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:


Wednesday-4 Miles


Friday-7 Miles



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.


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:



W-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12

T-Run 7 Miles – Sub 13

F-Run 6 Miles – Sub 12


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.

The 2nd Time I ran 13 Miles

Yesterday I ran 13 miles for the second time in my life.  The first time was the Palmetto Half Marathon I did in April.  My pace is a good bit slower, but I feel like I was more prepared for it this time around.  After the half I was miserable all day and just dead to the world.  Yesterday I was functional at least.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, so I’ll update you on why I’m running 13 miles.

Andy and I are running the Marine Corps Marathon this coming October.  We both entered the lottery this past March and Andy got in.  I wasn’t so lucky, but I did sign up under a charity bib for Girls on the Run.  Speaking of, thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  If you haven’t checked out my fundraising page, you can check it out here.

As it gets closer we’re getting more excited, but it’s also becoming more real.  Every long run from here out is a personal distance record.  This coming weekend is 15 miles…that’s kind of scary.

Anyway, I wanted to post my workout plan for this coming week and I’ll recap it at the end of the week.

M-7 Miles (sub 13 pace)

T-Rest Day (I have an early morning meeting every Tuesday and it’s still too hot to run in the PM for me)

W-5 Miles (sub 12 pace)

T-7 Miles (sub 13 pace)

F-Rest Day – At home stretching and Yoga

S-Long Run 15 Miles (sub 14 pace)


I’m posting my pace goals for the runs because I’ve really struggled on pace and I’m trying to work on bringing it down.  My pace for my 13 miler was 14:14 and that’s not going to work for the MCM.  So I’m taking baby steps to bring it down.

I’m really trying to use this blog as a training tracker for those that have donated for the marathon.  You can also catch me on twitter where I usually post a quick tweet about the day’s run.

I’m also working on trying to eat better, but I’ll talk more about that as time goes on .  I know how important it is for my body to have the right nutrition and hydration to make me successful on my runs.  If anyone has any suggested reading, podcasts, or videos about running nutrition in every day life (not on the run), I would love to hear about it.

I’m definately seeing more foam rolling and stretching in my future, this day after soreness is no joke.  Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week.


This is becoming a habit.  This routine of writing a blog about why I’ve been MIA and thinking I’m going to dive full force back into it and then disappearing for months on end…it’s becoming a habit.  A habit I fully intend to break.  I’m putting things in place to break it.  I’m adding blogging to my life planner and putting in lists of things I need/want to do to the blog.  I’m making a bigger effort.  I’m going to try and revitalize this dead blog.

Just to update you though, life has been weird.  It feels like it’s a constant thing of one event to the next.  There isn’t any sense of normalcy.  My fitness is hurting bad right now.  I have the mental motivation, but so many things keep getting in the way.  I’ve done something to my foot.  I run and then I can’t walk for I wait until it doesn’t hurt anymore.  I bought a trainer so I can ride my bike even through this eternal winter we are in, and I put the bike on the trainer to find that my big front gear is bent.  It’s just one thing after another.  I can tell my body wants to move though.  I feel antsy all the time.

Last week I chaired our annual Regal event and I’ll post about that soon with pictures and everything.  It was fun, but I felt burnt out from it for days.

We bought a big toy.  That’s all I’m going to say on that.  I’ll provide more details later.

Yota is on a every 2-3 week visit to the vet for his ear issues.  We have been fighting them forever and I’m just ready to have it cleared up.  Hopefully soon…

I think this is where I’ll end today..that way I have more to talk about later ; )

Running Updates

So in the past few weeks, my running has been on a weird roller coaster.  I’ll just go week by week of giving total miles and then any comments I have about that week.

September 1 – September 7

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 6.2 Miles – Blythewood Labor Day Run
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.2 Miles

After having a frustrating race…I took the rest of the week off.  Mentally I was beat and needed to get out of that slump to get motivated to run again.  It was a dark time that we

ek for running and I.

September 8 – September 14

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 6.99 Miles – Outside Run
Tuesday: 3.63 Miles – Outside Run
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7.14 Miles – Outside Run

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 17.8 Miles

This week was better, but I was still struggling to get to my 7 miles.  Whether it was time or motivation..either way…I was struggling  Saturday morning we had to leave the house early.  I was determined to get a decent run in though.  I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go and I allowed myself to leave it open so that I didn’t put the added stress on myself.  Secretly I wanted to hit the 7 mile mark, but I wasn’t ready to commit and tell anyone that was how far I was going.  I went out and did it though and my pace was really good.  Up to that point, my average pace for the longer runs was 11/mile or above.  This run was a 10:18 pace.  It was just really nice out and the run seemed to come easy.

September 15 – September 21

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6.2 Miles – Run to Irmo – Dam Run

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.2 Miles

I don’t remember what happened or what was going on this week that made it so I didn’t run all week.  It’s just the way it worked out.  However, we did do the Dam Run that Saturday and it went

better than my first 10k.  I’ll recap more on that soon.

