Monday, January 27, 2014

Green Bay Marathon training: week 2... sort of

Monday: I finished last week's training with 4 miles on monday. Easy miles. Also, I think it was a bit of a victory for me that I didn't feel the need to take water with me. That's always been like training wheels for me. I think I drank two glasses when I got back inside the house, though. It makes me feel good that I have been confident enough with my hydration to not even think about bringing any with me.

Tuesday: I really only stretched today...

Wednesday, thursday: Easy workouts

Friday: Guess who woke up with a full-blown cold??? me!!! I still went to the Y to try and run a little bit and I got a mile done before I couldn't do it anymore. This cold just cut right to the point by making me over tired at everything.

Saturday: I did some light stretching after coming home from grocery shopping, which wore me out probably the same as 5 miles would do on a normal day. Yay colds!

Sunday: I felt a little bit better than on saturday. Kept the physical activity low since I was still feeling over-tired.

I will likely re-visit the planned mileage from week 2 for this coming week. As I write this, I feel a lot less stuffed up and I'm able to breathe relatively normally again. I love how quickly my immune system has flushed out this cold but I would have rather not had it at all. Here's to week 3: may it be filled with indoor training miles thanks to the polar vortex mark II...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Green Bay Marathon training; week 1

I started off this week in a rather unassuming fashion. After having started the Whole Life Challenge last week, I decided to stick to my written plan, which included no running until thursday. This is where the training plan begins, you see.

Monday: I know it's silly, but I made walking at the grocery store my exercise for today. I take a long time when I grocery shop. The actual written plan today was 15 minutes of runner-useful stretching. That included: [1 min hip flexor stretch; 1 min hamstring stretch, 1 min prone leg swings; 1 min quad stretch; 1 min IT band stretch] x 3
For the record, this workout used to be in the Nike Training Club app as one of their bonus athlete workouts. This one is Kara Goucher's... so I call it "kara". I honestly hope they put it back on the app eventually, but I have it memorized. I have used another one of the workouts for the timer since it audibly calls out the 30 second mark so you can switch sides.

Tuesday: Easy (and getting easier! thank goodness for becoming stronger!) workout. Another Nike training club set of workouts. The first one was "Paula Radcliffe's Marathon Prep" (which I refer to in my planner as just "paula"... Really hard to crack my code, I know)
[1 min split squats, 1 min roll ups, 1 min kettle bell lunge to snatch, 1 min supermans with breaststroke, 1 min lunge with pulse front raises] x 3
I followed this with the Kara stretches.

Wednesday: Just the Kara stretches

Thursday: Day 1 of Green Bay Marathon Training!!! 3 mile run at easy pace (14:31 min/mi thanks to the cold air and snow!) It was very windy, and I suppose this sort of distracted me from concentrating on my cadence and breath. I used to be very good at just paying attention to my breath-- 3 steps inhale, 3 steps exhale-- but I have neglected that of late. It helps to cultivate a steady pace! It's sort of like swimming laps-- you're forced to go at a certain rhythm since you can't breathe underwater!

Friday: Paula and Kara workouts

Saturday: I spent most of the day in the car. The time not spent in the car was spent packing boxes so I could move. Hence, the driving. Packing is definitely a workout.

Sunday: I spent the morning unpacking ( I have so much further to go!). There's a lot of squats and lifting heavy things involved with unpacking.
I took my run in the evening, just as the sun was setting. It was relatively warm out (32˚F), though there was a cool breeze. I listened to music on a run for the first time in a few months!
3.05 miles, 12:44 min/mile moving pace. Followed by stretches.
Originally I had planned 3 miles for saturday and then 4 miles for sunday, but moving has shuffled my plans. Tomorrow will be the 4 miles to finish the first week of marathon training.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

feeling good about this even-numbered year

here's what I want for myself from 2014 (an excerpt):

-actually update this blog more than once every few months
-stick to my training for my two big races
-enjoy the scenery
-learn something
-find an adventure (or make one!)

-Live in the moment and love what I do. 

Here's my two races, so far:

I feel really good about 2014.