Marathon Training – Weekly Workout Recap

Warning! This ended up being a little long and may be a little boring.

Another week, another long run.  Today’s run was great! My graph on Garmin is still all over the place, but it overall felt so much better.  The temp outside was 55 when I got started! How amazing is that.  Normally on my long runs, I allow myself a walk break at the end of each mile.  I didn’t feel the need for a walk break on two occasions on this run and it was just so nice for the run to feel good.  On the down side, my first 4 miles were just SLOW! I’m not sure why because I was running more, but my turnover was just slow.  I decided to just go with it and see how it panned out.  The first two miles were basically in the dark and it was so nice.  It’s almost like miles in the dark don’t count as much.  Due to the chilly factor that my body has not experienced since this past Spring, I layered an old long sleeved tee over my usual long run tank so that I could ditch it at one of my prepared water stops later.  It was nice to not be freezing, but still have the ability to de-layer when it got too warm.

My total run was 17.61 miles today.  It’s the furthest I’ve ever run before and I had to do it basically by myself.  Andy is also training for the MCM and even though we don’t run together (he’s faster), I know he’s out there and we see other sometimes on out and back sections.  However, his knee started bothering him on his last couple of long runs and he’s been put on a no long run status right now until the doctor can figure out what the problem is that is causing him so much pain.  He’s scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.  However, I could not talk him out of a short run this morning.  He said his knee wasn’t hurting at all and he just wanted to go out and push it a little, but I capped his run at 4 miles.

Around 4.25 I came around the corner of an out and back section and he and Yota were standing there waiting.  It was so nice and such an awesome surprise to see them.  I remember just getting this huge smile on my face because I totally wasn’t expecting them there.  They ran with me basically back to the house.  I went left to continue my run and they went right to run home, but it got me to almost 7 miles and it was just really nice to have the company.  We were able to get my pace back down to the normal range I like to keep it at for a long run (13 min/mile) and we were conversational the whole way.  Those couple of miles I had running with them were some of the best I’ve had in a while.  We stopped to walk at one point and I started drinking some water.  Yota saw me drinking and gave me this look like “where did you get that?!” I think if I didn’t share I was going to be tackled for my water bottle.  So we stopped so I could share the rest of that water bottle with him.

See Spot Run 5k - 5/18/13

Throwback to See Spot Run 5k – 5/18/13…I think Yota’s first race

Once we split off I continued on.  I made a huge effort today to keep my pace back down where we got it and not let my mental game get the best of me.  My mental strength actually seems to get better and stronger the longer the run.  I did miles 7-10 uneventful and just kept telling myself that I couldn’t acknowledge any discomfort until after 10 miles.  Usually anything before that is just my mind being whiny.  Around mile 14, Andy and Yota popped by in the truck and that was a welcome surprise, but I was also in a focus mode so they didn’t hang around long.  Right before mile 14 was my fastest pace of the day when I hit 7:40 for a split second.  Where my legs found the turnover for that pace is beyond me.  I kept ticking off the miles and started doing a gu chomp between fuelings around mile 11 (I was STARVING).  I took my last GU gel at mile 16 and just kept telling myself that was going to push me to the end.  I felt so good and at that point I was determined not to hit a wall.  Yes, my legs hurt, and for a minute I was pretty sure my ankle was broken, but I just kept pushing through physically and mentally.  Mile 17 came and my pace was a 12:23!!! I’m still just shocked at that pace for that late in the run.

My overall pace today came in at a 13:02/mile and I’m absolutely thrilled by that because it’s 13 seconds quicker than my 16 miler last week and 8 seconds quicker than my 15 miler.  I don’t know if it was the cooler temps (which I’ll take any day of the week) or what, but it was amazing and I didn’t feel completely dead.  Granted my legs where pretty fried, but I felt like I could push to 26 if I really had to.  It was so nice to have a long run that was great from start to finish, no wall, no negative thoughts, nothing.  I didn’t even have to turn on my music.  It was just nice being out there, running, and talking to myself (show me a long distance runner that doesn’t look crazy out there singing and talking to themselves).

