Frederick Half Marathon – Week 12

Happy Monday!  Lets get down to business shall we?

Here is what my workouts looked like last week:

Monday – PT & core work

Tuesday – 3.13 neighborhood miles

Wednesday – Yogalosophy video – it was more of a toning workout than yoga.  I did the short version at 35 minutes.  I’ll be returning that to the library.

Thursday – unintended rest day. I wanted to run outside in the morning but it was in the 30s again. I couldn’t bare the thought.

Friday – it was still in the 30s so by the time I decided to rush over to the gym, I only had 30 minutes. I made them count with a progressive tempo run – my last “hard” run.

Saturday / Sunday – Saturday morning was cold so I put my last long run off until Sunday. It was mid forties and lovely. I had wanted to do 5, but ended up with 4 due to time constraints again. I spent the afternoon walking around the zoo again, so I got my miles in.

Total Miles – 9.44

On tap for this week is a work trip to Tampa. The hotel has a nice jogging path and I’m hoping I get a chance to use it. I’m also planning some in room yoga, PT, and stretching.  I even brought my stick roller!

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I’ll probably do an easy neighborhood run on Friday and then take it easy until Sunday. While it’s been cold this training season and that kept me inside a lot more than I would have liked, I think I’m as prepared for Sunday as I can be. The horrible 13 mile run still is giving me some doubts, and there is still a part of me that wishes I had done another 10 instead of 8 two weeks ago.  The smarter part of me knows that I’ve logged the miles and put in the work. It can’t go any worse than Baltimore where I lost 6 weeks of training, right?

All that being said, my time goal for this race is …. 2:45.  The Frederick Half has a 2:40 pace group and a 2:50 pace group.  So my plan is to start near the 2:50 group and keep them behind me at all costs.

All that I need to do now is work on my playlist.  Since I’ll be running in the land of my formative years, I’m taking a 90s twist on this playlist…Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Green Day, Pearl Jam, with a few current motivating songs thrown in for good measure.

I pick up my bib on Saturday and run the kids race with Charlotte.  She’s got the cutest little running outfit and she’s so excited to wear it.

How was your weekend?  Anything else I should do (or not do) in the week leading up to my next race?  When’s your next race? 

 

 

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Frederick Half Marathon – Week 11

Happy Monday!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve gotten my weekly recap up on a Monday.  I hope you all were able to enjoy some spring weather this weekend – it was GORGEOUS here in Baltimore.  Aside from running a HOT Sole of the City 10K on Saturday, I spent Sunday morning at Target watching the crazies stockpile Lilly Pulitzer and later took Charlotte to the zoo.

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Really quick on the Lilly Pulitzer thing, because I’ve seen articles about how crazy it was across the country.  I had my eye on one dress for me and maybe something for Charlotte.  No big loss if I didn’t get it, so I strolled over to my local Target at about 7:45 and the line was wrapped around the store.  By the time I got in, the section was decimated.  I was a bit bitter there were women with carts full of clothes; trying them on behind another dress rack and there was a crowd gathered by the dressing room waiting for cast offs.  It was really crazy – I’ve really never seen such a thing.  After I passed the women’s section I headed to the toddler section and while it wasn’t wiped out, it had a crowd, so I just started grabbing.  I ended up getting Charlotte two super cute summer dresses.  I didn’t need any of it for me, but I was surprised that people would just snatch up an entire rack of clothes without any regard for those who weren’t first in line.  The worst? On eBay right now, there are over 20,000 items from the Lilly for Target line.  A shift dress that would have been $40 at Target is listed at $100.  All I can do is shake my head and hope that if someone out there wants a Lilly dress that bad, they’ll put their $100 towards a real one.

Now on to something of more substance.  I can’t believe I’m in week 11 of training – the race is in two weeks!  Last week was a fun week of runs and workouts.

