Monday, June 16, 2014

Marathon Training - First 2 weeks.

So I have officially finished my first 2 weeks of marathon training.  Week one was a bit more successful than week 2 but I am not beating myself up about it.  (anymore).

Week 1:

Monday - 3 Miles.  After 2 weeks off from running my legs were heavy and it felt humid but I got it done.  Even with proof that I do in face run on Candy (lane that is LOL)

Tuesday - I planned on running to Weight Watchers as per usual but I got out of work later than expected so I just drove straight there.  I am glad I did because when I got there I got the news that my leader had passed away.  I was shocked.  She apparently got into a car accident and died from complications of that.  I really liked her a lot.

Wednesday - 3 miles.  National Running Day.  I found out later in the day that members of Team Chris were getting together to run The Grid course.  I rushed over after work and ran 3 miles of it with Erin who I had met at the I Did the Grid race.  We realized right away that we were both doing the 3:1 run walk and we are close in pace.  We chatted and enjoyed the day even if it was super humid -  we had to slow down and we walked more because of it.

Thursday - I had 3 miles on the schedule and there was a local 5k so I did that.  I met Colleen there and Erin found us at the start so the 3 of us hung out for the whole 5k.  It was still pretty humid but we enjoyed ourselves.

Colleen, Erin and I

Erin and I

Saturday - My first long run day.  6 Miles.  I had long ago signed up for a local 4k and I had to do a virtual 10k so I figured I would do the race and then come home and finish with 6 more k.  It was a small event and didn't even start until 10am.  There were so few people doing the 4k run I just knew I would be last. (There was also a 2k walk and I guess most people were doing that)

Got my Digital Running gear on and my new shades from Nicole

I am not sure why it keeps going sideways....but you can see the front of the pack and I was at the back of the pack LOL.
It was just a 2 loop of the parking lots of the school but as far as parking lots go it was very nice but super hilly.  We finished up on the track.  There were people behind me but I assumed they were from the 2k walk that started a few minutes after the run started.  I did not beat my 4k PR but with the hills I was actually pleased with my results.

28:18 - There were 104 runners total so not top 50% but better than I expected.
I grabbed a water and banana and tried to head home as fast as possible to finish up the run.  However they locked all the gates and it took me over a 1/2 hour to get out and then another 15 minutes home. I have plotted out my planned route on Friday but as I was getting home I realized that it was graduation for the HS that is next to my neighborhood.  This could effect my run if I wanted to change to avoid getting hit by a car since pretty much every person who drives to this school think they are the only one who matters and the roads are put there for them and them alone......

Sorry it is sideways again.....I can't figure out how to fix this.......Note the wonderful elevation in my neighborhood.  
I decided I was going to just do the route I planned.  I didn't feel like figuring it out as I went.  I just had to be extra careful when I got near the school.  By now it was just about 11:30 and it felt HOT and HUMID (it really wasnt that bad according to the weather but it felt brutal).   The uphill areas seemed much steeper than any other time I ran them.....I was so tired.  My splits reflect how I felt.

Mikes Hike 4k

Balance 6k

Leave me here to die......

Yup.....I had a hard run.

Week 2 - 

Monday -  3 miles.  I had a virtual 5k to do so I just headed out to do my usual 5k loop in my neighborhood.  I thought last week was was like running in soup!!!

Horatio has resumed waiting for me to come home.  He has been mad at me. LOL

Only 94% humidity?  

Wednesday - 3 miles so I figured I would try the Sketchers GoRun3s that were sent to me to try.  I would just do my usual 3 mile loop.

The Sketchers GoRun3 that I am going to try out have arrived.
As part of GLIRC they asked who would try them and keep up a log.
I jumped at the chance and they finally came!  

So pretty!

Love the colors and they are so extremely light it felt like I was holding almost nothing.
Insoles come separately in the box

And the shoe is finished inside so you don't even need them if you want a more minimal shoe.

They felt like you are wearing aqua socks.  So light and the outer part is so soft and stretchy you can move your toes freely.  My heel felt a little higher than the rest of my foot.  I was in love so far!  Out for a run I went.  Now when I get new shoes my neuromas hurt almost immediately.  With these they didn't.  In fact they didn't bother me until just before 3 miles!!!  My only concern was when the road was pitched my ankles seemed to lean in the direction of the road.  It didn't hurt or bother me but I was aware I was running differently. Even with what seemed like a lot of walking it was faster than my run have been.

Friday - I was heading to DC for ROC race so I packed to do the 7 miles at the hotel on the treadmill.  I brought the Sketchers to see if on the treadmill if my ankles would still roll in.  However, with the storms my flight was delayed so we go to DC just in time for dinner and bed.  I figured I would get up early Saturday morning to do it before ROC.

Saturday - 3 miles (ROC Race) - I didn't get up early so the 7 miles didn't happen.  No big deal I would do it Sunday.  So Dave come to the hotel and then Dave, Chris, Gabby and I headed to RFK Stadium to meet up with Stef and Kevin.  It was such a nice day.  We had to wait a loooooong time for our way but once we got going we had a great time!!

Very wet after LOL
We all headed back to the hotel to shower and go to dinner.  Dinner took longer than it needed to but it was good.  We went back to the hotel then Kevin, Stef, Dave and I went to the Pentagon memorial and the Air Force memorial.  It was a beautiful night and the walk felt great!  When we got back to the hotel I set my alarm to get up for my 7 miles.

Sunday - I woke up to Stef texting me that they were going to alarm didn't go off.  I must have woke up in the middle of the night and shut it off.  Now I was pissed.  Only my second week and already I missed a day - a long run at that.  UGH!  We headed to Union Station to get Dave to his train and have lunch then got me to the airport.

Well today starts week 3 and today is my long run.  5 miles.  Luckily it is also the start of the NYS Parks summer series and it is a 5 miler :)  I will do better!


  1. Oh Gigi! So sorry to hear about your WW leader! How awful! Great runs the last few weeks despite missing the long run!

  2. I'm sorry about your WW leader. That's so sad!

    Those shoes sure do look cool!

  3. Everyone misses a few planned runs once in a while no big deal. You seem really organized that will help. The ROC race looks fun. I'm doing the Foam Fest next month. Confessions of A Runner Mother

    1. Oh I want to do a Foam Fest!! I did Drenched last year and it was just OK but it was new so a bit unorganized.

  4. Man, that is some impressive and fun training. I have to remember to try to plan long training runs around races. I bet it's a lot more fun!
    So sorry to hear about your leader.

    1. Races and Events are what keep me running.....without them it wouldn't happen!!