Woah. This just got real.
90 days is a pretty short amount of time. I don't know that I have ever been able to make great stride in 90 days. Good thing I'm not just now starting.
What I did yesterday. Didn't write a blog post. I was just way too busy!
I woke up a little late because I had set my alarm for 6:02 but forgotten to change the setting to "Weekends" so it was still set only for weekdays. Ugh. But I did wake up at 6:18 and stared at the clock thinking, is that a 5 or a 6? It has to be a 5, it hasn't gone off yet. I squinted further, and then just got up to take a look. No the clock isn't across the room, I just have very poor eyesight.
After a series of mishaps, I finally got started with my run around 7:45. I checked out a trail I had never been to before, but at which I had actually volunteered a race once.
Total for the day: 13.6 miles; 2 hours 37 minutes; avg pace 11:36.
Today it's pouring down rain. I have a 75 minute cross-train on the bike scheduled... but I am seriously contemplating moving that to tomorrow morning. I just love not doing workouts on Sundays!
Impediments: None really... my foot has improved so much. I still get the tendon tightness and soreness while out on long runs, and it's noticeably inflamed when I'm done, but it doesn't prevent me from doing the workouts anymore. I'm still taking it quite a bit easier than before, I mean, I'm only running three days a week, but with that little adjustment (combined with slower easy runs), I feel like I can perform at about the level I was before as far as mileage per run and tempo paces.
Today's thought comes from Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which I am currently listening to on Audible.
So it turns out that keeping your eyes open is the key to learning to ride a bike.
Well said, Mindy.
Yesterday I did a 39-minutes tempo run.
Here was the PLAN:
45-minute tempo run: 10 minutes warm-up, 9:00, 8:45, 8:30, cool down
Here's what happened:
Warm-up mile: 9:52 (?!?) I had so much energy. I haven't warmed up that quickly since forever
Mile 2: 8:38
Mile 3: 8:22
Mile 4: 8:03
Cool down: 4 minutes
So it's not like I didn't know how fast I was running. I just kept going anyway. This wasn't my intention, and it probably wasn't a good idea, but considering I didn't get in my 5k I thought, why not? I'll just get it in now. By the end, it was HARD. But that's why we train, right?
Today I planned to get on my bike for 40 minutes in the AM, but I slept in. So I'll do it after work today which suits me just fine. I really enjoy unwinding from the day with a workout.
I did some reflection last night on what's been working well the past couple of weeks and what hasn't, so that will come up in a future post. The verdict is mostly everything is working, but some changes must be made as well!
We're in the middle of Lincoln Marathon training week 11.
Tonight is a 45-minute tempo run after work. This morning I made my first ever green smoothie. And it was really good! But it wasn't very filling so I have to start experimenting. I did frozen pineapple, a banana, fresh ginger, and two huge handfuls of spinach. And pineapple juice. >_< I know. Extra sugar. Does almond milk really go with that??? It wasn't much juice, probably half a cup. I'm telling myself that was ok. But see how small it was?? I will work on my smoothie skills.
Yesterday was scheduled as a 45-minute easy ride but it was soooo nice outside and I needed to go to the grocery store anyway so I walked to the store. The whole trip took about 45 minutes anyway so that totally worked out. I was glad to get out and be productive while getting in an easy workout. Sometimes you just have to go off plan.
With 94 days to go, I'm feeling good again.
Yesterday I did 8 miles before work including some "fast miles." I also skipped the coffee in the morning to try something new... and it made my workout so. much. harder.
I am definitely not addicted to coffee or caffeine. It's not like I had a headache, or wasn't "alert," but my body was just tired. It's also not that I couldn't hit the paces I wanted, because I definitely did, it was just more tiring to do so.
But it was a good, hard workout and I needed it.
After the 8:20 miles I had to walk for a few seconds. I think it didn't help that it was windy out. But that was a bit discouraging. I still managed to recover and run the last mile at a solid "easy" pace but felt like I shouldn't have been as winded. It got a little windy, blowing against me in that 7th mile, so maybe that contributed. I SERIOUSLY HATE running in the wind. I would rather run in the heat, rain, or snow (ha) than on a really windy day.
Today I'm taking a break from the AM workout. I slept in (til 6:45), going to start a project I've been waiting to start, and then going to actually wash and dry my hair. O_o
But after work it's an easy 45-minute ride, for which I get to start Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me on Audible. I recently finished The Martian and needed something slightly less serious. ;)
There are only 95 more days between me and the Lincoln Marathon.
I booked my flight yesterday, so it's even more official! Also yesterday I made up my 75 minutes of cross-training on the bike. It was a little boring, but not nearly as bad as being outside. I tuned into some podcasts and mostly took it easy, but I was definitely feeling tired by the end. I even stuck it out for the entire 75 minutes which surprised even me.
Today is an 8-mile run here in about 20 minutes. Going to try to throw a couple faster miles in there. I really need to be working on speed. I want to run Lincoln at a 9:00 pace and I'm not there yet. I was able to run a few of the miles during my last long run in the 9's without pushing it, or trying really, so that's promising?
Today starts week 11 of my Lincoln Marathon training. That means 13 weeks to go!
I started thinking last night that I probably need to start doing strength training as part of my plan... I do some but I know I should do more. I definitely don't do an hour a week. In fact, I could be doing in right now instead of writing this!
I thought wouldn't it be so great to have a personal trainer once a week? Not because I don't know what I should be doing, but because I'm just not doing it. It would be so nice to have someone go through the entire workout with me and make me accountable for showing up.
I also just realized because I didn't work out last night I missed my Pact (on Pactapp) and I will now be charged $5. Way to go, me.
