Week 5- What felt like the first serious week

Getting up to 40 miles in week 5 made it feel more serious than last year at this time when I was training for Boston. I didn’t get into the 40s until week 12! I’m feeling strong and while I’m still working on adding in more strength training, my body is in good shape due to seeing my PT every week. I’m not going to pretend that this training cycle is a cheap one. To stay healthy I have a weekly appointment where I work on strength and get adjusted. It’s great but it’s very pricey.

Monday- Getting on Track

Hill workout! 2-mile warm-up, 8x 3 mins of hard hill runs, 2 mile cool down. I was crushing this workout until I wasn’t. On the 6th interval, my hamstring gave me some negative feedback. I slowed down my 7th interval, but it was still angry so I took my 8th to the track and called it good. I’m being careful about cramping and taking Magnesium every day now. I’m hopeful that will help come marathon day. My left hamstring is the one that cramps, but my right one is the one that feels worse in PT.

Tuesday- Rest Day

I’m on the group plan for Tuesday rest days right now. Normally I like to keep the momentum of the week going and I was getting spin classes in on Tuesday, but since I like the spin class on Friday so much I think I’ll stick to that and take Tuesdays off like everyone else.

Wednesday- Solo Tempo

OH boy. This tempo had me worried. I had a full day of work I had to get through before I could run, and I had to do our first 6 mile tempo by myself. I decided to do it right after being in the studio, while Vince had Grant (so thankful that he picked him up from school and hung out with him so I could get this work in) I did a warm-up from the studio down to the Freemont Bridge and then I got to work around the lake. Music was blaring and while I knew I was breathing heavy, I wasn’t feeling too bad. I thought to myself, this pace has me flying close to the sun, but it’s worth it right now to experiment. I ended up averaging 7:03 min/mile on this. Pretty happy with that, it should pay off in a half marathon.

Thursday- Easy Run

So excited to be working out my easy run schedule with Eileen! After a bit of confusion, we found each other and got some very nice easy miles in around the lake. I could not be more grateful for my amazing training partner. I just hope I can keep slaying times right beside her as she continues to improve.

Friday- Spin class

My favorite form of cross training right now! I love this 5am class. I also went to PT on Friday, it’s always good to get some work done before a long run.

Saturday- Rise and Shine

All the lake laps. I needed to do early miles because I needed to get back home to get ready for a school tour. Luckily Eileen and Beth were willing to join me for those early miles and we did two lake laps and one extra mile to make it 7 before 7. Once we reached the regular group we had another lake lap to do with them since that’s how that route started this week. Oh well, it was flat and relatively easy, I can’t complain too much about that.  What I could complain about was that the top of foot hurt a bit after the long run. I thought I had just tied my laces too tight and let it go as a fluke.

Sunday- Gym Time

I’ve been trying to get on board with more strength workouts! Sundays are the days I can usually fit them in so I rowed a bit and then lifted weights.

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Overall this week of big mileage felt pretty great. Week 6 is planned to be a down week, which I think will be well appreciated.

Weeks 4 – Holiday Week 2, Electric Boogaloo

January is such an exciting time to be running. Most people are starting their spring training, a lot of new runners are trying this thing out, and there are so many fun challenges that companies like Lululemon and Nike put on. I think this time last year I wasn’t feeling as confident and fast. Now I’m talking almost the whole time on long runs and enjoying the early mornings. It goes to show that every training cycle gives you something, no matter the result of the race at the end of each cycle. I modified from the plan for this week and didn’t feel guilty about it, it happens sometimes and I don’t feel a need to “make-up” the mileage lost.

Monday- Travel Day- Dec 31

I had considered XC skiing this day while Grant was at his ski lesson but I didn’t end up feeling like rushing to get it done and being sweaty all the way home. Instead, I had a pancake breakfast. When we got home I convinced the whole family to go for a 2 mile run, John and I took turns pushing the stroller.short run on Capitol Hill.jpg

Tuesday- Unexpected Miles- Jan 1

We didn’t know that Grant would be invited to sleep over his grandparent’s house on New Year’s Eve but when the offer was made we took it up and got a second run in together. SGLRG was having a first run of the year around Green Lake, I did a lap with John and Sarah and then a lap on my own giving me 5.8 for the run. I took it pretty easy knowing that a hard tempo would be coming the next day.

Wednesday- WuW for the Win- Jan 2

The workout was 2 mile warmup, 3×2 miles at marathon pace then 2 mile cool down. The warm-ups on Wednesdays can be deceiving, my legs felt really heavy in the first mile and my breathing was off, but I decided to buck up and go for it in the 3×2 portion and it went really well. The second interval felt like it was straight uphill. We just pushed and made it through. This one felt really solid, I wasn’t tired from Monday like the rest of my gang who had done a hill workout so I was fresh and feeling it. Had a lot of fun on this run.

