Thursday, October 13, 2016

The RNRLV Marathon is 1 Month Away

Well, things are only going to get more exciting over the next month.

The marathon is one month away. I believe that I'm only going to have a two-week taper.  So that means I only have two hard weeks of training left...

This training cycle has gone by fast,  I think being in school has helped me not be so obsessive about every single workout.  I still analyze the heck out of my data from the long runs, and the speed work.  But, for the rest of the runs (General Aerobic, and recovery days) I'm just logging the miles and enjoying them.  It has been nice to have a coach to take the guess work out of how fast to run, and for how long.... Depending on how this marathon goes, I may be using this coach again for another marathon or half marathon PR attempt.

In my last post, I mentioned that I didn't feel as fast ast I used to... While I feel that this statment is still somewhat true, I don't feel as beat up as I did earlier this year, and during last years training.

Last year I had a sore left hip, and I just couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.  I thought that my left hip was weaker than my right side.  I think it turns out that the opposite is true.  My right side had been the weaker side, and when I was running tempo/speedwork my left side was over compensating for my right leg.  I've been trying to stay up on my donkey kicks and planks... And I'm crossing my fingers that everything stays healthy for the next month.

I was having a little bit of plantar fascia issues on my right foot.  But, for the most part, that is feeling better as well....So let's get to the training updates.

Tuesday10/4- Rest

Wednesday 10/5- 4 Mile run. This was a recovery run of 40 minutes plus a few strides.

Thursday 10/6- Recovery miles at Whitney Mesa.  I dusted off the trail shoes, and I ran a few miles in the dirt.

I ran up and around the mesa, but I stayed away from some of the more rugged trails.

Friday 10/7-  8 Miles 2 Miles Warm up 5 miles goal pace, and one mile cool down.  I had been feeling nervous about this workout. I decided to get out of the house early in the morning... I prefer to run at lunchtime so that my daughter doesn't have an extra long day at daycare.  But, I didn't want to have to worry about the heat....
I chose a route that was a little hilly, but I wouldn't have to worry about traffic on the bike path.  Here's the data:

This workout was a big confidence booster.

Saturday 10/8- 40 Minutes recovery effort

Sunday 10/9-  6.3 Miles This was supposed to be 40 minutes General Aerobic, and 25 minutes tempo. My kids get up super early, and my daughter saw me in my running clothes, and she asked to go running with me.  We ran about a .6 miles to and from the park, and then I headed out to finish my run.  I ran 25 minutes GA, and 25 minutes tempo effort.  Here's the data.

Total Mileage for the week 45.2 Miles

Monday 10/11- Rest

Tuesday 10/12- 17.5 Miles Long Run Day!! This run called for 170 minutes of relaxed running.   I'm so torn sometimes on where to go running.  I feel that there is a safety trade off one way or the other.  Jogging paths are great to avoid traffic, but they can be isolated. 
A local runner was brutally attacked in one of the safest neighborhoods (Green Valley) on Friday October 7th.  The attack happened in broad daylight at 4pm.  It was a senseless act of random violence.....Here is a link to the incident that happened.

I am so sad and angry that this happened.  I love all of the connecting bike paths and jogging trails that run through Henderson, and Las Vegas, but I would rather take my chances running on busy streets, in case something happens to me.   
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I chose a route that ended up being a steep uphill climb for the first 5-6 miles.  I ran out towards the Lake Mead recreation area.

 and then I let gravity do its thing for the next 5-6 miles.  I ended up stopping briefly twice, once at mile 10 to buy a bottle of water, and at mile 13 I stopped by my hose to drop off my run vest, and to use the bathroom.  Since this run was done at a relaxed pace, the time actually went by quickly.  Here's the data.

Wednsday 10/12- 30-minute walk.... I had the day off from work, so I took my daughter to Sunset Park, so we could go running and play on the many playgrounds the park has to offer.  We ended up run walking a little over a mile

Thursday 10/13- 3.5 Shake out recovery run, with some strides. 

I have another tempo workout tomorrow that I am feeling nervous about.  But, I will try to do my best to nail the workout.  See you on the other side.

And as always thank you for reading.


  1. That attack on a runner is terrible! What is wrong with some people?!?!

    Your training has been so solid -- it's great to hear you're feeling less beat up too. Fingers crossed you keep healthy!

  2. Stay safe, Dolly - that's scary.
    I am really interested to see how your training works out for this race. I'm vaguely pondering the coach idea, since it seems hard for me to get faster now. I notice that your long runs are very solid, but then, you always had good long runs, so I don't know if that's attributable to a coach - all I know is, that is where I struggle!

  3. Good luck Dolly!! Your baby girl is running already?!