Treadmill Tricks

What a whirlwind of a weekend!  I very rarely have a lot of plans on weekends and generally just use my time to clean, food prep, run, and walk around my house wearing sweat pants.  Things were a little different over the last few days and I am NOT complaining…though I am a bit tired!  I went to dinner and saw The Heart of Robin Hood on Friday, met up with Phaedra for lunch on Saturday (which turned into 3 hours of awesome conversation!), and then celebrated one of my good friends and mom-to-be yesterday!  We went to MoRoCo Chocolat for her baby shower and it was absolute perfection.  The people, the food, her BELLY!!!  I die.  So cute.

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I was pretty pooped by last night but knew I had to get my run in.  I woke up too late and couldn’t do it before the baby shower which was a BIG mistake on my part.  Ever tried running with macrons, scones, and truffle mac and cheese in your stomach?  No?  Well I don’t recommend it.  I’m determined to hit 100 miles this month though and dragged myself to my basement around 8pm to get it done on the treadmill.  I clocked 8 miles at a surprising 8:26 average pace.  I expected a lot slower given the circumstances.

I play some tricks on the treadmill that make my runs go by faster and thought I’d share them with you.  They’re not really tricks but I am somehow able to fool myself into thinking that if I do these things, the run won’t be so bad.

1.  Phaedra had me do a fun (I guess fun is relative but you know what I mean) kind of speed work when I was training for Phoenix so I try to still incorporate these types of runs once a week.  She says they will make me faster so WHY NOT?  I usually start by doing a warm up (depending on how long the run is, anywhere between 1-3 miles at a very easy pace) and then do intervals at 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy (hard minutes are in the 6′s, easy minutes are in the 9′s).  I will usually do 6-8 intervals like this which end up being about 3-4 miles at the paces I run at.  I always finish with a 1-2 mile cool down.  So just like that, I run anywhere from 5-9 miles (depending on the day) and the run goes by so fast because I’m concentrating the entire time and changing things up so my brain doesn’t realize how long I’m actually running.  Does that make sense?  Probably not.

Moving on…

2.  Yesterday I kind of wanted to die from the second I stepped on the treadmill so I told myself I had to do something to make the time go by.  I ran my first mile easy and then played around with my speed every 0.25 for the second mile and repeated this pattern for a total of 8 miles.  So it looked something like this:

1 mile @ 8:57

0.25 @ 8:06

0.25 @ 8:13

0.25 @ 7:56

0.25 @ 8:00

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As my run progressed, I tried to make my both my “easy” miles and my 0.25 mile intervals a tiny bit faster.  By the time I was done, I didn’t have such a sucky attitude and actually felt pretty good about the run.

Both of these “tricks” really work for me and beat the monotony of running at the same pace for over an hour.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:30 avg. + strength training (lower body)

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 8 miles easy (pace unknown – no Garmin)

Friday: 6 miles + strength training (upper body)

Saturday: 6.5 miles (interval training – 3 mile w/u, 6 x 2 mins hard/2 mins easy, 0.5 mile c/d) + core work

Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:26 avg.

TOTAL: 31.5 miles

I’ve got 2 days and 17.74 miles left to reach 100 for the month…yikes.  That’s 8.87 miles today and tomorrow.  I’m not sure it’ll happen but I will definitely try.  I had a hard time this month because I took 9 full days off after the Phoenix marathon so I’m playing catch up as best as I can!!

Happy Monday! :)

Thinking Out Loud #45

Holy smokes.  I am going through a bit of a rough patch right now in regards to energy and motivation.  I know this is normal and it has happened before, especially after big races but I cannot remember the last time it has been this bad.  Getting up to run is a major struggle and everything STILL HURTS!!!  I took 9 full days off with absolutely no physical activity and when I went out to run on Tuesday for the first time since the marathon, I thought my legs were going to fall off.  To make things worse, my eating has been off. the. charts.  This is not a bad thing but I’m not sure how long I can pull off the “I just ran a marathon” excuse.  It’s cyclical – if I’m not training, I don’t eat as well and if I don’t eat as well, I have no motivation to train.

So today’s Thinking Out Loud post is about things that I THINK will help me get back on track.

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1.  I think I need a race to look forward to…so I just signed up for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K.  I PRd at this race last year and I would love to give it another go.  It’s just 5 weeks away!!

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2.  I think I need to find new places to run.  I am so bored of my neighbourhood and lacing up to go run outside, even with the warming temperatures, has completely lost its appeal.  I am thinking I may drive out to another part of the city this weekend and just explore new grounds.

