Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 2

WEEKLY TOTAL: 50 MILES

This week saw a new weekly mileage high! With the start of the long run build and a speed workout, this week was harder but felt great. Of the 50 miles, 40 were done with the stroller, oof. While running on Saturday, I felt my forearm cramp up and I just had to laugh, never did I think the first muscle to cramp, while training for a marathon, would be my forearm. This week gave me SO MUCH (more) RESPECT for single moms. You guys are the REAL superheroes.

Long Run: 8 miles

Sunday called for an 8 mile run; with Colton traveling for work my best option for this run was stroller miles. This was less than ideal, but I wasn’t about to skip the run and I reminded myself I had just run 7.5 miles with the stroller last week and it wasn’t a big deal, this wouldn’t be too bad. Going forward the runs will just get longer, so hopefully I’ll be able to do the runs solo!

Speed Work: 12 x 400

Tuesday was my first speedwork of the training cycle. I had mentally psyched myself out before the run even started, but i knew it would be my ONLY run without the stroller all week so i was determined to enjoy the freedom. The goal was 2 warm up miles, 12 x 400’s (@2:00-2:04) with 400 recovery, and 2 cool down miles. The numbers side of me was freaking out about the total mileage, for a tuesday, 10! I dropped the baby off with the babysitter and started. The moment I started running, I could feel the tension leaving my body. I broke the workout down and held onto the thought ‘yes it’s 10 miles, BUT it’s only 24 minutes of hard running. you can do that. you’ve done that before.’ The run went great - I averaged 2:02 for my 400’s and the 10 miles flew by.

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Nutrition: This week was a little better, it’s definitely helpful that William has started eating solid foods so I don’t have to spend extra time making his purees and he can just eat what I make for myself. It’s an incentive to eat healthier, it’s working. Sweet potatoes are taking over my kitchen counter.

  • water intake: 100+ ounces of water every. BOOM. I also started taking some BCAA’s post run, to help combat the inevitable soreness that’s going to come with the pounding i’m giving my legs.

  • Core work: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday saw the ‘quick core crush’ 10 minute video from the Nike Training app. Monday got cut a bit short because William just couldn’t hang. The moves are getting easier, so progress is being made!

This kid and ‘his’ water bottles. After a run, William willing, I like to just sit outside for awhile and stop sweating. Our neighbor is usually outside playing, giving William something to watch and allowing me to take a few minutes and stretch it out.

This kid and ‘his’ water bottles. After a run, William willing, I like to just sit outside for awhile and stop sweating. Our neighbor is usually outside playing, giving William something to watch and allowing me to take a few minutes and stretch it out.

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