Week 5–St. George Marathon Training: All Together Now…

…THIS IS HARD.

and I know it’s “supposed” to be hard. And I know that it’ll make me stronger. And I know that it will all be worth it.

But it’s still hard.

Monday, July 3rd–8 Miles; 2 mile WU, 5×1 mile @7:15 pave (1:30R), CD to complete mileage

I was still in my hometown and I needed to do this run, so another 5 a.m. run it was.

I made my husband do this with me and he heard the struggle (me swearing) on each mile. There’s no way I could’ve come close to these times without him–this shit hurt. And I didn’t hit the mark on any of the miles, but I was still pleased with how I did. Except for that one split that wasn’t even close–that has been a recurring theme in this training…a random split that’s way off, lol

SPLITS
-7:20
-7:25
-7:20
-7:37
-7:20

Tuesday, July 4th–Core strength, stretching, foam rolling

It was Independence Day and we actually traveled back home on this day so a good chunk was spent in the car. I made sure to do some core work and rolling when I got home though.

Wednesday, July 5th–6 Miles; 1.75 WU, 6-5-4-3-2-1 minutes @6:50 pace, CD

Soooo, with work looming, I’m getting myself used to evening track workouts and this was the first one of this cycle.

Not recommended.

I wasn’t expecting to hit my paces because of the heat, and except for the first and last intervals, I didn’t. (The six minuter was actually supposed to be 7:00 minute pace and I was close–the rest were supposed to be 6:50.) But nonetheless, I was really happy with this run.

Thursday, July 6th–Core strength, stretching, rolling

I haven’t gotten myself to bike/spin for cross training but I have been keeping to doing some core work at home. I’m hoping it’s sufficient enough, lol!

Friday, July 7th–6 Easy Miles at 9:17/avg

I met up with my BQ training buddy Ashely for this run. Nothing fancy (including no picture, jaja!).

Saturday, July 8th–15 Miles @9:47/avg

I did not have this. 😥

Absolutely awful.

You know how there’s moments in your training where you doubt you’ll reach your goal. That was this run for me. I just couldn’t move. Couldn’t. And to think that I would have to run 11 more miles than this at almost two minutes faster, completely crushed my spirits. There’s no way I can do it.

I know it’s hot. I know it’s supposed to be hard. I know this. But it still sucks. I looked back at my summer training last year and I nailed a 15 miler around this same time period. And actually, last summer’s running was good! This summer, while my speed work has been great, my long runs have been incredibly abysmal.

At least there was a pretty sunrise #thelittlethings

Tomorrow is another day.

And that was Week 5..sigh…..I know, I’ve been doing pretty good so far and we’re going to have those runs/weeks. But I feel like every long run this cycle has been so hard. The long run specifically.

Total mileage: 35

–When in the training do you (if ever) struggle with believing in your goal? 

–Do you prefer short and fast or long and “slow” runs? I used to prefer the latter, but I’ve been doing a lot better with the shorter stuff. The long run has not felt “slow” or “easier” at all, lol!

 

 

Week 4–St. George Marathon Training

One month down!! This week’s recap is a little late as I was out of town celebrating America this weekend 🙂

Happy birthday, U.S.A!

Here’s how the last of June went down:

Monday, June 26th–8 miles: 2 miles WU; 2 miles uphill, 2 miles downhill @7:40 pace; 2 miles CD

Normally, I look forward to tempo runs, but because I knew this would involve hills, I was a bit nervous. And yep, it was hard.

Tuesday, June 27th–Core strengthening and stretching

Did my MYRTLES, foam rolled, and stretched. I usually do some sort of core work and foam rolling every day, but I up the ante on cross training days that I don’t bike.

Wednesday, June 28th–7 miles: Ladder 800, 1000, 1200, 1000, 800 @6:40 pace

Noticing a theme? lol!! #alwayshard

Thursday, June 29th–5 easy miles @9:24/mile

I met up with my BQ training buddy and cranked out an easy 5 miler.

Friday, June 30th–Rest Day

We traveled down south to my hometown for the weekend 🙂

Saturday, July 1st–14 Long Run Miles @9:25/mile

This was hard, again. Our little town is super small so trying to map out a route pretty much meant running the perimeter of the city, lol! It was nice to have my husband along for company though, and we took a pic in front of our high school where we both met ❤

Sunday, July 2nd–Rest Day

Glorious rest.

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I finished June with 125 miles and the week with 34 miles. I was surprised to see the mileage over 100 as I know I’m running, but it doesn’t feel like I’m running that much. But, I am! Lol!

The workouts have been tough and I’ve been working hard trying to nail them. I know my coach has a purpose for each run and I love testing myself, but holy cow, I’ve never ran so fast in my life. It’s exhausting, jaja!!! July is going to be insane as there is a whole lot of life happening. It’ll be fun trying to squeeze everything in, lol!!

–Are summers busy for you?

