Monday, December 8, 2014

26.2 with DONNA Training Weeks#1 and #2

I did a few work outs the week after the race (cycling, short runs of two miles or less), but nothing that really taxed my body in any way. Overall, I felt really good. I did have some mild soreness, but nothing really out of the ordinary for marathon recovery. I let myself have a really relaxed two weeks and if I couldn't fit in a work out or didn't feel like it, I didn't stress at all. If I wanted an extra beer with dinner, I had it. A good two weeks overall, but I'm ready to run again.

WEEK#1

Monday:
Planned: XT Actual: 10.2 miles biking (17:49 mph)
Tuesday:
Planned: 4 miles Actual: 4 miles (8:41/mile)
Wednesday:
Planned: 8 miles Actual: None, oops. :)
Thursday: I'm not sure if I was excited for Thanksgiving dinner or just loving the beautiful weather, but I thoroughly enjoyed this run and the pace shocked me a little. Proceeded to go home and eat for the rest of the day.
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 5.5 miles (7:59/mile pace)
Friday: Sent the Jayhawk on his super long work trip. :(
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Saturday:
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:46/mile pace)
Sunday:
Planned: 6 miles Actual: None.

WEEK#2

Monday: I like cross training on the bike because A. I like to ride my bicycle (Any Queen fans?) and B. There are personal TVs on the stationary bikes so I can watch old sitcoms and zone out. Today's workout was brought to you by old episodes of Friends.
Planned: XT  Actual: 7.7 miles Bike (18:48 mph ave)

Tuesday: Nothing too special. Trying to keep my easy run pace below 8:50, but not too far below. So far, it feels comfortable.
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:40/mile pace)

Wednesday: I was a little worried about how I was going to handle my mid-week longish runs now that it gets dark so early. I didn't get to start this one until 6pm, but managed to knock it out on the treadmill without complaining any trouble. I celebrated by watching the Beer Mile with a good beer which seconds after this photo was knocked off the coffee table, landing upside down on the carpet and turned into an absolute beer fountain. I then had to wrestle the Monster because she is an avid beer fan and was eagerly trying to help clean up and I didn't want her having that much. So in conclusion, I missed most of the beer mile.
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 8 miles (8:40/mile pace)

Thursday: This was one I my harder workouts for the week. I really had trouble mentally staying with it on this run. I was just tired after a long workday. But I put on my big girl pants and got it done.
Planned: 4 miles Actual: 4 miles (8:41/mile pace)
I wore my awesome new DONNA Ambassador shirt to cheer myself up!
Friday: And rest I did. With my first official 6 day a week workout schedule, I was happy to enjoy a rest day. I rested so hard, my big toenail fell off. That's right folks, there was a quitter on the team. Can I paint skin?
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest

Saturday: Awoke to find it raining cats and dogs style. Since I wasn't in the mood for 16 miles on the treadmill, I made the executive decision to flip-flop my weekend workouts.
Planned: 16 miles  Actual: 5 miles (8:49/mile pace)

Sunday: Unfortunately by flip-flopping my workouts, I ended up with a really busy Sunday. So busy that I didn't have time for 16 consecutive miles unless I started at 5am (not happening) or 5pm. I decided to split it into two runs with 9 in the morning and 6.3 in the evening. In between I met up with fellow 26.2 with DONNA ambassador Katie to do a little curb service for the mile we are sponsoring in this weekend's Galloway 13.1. We stopped by every house on mile 9 to give them a packet with maracas, poster, and info about the race to encourage them to come out and cheer. If you are running, keep an eye out for us at the 8/9 water stop! It should be pinktastic!
Katie and I enjoying a beautiful Atlanta day and pinking out the mile!
After finishing up the rest of my day, I hit the streets again for the end of my run. It was faster than expected due to a few things: 1. I was hungry. 2. After chicking a 17year old boy twice over the course of my run, he caught up with me at a long red light and immediately dropped down and started doing push-ups (Not kidding) and then followed it up with lunges. Just to keep him in check, I went quick off the line and left him in my dust. Yes, I am a bit competitive especially when you give me a reason to put you in your place. This led to very quick last 1.25 miles. 3. I was really hungry.
Proper long run refueling.
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 15.3 miles (8:48/mile for the first 9; 8:13/mile for the last 6.3)

How was your week?  What do you do with less daylight? Do you hit the treadmill?

17 comments:

  1. I really hate the treadmill but i feel like I'm going to inevitably have to do some runs on it once I get back to Boston...not looking forward to that. Looks like you had a couple of solid weeks to start off your training cycle! Bummer that along with missing most of the beer mile you missed most of your beer, too.

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    1. It's just been so dark, I feel like the treadmill is a must at this point (sadly). Yes, much beer was lost. It was very sad.

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  2. Your shirt and pink headband are really cute :) I am chuckling about your competitive chicking lol your long run paces are looking pretty speedy :) I hope I can do most of my runs outside for my training, staying on the treadmill for more than four miles is always a challenge for me. I am usually able to run after work, I usually have about an hour of daylight until late Dec. when it gets real early :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I was unintentionally matchy last week. Something I don't usually accomplish. Yeah, my competitive side got the best of me. The pushups were kind of obnoxious though.

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  3. Another great post! I'm run/walking the JG13.1 on Sunday - my first half-marathon! I'll look for you at the mile 8/9 water stop. I hope to keep up with the 2:00 pace group.

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    1. Thanks Frank! Good luck on your first half! Very exciting! I will keep an eye out for you when you zoom by. We should be right around Inman Middle School when you come out of the Highlands.

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  4. Great couple weeks. I love that Yeti Finisher bottle, super cool. I avoid the treadmill at all cost, I'll run at night with a headlamp any day of the week before I jump on the treadmill.

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    1. Thanks Richard! Unfortunately some of the streets around me are not very well lit so I worry about safety in the dark.

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  5. I don't have access to a treadmill so I put on the head lamp and reflective gear and run in the dark. Usually with the group run at the store or with my running partner, if I'm running alone I wait until there is some daylight.

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    1. I don't run alone in the dark either. Unfortunately by the time I get home, there isn't always enough day light left to get in all my miles.

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  6. Oh no your poor beer! I've definitely done that before. I've just been running in the dark because I can't stand the treadmill! RIP your big toenail.

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    1. It was a sad day for my beer.
      I wish the street lights were better around me so I felt safer running in the dark.

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  7. Thanks for the kind words about my brother.

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  8. Great job getting the workouts in. I don't have a treadmill so I am really struggling with less daylight. I have been really slacking and skipping workouts, but need to force myself to go to the gym and run there I guess. I love how you get all your workouts in and adjust so well, awesome.

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    1. Thanks Abby. I have to go to the gym for a treadmill, but some days it's better than nothing. I've ended up with a lot more treadmill time lately because of the shorter days. I'm going to have to start coming up with things to think about though. It's getting a little boring!

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  9. ooh, dedication on that long run!! nice work! i have to join a gym so that i have a treadmill option. sometimes, the cold mornings kill me...but i love having it done before work.

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