I like Pactapp... I really do, but it's becoming a bit of a struggle to use with the bike indoors. The Pactapp works by you telling it how many workouts you are going to complete in the coming week. When Monday comes, you have seven days (M-Sun) to complete X workouts. You can do 1 through 7, up to you. A workout counts as 30 minutes of an activity with which you use it's Motion Tracker, a 30 minute GPS-tracked activity during which you move more than 1 mile (I think it's only 1 mile anyway), or by hitting 10,000 steps as monitored by your phone's built-in step-tracker. To my knowledge it doesn't work with a foot pod. My only option is to put my phone somewhere on my leg and turn on Pactapp's motion tracker. It;s REALLY annoying... in fact, I thought about canceling the Pactapp for this reason. However, if I had remembered I had a workout I needed to do yesterday, it would have given me the motivation to do it instead of take an early rest day.
This week is going to be tough, I already know it. But I NEED tough weeks... so far I feel like I have been cruising through this plan so I am ready to feel like I'm working hard.
Yes, I missed a day... but I decided I am allowed to skip a day when it's a race day. I usually do the blog post first thing in the morning, but on a race morning that's just not something I am in the mindset to do.
It's the end of week 10 in my Lincoln Marathon training plan.
Yesterday was a 5-k... well, it was supposed to be a 5-k. It was actually a 3.78-k. More on that in a separate post (which is not yet written). Fortunately I jogged to the race which was another 2.85 miles, so I got in more than 5 miles for the day, but still not what I was hoping for.
Today I was supposed to do 75 minutes on the bike, but I just wasn't feeling it. I plan to make it up tomorrow. I've sort of felt lousy all weekend. For no real reason, just blah. My motivation is low, but I am trying to not rely 100% on motivation to get me through training. That's one reason for a training plan. It's supposed to give you nothing to think about or consider, you just do what's on the plan. I have no real reason for not cross-training today. I did go out late last night... to see DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg - who, yes, DJs sometimes I guess and it was kind of awesome, but really strange at the same time). I woke up late, but I still could have done the bike instead of go see a movie, but otherwise I was really busy getting things done around the house.
Tomorrow starts week 11. Hal Higdon Marathon 3 plan's week 11 is a beast.
M = rest (but I have to make up today's bike ride)
T = 8 m run (which I have decided should include some intervals)
W = Bike 45 min
R = 45 min tempo run
F = rest (I've planned to do 40 minutes of intervals on the bike)
S = 16 miles (I've decided those miles should be trail miles now that I've registered for the GP Half #2)
S = Cross 75 min (bike)
Basically I have no rest days... today was my rest day. I actually kind of liked a weekend rest day. I enjoy working out on days I go to work because it either makes me feel good for the day or gives me something to look forward to when I come home. I shouldn't plan to switch them, I should just stick with the plan!
If I take a rest day this week it will be Friday. We'll see how the week goes!
Lincoln Marathon Training Week 10
Plan: Hal Higdon Marathon 3 plan
What I did yesterday: 4 mile pace run which felt pretty good except- you guessed it, the dreaded calf soreness. I'm going to sit down and figure that out at some point.
Today: I did thirty easy minutes on the bike this morning before work while I baked some homemade granola for next week. I omitted the nuts this time, which I usually include and really enjoy. But I have gained about three pounds and I need to cut out some of the higher calorie foods for a while. I'm okay with it going into my 5k tomorrow - I always run better when I've not been restricting foods - but next week I would like to trim down a bit. It's a fine line for me between eating enough and eating too much. I know calories (healthy plant-based calories) are good when you're doing long runs every weekend plus five workouts a week. But do I NEED the nuts and the avocados? Probably not. In fact, I probably eat twice the amount I should.
Tomorrow: 5k, baby! My goal is to finish in 25:30.
Welcome to 100 days of training for the Lincoln Marathon!!
I'm ever so excited! Only 100 days to go! That's basically 14 weeks and a few days. My training plan has already kicked into "serious" gear and I'm racing a 5k this weekend!
Today was supposed to be the first day of the 100-day Lincoln Marathon training blog-streak... but I gave myself a running start... ;)
Ok, cheesiness aside, I'm ready for an epic 100 days. The past couple weeks have thrown some obstacles in my way, but nothing I can't handle moving forward. 2016 is the year of the sub-4:00 marathon after all!!
Let's do this!
We'll have a Dalmatian plantation,
Where our population can roam!
Impossible somehow to not think of that.
101 days til Lincoln.
What I did yesterday: I set out for my 7-mile run after work. I got to mile 3.5 before my neck started hurting and finally stopped after 4.35 miles. My legs were still pretty tired from Sunday so I was taking it slow.
I wore my (old) Kinvara 4's. These are the shoes I bought right when I got hurt or maybe right before and I was basically using them as walking shoes for all of 2015. They're kinda shot, but it was raining out. It doesn't matter whether they are new or old, Kinvaras make my calves sore after about a mile. >_< It's so frustrating! I don't know where this came from or why it started happening.
The thing about running shoes for me is I don't feel like I can ever have too many pairs. It's like toothbrushes, eventually you will have to throw out the one you're using and you'll just have a backup waiting.
I may shop for a pair of road-appropriate Hokas and order a wide to stave off blisters.
What I plan to do today: Meh, I don't really feel like doing anything. I haven't had a real rest day in a while, but I need to hop on the bike for 45 minutes after work. The bike didn't feel so great on my neck on Monday, but I may trying a warm compress beforehand. That seemed to help me sleep a lot more comfortably last night.
Any impediments: My only impediment currently is the aforementioned neck soreness. I should be fine to continue my plan otherwise, making the slightest modifications possible.