Marathon Training Recap Week 16 and some other thoughts

It seems like I’ve taken this taper thing a liiiittle too seriously lol!

Yeah, I’ve done nothing.

Well, not exactly nothing. But last week’s 20 miler had been iffy because my husband was out of town. He’s actually still out of town. I had planned on squeezing in my workouts after work and before daycare pick-up (it’s like a 2 hour window) but I ended up swamped with end of quarter grading that I never left work early to run. I know I could have put the grading aside, but I figured the more I got done then, the less I’d have to bring home to grade during Fall Break. Which I’m on now! YAY!!!

So this solo-parenting has left me absolutely exhausted. After my 20 miler last Saturday, I didn’t do anything the rest of the week 😦

My mom flew in on Thursday night and I was able to run on Saturday.

I was really looking forward to this because one of my local running groups #RunEatTweetAZ was putting on a fun run for charity, collecting old shoes and raising money/awareness for pediatric cancer.

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These 10 miles were tough. I hadn’t run all week so I’m blaming tired, rusty legs (but really, I’ve kinda felt my legs heavy throughout my entire training 😦 ) Anyway, I got it done and was very happy 🙂 Can’t you tell?? Lol!!

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That was pretty much it. This morning I went for an easy, quick 2 miler on the treadmill while my mom did some elliptical. We chatted the entire time and it was fun to have a mom/daughter workout–we hadn’t had one of those in years!!

Total mileage (Sun-Mon)=12

Soda count=I’ve been averaging about 1 a day 🙂

And the other thoughts…

Yesterday, quite a few running friends online and in real life ran the Chicago Marathon. It was so freaking inspiring reading and seeing their race pics and stories. It was seriously the boost I needed going in to Marine Corps. I must have stayed up til like 10 (that’s late for me!) on Instagram and Facebook just catching up. I read about people getting PRs, others having not so great races, and others simply happy with the experience. What I couldn’t get enough of was just the happiness that runners exhibit post race. It’s like we’re in so much pain but we’re happy?! It’s so insanely awesome!

I read about one girl who struggled with cramping but fought through to finish with an amazing time and another girl who struggled with cramping and had to reevaluate her goal. I love reading about others’ experience; I feel like I learn so much from them.

I feel like I’ve battled some motivation issues with this training–I blame the heat–and I feel like while I’m so freaking excited about running Marine Corps, I’m more excited about the experience and not so much about tackling a PR. I mean, I hope I get a PR, but really, I’m going in to this race so totally about the race itself. I’ve never been to D.C.; I’m so excited about that. My dad was a Marine; I’m so excited to run a race with meaning. And, I have a passion for American history. This race is completely about enjoying the experience.

I think having that mindset all through training is what has kept me from freaking out about paces and goal times. Sometimes that’s not what it’s all about.

I hope you guys have a great week! How’s the running going?? Who ran/raced this weekend!?

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My Go-To Workout Playlist

So I was at the gym this week running on the treadmill and while I was there a woman on the treadmill in front of me was walking and totally jamming out. I mean, she was waving her arms in the air and if it was possible, dancing as she walked! I thought, “Gosh, I really want to know what’s on HER playlist!”

Have you ever wondered what people are listening to? I always do. It’s probably my most popular random thought while I’m at the gym. I mean, the majority of the people there are plugged in and I can’t help but be curious as to what they are jamming out to.

I’ve been trying out a no-music running thing ever since I turned off my iPod during a run and did pretty well. However, I’m still listening to music when I cross-train.

Here is a list of my #1 playlist. The playlist I can count on to get me through a tough I-don’t-wanna workout :  )

  1. Let’s Go-Calvin Harris
  2. Where Have You Been-Rihanna
  3. The Anthem-Pitbull
  4. Forever-Chris Brown
  5. The Pretender-Foo Fighters
  6. Best of You-Foo Fighters
  7. Believe Again-Delta Goodram
  8. Fire in your New Shoes-Kaskade
  9. Hot-Inna
  10. I’m a Slave 4 U-Britney Spears
  11. Parallel Universe-Red Hot Chili Peppers
  12. Getting Over You-David Guetta
  13. Cry For You-September
  14. Runnin-Doman & Gooding
  15. Indestructible-Robyn
  16. In The Air-Morgan Page

–Are any of these songs on your playlist?

–What’s your go-to jam to workout with?