Monday – PT Exercises

Tuesday – 3 Progressive Miles on the Treadmill

Wednesday – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 in AM, 2.75 miles with my MMRT Group.  Salt posted an awesome pic here.

Thursday – Rest Day

Friday – Rest Day (although it was anything but)

Saturday – Sole of the City 10K – didn’t PR, but hadn’t run in heat like that since last summer.  Will post a recap later this week.  (My Garmin actually read that I ran 6.37 miles)

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Yes that pretzel is bigger than my face and I ate the whole thing. #notashamed

 

Total Miles – 12.12

 

So on tap for the week, some easy cross training, some easy runs, and my last “long” run of 5 miles on Saturday.  I can’t believe I’m about to do it again.  I’ve got to start working on my playlist!

And good luck to all of you running Boston today!  There are several bloggers I read out there running – I’m not sure how I’m going to follow along since I’ll be at work, but I’ll be thinking of you!

How was your weekend?  Did you brave Target for Lilly Pulitzer?  Is there anything you would wait in line for (besides a starting line)?

 

 

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 10

Last week flew by, and so it this week too.  It’s Wednesday and I’m just now getting around to posting Week 10’s workouts.

Work and personal life has been super busy and blogging hasn’t really been on the top of my priorities.  I know I’ve fallen behind in reading some of my faves and my posts aren’t anything of much substance.  Guess I’m feeling a little insecure about my lack of blogging activity.  Right now I just want to get through the half marathon and the next few work weeks and see what’s what.  I’ve got all sorts of posts in my head, but nary a minute to formulate them into something worth reading.  I won’t let you down though!  You’ve stuck with me this long just reading posts about my workouts…I want to give you a little bit more…just like all of you give to me.

Okay – enough with the Frederick Factoids.  I’ve depleted all my interesting facts!  It’s a great little town with a cool downtown.  It wasn’t much to grow up in back when I lived there, but it’s come a long way since 1998.  So go pay it a visit for a day trip if you are in the area.

Here is how my workouts went last week:

Monday – Rest.  My legs were super sore from Sunday’s miserable 13 miles.  I rested as much as I could, since I was traveling.

Tuesday – 2miles & 80 Minutes of Yoga.  When I travel to the Cleveland area I stay in Westlake and last summer I discovered a really great yoga studio called Krysia Energy Yoga.  A couple nights a week they offer Candlelight Basics.  It is just basic poses, with a few extra things thrown in.  I really just wanted to get all the stretching since I was still sore and tight.

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – I finally felt back to normal.  I did 5x800s on the hotel treadmill.  Four at the 5.5 speed and the last at 5.6.  I’ve never started at that speed with the intervals before, so to finish it put me over the moon.

However, after that my knees started bugging me.  Nothing persistent or even painful, but just a little something that wasn’t there before.  So I was mindful of it the rest of the weekend.

Friday – Rest

Saturday / Sunday – I wanted to do 8 miles Saturday, but I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep.  I was so tired in the morning that I put it off til Sunday.   I ended up doing my PT exercises and a little yoga.  I did a 1 minute 40 second plank.  I might have been able to hold it longer, but Charlotte started patting my butt.

It was a great run on Sunday morning.  The weather was awesome, I felt good the entire time and felt I could have kept going.  And my knees didn’t bother me afterwards like they did after my Thursday run.  I’m still staying on top of it, but I’m hopeful the reduction in mileage over the next few weeks will help keep it calm.

Earlier in the week, I actually debated how far to go.  I felt like I needed at least another 10-11 mile run to feel solidly prepared.  I checked my training plan from the fall and the taper did go from a long run of 11-13 down to a long run of 7-9.  For the past 6 weeks, I’d been on a steady mileage increase so I figured I would follow the taper plan.  My 10 & 11 mile runs went well previously, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine physically – right now it’s all mental I guess.  Is this what they call the taper crazies?  Not feeling prepared?

Total Miles – 13.65

So this week I’ve got a work event on Friday, a 10K on Saturday, and who knows what on Sunday.  Hope you all are having a marvelous week!

