Well ladies and gents, that’s my don’t panic/ yes I have vegetables on my back/ no I didn’t tweak my back face…😩😳 nothing a little ice + rest + biofreeze + meds can’t fix! #positive! (at my floor)
Two things that are absolutely kicking my hiney as of late. Hansons & Speed Tuesdays… wouldn’t have it any other way!
I always have to write my speed workouts down the night before or else I totally forget mid workout what the heck I’m suppose to be doing.Then, I start talking to myself and from there, it all goes downhill.
Ladders tomorrow…see ya at 4:30 a.m!
This week was a tiring, yet productive one if I do say so myself. I spent most of the week in Philly for my once a month work travels. I always enjoy getting out of the office for a few days and working from a new environment. I managed to squeeze in two early morning runs ( speed work & tempo run) on Tuesday & Thursday. I tell you what….the feeling you get after a morning workout is the best. Aside from seeing the dreadful 4:30 or 5 a.m on your alarm clock every morning, I feel like a million bucks after. I’ve always been a morning person but, since training has started, I guess my morning person qualities have continued to grow:)
I returned home late Thursday night and only had to work until 12:30 on Friday..(Summer Fridays-Yippy!) It was leg day with my personal trainer so I knew a 6 mile easy run was not happening afterward. I opted for an additional rest day this week- again, really trying to listen to my body to avoid over-training & injury. Here is what week # 6 looked like
….already completed week 6?! WHAT!
- Monday: Easy 6 miles & upper body circuit
- Tuesday: Speed Work: 5 x1200’s with 400 recovery= 1 mile warm up & 1 mile cool down..little over 6 miles total
- Wednesday: REST Day
- Thursday: Tempo Run ( 7 miles @ Marathon Pace with 1 mile warm up 1 mile cool down)
- Friday: No run, lower body circuit
- Saturday: 10 Miles-LSD
- Sunday: 9.5 Miles-Easy
Total Weekly Mileage: 40.5 Miles
Ran the Johnstown Trail this morning…realized it ran right past my uncle’s house so I popped in for a surprise visit..aka quick water break! Also saw a few deer. Such a beautiful hideaway….
I also tried out running with my phone today for once. One of my favorite running bloggers, ChicRunner (www.chicrunner.com) wrote a post this past week about marathon training must haves. One of the must have’s she called out was using the Run Keeper App. I usually log all of my runs using Map My Run, however, Run Keeper may slowly be winning my vote! Right now, I’m using both until I make a final decision. I also made a trip to R.E.I yesterday to load up on fuel. I have a pretty sensitive stomach when it comes to energy gels, gummies, bars, etc. while running so, I picked up a few recommendations to test out.
Stopped into Fleet Feet Columbus last week and picked up my very own 6RUN4 tank! Fleet Feet always has the cutest running apparel..not to mention, they run the amazing MIT program I’m apart of. It’s been awesome being able to run my longer distances with the MIT group. Lots of laughs, running talk, and endless amounts of water/gatorade breaks!
Checked my mail yesterday & was pleasantly surprised to find this uplifting card & book from my momma! (Midge) She has always been probably one of my # 1 cheerleaders, especially when it comes to my marathon training. I love little inspirational books & cards..she knows me all too well!
" Love it when you’re bold enough to stand alone. Love it when you’re tender enough to need support”.
Speed work increases, tempo runs go up, & a big 14 miler this upcoming week- bring it!
Welp, after a 4:30 am wake up call in order to report to ” tempo duty” this morning at the hotel (prior to when normal human operating hours usually begin)…I treated myself to a nice glass of red in the Delta Sky Club traveling home. (side note)..I must up my delta swag so I can frequent this secret hideaway more often.
Tomorrow is Friday & a summer Friday! Looking forward to an excellent easy 6 and strength training session in the afternoon.
It’s been a good week! I really can’t complain.
I am ready for this polar vortex the local weatherman keeps yapping about…and by polar vortex I mean temps in the low 70’s this week, aka perfect running weather. I have been slightly under the weather battling what appears to be a good ole’ nasty summer cold. Not quite sure how one gets a cold in the summer but, i blame it on this strange weather here in central Ohio.
Not a whole lot to report this week except for the fact I had to stay home from work on Tuesday due to my cold and with that came a rest day. Which is also what I decided to do today after my long run yesterday. I am traveling for work Tuesday-Thursday and the last thing I want is for this silly thing to escalate & put me out for a week…trust & listen to your body. Easier said than done.
Weekly Run Recap…
- Monday:Rest Day
- Tuesday: Sick Day
- Wednesday: 6 easy miles
- Thursday: 8 miles ( Tempo Run- 6 miles at marathon pace with 1 mile warm up & cool down)
- Friday: 6 easy miles
- Saturday: 12 miles-LSD
- Sunday: Rest Day
Total Weekly Mileage: 32 miles
Hoping for a healthier upcoming week! Mileage drops back a little this week and then back up the following.
