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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Via Marathon Training: Week 10

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I did not follow the exact plan this week, but I did get in a long run, a tempo run, and a bunch of easy runs. 

I only lifted one day, which I have no excuse for as I had plenty of time to lift. Oh well, I hope to do better with that next week!

Oh... I RAN 47 FREAKING MILES THIS WEEK! The plan called for 50, so I wasn't too far off.

Monday- 6 miles. I don't remember anything about this run. I am seriously wracking my brain but can't remember anything about it!

Tuesday- 12 miles! It went really well, except I almost crapped my pants. This run was to make up for the 15 miles I was supposed to do on Sunday. It was hot and slightly hilly. I averaged around a 9:20 pace. I call this run a win! I walked 2.5 miles with my friend Bree later on in the day. I wrote more about the run here in case you are curious!

Wednesday- 6 easy miles. I was no worse for wear from my long run the day before. Woo! I walked 3 miles later on in the evening because I was feeling pretty down about something (non running related) and I just needed to get my thoughts together.

Thursday- Chest @ Home.

Push Ups- 5x10
Chest Press- 5x12x25lb
Shoulder Press- 5x10x20lb
Tricep Dips- 5x15
Stability ball knee tuck- 5x15
Bicycles- 5x40
Plank- 5x45 seconds

Friday- Tempo Run! (10 miles total) 1 mile w/u & c/d and 8 miles @ MP, which is supposed to be 7:49 but I did 7:46. The real feel temperature was 92, so I ran a 2 mile loop around my house (5 times) and stopped to cool off and get some fluids after each loop. I could not have done this run in that heat without cooling off in the a/c. What I did was grab some water (had Nuun in it), went inside, and walked around my house for about a minute or two as I drank. Then I went back out for another loop! I feel great about this run!




Saturday- 5 (ish) easy miles on the AT. I met my friend Donna in Boiling Springs and ran for about an hour on the trail. We didn't have our Garmins so I am not quite sure how far we went. But it wasn't about the miles, it was catching up with an old friend who I haven't run with in years! Donna and I have put in a lot of miles together. In fact, we both ran Boston together in 2009!

Sunday- 8 easy miles @ 8:58 pace. The real feel was only 84, which is totally doable as long as I have water! My knee felt weak during this run, but my feet and butt were all good.

Training Goals:

1. Rest days = complete rest! F (I lifted.)
2. Walk 1 min per mile run. B
3. Stretch after each run. B (I skipped one day!)
4. Foam roll when needed. A
5. Glute/hip exercises 5 days per week. C. (Sometimes this aggravates the PIMA so I was purposefully skipping these.)
6. Stick to the prescribed paces. A
7. Practice proper hydration and fueling. Read as much as I can on the topic. C
8. Alter training if I feel potential for injury. A


NEXT WEEK MY PLAN CALLS FOR 61 MILES. UM, NO. NOT GOING TO DO THAT. MY GOAL IS GOING TO BE 50 MILES! AND I AM GOING TO MAKE MYSELF MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THIS RACE BASED OFF THIS UPCOMING WEEK.... Oh, also, the week ends with a 16 miler... which I really want to do, and do well.
How were your workouts this week?

28 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a great week of training! Even if you didn't follow the plan exactly you were pretty close. I don't think anyone follows any of them exactly... I know I sure won't this week. It was a solid week and even if you lifted on your rest day, at least it was upper body lifting so your legs had a break.

    Good luck with making a decision on the race as well!

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    1. Thanks Amy! It is not one of the easier decisions I have needed to make in awhile. It's just my hard is not torn one way or the other.

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  2. Way to go on your training. I think you are totally back and even though not quite up to the mileage you got this! I say go for it! My training last week was typical run 4x, swim, bike and weights. My runs were difficult because we have had fires nearby and the smoke was very irritating. I tried not to dwell on that too much because think about the people that were displaced from their homes?!? I couldn't imagine...

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    1. Man that is so sad. :( Are you in any danger?

