Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 8/10

Countdown is on til marathon #7! Coach Andrew is heading on a two week vacation in a few days, so I’m ready to wrap up the last of this race prep on my own and hopefully have a good report for him once he returns! Lifelong Endurance really encourages us to listen to our bodies, so if I need a rest day or a light cross training to substitute a run, I can make that decision on my own. Love them.

Monday, February 5th

The title of this workout is “mile reps & sharpening cut downs” ahahha! Sounds scary, but also gets me fired up!

3k up, 2x [1 mile @ 4:35/km, 2:00 rest], 8x [200m hard, 200m jog], 3k down

I was so excited for this that I got on the treadmill before eating breakfast. Then I couldn’t run a fast mile and I realized I should eat. Good warm up haha.

Breakfast, nap, try again. Managed one, but couldn’t run a second mile at the prescribed pace to save my life, so I hit the 200s. I have learned something in the last few weeks – I need to take post-32k run recovery more seriously, because I’ve been super tired the last two Mondays. More chocolate milk, protein, carbs and when I do go to work after, more sitting!!

Tuesday, February 6th

8k aerobic – saved this for the evening so I could rest the body a little longer. Felt good! Port Ed is hilly!

 

Wednesday, February 7th

Non-running day! I went to the pool before work and had another awesome swim! 1250m of front crawl and breast stroke.

Evening: Dirty Dozen x 2! My arms felt like Jello after hahaha

Thursday, February 8th

Never in my life did I imagine I’d run paces that started with four. Once I wrote a post about a previous hangup on 5:xx paces. Believing random shit about one’s self is a surefire way to impede progress, and I did just that for quite a long time. Sometimes the plans my coach gives me look scary at first, but I have nothing to lose. I don’t always nail them, but no matter what happens it always ends up being a killer workout! You have nothing to lose, either. Progress doesn’t come from doing the same thing day after day, that’s for sure.

3k up, 10:00 steady climb @4-6% at a 10k feel, 5:00 flat jog, 6x [400m @ 4:15/km, 1:00 jog], 3k down

OH! Remember last week when I got off the treadmill to check if it was actually on an incline? IT WAS. I just didn’t inspect it well enough. I got the tilt unstuck by setting it to -3, letting it go alllll the way downhill, and then pressing zero, which allowed it to come back to flat! What a relief!!!! It’s no wonder I couldn’t run those mile repeats confidently on Monday!!! This workout went REALLY well and I needed that. I even added a seventh 400m rep during the cool-down cause I was feeling goooooood!

Friday, February 9th

8k aerobic with Bailey & Andrea! Beauty day and a nice, steady pace with a faster finish.

Saturday, February 10th

Prescribed was a 22k long run with last 15:00 at goal marathon pace…which, at this point, I’m not sure exactly what GMP is..

We ended up running 20k with no special finish. A very tired day, but beautiful out and fantastic company. First half was alright, second half was struggle bus. Crystal saved me, as she has many times before!

Sunday, February 11th

Prescribed: 6.5k aerobic!

Went up Mount Hays with husband in my truck, and then ran down when it was time to wrap up the day. The downhill is good practice for Phoenix! I ran/hiked around up top for a good portion of the afternoon, and then ran a quick 6km down to the bottom.

Now we’re meeting friends for dinner, but I have a strength and stability routine from Runner’s World planned for later this evening. Less than a fortnight (ahhaahaha) until race day!!!!!!! Anybody else have an event coming up quick?

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 7/10

As I finish this post, it’s 20 days from race day! Officially tapering! Looking ahead at the schedule, even though the volume tapers, there are still some wicked workouts coming up! This isn’t my goal marathon of the year, but I’m feeling confident that I will run well on the fast course in Phoenix. Thank you to Lifelong Endurance and my coach, Andrew, for helping me find this self-confidence as a runner! This week was up and down, but I’m better at going with the flow than I used to be, so it’s no big deal. I listened to How Bad Do You Want It a lot this week; it always helps me stay in a neutral mindset!

Monday, January 29th

Planned:

3k up, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1min intervals, progressing from 5:25-4:55, 2:30 jogs between, 3k down

What actually went down:

LOL! I was so tired and in such a bad mood. No kidding, I got off the treadmill and checked to see if it the incline was screwed up. Called it a day and went straight to bed, planning to hit this workout in the morning instead of the aerobic 8k on Tuesday’s schedule.

Tuesday, January 30th

Got up feeling quite a bit better but once I started warming up my calves were still sore and I felt off. I did manage to run each of the intervals, but this all felt a lot harder than it should have. I only cooled down for about half a kilometer – I was done. Tomorrow I’m taking a very easy day with no running or intense anything! #responsible

5min @ 5:25, 4min @ 5:16, 3min @ 5:10, 2min @ 5:03, 1min @ 4:55

Wednesday, January 31st

1000m swim! Followed by Coreflex with Kerrie at K2 Cycle Fusion

On Wednesdays I usually go to spin. I LOVE spin. The only thing is that I love it so much and get so pumped from the music, that I wouldn’t really say my legs get much of a break, aside from impact. I decided today a swim would be okay, and Coreflex at K2 since it’s all on the ground on the mat.

lawl

Thursday, February 1st

3k up, 8x200m hills with jog down recovery, 3k down

Holy shit. I’ve never used this hill before. The average grade is about 10% and every single one almost killed me. Running down was slow too since it’s so steep. Getting that done by 7am felt amazing!