So I know this has gotten long and I’ll try to wrap it up, but I couldn’t help but elaborate on the long run this week because it was just so awesome.  I was sore enough though that I came home and took my first ever cold bath (too chicken to add ice, maybe next week).  My legs are probably the achiest they have ever been today.

Cold Water Bath

Cold Water Bath

Overall not a great training week, but I think I’ve set myself up for better success this coming week.  I know I should be doing 7-10 milers during the week, but my legs are just not recovered enough for that even with foam rolling and compression.  So last week I did yoga on Tuesday night, a 3.5 mile run Wednesday morning, and a spin class (which left me crazy sore) on Saturday.

This week’s schedule looks like this:

Tuesday-Yoga

Wednesday-4 Miles

Thursday-Yoga

Friday-7 Miles

Saturday-Rest

Sunday-Rest

Monday – 19 miles!

Only 3 more long runs left until taper and then I don’t know what I’m going to do with all my time.  Obsess about the marathon probably.

Kristen Brumbaugh is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I am running under a charity bib for the Girls On The Run organization.  This will be my first marathon.  If you are interested in donating to my fundraiser for the Girls on the Run, please visit my fundraising page here.

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Marathon Training – Weekly Workout Recap

So it’s weeks like this that I kind of feel like a fraud in this whole marathon training.  The week got the best of me and I didn’t complete nearly the runs scheduled.  My Sunday long run got bumped to Monday (Labor Day) and it’s kind of thrown this week into a tailspin as well.

I only ran twice in what would be considered last week’s schedule.  Wednesday I did 3.7 miles.  It was supposed to be 6.  I was going to do a lap out to get the 3.7, come home and get Yota and take him for the rest.  Well the closer I got home, the more I realized I was losing precious morning light that I wanted for a photo shoot.  So I decided I would go home, do the shoot and then run with him afterwards.  That didn’t happen.  We instead went on a relaxing walk around the neighborhood.

The long run was 16 miles this week and that’s what I did (16.05 to be exact).  My goal was to keep my pace under 13:30 and it came in at 13:15.  While it was under goal, it was frustrating because again I was keeping it under 13 and then I hit a wall.  It was a mile later this week at Mile 14, but still when it hit, it was rough.  I’m just not sure what I’m doing wrong.  We set out water the night before to refill on the route and I drank plenty (I refilled all 3 bottles completely at least once-2 water, 1 nuun), ate a clif bar pre-run, and took gu at 4, 8, and 12.  I feel like I’m getting plenty in my body.  I stopped to stretch at Mile 11 as well.  I’m hoping that I don’t hit the wall this early in the actual marathon.

I was proud that I did 16 though.  That’s a lot of miles in my book.  This week brings more though.

So this week’s schedule is already off to a rough start.  I was supposed to do 6 this morning.  I did about 3.5.  There were just not 6 miles in my legs or my cardio this morning.  It was decently foggy too and I just felt like all of the fog and humidity was hanging on me. I’m glad I got up and did something though.  So here’s this week’s schedule.  I’m organizing it Tuesday – Monday since the long runs are moved to Monday’s for the next few weeks.

Tuesday – Yoga

Wednesday – 6 Miles (planned)

Thursday – 6 Miles

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Spin class w/ a friend

Sunday – Rest

Monday – 17 Miles

Wish me luck..I’m aiming to get something done on at least every day planned.  Last week I didn’t and I felt it on my long run.  My legs just felt like lead.

The countdown is on to the marathon.  Less than 2 months to go (45 days from today).  Excited for it, but kind of wish it was here.  I don’t know if I would make it, but I feel like my mental game on long runs is decently strong right now and I don’t want to lose it.

Until next week, I hope everyone has a great week.  Looking forward to the forecasted cooler temps in the morning next week.

Kristen Brumbaugh is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I am running under a charity bib for the Girls On The Run organization.  This will be my first marathon.  If you are interested in donating to my fundraiser for the Girls on the Run, please visit my fundraising page here.

Marathon Training – Weekly Workout Recap

Good Morning! So this is a few days late, but such is life sometimes.  This week’s long run was a 15 miler.  My longest run to date.  It’s all distance records from here right?  Needless to say though, Sunday I was pretty much mush.  I did not feel nearly as light and bright as I did after last weeks run.  I made it through though and I’m still alive to tell the tale.

