March 30, 2015

Marathon Training: Vancouver Marathon Week 11/16


Week 11/16


Monday

I had a lot to pack into this day and rather than skip working out altogether, because that is not my jam, I squeezed in a quick 30 minute lifting session. Apparently I underestimated how much I could tire out my muscles in 30 minutes, because my quads were like gelatin for the next 3 days. Oops.


Tuesday

5 miles at a comfortably hard pace. Felt good. Legs still very sore from yesterdays gym session. 4:54/km avg pace.


Wednesday

Legs still sore!!! 1 mile warm up, followed by 0.5 miles with 0.25 miles recovery for 6 miles, and then 1 mile cool down. Was so hard on my jello-y legs. I thought my legs would give out, but I pushed through and got it done! :) The workouts you fight to complete are always the most satisfying.


Thursday

Easy 13km recovery run. 5:27/km, followed by Karate.


Friday

Rest day! I woke up in the morning and told my husband that I felt so tired I almost felt sick... turn out, I was just plain old sick, maybe food poisoning, maybe the flu either way it was an unpleasant day full of nausea and EVERYTHING that goes with it.

Saturday

Then miraculously, I felt better. 5 easy miles with a friend. 8km @ 5:31/km. So windy.


Sunday

20 miles done. Not the fastest 20 miles ever, in fact my slowest 20 miles ever. But I am so grateful that I could get this run done after being sick, and recovering, and more importantly I was so blessed to have company for 15km of this run from friends. I am excited to see how I can push myself in this distance next week when I am feeling fully recovered.

Total: 74km

Marathon Training: Vancouver Marathon Week 10/16

I am behind so quick recap of week 10/16 and I will get to week 11 ASAP.


Monday

Rest day! But... went to the gym, did some weights, and 3km worth of sprint intervals.

Tuesday

First stroller run of the season. Met my friend and took turns pushing her daughter in the stroller on the mostly clear, but still occasionally icy and muddy sidewalks. Easy 8km. 5:51/km.

Wednesday

Speed day. Goal was 1 mile warm up, 10 miles at a faster pace, 1 mile cool down for a total of 12 miles or 19.31km. It was a beautiful day, the only downside to the run is I may have overdressed. The speed section was completed between 4:43/km and 5:11/km. For a total avg including warmup and cooldown of 5:12/km. The speed is coming along, and it is exciting.

Thursday

Easy 13km recovery run. Took her easy, stretched out my legs after yesterdays harder effort. 5:40/km

Friday

Quick 5 miles (8km) at 5:14/km. Felt good, felt easy. Loving spring...

Saturday

...and then it snowed. A lot. I took a rest day. Snow makes me tired.

Sunday

Was to be my first 20 mile run of the training cycle. I had good intentions. I went out and ran 15 miles. The weather was not bad when I left but 7 miles in I remember looking at my clothes and realizing they were covered in ice. The paths became more and more dangerous as the run went on and by mile 15 I was basically reduced to a shuffle. I still felt good, so I know I can do 20 miles next week, and am not to worried fitness wise about cutting this run short. I would rather cut it short, and avoid a fall and being injured. 15 miles (24km) @ 5:42/km.

Total: 75.33km

March 18, 2015

Marathon Training: Vancouver Marathon Week 9/16


Week 9/16

Still trucking along, checking off boxes, going the distance. Getting it done, because hey, I've got this.

I have to say this training cycle has been my best yet. I know I still have 7 more weeks, but so far, I am feeling the more fit, more confident, and a whole lot less tired, even though I am doing more.

 Last year, because of injury, I only ran 541km between January 1, 2014 and April 18th, 2014(The Gopher Attack Marathon). It is a strange coincidence that as of today when I went to look it up that from January 1, 2015 - March 17, 2015(Yesterday), I have run 541km as well. The exact same as I was able to run in preparation for my first marathon last year. But there are still seven weeks left before the marathon, which includes a lot of looong long runs. I don't know if this makes any sense to anyone but me, but I am encouraged by it. I have that PR feeling. So needless to say this past week was full of great runs.