3.  I think I need to run with people.  I am a solo runner.  I always have been, probably always will be.  I like having the time to myself and prefer not to have conversations when I’m running.  I get into my own head and enjoy challenging myself without the stress of having to slow down or speed up for other people.  With that being said, I do feel like I should incorporate even just one “social” run a week.  No pace goals, no time goals, just good running company.  I have been taking my training so seriously and need to implement more FUN into my schedule.  Now it’s just a matter of finding people who will put up with me… :D

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4.  I think running with music might make a comeback.  I became very dependent on my music years ago and it got to the point where I wouldn’t run if my iPod was dead.  Last year I ran two marathons in the RAIN and both times, my iPod stopped working about halfway into the race.  It was frustrating and it put a huge damper on my energy.  So I nixed it and quit running with music COLD TURKEY.  I also hate making playlists and uploading music.  It takes too much time so music-free running just became easier.  Maybe it will help to have some good tunes on hand for the days when I need a little extra motivation.  I may need to get a new iPod though because I’m pretty sure there’s no reversing the water damage on mine.  Wireless headphones might be nice too.

5.  I think I’m going to have to sit down and come up with some sort of training schedule because not having something to follow is driving me BANANAS.  It’s funny because in the last couple week of marathon training I said “I cannot WAIT to finally not have to follow a plan!” and now I’m all like “GIMME A SCHEDULE!!”  I need structure in my life or things get wacky.

6.  I think running socks have a weird way of making me feel badass when I run so I just ordered a few new pairs from Pro Compression.  All of their Socks of the Month are 40% off with the code ROCK, including the new Shamrock sock!!

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7.  I think I need some new recipes.  I’m in a bit of a food rut and even though I prepped a bunch of things for this week, I still found myself reaching for less healthy options more often than not because “I just ran a marathon”.  I’m tired of eating the same things so I am on a mission to try some new recipes this weekend and next week.  I have all of next week off because it’s Spring Break for the students so I’ve got plenty of time to find some new favourite dishes.  Angela’s Down To Earth Bowl seems like a good place to start.

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8.  I think that ultimately I need to believe that getting back into the swing of things is going to happen.  Having downtime after a marathon is normal, treating myself more than usual is normal, and wanting to switch things up is normal.

Now it’s time to put some of these things into action so I’m going to start by trying to make some sort of training schedule that includes running, cross training, and strength training.  I want to keep things fun and varied but also make sure that everything I do helps to improve me as a runner.

HAPPY FRIDAY EVE!

Marathon Monday: PHX Marathon Race Recap!

Warning: long post ahead.

It’s always hard for me to put the experience of running a marathon into words.  Anyone who has run one understands.  I can try my best to walk run you through my race but like a lot of things….you had to be there.

The day before the marathon (Friday) was a lot more eventful than usual.  Emz and I woke up and went on a 2-mile shake out run with Bo just to make sure my legs were still working.

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My Garmin was giving me some issues while we were running.  The stopwatch was working but it wasn’t showing distance or pace.  I was still on the fence about even wearing a watch at all for the marathon but I did want the option.  We got home to shower and get ready to head to the expo so I brought the watch with me to wear around there and it seemed to be okay!

We picked up our friend Sara who was staying at a hotel near the expo and headed over to pick up our race kits and meet ALL the people!  The PRO Compression booth turned into a bit of a party and I finally got to meet so many people who I follow on social media and who have been so insanely supportive through this whole marathon training journey.

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We had a dinner meet up from 5-7 at La Grande Orange where I ordered a toasted english muffin with a side of avocado.  I had the exact same thing for lunch and it honestly worked so perfect for me.  I think it will be my new go-to before any race.  SO many people showed up for dinner and it was so much fun.  All the socializing, photos, laughs, and race strategizing went on.

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Our friend VK makes these super awesome customized Starbucks cups and as you can tell, we were pretty excited about them.  Mine says Mrs. Stamos’ Coffee on it because Andrea Barber who you may know as Kimmy Gibbler from Full House (front row, cream hoodie) and I have a long running joke going on (or maybe it’s a non-joke…I haven’t figured it out yet) that I am soon going to marry my childhood crush, Uncle Jesse.  I think it’s a pretty good idea.

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I was exhausted by the end of the day and was pretty excited to jump into bed.  Emz and I stayed with Sara at her hotel and it worked out so great.  We were able to hang out with her (it was her very first marathon!) and we were literally minutes from where the shuttle buses were picking up runners in the morning.  So we laid out all our race gear, set our alarms for 4am (the race started at 6:30 and the last shuttle left at 5) and headed to bed.