–Do you like running fast?

–How was your June running month?

–When is the last time you ran in your hometown? Is it a big or small town?

 

Week 3–St. George Marathon Training: No Excuses Allowed!

Holy eff, I’m tired. I don’t think I felt this tired til like week 13 of Hanson’s! So many things are different now compared to then–for one, my kids are older and no longer nap 😦 That was huge when I was doing all that running. I lived for nap time.

And I’m also training for a 3:30 marathon, not a 3:50 like I was then. Big difference. Sometimes I think maybe it’s too big of a difference and I’m overshooting myself. But I’m already in so might as well see where it takes me, lol!

So those are my excuses. I hate excuses. You may have known that, or not. But, I do. I’ve always felt like people deal with so many different life situations, and still make it work, so there’s no reason why I can’t. I have this friend who has kids the exact same age as mine (5 and 3) and she has a third kid that’s one and a half. So not only does she have one kid on me, she has a full time job just like I do/will-with similar schedules, her husband works just like mine, and she runs marathons (and has already Boston qualified-last February, so like 5 months ago). So when I start to let excuses like kids, no naps, etc. creep in, I think of how other people make it work. And that’s just what you gotta do.

Monday, June 19th–2 miles WU, 3 miles Tempo (7:40), 1 mile CD

I programmed my watch to yell at me while I did the tempo miles and when I was running, I realized it wasn’t beeping at each mile–it just did the 3 straight through. So when I checked my splits afterward, it just gave the average for all three, not individually. This kind of bummed me out because I like to really work on keeping consistent/negative splits. That’s kinda my thing. But oh well, the positive thing was that the average pace was where it needed to be–and I did it without a watch yelling, lol–and now I know to program the tempo miles separately. 🙂

4:30 a.m start…again…

Tuesday, June 20th–4 miles Easy, 9:25 avg.; strength training

I’m still working on this cross training thing, lol. I did do some core exercises and stretches at home though. And got a haircut!

Buh bye, 6 inches!!!

Wednesday, June 21st–2 miles WU, 1600-1200-1000-800-400 (@7:00), CD for 6 miles total

This. Was. Hard.

I was glad to see the 1600 first to get the toughest part out of the way, but the whole thing was tough. I almost cried.

But somehow, somehow, I hit my paces for all of them!! I seriously thought Garmin was wrong when I looked at it after my run.

Shit had gotten real after the 1200. I was so beat and when I saw the 1000 was next, my motivation was low. I hate 1000s. It’s such an awkward distance. Not two full circles, not three full circles. It sucks. Well, when I finished that one, seriously wanting to die, a runner in the group said to me, “You look so strong out there! You’re so inspiring!”

I thought she was legit mocking me. It took me a full minute to register what she said and realize she was actually serious. I told her thanks and that it was hard to believe because I wanted to quit so badly on that last interval. But it made me think of how awesome and fascinating perspective is. She saw someone working hard and giving it their all. Isn’t that amazing?

Thursday, June 22nd–Strength Training

I did not bike, but I did do my core exercises and stretching. I’ve been pretty good about doing them on these days and it’s a plus if I get myself on a bike too.

Friday, June 23rd–3 Easy Miles, 10:14 avg

It’s hard for me to wake up early for 3 miles. So I got a late start on this one and hit the road at 8 a.m.–practically afternoon.

I always think how my easy runs are often…different compared to others. I take them super seriously and have no shame about my paces on these. I learned from Hanson’s how important it is to legit take easy runs easy and I’ve seen the difference it’s made taking them so seriously.

Saturday, June 24th–12 miles Long Run, 8:56 avg

This was sooooo hard. I met up with my marathon training buddy at 4:20 a.m. to try and beat the heat. I’m thinking it was that and the accumulation of a tough week of training that got me. I couldn’t keep up. Eventually, I told her to go on without me. I was please to see consistency in my splits though, so that was a positive #glasshalffull

 

#makeithappen

Sunday, June 25th–Rest Day, Foam Roll and Stretch

I didn’t run run, but I still did run, lol! I met up with my running group and pushed my kids with my husband. We did a little run/walk because they love when we run and kept yelling, faster!

My run club was having a discount day at our local Road Runner Sports so we hung out for the raffle hoping we’d win. We didn’t, lol!

I have to share this cool dollar store find though. My kids sometimes get antsy waiting at a store (that’s not a toy store, lol) so I brought along these mini white boards for them to play with. Total win! They stayed occupied with them the whole time!

alphabet practice ftw!

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31 miles for the week! I’m hoping I adjust to this new tired soon and become one with this tough marathon training cycle, lol! I’m loving how hard it is though, because I’m seeing myself do things I never thought I’d do. That’s makes it much easier to accept the fatigue, jaja!!!

–How much does fatigue affect your training?

–Do you find yourself making excuses during training? Or do you tell yourself to get over it and just do what you gotta do? (that’s my life mantra)