Marathon training: 17 down, 1 to go!

Well, it’s 1 week and 1 day until I’m at the starting line of the Dallas Marathon! I’m excited and freaking out, just a little.

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The forecast is a little scary. It’s Texas though, so it can change 10 times before then. I do need to prepare mentally for this forecast, just in case. Race Day is December 8!

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Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, 15 minutes on the treadmill plus abs and light weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 4 miles, 9:48 pace

Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill plus abs and lots of stretching

Thursday: 4 miles, 8:13 pace

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 9 miles, 9:00 pace. Had some awesome negative splits today. Fell in behind a group running 8:30′s the last 2 miles and it felt great!

It was a little cold at the start, but close to perfect weather. We had a very yummy breakfast afterward at Another Broken Egg. That omelet has bacon, cream cheese, chorizo and jack cheese in it. I asked if the cream cheese was fat free, I told the waiter to just lie to me! I took time to snap a few pictures this morning too.

What a beautiful sunrise!

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This week is light running, so I’ll hot the gym a few times. On the agenda: stretching and more stretching, foam rolling, abs and light weights.

Going to try to eat my best this week, not eating anything I wouldn’t normally eat. Gotta make sure and drink my water too.

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you race or have training runs this weekend?

Anyone done Christmas shopping already?

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

Marathon training: 16 down, 2 to go

When I started this series of recaps week 16 seemed so far away. Now it’s here and week 18 is closing in on me fast!

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Some observations from the last 16 weeks:

  • Need a better nutrition plan next time. (did I just type that????)
  • Will be spending December and January getting these 4-5 pounds off.
  • Need to make more room/time for cross training and ab work. It was done but only once a week.

Training this week:

Sunday: 20 miles, recap here

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles, 9:49 pace

Wednesday: 4 miles, 10:06 pace

Thursday: 5 miles, 9:57 pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 10 miles, 9:31 pace

Today’s weather was 37 (felt like 28), drizzly and a little windy. It was very hard to get out the door but once I got going it was great. Almost perfect temps, without the wind. I also purchased hand warmers last night and those were a life saver.

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So, I took a peek at the elevation for the Dallas Marathon….

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Looks fun, right? That’s why I hill train, every single week!

This was a good running week for me. I didn’t make it to the gym, but now that I’m running less the next two weeks, hopefully I can get there a few more times.

I’m excited for Thanksgiving Day, pumpkin pie is my favorite! Ally and I are running our local Turkey Trot that morning.

Anyone go out of town for Thanksgiving?

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Who’s running a Turkey Trot?

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

My aha moment

It’s great when something finally hits home.

AHA Moment: a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension

Aha moment

I’ve been running for 2 years now. I’ve been almost in constant training for a race or just to improve my speed or build on distance. There’s been times when I wasn’t but not for long. I need that next race to keep me going, I need that drive.

Last night got me thinking about the last 4 months of training. I’ve loved it (maybe not the 4:30AM alarms 4 days a week). But overall, I have loved the running, the training, getting to know new friends that I’ve been running with. But I’m running right now because it’s on the schedule. I’m running to train. Whether it’s a certain pace or a certain mileage. I enjoy it, but yesterday morning I really enjoyed it.

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I don’t know what was different, but it was just one of those runs that clicked. It wasn’t fast or slow, the weather was good, I had most of my crew with me.

So, I decided to take the 2 and 1/2 weeks left of marathon training and just run and really enjoy it. It doesn’t mean I won’t push myself a little. But not every run has to be fast. I still have to stick to my plan. No sense in abandoning it all now. But I don’t have to worry about pace or time now. I’m trained and it’s as good as it’s going to get. There’s nothing I can do now to change the outcome of the race. I want to finish standing up and uninjured.

So, less than 3 weeks left, it’s all tapering from here. Hopefully just focusing on the love of running will help me not go crazy! Time to eat good, sleep and get these last few runs in.

Ever have an aha moment?

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

Marathon training: 15 down, 3 to go

Exactly 3 weeks from today I’ll be running the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon!

