Saturday, February 18, 2017

Grandma's Training - Week TWO - Recap

Week two of Grandma's Marathon went well this week! 



Here is the summary: 

30.7 miles
1 Kick-boxing class 
Sprints
Cotton Candy Clouds



MONDAY

Every other week, I alternate between hills and sprints.  This week was sprints.  I hate sprints...but I love sprints.... I hate sprints....but I love sprints.   They hurt so good, and when they're over I feel like a total badass.  Especially when they go well!  

I had a great day on Monday.  I did seven 1/3 mile repeats - which was just under 600M for me.  I'm using the VDOT calculator from Jack Daniel's Run Smart Project.  It's here if you want it.  I just love it's simplicity!  I needed to have a 2:42 or less to be on target for a 4 hour marathon pace and I nailed my splits with a range of 2:27 - 2:36.  I didn't realize just how good I had done until I got home and compared with the chart.  Monday started out with a bang!  Yahoo!

TUESDAY



Valentine's Day.  Easy 5.3 mile run.  I was a tad sore, and this is my easy day, so I took it easy. 

WEDNESDAY

Ahhhhh! Rest - blissful rest.  Well, not really.  I didn't run, but I've been sleeping pretty lousy lately.  I fall asleep fast, sleep for about 4 hours and then wake up about 5-6 times from 2 am - 5 am.  What is going on?  Thankfully, I fall back asleep, but I am awake and it's disruptive.  BOO!

THURSDAY

It was supposed to be my tempo day, but my running group was disbanded for the day, so I ran with a friend instead of doing tempo.  Got a fantastic 6.5 miles in at an easy pace.  

I also did something different today!   I decided to go to kick-boxing class before work!  I've been having trouble getting kick-boxing in, and I love it and miss it, so I had to get creative.  It was my very first "two-a-day" and it was super fun!  I got myself showered, brought a change of clothes and some make-up and I literally got my BUTT KICKED!  


I had 30 minutes from the end of the class to freshen up and get to work.  I made it no problem and I think this may start to be my regular! 

FRIDAY

Rest.  

SATURDAY

Here is where the cotton candy clouds fit in.  Can you believe it?  They are just gorgeous!  Long run - DONE.  13.3 glorious miles!


There is something indescribable and beautiful about running.  It's easy to lose yourself in the moment.  I love to breathe in the air and listen to the sound of my feet!  It's a true beauty only a runner will know! 

This week, I'm linking again with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!  Grab your coffee and stay awhile! 


39 comments:

  1. I"m enjoying our warmer weather too! I haven't started formally training yet. A couple more weeks...

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    1. I opted for a 16 week training plan again. We'll see how it goes!

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  2. What a pretty run on Saturday! Looks like it could be something out of a movie. How could you not enjoy a run with a view like that? Great job on your long run!

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  3. Wow, you are kicking buttocks! I have a rough draft of my plan...but it's a very ROUGH draft. My 10-miler with Wendy next month will be the official start to double-digit mileage runs...

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    1. I'm so hoping for a better showing this time around!

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  4. I also love kickboxing class! Great way to mix it up. Sprints I do not love :)

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  5. Great week Gina! I feel the same way about speed work. I dread it and it hurts like a mofo but afterward??? Aaahhhh! No better feeling!

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  6. It sounds like you had a great training week! And those cotton candy clouds? Just beautiful!

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  7. Your Grandma's training is going well. 600 is my favorite distance for speed work. 400 feels too short and 800 too long. I love how the chart breaks down the specific time needed (not pace). Your pink cotton candy clouds are stunning! Thanks for linking, Gina!

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  8. Kickboxing. Sounds like a fun way to get in a really tough workout! And the picture with the pink clouds is lovely. Have a great week!

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  9. Awesome week Gina! That feeling post-speed work is the best, isn't it? Kickboxing sounds like a fun way to do some cross training.

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  10. WOW those clouds are gorgeous!! I have 600s on my schedule this week. Strangely enough, I've never done 600s before so I'm looking forward to see how this pans out for me. ;)

    Great week of training!

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    1. I liked that they were a good distance but not too far!

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  11. I love running the with sunrise! Great job this week- especially with your speed workout! Sounds like you are right on track for your goal.

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    1. I hope so. The 4 HR run still seems pretty daunting though!

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  12. What a pretty pic from Saturday! :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.com

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  13. That is one gorgeous sky, I'll bet it made for a very peaceful run! You really got it all in this week!

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  14. Looks like you had another great week of training! The pink clouds are so pretty!

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  15. Oh, those clouds! They are absolute perfection!

    I understand what you mean about that love/hate relationship. But when things go right? It's everything!

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  16. Gosh, those clouds are gorgeous! Fantastic work on those sprints! Isn't it great when you nail a workout? I used to prefer sprints to hills, but lately I've preferred hills - maybe b/c I don't put pressure on myself to hit a certain pace?

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  17. Your long run cotton candy clouds are gorgeous! Now that is motivation to get out! Super cool that you found a kick boxing class before work! I don't have that many options here- kind of jealous :)

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    1. It's nice to have a kick boxing instructor close to me - I just wish I could go more! :)

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  18. Wow, what a beautiful scene during your long run! Its amazing how beautiful the sky gets painted sometimes.

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  19. Beautiful capture of the clouds right there! I'm so jealous your getting to meet all the bloggers for Grandma's !

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  20. Awesome week of training, Gina! I love the long run picture. Gorgeous clouds!

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