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?!?

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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?