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Round Dos of Training!

So we are starting off round 2. Well it started last week. The first part of the training round was all about getting back into a routine, which it seems that I can finally beat the battle of the sheets in the morning and have been able to get up to do training runs. I fell off the bandwagon a little bit during the weekend of the fourth (read: partied too hard and didn’t do my long run, God Bless America) and was a little worried about my long 15 miler that I had this past Saturday. I went to bed nice and early on Friday, got everything all set for me to go in the morning.

I decided enough was enough and I was going to take Imodium before my run to hopefully curb the upset stomach problems. I took one pill before bed and then one when I got up the next morning. I also opted for taking salt, which I think is one of the problems I had at the LA Marathon. I was dehydrated from the Imodium that I had taken so I cramped and died a death over those 26.2 miles. Sadly, no where around here sells salt pills and I wasn’t up to drive 3o minutes to get some. So I found the little salt packets at Chick-fil-a and just planned on using those. I loaded up my ipod and when I woke up the next morning I decided I should drive down to Huntington Beach and just cruise along the beach path, which is what I usually did when training last year for Long Beach.

I got to the spot, strapped on the trusty iFitness belt and off I went. It was a good run to start off with and I constantly was reminding myself to slow down since it was a long run. I ate my peanut butter and jelly sandwich at mile 6 and took salt before I left, at mile 6, and at mile 12 when I ate another sandwich as well. I haven’t had a run like that in forever. Nothing was hurting, I was just in the zone and the miles kept ticking away. I drank at almost every mile since the path I was on had drinking fountains and my playlist was kicking serious tail! It was a GREAT run and a great confidence booster! And I knew I was running well so I was excited to check out my splits:

That hasn’t happened in FOREVER and it was awesome to run that fast and feel that strong. My last miles were even my fastest. The last mile I just kept thinking, push, push to the end! You’re almost there! It was an awesome run and I wasn’t sick at all and my music just kept me going.

Tomorrow I have an 8.5 mile recovery run and then again a faster more ‘tempo’ run on Thursday. The chart above is my new plan and for this second round of training which, as you can tell is all about upping the mileage. I ran a total of 52.7 miles in June and in July I’ve already ran 43.2 miles and it’s only the 12th!

So now I’m pumped and feeling good once again. Here’s to training round number 2! Pile on those miles. :)

Also, tomorrow I have an awesome recap of All Star Sunday and the MLB Celebrity Softball game that I was so lucky to attend yesterday!


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  • Reply Page

    I see a BQ in your future speedster! YAY!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Sassy Molassy

    Way to be! Don’t you just love when everything goes right on a run?!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Well you seem to have found something that works for you. AWESOME RUN!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Kelly

    yay for good runs! and no bathroom stops :)

    July 12, 2010 at 9:55 am
  • Reply TorontoGirloutWest

    7:57!?!? :oO Remember how you said you were going super slow during the LA Marathon and I said your super slow is my “Weeeee!!!! I’m going FAST!!!” lol I wasn’t kidding.

    You’re speedy. I would like to think my legs are capable of going that fast. Maybe one day! :o)

    July 12, 2010 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Chris

    Congrats on the in-the-zone run, hoping to stumble on a few of those myself.
    Also congrats on a great set of splits – that’s an awesome 15-miler!

    July 12, 2010 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Tara

    great job out there girl! That was a veru solid run speedster! Glad you felt good and has no tummy issues! we need to get you some salt tabs though :)

    July 12, 2010 at 10:26 am
  • Reply RoadBunner

    What a great run! I am glad you’ve found what to do to curb your tummy issues! I remember at races in NYC they had those salt packs at the finish.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Aj

    glad you got your bathroom issues figured out! so you took salt packs instead of a salt pill? i told you i thought it would be salty! how did that go?

    as always, your mileage and pace is super motivating. i worked on my training schedule this weekend and referred back to what you’ve posted for a lot of help! thanks for sharing!

    July 12, 2010 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Jacklyn

    Go girl! I am just getting back into training so this is super motivating for me! I can’t wait till I’m feeling strong again and not wussy. HA.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Glad you found a way to stop crapping your pants on your runs! WIN!!!

    Seriously though, awesome awesome splits!!!

    July 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Nobel4Lit (A Case of the Runs)

    That’s fast! I’m starting my “round 2” today as well. I spent about a month getting into a routine as injury-free as possible, and today, hello marathon training!

    July 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    great job on the run D!!! :) so proud of you! I love runs like that– order some salt capsules online & you will lurve them… i do! :)

    July 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Shelley B

    What an amazing run!!! Looks like pre-planning actually pays off…I will have to take your advice!

    July 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Heather

    wow you are so hardcore. I can’t even run one mile at that pace.

    July 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    So happy that you had a good 15! Sub 8-min last mile is huge! No stopping the ChicRunner now…Watch out…coming through… =)

    July 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Anna

    Wow! That’s awesome! This motivates me to try harder and plan ahead.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm
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    I am still looking for the running donts!


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