This week’s little cold spell has me thinking about race day weather. I tend to over dress for races and that is definitely not something I want to do for 26.2 miles. I am a planner and a little OCD about it. I know I can’t even begin to plan what I’ll wear race day until about 4-5 days out. I do however, have a few things in mind depending on the temperature.

My next thought goes to what to eat while racing. I do not use the Gu Gel stuff, it makes me gag. I use Honey Stingers chews and those are not small packages. I’m trying to figure out how to carry what I need on race day. I also tried the Advocare rehydrate gels today. They fit perfect in my running belt and I really like those.

week 15

Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, light weights, abs and stretching

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: Run 5 miles, 9:28 pace

Wednesday: Run 5 miles, 9:31 pace

Thursday: Run 5 miles, 9:07 pace

Friday: Gym day, stretching, abs and light weights

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday (today): 20 miles!! 9:40 pace, we walked just a few times and stopped at mile 10 for about 5 minutes to refill bottles.

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Yesterday Ally had her first cross country meet. The competition there is fierce!

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The weather for my 20 miler today was warm, 74 degrees with 86% humidity. We were blessed with some wind and at times the breeze was cool. We ran the trails at the lake since it’s mostly flat.

It looks like  a cool, fall day but it’s not.

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Some of the views on our run today. There are some gorgeous houses around that lake.

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I’m not gonna lie. This was tough. First 10 went pretty good, except for the pouring sweat. Second loop, about mile 15 I started to really feel it. My feet mostly, just tired. Got a little boost at mile 18, but it didn’t last long.

Oddly enough, at about mile 19.8 I felt like I could have kept going past 20. I’m hoping that’s a good sign for race day.

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Me and Jennifer, my training partner. It’s her first marathon too!

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After we ran, we hit Torchy’s for breakfast. I came home and took an ice bath. Those are getting easier but still not enjoyable. Then I cleaned bathrooms, did laundry and took a short nap.

I think what woke me up from my nap was my growling stomach, so I made a smoothie.

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It was a nice weekend, a little busy, but that’s life for now.

Tonight I made Shepherd’s Pie for Monday’s dinner and Quiche muffins for breakfast for a few days.

Do you food prep?

Anyone racing or training this weekend?

What’d you do for fun?

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

Marathon training: 13 down, 5 to go

Is it just me or is this year flying by?? Time needs to slow down.

I’m a day later than normal with this post, but my long run wasn’t until this morning and I wanted that included.

Week 13

Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day (stair master and weights)

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 2.91 miles, 10:58 pace

Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill, weights and abs

Thursday: 3 miles on the treadmill, abs and stretching

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Elliptical, weights and abs

Sunday: 18.75 miles, 9:50 pace

Tuesday morning brought foot pain, I think it’s my sesamoid bone in the ball of my foot.  I cut my run short and hit the treadmill on Wednesday and Thursday. I stopped before the pain got bad so I’m hoping the light running this week did the trick. I also have inserts that have a metatarsal pad on them from January when this first happened.

19 miles was actually 18.75. It was rough. I wasn’t mentally or physically in the game today. It was hilly, it was the coldest temps we’ve had so far. Everything hurt. I really can’t explain it. I know runners have bad runs, it’s to be expected, but it was hard to swallow today. I came home, took an ice bath, a hot shower, had a protein shake and hit the restart button for today.

While I left my bags of ice unattended to get my apple cider, this happened.

Why yes, that is my 13 year old lab eating my ice. He tore the bag open and had it all over the floor.

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The time for today’s run is pretty good, except for the 4 stops where my watch is paused.

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I got my very first Influenster VoxBox this week!

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So far, I’ve tried the blueberry Belvita biscuits (they are good!), the Rimmell mascara, and the inserts today in my boots. I love the inserts. Still testing out the mascara.

Ally ran another 5k yesterday morning and she took 1st place, overall female. Yep, my girl won the race. Her time was 24:29 with lots of hills. Those are tough hills that I run weekly. I could not be prouder!

 

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Hope you had a great weekend!

Did anyone race this weekend?

