Sunday, March 6, 2016
PR's and Boosted Confidence
Grandma's Marathon Training
Week 4 Complete!
This week was a great week. It took 4 weeks to feel like I've gotten in the swing of this marathon training, but I think I've got it! I'm actually really enjoying the different types of runs that I'm doing each week. It breaks up the monotany of the everday run. I can feel myself getting stronger too!
This week was made better by a few unexpected PR's and a little confidence booster in the gym.
Day One: Hills! Oh... how I love hills. In our neighborhood, just right out my front door we have a doozy. It's torture! We started with a 3 mile warmup and then 2 miles of hill repeats. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger right? Well, I sounded like a barking hyena when I was done. But, I felt like a superhero. Great start to my Monday.
Day Two: A beautiful, fresh, but ever-so-annoying light layer of snow fell the night before. This made for a very slow recovery run. I barely got in 5 miles before I needed to cruise to the shower. This run felt fantastic though. I barely broke a sweat and I gave my legs the much needed rest that they needed.
Day Three: Is this winter every going to end? It was a bitterly cold 6 degrees. Which, intially really pissed me off. I knew day three means tempo run. The past three weeks have a been difficult tempo runs for me.
Goal pace for this run was 8:30's for a sustained 4-5 miles. We did a two mile comfortable warm-up and then started out pretty fast at 7:50's. I had a bit of trouble keeping up with the group. I just was a few steps behind. But, suprisingly, I PR'd the 10K distance. At 5AM, a PR? Wow!! Made my Wednesday great that's for sure. And, because it was so damn cold, I got a pretty cool after photo too!
Day Four: Today is the day that I do strength training. But, because I have a little extra time in the morning, I can get some cardio in too. The weather was snowy and windy out, so I went to the gym and got on the treadmill for 5 easy miles. I put on my headphones and binged watched a few episodes of Fuller House. Yup, I WAS that kid. I never missed an episode of Full House in the 90's.
The best part about my day were my gym selfies. Yes, I AM that girl and YES, I do make sure no one is looking when I take them.; at least I try. It's hard to document your progress without photos. I'm not sure why I'm so self-conscious about taking them at the weights. I did capture a few flex photos and I couldn't believe my eyes.
I am seeing definition in areas I never believed. My calf muscles are coming along nicely. Thank you sprints and hills -- maybe you aren't as much of a demon as I originally thought.
Question? Do YOU take flex selfies? Should I be embarrassed?
Rest Day was Friday - I met up with my sister for a day of shopping and it was fabulous.
Day Six: 14 miles. Due to scheduling conflicts, this run was solo. I was a bit nervous because I have never run that far before on my own. I dropped my boys at the inlaws for a few hours and set out on my journey. BTW - orange honey stingers - ROCK.MY.SOCKS.OFF!!! They are the best flavor ever!
This run felt effortless. I was mentally prepared for a 2 hour run and I just went with it. At mile 12, I came to the top of a very steep hill, looked at my watch and realized I was on pace to PR my half marathon pace. I couldn't believe it. So naturally, I went for it and on a training run I pulled off a 1:53:35 half split. WAHOO!! I finished the 14 miles at 8:40/mile and really coudn't be happier.
My goal marathon finish time is sub 4:00:00. I'm on my way. The next coming weeks will sure tell the story! :)