Monday, June 30, 2014

St George Marathon Training Week #6 - First 20 Miler

This week marked my first 20 miler of my training plan. We came back from Baltimore the Monday and I was on leave until Wednesday. Though I had to work from home part of Wednesday due to the Breakmilk Spoliage Crisis of 2014.

Week #6 plan:

My sidekick, while I write this today, is working on her pushups:


5.5 @ 8:54 around Mission Bay park, pushing stroller with carseat.

Because I had failed to do 7 miles in the ridiculous Baltimore heat, I added a half mile the to scheduled 5 miles. I would have done more except my back got totally jacked up from all the flying and the driving (600 miles in 5 days) and I was afraid was going to make it worse, so I just did that little bit of extra.

I also hit up Road Runner Sports because my Brooks Ghost 5's were done. I don't even know how many miles I put on them since February but they felt dead. I tried the Ghost 7's which felt great, but I also tried the Ravennas. I used to run in the Ravenna 1 and 2, religiously. The third version they changed it and, in my opinion, it was for the worse. I tried the fourth on at RRS with quick jaunt on the treadmill and they also felt wrong. But I loved the first and second versions so I felt compelled try the fifth. And, I'm not entirely sure what they did, but they feel similar to the first version. I had a hard time deciding between the Ghost 7 and Ravenna 5 but I ended up going with the Ravenna's because they were a hair light (.1 ounce) and I have had great success with them in the past.


7 miles @ average 8:30.
Mile 1: 7:30, Mile 2 and 3: 7:23, Mile 4: 7:19

I was back to work, so I ran my speedwork on the treadmill. I figured it could be stupid try the Ravennas on a 20 miler as the first run, I did the first run/test run with them for this workout.

Shoes were fine, but mile repeats always feel hard to me. I never thought I'd say this but the I'm liking the tempo days better than the mile repeat days. The only kind of speedwork that I don't mind is fartleks. All other forms, for me, are painful. This is especially true for track workouts.


5 miles @ 8:59

I don't remember exactly what was going on but I think I had a pain in the butt day at work and had to run the 5 miles after work. I was able to nurse the baby as soon as I got home and then go down to the bay to tackle the 5. I didn't want to run them on Saturday and then run 20 on Sunday - that rest day in between felt important to me.


First 20 miler of training. In new shoes! The shoes were great. But, boy, did the last 3 miles or so hurt. It was the toughest 20 miles in recent memory (i.e. last 3 years or so). I went up to North County to run with Nicole - we ran from Leucadia to Oceanside and back. We then decided a Slurpee was absolutely required after such an effort. It is really the best post-recovery drink, in my mind. Super cold, icy, sugary drink!

On the Stroller

This weekend, we tried Elise in the BOB without the car seat for a walk and it looks like she is ready for runs without it. I bought a head support thingy from Target for her to rest her head to the side if she decides to pass out during a run, though I'm not even sure it's necessary. I'm going to try it out tomorrow for 8 miles since I am home (company holiday week!).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

St George Marathon Training - Week #4 & 5 Review

I'm telling you, now while I think that lots of folks exaggerate how much time or how much harder your life is with kids, I do have to agree that it's tough finding time just to write up weekly training updates! Maybe if I didn't have a full-time job but even then, I don't know. Then I'd probably have to clean the house while I was home, so there goes the free time.

Anyway, so, this week has been a roller coaster that began with our return back from the East Coast (we had a wedding to attend) wherein I found that someone (either my parents or grandmother) had bumped the finicky chest freezer plug in the garage. I lost 400oz of frozen breast milk, as well as a shit load of food (mahi mahi, chicken, beef, bread, ice cream, etc). The breast milk, though. Man, I ugly cried for 20 minutes. I then had to try to pump anything left over out of my body because I didn't have enough for Elise when I went back to work. It was a fucking disaster. Thankfully, I am a dairy cow and I have caught up and even froze 5 ounces this morning. But I am still heartbroken over the loss - someone could have used it and instead it's sitting in a landfill, spoiled.

With the trip back east, I knew that I wouldn't be able to run the scheduled 18 miles. So I swapped the back down week with the 18 miler. A bit hesitantly, I must say, because it meant I had 4 consecutive hard weeks rather than 3.

Week 5 became Week 4.

I was on leave part of for week 4 (I had 4 weeks left over of paid leave, so I took 2 weeks to hang out with Elise, my Italian grandmother who came to see the baby, and then head back east).

Week 4

Tuesday: 6 miles, 10:30 pace, work neighborhood

Thursday: 7 miles @ 8:25 pace
I decided to run this tempo workout around the bay. I forgot my shuffle which wasn't ideal, and holy shit, is running tempos on the road much harder than on the treadmill. The training plan said 5 @ 8:04. I ended up with: 8:00, 8:02, 8:03, 8:10, 7:54. And then I let myself walk for a minute in the cool down mile. Good God, that hurt.

