Week 7 & 8–St. George Marathon Training: I’m still here

Whew!! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but don’t you worry–I’m still alive, I’m still running. I know all 5 of you reading have been anxiously awaiting my recaps ❤ I’ll keep it somewhat brief since I have two to cover 😀

July was cray. August looks like it wants to give it competition.

Week 7

Monday, July 17th–5 steady miles on hilly route

I met up with a BQ training buddy. Forgot to start my watch but got the 5 miles in. This was the beginning of a cut-back week and I was so thankful for “just” five miles.

Tuesday, July 18th–2 easy miles, strength training

Two easy miles on the treadmill and some strength exercises–squats, core. I haven’t been as diligent on these cross training days, to be honest. I do some exercises, but I know I could/should be doing more.

Wednesday, July 19th–Rest

I switched my Wednesday workout to Thursday so I took today off (which technically, was supposed to be another cross training day).

Thursday, July 20th–2 mile WU, 3 x 800 meters in 3:48 (7:40 pace) 1 minute RI, 3 x 800 meters in 3:28 (7:00 pace), 2 minute RI, CD

It was a very early start (4:45 a.m.) but it got done. I struggled pretty mightily with the second set of 800s (like major huffing and puffing) and was crazy shocked I nailed it.

Friday, July 21st–3 easy miles

In the hood, easy peasy.

Later that evening, I went to the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert (country music folk) and didn’t get home til midnight. That kinda derailed my long run plans for the following morning.

Saturday, July 22nd–Rest

I couldn’t. I had planned to meet up with a friend at 4 to get in a downhill 12 miler but there was no way that was going to happen on three hours’ sleep.

Sunday, July 23rd–12 miles downhill, 8:49 avg

So this was my son’s birthday and we celebrated the day/night before. Despite the craziness (and lack of sleep), I felt really good on this run. Downhill helps, of course, lol!! I went out and did the first 12 miles of the Phoenix Marathon. I think I could run that course in my sleep. I think I kinda did, LOL.

Total Miles: 29.25

Week 8

Monday, July 24th–Rest

It was my kids’ first day of school, so running in the morning wasn’t happening. And when I picked them up after school, I was so excited to hear about their day, the last thing I wanted to do was leave them to run.

So I didn’t run.

Tuesday, July 25th–2 easy miles, strength training

Treadmill miles and core. I texted my coach about the missed workout and she gave me the okay to just nix it and move on.

Wednesday, July 26th–2 miles WU, 3x800UP/DOWN, 1 mile CD

I decided to try squeezing in a run before school drop off….yeah…nope. It was just too much driving to meet up with friends, run, drive home, get kids fed/dressed, take kids to school

Anyway, the workout was tough but the fact I had teammates there helped push me to try a lot harder than if I had been on my own.

Thursday, July 27th–Rest

Nothing. No core, no strength training…nothing.

Friday, July 28th–16 miles

So my husband is also training for St. George and he always gets one weekend day to long run. I had an event on Sunday (that wouldn’t allow me to run) but I couldn’t take his Saturday. Which meant….long run on Friday!!!

It was insane. I woke up at 3:45, rolled out of bed and headed downstairs. I got on the treadmill for 6 miles–at five a.m. immediately ran out for 7 miles and then came back home to finish off the last 3 on the treadmill.

I don’t usually like running this way (who does?) but I didn’t want to be running in the dark outside on my own at 3:45 in the the morning and I didn’t want to do the entire 16 on the treadmill. It wasn’t conventional, but it got the job done.

Saturday, July 29th–Glorious Rest

Sunday, July 30th–1.5 easy miles

It was my Moms Run This Town chapter’s 3rd Annual Summer Virtual 5k. Each year I’ve put on this event with my co-leaders and each year, it just keeps getting better. I absolutely love organizing it (I think it’s the teacher in me) and I love bringing women together for something so fun–running!

Checking runners in

At the start line

Handing out finisher medals

SWAG

Total Miles: 25.52

Total Miles for July: 149.01

It was a pretty crazy month of hot runs, long runs, bad runs, hilly runs, early runs, and fast runs–but I’m still trucking along. I’m still not sure about this BQ; I’m not sure I’ll ever be confident about it. But I’m proud that I’m continuing to train, continuing to give the best that I can. Two more months! 😀

–Have you ever had to break up runs between treadmill and outside? 

