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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14 comments:

  1. Yay for spring and having strong runs! You might have already said this but are you running the 1, 3, 6, 12, or 24 hour option?

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    1. Ah, good question. I am running the 6 hour. Figured it was a good compromise between the options. Who knows, I may want to stop running in circles after 30 minutes. We will see! :)

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  2. So jealous it's getting so nice out in the ATL! I remember when I lived in Clemson that everything would start budding and blooming right around spring break. Loved it. Glad your legs are coming back and you're having some killer workouts!

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    1. Lots of blooming going on and the pollen counts are going up quickly. Hopefully spring makes it to Chicago soon!

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  3. I am glad to hear you are feeling strong and ran three days in a row! Have you ever had a shin issue in the past or is the first time?
    Your relay sounds awesome
    I am going to have to try to dip my thin mints when I get them >:)

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    1. Thanks Karen. I've never had shin issues in the past. I wanted to be a little extra cautious to make sure this didn't become a constant problem.

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  4. It looks like you had a great week! After running the ATL half in November it would take some serious bribery to get me back on that course. You are a champ to even think about the Publix half while you are recovering! Good luck!

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    1. Both half marathons are super hilly! Hard to avoid in this city. Thanks! :)

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  5. I have never run in a relay before but it's actually something I really want to do in the future. I live in North Carolina and the weather has been up and down here. It was really beautiful the other day but today is cold and rainy. I'm ready for spring to come and stay :)

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    1. Relays are lots of fun and I think have a team that gets along/has the same mind set is key. They weather has been all over the place here too. Hopefully it makes it's mind up soon!

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  6. I have never done a relay, but it is on the bucket list for sure.

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    1. They are a lot of fun! It's all about finding a fun group to do it with!

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  7. yay for another relay!! i'm dying to do another one. maybe ragnar TN. too much on my plate until October. and omg, that ice cream and cookies- yum! i swear, one of these days you and I will get together on a run!! hoping this endurance build month is going well and think it's awesome about your miles for maria!

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    1. I'm really happy to be heading home during the summer months and the relay is so pretty. Hopefully I don't run in to any bears during the race! I can only imagine how jam packed your next 6 months are! :)

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