Every Training Cycle

It seems like every training cycle, no matter what you’re training for, it happens. Just like every other run you start out and things are going okay. I started out on my tempo run Thursday morning after having a good training run on Tuesday and just had that feeling. In the pit of my stomach, I just knew the run was going to be hard. I tried to get my head into the game to run and I just couldn’t flip on the switch to get my legs moving at a decent pace and feel good. Sometimes it happens in the warm up, and then by the time I’m warmed up, I can get going but that morning, I started already feeling defeated.

After the warm up, I decided I would do 4 miles at tempo instead of 6, to at least give it a shot. I ran my normal route and just tried to get into my head to make myself run like I have been and it just wasn’t happening. It was so frustrating and I just kept beating myself up every mile. I wasn’t running fast enough. I couldn’t get comfortable. I signed up without much training, I’m not ready to run that fast. A marathon is just SO far. I just got deeper and deeper into the negative zone about my upcoming race when I finally snapped out of it. I started the cool down and cut my run short. It wasn’t helping anything and it was only making me feel horrible.

I think a run like this happens every training cycle. You beat yourself up, question all your training and the distance you’re about to run. Normally, when I run I never think about any thing actually running related. I think about life, family, friends, work, the team I coach, but never really my upcoming race and today it was all I could think about, literally flooding my thoughts. It all just came out on this run, and I’m glad it did with some time left before race day. I can rebuild a little bit and make sure that my confidence is in the right place come race morning so I don’t question myself out there on the course and that I believe in myself.

Running Doesn't Build Character, It Reveals It.Today, I saw this quote and I really liked it. It stinks when these type of workouts happen but I’m glad I can move forward and hope to regain some confidence this weekend on my 18 miler!

xoxo

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M2B Week 2 Training

Week 2 is now in the books and I had this on my schedule…

Sunday – 13 miles
Monday – Recovery 3 miler
Tuesday – 3 mile warm up, 6 mile hard pace, 2 mile cool down
Wednesday – Recovery 4 miler
Thursday – 3 mile warm up, 6 mile hard pace, 2 mile cool down
Friday – 3 mile recovery
Saturday – rest day

What really went down was the 13 miler that was awesome, which I apparently jumped the gun on and reported on last weeks training recap. Monday’s recovery run was a fairly easy recovery run and I felt better than I thought I would after 13 the day before. Because I hadn’t run that far in a really long time, I was nervous being super sore the following day. Tuesday’s run was one that was met with dread but then it ended up being good. I did good on the tempo, which was the priority during this run. I was pretty tired and had to do it really early because it was so hot and windy this week. When I finished at 8, it was already 82 degrees with 15 mph winds. Ummm, not doing that again.

Wednesday, another simple recovery run and on Thursday I just couldn’t get my head into the game for the second tempo of the week. It was still very, very warm and I wasn’t motivated at all. I decided to skip that and ran 5 miles instead. I was glad to get anything in during the heat. Friday was a 3 miler, that I switched to 4 miles with Mary Kate. It was a beautiful morning and I snagged this pic. I was so excited when I found on on Saturday after my long run that RunnerSpace re-instagrammed my photo!

Long Beach Training Run

I had switched my long run to Saturday this week because I knew we had a wedding Saturday night and that long run was not going to happen come Sunday morning as I had planned on the calendar. The long run on Saturday was dreaded all week long. I don’t know why but I was just nervous about it. I haven’t run far since last December. I knew I was running a decent route that included both great views, a lot of hills and hopefully it would be a bit cooler since it was closer to the ocean. It was a beautiful, tough run, but it got super hot by the time I finished. I didn’t actually do any type of fuel on my run, which is most likely why the last two miles were pretty tough, but I didn’t have any stomach issues. I drank water at mile 8 and mile 15.

Long Training Run in Newport Beach, CA

I love seeing my splits after I finish the run because I can tell where there are downhills and where I ran hard and where I really had to push hard.

Overall, it was a good week even though I decided to skip the one tempo run. I didn’t feel like it was really necessary with the heat. I’m glad I still got in a few miles that day. I am pleasantly surprised how my long run went this week and it gives me the perfect amount of confidence going into this next week which is a pretty big building week! I know if I can make it through this week it’s all downhill from here and then it’s race day. I’m starting to get excited about making it to the start line again!

xoxo

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April Recap

Whoa! April really got me back into the swing of things running wise. I ran a total of 106 miles and averaged an 8:24 pace, which I’m more than happy with. After this month I’m at 376.9 miles for the year so far! I am still running, knock on wood, injury free for the most part and now training for Mountains to Beach at the end of the month has really motivated me to get back on a routine and schedule.

You may not remember every training run... But you'll never forget race day.

I’ve also really tried to keep thinking of this when I run lately. Sometimes a training schedule can be really overwhelming and so I am just running with the intent to make each run count towards my goal during that run, instead of focusing on the end goal of the marathon at the end of the month. Race morning will be here so quickly and I’m looking forward to it.