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

Marathon training: 10 down, 8 to go!

Week 10 is checked off! I’m getting excited, I kinda wish it would hurry up. But then that would be wishing away my favorite time of the year. I am dreaming of Turkey and Dressing already. Oh, and Pumpkin Pie.

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Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, light weights, abs and cardio.

Monday: Walked the track a few times while Ally was practicing, just to loosen up my legs.

Tuesday:  Ran 4 miles, 9:16 pace

Wednesday: Ran 8 miles, 10:06 pace

Thursday: Walked 4 miles, 13:30 pace

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Ran 13 miles, 9:21 pace

This week I made these very yummy egg quiche/muffin things again! They don’t last long in our house. The original recipe is here. I used spinach instead of broccoli and added canadian bacon.

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Tuesday’s glorious 4 mile run in perfect temps!

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And my longest mid-week run, 8 miles, under a perfect clear sky full of stars!

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Then we get to Saturday, 13 miles, 75 degrees, 300% humidity! But still a good pace. Oh and my heart rate monitor strap chaffed me, it’s unpleasant to say the least.

I use body glide but apparently not well enough this morning. This is the first time the HRM strap has done that.

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This morning’s run was the hardest but I still had a great pace. I’m hopeful I’ll be able to push myself when I need to in the marathon. Now all I have to do is double what I did today! (YIKES!!)

The long runs are about to get crazy and I have 2 halfs coming up. If I’m going to run 13 miles I might as well get a medal for it!

Did you race this weekend?

Did you workout?

Any big plans?

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

Marathon Training: 8 down, 10 to go!

Week 8 is done! I ran my farthest mileage ever today: 15 miles! It was a little rough. The humidity was insane. I’m still waiting on those temps to drop and stay there. And mu achilles is starting to bother me. I’ve never had issues with it. So, I’ll be stretching and rolling like it’s my job.

Week 8

Training this week:

Sunday: Gym cardio and weights

Monday: 10 minutes at the track

Tuesday: Run 4 miles, 9:28 pace

Wednesday: Run 7 miles, 10:30 pace

Thursday: Run 4 miles, Run/Walk intervals, 10:08 pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Run 15 miles, 10:06 pace! That’s run time. I pause my watch for breaks and we took 2 of them today.

I was checking out the elevation for the marathon course, should I be worried about miles 5-10??? Then check out 20-21….good thing I run hills!

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I guess this will be my mantra for the next few months!

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I had a really cool blog coaching session this week with Taylor at Pink Heels Pink Truck! You should check her out. Basically I just set some goals, talked about what I wanted to accomplish with this blog and she gave me some tips. One thing she suggested was to make my pictures bigger….ya’ll are about to see me up close! YIKES!

I ran hills for a whopping 10 minutes Monday night. I didn’t have much time and I really wasn’t feeling great. My lungs were seriously burning. Not sure what that was about. But I coughed the rest of the evening.

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Tuesday’s run is now 4 miles and I’m ok with that since Wednesday has increased.

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15 miles done!

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I had a little incident this week when a driver got out of his car at 5:30AM to confront me and my friend running. We were running in the road and we run close to the curb so we can jump if needed. We gave him some time and he didn’t move so we did. We probably instigated it a little bit by throwing our arms up in disgust. We got on the sidewalk and continued running only to hear him stop and get out as yell at us. It was the one morning I didn’t have mace and there were only 2 of us. We just kept going. Didn’t even look back. He got in his truck and left. I have never had that happen. It was a little scary, but I think I was mostly mad!

Have you had a confrontation with a driver? What did you do?

Do you run in the road?

Anyone racing this weekend?

Any helpful hints on dealing with achilles issues?

Hope you have a great weekend!

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

Marathon training: 7 down, 11 to go!

I’m getting closer and closer to the halfway mark! This week started long mid-week runs with 7 miles on Wednesday. But I had a shorter run today than last week. Weekly mileage stayed the same as last week. That 7 mile run Wednesday made speed work on Thursday very difficult. Let’s just say I wouldn’t exactly call it speed work!