Would you have crammed in another 10 miles or is that the taper crazies talking?  Did you get out and enjoy the weather this weekend?

Frederick Half Marathon Training Week 9

This is going to be a short post.  As I mentioned Friday, I had been sick all week.  So not much in the way of running or any other physical activity had taken place.

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This weekend was busy too.  Besides the holiday festivities almost all weekend, I had to pack for another work trip.  I left this morning (Monday) at 7:30, which meant getting to the airport at 5:30, which meant waking up by 4 in order to get ready and on the road.  I didn’t think it would be so bad, but I’m not taking that early of a flight again.

So needless to say, I’m a wee bit tired as I type this.  Thankfully it’s a short post.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Sick

Wednesday – Sick

Thursday – Sick

Friday – 3 Miles!!!  I wrote about this in detail last Friday, but it sure did feel good.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 13 Miles – This was not a pretty run.  The first three miles were a struggle.  It didn’t help that I had to pee about a quarter mile in.  I ran back to the porta potty and someone had pooped all over the seat.  Like all over.

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C’mon!  Not fair!  I had to go, so I held my breath and squatted.  The next 7 miles weren’t too bad.  I kept telling myself I could stop at 10 or 11 if I wasn’t feeling it.  I was getting ready to pass my car at mile 9.5 and took a short break.  It was at this point that I should have refilled my water bottle before moving on, but I didn’t and that made those last 3.5 miles total crap.  Or at least that’s what I blame it on.  I tried to keep the walking even with the running…I’m not sure I was successful.  BUT – I finished 13 miles!!!!  I saved the extra .1 for race day.

Total Miles – 16

While the week did not go as planned and neither did the run, I did finish 13 and now it’s time to taper.  I made it!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I leave you with this:

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Did you get outside and enjoy the weather this past weekend?  How did you celebrate your holidays?

 

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 7

Look, I’m getting caught up!  Although I do not have a Frederick Factoid this week.  I know, I know.  You guys were all waiting with baited breath to find out what else was so awesome about Frederick.  Sorry to disappoint.

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This week in training wasn’t anything exciting.

Sunday – Kelly’s Shamrock 5K – 3.1 miles

Monday – PT, Yoga & Stretching

Tuesday – 3 Miles & Yoga – Real Yoga with Jeff – This was a yoga class taught by a family friend. I always knew he taught yoga, but he’s never taught anywhere convenient to where I live.  His classes are more meditative and breath focused.  It’s not as physically intense as the other classes I do, so it’s a nice complement to everything else I do all week long.  He teaches a couple times a week and I’m going to start going on Thursday evenings.

Wednesday –  PT & core work

Thursday – 5x800s – 3.4 miles.  This was a great and challenging run.  It of course was on the treadmill, because winter just wouldn’t leave!  I did a .5 mile warm up, then a half mile each at 5.3, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.5 with one minute walk breaks in between.  The 5.5 speed isn’t something I go up to very often, but decided to try it twice this week.

FridaySnow Day Rest Day – I actually took the day off of work and was so happy to not have to drive to work in the snow.  WTF? Mother Nature.  I decided to go to the movies by myself and I saw Cinderella in case you were wondering.  And yes, it was good!

Saturday – Work Event, on my feet most of the day.  Not how I like to spend the day before a long run.

Sunday – White Hall 15K, with .5 mile warm up – 9.7 miles total.  I probably won’t recap this.  Salt did an awesome recap here.  It was my second race with the Baltimore Road Runners and it did not disappoint.  From the $2 entry fee to the free pictures (I didn’t like mine, so you won’t be finding them here) to the Peeps and Jelly Beans at the finish.  I’m looking forward to more races with them.  One race highlight for me  was that I was following a woman for most of the race.  Her pace was similar and we chatted a bit here and there.  During the last mile she started to slow down and I was able to pull ahead of her.  That was probably one of my most favorite running moments this year so far.  🙂

Total Miles – 19.2

So now that I’m nearing the end of my training cycle, I’ve got 3 more long runs before I start to taper.  I’ve had to adjust the rest of my schedule to make sure I hit the miles that I wanted to hit before tapering.  So I’m planning the following long run schedule:

3/28 – 11 Miles
4/4 – 13 Miles
4/11 – 11 Miles
4/18 – Sole of the City 10K – Taper Time!
4/25 – 5 Miles
5/3 – RACE DAY!!!

