sub-9 pace, which I was very happy about. And it was only 3 seconds slower per mile than last week. The sun was pretty much almost gone by the time I finished this run. After Daylight Saving Time next week, I am going to have to adjust my schedule so that I’m not running in the dark.

Thursday, Push-ups…

Ummm…. cross training kind of fell to the wayside this week.

Friday, Rest

Saturday, Ran Heroes Run Half Marathon/8:52 pace

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Race recap here. I figured it was okay to use a long run to try and get a half marathon PR, since the marathon is still over a month away. If the race were sooner than that, I would have been worried about over-straining myself, but it all worked out! I felt really good during this run, and I wasn’t too sore afterward.

I was pleased with how I was able to dig deep at the end to up my speed and meet my goal. And hopefully I can do the same during the marathon. All these runs, including these races where I have been able to get a new PR, are really helping build my mental fortitude as well as my physical training.

After running this race as hard as I could, my energy was soooo low for the rest of the day as I volunteered at the cat rescue. I was exhausted! But I kept at it because those kitties are worth it 🙂

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Sunday, Ran 5 miles/9:32 pace

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Easy run: Pretty forgettable run. I have definitely felt my “easy” runs are a lot tougher when done the day AFTER my long run. Every time I do this run after a long run, I feel exhausted throughout.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Eleven

The plan:

week 11

Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 5 miles/8:18 pace

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Speed run: I was raring to go for this run! I had a lot of energy considering it was the end of the day. I got a later start than anticipated, after 6 PM, so the sun was going down when I finished. I have been so pleased with my paces lately. I never thought I would run this fast again… it’s been 6 years since I felt this level of progress in my running. It just took some actual discipline and consistency on my part.

Wednesday, Ran 8 miles/8:55 pace

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Tempo run: Ended up beating last week’s 8-miler by 15 seconds per mile. Pretty good! I’m not sure if I’ve ever recorded an 8-miler that was under a 9-minute pace before.

Thursday, Rest

Friday, Ran 5 miles/9:25 pace

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Easy run: I wasn’t sure if I was going to feel like doing this run after work, or if I would put it off until Saturday, but when I got home I decided to just get it over with. I started out pretty slow, but I felt better as I went along and surprised myself that this was my pace for an “easy” run. I ran in my new shoes again after re-lacing them. I think they are still a little too tight. Ugh.

Saturday, Cross-training – a self defense class!

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This class wasn’t super strenuous or anything, but we did practice several different upper and lower body defense moves, and I was sore on Sunday!

Sunday, Ran 18 miles/10:17 pace

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Long run: This was a weird run. We had some heavy thunderstorms come in throughout the early morning, so I couldn’t start this run at 7 like originally planned. Instead I slept in a little, got to eat my toast and peanut butter and kind of just lounge for over an hour until the rain subsided enough for me to feel comfortable beginning. I finally started around 10:30.

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It was very gloomy when I started running, and it started raining again about 3 miles in. It was never a heavy rain, but it was very consistent, so my clothes got drenched as it rained for the next six miles, about an hour. Thankfully at the halfway mark, around mile 9, it finally stopped, and there was so much wind that it dried my clothes as I continued on for the second half. I felt surprisingly strong for much of this run, but I was pretty tired by the end. I fueled with two PowerBar Energy gels and Tailwind.

This was my peak mileage week for this training plan. Pretty crazy how close the race is getting. Scary and exciting!

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Ten

The plan:

week 10

Monday, Rest

I really didn’t like having Mondays as a rest day at the beginning of this training cycle. I felt like I should be doing something to start the work week actively. But now, as I get into longer runs during the middle of the week and on Sundays, I am really grateful for and am relishing having Mondays off.

Tuesday, Ran 4 miles/8:15 pace

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Speed run: I was surprised to have such a good pace considering I did this run after work, when I usually have less energy. I wanted to give my foot a little extra rest time after it hurt so much during my Sunday run, and it really gave me no problems.

Wednesday, Ran 8 miles/9:10 pace

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Tempo run: The first half of this run was a struggle, and I was averaging around 9:30 miles. Once again I ran after work instead of before, and I was tired. I fueled with Tailwind and drank from my handheld water bottle throughout. I found an extra burst of energy in the second half to up my speed and end up with a much better result than expected. This was my first tempo run of 8 miles, and it is the longest I will go for a tempo run during this training plan.

These runs that provide more of  a challenge, for various reasons, just serve to remind me that this isn’t going to come easy. I really have to work to meet my pace goals sometimes, and I think that’s a good thing – it means my goals aren’t too simple.

Thursday, Rest

I have Thursdays scheduled as cross-training days, but I’ve found lately that I’d rather rest after two days of hard runs. I had a fun day at work, exploring the new aquarium in town.

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Friday, Ran 4 miles/9:34 pace

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Easy run: I don’t even remember anything about this run except that I did it before work, and I don’t think I enjoyed it.