Our morning started with a bit of an adventure.  We decided it would be best to get on one of the last busses because the ride to the start line was about 30 minutes so even if we got on at 5am, we’d get there by 5:30 and still have to wait an hour before the start.  So that’s exactly what we did.  The only problem was that we got on one of the HALF MARATHON busses by accident so we were brought to a completely different start line.  The bus driver, Austin (bless his heart), assured us everything would be fine and drove the three of us back to where the FULL MARATHON busses were picking up runners.  By the time we got there, there were no other runners so it was just the three of us on a big school bus.  I think it actually ended up working out in our favour because we got to stay in a warm bus!  We only had to wait about 25 minutes by the time we got dropped off.  It was great.

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We found some friends, took a few photos, wished everyone good luck, and off we all went!

I reminded myself of my A, B and C goals for the race as well as the game plan that Phaedra sent me a few days prior.  Emz knew exactly what she needed to do and actually ended up wearing my watch because her’s didn’t charge.  So I was watch-less and put all of my faith into my rockstar of a pacer.  I truly felt amazing at the start.  I was 100% confident that I was going to have a good race.  The weather was perfect, everything I was wearing was extremely comfortable, and Emz was holding my gels for me so I didn’t have to wear a belt or anything.  I did bring a tiny hand held water bottle but she ended up taking that from me too.  I wonder if I can pay her to come run every race with me?? ;) #notjoking

Here is the race profile:

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The first few miles were AH-MAY-ZING.  Just look at that downhill.  I felt like a million bucks.  The plan was to reserve a bit of energy at the start and fall into a steady 8:05-ish min/mile at around mile 5-6 with the hopes of a fast finish to get me to a 3:32-3:33.  That was the A goal.  We spotted the 3:35 pacer and stuck with him for as long as we could.  We were on target for the first 5 miles:

Mile 1 – 8:09

Mile 2 – 8:06

Mile 3 – 8:10

Mile 4 – 8:02

Mile 5 – ? (Emz accidentally pushed a button and reset the lap)

There were moments where we were ahead of the pacer and moments where we were behind him but tried not to let him get too far.  That little uphill from miles 5-6 looks so tiny on the chart but after the first few miles of downhill, it felt like I was climbing a dang mountain!

Mile 6 – 8:30

Mile 7 – 8:16

Mile 8 – 8:05

Mile 9 – 8:07

Mile 10 – 8:03

Mile 11 – 8:08

Mile 12 – 8:12

Mile 13 – 8:13

We got to the halfway mark around 1:47 and I was still feeling really good at this point.  The first half flew by pretty quickly.  Emz told me I looked way better than I did last year which I was really happy about because I felt much better too.  I told her I wanted to stay with the pacer until mile 20 and then try to kick it up a tiny bit and try for sub-8′s for the last few miles.  We were able to keep up with him until about mile 17 before I started to fade.

Mile 14 – 8:13

Mile 15 – 8:15

Mile 16 – 8:19

Mile 17 – 8:15

I remember seeing the 18 mile marker and thinking how the heck I was going to get to the finish.  My legs already felt trashed from all the downhill and the wind.  There were two long stretches where we were going into a pretty strong headwind and it definitely took a toll on my legs and my overall energy.  I just kept repeating to myself “You Can Do Hard Things”, which was conveniently stamped on a necklace charm that Sara had custom made for all three of us to wear.

Mile 18 – 8:24

Mile 19 – 8:43

Mile 20 – 8:59

Mile 21 – 9:13

This is when I started to question my sanity and swore I would never run another marathon again.  I’m pretty sure I would have taken walk breaks if it wasn’t for Emily.  Heck – I probably would have walked the last 6 miles.  I was hurting.  BAD.  I felt defeated as we lost the 3:35 pacer…and then the 3:40 pacer passed us…and then went the 3:45 pacer.  I knew I couldn’t let the 3:50 pacer pass me if I wanted to reach my B goal (sub- 3:50) so we kept trucking along.  Emz said “I am not just going to let you PR. We are getting you to that finish line as fast as possible.”

Mile 22 – 9:35

Mile 23 – 9:40

Mile 24 – 10:06

Mile 25 – 9:58

Mile 26 – 9:44

Not sure about the .2 because once we crossed the finish Emz went back and found Sara in the last mile and ran her to the finish!  Because that’s what normal people do after a marathon right?  Hah.