I thought I was going to have one more pull back week but it just didn’t work out.  I think it worked out during training last summer because the training cycle had a few more weeks to it.  See this makes it seem that much closer!!!  I can’t believe it will be in just over a month.

Also, we are 2 months out from the Baltimore Color Run on May 23rd.  If you are in the area or want to come to the area and run, use discount BALTIMORE5 to save $7 off your registration.  Look at all the fun you’ll miss if you don’t!

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Did you like Gilly?  Have you had any great run or race moment yet this year?

Frederick Half Marathon Training – Week 6

Did you see that?  Week 6?  I’m halfway done my training.  I can’t believe I’m halfway there…or another way of looking at it is only 4 long runs left until taper. EEEEK!

So I have a confession – I got a DNS for Rock n Roll DC.  It was a rainy mess, it was only a 5K, and I didn’t pay for the entry.  It wasn’t worth the hour and a half commute to run 3.1 miles in the rain.  I was really excited to experience a Rock n Roll race, but this just wasn’t the year to do it I guess.  Registration for the 2016 half is only $50 right now, but after this winter, I’m not sure I’d want to sign up for a race any earlier than April or May.

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Sunday I did run the Kelly’s Shamrock 5K in Baltimore and it was a blast!  Such a fun race, I’ll definitely do that one again. I got another PR too!  I’ll do a proper recap later this week.  I guess that’s to be expected now that I’ve got a full year of running under my belt.  It’s exciting to see how far I’ve come though.  Anyways…

Frederick Factoid #4

This isn’t so much of a Factoid as it is an ad for a fun event in Frederick.  Every year, on a September Saturday, Frederick’s main street, Market Street, is shut down to traffic for the In the Streets Festival.  As kid the idea of this was fun because hey, I was walking in the middle of the street!  Each block is themed, there are local artisans, local restaurants, and live bands all out in the street.  You can go into all the local shops and boutiques and enjoy a nice day out.  What kind of sell would this be if I didn’t mention the Market Street Mile Road Race that is held in the morning?  They have a men’s heat, a women’s heat, a youth heat, and a Family Fun Walk.  Depending on my training schedule this fall, I’m gonna try and do this with Charlotte – all kids get a finisher’s medal.  All in all, this is a great event for everyone and if you ever want to explore Frederick and have a good time…check out the In the Streets Festival.

Now, on to last week’s workouts.  All in all, it was a good week.  The 10K really did a number on my legs and it took a while for them to feel normal again.  Not running outside for over a month will do that to you I guess.

Sunday – 7.2 Miles – Cupids 10K Crush, plus 1 warm up mile

Monday – Body Pump – I made it back!  It had been so long I couldn’t remember what weights I had been using.

Tuesday – Speed Work – Daylight savings caught up to me and I couldn’t wake up.  One missed run isn’t going to kill my schedule.

Wednesday – Yoga – I did a 40 minute video I found online.  It was called Yoga Flow for Runners by a yoga instructor named Cara Gilman.  It was challenging and good.  I’ll probably go back to it whenever I’m out of town and stuck in my hotel room.