Saturday, Bicep curls with weights, and sit-ups

I also worked at the cat rescue cleaning for 7 hours, if that counts as cross-training.

Sunday, Ran 17 miles/10:31 pace

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Long run: Holy humidity. It was already warm and humid when I got out to the river path just before the sun came up, around 6:45 AM.

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It looks very dark, but there were already several people out there, and the sun started coming up about 5 minutes into my run.  I’ve found lately that I really, really hate my life for the first couple of miles of longer runs, but then it gets so much easier as I go along. I think that is better than it feeling easy at first and getting harder later.

I fueled with two PowerBar gels, Gatorade, and Tailwind. I listened to two episodes of Generation Why and then some other random podcast about celebrity gossip – lately, I’ve found I prefer podcasts over music for these longer runs. I think they are better at keeping my mind distracted from the task at hand. I was drenched with sweat at the end, thanks to the awful humidity.

I finished at 10 AM and only had time to take a quick shower before we had to get to church. Thankfully I wasn’t too achy. After church, we picked up some ice, and I took a 20-minute ice bath, my first of this training cycle.

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So this was a pretty ho-hum week. No races, nothing really exciting to report; I was pleased with my speed and tempo run paces. I am glad that I have been gaining energy and strength in the second half of my long runs, even when the beginning feels so miserable. I hope I feel strong in the second half of the actual race as well.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Nine

Got my new shoes in this week! For some reason this weird combo of fuchsia and orange really appeals to me. I used to be such a Brooks Ravenna loyalist, but this is the 2nd pair in a row where I’ve gotten Mizunos instead. I’ve just been able to find better sales or deals on Mizunos, whereas it feels like I never see Brooks shoes on sale that are in my size.

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ANYWAYS, here is this week’s recap.

The plan:

week 9

Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Ran 4 miles/8:38 pace

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Speed run: I was still sore all day on Monday, so when I set out for this run on Tuesday morning before work, I could tell I wasn’t completely recovered from my hard 5K on Saturday.

My legs felt fine for the most part, but I just had trouble getting that extra push that I usually manage to find during my speed runs. Hopefully next week will be better.

Wednesday, Ran 7 miles/8:54 pace

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Tempo run: This run started out a little rough, and I thought for a little while there that it was going to be slower than my tempo run last week, and that my speed was going to be terrible all week. But somewhere between miles 3-5, either my PowerBar gel kicked in or I woke up, because I started going faster and feeling strong. I finished with my fastest 7-miler so far from this training cycle.

Thursday, Rest

Friday, Bicep curls and sit-ups

Another LAME “cross-training” day. I need to find a workout I might enjoy and set my mind on doing that every cross-training day.

Saturday, Ran 13 miles/9:58 pace

13 miles

Long run: I ran the Red River Revel Road Race 15K in downtown Shreveport as part of my 13-mile training run, which was perfect because the race utilized both the Clyde Fant Parkway and the running trail adjacent to the parkway. It was very easy to hop on the trail before and after the race to get in my extra miles.

The race started at 7:30, so I got out to the starting area by 6:45, picked up my timing chip, and ran about 2.7 miles on my own at a pretty easy pace. Then, I ran the 9.3 mile race in 1:31:10, which was a 9:47 pace. I definitely have trouble keeping my pace slower when I’m doing a race as part of a training run, because I get antsy and competitive. I ran most of the race at about 10-10:20 miles, but for the last two miles, I upped it to sub-9 miles and tried to pass as many people as I could. I went into more detail about the race in my recap here.

After I reached the finish line, I had one mile left to run, so I just went back to the running trail and ran a slow mile. I was parked about a half-mile away, and it starting raining really hard as I was heading back to my car, so I ended up jogging some more just to get out of the rain quicker!

After the race, I went straight to the cat rescue and was there until 3:30 or so. (I changed clothes in the bathroom when I got there!) Then I came home and took an epsom salt bath with Dr. Teal’s Pre and Post Workout. This had an icy-hot effect, and it was very… strange. I think I might stick to plain Dr. Teal’s in the future.

Saturday night, we went for a quick bite at Chick-Fil-A, where I indulged in fries and a frosted coffee. Then we went to the Film Prize film festival to finish out the movies we hadn’t seen yet so we could vote for our favorites! I was exhausted and achy at the end of the night.

Sunday, Ran 5 miles/9:50 pace

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Easy run: Despite the smile, I hated this run. I was achy, sore, and tired. It was really hot outside. I ran in my new Mizunos, and I probably need to re-lace the shoelaces because the top of my right foot hurt throughout the run, and my left foot kept going numb. I just hated it and couldn’t wait for it to be over.

The end of week 9 means I am HALFWAY THERE!

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.

Dallas Marathon Training: Week Seven

The plan:

week 7

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

fastest 5k

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

14 miles

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

9miles

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!