This month, I also started implementing more speed work into my running, which I normally NEVER do. This has helped me get a lot faster and makes each training run go by so much faster as well. The weather here this week has been not the best for running, with record breaking temps, fires in the local area which lead to bad air quality but I know this too will soon pass, but it does make running right now a bit difficult. I do have a 16 miler up on tap for the weekend and am plotting out a decent route that will take me through a few new spots to keep it interesting!

xoxo

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Week 1 M2B Training

I’m training relatively hard for Mountains 2 Beach because it’s already so close. I know I need to kick it up a notch to make sure I can motor through the finish line come May 25th. I was a bit nervous because when I signed up, I had some weird eye infection and was forced to wear my glasses for 6 days and because I am legally blind without my glasses, I cannot run without them so I took the time off. I needed to rest and pump myself up for training too. By the time my first training run came around, I was ready to go!

Because I am trying to work on my speed for this race, (tips coming on this soon!) I did an interval run, where I ran a 2 mile warm up, a 4 mile progressively faster run and then a 2 mile cool down to make up my first 8 miler for training. I was pretty nervous going into this run… I hadn’t run for 6 days and I hadn’t run an actual training run with distinctive race in mind in a while, but I was happy with the results and glad that I pushed myself because the last mile was tough, but the 2 mile recovery was something to look forward too after the hard run.

Perfect 8 mile Speed Interval WorkoutThe following day I ran a 4 mile recovery run with the girls from the team. It makes it really easy when I know they have a 4 mile recovery run too or a 4 mile warm up before they do a workout. It was a perfect morning and my legs were a bit heavy for the first two miles, the recovery pace was good and I finally felt better as we rounded the streets heading back to school.

mountains-to-beach-training-recovery-runThen, I had a rest day on Saturday which I totally took advantage of. Lately, I have been doing workouts at home or the gym along with running to get into better shape for our upcoming vacation to Mexico, but I didn’t workout at all on Saturday. Because of my stomach issues, I’m working really hard the few days before my long run to keep track of exactly what I’m eating. Especially on Saturday. I am trying to figure out what my issue come race day I won’t hopefully have any troubles. I am trying to eat totally bland foods and see what works best for my body the day before. It seemed to work because I didn’t have any issues on my long run on Sunday morning. I did have really bad cramps that woke me up at 4 am and I put a heating pack on and just tried to sleep it off. I woke up at 7:45am, feeling better and was ready to go. I started off at a decent pace and just told myself to relax most of the run. I hadn’t run over 8 miles in quite some time, so I just wanted to get the mileage done with and feel good about it. Around mile 5, I started feeling decent and just keep checking off the miles in cruise control. At mile 9, I got some water and a new lease on life apparently because I felt awesome and really pushed myself coming home on the last 4 miles with all of them being under 7:30 pace, which I was really happy with. It was also my first run ever in a sports bra!

mountains-to-beach-marathon-trianingI was really happy that I averaged an 8:15 pace for my first 9 miles and the last four I pushed it up and finished in about 7:30. It was a tough run, but I was glad to hit the “higher” mileage and not have a huge issue with any part of my body. At mile 5, I took a quick stretching break and my knee hurt immediately afterwards, so I was worried, but after a mile, I was back in a routine and it was feeling better. I also made sure to foam roll and stretch a lot when I got home and wore my new favorite recovery shirt :)

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from here

I am happy with my first ‘week’ of training for Mountains to Beach and am looking forward to the next few weeks. I know race day will be here quick so it’s time to put in some serious work and be mentally tough for the next month. I know I get it done, I just need to remind myself that I CAN do it.

xoxo

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Mountains to Beach Marathon… I’m coming for you!

Yesterday, I did something a little unexpected. I registered for the Mountains to Beach Marathon and it’s go time once again. It really felt good to push that registration button. I definitely wasn’t planning on running a marathon soon, none the less running one in practically a month, but hey, when you’re looking for something to give you motivation, there’s something about having a finish line in your near future.

mountains-to-beach-marathon-confirmation

My arm may have been twisted by Mary Kate… She was doing it and I needed something to train for. She got picked off the waiting list super quick and her excitement was apparently contagious. Before I knew it I was picked off the waiting list and entering my credit card information. I have been contemplating a fall marathon and I figured this marathon was a great place to get a feel for the distance again and either build or completely shatter my confidence. I don’t know what I’m expecting to run just yet, I want to push myself during this training cycle and see where I end up. Then I can see what my fall goals are after this race.

Yesterday evening, I took the time to put together a quick training schedule. I train my best actually when I don’t train very long for a long distance races because I don’t get ‘behind.’ I don’t miss workouts and can keep my mental game tough for shorter training periods. I can train hard for 30-40 days if the end is in sight. It’s much more difficult to be mentally tough when I know I have months of training to go. I hope to do a few faster training runs and not focus on the mileage but my speed this time around. We’ll see how it works out for me come May 25th. I also hope that I can get my fueling situation and my upset stomachs out of the fricken WAY well ahead of race morning.

One Month Marathon Training Plan with Speed Work1 month marathon training plan

I’m really looking forward to a quick month with a few quick runs. I also worked the schedule around track meets which is important to me and I know I can stick with it for 30 days. I can’t wait to get started and dig right into training tomorrow with an 8 miler.

Let the Countdown for Mountains to Beach Begin!

xoxo

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