We’ll see how the rest of the long runs go, but I’ve realized that if I just focus on the mile I am in, I can get through it.  I did have one moment around mile 13 this week where I almost texted Andy to come pick me up whenever he got home from his run.  I started having this really bad pain on the outside of my left calf and it was brutal.  Even after the run, it was very sensitive to the touch.  Thankfully it’s pretty much gone away at this moment, but I’m a little concerned because I had no idea what it was.  It did’t really feel like a cramp or the general soreness that you feel and it didn’t hurt on the other leg.  I’m hoping it doesn’t come back this week.

As far the rest of the week, I did two other runs which isn’t great, but not awful.  Monday I ran 7 miles and Wednesday I ran 3.  The miles on Wednesday were tough.  I really didn’t want to go, but Andy helped motivate me and we got out the door together and knocked out 3.  It wasn’t the 5 I was supposed to do, but as Gary Vaynerchuck would say 1 is greater than 0.  The rest of the week didn’t go as well.  Also, we’ve moved our long runs to Sunday because we have more available time on Sunday mornings and we’ve got a few Friday night get togethers we don’t want to miss.

This coming week, my workout plan looks like this:

M-Rest

T-Rest

W-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12

T-Run 7 Miles – Sub 13

F-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12

S-Rest

S-16 Miles Sub 13:50

That said, I’m not sure Thursday’s run will happen because I have a morning meeting.  In regards to the pace goals, I did meet them.  My long run last week came in at a 13:10 and I really wanted to make sure I was under 14.  I was super bummed though because I was sub 13 for the first 13 miles.  Then that pain in my leg hit and it was downhill from there.

So I think that about wraps up this weeks workout recap.  Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more posts during the week about things other than my running.  I’m not the most interesting person in the world, but I am running a startup marketing company and that always has its excitement.  Otherwise, I’ll see next weekend.

Kristen Brumbaugh is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I am running under a charity bib for the Girls On The Run organization.  This will be my first marathon.  If you are interested in donating to my fundraiser for the Girls on the Run, please visit my fundraising page here.

My New Trainer

Last year was not a great running year for me. We did several triathlons, but running didn’t really get the focus it needed. That said, I have a strong goal of running my first half marathon and my first full marathon this year. My only issue, is that running hurts now. I messed up my foot somehow in January and it hurts pretty good after I run (during my run) and even if I just walk too long on it. This makes running difficult. However, I don’t want to lose my ability to stay in shape. So..I turned some of my focus towards a different sport. Cycling. With the weather still being in the freezing category and me not really having the right apparel to be riding in these conditions, I bought a trainer.

trainer

It seems really sturdy and strong.  I’ve only ridden on it a few times, but so far I am pleased.  I love seeing it all set up.  It’s like it’s just sitting there waiting for me and that kind of motivates me as well.

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I’ve been searching on youtube for videos to watch while I’m riding.  I’m still at that point where I need the motivation (and push) of a trainer video to increase my resistance and push harder.  While I don’t have a cadence sensor (yet), I’m just riding based on time at this point.  I’m totally lost on what I should be doing though and we all know how google can be.  It tells you so much information that you can’t get anywhere.  I’m still excited though and can’t wait to get back on it.

yes..I'm braving the naked face on the internet...

yes..I’m braving the naked face on the internet…

So tell me, do you guys ride on the trainer during cold/wet days?  Any tips on a great trainer ride?  What’s your trainer motivation?

Weekly Mileage Update

Good Afternoon! I’m here doing my weekly mileage update because if I don’t then before you know it, it will be the end of the week and this won’t be done.  Isn’t it crazy how time just flies!  We get so wrapped up in the day to day routines of life and the days and weeks just go right by.  

On to the numbers…

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 5.5 Miles – Treadmill Run
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 2.87 Miles – Outside Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Hot Summer’s Night 5k – 3.1 Miles

Weekly Mileage Goals: 11.1 Miles

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 11.58 Miles

Yay! Another successful week in the books.  Tuesday became a rest day after I got a tooth pulled and told not to do strenuous activity for the first 24 hours.  So that led to the 2.87 miles outside Wednesday night.  Then it was a few rest days before the Hot Summer’s Night 5k on Saturday night.  I’ll do a recap on that next, but let’s just say, it ended well and I was very happy with my time.  