Had to snap a pre-run selfie of quite possibly my new favorite running top I scored at TJ Maxx last week. Definitely gets the Caitlin stamp of approval- love the orange straps!
12 incredibly humid miles this morning along the Olentangy Trail. I ran with the 9 minute pace group but finished in 1:48 with an average pace of 8:56. This was my first long run that I decided to try out the infamous ice bath. I highly recommend it, as it really did make a difference how I felt post run. We shall see how the ole’ leggers feel tomorrow.
Off to enjoy the rest of my Saturday doing a whole lot of nothing😊
Full week recap tomorrow.
Happy Tempo Thursday Ya’ll!
Had a fabulous deep tissue massage yesterday and my legs felt like brand spankin’ new this morning! Sporting some fancy knee tape-post massage and I definitely could tell a difference on my run.
Tempo Run looked a little something like this: 6 miles at marathon pace. I didn’t drop below a 8:12 min/mile so I was very pleased with a 1 mile warm up & cool down. Total of 8 sweaty miles jammin’ to some serious hard core Red Hot Chili Peppers & some Lil’ Wayne to get all sorts of pumped up. (My secret indulgence is rap music- don’t tell anyone;)
Time to get busy & get my morning starting in the oh so lovely corporate world.
Have a fantastic day!
Day 2 of feeling under the weather.. Boo hiss! Technically, I only missed my speed workout this morning and I used my rest day yesterday instead of Wednesday. Hoping to be back up and at it tomorrow morning before work. I haven’t quite lost it yet. Then, a much needed deep tissue massage-amen!
In the mean time, I’m cuddled up on the couch with water, tea, my blankets, and a good read- “Finding Ultra”
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend eating lots of burgers, pie, indulging in alcoholic beverages & celebrating the 4th of July!
Every person, place, country OR thing deserves a birthday cake!
My plan for this week was to do a post about my favorite running gear however, I had an excellent training week and would rather chat about that. But, without further ado….allow me to introduce to you my new partners’ in crime hittin’ the pavement as of this morning!…
Adidas Supernova Glide Boost- I only had one colorway choice:(
I have always been an Asics loyalist for the past few years. I went through three pair of their GT 2000 model and was generally happy with how my feet felt and body responded to their support, performance & feel. I purchased my last pair in March and that was during heavy peak training for the 1/2 marathon, followed up by the 4 weeks of marathon training thus far. I knew I needed to invest in a new pair for the remainder of training in order to time it right so I could once again get a fresh pair for the marathon in October.I decided to splurge yesterday and bite the bullet and I’m glad I did! Turns out, my foot strike and form has changed (which is normal) since March and I needed to be in more of a neutral shoe. Unfortunately, this meant stepping away from Asics and venturing into something new! I was all for it…so there I was, giddy as can be, sitting in the running store awaiting Santa Clause (aka the nice shoe expert at Fleet Feet)- they absolutely rock by the way…to bring me boxes of shoes to try on. I tried out a few pair and they were okay but my feet weren’t screaming I LOVE THESE! So, I continued trying out new options. Insert the black and white striped Adidas box. I could almost feel my feet start to sing. I put the Supernova Glide Boost shoes on and I knew I had found a winner. They are SO light, yet provide just the right amount of support. I was pleasantly surprised with my choice. Adidas is not one of your typical top running shoe brands but,apparently they are making a come back..and a killer one, I might add!
Like I mentioned earlier, I had a fantastic training week. I felt motivated, determined, my head was on straight- for once:) and my body was ready to work.
Training Week #4 “The Running Skinny”
- Monday: Easy 6 miles
- Tuesday: Speed Tuesday..6 x 800’s with 400 recovery + 1 mile warm up & cool down & Lower body strength training session
- Wednesday: Rest!
- Thursday: 5 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up 1 mile cool down & Upper body strength training session
- Friday: Easy 6 miles
- Saturday: 8 miles LSD
- Sunday: 8 miles LSD
Total Weekly Mileage: 42 Miles
Watched the sunrise Saturday morning before my MIT group run
My friend from High School, Blaise tagged along on my run this morning! We had some good laughs including the creation of his new nickname for moi. "The All-American Distance Psycho"
Thumbs up for the conclusion of week # 4! Excited to see what this next week brings. I’m really starting to enjoy Speed Tuesdays and Tempo Thursdays. They absolutely kick my butt and I feel challenged mentally and physically. I’m starting to dream of that precious little pace number on my garmin (8:12) like a strange lady- another new nickname that has been given to me. On a site note, I officially signed up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of August as a little "check point" for Chicago. It’s getting real…the countdown is on.
97 Days . 15 hours . 18 minutes . 48 seconds.
2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Finished training week #4 super strong this morning and…with new kicks!
Time for a little Sunday afternoon cat nap. My usual post is coming soon:)
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