The perfect time to train for a marathon

When is the right time or the perfect time to train for a full marathon?

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Christina at Crazy Mama Runner asked that question last week in our Sweat Pink Ambassador group. She got varying responses but almost everyone agreed, there’s never a perfect time.

Everyone has their reason for running. A marathon is no easy feat so deciding to train for one isn’t an easy decision. I didn’t start running until Ally was 10. She was fairly self sufficient, didn’t keep me up all hours of the night crying so I may have a skewed outlook.

But, here are my thoughts anyway.

  • Kids ages. Ally was 12 or so when I decided to train for my first full. I was already running before the sun came up while my family slept so it wasn’t a big adjustment. The biggest thing was my early bedtime. To get up at 4AM for a mid-week long run I had to go to bed by 9:30 at the latest. Sometimes I was in bed before Ally (still am). While I didn’t have the all night feedings and diaper changes, she had homework, sports, church, dinner had to be made, laundry done. All the other things that parents have to do.
  • My age. Since I didn’t start running until I was about 35 I guess it’s never too late. I was 37 when I ran my first full. And my training partner was 40. So no age excuses.
  • That pesky job. I train before the sun came up. I had to, still do. If I don’t, it won’t get done. I’m actually used to it now. Sure, there are days when I just want to skip it, but I have people waiting on me to show up. After working and dinner and all of Ally’s activities I have no time to run at night. I don’t even make it to the gym in the evenings either.
  • Your pace. I don’t like that excuse. As long as you can finish in the posted time limit no reason not to do it. You can run it or run/walk it and it’s still a full marathon!
  • Your family and friends will tell you not to. I still get “those” comments. Usually from non-running friends, about how running long distance is bad for my knees, etc. So was being 40+ pounds overweight with high cholesterol. I’m in better shape in my 30′s than I was in my 20′s.  Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you.

There are always going to be reasons not to train. But for every reason not to I could find a reason to do it. It wasn’t easy, there were days I wanted to quit and almost did. My running buddies can attest to that. It’s a huge accomplishment and you will feel like a rock star!

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When you make the decision you want to do it, just do it.

Are you currently training for a marathon?

Just finished one?

Happy running! You are a rock star!

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She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17

P.S. I love Proverbs 31!

Marathon Monday: it’s taper week!

It’s finally here, less than a week to go. And guess what? I woke up congested and not able to take in deep breaths. I’m going to the doctor this afternoon.

grumpy cat

I got a new book and running journal. I’m excited to get into it.

Books

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Training last week: January 11-17

Sunday: Gym day, 3 treadmill miles plus weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6.4 miles, hills, at Nola race pace. This group rocked those hills!

group pic

I’m participating in the #SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge this month. Last week included burpees, squats and planks. There’s something new every day.

Sweat pink no excuses

I haven’t done burpees in a looooonnnnnggggg time.

Burpees

Saturday we shared our favorite healthy snack. I came across these apples last month and love them. The new health/organic food store here is carrying them.

Peeled snacks

Today’s challenge is 30 seconds of mountain climbers. My goal is to get that done tonight, after seeing the doctor. Right now I’m struggling to take in a deep breath.

Got my Nuun on board and my new Kate Spade tumbler. Someone (not naming names) dropped my chevron tumbler and it cracked.

Kate Spade tumbler

This week is all about water, Vitamin C and good food! Hubby grilled chicken last night, I made a home made turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I got the McCormick Thyme in my #FrostyVoxBox in December. We are starting this week off right with food prep!

pot pie

Do you food prep?

Anyone use a running log or journal?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

It’s just under 2 weeks until Rock N’ Roll New Orleans full marathon! A lot has happened in the last few weeks after Dallas. I finished Dallas not wanting to run New Orleans. I know that’s crazy to decide at mile 26 never to run another full again. But, oh well.

