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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Grandma's Marathon Training - Week 5
Week 5 of Grandma's Marathon Training was eventful!
I certainly had a whirlwind week.
But, my training was less than stellar.
14.5 miles ( BOO )
No-go Long Run
This day was pretty crummy. I did get out for some miles, thank goodness, but the odds were stacked against me. Thankfully, it was fairly warm; in the 50's. I was mildly sore from my long run two days before and I knew hill repeats were on the plan.
I wanted so badly to stay in bed, but I also knew that the run would help me to warm up my sore muscles. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get going. My pace was much slower than I'm used to and the hill repeats were draining all of my energy. My body just wasn't having it! I only did 2 repeats and called it a day.
Running isn't always a picnic. Sometimes it's pretty hard to keep focus. I'm proud I got 4 miles in, even though they felt sluggish.
That same day, someone on Instagram commented that my outfit was "on-point!" I'll take that and call it a win! If you've read Wendy's last post, you'll know how important it is to be a trendy runner! Lol! Just kidding, but I DO love matching and I DO have a problem with purchasing running clothes! I want all.the.clothes. My closet is 80% workout apparel. Whoops!
On that note: If you run in Brooks you know how darn expensive they are! $150 a pair for the Glycerins? WHAT?! It seems that ALL running shoes are expensive. I recently came across Poshmark. I got two new pair of Glycerin 12's that someone didn't like all for only $80 total! I just got them in the mail yesterday and they are perfect. Can you say major score?? I was pretty dang happy!
The wind was literally 47 mph gusting. I absolutely wasn't having ANY of that, so I stuck to the treadmill for some easy miles. Besides, after Monday's performance, I was a bit fearful of pushing too hard. I loved the easy miles on the treadmill! 5 miles at 9:30 pace - what a great way to start out my Tuesday!
Rest day. There's something wonderful about rest day!
This has been my tempo day and kick-boxing day. I know that it may not be the smartest decision to do two workouts in one day. However, with my particular schedule with work and kids this is about the only time that works. I really feel like this training cycle it's important for me to get some cross-training in.
I started out my morning at 5am with a fantastic tempo run on the treadmill. I run hard, but I still have ample recovery time between my speed miles. I'm really loving theses speed workouts.
5.5 miles total. 3 x 1 mile @ 7:50's. I usually rest about 4-5 minutes in between with a slow recovery jog to get my heart rate back into the upper 150's. I love my Garmin for that reason. I know it's not perfect, but I also go by my effort and feel that once I've done the recovery, I can tackle that faster mile very well.
Up until now, I've been able to do kick-boxing on Thursday and I haven't been incredibly sore. Sure, my arms definitely know that I'm working them hard, but I'm getting stronger every day and I love the class.
However, this time, Erik taught the class. He's my trainers Muay Thai coach and he's intense to say the least. He may have gotten a twinkle in his eye when he tried to kill us during that hour! Our one minute active recovery times were absolutely brutal. I've never done so many push ups and I seriously lost count at 100 jump squats.
I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Big mistake! Big. Huge!
I'd be lying if I didn't think at least once or twice during the class that I would be wrecked for my long run and that I should back off. But, how do you back off from a hungry bear? Erik was out for blood. I was his victim. I love him for it. I hate him for it! Gosh - I was silly.
At the end of the session, I coined the term Holy-Shit-Tears. Yes, they are real tears. I went to the corner of the studio where my water was, took a few big breaths, and then a few drinks of water. The tears welled in my eyes. I had utter disbelief at what I had just put my body through. I had relief that the class was over. Holy-Shit-I-Was-Done!
Needless to say, it's Saturday now and I didn't get my long run in because I can't move. Two days later and I'm still so sore. I just plop myself on the toilet and roll myself into bed. It's crazy. I'm going to have to watch it because this marathon is super important to me.
As I've said before, marathons won't run themselves. The long runs are the runs that really count! BOO!
Next week is a new week and I'm smarter now.
On Friday, I did another Fashion Friday post. I have to capture all the times I actually wear real clothes. One of the things I asked my Stitch Fix Stylist was to send me casual and comfy. I absolutely love these jeans from Liverpool and the cardigan is so soft I hardly know it's on! I paired it with a tank top I recently got from Maurices and I was ready to go! So fun!
If you want to learn more about it, check out the link and sign up! It's been great, and I can't wait to get my next box! For a small $20 styling fee you have the clothes delivered right to your door and you can choose what you like! I kept all of my last box!
I'm not exactly sure what to think of this week? It had great parts and some lousy parts. But I guess that's the beauty of marathon training. I showed up for my workouts this week and gave it all I had -- even if a couple days I couldn't walk. Lol!
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