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I crossed the finish line in 3:46:22 (8:39 avg pace), 7 minutes faster than my previous marathon PR.  It’s not the BQ I was hoping for, but I’m pretty dang happy with my time.  It makes me feel like a sub-3:35 is within reach and I’ve just got to work a little harder to get there.  Usually there’s a BQ bell for people to ring but since I came short, Devon (who works with the PHX marathon peeps) set up a sweet PR bell for me on a random tree.  It was pretty awesome.

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I loved that there were so many of us running this race because we got to hang out, wait for everyone to finish, celebrate, share race stories, take photos, and give lots and lots of hugs.

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We cleaned up at the hotel and for once in my life I had an appetite post-race so we stopped at Cafe Rio on the way home and ate ALL the Mexican food!  I took two Imodium and ate two gluten-free waffles pre-race, ate four Honey Stinger gels during the race as well as water at every aid station.  I probably could have had one more gel but everything went pretty seamlessly.  I may have finally found what works for ME.

We had a little time to rest and then headed to dinner at Oreganos which Pro Compression graciously organized for their ambassadors.  Pizza, salads, awesome hats, and lots of laughs went down.  I don’t think the day could have gone any better.

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This past weekend was THE best race experience I’ve had.  Ever.  I keep saying that every time I run a marathon but seriously…nothing beats all of the energy and support I felt over the last few days.  Crazy to think that the people who support me most are the ones I met on the internet.  I am so thankful for each and every one of these human beings.  They made marathon #4 an unforgettable one, that’s for sure.

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If you made it to the end of this post, congratulations (YOU are the ones who deserve a medal!).  And THANK YOU for reading, commenting, supporting, and just always being plain awesome to me.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and congrats to anyone and everyone who raced!

PHOTO CRED to most of the group photos goes to Carlee and her wonderful husband also known as @ruggedwoodsman.  The guy is a trooper and busted out his fancy camera to get photos of all us crazy runners.

I’m off to enjoy my last night in Phoenix with my favourite people!

Marathon Monday: A, B and C goals

We are a day late again but I had no ounce of motivation to even open up my laptop all weekend/yesterday so let’s just roll with it, okay?

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Last week’s training:

Monday: 19.09 miles

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 7 miles (speed work)

Friday: 4 miles

Saturday: 14 miles

Sunday: OFF

I skipped one of my speed sessions but I was HELLA tired last week so I decided to take an extra rest day.  At this point, one run won’t make or break me so if my body is telling me to rest and eat instead, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

It’s kind of crazy to think that next Wednesday I will be hopping on a plane yet again.  I’m full of mixed emotions.  I’m excited and happy to see my friends and escape this ridiculous winter and eat all the Cafe Rio (post-race obviously because Mexican before a marathon is a VERY BAD IDEA)…but I’m also super nervous and anxious about the marathon.  Doubts are setting in and 26.2 miles just seems SO long.  I know I’ve done the training but the taper can definitely mess with your head.  My “long run” this weekend was 14 miles and thinking about doing 12.2 more does not seem like a fun idea.  At all.

I’ve been doing all kinds of calculations, using race predictors, and sending HI I’M FREAKING OUT texts to Emz and Phaedra.  Emz keeps telling me to calm down and just think of it as a fun long run that we are going to do together.  It will probably stop being FUN at a certain point but having her there will be the best.  She’s like my marathon security blanket.

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Phaedra doesn’t doubt my abilities but she’s my coach so she’s supposed to say things like that, right?! ;) Although my training hasn’t been perfect, she has really helped me push myself harder than I ever have and I am hoping it pays off.

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ANYWAY, it’s great to say that I just want to have fun and finish this race but we all know that it’s not true.  I have goals.  We all have goals.  So I decided to share my A, B and C goals for the Phoenix Marathon which is in exactly 11 DAYS.

A) Qualify for Boston.  This is pretty farfetched and unrealistic at this point but I know it’s not completely impossible.  I’d have to run a sub 3:35 to BQ and at the rate things are going, probably closer to a 3:33 to guarantee entry.  That means an 8:07 average pace per mile.  Yikes.  I ran my fastest half marathon at a 7:29 average but that probably doesn’t even mean anything.  The marathon is a whole different beast.

B) Set a new marathon PR.  My current PR is 3:53 and I ran it at Phoenix last year.  I’d be ecstatic if I could come in at anything sub-3:50.  To run a 3:49 marathon, my average pace per mile would need to be 8:44.  This is probably a little more realistic than my A goal and will leave me almost as happy.