So, here I am 2 weeks out and I think I’m as ready as I’ll get. I have not had great runs since Dallas. I’m not sure if I was properly rested and recovered to continue training. I did the best I could, kept getting in miles that I could.

marathon training

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day, stair master and legs

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Gym day, elliptical, arms, abs, lots of stretching

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 6 miles, it was 16 degrees. I should get a medal for that.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 13 miles. Best run I’ve had since Dallas

I’ve been dealing with pain in my arch since the week before Dallas. Also, the same week I started in a new pair of shoes. I wear the Asics Gel Cumulus in size 8, but the last pair was feeling a little tight so I went with 8.5 this time. I think that was my mistake. I’ve run in my old pair, now with almost 400 miles on them, and no foot pain. I finally tracked down a pair yesterday and am ready to break these new ones in, just in time for New Orleans.

new shoes

My little family has had a lot of loss the last few months and this week we had to say goodbye to our sweet Ranger. He was just shy of 15 years. John and I got him right after we bought our first house. He was a mess, but oh I loved him. I did not realize how badly I would be affected by this loss. It’s been a rough week.

Ranger

I’m participating in the Sweat Pink #noexcuses challenge! Today’s challenge is a 30 second plank. Tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #sweatpink and #noexcuses.

Sweat pink no excuses

I’m ready for an “easy” week with a few 5 milers then our last long run is next weekend, it’s only 6 miles! Yay for short, long runs.

What are you training for?

Anyone running Rock N’ Roll New Orleans?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

Well, it’s 8 days post-marathon #2. I’m feeling good except when I try to make my legs run. It feels like I’m wearing ankle weights. I managed to get 17 miles in last week but worked hard for every mile. I have marathon #3 coming up in New Orleans January 25 and I need to decide if I can get recovered and ready for it. I’m going to go with the “less is more” approach.

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Rest day, went and sat in the sauna and hot tub at the gym.

Tuesday Rest day

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 4 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 10 miles

Sunday: Rest day

10 miles

I’m going to the gym tomorrow instead of track and will try running again Wednesday morning for our annual Christmas Eve run.

I signed Ally and I up for the Hot Chocolate 15k in February. It’ll be her first 15k so I have to get her trained while training for New Orleans. She will start track season in February as well.

My Influenster #FrostyVoxBox came in this weekend. It’s packed with lots of goodies, I can’t wait to try them out!

Frosty Vox Box

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy this week!

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

SIX MORE DAYS!! And there’s no ice in the forecast, so I’m getting excited!

marathon training

Sunday: Gym day, elliptical, abs, upper body weights, sauna

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Gym day, legs, abs, sauna and elliptical

Thursday: 5 miles, all hills, uphill both ways. :)

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 4 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 9 miles, but I got 2 miles in and my foot had been hurting with every step. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk so I turned around. It seems fine today, going to try running tomorrow. I wore shoes on Friday with no support or cushion at all, so I’m hoping that’s the culprit. It’s happened before.

This week is all about eating good, drinking lots of water and resting. I’ll get some miles in, but nothing crazy.

The group I run with had our Christmas party last night, it was so fun. We exchange gifts, I got a new water bottle and some gels and chews. We had so much food, you can tell we are runners. It also looks like we haven’t eaten in a month.  Every counter space in my kitchen was covered in food.

Food

This is my friend Summer, she blogs at Cut the Grain.

Me and Summer

Ally rode in the Christmas parade this weekend on the 4-H float. I didn’t get any Christmas shopping done this weekend, we had 3 parties to go to. This was a whirlwind weekend. Next weekend I have nothing to do but run 26.2 miles!

In case you missed it last week, I updated my marathon playlist!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Are you done shopping?

Any races left for the month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update + Nuun review

The Dallas Marathon is in 2 weeks! It’s taper time! I cannot believe it is already here. It’s been a rough training season, but I think I am finally ready.

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Training last week:

Monday: Light gym workout, stretching, abs, 10 minutes on the elliptical and sauna

Tuesday: Track workout, 8×300 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm up, 2 mile cool down

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 15 miles

Friday: Shopping (this would be cross training!)

Saturday: 4 miles

Sunday: Gym day, elliptical, abs, upper body weights and sauna

I’ve been using Nuun to hydrate for a few years now. I’ve used it exclusively this training season to see if it that alone will keep my dehydration headaches away. Between water and Nuun tabs it’s been a pretty good season.  Nuun sent me these 3 flavors to start with and I’ve already gone through them and purchased more.

I received free product to try. I was asked to write a review. All opinions are my own. 

Nuun tabs

I really like the Lemonade and the Lemon Lime. I do mix up my Nuun the night before, it helps get the fizzies out and gets it good and cold for the next morning. I suggest leaving the top open though. The tab has sugar-free electrolytes that dissolve in water. The tube makes it easy to throw in a gym bag. You can also break them in half for smaller bottles. I will throw a few in a baggy to carry on race day.

