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.


Planned: XT Actual: 10.2 miles biking (17:49 mph)
Planned: 4 miles Actual: 4 miles (8:41/mile)
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
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:46/mile pace)
Planned: 6 miles Actual: None.


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?


  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.

    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.

  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 :)

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

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

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  7. Thanks for the kind words about my brother.

  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.

    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!

  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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