Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia Marathon’

Happy Monday! 

How was your weekend?  Did you watch the Super Bowl?

My weekend was great, for the first time in almost two weeks I hit up the gym on Saturday morning, I focused solely on legs and felt no pain in the rib area!  After running some errands I headed to my parents to hang out with them for the afternoon before catching up with Erin Saturday night.

Sunday morning I cut up veggies for the week and did some cleaning before heading to the local craft store with supplies to make this:

Newest decor!  I had been looking for a place to hang save the dates or cards, I thought this was a little classier than a bullentin board.

Newest decor! I had been looking for a place to hang save the dates or cards, I thought this was a little classier than a bullentin board.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was, I had seen something similar on Etsy and decided it SHOULD be easy enough to make myself.  I didn’t have any instructions to follow so I decided just to wing it.  I purchased a frame, wire and mini clothes pins and 45 minutes later I had the finished project. 

I hit up a couple Super Bowl parties to round out the weekend and decided the power outage at the game was a signal I should head home and get to bed.   

And suddenly the weekend was over almost as quickly as that brief synopsis.

 If you know me in real life or have even read just two blog entries it won’t come as much of a surprise to you that I’m a little high strung and love having a plan.  Even if my plan is to be spontaneous, I’ll still come up with fun ideas of things I could spontaneously do.  I hate not being prepared.  For the longest time my kepta sweatshirt, a bathing suit/towel, change of clothes and a sleeping bag in my care, just in case. 

I feel as though the best way to seize the day/life is to be overly prepared. 

Ironically, this past fall was the first time I followed a concrete training plan.  I had a calendar, which showed each distance I should be running.  For the first couple of months I followed this schedule to a T, but towards the end of the training cycle I missed a lot of runs, mainly due to fatigue and hamstring pain. 

I liked having my training mapped out for me, seeing it written down seemed to hold me accountable for getting in the miles.    It left out the guess work, prevented me from overtraining in the beginning and served as a reminder of my goal towards the end. It allowed me to break the big goal, running 26.2 miles, into smaller easier to achieve smaller goals. I love crossing off the runs once they were complete, I felt accomplished regardless of how much the run sucked.    

Since I haven’t been able to do anything for the last two weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time researching half marathon training plans.  My plan is to focus on strength training/crossfit and speed work, two elements that were abandoned during marathon training.  I started rereading blog posts from last spring when I was training for the Tough Mudder and realized that when I spent time focusing on strength training, running seemed much more effortless.

I felt faster and could run for longer, a first run of the season 3 miler easily turned into a 5 miler.  A planned 5 miler turned into 8. 

Instead of following a training plan exactly, I’m making up my own, taking mileage suggestions from a couple different sources.  I know what I want my schedule to look like, strength/crossfit 2-3 times a week, running 3-4 times a week (switching up between tempo runs, speed work and long runs) and yoga once a week.  I’m going to follow a hybrid 8-12 week plan, the first four weeks will be lighter focusing on building a running base and regaining strength from my time off.  Then I’ll kick it up for the next seven weeks before scaling back for a taper the week before the race.

I realized last week that being injured might have been a small blessing; it’s forcing me to take time off and rest my body before I begin a training plan and it’s made me really excited and hungry to begin this training plan. 

I’ve run only a handful of times since the Philadelphia marathon back in November and each time it felt very slow and forced.  I’ve finally reached the point where I’m looking forward to running, a couple warm days last week revved this feeling up and I could barely sit still.

My plan for this week is to focus on leg workouts and slowly test adding bodyweight or light weight exercises.  I managed two run about a quarter mile home last night with no pain before realizing what a poor idea this was give how slippery the sidewalks were and my choice of footwear, laceless Chuck Taylors.

While my rib area feels about 95%, I know returning to Crossfit this week would not be in my best interests.  Even when I do return I’m planning on scaling back on the amount of weight I’m using.

T minus 3 weeks until training plan kickoff!

