Fueled by Birthday Cake (with video)

Wow, it’s been a crazy busy week.  Work has been super nuts and we’ve had family in town with a couple of birthday parties, one being for my son who just turned 7.  So much fun though!  It can be a challenge though to train for a marathon around life obligations.  That said, where there’s a will there’s a way.  Plus it’s also helpful when family is supportive. 🙂  I was able to stick to my training plan and get a run in on Saturday.  It also worked out that Saturday’s normal long run was actually only about a half hour this week.

I left the house Saturday’s run thinking I would be extra sluggish after eating bagels, pizza, sandwiches IMG_0362and birthday cake all day.  It was after my son’s party.  It was getting dark and it was rainy.  It was just IMG_0355one of those I-don’t-feel-like-doing-this-but-know-I-need-to runs.  I laced up, grabbed a rain jacket and got out there.  The 5 minute warm up was tedious but I did feel better to be out in the fresh air.  Once I hit the faster part of the workout though I felt surprisingly strong and was able to finish the rest of the workout at the required pace without even feeling tired or exhausted at the end.  Not every run is one of those runs where I feel amazing and like I’m nailing it so I’ve grown to appreciate those days where everything just seems to work out. 🙂

I also published this week’s video blog on YouTube!  Enjoy!

Marathon Training Recap – Week 1 (with video)

Yay!  First week of marathon training is done!  Video recap below. 🙂

This week’s workouts were really tough.  I had to push out my usual Thursday run to Friday which put some difficult speed work (for me) the day before my long run.  I will try to avoid that in the future and give myself the rest day between.  Those back to back runs were just a struggle.

Here’s what next week looks like.

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In other news, I took a break off of dieting.  It’s just been one of those crazy hectic weeks and I didn’t feel like logging anything which isn’t like me.  I’m not eating badly, just not counting every little thing. 🙂  Do you ever have one of those days?  Or weeks?

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Also, saw some geese yesterday on my long run.  Cute!

 

Ready to Start Marathon Training! (with video)

 

IMG_0259Took this video after running 7.5 miles yesterday!  No more build up or base building!  Time to get started on actual marathon training!  I’m so happy to start my first speed work session on Tuesday.  Six months ago I decided to run a marathon and have been working on increasing my time in the sneakers.  Seven weeks ago I picked up the Gipis training plan for my marathon.  I chose it because it is really customized with realistic goals, which I like.  You plug in info about you and current level of fitness with your goal distance and race date.  It gives you an estimated finish time and training plan to get there.  Mine estimates I can finish in about 4 hours and 30 minutes (which was my super stretch goal) if I stick to the plan.  So far so good – I haven’t missed a single one.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  My boys have been spoiling me all day with brunch and gifts.  🙂  Love them so much.

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Fun flashback from Timehop – today two years ago I ran my first race ever.

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Last Week of Build Up! (with video)

I’m so excited to get started on the actual marathon training!  Just one more week of the build up phase before I start my plan.  I’ve been using the Gipis app on my iPhone and completely love it.  The coaching works pretty well and I’ve been able to stick with it for the past 6 weeks thus far.  I haven’t missed a single workout, yay! 🙂

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Yesterday was long run day but the scheduled run was pretty short compared to what I’ve been doing. Just 55 minutes.  Classic me, I completely underestimated the workout.  I didn’t bring water because I figured it was less than an hour and I’d be fine.  It turned out to be much warmer than I thought it was and I started feeling completely exhausted halfway through.  At any rate, more learning: don’t forget water for any long run and take heat seriously.  I know some can run for hours without fluids but I just run better if I have something on hand, especially when it’s super hot like yesterday.  I also need to find a good sunscreen.  I’ve been using a Neutrogena spray on but I don’t think it’s working very well.

In my excitement over my upcoming marathon training I’ve started a vlog to accompany this blog!  Check out my first video if you’re interested. 🙂