Thursday – Tempo Run – I planned to do this as a 4 mile progressive run, and it was awful.  The gym in the hotel was so humid and my legs just didn’t want to run.  Even though I was progressing in speed, I kept stopping and starting.  It was probably the worst run ever.  The only redeeming part of the run is that I did force myself to finish out the last mile with no stopping.  So I had a strong finish…I guess that can kinda make up for the first three miles of ridiculousness.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 8 Miles – Since I skipped out on the DC 5K, I was able to go back to my scheduled run of 8 miles.  I was on the treadmill of course due to the rain, but it was a great 8 miles.  It went much better than the prior 8 mile treadmill run.  The second half wasn’t as smooth as the first, but I had no trouble getting started back up and had another strong finish.

Total Miles – 12 – (I counted Sunday’s 10K in last weeks miles)

Even though I had a race scheduled for Sunday, I felt I deserved to enjoy a couple of these as I caught up on Downton Abbey.

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Supertramp from Flying Dog Brewery. Very good!

I don’t have any planned travel for at least 3 weeks!!!  The past two months have just felt crazy.  Time to get some actual work done (and time to get caught up on my blogs!)

How is your training going?  What is the worst run you’ve ever had?

 

Frederick Half Marathon – Week 5

Surprise!  I ran a race yesterday and PRd.  But if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have already known that – because only this morning have I stopped posting about it.  🙂  It was a 10K put on by the Baltimore Road Runners.  I’ll do a full recap later this week, but was stoked to PR by over 5 minutes.

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Frederick Factoid #4.

I totally slacked this week on Frederick Factoids.  Can I take a pass and come back with a new factoid next week?

Last week’s training was kinda screwy because of the weather, but I got it done.  I also started to come down with a little cold on Thursday into Friday.  Thankfully, my run Friday went okay and whatever it was had subsided by Saturday.  It had me worried for a split second.

Sunday – PT, core work, yoga

Monday Body Pump – 30 Day Shred Levels 2 & 3 – Ice Storms from the weekend forcing a late opening at the gym and Brian needed to leave early for work anyway forced my hand.  I miss BP.  (I totally made it today though!)

Tuesday – Speed Work – The plan was to do 5x800s again.  I think I made one a 400 when I wasn’t paying attention.  I need to do a better job keeping track of the speeds I’m using on the treadmill.  I don’t use the same speed every time, so I should probably do a better job of recording it after the workout.  I ended up doing 3.75 miles averaging a 12:10 pace.  I was walking in between some of the intervals.

Wednesday – Yoga – Brian had to get to work early again, so I did yoga at home.  I found a free 20 minute video on demand.  It wasn’t very challenging.  I did some additional core work and did my PT exercises.  I really would like to find a yoga video that isn’t trying to melt me down…just a straightforward yoga video.  Nothing wrong with Jillian, but just want something a little more yoga.

ThursdayTempo Run – Snow Day!  It was snowing all day so running outside wasn’t going to happen.  I did some shoveling and playing though.  So there was some calorie burn.

FridayRest – Tempo – I hit the gym after work so that I could get a few miles in.  I ended up getting 3 miles in.  I did the first easy and picked up the pace for the 2nd & 3rd.  The average pace ended up at 11:54.

Saturday Long Run – Rest Day – I signed up for the race on Sunday at the last minute, so this became a “rest” day.  I use quotes because we ended up going to the mall and walking around a lot.  And anyday home with Charlotte is not rest – and I mean that in the best possible way.  🙂

Total Miles – 6.75 (13.95 if count the race from yesterday)

The next few weeks have me a bit irrationally concerned.  I should have run 8 this weekend and I only did 7.  Next weekend I have two 5Ks – one Saturday & one Sunday – I should be going for 8-9 miles.   Should I try to run another 3 miles at some point next weekend to get a total of 9 done for the weekend or just let be?  If I don’t, will it be too much to try and run 9 the following weekend?  Kinda makes me regret yesterday’s race because it threw my long run schedule off.  I know I’m being ridiculous – but I like to overthink things and ruminate them into the ground.

Would going for 9 miles in two weeks be too much or should I readjust my long run schedule?  Can you recommend a good yoga video?  How was your weekend?