Week 4 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training

Well, that week was a BUST. Here’s what was on the schedule:

Sunday -  Rest Day
Monday – 3 Mile Recovery
Tuesday – 3 Mile Warm Up / 8 Mile Hard / 2 Mile Cool Down
Wednesday – 4 Mile Recovery
Thursday – 3 Mile Warm Up / 6 Mile Hard / 2 Mile Cool Down
Friday – 3 Mile Recovery
Saturday – Rest

Here’s what went down. After my awesome long run last weekend, I was so tired all week. I don’t know if it was the long run that did me in or the unseasonably warm weather we were having all last week, but I couldn’t get my legs to go fast for the life of me. Pretty much every run felt like I was in quick sand and I couldn’t snap out of it.

Sunday I took a rest day like planned. Monday I ran 5 miles at 8:00 pace, which wasn’t too bad but it was really hot. Normally, I don’t mind the warmer weather, but 100 degrees is just about 5 degrees too hot for me to run in. Tuesday I went out to do my tempo… and ended up with 3 measly miles. So that was disappointing, but I knew it had to do with the heat. Wednesday, I got in a whopping 3.5 miler at 8:05 pace… which again, less mileage than I needed, but this was actually the hottest day of the week. Thursday and Friday finally started to cool down. Thursday I ran with Mary Kate and it was fun to run with her again. I relaxed and felt better this run. Our schedules to run weren’t working out lately, so it was fun to catch up. We planned on doing our last longer run together the following morning and we got to see an amazing sunrise :)

Running in the Long Beach MarinaI was thinking of doing a 13 miler this weekend, but ended up with a 10 miler and called it a day. I stopped by a {new to me} place on my way home for an Acai bowl, like I had in Hawaii last October and it was SO good. I took some time to eat it there and just relax. I thought about my upcoming race the following weekend. I have been a bundle of nerves, which is so unlike me. Necktar Tropical Bowl

Saturday morning I went for a 3 mile run that was actually the best run of the week. I didn’t feel super lethargic and my legs didn’t feel like logs. Then it was a big day as we were out at CIF Prelims ALL DAY LONG. I cannot handle the anxiety I get when my team races. Luckily, both our 800 runner and our 4×4 team qualified to run again this weekend! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see the 4×4 run as they won’t run until late Saturday night, but I can see our 800 runner race before I head up to Ventura for the race!

lakewood-cif-boys-teamIt was a stressful day on my little heart, but they did great and hopefully next weekend they will inspire me for my race on Sunday! The weather is looking awesome for race day, so I’m really happy it won’t be blazing hot like it has been and hopefully it stays relatively like it’s projected.

weatherAnnnnnnd my new shoes came… Just in time for race day! The same shoes I’ve been running in since Kswiss discontinued my shoe. They will only have about 20 miles on them come Sunday, so they’ll be perfect for race day. They look so bright and fresh before I run in them. I wish they would stay so clean!

saucony-marathon-shoes-guide-7Looking back this week wasn’t a complete bust. It was just an off week. I got new shoes and my kids get to race another week. One more week until Race Day!

xoxo

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Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

Disclosure – Skinny Limits sent me a juice cleanse to review.  All opinions and photos are my own and all content is my honest opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see Ts and Cs tab for more information.

I love doing a Juice Cleanse. I don’t do it super often, but it works perfectly for me when I feel like I have fallen away from eating healthy. Usually when I go ‘off track’, my mindset is “well, I have been eating terrible/drinking a lot of beer lately, so I might as well keep doing it,” Seriously, I eat a LOT when I’m not attempting to watch what I eat. Probably around 4,000 calories a day. I don’t really count calories that closely at all, but I know I eat pretty poorly and a lot of it when I don’t try at all. When I go overboard, my thinking is obviously is a bad way of thinking, but it’s what seems to happen with me. I do have a juicer and make juices somewhat often, but sometimes I just want to have a quick easy option which is why I’ve done a few store bought cleanses before. When Skinny Limits reached out to me to try out their cleanse, I was excited because I hadn’t heard of them yet. They are located in Texas, but ship to many locations. I opted for the Standard Juice Cleanse which is 6 juices to drink each day. I am also probably the cheapest person in the world and $49 a day is a good price for a cleanse.

Skinny Limits Standard 3 Day Juice Cleanse Review

They arrived in a cooler style box and are in plastic bottles. I put them in the fridge immediately. One downside was that it was a little damp in the box so I had to double check the website to make sure I put them in the fridge in the right order because some of their stickers fell off, but an easy fix and not a big deal. I really liked the spicy lemon water to start off the day. I usually start my day with lemon water anyway because it makes me feel refreshed, so this was easy to adjust to. I have weaned myself off the coffee train for the most part, so I didn’t miss caffeine. The green juices were not so ‘green’ or earthy as some green juices can be, where you take a drink and think, “Wow, I’m drinking dirt and lettuce,” these were a bit sweeter and a good mix of lemon and greens. The cashew milk at the end of the day? It was hands down my favorite, it tasted like a milk shake and was just enough to keep me satisfied in the evenings!