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    2. No, we aren't. This actually happens every summer up in the mountains. It gets so dry and lightening (or negligent people) start the fires. I feel really bad for people that lose their homes. Really bad. I will say, though, that when you build in an area like that you totally take a risk and there is a lot you can do to mitigate when you build so that if a fire does happen your house has a better chance of not burning down.

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    3. That makes sense. Like people who build in flood zones. I wonder if the insurance is crazy expensive if you live near wear I fire could start!?

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  3. I'm glad your body is behaving for you. It looks like you nailed these workouts!

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  4. Great week! Wow to 10 weeks already. Time flies. Easy for to me to say, right? I'd feel the same way about a 60 mile week. Yikes!

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    1. NO it did fly and I don't really feel very prepared!

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  5. Awesome week! I liked the idea of you looping your house and cooling off...that is a great strategy to get in 10 miles!!!

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    1. Yup, that's the only way I was able to do it!

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  6. What a great week - 47 freaking miles is a lot! I think you are right on track, even though you felt you did get derailed a bit, you are still building a lot endurance and holding up! Think about what a change this is from six months ago.
    I sure hope those 50 miles this week feels as good!
    I am going to work on a half way spot :)

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    1. Woohoo!!!! I can't wait to hang out with you!

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  7. 61?! That's a lot of miles. Great job on the 47 and I agree that your 50-mile goal is good. I can't imagine doing 61 miles in a week. I don't do marathons for a reason...

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    1. Yeah I feel like 61 would do more harm than good for ME right now.

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  8. You are kicking butt on this training! I cannot even imagine 50 miles in one week! I hope it goes well!

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  9. The thing that strikes me about the Hansons plan is the multiple long runs. I'm so impressed that you did a 12 and also a 10 miler this week. And the 10 was a tempo run?! That's so cool...someday I want to be able to do that kind of thing easily.

    I tried doing pull-ups this week and thought of you. I need a band so I can do them assisted!

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    1. Yes! Do assisted pull ups. That's how you get stronger. I do assisted ones 99% of the time because I want to be able to do multiple sets. Is your pull up bar at home? Because you can also use a chair.

      Yah it is crazy all the double digit runs you are to do each week! If I had done exactly what the plan said it would have been 3 double digit runs that week as well as an 8 and 9 miler I think!

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  10. So glad you had a good week! I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide about the marathon. I hope you hit your goals for next week!

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  11. 10 mile tempo, damn! Way to get it done!

    Have you done any of your workouts with the recommended 2 mile w/up and 2 mile c/d? That feels like such overkill for me. I have been doing 1 mile w/u and 1 mile c/d... and sometimes even shortening it to 1/2 mile w/up and c/d if I'm crunched for time. I think 1 mile for each feels right and 2 miles just feels so .... long!

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    1. Yes I used to do 1.5 miles to w/u and c/d, which is what the adv plan suggests, but now in the interest of shaving off miles, I only w/u and c/d with one mile!

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  12. Just as I ended my last week thinking I was calling it quits for a while, I had talks with both my sports massage lady and my coach and we (we?) decided I should continue with training... so just like that I'm back on plan. Have decided to switch up some days with biking instead, and put it back to having a 16 mile long run, now with some tempo miles included! Should be interesting!! But still, not a whole lot of change in the PIA department for me. Just getting through it all. You should totally run 61 miles. I think you could!!

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    1. I could, but it wouldn't feel good and I could get injured! ;)

      So what made you finally decide to keep training?

      I wish we could go gor a run together and talk this all out. I am still trying to decide what to do as I don't think my A goal is attainable at ALL.

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    2. I think my A goal is also a bit out of my reach at this time, because I know how I mentally collapse when the going gets tough out there. And it will be tough (painful) for me. I'm going on vacation next week and not much running ("real running") is planned, so my 16 miler is a test really. If I make it, great! If it turns out really bad, I'll have a week to recover from it and we come up with a new plan when I get home. I think we are on Plan "E" by now!

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    3. My 16 miler is a test too! I hope yours goes well!!!

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