Friday, March 3, 2017

Revel Marathon Training and what's been going on so far

I can finally catch my breath again.  I finished up my MBA program last week, and I am currently in the process of my degree audit.  I have a lot more free time at night and on the weekends.  Last Friday I turned in my final term papers and my capstone assignment.  I had stressed myself out so badly that I had a horrendous tension headache, and I had felt so overwhelmed.  I also managed to run 15 miles last Friday, and it went well.  So let me do my best to update you on the last few weeks of my training...

In January I was easing my way back into running 25 miles a week, and in February after I signed up for Revel I knew that I needed to get those numbers up into the mid 30's.  I'm not currently doing any hard interval work,  For now, I'm focusing on general aerobic runs, and doing some tempo pace on the back half of some of my runs.  I won't take you all the way back to the beginning of February, just the middle.

Week of February 13-19
Monday-  5.1 Miles 4 Miles relaxed and then 1 mile with strides.   I was tired and I almost talked myself out of running that day.

Tuesday- 6.7 Miles, I ran for 30 minutes general aerobic, 24 minutes tempo, and a short cool down.  Here's the data.

I ran this at the park, and it was nice not having to worry about traffic.

Wednesday- 4.2 Miles. This was a recovery effort, but I decided to do some trail running.  It was the first time that I had been back out to the trails since I had injured my foot back in December. I was worried that my foot would bother me so I tried to run as easy and relaxed as I could.  I climbed 454 feet and I ran for about 50 minutes.

Thursday- Rest

Friday- 11 Miles,  I had hoped to run 14 on this day, but I was pressed for time, and the weather was horrible.  This was the same day that Southern California received over 5 inches of rain in some areas.  The storm was starting to reach the Las Vegas area, and the winds were terrible.  I had chosen a hilly route, I took off in shorts, and a long sleeve top, but I had to stop by my car at mile 3 to put on a windbreaker.  Then it started to rain.  I ran relaxed and was extra careful with my footing. I did not want to fall and slide down a hill.  Here's a picture of the elevation and the data.

Sat- Rest

Sun-8.5 miles, 2 miles warm up, strides, 4 miles goal pace, 2 miles cool down.  I chose an area that was nice and flat,  The weather was a little warmer than I expected and I ended up tying my half zip top around my shoulders for the tempo portion.  I felt like a goon, with my shirt tied around my neck.
But, I was also happy that I was able to hit my paces.

35.8 Miles for the week

Week of February 20-26
Monday- 6 miles relaxed.  It was nice to have the day off from work.  I did feel a little tired from the previous day's run. But, it wasn't so bad.

Tuesday- 8.1 Miles, This was 4 miles general areobic, 3 miles steady state, 1 mile cool down.  This was my last week of school and, I was feeling very frustrated with how my papers were shaping up.  Runcrastination was a welcome distraction.  I chose a hilly area, becuase I want to build up my quads and hammies in preperation of the downhill marthon course that I will be running.  Here's a picture of the elevation and the run data.

Wednsday- Rest

Thursday- 4 miles recovery,  I drove out to a different area to run, because I like to switch up my routine on a regular basis.  #safetyfirst.  I drove to an area that is near a paved trail. I ran 1 mile on the trail and then I ran through a residential area with a steep climb up.  I did this so I could run back down the steep climb.  I don't want to overdo it with the hills, but every little bit counts.

Friday- 15 miles,  this was my reward for turning in my final assignements early.  I was a mess last week, and I was grateful to be finished.  I did this run in the afternoon, and my goal was to just relax and enjoy the miles.  I stated off in the park, then headed out on a bike trail, and then headed out on the road, and then back through the park. I had planned to swing by my car one hour in to drink some gatorade, but that didn't end up happening until mile 11.  Here's the data.

This run felt great.  I saw a few cottontail rabbits, the pollen didn't bug me too much, the hills were okay.  I felt strong, considering I had been so stressed out all week long. That night  I slept for ten hours straight.

Saturday- Rest ( I did take my kids out for a short run/walk to the park)

Sunday-7.2 miles, 25 minutes warm up, 30 minutes steady, cool down  This route wasn't super hilly but, I ran the first 25 minutes uphill so that I could run the 30 minutes steady on a slight downhill grade.  Here's a picture of the elevation and the data.

Mileage for the week 40.3

I will save this week's training for my next post. I ended up taking an extra rest day. I had forgotten my shoes one day, and then I had to take another day off because I needed the personal time to attend a function at my kid's school.  Today I am heading out for hopefully 18 miles.  Next week I start working with my coach again. See you on the other side.

Thank you for reading!


  1. Congrats on finishing your MBA!!! That's a great accomplishment, especially with all else you have going on. I have three more classes, thanks to poor scheduling on my part...but I admire you for plugging though and finishing so quickly!

  2. Congratulations on your MBA! When I finished my engineering degree in 2015, I felt like... weightless. But also for months I could not shake the feeling that I had homework due or that I was simply on break and would be returning to class. A run is a perfect way to celebrate! Although I also recommend eating pie.
    I do not understand why this comment system doesn't let me comment with my wordpress ID. Ugh. I hope there are not 75 comments either, I keep hitting publish.