Saturday: 5 miles, 9:08.
Ran down the giant hill and back up. I miss living where I get a nice downhill finish. Instead I get my ass handed to me for .75 miles of 270 ft of climbing in the last mile.

Sunday: 18 miles @ 9:05
I ran with my old training partner, Nicole, and she made the miles tick by so fast! I missed her! But, boy, is running and talking harder than I remembered. That's gotta make me faster. Anyway, I was hurting a bit at the end (temps had crept up to the mid 70s and the breezes were hard to come by), and required a walk break in the last mile. Nicole hadn't run much since Boston to Big Sur, but considering my pace is slower than hers, she got through the 18, no problemo.

Week 5 - Back down!

In her party dress! $11 on clearance at Target ;-)

Tuesday: 7 miles @ 8:57
I was pretty damn happy with this run because I did the hill and managed under 9 pace.

Wednesday: 7 miles @ 9:01

Mission Bay. Not complaining about living in San Diego
Again with the pain in the ass hill. I squeezed this run in before we left for Baltimore. We were delayed 90 minutes at the airport because of huge thunderstorms and tornado watches out there. We get in the air, and then we are delayed IN THE AIR because of said storms. We did like 30-45 minutes of circles over Indiana. It was weird. And tiring. It was 1am Eastern by the time we got to the hotel and all that was open was McDonald's drive through. So I ate a double hamburger meal at 1am because Southwest doesn't even have food for purchase on flights. Lesson learned on that one.

Friday: 6 miles @ 9:05

I was determined to get as much of the scheduled miles in as possible so I ran at noon, in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Holy humidity. I was the sweatiest mofo when I finished. I demolished the 20 ounces of Nuun I had with me. I also felt like I was dancing with death thanks to no good running routes in the area with shoulders or sidewalks. I was running down a country road with about half of a bike lane of shoulder.

So much for running in the shoulder. I guess you just deal with this if you live out in the country and have to train for a marathon.

Monday: 4.27 @ 9:18
I was supposed to run 7 miles on Sunday, but, seriously, I was lucky I got in the four and a quarter. I walked outside the hotel in Baltimore (Admiral Fell Inn, which is supposedly haunted, but we saw no funky spirits!) at 8am and practically melted right there on the spot. What time do you have to go out and run in Baltimore?!?! It was probably 80 degrees at that point with a shit ton of humidity and sunny. I ran up to Patternson Park, around, and then back where I added more miles running around the harbor. I pretty much finished 20 ounces running just 4 miles. I was muttering at stoplights about how I didn't understand how people trained here and how I didn't want to live in Baltimore (this was after saying, the previous night, that I liked the area and the brownstones townhouses, and that I could in fact live there. Yeah).

Sunday, June 8, 2014

St George Marathon Training - Week #3 Review

I'm always so damn late with these reviews!

Anyway. I got through this week, didn't seem especially easy. Not super hard, but certainly not easy.

SmartCoach's plan:

Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:54
I had planned to run on the treadmill because I thought it was going to be hot. Then I left my phone convince me it wasn't THAT hot (it said it was 72*. Lies). So I went out on my new work run route - hilly like anything else around that area, 713 ft elevation gain. Turned out to be closer to 80* so it was a smidge miserable but I managed. I sucked down 20oz of Nuun.

Thursday: 7 miles @ 8:25 (2 mi of warm and 5 mile tempo)
Done on the treadmill, nothing interesting to note.

Saturday: 16.01 @ 9:03
I had to run long a day early thank to the Rock 'n Roll Marathon course coming through my neighborhood and usual running route. Around mile 11 in Mission Beach, I ran in Sarah (SkinnyRunner) who I haven't seen in a really long time. We chatted for 5 minutes or so and I told her I'd look for her on the course Sunday.

The last two miles of this long run were fairly brutal. It starts getting hot on the way to De Anza Cove and Crown Pointe Shores, so I was battling. And I was caked in salt at the end of it. I went through 40 ounces of Nuun. And I probably should have still taken salt tabs.

Sunday: Spectated SD RnR!
I live about a half mile from the course so we went down with baby E to check out the race! We thought we missed most of the leads including the women but as it turned out, none of the super fast runners showed up. So we saw the lead females. They just didn't look like your usual elite marathoner at a big city race. The winning time for the women (or even the men for that matter) wasn't all that fast.

Papa and E. spectating the race!

This was the #2 female. I didn't know at the time I took the pic.

Monday (following week): 5 mi @ 8:56
I had to make up for my missed easy run and I did not manage to get it done Sunday, so I squeezed it in Monday on the treadmill at work.