Friday, February 2nd

7k aerobic. I stayed inside since it was pissing and pitch black. This run was pretty whatever. Those kinda runs used to piss me off but now I just move on!

Saturday, February 3rd

Look at this treat from coach!!

  1. 5k easy
  2. 5k of 1:00 @5:15, 1:00 @5:55
  3. 10k easy progression to moderate
  4. 5k of 1:00 @5:15, 1:00 @5:55
  5. 5k easy
  6. 2k close on tired legs

First of all, let me just say I would love to know what this workout would feel like on a flatter stretch of the world. But anyways. It happened! It was hard. I stopped a couple times to regroup and there were two pit stops in there, but I made it! Here is the elevation I had to work with…stronger every day!

and here is what the pace looks like on Strava, excellent representation!

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Weeeoooo 21 days til race day!!!

Sunday, February 3rd

On schedule: 6.5km nice and easy, 30min of core

I woke up super lazy and my body felt like wood. This run and core work will take place this evening and I look forward to it, but for now it’s stretching and tea time!

Talk to you soon!

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Mesa-PHX Marathon Training – Week 5/10

January is more than half over. WTF. Good thing I ran that 33km on my birthday because there isn’t much time left for super long runs between now and a short taper for Phoenix! As always, thanks to Lifelong Endurance for getting it, and keeping this not-too-serious marathon prep to exactly what I needed – to feel ready to take on a marathon safely with no real expectations this time, aside from a good time!

Monday, January 15th

Long-ish workout run! My favourite!

3k warm-up, 8x [3 min medium, 2 min relaxed], 3k cool-down

This was on the treadmill since I prefer to do any sort of structured outdoor running in the daylight, but since it was a work day, I couldn’t. I shortened the cool down by a kilometer because there were like six containers of sushi in the same room as me and husband was already digging in!

Tuesday, January 16th

8k aerobic before work! Love getting it done before work! How sick is the Firecracker Long Sleeve!? I’m gonna wear the matching shorts next time 🙂

Wednesday, January 17th

Coreflex at K2 Cycle Fusion! This was my first time taking this class and I loved it! I am absolutely going to pencil this class in whenever I can to fulfill my 2x/week strength commitment! Thank you to Kerrie 🙂

After, I did some errands and then hit up Spin for Lunch, also at K2. There we go, one strength sesh down, and crosstraining for the day DONE.

Thursday, January 18th

10k for breakfast! Seven nice and relaxed, final three kilometers working up to a 5min/km pace. I didn’t really read the instructions properly…sorry Coach. The last three were supposed to be progressive from about 5:25 to 5:05…whoops. Check out the reflective painbrush mini stride shorts! Ya, I know they look like underwear in this pic..

Then I had a really bad day at work, so when I got home I jumped on the treadmill. My intention was to run 1k super easy-feel, one HARD, and one more easy. The fast one felt so good that I decided to do five total and run slow-fast-slow-fast-slow. I felt like a million dollars after this!!!!! The Backstreet Boys didn’t hurt either.

Friday, January 19th

7k aerobic before work!

one day I’ll spell something with my route..

Saturday, January 20th

28k in the bank! So, initially my schedule from Coach Andrew on Training Peaks called for 15k. I was being an annoying athlete about this and worrying why I had such a short run five weeks out from a marathon. He must have felt me, because when I got the daily reminder email that comes the day before each run, it had been changed to twenty-eight. LOL. Ask and you shall receive, Jamie! I hit the road just before 6am on Saturday with my unreal 90’s playlist, headlamp, lightning layer and NoxGear vest and got it done. That felt REALLY comfortable and I had no foot pain!!!!!!!! Ecstatic about the no pain.

Safe is the new cool. This is after, by the way

At noon I used the random name picker to draw a winner for my PRO Compression AZ sock GIVEAWAY and the winner was @running_is_awsome_21 ! Those are my favourite socks and I hope Mason likes them as much as I do! Thanks to everyone who entered xoxoxoxoxo

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Sunday, January 21st

It was pretty quiet in the morning and I managed to get in 32 (intermittent) minutes of strength! As well as the Dirty Dozen, I did lots of lunges and clamshells.

Tonight I plan to get on the treadmill and do some downhill power walking with weights. And Destiny’s Child.

Up next week: my second go at Coreflex with Kerrie, hills and a 32k long run! Talk soon!!! 34 days til Mesa-Phx!!!!