Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekly Roundup 3.5-3.11

Week 11 of 16

“I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”

Marathon training has finally caught up to me.  I woke up Monday morning feeling like I got hit by a bus.  I thought it was the extra effort of running 18 miles in a storm but the beat up and exhausted feeling continued all week.  Marathon training is hard.  Training plans are designed to gradually build on the long run and weekly mileage and it’s sometimes easy to forget where I started and exactly what I am asking my body to do on a daily basis.

With that being said, this week was my highest mileage week so far in training.  Next week is a recovery week—THANK GOD—then I have one BIG week left before taper begins!

Monday was the new usual…  lift then sunset run.  I wasn’t having a great day on Tuesday so I made the decision to skip Run Club and stay after work for a treadmill run.  I was afraid if I went home after work, I wouldn’t want to leave the house so I cranked out 4 miles with 4x800s on the treadmill.  My boss Joe—who is also training for Boston—had to one up me and run 5 miles with 5x800s!  He said I motivated him to do it so that made me happy.

On Wednesday I worked out with Erin and then we both hopped on the treadmills for a quick run.  One of the members has been bringing me Snickers bars each visit because it’s my “Birthday Month”—on Wednesday he delivered it right to my treadmill!

I spent most of Friday morning in a waiting room while work was being done on my car.  It went from beautiful sunny morning to snow squalls to GREY in the few hours I waited.  Once I got home I was not feeling the run.  Kellen convinced me to take Georgie to Cotuit for our beach to beach run—which was a good idea since G was cooped up in the house all last weekend due to the storm.  We had a nice run, stopped to chat with the boys for a little bit and then I continued out on my own to finish up my mileage for the day.  I was super sluggish.  My legs felt like bricks.  Not a good feeling knowing I had 20 miles on the schedule the next day.  I skipped the gym that night to recover and went out to dinner with my parents instead.  Chicken parm FTW!

I was super nervous for my 20 miler.  I’ve done it before in other marathon training plans and I’ll do it one more time before the marathon but every time it’s still a big deal to me.  The plan was Falmouth.  The skies were sunny.  The beaches looked beautiful.  The problem—it was cold and it was windy.

My dad was at a neighbors chopping up a tree that fell down in the storm so I ventured out on my own.  I try to stay optimistic and hopeful but honestly I knew from the first mile that it wasn’t going to be a good run.  I could just feel it.

The first 4 miles I couldn’t get into the groove.  The theme of the week was “tired” and I just didn’t have the usual pep in my step.  Miles 4 to 9 I ran along the water straight into the wind.  Constant wind.   And as crazy as it seems, 18 miles in a nor’easter with wind gusts over 50 mph was easier for me.

My original plan was to run 2 more miles out before turning around but I knew if I did that I would have never made it to 20.  I turned around early and re-routed my course.  My mom drove by to check on me and asked if running with the wind at my back was any better.  It wasn’t.

I got to 16 and pretty much gave up.  I did actually run 20 miles that day but I stopped and walked way too many times to count.  I always stop by watch when I stop but I predict that it may have taken me an hour to cover the last 4 miles.  My dad appeared out of nowhere on his bike to finish my last 3 miles with me.  Oh em gee, it was a battle!

Other highlights:

·      On Saturday night I traded in my running shoes for ice skates!  Cape Cod Rehab had a “Glide & Dine” staff outing at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.  I tested my fate and participated however I went very slow and stayed close to the walls.

·      Boston Marathon bib numbers have been assigned!

