Monday, October 20, 2014

Chickamauga Marathon Training Week 5+6

So, work has been a bit busy. Not making excuses, just letting you know I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. The good news is that I've still been running and I'm rapidly approaching taper time. This training cycle has flown by!

Week 5

Monday: I rested.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest

Tuesday: Was stuck at work a bit late, so I only had time to squeeze in a 4 miler.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 4 miles (8:47/mile pace)
Sporting some pink on the treadmill.
Wednesday: The Monster was a bit under the weather (refused a meal for the first time in her 70+ dog years) and I was a bit freaked out. She's been my roommate longer than the Jayhawk (but I love them equally). I skipped my workout to head home and check on her and spend a little extra time with her. After a little creativity (lunchmeat), I got her eating and back on track.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: Rest

Thursday: Decided to add a little mileage to make up for the skipped workout on Wednesday. Then decided to round it out to a full 10k.
Planned: 4 miles  Actual: 6.2 miles (8:38/mile pace)

Friday The Jayhawk's birthday! With our birthdays only 9 days apart, we tend to share our celebrations and spread it out into one long celebration, or Birthdaypalooza. Kicked it off with a little pizza and beer, fuel of champions, and then promptly fell asleep at 9:15. I am a party animal.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest

Saturday: Weather was weird. The partly sunny forecast never arrived and it rained a good chunk of the weekend. Busted out a little speed work on the treadmill.
Planned: 16 miles  Actual: 3.1 miles (8:11/mile pace)
We've been rocking the pink all month! How do you #ShowYourColors?
Sunday: Had planned to do my long run, but rolled my ankle about 3 miles in. Decided to limit it to 5 miles and see how it felt for the next day.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 5.1 miles (8:19/mile Pace)

Week 6

Monday: Rare Monday off from work (yay Federal holiday)! Got in a 10 miler with no ankle trouble.
Planned: Rest   Actual: 10 miles (8:43/mile pace)

Tuesday: Short recovery run to stretch out the legs.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 3.25 miles (8:45/mile pace)

Wednesday: Mid-week run. Nothing exciting to report
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 5 miles (8:43/mile pace)
Thursday: Another mid-week run.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: 5 miles (8:44/mile pace)

Friday: It was a long week. Took the Monster to the vet for her all better exam. She got nervous (per her usual), but was declared healthy!
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
That is all nervous drool. Someone isn't a fan of the vet.
Saturday: Joined up with a group of friends for their last 12 miler before Rock n' Roll Savannah Half Marathon.  Added on a few extra miles afterward at a quicker pace for my last big run of the training cycle.  To rehydrate and recovery, the Jayhawk and I headed up to North Georgia for a wine tasting at Yonah Mountain Vineyards. Definitely was feeling the miles after the 90 minute tour, but that's what the wine was for. :)
Planned: 20 miles  Actual: 12 miles (10min/mile pace); 5 miles (8:53/mile pace)
The weather was stunning all weekend.
And there's Yonah Mountain overlooking the vineyard.
Enjoying the cool caves.
Sunday: Quick recovery run to celebrate the new year. 3.3 miles for 33 years (I got in the 33 miler in August). Legs had a little more zip than expected. Apparently they like the new age.
Planned: 4 miles   Actual: 3.3 miles (8:01/mile pace)

How has your October been going? Does yours seem to be flying by as well?


  1. Great week of training and Happy Birthday. October really is flying by, I still haven't had a chance to put up my Halloween decorations.

    1. Thanks Captain! No Halloween decorations at our house yet either.

  2. Happy Birthday speedy :) That's a fun b-day run. I am glad Mia is feeling better, poor baby so nervous. I have a cat that will just go the corner and stick his head in it and cry and refuse to move, it's pitiful how scared they get at the vet! Great job on the 17 miles and upping the pace. The vineyard was a perfect idea after a long run lol The vineyard is really pretty! My month is flying - I can't keep up.

    1. Thanks Karen! The change in weather has added a little boost to my step. Mia tries to hide under the seat at the vet, which is hilarious because she can't fit, so there is a giant butt and tail sticking out. October is flying!

  3. Hey!! Happy birthday!!! Looks like you've managed to fit in some good training around a busy schedule and stressful work, awesome job. Jealous of the wine tasting!

    1. Thanks Brenda! Running is a good stress release for me when work gets hectic.

  4. Happy belated birthday!! October is definitely flying by, it's crazy!!

    1. Thanks Courtney! This month has been so quick! Hope marathon recovery is going well.

  5. I have to admit pizza, beer, and 9:15 bedtime sounds like an amazing birthday.

    1. It was pretty awesome. I didn't feel guilty at all.

  6. So glad your pup is okay! And happy belated birthday to you and the Jayhawk. :) Keep on being awesome--great runs!


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