–How was your July?

–Can you believe it’s August?!?

Week 6–St. George Marathon Training Recap

Whew!! It was good to unload/whine/complain but now it’s time to move on. Thank you all so much for your support and comments the last week ❤

Monday, July 10th–7 miles: 2 mile WU, 4 miles @7:40, 1 mile CD

I met up with another BQ training buddy (I have quite a few, lol!) for this tempo run. I was a little nervous on how this would go as it was my first run after last week’s Saturday long run debacle. But I said going in that I would just give it my best as that is always all I can do.

1-7:53
2-7:32
3-7:44
4-8:01

Not gonna lie, I was a little bummed when I saw the fourth split but then I figured my second mile fast one kinda evened it out. Whatever makes you feel better, right? Ha!

Tuesday, July 11th–3 miles easy, MYRTLES, stretching

Non-eventful 3 miler on the treadmill while watching HGTV. I did some core work and my myrtles.

Wednesday, July 12th–1.5 mile WU, 3×1 mile @7:40, 2×800 @7:00, CD

Back to the track! It was hot but honestly, you kind of get used to it. And for some reason, it’s been easier for me to run fast in the heat than to run long.

I was so happy with this run. It felt the perfect amount of hard. I was pushed for time on the cool down though and had to skidaddle home.

Thursday, July 13th–Foam roll, stretch

I had all the intentions of doing some strength work buuuut didn’t. I stretched and rolled before bed and that was pretty much it.

Friday, July 14th–5+ easy miles @9:20 avg.

It was nice to meet up with some of my Moms Run This Town ladies for this run. We chatted the whole way and ended with almost 5 and a half miles 🙂

Saturday, July 15th–16 miles @9:30 avg.

4 a.m. start time #zzz

Yes, you read that start time correctly, LOL!!!

Soooo much better than last week. I was a little irritated at first because I realized a mile in that I forgot to start my watch. I had to tell myself to not let that throw off my run as I still had a long ways to go. But then I stopped it when we met up with some other friends and didn’t start it AGAIN!! At that point I just said screw it and told my friend Ashely to send me her stats.

The pace from this run and last week’s wasn’t too far off but I *felt* way better and to me that’s more important. I even finished this one with a fast mile (around 8:40ish) whereas last week I was slogging through the finish.

Celebratory post-run mimosas!

Sunday, July 16th–Glorious Rest

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Overall, it was a much better week spirit-wise. I know I chose a fall race which means summer training, I know trying to BQ is hard and not meant to be easy, but I felt like complaining for a little bit–which I feel like I rarely do. It’s okay (right?) to just want to be a baby about some things and then get over it, LOL. I’m over it, and I know I’ll encounter some rough patches again along the way, but I’ll be fine. It wouldn’t be fun if it were easy 🙂

Total miles: 37

–How do you emotionally purge? I usually exercise it away but I think because running was the source, I felt the need to cry instead, lol!

What’s the worst that can happen?

Recently, I had a good convo with a buddy about this BQ business. I was having some serious doubts last week (and really, I think there will always be a little of it). I don’t know, sometimes I think that maybe I’m not ready or I have too much time to cut off or there’s too much life going on.

But then I was reminded again that this is about running.

Running.

One more time, all together now….

RUNNING. 

So what if I don’t make my goal?

The worst that can happen, isn’t so bad. 

When he said that, it’s like a light bulb went off. The worst that could happen would be me trying again. How is that bad? I love running. Trying again means…running. Wasn’t I going to do that even if I did get the BQ?

Nothing really changes with or without it. I’m still going to run. I’m still going to challenge myself in different ways. And those challenges will be difficult. But they will still be fun. Because it’s running. And I love running.

Sometimes when we set goals for ourselves–time goals, distance goals, mileage goals, # of races goals–we forget about what it is that gets us to those goals.

Running.

Back to the basics, Helly.

–Have you had a life reminder lately? What do you think you need a reminder about?