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I was super sore after last weeks hilly 14 mile route so I went with a less hilly route today for 10 miles. I also tried something new this week. On Monday while Ally was at track I found a hill and some stairs to run/climb/sprint up! It was tough, but I’m thinking about doing it every Monday while she’s there. I only made it 20 minutes this week.

It’s still pretty warm here if you ask me. 80 degrees for a 5AM run is no fun! It was so nice this morning, the temps finally dropped. Chances are they’ll still go back up at least one more time. Such is life in Texas.

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While training for my first marathon I’m also running two half marathons and a 10k. Might as well get a medal for running 13 miles, right? I have the Allstate 13.1 in Dallas on October 26 and I just signed up for the McKinny Mini on November 9. I’m hoping for some PR’s on my half time. These two races “claim” they are PR courses. I sure hope so!

And Ally is signed up for two 5k’s so far, I think there will be another one in December.

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day!

Monday: Hill repeats and running stairs at the track. 20 minutes = 220 calories!

Tuesday: 5 miles, 9:29 pace

Wednesday: 7 miles, 10:06 pace

Thursday: 4 miles, Run/walk intervals, 10:32 pace

Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: 10 miles, 9:23 pace!

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 My first long mid-week run. Started at 4:40AM!

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Saturday’s 10 miles in 65 degree temps! It was wonderful!

We had one driver wanting to play chicken with us and one runner fall. Scary when that happens!
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Today is my Saturday to work, then I’m hoping to squeeze a nap in, visit my grandmother and probably hit the grocery store at some point. I should probably do laundry too.

Any big plans this weekend?

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing?

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

Marathon training: 6 down, 12 to go!

Week 6 is done!! Today was 14 miles and I’ve run that once before, back in May. It was a little tough today. The weather was a bit cooler but 14 is hard. I’m definitely ready for the weather to cool off.

Everything from here on out is new territory!  I’m looking forward to seeing how I do, but a little scared as well! I have a great team to train with and I know that will make it easier.

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Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, cardio and weights, hit a PR on the bench press of 60 pounds!

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles, 10:26 pace

Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill plus weights

Thursday: Speed intervals, 4 miles, 9:40 pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 14 miles, 10:40 pace

 We tell ourselves we love speed work! It’s hard but my group is seeing some improvement so it’s worth it!

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Finally found some PB2 to try.

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Ally and some friends did their first color run this morning. It looked like fun but also a big mess!

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And here it is. 14 miles.

14 miles!

And this is post 14 miles!
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Did you workout today?

Training for anything?

Have you tried PB2?

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

Marathon training: 5 down, 13 to go!

And now week 5 is in the books! It’s getting real, mileage is starting to increase. Still feeling good. Today my legs were feeling a little tired but I found my groove and got it done!

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This week was a mess. It’s a good thing I run or I’d be so much more stressed out than I already am. Our house took a lightning strike on Monday and things are broken, un-repairable and we are fighting the insurance company.

But, marathon training must commence! I used my Nathan back pack again today and still liking it. I still only drank about 20 ounces from it while running. But I also had a Gatorade mid-run and at the end. Followed up with amino supplements in my water and a protein shake.

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day!

Monday: Gym workout (cardio and weights)

Tuesday: 5 miles, 9:21 pace (not sure what lit a fire under us that day!)

Wednesday: 3 miles in the blazing sun, 10:27 pace. Seriously the hardest run ever!

Thursday: Run/Walk Intervals, 4 miles, 9:23 pace

Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: 12 miles, 9:34 pace. One of my best times for that many miles. I also haven’t run 12 miles since May.

 I really don’t know how anyone runs in the sun. 8AM is way too late for me in the summer!

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We are still running intervals on Thursday. We run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. That minute goes by way too fast!

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My friend Paula makes the best cupcakes and I always get to sample them. She knew I needed them this week!

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Ally and I took Molly to the doggie swim day at our city pool. Molly did good for her first swim.

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And we had this for dinner!

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Here’s to hoping this week is better!

Did you workout today?

Training for anything?

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