Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Weekly Roundup 3.11-3.17


Week 12 of 16

Can you believe there is only 4 weeks left until Boston?!  I can’t.  I mean I know I missed a couple key weeks of training but still.  Time is flying by!  And the good news is that I’m not 100% but I’m pretty darn close.

This week started out with a beautiful 6 miles on Monday.  I was feeling super sluggish throughout the day—daylight savings always kicks my butt—but I couldn’t help but have a great run with the sun shining and hints of spring weather.


I decided to take it easy on Tuesday and opted indoors on the elliptical plus a strength training session.  It was another nice day but I didn’t want to overdo it after 10 miles on Saturday and 6 on Monday.  I was back outside on Wednesday for 4 miles with temperatures dropping again.  I pulled out my 2018 Boston Marathon jacket for some extra motivation.



Thursday night kicked off “birthday weekend” with two really fun spin and swim classes.

I got my nails done on Friday morning before seeing Kathy for PT.  Even though I’d been feeling much better, she suggested I come in for some manual work and to get taped before my weekend long run.  It’s so hard to say no.  She’s too good to me!  I also never get to see her because her only days in the Mashpee location are on Fridays when I’m off so it’s always fun to get to chat with her.

The rest of the day was great.  I treated myself to a big iced caramel macchiato at Starbucks and an everything bagel at Bagel Havel.  I went for a short run with G—our first together since my injury!  Later in the afternoon I went to Naukabout for some day drinking with Craig then came home to carb load and get to bed semi-early to rest up for my long run.

My alarm went off much earlier than I wanted on Saturday morning but I was headed to Plymouth to meet up with my friend Steve who then was driving us to Boston to run on the course.  The Marathon Sports Wellesley store is located at Mile 14.7 which is perfect to run and experience the later stages of the race.  They held group runs each week during Boston Marathon training but this was the first I was healthy enough to attend.  Running out was great.  I was looking around trying to take in some of the sights along the course.  Sights I did not see on April 16, 2018.  Seriously though, nothing was familiar.  Nothing!  When I said I ran with my head down to block out the rain, I was telling the absolute truth.  


Along the way we got to run the Newton hills and I now know what hill is Heartbreak Hill.  In case you missed my race report from last year’s Boston Marathon, I was halfway up Heartbreak Hill when I asked another running if we were on Heartbreak Hill.  It’s still not as bad as I imagined.  I’m still thinking it’s more of a mental battle for people.

Once our watches hit 7 miles we turned around to face some nasty headwinds all the way back.  The wind was constant and brought us to a standstill at times.  I remember turning to Steve and saying it felt like we were running in slow motion!  It was brutal.

We got back to the store to a little party with Hoka and I finally tried 26.2 Brew—the beer brewed by Sam Adams made specifically for the Boston Marathon runners.  I also picked up my Boston Marathon jacket as an early birthday present.


After the run I went straight to my parents’ house for a *late afternoon* birthday brunch.  My mom made French toast casserole, bacon and a nice fruit spread while we sipped on mimosas.  


We also made a stop to Dairy Queen.  It was opening weekend and we couldn’t pass up buy one, get one.  I met up with Katrina for a while that night to complete the day.  I was exhausted but it was so good to see her and catch up.

The birthday celebrations continued on Sunday.  David and Lindsey made me feel special all day at work.  One of the spinners brought us Irish soda bread.  I am pretty anti-St. Patrick’s Day but I gave it a try!  After work I had my annual birthday lasagna with my parents along with my mom’s famous birthday cake.  Overall a fantastic birthday weekend.  Big thanks to everyone that made it great.

Other highlights:

·      My birthday is on Monday!!

·      I always like to share cool products so check out these awesome custom socks Lizzie sent me for my birthday.  It’s Georgie!  The company is called Divvy Up.  Aaaamazing!

Upcoming events:

·      4 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 3.11.19
6 miles (45:55)
Burdenko H2O

Tuesday 3.12.19
30’ elliptical
1/2 Taught spin class
Lift

Wednesday 3.13.19
4 miles (30:36)

Thursday 3.14.19
1/2 Taught spin class
Power Water

Friday 3.15.19
2.06 miles with G (20:43)
10’ elliptical

Saturday 3.16.19
14 miles with Steve (1:56:45)
20’ walk with the fam

Sunday 3.17.19
1/2 Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O


ICYMI
Week 1 of 16             Week 5 of 16             Week 9 of 16
Week 2 of 16             Week 6 of 16             Week 10 of 16
Week 3 of 16             Week 7 of 16             Week 11 of 16
Week 4 of 16             Week 8 of 16

This week’s mileage: 26 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
March Totals: 54 miles
2019 Totals: 214 miles

Monday, March 11, 2019

Weekly Roundup 3.4-3.10


Week 11 of 16

I’m back!  So I’m not 100% but I’m back to running and overall feeling pretty good.  I totaled 22 miles on the week with a “long run” of 10 miles.

Monday was awesome running weather for March and I couldn’t wait to get out the door for a run.  My plan was to run 3 miles but that weather!  I ended up running 5 miles and felt great.

I tried spinning on Tuesday morning for the first time since my injury but started to regret it towards the end of class.  I originally thought sitting was aggregating my hip but the angle in a standing climb was not ideal either.  Boo.