This coming week I’m planning to do 12.5 miles, but I already have a feeling I’ll go over again.  Time to make sure I’m sticking with the foam rolling and stretching.  I hope everyone has a good week and I’ll talk to you later. 

 

Don’t Look too Closely…

…at the dates on this blog.  If you do, then you will see how SLACK I have been on updating.  As in, haven’t posted since 2012 slack…that’s awful.  However, if you have been following me since the last time I posted, you will notice that the blog has gotten a wardrobe change.  Nothing fancy, in fact, it’s the opposite of fancy.  It’s simple, easy, clean.  If you are reading this through a reader then click through for just a second to take a look.  I’ve also added a couple of new tabs to showcase (and hold myself accountable) my recently revitalized excitement for running.  I’m sure I’ll add more tabs for other things as time goes on.  Speaking of readers…in case you have fallen off the blog reading planet and are reading this through Google Reader (and haven’t gotten the annoying popup a million times already), it’s time to switch.  Google Reader is going away as of July 1st.  So if you haven’t jumped ship yet, you’re still on a sinking one..time to find a new reader.  I recently switched to Feedly and so far it’s not too bad.  The Iphone app is decent as well.  There are a bunch out there though..so look around before making a decision.

So to bring in some updates:

Part of the reason why I’ve been so slack with the blogging is because work has been very busy this year.  I’m managing two new home communities and they have kept me busy enough that when I get home at night..the last thing I want to do is think and blogging requires thinking.  However, I’ve finally found a better balance and have gotten back into this blogging thing.

In the past 6 months, we have had a lot going on.  Like I said, I’ve been very busy with work, but Andy has been as well.  He recently switched companies and while he is still selling with the same builder, he is selling in a better neighborhood.  By better I mean, more successful.  The new community he is in now offers more to the buyer and is a higher price point of home.  You can follow his blog and real estate tales over here.

We’ve also been in the process of trying to build a new house…it’s a slow going process, but we’re getting there.  I’ll post pictures once there is something other than dirt.  I’m really excited about the new house though and can’t wait to share all the decorating ideas, moving ideas, and of course all pics of the details.  In the meantime I will continue to pin like crazy for inspiration.

June has been an interesting month for me healthwise.  The switch finally clicked on for running.  Earlier this year it did that for drinking water.  I used to be an avid Coca Cola drinker and I didn’t realize how horrible it was making me feel until I started drinking more water.  Now, water is what I crave.  Sure I drink a coke here and there..but I usually can’t get through half of it before I can’t drink anymore.  Water is my daily drinker.  Hydrating so much throughout the days and weeks also makes me feel a little less guilty when I indulge in an alcoholic beverage.  Anyway, back to the running…we have run three 5k races so far this year.  Going into each one, I didn’t really have a set goal.  I just was going to go do it and see where I ended up.  If you check out the 2013 races tab, you will see that each of these 5ks got progressively slower.  Finally, at the end of the See Spot Run 5k in May, I realized that I wasn’t happy with my finishing time and how horrible of a run it was.  Starting at that point I made a running plan and am doing my best to stick to it.  I’ve had down runs and days where I was too sick to run, but I try to make up those miles in time.  I’ve set race goals for myself and am pushing harder every week.  I’m hoping to run my first 10k in September and my first 12k in October.  Andy is doing this well.  It’s great having someone to talk about runs with and someone who knows just how you feel when a run doesn’t go your way.  I’d like to do a full marathon some day.  That’s the end running goal..after that who knows what else I’ll do..let me get there first.  It will be a journey that’s for sure.  At this point I can’t even run a full 5k.  I’m hoping to be able to run my first 5k in August without walking.  That will feel like a major accomplishment for me and I can’t wait until I am at that race.

Wow..this post has gotten really long…guess I’m just ready to talk now.  So instead of boring you guys further today, I’ll stop for now and talk more later.  Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend!