Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shoe Talk Volume III

I love me some running shoes.  I think I loved them a little too much last year.

(January 2016) I paid $70 for these when my local running store shut down.
This is the ASCIS GT-2000, and this is an awesome shoe! Plenty of support
but it's not super clunky.  These shoes lasted 300+ miles

(Janary 2016) I got these babies for free!! Actually, I had a friend who
worked at Zappos, and I mentioned how my Brooks Adrenaline's' didn't
fit properly but, I didn't want to return them after running approx. 80 miles, and she comped
me a new pair of Brooks Cascadia Trail Shoes. I don't wear these
very often. But, so far they have been a great shoe for off roading

(January 2016) I got these for almost free at a local track club race
However, I am a wimp, and I'm too scared to try this shoe out.



(April 2016) Nike Lunar Glide 7 I paid $50 for this shoe, and
I loved these for short hard tempo runs, and for 5k racing. I did a few long
runs in them, and they lasted about 250 miles before they started to
feel old.  I still wear these on the weekend and for gym shoes.
(May 2016) Nike Structure Triax-I paid $50 for a shoe that normally costs $120
but the arch support in these shoes is way too stiff for me now and
these shoes hurt after only 180 miles in them...

(August 2016)
When you see $50 running shoes on sale you buy them!  This is the
ASICS GT-1000 and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference
between the GT-2000, and the GT-1000.  This shoe was so
good that I wore it for the marathon.  I wish I would have purchased
two pairs.
(September 2016) Saucony Guide 9 I paid $65 for these shoes
and I really like the support and cushioning in them. I had the previous
model and they held up through 300 miles

(October 2016) Nike Lunar Glide 8
My mom bought these for me. and they cost $120. I had taught her how to play
Keno and she ended up winning $800 very quickly at Cesar's Palace.
we went shopping in the Forum shops to celebrate....
I really liked these shoes at first., but the fit and support 
is so much different than the Lunar Glide 7.  
These shoes have a really high arch support and it aggravates the inside of my foot.  
I won't be wearing these for running....




FWIW I am a discount shopper, and I will buy shoes that are from last season, and I never pay full price (except for my last pair of Nike Lunar Glides). I used to be so dedicated to my Brooks Adrenalines.  but once they stopped woking for me, I became a bit of a shoe slut. I tried a lot of different brands last year. 

I noticed that I was complaining about my right foot for several months last year and because it didn't hurt while I ran, I just ignored it until it became a huge issue....

I pronate my feet when I run, and my arches are sort of flat. I have always worn a stability shoe for most of my runs.  When I was younger I could wear racing flat for 10k's and even half marathons... But,  I have to baby my feet now.

A few years ago I used to wear shoes like this to work.
When I started having kids my work shoe choices look more like this
Carrying a car seat, and chasing after small kids, calls for sensible shoes.  I'd still put on the heels when I had a date night, but for the most part ballet flats and other flat shoes were all that I wore.

These flat shoes lengthed my calves without me realizing it, and combined with marathon training and gaining a few pounds, this contributed to the strain on my right posterior tendon /posterior tibialis muscle.

I took the last month off of running (except for one short run), and my feet were feeling better.   I had also stopped being so obsessed with being on the lookout for discount running shoes, that I started looking at boots and winter shoes online.   I found this super cute shoe at Zappos, 



These shoes are going to help me strengthen my calves again.  I didn't realize that wearing flat shoes would f*ck my feet up so much.  I've worn these a few times, and they actually seem to help take the strain off of the over extended tendon.

I'm still going to be really cautious about upping my mileage.  For the time being,  I'm just going to be doing short runs of 2-3 miles, and I'm still working out at the gym.

I hope to give you an update on my fitness goals in my next post.

Thank you for reading.



Thank you Strava and New Balance!! #StravaBackHalfChallange

I'm going to take my new shoes for a spin today at lunch time!
New Balance 860v7

I received theses shoes for free because I entered the Strava Back Half challenge.  The challenge was to run a negative split marathon.  I did so, at Rock n Roll Las Vegas in November of 2016.


I was unable to wear these shoes last month because I was foolish and I jumped back into aggressive running (hill climbing) and I injured a tendon in foot.


I am slowly easing my way back into running.  I will try to give these shoes an honest review soon, and I also want to talk about other shoes in my next post. :)

I'm glad that December of 2016 has come to an end and I am ready to face 2017.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Newish Car and Fitness Goals That are not Running Related



The way I felt two weeks ago, was bad.... I felt really sorry for myself... So to cheer myself up I bought a new car! (It's slightly used, and we had been saving for a second car anyway)

Fiat 500L. 


So whenever I feel bummed out and want to go for a run.  I will hop in the car and go for a short drive.  And I have started lifting weights again (more on that later)

In my last post, I said that I would take two whole weeks off from running..... Yeah, I made it one whole week, and then last Friday (Dec 9th), when my foot was feeling okay. I went for a short 2.5 mile run, and then I did some lower body work in the gym.  My run felt okay. To be honest, my foot hurt a little during the first mile, but once I warmed up it felt okay. I even did a little tempo pace towards the end. Well, that night my foot hurt so bad I thought I had a stress fracture......  The rest of the weekend went by quickly (bought the car, decorated the Christmas tree, and did my best not to wallow in self-pity) My plan moving forward is to not run for the rest of the month, probably the first week of January will be off limits as well.

I met with a PT (I work in higher ed, and we have several PT faculty on campus, so I got a free exam, but no ultrasound or x-rays were involved.  When she examined my foot on Tuesday (Dec 12th) I was asymptomatic (no symptoms).  Which is great.   There doesn't appear to be a fracture.  I'm going to be on an ibuprofen regimen for the next month, and I guess we will take it from there.

Fitness Goals

I have a new attitude this week,  and although I can't run I can still lift weights.   When I was younger I used to lift weights 4-5 times a week, and I had a very strong upper body. I used to admire fitness Olympia competitors and bodybuilders.
Oxygen magazine used to be my jam.

I do realize that lean look comes with strict dieting. Which is something I could never do.  But, I did enjoy feeling strong.

Over the years running has taken a priority, over lifting and it's no surprise that getting older has its side effects as well.  My weight doesn't swing back and forth too much, but it seems like I will be gaining and losing the same 10lbs for the rest of my life.... Being a little bit heavier I think may have contributed to my arch collapsing/ tendon strain.... The lighter I am the less stress I put on my feet.  I blame this year's diet complacency on being in school and being more stressed.

For the next few weeks, I plan to spend my time in the gym, just working on strength and flexibility.  Last week I managed to work out five times.  I'm hoping to hit as many days this week.  Here's a sample workout of what I do in the gym.

Flat bench dumb bell presses
One armed rows
V-ups
Weighted glute bridges
Dumb bell overhead shoulder presses
Crunches on an exercise ball
Lateral double shoulder raises
Concentration curls
Calf raises (body weight only)
Plank walkouts
Alternating one legged planks
Donkey kicks
Dorsal back machine
Vertical Press
Quad extension machine
Side Planks 
Wheel pose

I'm a competitive person so, I do better when I have a benchmark to achieve or a goal to attain.
So here are a few concrete goals and one or two lofty ones....

Bench Press 95lbs  (Earlier this week I did 85lbs for reps)

Hanging Chin ups.  (I used to be able to do 3-4, but now even one is a struggle)

Increase groin and hip flexibility.

Increase calf strength.

Lose 7-8 lbs.  (Too much eating and drinking over the summer months ) My goal weight is 122lbs
This will make the chin up goal easier to attain.


Clean up my diet.  Instead of trying to lose weight fast, I'm going to shoot for 1/2 a pound to a pound a week. I still have to get through the holiday's and since I'm not running on the weekend mornings, I have had more time to bake.
Bolios with milk chocolate inside


Gingerbread cookies with the kids
Obviously after the holiday's it will be easier to resist temptation...


I'm looking forward to getting back on the roads.  But, I'm starting to appreciate the strength work in the gym.  I worked my butt off after I had my daughter (2013) and I was really able to change the way my body looked just from lifting more., and it led to faster times on the road.  I'm ready to put in the work to become a more well-rounded stronger runner.


Thank you for reading!

Monday, December 5, 2016

RunDollyRun- More like RestDollyRest

The marathon has come and gone, and I suffered a little post race blues.  This happens when I have a big event, and then the event happens and there are no more running races in the near future....

I felt a little lost after completing a structured training program for 14 weeks straight.   It was nice to have a coach tell me "Run x amount of miles @ this pace for x amount of time".   Here's what my mileage has looked like over the last three weeks.
The first week after the marathon. I rested almost the whole week and did very light stretching and body weight exercises.     The first Sunday morning after the marathon I left the house thinking I would run 5-6 miles.  I came back after three and a half, and my husband was asking "is everything okay?"  My body just felt tired.

The following week was  a rough week.  I had two mid-term papers that I needed to finish before we left for Thanksgiving travel. I wasn't sleeping well, or eating well, and I only ran three times.  We traveled to Oxnard to visit family, and I managed one early morning run on Thanksgiving.
I saw the sunrise on Thanksgiving

The farm fields of Oxnard are so inspiring.  The best strawberries in
the world are grown here. 

The three times that I did run, I kind of ran at tempo effort.  Again, no training program means that I'm more likely to run faster (for me) than I should....

Last week.  I jumped right back into some steep hill climbing without giving it much thought. Last Monday I climbed 550 feet. I took Tuesday off, and Wednesday I headed out for a short trail run.  


My Selfie game is weak- This is my "what are you staring at?" face.

I climbed a little over 300 feet and, I managed to mess my foot up pretty good.  I ran just fine on it, but later on that day my foot really hurt...... I took Thursday off, and I wore my supportive shoes on Friday and ran two more miles... I could run, but my damn stride is way off.

This has been a nagging injury that I dealt with during marathon training.  And I remember promising myself that I would back off on my training once the marathon happened.

All this time I thought it was plantar fasciitis...... 

Well after Dr. Googling my symptoms it appears that I have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
I borrowed this photo from the Runners Connect.


at the most severe, I could possibly have a stress reaction in my medial malleolus (inner ankle bone).

I have always prided myself on the fact that I have never had a long term running injury.  But, I think my luck has finally run (ha ha) out.... I didn't realize how bad this could get.  

Walking has become painful after I run and that shouldn't be happening.   I'm lucky that I was able to train for a marathon, and I was really looking forward to signing up for races in the upcoming months.... But, I need to start healing and rehabbing.

I'm sad (obviously)  I have three more months of my MBA program left, and running is how I deal with stress.

But, this is an accountability post.... I'm writing this out that I will not be running for at least two weeks....  I will be lifting weights and trying to learn some yoga.....

Pity party table for one please.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rock N Roll Marathon 2016 Race Report-26.2 with a negative split.


I didn't go sub 3:40 last night, but I'm okay with it.   I ran 3:44:40, which technically is a BQ time, but I may not have enough of a cushion to actually gain an entry to the 2018 race. I'm very happy that I executed a true negative split marathon.   Hydration and nutrition were a big factor in this race.

I will do my best to capture last night's events, details, feelings, etc.

Pre-Race (Day of)
Racing in the afternoon has its issues.  I'm a morning person, and the weather would have been much cooler if the race would have started in the morning.  Here's what I ate

Breakfast 6:30am
Everything bagel with a slice of American cheese
Two eggs over medium cooked in cooking spray
(I didn't have any coffee, more on that later)

Snack 9:30am
Banana

Lunch 11:00am
A bowl of macaroni with cheese and Spanish rice mixed together

After lunch, I laid down with my daughter for her midday nap and I slept for about 45 minutes and tossed and turned for another 45 minutes.

Snack 2:30pm
Banana  I ate this in the car on the way to the Monorail station on the Las Vegas strip.  My Father in Law was very nice and gave me a ride to and from the Monorail station.  The traffic is always insane on the strip, and even more so when the marathon happens.


Pre-race Gel and an electrolyte capsule  at 3:30pm
My gel had a little bit of caffeine and it woke me up,  I didn't drink my morning coffee because I wanted to save all of the caffeine buzz for the race.

During the day I drank about two liters of water, a beet juice soda, a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper (after my nap) and a few ounces of fruit punch Gatorade.

Before the race, I met up with my friend Jenn( she was running the half) and it was nice to hang out with her, and her other friend Cari, who had flown in from Minnesota.  Cari was also running the marathon.  We made it to the starting line village with just enough time to drop our gear, use the port- a-potties, and to hop into the corrals.
Pre-race photo

My Jenny


Race
The daytime high in Las Vegas was 77 degrees. But, the sun goes down around 4:45pm, and the temperatures dropped into the low 70's. The sun wasn't beating down on us, but I don't ever remember feeling cold or chilly.

We started in corral 4, and I told myself to be patient.    My strategy was to hold back, and run even.
The first mile was congested, then we flipped a u-turn, and started heading up the Las Vegas strip. My calves and feet were a little tight, and honestly, the first hour of the race was  the hardest.  I kept doubting that I would be able to pick up the pace during the later miles. 8:30 pace didn't feel hard, but it didn't feel easy peasy either.  At mile 4 I started eating my energy chews.  Two chews every two miles. I also took three more salt capsules during the race.  The energy chews I used were Honey Stinger Cherry Cola and Pink Lemonade, For the salt tabs I used Gu Roctane Electrolyte capsules.

The wind beneath my wings

I sweat out a lot of salt, and these tablets helped.
I ate one before the race, one at 45 minutes, another
at 1:40, and my last one around 2:45ish
I also made a point to grab a cup of fluid at every single aid station.

During the early miles, my Garmin bounced all over the place. It would appear that I was running 9:30 pace (what?!), and then my Garmin would drop down to 7:25 pace (oh shit, slow down). It messed with my head, but the early miles were fairly even
Mile 1- 9:24 ( This mile was on a slight incline, and it was crowded)
Mile 2- 8:31
Mile 3- 8:31
Mile 4- 8:32
Mile 5- 8:30
Mile 6- 8:35


After the first hour, I decided to start with the caffeinated energy chews. This was the best decision ever!!!  The caffeine woke me up, and I started to feel more confident, as each mile ticked by and they were still pretty even.

Mile 7- 8:28
Mile 8- 8:29
Mile 9- 8:25
Mile 10- 8:25
Mile 11- 8:47
Mile 12- 8:30

Due to construction on one of our major freeways, the RNRLV marathon course was changed,  The competitor group decided to keep the race close to downtown area and close to the strip.  The competitor group got really creative with our marathon course.  There were so many out and backs, and turning loops.  But, I didn't let that bug me, and I did my best to master the 180 degree flip turn while running.



Mile 13-8:21
Mile 14-8:36
Mile 15-8:32

I had created a playlist, that would start out slow, and gradually build, and at mile 15 I was greeted by a song that reminded me of my daughter when she was a baby.  I became very emotional, and it lit a fire under my butt.  And with 11 miles to go, I decided to start picking up the pace.  The course took us through a large parking lot warehouse area.  But, it was done up in black lights, neon lights, and with techno music.  It was pretty neat, but I had to be careful with my footing too.  During this section, I crashed into another runner at a water station.
Mile 16-8:35
Mile 17-8:27
Mile 18-8:08

We begin to start heading back towards the downtown area.  I'm worried that I'm going to crash and burn eventually.
Mile 19-8:06
Mile 20-8:16
Mile 21-8:19
Mile 22-8:25
After a few more out and back sections we are now on the Las Vegas strip, and heading into another parking lot/rave area....



 I start counting down 4 miles 35 minutes to go etc.
Mile 23-8:27
Mile 24-8:33


We head up a slight uphill grade during this mile.... My pace starts to fall, but I'm fighting as hard as I can. Then we end up back on Las Vegas Blvd.  And this is where I start to feel some redemption.  In 2014 I ran/walked the last few miles, with horrible calf cramps.  This year, I was charging down the straightaway to the finish
Mile 25- 8:48
Mile 26- 8:33
.4- 3:29 = 8:10 pace

Garmin/Strava Time  3:44:46 for 26.4 miles

Official Race Stats




FWIW I hit the half way mark at 1:53:01, and I ran the second half in 1:51:39.  I managed to negative split by a little less than 90 seconds.  It was a very satisfying feeling to be running strong towards the end.

Vegas Baby!



I will say that I'm a little bummed for not going sub 3:40. But, I'm not super upset.  This year I am juggling school, work, and family responsibilities in addition to marathon training.   Plus the weather was a factor.   When I got home I was wide awake from all of the caffeine.  In addition to the energy chews, I also had another caffeinated gel at mile 20.  I ended up going to sleep a little after midnight, and today I am exhausted.

Overall I am really happy with how the race went.

Thank you for reading.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Race Week is Here- A Summary of this training cycle, and racing goals

When I first signed up for this marathon, I never imagined that I would have to worry about the heat... I thought I would be worried about the wind, and not being used to the cold.  However, this is going to be the daytime high on Sunday.

The sun goes down at 4:30pm, so the temperatures will drop some.  But, for the most part
it will still be nice and warm, during the evening. but, at least the sun won't be beating down upon us, and it won't be windy. 

I'm trying not to spaz too much about the heat... I've trained in much hotter weather over the summer. I plan on drinking  a crap ton of water all week long, and I'm also going to bring salt capsules with me in addition to my energy gels and chews.

 Summary of this training cycle
This year I hired a local coach to help me train smartly.  Last year, I fell just shy of going under 3:40.  And I felt a little beat up toward the end of that training cycle... My dream of running dreams is to run a sub 3:30 marathon, but I have been running marathons for a long time, and I'm getting older... I may have to let this dream go... I have to realize that I need to run smart.   This 14 week training cycle went by so fast.  Going back to school has made me worry less about blogging, and running in general.   I looked forward to my workouts as a form of stress relief.   I will say that I ran most of mileage at recovery or easy pace.  I'm worried that I'm not as fast as I used to be. But, I'm going into this race pretty healthy.  I do have a minor Plantar Facitis issue in my right foot, but I don't feel it when I run. (weird, I know).  

I also stopped doing my two a day runs in the Summer.  This was hard for me to let go. Last year, I would split my mileage up on some days, by running a few miles in the morning and then running a few more miles at lunchtime. I did my best to follow my training program to a tee.   It was great to have a coach just tell me how far, how fast, and when to run.

My highest mileage weeks topped out at 45.2 Miles, however, I did have one 7 day stretch (the weeks overlapped) where I ran 57 miles.  There were no 20 milers, this cycle.  My longest run topped out at 19 miles.  My coach was very specific about paces and quality running over quantity running.  There were strides, strides, and then  more strides.  At least once or twice a week I did strides.  That was foreign to me. I used to only do strides before races, and before intense speedwork.  Now I look forward to them.  I belive they have kept my creaky right hip from acting up this season.

Milage by the numbers.
I wanted to compare my milage from last year's training cycle.