September 22 – September 28

Sunday: 3.7 Miles – City Run
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 2.91 Miles – Recovery Run
Saturday: Rest

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 6.61 Miles

After the Dam Run we got cleaned up and drove to Charlotte to hop a plan to Pittsburgh.  I’ll post more on this experience and this trip soon.  The first morning we were in Pittsburgh, Andy and I got up and went for a short sightseeing run.  The pace was awful..but there was a lot of walking and stopping to see sights.  It was fun, but I was also coming down with an awful cold so it was starting to feel a little miserable.  That cold fed into the rest of the week.  I had the most awful congestion, felt feverish at times, achy, and just overall sneezing, coughing, etc.  I felt like death.  I didn’t start feeling remotely better until Thursday that’s why I attempted a run Friday morning.  My body wasn’t ready and I turned around sooner than planned.  It did help in getting stuff up and out of my chest that’s a win.

September 29 – October 5

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 7.29 Miles – Outside Run
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8.01 Miles – Outside Run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3.1 Miles – Palmetto Health 5k

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 18.4 Miles

This was an awesome week.  From having 2 down weeks basically, I was ready to get up and run…and run I did.  I ran Monday’s run at a 11:14 pace and Wednesday’s run at a 10:58 pace.  They both felt good and left me feeling strong afterwards.  Saturday we did a 5k with a friend of ours and I had a great race! I’ll recap it soon, but it was just full of all kinds of positive things.  I can’t wait to recap that one.  Saturday we also spent the day working on our new lot though, hauling trees and bricks.  By Sunday I was done and my legs were toast…I really needed a pair of compression socks for that day.

October 6 – October 12

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7.5 Miles – Ray Tanner 12k

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 7.5 Miles

I was planning to get one more long run in before the 12k, but when we were working on our new lot the Saturday before, I pulled a muscle in my lower back.  There were times through the week that I couldn’t walk hardly.  I was really worried about running the race.  I just kept applying ice and heat, having Andy massage my back, and doing gentle stretches and exercises to encourage the healing process.  I finally made the decision mid week that I was just going to go do my best and deal with the consequences after the race.  This was supposed to be my big race for the season, the race I have been training for, I wasn’t going to let this pulled muscle keep me from starting.  I’m really glad I didn’t because that race was AWESOME! I’ll recap it soon.

So that’s the running catchup.  I’m taking this week to work a new training plan.  The plan I had only took me to the Ray Tanner 12k.  However, there is a half I’m eyeing in December.  Once I can work a plan and do my research..we’ll see how realistic it is.  I’m ready to get running again.  After a great race, the bug has taken hold and my body want’s to get back out there.  I’m trying to give it a few days to rest though and trying to take a few days for my back to really heal.

2013 runs this far

I’ve included a screenshot of my 2013 running chart from map my run.  I am happy at the amount I’ve increased my running this year and I can’t wait to take it further. I will be back with regularly scheduled running updates next weekend.


Catching Up on Life

Good afternoon!  I figured my first post back from my blogging hiatus would just be a life catch up.

September has been a very busy month.  It started with a bang with the Blythewood Labor Day 10k which I’ve also blogged about.  You guys allowed me to pour out all of my pitifulness and offered back nothing but support and encouragement.  For that I am so appreciative and want to thank you for your words of kindness. Writing the post alone really helped in moving past the bad race and get back into the swing of running.  That said, September has been a pretty good running month.  I’ll do another post specifically on catching up on running.

Another exciting thing going on is something I’ve been keeping quiet lately.  However, I think it’s time to let it out.  We are building a new house! Those that know us personally, know this already and are probably sick of hearing about the new house, but we are so excited.  I’ll also do another post dedicated to the new house and provide lots of pictures of the house up to this point.  We are really hoping to be moving in by Thanksgiving.  The house in itself takes up a lot of free time.

Because we are planning to move soon, we have been working on our current home to get it ready to rent.  We opted to try and rent it out versus selling it.  Wish us luck on that new adventure.  However, I feel like I’ve been painting for months.  Before I was painting some of current furniture to better go with the theme of the new house and now we are painting some of the rooms in our house to better neutralize the colors and pallet of the house.  I will be so happy when we are done painting!

Mid September we ran another 10k and you can expect a race recap for that race soon.  That same weekend we also took a mini trip to Pittsburgh to see a Pirates game and a Steelers Sunday Night Football game.  Another dedicated post coming for that trip.

I spent a good solid week with a horrible cold that pretty much made me worthless for most of the week.  By the time I was getting better, we were starting to roll into October and I realized that I hadn’t posted in forever!  Last Saturday we ran a 5k and did some major underbrush clearing at the new house.  Now here we are today!  Like I said, I really just wanted to do a quick life recap.  I’ll get into the nitty gritty details in the dedicated post of each topic.  Look for more coming soon!