Upcoming events:

·      5 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 3.5.18
5 miles (39:27)
Greg’s Workout #10
Burdenko H2O
17,689 steps

Tuesday 3.6.18
Taught spin class
4 treadmill miles (29:31) with 4x800s
14,898 steps

Wednesday 3.7.18
3 treadmill miles (22:56)
Greg’s Workout #11
12,587 steps

Thursday 3.8.18
Taught spin class
Power Water
13,321 steps

Friday 3.9.18
2.5 miles with G (23:02)
3.5 miles (27:15)
16,652 steps

Saturday 3.10.18
20 miles (2:34:29)
38,451 steps

Sunday 3.11.18
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
10,804 steps

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: 38 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2.5 miles
March Totals: 61 miles
2018 Totals: 294 miles

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Weekly Roundup 2.26-3.4

Week 10 of 16

“I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”


I had another awesome week of training.  Monday started off with a quick workout in the gym before hurrying home to a nice 5 mile sunset run.  Totally worth running outside!

Tuesday I went to Run Club then on Wednesday I killed it in the gym.  Erin and Craig were both working out while Greg was around working.  I got peer pressured into using Box 2 plus a plate for my box jumps then suckered into putting the 45s on each end of the barbell for my hip thrusts!  135 pounds!  I did it!  I went home tired—so I grabbed G for 2 easy miles.

On Thursday we celebrated the start of “Birthday Month” in spin class!  I actually had to work on Friday but it was a slow day with a storm a brewing.  Cable and internet was down from heavy rain and strong winds.  I stayed after for my third gym session of the week which included my second attempt at the clean and jerk.  Scary.  I finished up with a treadmill run then drove home.  I just barely got out of the shower before my power went out.  It was a boring night in the dark but a good excuse to get to bed early.

My power was still out when I woke up.  Winds peaked at 93 mph in Falmouth and most of the Cape was without power.  My parents came over to help me bandage a broken portion of my fence and save some of my frozen foods—they have a generator.  My mom and I took a drive to the Commons to find an open coffee shop and Cape Cod Coffee saved the day!

The rain seemed to have stopped after lunch so around 1pm I headed out the door for my long run.  I planned on running Cotuit—which is a 10-mile route—and I told my parents I was shooting for 18 but I would be happy with finishing at least 10.  Wind gusts were still over 50 mph so I knew it was going to be a battle.

It actually started raining again and it continued on and off throughout my entire run.  My first stop was about 3 miles in at the Cotuit Town Dock.  The Cape Cod Times posted pictures the day before of it under water so I was curious to see its status just after high tide.  I made a second stop at a boat landing.  Here I ran into two young boys that asked me if I was practicing running and told me I was the fastest runner they have ever seen!  Thanks boys!

Next stop Oregon Beach.  I was just about 6 miles in and feeling great.  As I headed away from the beach I faced some strong headwinds that brought me to a standstill.  A truck pulled up besides me and I heard “Are you f*cking crazy?”  It was Kellen.  And this was before he found out I was running 18 miles.

About 7 miles in when I was a little over 3 miles away from home, I decided to loop back around committing myself to at least 14 miles.  Just then I was pelted by hail and I wondered if this was a sign that I should turn around and head straight home.  I continued on embracing the storm, relying on my inner badass and before I knew it I was back in the hood running my final miles.

For 18 miles, I felt great.  Don’t get me wrong—I didn’t feel like I could run another step once my watch hit 18 but I also wasn’t looking for excuses to back out at 12, 14 and 16 miles.  I may have questioned my sanity over and over again but I never doubted my ability to finish.  More confidence heading into the final weeks of training…

Upcoming events:

·      6 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Monday 2.26.18
5 miles (40:04)
Greg’s Workout #10
Burdenko H2O
16,239 steps

Tuesday 2.27.18
Taught spin class
Marathon Sports Run Club! 4 miles with Steve (32:41)
16,573 steps

Wednesday 2.28.18
2.1 miles with G (18:55)
Greg’s Workout #11
11,347 steps

Thursday 3.1.18
Taught spin class
Power Water
13,737 steps

Friday 3.2.18
5 treadmill miles (38:27)
Greg’s Workout #12
14,304 steps

Saturday 3.3.18
18 miles (2:18:15)
31,543 steps

Sunday 3.4.18
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
15,044 steps

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: 34 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
February Totals: 121 miles
March Totals: 23 miles
2018 Totals: 256 miles