Do you follow training plans for races?  Do you make your own plan?


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Yesterday marked the one month to 26.2 countdown. 

Riding on the tail of last week’s glorious 18 miler I’m beginning to get really excited for the marathon.  I spent some time this week reading other blogger’s marathon race recaps, especially those who have run Philly before, trying to pick up tips and get a better understanding of what to expect.

Some talked about how hilly the Philly course is and others mentioned that they barely noticed the hills.  Though I haven’t gone out of my way to find hilly training courses I have incorporated hills into some of my runs.  I’m extremely naive confident that I’ll be fine with the hills on this course.

Of course a month from today I’ll probably be cursing myself for not preparing with enough hills. 

Hindsight is a jerk like that…says the girl who built her blog on the premise of hindsight.

Irony at this best! 

In this last couple of weeks of marathon training I’m determined to log all the suggested miles.  While it’s exhausting, I now know it will be worth it come race day. 

Due to the late sunrise and early mornings in the office I’ve had to switch my schedule to after work runs.  It’s been a struggle to finding the motivation to lace up my sneakers after a long day in the office.  On the plus side I get an extra hour of sleep in the morning and it’s typically warmer after work than it is early in the morning. 

Another thing I’ve noticed is that if I run at night I tend to eat healthier at night, however I eat worse during the day as I “need to fuel” for my run. 

Reading marathon recaps got me thinking about my goals for the race, I hadn’t put much thought into timing up until this point.  As you’ve probably noticed I don’t time my runs or pay attention to pace, while it would be nice to know what pace I’m running the course of a run (I can promise you I’ve never run a negative split in my life!) I don’t want to get caught up in the numbers or start labeling runs as bad runs because I didn’t hit a specific time or hit negative splits. 

I’ve mentioned it before, I tend to over analyze things.  Adding to that I’m really good with numbers and enjoy analyzing data, having access to my splits would give me lots of data to play around with and lots of ammo to compare myself to others. 

I enjoy running because I find it to be a stress relief, while it can be difficult to lace up my sneakers and hit the roads I’m always grateful that I did.  I don’t want running to turn into a numbers game or become stressful because I’m not hitting the numbers I want to or think I should.

As you can see this poses a slight problem when trying to set a goal time, so instead of setting myself up for disappointment I’ve decided on the following vague goals:

Goal 1: Enjoy it!  I’ve worked really hard to prepare myself to run 26.2 miles, I deserve to enjoy the experience.   So I’m going to soak in the experience, pay attention to the views and spectators and make running 26.2 miles as enjoyable as possible.

Goal 2: Start off slow and conserve energy.  I typically fly and die, during races my first few miles are typically around an 8-8:30 pace (based on mile marker timers) while the later miles typically fall to a 9-9:30 pace.   My goal for the marathon is to run around a 10:30-11 mile pace and run for the entire marathon. 

Keeping an easy pace will also help me achieve goal number 1.

Goal 3: Cross the finish line.

Goal 4: Cross the finish line in under 5 hours.

Goal 5: Cross the finish line in under 4:45

A couple of changes I’ve noticed since I started marathon training:

-I haven’t been nearly as hungry as I thought I would be.  Perhaps my typical three meals and a few snacks throughout the day and hardly ever going three hours without eating is fueling me just fine.

-My preference for treats has gone from sweet to salty.  While I wouldn’t pass up a piece of cake or a cookie, chips or fries sound so much more delicious.

-I’ve taken a break from hydrating with Gatorade or Nuun as the mere smell of these sports drinks gives me the dry heaves.  It doesn’t matter how watered down it is. 

Just typing that make me cringe and gave me the chills.

-We’re taking the train home the night of the marathon so we can sleep in our own beds, I’ve already gotten to work on planning all the snacks I’m going to bring with me to enjoy on the train. 

-Up until last week, I was convinced this was my one and only marathon and that there is no way I would ever put myself through this again, now I wouldn’t quite rule it out.

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