Nuun hydration

I grabbed this Nuun energy recently but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll get on that so I can let you know if I like it too!

Nuun Energy

Nuun Hydration has a Cyber Monday sale with 30% today! There’s free shipping and $20 four-packs. Grab a friend or 3 and share a pack to get started.

On Thanksgiving morning my group ran their long run so we wouldn’t have to over the weekend. We all definitely earned our turkey that day! I also earned a shirt and medal for a virtual Turkey Trot with through our running club. Last years shirt is one of my favorite long sleeve t-shirts.

Turkey trot

I did a little Black Friday shopping again this year. It’s a shop til ya drop day for me and my friend Alisha. I snagged an early present for my family, the Nutri Bullet. I love it!

NutriBullet

And my new MRTT tank and car magnet came in, so exciting!

MRTT shirt

Did you race this weekend?

Any big races coming up?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

I know you all haven’t heard much from me lately. My family has had some heartache these last 2 months and I just haven’t been blogging. I have been running, with the exception of one week off. I’m still training for my upcoming races, but I’m unsure about setting goals for them just yet. Part of me is just plain scared to.

Here’s what you may have missed:

It is just under 3 weeks until the Dallas Marathon, that’s #2 of 3 coming up quick!

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Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 2 mile warm up, 6×400 (1:47-1:53) with 400 recovery,1 mile cool down

Wednesday: Gym day, light weights, elliptical, stretching and sauna

Thursday: 8 miles, 8:53 pace

Friday: 5 miles, 10:06 pace

Saturday: 20 miles, 9:38 pace

Sunday: Rest and recover!

Saturday’s 20 miler was tough. I started out feeling great and then about mile 17 I was done. My legs were so mad at me. I know marathon training is about training your legs to run when they are tired, but I think the 3 days in a row caught up to me. By Saturday night everything hurt, but miraculously Sunday I was pretty much back to normal.

I’ve been using Nuun Hydration before and during my run and also started using Advocare Rehydrate Gels. I do not like the consistency or taste of Gu or the other products out there. I’m really liking the Advocare version, it’s just the packaging is a little big.

20 miles is no easy feat. I enjoyed breakfast afterward with my training partner and friend. We might have had a mimosa as well.

mimosa

For the life of me I cannot figure out why we didn’t remember to take a picture at the lake. It was so pretty that morning.

me and alisha after 20

It was Alish’a longest distance so naturally I had to try something new that day as well, guacamole. Yep, I’m the weird one that doesn’t eat avocados or guacamole. It wasn’t too bad, the salt covered chips probably helped too. I might be convinced to try it again.

We are finally settling into the new house, got a few more things done this weekend. There is still a lot to do and now it’s almost time to get the Christmas stuff out! I do not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, usually sometime that Friday after, then it gets put back up usually by New Year’s Eve.

Do you eat guacamole?

When do you decorate for Christmas?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update + a PR

So, I decided to run a half marathon yesterday. I’ve never waited until the last minute to sign up for a race. I am a planner. But since I no showed Michelob, I really wanted a half this fall that I could PR. The Dallas Running club puts on a great race, the half starts and ends at White Rock Lake, it was a pretty course, but I’m not sure I recall the streets or much of what I saw. I was so focused on running, and putting one foot in front of the other.

Nuun hydration

I still do not know how to dress for fall or winter. I laid out my tank and arm sleeves with capris, then the morning of decided on short sleeve and arm sleeves. Big mistake. I should have worn shorts and tank top, no arm sleeves. It was cold at the start but by mile 3 I was ready to throw those arm sleeves in the lake. I just couldn’t get them off! I wore a fairly new pair of capris, I’ve run in them before but yesterday the seam and tag rubbed a raw spot on my thigh. And it hurts!

DRC flat mama

I started out with the 1:50 pace group. Earlier in the year my fall goal was 1:45 for a half, but after not hitting the 1:50 goal for Patriot in May I wasn’t sure that was possible. So, I figured I would start with them, get warmed up and then get ahead. By mile 3 I pulled away from the 1:50 group and was able to stay ahead. I gave myself mile 9 to regroup and take in some fuel before giving it all I had left the last 3 miles. I was in familiar territory at the lake at that point so I was ready. I held between 8:05 and 8:15 most of the race. So, by mile 10 I was ready to go sub 8 pace.