C) Finish the marathon with no accidents.  See my last post.  I’ve honestly been having so many problems and have no idea what condition my body will be in come race day.  So if I’m having a bad day in the GI department, getting to the finish line with a fake smile and clean shorts is going to be my only goal.

There we go.  Now my goals are all out there on THE INTERWEBS.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend/Valentine’s Day/Family Day/Presidents’ Day! #ALLTHEHOLIDAYS

February Goals: #GetOutAndGo

New month, new goals…or something like that, right?  Considering February is all about Heart Health, I thought I’d share some of my goals for the month.  It turns out that marathon training is also coming to an end so while I plan on embracing my taper with OPEN ARMS, I still intend on making daily heart-happy choices.

A couple of weeks ago Staples Canada sent me a Jawbone UP24 as part of their #GetOutAndGo campaign.  Although I’m not one to track daily stats when it comes to sleep and exercise, it’s been kind of neat to analyze all the numbers.  I have been using it mostly to track my sleeping patterns (I struggle with sleep) and it’s been fun to see how my total steps taken on rest days differ from training days!  I haven’t taken advantage of some of the other features yet for a number of reasons.  You can track different forms of exercise but because I’ve been focusing on my running lately, I don’t have any need to log anything else.  You can also input all of the food you eat but I’m not into that because food logging made me neurotic once upon a time.  So I’m opting to use it just for the basics as of right now!

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With that being said, here are some goals I’ve made for myself this month:

1.  Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night with more SOUND sleep than LIGHT sleep.  The Jawbone can detect when you are still vs. when you are moving around like a nutcase (which seems to be the case with me).

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2.  Take 10,000 steps a day.  I don’t know why I chose this number.  I think it was pre-set in the app on my phone when I synched my Jawbone so I just stuck with it.  I find it really easy to get to 10,000 on training days (heck, long runs have gotten me to 30,000-50,000 steps/day) but on rest days my “idle” time exceeds my “active” time by like a million hours.  As much as I love me some rest days, it’s still important to move your legs even if it’s just walking around a mall, which I plan on doing a lot of. #SORRYWALLET :D

3.  Tapering is hard.  As much as I say how excited I am about not running so much, it’s extremely difficult to go from intense running to just waiting around for marathon day to come in the last couple of weeks.  One of my goals is to enjoy the taper, be thankful that I got to the end injury-free (*knocks on wood*), and spend my extra time doing other things like sleeping in, taking Princeton for walks, and starting to carb-load two weeks early (that’s normal, right? ;) ).

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P knows how to taper.

4.  Step up my nutrition game.  I’m always experimenting and I hate sounding so repetitive but the few weeks leading up to race day are crucial for me.  There’s very little room for error because my stomach sucks.  I’ve been focusing a lot on quality carbohydrates and trying to eat for performance as best as I can.  Except on Superbowl Sunday.  Let’s forget that day even happened, okay?

5.  #GetOutAndGo by staying run-focused.  Duh.  With race day so close, it’s going to be all about running and prrrrrrobably no other forms of exercise.  Weight training makes me too sore so I’m scrapping that for the time being.  I might get in some easy elliptical or biking time but that’s about it.  Running, stretching, rolling, icing, and massaging are at the top of my list for the next few weeks.

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Last but not least, PRO Compression came out with their February Sock of the Month today and it may just be the CUTEST yet!

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Get em HERE while they’re hot!

Off to do my speed workout!  Have a great Tuesday!

Did you set any goals for the month??  Tell me!

Today’s tempo and getting my head back in the game!

So since my Sunday long run got pushed to Monday, all of my training runs this week were pushed back a day.  Thank goodness or I would have done a 17.5 mile long run and 8 mile tempo back to back.  That would not have felt nice.  I ended up taking yesterday completely off which worked out well because it was so freaking freezing that you couldn’t even pay me to leave my house.  Today wasn’t much better so I opted to take my run indoors.  Tempo runs suck in the winter no matter where you do them.  If you run outside, it takes forever for your body to warm up enough to actually run fast AND if there’s snow/ice on the sidewalks you run the risk of breaking your face.  If you run inside, you’re stuck on the boring dreadmill which makes tempo runs a million times harder than they really are.  Or is it just me?  Anyone else run way slower on the treadmill??  PLUS the dang things stop at the 60 minute mark so it gets kind of annoying if your run lasts longer than an hour.

