I wonder if counting down the time til the Lincoln Marathon makes it go by faster? I mean, 85 days really isn't that much time!
My tickets are booked and my mom booked hers yesterday! Pretty exciting, my mom is meeting my sister and I in Lincoln to watch us race. :-D It's become a family affair! It makes me really excited to think about starting the race with my sister, us keeping each other company for 13 miles, she's going to probably feel great turning off and heading into the stadium for her half marathon finish and I'm going to feel like crap and know I have ANOTHER 13 miles, because no matter how crappy I feel I will not turn in there with her. And then seeing them along the course an hour later to cheer me on at mile 19-ish. And then finally finishing another marathon (in under 4 hours of course) and then having the rest of the day to spend with them and the most adorable niece ever. Sounds like a pretty sweet time, right??
Yesterday was an awesome 6-mile run. I say awesome because I wasn't really feeling it. (I guess it's just not my week, I've been saying that a lot lately, except for Monday morning when I had a bomb indoor training workout.) My average pace was 10:26/mile, which is a full minute faster per mile than my Tuesday run, but felt just as easy. What did I tell you? A 10:30 pace is easier than 11:30 pace. I'm "supposed" to be doing my easy runs at 10:30. I'm going to have to stop taking lazy, slower days. My foot has been really bothering me. I'm not sure whether to say it hurts, but the tendon is tight and it gets sore after runs right now. I did have that pretty long trail run over the weekend, so it's likely just still recovering from that.
Tonight is a bike ride, no excuses. I know it's Friday, but it's not like I have plans or anything. Pfft. I should do an entire hour. Tomorrow is Saturday and it's a planned 18-mile day. The longest I have run so far is 15.44 miles. I was supposed to do 16 this past weekend, but I hit the trails instead. It's possible I do 17 this weekend and 18 next weekend instead of the other way around like is on the plan.
I'm going to have to wear my Hokas in order to get through the run. And I'm either going to have mad blisters or have to cut the toe box. We'll see how prepared I am before Saturday morning.
Yesterday was an unplanned rest day. I took that chance when I didn't work out in the morning before work. I did take a short walk during the day, but I was otherwise pretty lazy. I had a lot of work to do, and a call around 5:30 took much longer than I had anticipated. That's what happens when you have two jobs
I'm basically a 2016 female Chandler Bing, except I (currently, at least) love my job. My full-time daytime job is with a large healthcare/hospital organization for which I do enterprise analytics for one of their medical groups. We study things like specific disease populations with specific treatments and look at the effectiveness of said treatment retrospectively over a period of time.
And, like Chandler, I have work on the side, but only doing a very watered-down version of "statistical analysis and data reconfiguration." It's more like database creation in Access and a few reports here and there.
All this to say, I'm pretty busy. I'm lucky it doesn't get in the way all that much, really. But occasionally something comes up and you end up on the phone too long.
Today is another 6 miles after work. I'll make up my cross-training on Sunday even though I probably won't feel like it. I have an 18 mile run slated for Saturday. Currently my ankle is a bit sore, but I'm sure I can manage through it. After next weekend, I have a weekend off from running, so rest will have to wait until then.
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.
We are really approaching that 100-day mark! I officially have only 15 weeks of training left until the Lincoln Marathon on May 1.
I'm going to take this opportunity to recap my weekend.
Why, yes, that is 15.44 miles. ^_^
Saturday morning I cut my foot and it was pretty terrible. Not because it hurt that badly or because it was that gross to look at, but because it was completely unexpected. I occasionally have some sort of adverse dissociative reaction (aka seizure) to gross or painful things, which usually aren't even close to the most gross or painful things I have experienced.
In my partially-conscious state of arm-flailing (I will leave out details) I gave myself a severe case of whiplash. I say severe because it came on less than an hour afterwards and I'm going on day 4 of constant neck pain and not being able to look side-to-side or pull my chin to my chest.
Saturday I had planned to run 15 miles. This was a big deal for me and I was excited, as it was a) the first really long run of my training plan and b) the longest run since about January 2015. I didn't go.
Sunday I was feeling decent except for my neck, but I worked around the house doing light chores. And by about noon I decided that at 3pm I was going to do those damn 15 miles.
At 3pm, I set out with a mocha clif shot, my phone, and my Garmin. I got back to the house at 5:45. :)
It was definitely the best run so far of my year. I wore my Hokas, which give me mad blisters, but are still the comfiest for long runs right now. I had four blisters when I got home, but they only bothered me slightly while I was running. It was worth it.
Side note: does anyone know how to stretch running shoes without putting them in the freezer? Thanks.
Yesterday I did 40 minutes on the bike in the AM as kind of a make-up of the cross-training I missed but also served to get my legs moving after my long run the night before. My neck did not like the bike. My neck also did not like sitting at work all day. <sigh>
Today's plan: 7 miles after work. Get it!
I have another 104 days until the Lincoln Marathon.
This weekend was supposed to entail a 15-mile run on Saturday followed by a 75-minute ride on Sunday.
Saturday morning I experienced a whiplash-inducing seizure (yes, that apparently IS possible). It hurts to hold up my head, I can't look at the ground, the sky, or more than about 90 degrees left or right. Obviously, running will be hard.
But I can't take this lying down. I feel so angry this happened before a key workout. I'm going to try to get in 9 miles this afternoon, and push for 11 if I feel ok.
If I had gotten in the 13 miles last weekend I would feel a little better, but this was supposed to be the weekend where I caught up.
Not to mention I have a 5k next weekend... Doc said my neck should feel better in less than a week, but I am incredibly doubtful.
I still have another 104 days to plan around this and figure out how to get in what I'm missing. Ideally, I wouldn't do the 5k next weekend and would do a long run instead. Another option is to do a long run after the 5k, which might not be a bad idea. Going to think about it and see what's possible.
It is now 105 days until the Lincoln Marathon.
I already feel like I am being redundant, but that's the point, right?
Yesterday I did my indoor ride and it felt great. It got warm in my room with the door closed, but I have a fan which helped. Didn't really mind sweating a little. I made a smoothie for breakfast and I had an avocado sandwich for lunch. Yeah that's my thing I do sometimes.
Today I was supposed to do a fifteen miler.
But I had a seizure this morning so that's not happening now. Sigh.
If I feel better tonight I'll do my 75 minute ride. And then I can run tomorrow.
This is the first post in my 100-day blog streak that's all about training and preparing for the Lincoln Marathon. I know I'm a bit early, but it's never too early to start working on your goals. ;)
What I did yesterday: 5 mile run- felt pretty good; didn't intend to make it into a tempo run but I progressively ran a bit faster. My calves have been getting so ridiculously sore when I wear my Kinvaras which never happened before a couple months ago. I hope it's strength issues from not running for a while and then running in Hokas. I don't get sore at all in my Hokas or my Montrails. The Montrails have the same 4mm drop, but a bit more cushioning so I'm guessing it's just a cushioning thing. I guess your calves have to work a bit harder when there is less between you and the ground (?), I just would never have imagined it would have been that much. Big salad for dinner with my first glass of wine in the new year (definitely keeping that to a minimum in 2016), and a small-ish piece of chocolate cake. Oops.
What I plan to do today: 30 minutes on the bike... the "additional" work out I added for a sixth day of training. It's all about explosive power and interval training. Also, Jamba Juice. (TMJ sucks.) And out for sushi tonight.
Impediments: None foreseen.
One new thing I did this week: Bought cashew "cheese" at Whole Foods. Made it into a grilled cheese sandwich. It was actually amazing.
Today's MilePost quote: "Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"
That's fair. Think I'll be strong today.