Saturday, December 28, 2013

countdown to the Donna 26.2

26.2 traning 12/28/13

This week I met a friend at the gym at 6am on Monday.  It was rainy, but we still ran outside because it was "warm" for winter.  I learned that it is important to run outside unless it is truly too bad outside.  The conditions that I won't run in are basically just ice, or thunder storms.  We'll see if this changes.

Tuesday I made it to spin for a Christmas Eve class.  It was excellent to make it as I always enjoy it as cross training.

Wednesday, Christmas Day I made it out for a 5 mile run before my family Christmas celebration.

Thursday I did not get up early enough to make it to spin, but I was able to leave work early and I did the elliptical.  Any workout is better than no workout :-).

Friday is my day off from training.

Saturday, today, I did 6 miles per Jeff Galloway's to finish marathon training.  This included a Magic Mile (MM) where I ran as fast as I could for a mile as a part of this run.  Today my MM was 8:36.  I was hoping that it would be under an 8 minute mile, but that wasn't meant to be today.  I'm not sure if it was because of the cold, but either way I will use that time to determine the pace of my next long run of 23 miles.

I'm very excited to run this marathon.  For me this isn't about getting a personal record (although I'm pretty sure I will).  This is more about raising money for breast cancer research for the 26.2 with donna at the

If you want to join my team please stop by my fundraising page.  Remember this isn't about me or my goals, it's about the goal of finishing breast cancer. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

26.2 training 12/21/13

This week I got my midweek runs in on Monday on the treadmill (ice), and Thursday before and after spin class.  On Thursday I did 10 minutes on the treadmill before spin and then 20 minutes on the treadmill afterwards.  I felt great both times.

The primary winter condition that I won't run in is ice because it is very dangerous.  I'm not willing to risk getting injured just to say I got my run in.

Today I had 6 miles on my Jeff Galloway run/walk/run schedule.  Jeff's philosophy of long runs is that they are to be long, slow runs.  These are focused on getting the distance at a slower pace than maybe I could do if I was trying to race that distance.  He has much detail about this on his website which is  I'm so excited that this method has allowed me to have strategic walk breaks from the start and I'm have gotten faster too. 

There isn't much to report from this run today.  There were still several sidewalks that were not shoved (either they are abandoned or for whatever other reason).  I tried to stick to the road as much as possible.  I used a 2:1 ratio and it was comfortable.

What did I learn from this run?
1.  what I eat during the week makes a difference.
2.  wearing shorts in December is awesome.
3.   wearing shorts when it is in the lower 40's isn't necessary a bad idea.  I did this today and my legs weren't cold.
4.  listening to music on longer runs is a good distraction, but on shorter runs I like to run without music.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

20 miles - Marathon training

This week was a struggle on the weekday running and weekday workout.  I have no good excuse.

Today however was my 20 mile training run for 26.2 with Donna.  I chose to wake up at 4am and I was out the door by 4:30am.  For most of the run it was about 32 degrees out (according to the bank displays).

I did the majority of the run in the dark which made it go quickly.  I used a 2 minute run/1 min walk for the first 16/17 miles.  I then changed it to 1:1.

Noteworthy things:
1. I saw a skunk on the way out and back on front street.
2.  All but one of the runners I saw were on front street
3.  The coolest thin happened mile 18/19 when I saw a fellow crazy runner an I said "high five" for the crazy runner!
4.  All the runners who were out there today were willing to say hi even if they had earphones.  This is not always the case.
5.  Music makes the time go quicker.  I'd rather run with people  by if I can't and I'm out there for more than 2 hours its nice to have music and podcasts to keep me company.

I love running and it is so much better for me with run walk run.  So grateful for being able to do this and still live my life.

The biggest help for this run was from my "extra mile" community Amanda.  She was doing a 29 mile training run.  We were both able to send texts to encourage each other.  So cool that the online running community is so supportive!  Even though I was "alone" out there on the roads I had some really solid support and I'm so grateful for that!  I couldn't have done it without this support.

Also, this is the second time I've run a 20 mile training run, but the first time ever that I've done a run this long when it's was this cold.  So thanks Amanda!

Starting super early 4:30am is hard but worth it.

#runhappy; #rundonna

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Marathon Training week 12/7/13

I was sick the first part of the week so I missed my first run on Monday, but I was able to get in a 3 mile run on Wednesday evening.  I had a time crunch or else I would have gone further.

For the most part I'm not worried about how fast I'm running, just as long as I'm having a good time and I'm getting the distance in that is on my schedule the best I can.

My run this morning went fairly well.  It was a 6 mile run that was on my Jeff Galloway to finish Marathon schedule.  It was to also include a magic mile.  My magic mile this time was 8:12 which is slower than it was in the warmer temps.  I'm going to check with coach Chris about what that means for my long run next Saturday of 20 miles.  I want to adjust it because I do believe that I'm probably running too fast for my long runs.  Right now my ratio is 2:30 running and 1:00 walking.

I'm excited about the 20 mile training run because I've done it only once before (2012 for MCM).  This is my first time doing it with run/walk/run.  I anticipate still feeling really good after it.  I will report back with all the necessary details (plus more).

I'm so glad that I have the 26.2 with Donna in Feburary because it gets me out there went I would rather sleep in.  I know that I'm doing this for a cause greater than myself and that motivates me more than most anything else.

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