Weekly RUNdown – Marathon Training Week 17

Well, folks, you knew it was coming.  How did I get through marathon training this long with nothing flaring up?! Well, it happened this week, and I’m hoping it’s more nerve then reality but my left shin has been giving me a bit of grief, so I decided to (try) and be smart and take it easy this week.  The numbers reflect it, and I can’t say I’m too happy about it, but I’m hoping that taking these last two weeks of taper SUPER easy will work out?  My thought at this point is that resting/preventing injury is better than perhaps flaring it up more, and that while it would be awesome to really finish out my training, the runs are more for my mental sanity than for being able to complete 26.2 .  So, let’s hope it’s not anything that RICE won’t fix?!

Monday – 40 elliptical and abs

Tuesday – off

Wednesday – 45 ellipitical (watching friends!) and abs and arms (I’m actually excited to be getting back into some weights work post marathon – and core too)

Thursday – tried in the morning, made it a mile, called it a day

Friday – 5 miles, stayed on the sandy/dirt on the side of the road, felt good til the end

Saturday – 90 min 22 mile bike ride was absolutely GLORIOUS

Sunday – 4 miles.  so so

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Weekly RUNdown – Marathon Training Week 16

Monday – off

Tuesday – 6 in the am

Wednesday – 5, including 3x 0.5 @7:30 then 0.5 at 6.8/9

Thursday – 5 in the am

Friday – 8 mile to and from bike to race packet pickup – it felt SO SO good to be back on the bike again and OUTSIDE! indoor spinning is great and all, especially when you have a crowd and we’ll chat the whole time (minus during hard intervals), but there is nothing better than being outside on the bike!

Saturday – RACE THE RUNWAYS 13.1 (probs a bit more than this realistically).  I only had 12 on the training schedule, but a bunch of friends were doing it so I tagged along – I joked that I was going to run to the 12 mile marker and just like a little kid that’s going going going until they just stop and crash, I was just going to stop and sit down at the 12 miler, done for the day :) Turns out I didn’t do that (surprise surprise) and finished the race in what was a really good time for me (faster than my fall half!) – I kept telling myself it was just a training run, not to get sucked in to “race” it, and that the whole point was to finish uninjured and feeling good – I was going a lot faster than I though I “should” have, but was feeling good at the finish, so that’s that.  My dad ran it to, for the first time conquering that distance in 15 years(!) and my friends totally rocked the race too! The rain held off (just a bit of mist at the start) and the wind on the runways wasn’t as bad as I expected (plus I got to draft a bit).  All in all, a great day!

Sunday – 4 miles in the gorgeous outdoor sun! (not sure the last time “4″ was a workout in and of itself…this taper thing is weird!)

Week:  33.1

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5 Things Friday – Boston Marathon Edition

Hey, long time no post!  I really don’t know how some of you do this whole blog thing what with training, a full-time job/school work, and a life!  I’ve had full time student teaching, classes I’m taking (and work for them), and marathon training all colliding, and, well I think it’s been pretty easy to tell – at least I’ve been consistent with my weekly rundown posts?!  In any case, I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks (that deserves a post in and of itself) and I have mixed emotions about that.  Regardless, it means I’ll have some more free time, and am hoping to get some recipes up and back to more regular posting.  No promises, but that’s what I”m aiming for at least :)

And because we’re about 2.5 weeks out from Boston, that’s clearly been on my mind recently – surprise surprise.  So, without further ado, my five things friday, marathon edition:

1)  Iraq’s ambassador  is running Boston, and had this to say in an article on RunnersWorld: http://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/iraqs-ambassador-to-us-prepares-for-boston

“It is a statement that terror will never win, and that we have this universal language called running or marathoning or sport that we can use to talk to one another with. So I can see the fear, but I can’t see it being sustained. Because terror is not the language we like to talk about;  defeating it is the one we have to focus on.”

2)  This song – brings tears and chills http://bdcwire.com/video/local-songwriter-michelle-lewis-releases-marathon-tribute-video-for-new-single/

3)  This ad is pretty amazing too http://bdcwire.com/local-director-releases-wewillrun-commercial-dedicated-to-boston-marathon/

4)  Anyone else running?  this turn by turn recap is helpful! http://boston.cbslocal.com/guide/mile-by-mile-guide-to-the-boston-marathon/

5)  I really can’t believe I’m going to be a part of this in just a few weeks…this http://www.luciewickerphotography.com/boston_marathon_2014#h1c2a2114 is an amazing collection of photographs

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Weekly RUNdown – Marathon Training Week 15

Week 15?! Seriously?  That’s right, it’s taper time!  And while I am excited about that, the thought of reducing volume and cutting back for three weeks is kind of terrifying…I know it’s a time tested training tool, but seriously?  I have this feeling that while I’m excited about taper now, I’m going to be chomping at the bit to run long/hard towards the end.  Maybe this is my chance to finally get in the pool or on the bike a little to mix things up?  In any case, here’s how this week played out.

Monday – 5

Tuesday – 5

Wednesday – 8 on the TM

Thursday – off

Friday – 65 min spin in the afternoon – felt SO good

Saturday -PDR of 22 (more like 22.2) miles!  6 alone, then 3-4 with a local group, then the rest flying solo, until I saw my friend(!) out for a run around mile 18.  So what else would I do but turn around and retrace my steps to run with her for a mile or so, only to turn around and re-head back.  Oh the things I will do to have company on my long run :)  What an absolutely gorgeous day I had for it – shining sun, only a touch of black ice at the start, and minimal wind – a taste of spring, and I loved it!

Sunday – 3.5 on the TM before my stomach wouldn’t have it anymore, for some reason my stomach’s been feeling off ever since the long run (and those are all the details I’m going to give you)

Total: 43.5

Are you training for a race? How’s it going?

Marathon runners – any tips on the last few weeks?

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