Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 4/10

Holy week 4/10 already! This is going by fast. I am so excited for the Sprouts Mesa-Phx marathon!!!!! It’s going to be so much fun meeting up with #werunsocial as well as all the other PRO Compression ambassadors, rocking the new Arizona sock and getting all matchy with everyone. Having this marathon on my schedule so early in the year has proven to be a fantastic way to stay committed to putting in good mileage in the new year, and it’s going to serve as such valuable base-building for Jack & Jill training!! As always, HUGE shoutout and thanks to Lifelong Endurance for always having me feeling healthy and ready for whatever I’m working towards!

Yesterday I posted about my ultimate 2018 running goal, and if you missed it it’s here!!

Monday, January 8th

My 33rd birthday!!! (what the HELL???) Last time I checked I was like 22.  I decided to run 33km and coach said “go for it, dude!” so, I celebrated each year alive with a kilometer. My quads were surprisingly sore from the short but effective strength workout on Sunday, but I made it happen and thoroughly enjoyed it, stopping twice to refill my water at home. A goal this year is to put in the work in the strength department. I am not a gym person whatsoever, but I know I can make 30-60 minutes happen twice/week at home, which will leave me stronger and hopefully injury-free.

Yessss, this run ticked off the January Half Marathon Challenge on Strava, and got me to 75/80km for the Lululemon 40|80 Challenge! Follow me on Strava here.

After some serious relaxing post long-ass run, it was time for the best birthday party I’ve ever had! An 80s-themed spin class at K2 Cycle Fusion! Thank you so much to my husband, cousins and friends for joining me, and to Kerry for leading the absolute perfect class!

Tuesday, January 9th

10k, 85% trail. Felt SO good.

And BOOM in comes the Strava email…

Wednesday, January 10th

6k aerobic. Bit of a sleep in! I was so tired on Tuesday night I knew that a 5:30 wakeup call wouldn’t work for me in the morning. I opted out of Early Bird Spin and went for an easy-feel 6k after work instead since I didn’t have any bright ideas for cross training. Followed up with stretching and Netflix.

Thursday, January 11th

8k fartlek on the treadmill! That was so fun!

Friday, January 12th

7k aerobic in my new AZ sockies!

And later – strength exercises! I was sitting on the couch feeling unmotivated when my friend Karmen texted, asking if I’d tried out the Oiselle Dirty Dozen yet. It’s a strength series I’ve heard of for quite some time. That text was timed perfectly! Got off the couch and headed to the basement for 30 minutes of Dirty Dozen! It’s a good series of core exercises and the whole thing takes like ~25 minutes, just as Karmen said. I picked a few to repeat to get my 30 minutes in. Check it out here.

Saturday, January 13th

20k easy pace. Ahh. Long run day. Today was really hard for me and I was lucky to have Crystal by my side. My sore foot flared up after stepping on a few rocks along the way, and I felt generally lethargic, which apparently might be from the Tetanus booster I got yesterday…I refused to believe it would effect me but I think it did hahah. Either way, pushed through and made it to 20k and then PEDICURE TIME.

Sunday, January 14th

HAHAHAHA Prince Rupert was the hottest place in Canada today! Summer in Northern BC! I went for a couple kilometres to see how my foot felt (medium) and then took it easy. Talk to you next week! Six weeks til Phoenix..

Wait. Actually I’m heading to my basement for some Dirty Dozen!

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