In 2015- I followed Hal Higdon's Intermediate II plan and I created my own speed workouts

July- 124 -Approx 31.5 miles per week
August 137 -Approx 32 miles per week
September- 190- Approx 44 miles per week
October- 179. Approx 40 miles per week.
November 111- Approx 37 miles per week (these miles were prior to the marathon)



2016
July- 121 -Approx 29 miles per week
August 159 -Approx 36 miles per week
September- 162- Approx 38 miles per week
October- 170. Approx 39 miles per week.
November 35- About 25 miles per week (I'm tapering now)

I didn't run as much in September & October compared to 2015, but I started doing my long runs in August, and each week had a long run of at least 14 miles.   Last year I had three 20 mile runs, but I would alternate between high mileage 45-50 mile weeks, followed by a lower mileage 30-35 mile week.  So while I didn't do a 20 miler, I still had to run long at least once a week.  My speedwork focused on goal paced running, and some workouts were faster than goal pace.  My favorite workouts were 10-mile runs with 2 x 3 miles at goal pace.

Race Goals
 During my initial time trial, my coach estimated that I would be able to possibly to run 3:38 marathon.    That will be my A goal.  My other goal is also run a negative split marathon. Strava (my favorite running app is offering a back half challenge for its premium subscribers.  If you negative split a fall marathon and post it on Strava, you will win a free pair of New Balance Shoes!  Talk about incentive.

I did mention earlier that I'm getting old,  Next year's Boston Marathon has already been filled, so my time for this race (if I qualify) will earn an entry to the 2018 race.  I turn 40 years old in April of 2018.  So, by timing and or luck, I move up into a different age qualifying standard.  Instead of having to run a 3:40 I will need to run sub 3:45 with a few minutes of cushion. I just realized this earlier today, and I feel somewhat relieved that I have five additional minutes to qualify....   So here's my goals

A-Goal 3:38
B- Goal  3:39:59
C-Goal sub 3:45- I ran the RNRLV marathon in 2014, and I had a shitty race.  I overdressed and I ended up crashing and burning during the second half. I finished in 3:49:xx... I think I have a much better endurance base than I did back then.I really want to run a solid race, and avenge that course.

I plan on hitting 8:45 for the first mile because the start is nuts!  Then for miles 2-15 I will try to hit 8:20-8:25 pace, for miles 16-26.2 I plan to run 8:15-8:20 pace.  If I feel really good I'm going to try to hit 8:00 for the last mile or two.... 

I can't wait to race.

Thank you for reading.

See you on the other side.




Monday, October 31, 2016

13 days to go! Training updates. New Lucky Shoes

Well, this training cycle has gone by fast,  I'm 13 days out, and I'm so worried I will get sick, or stub a toe before the race.  I also finished another block of classes.  I only have four more courses to take, and hopefully, I will graduate with an MBA degree.

I will jump right in with the training updates.  I have a little over two weeks to write up.

Friday 10/14- 10 miles with 3 miles warm up, 2 x 3 miles 15-20 seconds faster than goal pace, 1 mile cool down. In between the 2 x 3's I ran three minutes of active recovery.

I had been worrying about this workout.  I was worried I wouldn't be able to hit 7:45's.  Lately, when I have a long tempo workout, I have just been going to a park to run.  I hate having to worry about crossing busy streets.  The park that I chose has  a dirt track and several other walking paths.  The only downside is that there are two hills around the one-mile track.  I ran my three miles warm-up, did a few strides, and then got the workout started.  I did the first 3-mile interval, and 7:45 pace was manageable.  The  three-minute recovery went by really fast.  The second interval wasn't so bad either.  Here are the splits.


Saturday 10/15- Rest

Sunday 10/16-  5 miles recovery

Miles for the week 38.1

Monday 10/17-  Long Run 19 Miles.... With speed work, I am so focused on hitting my paces, that running in the park for 10 miles doesn't seem so bad.  However, when it comes to long runs, the thought of doing 19 miles in the park seems impossible.  On my long runs, I like to wander.... However, I am at the mercy of red lights, and distracted drivers....  I didn't have an exact route, but I wanted to run through an old neighborhood that I used to live in, and I anticipated some climbing in the later miles.  Here's a picture of the elevation profile.

