Sunday, February 14, 2016

And So.... It's Official! Week ONE: Marathon Training Complete

Week One - Grandma's Marathon
Training Complete
For this post I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and Tricia at mississippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  What a perfect week for the link-up as it's the start of my marathon training! :)
 
This week started off with a bang in true Minnesotan Fashion:  Negative temperatures for my first day of marathon training.  Imagine my surprise ( insert sarcasm here ).  One very positive start however is that I got my official Grandma's Marathon Track Jacket.  It's says finisher, so I'm not going to jinx myself and wear it early - it proudly hangs in my closet awaiting June 18th!

I was very much anticipating the start of training.  Sunday night I hardly slept.  I knew that because of the weather I would be training with my girls at the indoor track so I literally had dreams all night about sprinting. 
This is the place I coined the "hamster-wheel"


Day One:  Monday went well and surprisingly I really enjoy sprints.  They are hard as hell and really work me out, but they also make the workout go by very fast.  I enjoyed it tremendously.   We did a 2 mile warm up and then 2 miles of sprints - 1/4 mile sprint with one lap cool down - and repeat.

THIS is the stretch of a runner. :)  Definately a work in progress! 


Day Two: Easy run day.  I completed just over 4 miles at a comfortable pace.  I welcomed the easy pace because my legs were fairly tight from the sprints the day before.  Unfortunately,  it was the track again because the temperatures were below zero.

I think I'm getting a bit soft when it comes to the temps outside.   :(  I hear that San Diego is nice this time of year!  Our indoor track is a great facility to have, but because I need to drive there, I don't get the mileage that I'd like to get in.  But, any miles are better than no miles.

I do love that I can wear shorts and tank tops! I feel so much more free when I can wear these clothes!   When it's freezing cold outside I'm so bundled up...some days I feel like a marshmallow.
Day Three:  Ladder Sprints!  Awesome and motivating day.  But, next time I want to train with Usain Bolt I'll eat my wheaties first!  Just kidding.   My friend Susan runs like a freaking Cheetah!  She led the ladder and all three of us took nearly a lap to even catch up! :)  Needless to say, I worked my ass off and it felt good.  Seriously, she is so damn fast!!!  I guess that means I'll only get better and faster!! 

Day Four:  I know now it was supposed to be a rest day.  Instead I went to lift at the gym and ended up doing three easy treadmill miles followed by one mile at 7:33/mile.  Whoops - I got a little carried away.  But, I also got some killer arm workouts in too!
The whole cross training/lifting thing is new to me!  I feel a little bit like a fish out of water, but I'm learning and I am getting stronger.   One month ago, I couldn't even do 1 pushup the "normal" way. Now I can do 3 sets of 15 on my knees and 10 "regular" pushups!  I'm starting to see a bit of definition in my arms and that makes me feel pretty good!

I ran into my neighbor there a week ago.  He is a veteran weight lifter so he really taught me some great exercises that I can do with all of the equipment and free weights!  Thanks Bill!

Day Five:  12 degrees.  Negative temps with windchill.  Hence the running ninja picture!  We just couldn't bare another day inside.  Besides, the hamster wheel for 11 miles would have driven us all mad so we braved the elements and got it done!  Like a BOSS!
Last day of training for the week called for 11 very chilly miles.  My alarm rang at 4:30 am and I met the girls at 4:45 am.  I had to be back for my husband to leave for work so we left a tad earlier than normal.  We had great pace at 8:45/mile and I completed the miles before breakfast!  Overall, I can't complain.

All told my mileage came to 27.93 miles.  A bit shy of the 35-40 goal, but I'm happy with week one!  

STATS:

27.93 Miles
5 workouts
4.2 hours
3044 calories

24 comments:

  1. Great job! You are my cold weather inspiration! I know that as cold as it is in Chicago, it's way colder by you. Way to get it done.

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    1. You have all the crazy wind though!!! Some day, I'm coming to Chi-town to do a race with you!!!!

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  2. Great job with your training! That outdoor run sounds really cold! Nice job getting that strength training in- that will only help you to be a stronger runner!

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    1. Strength training has been hard for me. I'm trying to do pushups at least EOD, but getting to the gym is tricky. I'm hoping I can continue with strength training because I do know it works so well!

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  3. When you stand at the start line at Grandma's you're going to think back to all these workouts at o'dark thirty and how you sprinted on that indoor track and you're going to know that you're more than ready to rock a great marathon. It'll be a total celebration of your dedication and all this wonderful work you're doing. Fantastic kickoff week!

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    1. Oh Marcia! Thank you so much - what a pick-me-up post. Makes me feel so good. :)

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  4. Wow, cold weather ! Good for you for getting your training in. We are lucky... it rarely drops below 30 here in France.

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    1. France!! Wow! Someday I hope to get there.

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  5. I love seeing your bundled up bad ass pics lol
    Your mileage is great! Hey, it is week once, right. Keep doing those push ups! I do love weight lifting :) You look great, that definition is showing up.

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  6. Cold weather here in NJ too, doesn't it suck? Great getting your strength training in too.

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  7. Welcome to the Weekly Wrap. We are delighted to have you! I'm curious, how many times around that hamster wheel equals a mile? That is serious mileage for week 1! I should do more (make that any at all) weight training. That's great progress on the pushups. Thanks for linking with us Gina.

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    1. 10 times is one mile. The weather this week has been great so outdoors it is! Thanks for letting me link up! It's great to meet others bloggers!!

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  8. You are awesome! I'm in New York and we had negative temps this past weekend and I couldn't bring myself to run outside. I can handle cold but below zero is just too much for me!

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    1. I will never complain about the humidity I will never complain about the humidity I will never complain about the humidity. ;)

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  9. Brr!! You are brave! Good luck with your marathon training...Grandma's Marathon is on my bucket list :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! I'm very excited and nervous all at the same time!:)

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  10. Great job getting all that in with that brutal weather!

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    1. Thanks Judy! How are your runs going? Still doing treadmill a lot? or getting out in the crazy temps?

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  11. Great week. I'm also training for Grandma's. What program are you following? I froze outside last week but this week is much better. I'm in Western Wisconsin so I think we share the same weather. Is this your first Grandma's?

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    1. That's so cool! And guess what? I'm from La Crosse too! Born and raised. Living in MN now with my husband and two crazy boys! My friend is training us - 20 weeks. She's run 45 marathons so she's a veteran!

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  12. I've heard more and more about this Grandma's Marathon lately! I know your glad to be running inside even if it takes many laps to make a mile! Tank and shorts are a runners dream!

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    1. Grandma's is supposed to be great for first-timers because it's fast and flat. Other than the hill at mile 22. :) I guess that ones killer.

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