Thursday- Gotta Love Those Rest Days- Jan 3

What’s training without rest? Dumb. That’s what. Keeping up my full recovery days where I do next to nothing.

Friday- Spin Class- Jan 4

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I realized that I can show up for spin at 5 and join the FLUR group at 6 if I really want to in the future. I may be ready for that when I really need to get my mileage up towards the peak of my training. Right now I’m working on a balance of how hard I should go in these classes, it’s hard not to get too carried away. If I stay on the conservative side of his cues I’m in good shape.

Saturday-Oh Hill Yeah- Jan 5

This was a good test of fitness. Hills were pretty brutal for me on this one, but I stayed strong and the good news is I was recovering off of them pretty quickly. We averaged 8:02 pace over the course of the 14 miles. Last year at this time I ran a 14 miler at 8:20 pace with a little less elevation, so I think this is a good sign. I didn’t feel totally dead at the end. I drank Tailwind recovery directly after the run, and maybe it’s helping?

Sunday- Short Runs

A Lululemon Event to kick off their annual 40/80 Strava Challenge had me, John and Grant over to U-Village for a 3 miler. It was slow and easy going. I added on another half mile after going to a Jui-Jitsu demonstration and running home. Very casual Sunday.

 

Week 3- Holiday Week (Dec 24-30)

I think it’s important to keep running in perspective, especially when you have a little kid. I see plenty of people continuing to hit the holiday miles hard, and I’m totally psyched for them to do that, I just know that for me, my running can become a hindrance on my family time and time away from my four-year-old during Christmas and his week off from school just isn’t worth it. So a little extra rest, in order to wake up with my kid on Christmas day and to spend the whole morning together, was what I decided this week.

I also worked to get all my CycleBar classes that I paid for into the schedule which required getting creative. I refuse to lose money! Especially when the classes ended up only be $10 a class if I attended all of them. So this week was light on miles but big on what matters.

Monday- Getting on Track

I can always rely on this run to be a kick off to a great week. The schedule had us in for an easy 8 and it was so enjoyable. I got to chat along the way and run with folks I don’t normally run with, perfect way to start the holiday week. Averaged 9:13/mile.

Christmas Day

Normally I spin on Tuesdays, but there wasn’t anything open and I wanted to spend time with my 4 year old and have a relaxed day. I took a rest day and called it good.

Wake-Up Wednesday

When you read the workout incorrectly and go into it thinking it will be easier than it is. For some reason, I thought this was supposed to be a 4 mile tempo, but it was 6. When I mentioned it out loud everyone was like, uhhh, it’s 6. So I’m proud of myself for reshaping it quickly and saying okay! 4 + 2! Let’s do this. It was actually a very fun workout and great to do with Kathy, Bruce, and Beth. Beth pushed a bit but not too much and while we definitely went faster on some of the miles than we were supposed to, I felt in control. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a real long run in this week so I went for a couple extra cool down miles with Beth to get to 12.

Thursday Double Day

Started off the morning with an ok CycleBar class. The instructor was a sub and I don’t think he’s used to early mornings. His playlist was okay, his energy was meh. I’m happy that this is my second to last CycleBar class, I miss FlyWheel. This workout wasn’t too tough. So deciding to do a double wasn’t a bad decision.

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We put Grant into daycare for Thursdays while he’s on school break so I had a little extra time on my hands in the afternoon. After walking Sol and seeing how sunny it was I decided I’d get my 35 min run in during the day versus having to get up early before PT and squeezing it in then. It was a great decision, I averaged 7:47s but they felt very easy. Maybe it’s because I was listening to a podcast while running. I was happy to get this in.

Friday

Just a PT day. Totally fine to do that work and get adjusted.

Saturday

I had originally thought I’d get a couple miles in on the treadmill before going to my last CycleBar class, but then I wanted to sleep and call it good. I had also thought I’d get a chance to skate ski in the afternoon, but the rain in Snoqualmie was more than I was willing to deal with. CycleBar was better than usual, Erwin is my favorite instructor there. He seems to really have a plan on what he wants everyone to do and syncs up well with the music, his inspirational part is a little over the top, but it’s all well-intentioned.

Sunday- Alpine Ski Day

We got ski passes for the day and I got in a total of 6 runs on Summit West. After not skiing much last year, I felt a little rusty, but I think all the spinning has helped my quads get stronger so this wasn’t as hard as it has been in the past. It was also great to do it with friends. Thrilled that we made this last minute decision to go up to the mountain. I hope to get more skiing in this season!

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