Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday 5: Currently

1. Training for: The Sugarloaf Marathon in the great state of Maine (I'm not biased at ALL). Around New Year's I was chatting with a friend up north about Maine races and all the ones I still want to run. I was looking for a marathon at the time and the Sugarloaf Marathon fit pretty well into my schedule, so I registered on the spot for my first marathon in my birth state. Shortly afterward, another Maine runner announced she was running Sugarloaf as her first Maine race as well. Fairly certain her announcement overshadowed mine.
2. Loving: Instagram! I'm sure you've noticed that I've had a bit of trouble popping out blog posts these days, but I've been much more successful in chronicling some of my runs on instagram. If you're a fan of instagram, I'd love to connect.
Yes, the Monster is always watching.
3. Coaching: My first athlete is running the Maine Coast Marathon! I honestly can't say enough about this process. I've loved every part of it! Our races are exactly one week apart, so it's fun to have virtual training partner. Her level of dedication is amazing! The whole process is challenging, inspiring, and rewarding all at once.

4. Focused on: Glute strengthening. I've had a couple of odd niggles (technical term) over the last few months. Nothing that would be called an injury, but things that just kind of linger and feel off. After thinking through my training and routines, I determined that a little extra rump strengthening was probably a good idea. Several times a week, I've been stepping into my resistance loops, cranking up Baby got back, and working the money maker stride maker.

5. Inspired by: If you didn't catch the Barkley Marathons coverage this year, I would recommend checking it out. Two very skilled and classy runners made it onto the 5th loop and one of the finished, the second nearly did. It was the most wonderful display of sportsmanship I've seen in a long time and truly inspiring. The atmosphere surrounding the race is one of the many reasons I love trail running. If you don't know much about the Barkley Marathons, I highly recommend the documentary, The Barkley Marathons: The race that eats it's young, available on Netflix.

What's currently going on in your world?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Back at it.

Hmm, yes, so I've been absent around here as of late. But have no fear. I've still been running.
I won't fill this post with excuses that no one really wants to hear anywhere (no, the Monster didn't eat the blog, but I wouldn't put it past her). Life just life'd and there are only so many hours in the day.

So I'm back. I've got things to fill you in on (races and training), plans to share (new additions to the calendar), and exciting new challenges (that RRCA coaching certification is already get some use)! How are things with you?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

26.2 with DONNA Training: 10 Week to go

Monday: Just as planned.
Planned: Easy 5 miles  Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Tuesday: Since I don't feel totally ready to reintroduce speed work, I decided to add in spin class. Being as it was only my second class and I'm still figuring out the levels thing, I got in a few running miles beforehand to ensure I got a good workout. My friend Sean was nice enough to join me for spin (mainly because I whined a lot that I'd never been to the class at the work gym and I wanted a buddy) and he made it even better by showing up in his "Check your rack shirt" (I love seeing them in person!). I got in a great sweat at spin and liked this class more than the first one I went to. Oh, I also went to CPR certification and that had to count for at least several hundred push-ups.
Planned: 5x1k  Actual: 3.25 miles (9:14/mile) and 45 min Spin Class (21 miles)

Wednesday: Decided to try out a nice yoga video to help recover from my double workouts only to find out that I picked out one that was almost entirely core work. Not exactly the relaxing stretch I hoped for, but useful none the less.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Yoga

Thursday: Ended up with just stretching and resting. I didn't plan to take so many days off prior to the half, but it probably didn't hurt.
Planned: Tempo 8 miles  Actual:
Friday: Travel day to South Carolina for a half marathon.
Planned: Easy 6 miles  Actual: Rest
Saturday: I signed up for this race many months ago with hopes that it could be a check-in during a marathon cycle. It still was, just with a different level of fitness than I hoped at this point. Full Recap to come.
Planned: Easy 5 miles  Actual: 13.1 miles (8:45/mile)

Sunday: Got in a walk down to the river and it was so beautiful. The low country is really growing on me.
Planned: Long 15 miles  Actual: Walk and long car ride (which is it's own form of yoga, right?)

How was your weekend?

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