Okay now that I’m done complaining…

I had an 8 mile run to do today with 6 miles at tempo.  Here’s how it went:

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I warmed up for the first two miles but still progressively got faster (6.5 –> 7.5 mph) and then from there, increased .1 every mile (until I reached 8.1 mph).  It was like a game in my head.  Don’t ask.

ANYWAY, a part of me was happy with the way things went (I haven’t had a decent tempo run in weeks) and another part of me was a bit disappointed in myself.  I thought back to the summer when I ran my tempos much faster and kept asking myself WHY I was struggling so much with speed.  It’s completely mental.  I looked back at my training log and things have been far from perfect during this training cycle.  I was in Phoenix for the first week (skipped two runs), strength trained to the point where I could barely walk during week 3, and was sick during weeks 5 and 6 (aka barely any running at all).  I just look at that and think that I’m no longer at the same level and am just going to have to deal with it.  So I don’t even bother trying to run as fast as I KNOW I can run.

Is this making any sense??

During today’s run, after each mile I told myself, “I don’t think I can run the next one faster.”  Aaaaand guess what?  I did.  Each mile was faster than the one before it.  Still not as fast as I “used to be” but I broke through the mental barrier and realized once again that I am capable of speeds I thought were “impossible” during this training cycle.

TAKE THAT, BRAIN.

It also helps to see your phone light up during the last mile with this message:

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So here we go.  I’ve been struggling a bit with my confidence up to this point but I’m ready to make the most of the next 6.5 weeks.  My head is finally back in the game.

Let’s just have a minute of honesty over here.  I think I can count the number of times I have stretched after a run on ONE HAND. It’s really, really sad and I definitely felt it today.  My calves and hamstrings were so tight during my run today because I didn’t even take two minutes to stretch after Monday’s 17.5 miles.

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I forced myself to do it today and holyyyyy cow — inflexible award goes to ME.  I am committing to 5-10 minutes a day and will include this as part of my training recaps in my Marathon Monday posts to hold me accountable.

Alright, I’m off to make some butternut squash soup for dinner!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a Thinking Out Loud Thursday post (it’s been forever since I participated!) and we will talk about something other than running… ;)

Marathon Monday: This year I’m hoping to…

Soooo…

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Anyone else feel like this??  Haha!  Sometimes a year goes by and I’m like WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!  I took a look at my 2014 goals and fell short of a couple non-running related ones which is slightly disappointing but hey, it’s a new year with new opportunities, right?  I’m pretty happy with how things went in the running department last year, as I mentioned in last week’s Marathon Monday post, so 2014 wasn’t a total flop.  I learned a lot about myself and my abilities, which leads me to bigger and scarier goals for this year.  I got my planning on over the weekend (with the help of my personal planner!) and came up with a list of things that I’d like to achieve in 2015.

personal planner

In 2015 I’m hoping to…

  1. BQ.  There.  I said it.  I technically need a 3:35 to qualify for Boston but I would really need to run closer to a 3:30 if I want to get in.  Those who got accepted into Boston for this year needed to run 1:02 faster than their qualifying time and those who ran Boston in 2014 needed a time of 1:38 faster.  Who knows what the next round will hold but it looks like a 3:35 just won’t cut it.  It’s going to be a lot of work as my current PR stands at 3:53 soooo just an easy 23 minutes faster, right?!  Right.
  2. Run a sub-1:40 half marathon.  It would be awesome to PR in every distance again but my main focus is going to be the half (and my BQ, obvs).  I was so close in October and I know with some more speed training and a little bit of that thing called faith, I can get myself into the 1:30′s.  I’ll be happy with a 1:39:59.  Truth.
  3. Log 1500 miles for the year.  I ran 1309 miles last year, averaging 109 miles a month.  In order to hit 1500, I’ll have to crank up my monthly mileage to 125…which doesn’t seem too bad!
  4. Complete at least one trail race.  I already talked about trying new things and I’d like to add trail running/racing to that list!
  5. Pace/crew/cheer/support my runner friends.  In my own experience, having friends out there on the course and at the finish line really motivates me and I’d like to do the same for them.  I love being at races even if I’m not running them.  All that energy and witnessing those finish line smiles is THE. BEST.
  6. Do what it takes to stay injury-free – strength train, yoga, cross train, PT, chiro…  Last year I had a few minor setbacks and I know they were a result of me neglecting these things so I’ve got to be more consistent to ensure my body stays happy.

So that’s it.  I don’t think any of these goals are out of my reach so I’m ready to push myself and step out of my comfort zone this year.  WHO’S WITH ME?!

Non-running goal list is still in the works…  I have a lot to think about.

HAPPY MONDAY!