Monday, February 18, 2013

Marathon Training Week 4 or 5 ??



A not so great Week 4 is behind me and a learning experience. My long run was not as I hoped, yes even after years of running I still have runs I hate! I did complete the 30 Day Yoga Challenge and hope to continue it as a habit few days a week. My weekly lessons 1) don’t eat gluten, duh! 2) stretch and foam roll after running and 3) might be time to cut back of the weights before long runs

I am, as always, working on fueling before and during long runs. You’d think after 20 marathons I’d have this figured out by now! For some reason I seem to be hungry before I run on weekends despite eating the same as I had before, I think some is waiting to run longer. I have been playing around with long run fuel again. A while ago I was given some Island Boost to try but hadn’t been running long enough to need it. I first tried it a few weeks ago and thought it was good but sweet so on Sunday I mixed it in my bottle with water and it was a still sweet but better. Easy to sip as I went too. I like that it is liquid consistency not the thick gel and has a natural taste unlike many gels. The best part no GI issues! What is your go to fuel before or during?

Monday: Morning Yoga Class & Afternoon Hill Run 7 miles
Tuesday: Morning Spin, weights with trainer & Very Easy evening 6.2 mile Run (coaching)- starting to feel sick
Wednesday: Skipped the morning Run not feeling well after stupidly eating gluten filled onion rings on Monday! Got in an easy 8.5 mile tempo run in afternoon
Thursday: Morning Spin & Afternoon 4 mile easy run weights
Friday: Morning Spin & Yoga
Saturday: No ½ marathon it was 0 at race start, no thanks! Instead 7.2 mile easy run with group & Afternoon weights
Sunday: 14.7 miles, it was sluggish and I just wasn’t feeling it but pushed through slow and steady. The paths sucked and I am done with winter.
Nice job cleaning the paths! The ice rink was near an elementary school and snow pile outside a daycare, come on city get on it!

And what's ahead for Week 5 of marathon training? I am hoping for a little more intensity and mileage after a week of cut back. But at the same time being smart and watching my calf that felt a like achy towards the end of my long run. My friend ProCompression to the rescue. I just can't get myself to ice bath, no way! How do you recover? Ice bath, stretch, compression...

Goal: Push the speed intervals (both distance and pace) and not let the mental resistance kick in. While listening to my body and better stretching. I am awful and this, I get done with a run and need to get on to the next thing or simply forget.

Monday: Morning Yoga Class & Afternoon recovery run
Tuesday: Morning Spin, weights with trainer & Easy evening Run (coaching)
Wednesday: Morning Run (Speed Intervals-1 mile repeats aiming for 6 min pace) & Evening Yoga 
Thursday: Morning Spin & Afternoon weights/possible easy run
Friday: Morning Spin & Yoga
Saturday: 6-8 mile easy run & Afternoon weights
Sunday: Long run 16-18 miles

How was your week in training? Have a training post of any distance, then link up and share stories, encouragement and concerns.

I still haven’t heard from my ENERGYbits winner, please contact me today or I will choose a new winner.

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18 comments:

  1. Hey - I think it was me. I emailed you at your gmail yesterday... (Sunday)

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    1. Yes it was you :) Never got it, can you send another email with address to marathonmom28@gmail.com

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  2. Looks like a great week to me! You get in about twice my mileage- I'm always impressed. :) Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks Laura- getting paid to run some of the miles really helps ;) IT is my job to run!

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  3. Great week of workouts girl..even though it was tough. My new favorite gel is Huma gel..it's made with chia seeds and is all natural...and no tummy issues! Good luck this week girl!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, can't wait to see your Huma gel review :)

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  4. Week started out good, ended poorly. Back at it this week though. Not giving up!

    Great job on your training. And yea, those streets look bad! Wow. Hopefully you see some sun to melt that!

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    1. Thanks Chris, hope for some warmth and melting too, not today sub 0 again :(

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  5. I too am on a low with the flu, and we are finally supposed to get hit with some snow on Thursday. Not sure how this week will go for me, so I am looking to you Jen to pull through ;) I know you will do great!!

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    1. Good luck this week and hope you are feeling better. You can do this :)

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  6. Good job on your training!

    Proper fueling still remains a mystery to me - so much trial and error.

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    1. It is trial and error and then once it works it all changes!

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  7. Great job! I hope we can meet at the Get Lucky!

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  8. Great job. I am so hoping I get the all clear on Wednesday because I am training like I am.
    Race day is coming soon!

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  9. Great job getting out there running with snow and ice. It was in the low 50s here Sunday so I didn't bike. LOL

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    1. I would love 50s, probably be out in shorts :)

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