Skinny Limits Standard 3 Day Juice Cleanse ReviewDay 1 was fairly easy and doing a juice cleanse always reminds me that I eat so much out of boredom, which isn’t good. I find myself going to the pantry because I think, oh I need a snack. This is always magnified when I do a cleanse and it’s a great time to really get back on track with snacking and overeating. I started the day off with lemon water and waited for my juice to arrive. Throughout the day I enjoyed my juices and really liked the variety of them. At night after my run I did have a little bit of lunch meat because I was so, so hungry before I had my final juice of the day.

It’s ALWAYS Day 2 that is a struggle for me. I wake up craving any and all types of food. I know I can’t eat so I really, really want to. I always tell B, I just want to chew some food! I started the day off with another lemon water and then went straight into the juices. I like to sip the juices to make them last longer and drink a lot of water. This is when I really noticed that the green juices went down easy and actually tasted good. I sometimes add some lemon juice to them, because I am a lemon fiend. All day I looked forward to the Crescent Moon drink and again, after my run I had just a bit of lunch meat for some protein.

Day 3 was the best day. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the last day of the cleanse. I felt like I wasn’t revolving my life around snacks and food and I knew going forward from the cleanse, it would be easier to eat salads, stick with lean protein and say no to Taco Bell and Chick-fil-a, which is my goal every time I do a juice cleanse. I don’t do it to lose weight but to get back on track with eating healthy and to press the re-set button. This was the perfect time as summer is quickly approaching and I really love doing this to get my mind off of junk food and back in the healthy zone.

Thanks again Skinny Limits for reaching out to me and letting me try your juice cleanse. I would definitely recommend it and will probably do it again. The price is great! Also – my friend Nina recently did this cleanse and reviewed it as well. We both still talk about the Crescent Moon ;)

xoxo

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Week 3 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training

Well, the longest run I was planning on doing before Mountains to Beach Marathon is officially done. This past week was interesting. I had a pretty low point and then ended it on a pretty high point with my long run.  I had this on my schedule this week…

Sunday – Rest
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 – Rest Day
Saturday – 18 miler

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This week was a bit crazy because it was a big week for my team, with Moore League Prelims and Finals on Wednesday and Friday. I also knew on Mother’s Day that I wouldn’t want to do a long run so I re-scheduled it to Saturday. The recovery run on Monday was easy and I felt good. There was a lot of excitement all week long with the big races happening for my team and I’m still trying to find my voice again. My tempo runs are something that I always get so nervous about, but most of the time they go much better than I anticipate, just like the planned run I had on Tuesday.Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.19.49 PM

I started out nice and slow and reminded myself to relax, just like I always have to do. For some reason I want to take out way too fast and then I hurt at the end. When mile 4 came around I tried really hard to try to be consistent and not let my mind get away from me. Sometimes, I hear the splits and start doubting that I can run that fast and freak out, even though I’m feeling pretty normal and okay. When I’m ‘in’ the tempo part of the run, I try to split it up so that it’s more manageable to push myself for that period of time. I split it up into a mile, then a 5K, then think of it as a 10K, and it really helps. The weather this week was great and perfect for running, which also made it easier to run and get in my tempos. I was feeling pretty good after this run and then was on my feet all night long at the Track Prelims. I didn’t get in my recovery run the following day but wasn’t too worried about it because I knew I had the tempo run the next day. I woke up screaming with a Charlie Horse, and then I started off on the run… and here’s where it ended.

After that run, my head was all over the place. I was overly nervous for my 18 miler this weekend and I was kind of freaking out because I was on my feet again from 1-8:30 pm on Friday all day for the Track Finals. When I got ready Saturday morning, I told myself no matter what, I couldn’t quit and it was important to get it done because it was the last long run I had to do before race day. If I had to walk, I would finish all 18 miles. I finally had a great run and it was still really tough, but somewhat invigorating. I just kept running and each mile, every time the runkeeper would announce my mile time, I was shocked I was keeping the pace pretty steady.

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The first 5 miles were fairly ‘hilly’ with a few freeway overpass ‘hills’ and then the rest was just around through out neighborhoods and a park I ate a peanut butter packet and some water at mile 8, and definitely should have eaten more especially since this was a pretty long run, but I just didn’t want to schelp all the crap with me. I took it out way too fast at mile 8-9 and need to try to keep it more consistent around 7:45. I am going to spend some time working on running that pace to try to teach my body how that pace feels. I was done with the run in 2:19, which I was really happy with because if I have 8.2 miles left, I know I can do that in a little over an hour, so I’m hoping to finish around 3:45.

I took an ice bath when I got home and it has seemed to really help with soreness because the following day after my long runs I haven’t been that sore at all. I need to remember that when I’m running in the race and that the pain I feel will soon be a distance memory and I need to just push through and get it done. I have really been working on my mental part of my running too. I think it has really helped me push myself to run harder and faster than I think I can.

I also went to a pretty fun wedding that evening with my best friend, and thankfully was able to wear flats :) We took quite a few photo booth pics and had a lot of fun catching up.

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I am still working on a post about what I’ve done to help with my speed, so I hope to get that up sometime this week! Overall, this week was a solid week of training, and I’m so happy that I got my long run done and it went well. Here’s to the last big week of training and then it will be race week. I can’t wait!

xoxo

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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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