Week 2: #itsgoingdownatphx

Hello, November!! I finished off month 10 with 98 miles and no desire to run two more for the century mark, lol!! And I started off month 11/week 2 with 22 and 33 miles, respectively. Here’s how it went down:

Monday, 10/30: Mondays have been designated as hill days so I went off in search of some incline. I really have two choices if I want to stick with roads, both about the same distance in different directions. Lately, I’ve been going to a spot my coach has her athletes go. I’m on my own though, as I venture out that way after kid drop off.

Garmin vs. Strava

Tuesday, 10/31: I met up with my MRTT chapter for a Halloween run and kept a friend company on her 400s. Her target pace was 7:30 and it was crazy that I was able to keep that up and hold a conversation. We talked the entire run!

Wednesday, 11/1: I very well could’ve chalked up Tuesday’s run as my speed day, but I was looking forward to my coach’s Wednesday track workout. Waking up was tough after the previous night’s Halloween shenanigans, but I love/hate going to track because all of the athletes that go are super fit and I totally feel out of place there. But, I like being motivated and chasing ’em.

The workout was 400@5k pace followed by 400@half marathon pace up to a mile with a 90 sec recovery b/w each mile set. It was hard and I didn’t always hit my target paces, but I was very happy with my efforts.

5k–1:45, 1/2–1:55

Thursday, 11/2: Morning date with with my mat. Got the MYRTLES in, planks, and all that good stuff.

Friday, 11/3: Easy negative splitter 4 miler around the hood–9:17, 8:54, 8:49, 8:38

Saturday, 11/4: Woke up early to meet my friend and St. George training buddy Ashley for a 12 miler. The weather was uhmazing–cloudy and cool. Perfect long run weather ❤

Sunday, 11/5: Slept in while my husband got his long run on. He just had to out do my Friday negative splitter with a 10 miler of his own.

That my friends, is a thing of beauty.

Afterward, we chilled out and rested while seeing Shalane Flanagan kick some ass. Did you guys see her awesomeness? I legit cried when she was crossing the finish line. Gahh!!! Love her!!!

To quote: “Fuck yeah!!”

Week 2 Total: 33 miles

–How was the start of your November?

–Did you catch the NYC Marathon? I had major withdrawals. Last year was epic.

–Do you ever admire your paces (or others’)? I seriously stared at my husband’s stats while drinking my coffee.

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Let’s Do This!! …Again!!

I took a mini break after Phoenix last February before I started St. George Marathon training, but that mini break seems like it was so long ago, lol! After two weeks of laying low, here I am, again, starting a new a training cycle #iamnotnormal

In my last post I had decided not to use a coach as with the holidays approaching, I wanted to budget and prepare. But, when Elle asked me again to write a post comparing Hanson’s training and training with a coach, I felt that I hadn’t really gotten the full coach experience. I told Elle it wouldn’t be fair for me to make a comparison given that I only really followed the plan for two months before I threw in the white flag.

This made me think about what could have been different had I been able to get a full cycle with her. The two months I ran under her guidance, I felt strong, and I was hitting paces I never thought I could. My confidence was up, I felt good.

So, after talking with my husband and with my coach, I decided to give it another go with her. I’ve seen firsthand athletes thrive under her coaching and I’m truly curious to see what I can do if I commit to her training.

Coach Susan Loken and me 😀

It’s scary, because I have the added accountability factor, but that also motivates me.

Today, I had my first timed mile. I was nervous because these always make me nervous. The plan was to go to my coach’s track workout but with my husband away for work, I was resigned to my neighborhood streets after kid drop off.

The goal was a 6:30 and with my previous timed mile being 6:52 this was a bit ambitious, but, for some reason, I felt like I could do it.

I didn’t. Not even close.

6:42

I’m happy I bettered my time by 10 seconds, and I’m super happy that I felt something in me that said I could do it.

The splits of my 5k PR are 7:03, 7:19, 6:57 <—- that last mile of my fastest 5k of my life, makes me feel like I’ve got a faster single mile than a 6:42.

I’ve never been a naturally fast runner. I’ve worked hard and have come a long way to get where I’m at now as a runner. I’m super excited that I’m finally feeling confident and LESS scared to do hard things (because there has to be a little element of fear in there, right? 😀 )

Alright, let’s do this!!

–Do you like being a little scared of your goals?

Some St. George Extra and What I’m Doing Now

I mentioned in a previous post about St. George how I was excited about the race because of friends running it.

My friend Jenna, who also used the same coach as me, was running to Boston Qualify, and I had no doubts she would do it. Guess what? SHE KILLED IT. She needed a 3:35 like me and ended up with a 3 FREAKING 20!!! Yeah, demolished her goal!!!

My other friend Kimi was running her third marathon in 6 months (crazy girl) and also pulled out a BQ. We’re not sure if it’ll be enough cushion but that girl is serious amazeballs.

Ashley, my training buddy/partner-in-BQ-crime, came away with a 4 minute PR at 3:43!!! I *know* she’s got a BQ in her and with the right course (maybe CIM in December?) she’ll get her Boston ticket.

In my race recap, I recounted how we’d driven the course and seen that while it was net downhill, it was a lot of rolling up and down hill. I knew I was not prepared for that (or prepared to BQ or PR), but even Ashley who had done some hill training wasn’t feeling confident after the preview.

St. George Marathon is an absolutely beautiful course. The views the entire way are breathtaking. The volunteers and overall organization of the race are seriously topnotch. Like, for real. At each station, there were people who who would rub cream on your legs to help with cramping, they were people who had vaseline if you were chafing, there were people there to help you with mostly anything. I had never seen anything like it!

But as a Boston Qualifying course, I’m not so sure I’d recommend it. If you like hills, have hills around you to train, then this is def a good course to shoot for that goal. If you’re in the flatlands, it might be tough.

I’d have to stick with my Phoenix Marathon course. It’s also net downhill (that’s really more flat than downhill after the initial descent) and while boring and lacking in views (after the initial descent), I honestly think it’s a good PR course. (and of course, shameless plug: Use Helly10 for $10 off the half or full!)

Downhill but way less so than St. George.

So that’s where I’ll make my next attempt. I’ll have home court advantage, so I have that going for me. And if I’m honest, I need all the help I can get.

Right now I’m laying low, easing myself back into running after a much needed rest. I’m skipping CIM in December and instead getting a full cycle for Phoenix. Training for Phoenix officially begins the 24th, and I’ll be going in ready to give it all I have. I’d love to use my coach again, but with budgeting for the holidays, I’ll be re-using some of her workouts in addition to Hanson’s to go at it solo. I’m excited, and I feel really good about where I’m at right now with running. Even though I had a rough go at it with St. George, coming away with a PR match has given me a newfound confidence with this next attempt.

Let’s do this, blogging fam!! ❤

–What is your next running/fitness goal?

 

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