This was also supposed to be a cut-down run with the final miles finishing up around goal pace...   I ended up stopping my watch twice.  Once after the first hour to use the bathroom and buy water,  Then I stopped again at mile 16 to buy another bottle of water and to collect myself.  The hill at mile 12 sucked the life out of me, and I bonked at mile 16.   I was only supposed to run 18 miles, but I miscalculated the distance and had to run an additional mile to get back to my car...  It serves me right for not planning my route better before hand.   For fuel, I had one package of Honey Stinger chews, and one Powerbar gel.  I probably should have had an extra gel.  Here's the data, and the split times.  


I was really hoping that the closing miles would have been closer to 8:00 minute pace, but I think I may have been asking too much from my legs after the previous Friday's workout.  I was supposed to do this run on Tuesday, but my parents were coming into town, and I didn't want to have to run long before meeting up with them... Lesson learned.

Tuesday 10/18- 4 mile shake out run.  My parents come out to visit about 2-3 times a year, and they enjoy hitting up the casinos and gambling.  We went to Cesar's Palace for lunch, and to gamble.  My mom prefers the slots, and I enjoy keno.  I taught my mom how to play keno, and she ended up winning $800 very quickly.  I had joked that if I won, I was going to go to the Nike store inside the Forum shops.   My mom treated me to a new pair of Nike's.....

These are the Nike Lunarglide 8.  I was wearing the Nike Lunarglide 7 and I really liked that shoe.  This shoe feels like a stability shoe/racing flat.   It has a lot of support and cushion, but it is also super lightweight. I think these will probably be the shoes I race in.

Wednesday 10/19-Rest

Thursday 10/20- 50 Minute run-30 minutes general aerobic, and 20 minutes tempo.  Legs felt a little tired, but I was able to hit the tempo pace.

Friday  10/21- Another 50-minute maintenance run.

Saturday 10/22 3 miles general aerobic, 3 miles tempo, 1 mile cool down.  I don't really remember this workout. lol.... But, I managed to hit my paces.  Here's the data.


Sunday 10/23- Rest

Total Mileage for the week 40.5

Monday 10/24- 70 minutes general aerobic.-8 miles  Hello Humidity.  I had another Monday-Tuesday work holiday week planned.  As I was driving my daughter to daycare,one side of the city was cloudy and dry, the other side was lightning and pouring rain.  I just managed to miss the rain, and I ran 70 minutes around Sunset Park.  

Tuesday 10/25 25k Dress rehearsal run.   10k steady state 10k goal pace, 5k steady state.  Again the humidity was crazy. 100% humidity and no rain.  It was 63 degrees and it actually felt chilly for once. I started out running in the park, and during the first mile, my Garmin started acting weird.  I was worried that my whole run would be off, but after the first mile, the Garmin wasn't an issue anymore.  

I'm so glad that I started drinking water early on and I tried some electrolyte capsules (1 at 2 miles, and another around mile 13). For fuel, I had one package of Honey Stinger chews, and one vanilla GU, it had a little bit of caffeine and it helped.

I stopped quickly by my car at the end of the marathon pace goal running to drink some Gatorade. I also had to stop briefly when my wireless headphone fell out my ears and onto the ground, other than that this run went well, and I was able to hit my paces.  Here's the data.




Wednsday 10/26- 30 minute shake out run

Thursday 10/27- Rest

Friday 10/28-  35 minute shake out run

Saturday 10/29 55 minutes general aerobic/recovery effort

Total Mileage for the week 35.4 miles

Sunday 10/30-This was a rest day, but the kids wanted to go for a run.



We ran to the park, and then I let them play, and then we ran home.

Well, I guess that's all I have for now.... I'm sorry for not being  more descriptive about some of my training, and I know last year I was blogging a bit more about shoes, food, and other running related items.  I think once I am not juggling so much, my content will improve some.

Thank you for reading.