Monday, March 23, 2015

Miles for Maria Training Week #4

Monday: Mondays and I are not getting along these days.
Actual: Rest

Tuesday: The Jayhawk and I headed to the Midtown location of Big Peach Running Company to meet up with fellow RunDONNA Ambassador Katie and take part in their St. Paddy's Day group run. It was one of the first warm days of the year (almost 80!) but the air still felt light and spring-like (I fear those days are numbered). It was a beautiful night and a fun tour of midtown and GA tech area, a nice change from our usual running spots. The run was sponsored by Mizuno and I decided to demo the Wave Rider 18s during the run while the Jayhawk tried out the Wave Hitogami 2 (we both loved them). As an added bonus, there was ice cold beer at the finish. Nothing better than a few fun miles, good company, and cold beer.
Actual: 3.4 miles (10:00/mile pace)

Wednesday: I arrived home from work to find that a water main broke in our neighborhood and our water was turned off (at least we weren't part of the neighborhood that lost power as well due to the sinkhole created by the water main break which caused a transformer box thing to fall into the sinkhole. Oh the drama). Any who, this meant I had no water to hydrate with pre/post run and more importantly no way to shower. Cue unhappy face. I decided it was a good reason to focus on core work and yoga for the night. (Note: I did drive to the store later to buy water for the Monster to drink/drool all over the floor. Didn't want you thinking I was totally negligent.)
Actual: Yoga and core work

Thursday: The water was back on by the time I woke up and that was probably the highlight of my day. Oh and the Monster received her second BarkBox (a birthday gift from my parents as she is their original grandchild, human or canine) and it is Island Paradise themed. For some reason, it totally cracks me up to give the dog a squeaky message in a bottle.
Actual: 3.1 miles (9:06/mile) and core work
Old dog, new toys.
Friday: Yay Friday.
Actual: Rest

Saturday: Stopped by the Georgia Publix Marathon to pick up my bib for Sunday's race. Due to a poor map, I ended up parking about 10 blocks away (it was in a new location this year), so I was less than festive when I arrived. To be honest, I'm not usually into Expos, but this one was rather uneventful. I enjoyed some Powerice to cool off after my long walk, but that was about it.
Actual: 2 miles walking around downtown and getting a slight sunburn. booo.

Sunday: Georgia Publix Half Marathon! It was rainy, but you know I like rainy and hilly half marathons.
Actual: 13.1 miles (Recap to come)

How was your week? Are you a big Expo person?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Miles for Maria Training Week #3

I realized that I never actually explained what my next event is all about! Miles for Maria is a timed event on a 0.65 mile loop course with 1,3,6,12, and 24 hour options (there are several waves for the 1, 3, and 6 hour events depending when you want to start). It benefits epilepsy research as the namesake of the race and daughter of the race director battles the disease. 5 year old Maria not only attends the race, but has been know to log a little trail time with the runners. I've never done a timed event, so I thought this would be a good one to try. It is close to home, well aided, for a good cause, and on an easy trail.

Monday: Time change death march. That is all.
Actual: Rest

Tuesday: You know that point in recovery when you finally feel strong again during a workout? This was that day. While I haven't been in pain or struggling in my runs, I haven't felt strong or aggressive. But today was different! I felt strong through the whole thing even though the pace doesn't really show it. It may have helped a bit that I was rather frustrated when I left work (nothing like a little anger to fuel your run).
Actual: 4 miles (9:11/mile pace)
Happiness is....Strawberry ice cream with thin mints.
Wednesday: Turns out yesterday's run wasn't a fluke and I felt solid again today on the treadmill. Yay!
Actual: 3.1 miles (8:59/mile pace)

Thursday: And now for another test, running 3 days in a row.
Actual: 3.1 miles (9:00/mile pace)
Practice for being in the van together. The team that planks together, breaks a few ribs (kidding).
Friday: If you saw my instagram post today you already know that I'm heading up to Maine in July for the Down East Sunrise Trail Relay! Not only am I pumped to head to the homeland, but my usual relay squad (this is our 4th, read about our first, Ragnar Upstate NY here) is reuniting for some hijinks! The relay is 102-ish miles and they allow teams of 4 or 8, so we will be putting together 2 teams of 4. Two of our 6 pack ran it last year and will be returning with their team. The other three of us (two ladies and a dude) are currently team "Three's Company" and we are in search of our Mr. Roper if anyone is interested in joining us! And one of our 6pack is becoming a new dad soon, so he gets an out (This is only ok because it means I am becoming an Aunt in case I haven't mentioned it 4,000 times). Anyways, I am wicked pumped. More to come on this one.
Actual: Rest
Not on the relay route, but me enjoying the homeland. 
Saturday: Rainy and chilly. I felt tight so I kept it to 4 miles.
Actual: 4 miles (9:08/mile)
Sunday: Spring has sprung and it was lovely out. Lovely I tell you. In another two weeks it will be way to warm, but today was lovely. My pace on the other hand, was not so lovely. It was all the heck all over the place. Sure, it averaged out to look good, but it wasn't consistent. All part of the process of getting back in the grove.
Actual: 6.2 miles (8:40/mile)
Blooming. Lots of blooming.
Next weekend is the Georgia Publix Half Marathon. I am still deciding on a goal for this race as my fitness is 'in process' and it is a rather hilly course. Trying not to be too ambitious because I don't want to risk injury and I have bigger goals later this year.

How was your week? Have you ever run a relay?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

February Recap

Miles: 76.91 (getting better!)


High point: All of DONNA weekend.

Not so Highpoint: Not getting to run the race I had hoped at DONNA. Don't get me wrong, I am so happy I was healthy enough to participate and has a wonderful weekend, but I still want to race this course one year. I'll be back!

New Item for February: I did pretty well this month. I ran with several new running buddies, interviewed an Olympian (a major first), and ran in a rather obnoxious costume!

What I am looking forward to in March: The theme for March is endurance! Getting back in a rhythm, logging more miles, and reclaiming my endurance. Not glamorous, but definitely needed.

Don't forget about my Esprit de She Jersey Giveaway!

How was your February? What are you most looking forward to in March?

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