Monday, October 20, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 13

Squeeze's window just about sums up my recovery week, plus or minus several pounds of pasta, dessert and wine. Last week's recovery could not have come at a better time! I kept my two runs shorter and slow. I also took advantage of the flexibility in my schedule by visiting my friend Sarah in Pittsburgh, PA for a long weekend.

Monday: 50 min gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (8.79 miles)
Wednesday: 50 minute water run
Thursday: 1 hour yoga class + 1 hour sports massage
Friday: 2 hour run...ended up being 1 hour, 40 min hilly run (10.5 miles)
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 19.29 miles

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 12

That's THREE MONTHS of training in the books! And only five weekends to go... *barf*. To be completely honest, I'm a little nervous. "Knowing what to expect" is kind of a pro and con in this instance---I know my body can (barely) physically handle it, but I also know how freaking hard it is! This year, there's also is the added pressure / reach goal of trying to beat last year's time. Scary, fun, scary, fun, scary, fun?! I go back and forth on an daily basis!

Monday: 45 min gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (9.7 miles)
Wednesday: 50 minute pyramid water run
Thursday: 1 hour yoga class
Friday: 1 hour SEAL Team water workout
Saturday: 3 hour run (18 miles!)
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 37.7 miles (2.3 less than last week)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 11

Ughhhhh it's Wednesday. And I'm just posting for "Marathon Training Monday"...which is actually kind of appropriate since my butt muscles finally feel as though they've recovered from the weekend.

Monday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio + upper body)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (9.8 miles)
Wednesday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Thursday: 1 hour run (6 miles)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 2 1/2 hour run (15 hilly miles)
Sunday: Vinyasa Flow class at Squeeze!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 30 miles (almost a 9 mile increase...YIKES!)

Last week was a bit of a jump for me as far as mileage goes. Since the last few weeks have felt great, foot and all, I decided to return to running 3x a week. And I'm sorry to say, I think I'll actually be flipping back down again permanently. 1) I think I should've crunched some numbers before making this jump last week --- a NINE mile increase is kind of huge for someone that's trying to avoid the return of an over-use injury. 2) Maybe me feeling so good the last few weeks was actually a sign I should continue the same routine? Duh. 3) My mile greed got the best of me. Garland introduced me to the term "junk miles" yesterday...yeeeeeeah, I know about that

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seasonal Plates & Dates - Summer/Fall Mishmash

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not ready to give up summer produce!!! I love the vibrant tomatoes, sweet corn and zucchini. I've also gotten so used to all things grilled since Garland and I moved in together in June...burgers, veggies, PIZZA oh my! Buuuuut I also have to admit that as the mornings get cooler, I feel a tinge of excitement for what's on the horizon: the transition back to hot coffee, winter squashes and gourds, apples, spicy baked goods, soups. I guess I'm about ready!

Here's a glimpse at some of my meals lately as we're slowly transitioning into fall.

When I'm not inhaling scrambled eggs or fast food after long morning runs, I'm still enjoying PB&J smoothes and parfaits at my desk at work. I'd almost forgotten about the bag of frozen blueberries I picked earlier this summer! I've been using a heavy hand with those and drizzly almond butter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 10

WHAAAAT. We're already in the double-digit weeks of training! We are also four weeks from our 20-miler. And seven more weeks until race day. BUT, as always, training is one day at a time. Right now, I'm just thankful to have made it this far since I was barely running three months ago. This past week's schedule was similar to the last with a few changes.

Monday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Tuesday: 50 min swim + 30 min cardio (elliptical)
Wednesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (8.9 miles)
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 1 hour drills + water run (SEAL Team PT)
Saturday: 2 hour run (13.1 miles!!!)
Sunday: OFF
TOTAL MILEAGE: 22 miles (~.5 miles less than last week)

I decided to once again keep my number of runs down to two, instead of three, and continue cross-training in the water and on cardio machines at the gym. I skipped Tuesday AM's long run because my foot and shin still felt sore/tired from the weekend. Sadly, there's something going on with me and the YMCA gym. I feel physically sick the entire day after swimming in it; it's somewhere in between the feeling of severe dehydration and a head cold (minus a runny nose). I might have to quit doing laps for warm up / warm down and stick with keeping my head above the water this week!