Thursday, July 24, 2014

Marathon Training Update July 24: Pain-free long run

I ran pain-free for a long run today!

So proud (and relieved) to be feeling better and back on track with training.

I'm babying myself a bit more around running these days... 0.5 mile walk before and after I run. Then 6.5 miles running (at 11+ min miles which is faster than my norm!). I tried an "ice bath" after running but even just the cold water in the tub was hard for me. I'll keep trying to work on this. I'm icing my ankles and will keep them elevated this afternoon while I work on my school work this afternoon.

So glad to be back on track...

photo from where I've been going for a bit of inspiration lately- highly recommend for inspirational women running in their late 30s and running some absolutely awesome splits in a marathon

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marathon Training Update: Successful Post Injury Run (walk/run 4 miles)

I could have gone farther today. But I stopped and tried to go slowly so as not to push it beyond my limits and reinjure myself. Today's run was about getting out there and getting back into the running groove.

I really, really missed being outside in the fresh air. It felt good. I'm definitely addicted to my runner's high these days and love being out for a run.

Today I walked an entire mile before jogging.

I jogged continuously for 2.5 miles in 30 minutes (12 min mile pace).

Then I walked another half mile before a cold shower and ice/elevation to protect my ankles. I'll see how they respond today, if I can walk tomorrow, and try to do a little more work on my IT bands to loosen them up.

I'd love to go for a long slow run (5 miles?) tomorrow but I'm going to take it slow and see how I feel. If that goes well I will probably take Friday off and run 2-3 miles on Saturday and Sunday. Again, just about getting back into the groove.

Next week, if this goes well, I will resume my regular training schedule. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marathon Training Update: July 19+20

attempt #1 on 7/19
0.25 miles walking
could not get running

attempt #2 on 7/20
a mix of walking and running
I could not get going and I had to quit each time I tried to run.
Eventually walking began to hurt and I sat down and felt like a failure.

Then I looked at my ankles...

Assessment: swollen outer ankles, bilateral, no pain, no bruise, unable to run 72 hours from my last run

Diagnosis: hopeful it's not a sprain, ? lymphedema or tendonitis

R- rest
I- ice
E- elevation

(can't do compression tonight- no ace bandages in house but will get one together)

I don't know when I will run again. I plan to do yoga tomorrow and try running again Tuesday. Boo, I hope this does not keep me out of my running shoes for long. But, more importantly I do not want to get hurt training for this thing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Marathon Training Update July 17: Who's that girl?

Quien es esa nina...who's that girl?

Hey there Madonna fans.

I just got back from a 10 mile run. I sang songs almost the entire time. I ran some killer hills, comparable to those that will be in my marathon. I did it in 2 hours.

Quien es esa nina... who's that girl?  Yeah, it's me. I'm training for a marathon and I am feeling confident that if I don't push too hard, and injure myself, that I am going to finish it.

Today's time puts me at a 5:15-5:30 finish. I get a medal for a finish under 6 hours. 6 hours is the time to beat.

Oh, and I didn't walk once today. No sir, not once.

Quien es esa nina...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Marathon Training Update: July 14

4.1 miles in 41 minutes. 

It was quick. I ran it well. It had a couple hills but I didn't walk at all.

I felt iffy before, I almost threw up a couple times (apparently kind bars take more time to digest than I gave it), and I am feeling good after.

Next run is hills on Wednesday.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Marathon Training Update July 13: Yassos

Today I run/walked 4 miles.

I incorporated Yasso 800s into my training today, running 1/2 mile and then walking for the same amount of time and repeating. I started with a 5 min walk and then did 5 of them (5 run/walk sequences) totaling 4 miles and walked 4-5 more minutes in about 55 minutes. The goal will be to do this once every week working up to 10 run/walk sequences at the same (or a little faster) pace.

This article suggests that "some" running experts believe your yasso time can correlate to overall marathon times. For example, someone who runs yassos at a pace of a 10 minute mile (or a 5 min half mile) would finish the marathon in 5 hours. I ran 2.5 of my yassos in 5 minutes and 2.5 of my yassos in 4.5 minutes yesterday. That might put my current marathon finish time, at 4:45. I am not quite ready to do all of them at 4.5. Truthfully my initial goal pace was FINISH (which means under 6 hours) and my current long run pace shows I can do that (keeping an average pace of 13:40 per mile). 

The other day I finished my long run of 8.5 miles in 1 hr, 50 minutes with a run/walk (but mostly "run") which is roughly 13 min miles. Kept at that speed for the whole race that would put my finish time between 5:45 and 6:00 hours. In time, I hope my physical fitness will improve and I can run the marathon under 5:00 hours but I don't want to be unrealistic or disappointed. If I can keep my focus on finishing under 6:00 hours that is a formidable enough goal for this run!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Erin Condren Giveaway

I know a lot of people adore the Erin Condren life planners. There's a giveaway going on for a credit at a great teaching blog I follow. They're prepping for a blogger conference in Vegas (and will be giving away goodies there too!) but in the meantime, for those who cannot attend, this giveaway is on for a few more hours.

Here's some photos of the planners:

The beautifully gift wrapped package you receive (hello Christmas in July!)

And the planner, in all its colorful glory and organized beauty:
There are lots of ways to enter but I highly recommend stopping over to to take a chance and enter!