DRC me and Lisa

That last mile actually went pretty quick. I think it helped that I knew where the finish was, I knew it was almost over. I was visualizing that finish line, keeping myself pumped up. Ended up finishing in 1:47:48. Better than I had hoped but I still want a 1:45. I feel like on that course I could have done better.

DRC medal

Why not run a half marathon for full marathon training?

After the race John and I had brunch at a restaurant near the lake. I’ve eaten there several times, but yesterday the service and food were a little lacking. I was so hungry I kinda didn’t care much! Spark and a Mimosa….it makes things better.

DRC breakfast

It’s 6 weeks until the Dallas full marathon!

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Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, was supposed to be 12×400, but only got 4 done. The sky was lit up with lightning that morning so we cut it short. Got about 2.5 miles total.

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 5 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: Half marathon

We’ve had a lot of stuff happen in October personally that has left me tired and unable to add more workouts in. I really miss those days at the gym and will be working hard to get it added back. With only 6 weeks to the marathon I need to get back on track. Sometimes you really have no choice when life happens.

Did you race this weekend?

What are you training for?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

This last week wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be. Life has been crazy, my family is going through a rough October. I was supposed to run a half marathon Saturday but opted not to. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. By the time I was home Friday night, nothing was ready to go for race day. My mind and heart just weren’t in it. Sometimes that’s how life goes.

We had a good weekend though. Ally’s softball team played in a tournament, they had 5 games Saturday then went back Sunday morning. It was single elimination Sunday so after losing the first game they were done. I was sad for them, they played great, but I was happy to have my Sunday back!

She was not happy about the 5:30AM alarm two days in a row. I got to sleep in so I was happy.

Softball tourney

After softball was over Sunday we headed to Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast. I love looking through the store there. This giant size Snickers bar was quite tempting. You can’t quite see how big it is in the picture, but it says “slice n share” on it. And there was a huge Hershey’s bar under it.

Snickers

Since we were near the Asics outlet store I had to stop and get shoes. I will need a new pair soon anyway. I decided to try the Asics Gel Evate. I have been in the Cumulus for a while and these are in the same class, but have a little more cushioning in the toe.

asics gel evate

7 weeks to go until the Dallas Marathon! The weeks are flying by!

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Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 6×800 with 400 recovery, 2 mile warm up

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 3 miles plus the gym

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Unplanned rest day, was supposed to be a half race.

Sunday: Rest day

I’m thinking about signing up for a half this coming weekend since I still want that PR. I need 18 miles though so trying to figure out how to add the extra 5. I don’t want to run before the race so maybe after I can do a 5 mile recovery run or maybe run 5 on Saturday. I have never split a long run like that, but I’ve read people do it.

I had a lot of friends that raced this last weekend and hit PR’s and milestones, I’m so proud of them!

Did you race this weekend?

Get a long run in?

Have you ever split a long run over 2 days?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

8 weeks and counting! I’m starting to feel a little more confident about my next full, but still doubting my sanity at about mile 17 of 20. My friend and I decided sane people don’t run 20 miles. Sane people are at home drinking coffee, reading the paper, doing normal things. Of course I remember how much I like to eat then remembered why I run!

marathon training

Training this week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles, average pace 8:55

Wednesday: 3 miles, average pace 9:06, followed by upper body weights at the gym

Thursday: 8 miles, average pace 9:12

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: 20 miles

I didn’t upload my watch from yesterday yet, I think we averaged about 9:25 per mile. We did stop for a short break at mile 9 and took a few short walk breaks.

I haven’t run 20 miles since February. It wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be, but miles 14-17 weren’t easy and 19 was the longest mile of my life! Grabbed some breakfast tacos after. I should have taken a picture of the tacos, they are huge and I probably could have eaten 6 of them!

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The weather was perfect Sunday morning, the lake was beautiful. There were so many people out running and biking. It’s a 9 mile loop so we went twice then hit one of the paths for a mile out and back. It’s a nice change of scenery to run different routes.

I have the Michelob Ultra 13.1 half this coming Saturday. I’m going for a PR. They changed the route since last year, it has a lot less turns that it did.

Did you run this weekend?

Anyone race?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1