Tuesday afternoon I got in a strength training session followed by a short, easy treadmill run.  I may have overdone it so I took Wednesday completely off and only taught about half of my Thursday night spin class on the bike.

I met with Kathy for PT on Friday morning then headed home to a 4 mile run.  Later that day Georgie and I met up with my mom for a nice beach to beach walk in Cotuit.


I had mixed emotions about my “long run” on Saturday morning.  It was another awesome March day and I was looking forward to getting out the door but I was supposed to run my first 20 miler this week.  Kathy said I should run 8.  I was thinking more like 10-12 and honestly I was more nervous about running 10 miles then I usually am before running 20 miles.  It was a big run for me.  If it didn’t go well and the pain returned, I knew that was pretty much it for my Boston 2019 training.  I am running out of time and I couldn’t afford another setback.

The good news is, I ran 10 miles pain free.  I was sore after but that is expected.  In terms of cardio, I was struggling.  I stopped a bunch of times.  I visited Lola and Parker.  I searched for sea glass at the beach.  I took my time and enjoyed it. 



Next week I will shoot for 14 miles…

Other highlights:

·      I’m famous!  Just kidding.  But my hand is up on the Ruffwear website.  “Jones on the Job” is a model for their brand new Service Dog line.  So cool!

Upcoming events:

·      5 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 3.4.19
5 miles (39:02)
Burdenko H2O

Tuesday 3.5.19
3 treadmill miles (25:07)
Taught spin class
Lift

Wednesday 3.6.19

Thursday 3.7.19
1/2 Taught spin class
Power Water

Friday 3.8.19
4 miles (30:40)
20’ elliptical
25’ walk with G and mama

Saturday 3.9.19
10 miles (1:19:26)

Sunday 3.10.19
1/2 Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O


ICYMI
Week 1 of 16             Week 5 of 16             Week 9 of 16
Week 2 of 16             Week 6 of 16             Week 10 of 16
Week 3 of 16             Week 7 of 16
Week 4 of 16             Week 8 of 16

This week’s mileage: 22 miles
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
March Totals: 28 miles
2019 Totals: 188 miles

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Weekly Roundup 2.25-3.3


Week 10 of 16

“Don’t call it a comeback…”

The week started out with a lot of ellipticalling.  45 minutes on Monday, 30 on Tuesday and 60 on Wednesday.  It was brutal.

Overall I was feeling better.  Still some awareness of the injured area but no pain.  Early in the week I talked to Kathy about the possibility of running by the weekend.  I was terrified.  I am running out of time to train for Boston and I didn’t want to start back to soon with the fear that I would flare back up and set myself back another few weeks.  I knew if all went well running over the weekend, I still had a few weeks to safely get myself back up to a long run of 16-18 miles before a shortened taper to April 15th.  Joe gave me a push Thursday night saying, “What are you waiting for?  Just go do it.  If it hurts, stop.”  Sounds so easy right?  Well it was enough to make me hop on the treadmill at 7:30pm on Thursday night after I taught both my classes for a slow, easy mile.  Woo woo!

Friday morning I met with Kathy for one more PT session.  The funny thing about my mile run the night before was that I felt no pain in my piriformis but my left IT band was so tight and uncomfortable.  Kathy did some work on it and then more elliptical, a few minutes on the Jacob’s ladder, some lifting and e-stim—this time on both my piriformis and IT band.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I’m so lucky to work in an organization with such great people and great resources.  Kathy has been the best going above and beyond.  I’m so thankful for all her help.

I went home Friday and took G for a nice long walk before changing into running clothes for an easy 2 miles outside.  It was so nice to be outside.  It feels so much more natural to me than running on the treadmill.  I kept it easy and had to hold myself back from running more.



“Long Run Saturday” brought me back to the gym for 60 minutes on the elliptical followed by 4 miles on the treadmill and a date with Norma.  


I should have been excited about running 4 miles but I kept thinking about all the miles I missed.  This week I was supposed to run 18 miles and it was supposed to be the beginning of the hardest 4 week block in training.  I know I’ll run Boston.  I know I will do fine.  I’m not worried about time.  I just want to enjoy the day.  I don’t know why I was having such a hard time focusing on the positive this week.

Other highlights:

·      I made an appearance at Run Club this week!  Zero miles for Jen but it was good to get out and see everyone…


Upcoming events:

·      6 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 2.25.19
45’ elliptical
Burdenko H2O

Tuesday 2.26.19
30’ elliptical

Wednesday 2.27.19
60’ elliptical

Thursday 2.28.19
1 treadmill mile (9:32)
Power Water

Friday 3.1.19
10’ elliptical
38’ walk with G
2 miles (17:34)

Saturday 3.2.19
60’ elliptical
4 treadmill miles (34:20)

Sunday 3.3.19
Burdenko H2O


ICYMI
Week 1 of 16             Week 5 of 16             Week 9 of 16
Week 2 of 16             Week 6 of 16
Week 3 of 16             Week 7 of 16
Week 4 of 16             Week 8 of 16

This week’s mileage: 7 miles
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
February Totals: 50 miles
March Totals: 6 miles
2019 Totals: 166 miles