Week 13 of 16
Guess what! It’s taper time!! All the hard work is done. Week 13 was my biggest week in terms of
mileage and long run distance. Now it’s
time to trust my training, rest up & recover.
Recover was the word of the
I finally received my 2XU Hyoptik thermal tights
in the mail thanks to the BibRave Pro
ambassador program and I
literally wore them for four days straight after Thursday’s long run!
I love compression!
At Christmas dinner, Grandma Eileen called me a superhero
in those pants and Johnny told me I looked like a member of KISS.
If you haven’t seen my new tights yet, they
are reflective with the big X from 2XU all over them.
Either way—superhero or KISS, I love it!
The week of running started out with my third
set of mile repeats.
This time it was
back to the treadmill but only had to run 3 of them.
I ran faster than my 4x1 mile repeats the
week before so I was pretty happy about that.
Tuesday was an easy 4 miles on the treadmill but after an awesome, super
high-energy spin class!
We rode to all
Christmas tunes & everyone brought their antlers!
I took Wednesday off to prepare
for Thursday morning’s 2nd attempt at 20 miles.
Thursday morning was Christmas Eve
and the schedule at Mashpee Fitness worked out so I had the day off. In theory, Thursday was the perfect day to
run my long run. I could celebrate
Christmas Eve that night, enjoy a Christmas morning mimosa and eat whatever I
wanted for Christmas dinner. The weather
leading up to the holiday weekend was iffy but when I woke up Christmas Eve
morning, I knew I had to get it over with.
The temperature was warm. 55
degrees with 100% humidity at the start, 62 degrees with 95% humidity at the
finish. The wind was wicked! My weather app said 25 mph winds but the
gusts by the water brought us to a standstill.
(My dad biked with me!) The wind
actually caused us to re-route a little bit to avoid the water in the later
stages of my run.
Overall I had a good run, I
The wind caused me to run with a
lot more effort than I wanted so that could work to my advantage in Houston
on a calm day.
I stopped for water every
mile and a half to two miles because of the humidity.
Around mile 17 I began to struggle.
My hips were sore and my glutes were
starting to cramp.
Mile 19 I wanted to
I had my first experience with
“booty lock” but at 19.75 I picked up the pace and finished strong.
My average pace was 8:10 but my last 3 miles
were 8:37, 8:47, 8:37.
I can’t be too disappointed because I RAN 20
I know after 3 weeks of taper and
the excitement of racing with all the support around me, I will be just
I just worry.
Speaking of worry.
I am dealing with an injury and totally in
I thought that I was just sore
from my 20 miles but once the DOMS
wore off, I was left with a pain in the butt.
I had a great (but painful) run on Saturday morning with Lizzie who
unofficially diagnosed me with a hamstring origin issue.
I felt this same pain after my first 20-mile
attempt and it came and went in the 2 weeks since.
If it is in fact my hamstring, rest is what I
I skipped my last run of the
week—well I ran 2 miles with G instead of 4 miles alone, shh don’t tell Lizzie
(she’s a PT)—2 miles short of my 40-mile week goal.
I’m currently sitting on an ice pack as I
Focus for the next 3 weeks:
Taper! – with only 3 weeks to go, I am rewarding
myself with an extra rest day (maybe more due to this pain in my butt) and
trying to get to bed a little bit earlier every night.
Hydration – My goal is to drink a minimum 64 oz.
Vitamins – I haven’t been good about
vitamins. In the spring my blood tests
came back with really low iron and low vitamin D so it’s important I take my
vitamins twice a day!
Staying healthy – I will be sanitizing and
washing my hands like crazy!
Foam roll err day
Hips, glutes, and hamstring stretching &
I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
5 miles treadmill with 3x1 mile (37:48) <--7:03, 6:58,
4 miles treadmill (32:00)
Merry Christmas Eve!
20 miles (2:43:40)
6 miles with Lizzie (52:11)
1 mile with G (9:10)
10 reverse clamshell
10 S/L hip abduction
1.98 miles with G (17:39)
10 reverse clamshell
10 S/L hip abduction
10 Burdenko rotate + kick
G mileage disclaimer:
None of the mileage reported with Georgie is straight, consistent running. We
may run 1 mile in 9 or 10 minutes but in reality we probably covered a 2-3 mile
distance with a mix of walking and running.
I stop my watch every time we start walking.
This week’s mileage: 38
This week’s G
mileage: 3 miles
December Totals: 137
2015 Totals: 812