Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 10

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 45

This week started off a little rough. Sunday had high winds (like 30 mph) and cold cold cold temperatures. I thought, okay - i’ll do my long run on the treadmill, it’ll be fine, it’ll be great. You got this… yeah not so much. I looked at the weather for Monday and it was going to be 28* and no wind. I decided to switch the long run to Monday and call the treadmill miles short!

The weather, some plans, and a teething baby had me on the treadmill more often than I would have liked, but i suppose that’s a risk i was taking when i decided Iowa-for 17 days-in the peak of marathon training was a good idea. Unfortunately, the teething baby had me getting only 3-4 hours of sleep for a couple nights there so i actually opted for rest over a hard workout. I’ve read a couple articles about listening to your body instead of running your body into the ground during training. I have been keeping this in mind the last couple weeks!

A very cool thing happened this week, I became a RAD rabbit! (RAD = Runners and Dreamers). I LOVE rabbit - from their clothes, to their mission, to the women who founded it. I appreciate their determination to make the sport clean & their passion to make the VERY BEST clothes for runners (and even some non-running pieces!). I am so ecstatic to represent rabbit at the marathon!!

Long Run: 14 miles

As a kid my dad would take us to this little town called ‘Manning’ to go bowling. Back then it was SO FAR AWAY. It took about 20-25 minutes to drive to and the drive was sooooo boring. But bowling was so dang fun, it was always worth the ‘long’ drive.

When I was trying to plan a route to run my long run this week, i knew i wanted a destination run. My dad had already offered to pick me up from where ever i ended up. The area we live in is pretty hilly, so I wanted to pick a route with do-able hills. The route to Manning was 13.9 miles long. Perfect.

I had run about half of the mileage a week before, so I knew what to expect on the first part of the run. When i got past the known, I encountered a 2 mile hill. The climb was slow, only gaining about 120 feet in elevation. I was really happy to see the downhill. My dad passed me with about .25 left, so i turned on the gas happy to get out of the cold!

Speed Work: 3 x 2 mile

I started this workout on the treadmill. I got through the warm up and wasn’t feeling great at all. I had about 7 hours of sleep from 2 nights and could tell I was a bit dehydrated. Not to mention my nutrition had been subpar the last couple of days. I got a half mile into my first mile and wasn’t coming close to the pace - part of that was the treadmill/watch are never in sync - and part of it was that I really didn’t feel great. When i started seeing stars about 2 minutes later I decided to call it. It wasn’t worth hurting myself to get this workout in.

I texted my coach and told her that one of my goals for 2019 is to complain less/give less excuses. Here i was on Jan 2, giving an excuse for not finishing a workout - i was completely failing. She gently reminded me that I had to take care of my body first and foremost & that my training so far has been ‘SO DANG GOOD’. That gave me a boost and made me feel a lot better. I took a 2 hour nap with my baby and woke up feeling 100% better.

Tempo: 8 miles 

Friday’s forecast: 50* and 8 mph wind. Hello Iowa! I set out around 2:30 pm on the same trail i had run 18 miles on. Since it hadn’t snowed or rained since then and we had been having some warmer days, I was keeping my fingers crossed for a clear path. There was only a little bit of snow/standing water left on the trail so it ended up being great!

After the warm up, I started off the tempo miles with an 8:23 mile. It felt a little hard so i pumped the brakes just a little. I was also conscious that i was running into the wind. Mile 2 and 3 were uneventful as I kept chipping away - coming in at 8:30 and 8:38. Mile 4 I had to slow down for a short little section as there was ice over the path and I didn’t want to fall. I also got chased by some chickens, which was terrifying - 8:38. Mile 5 I got to turn around and have the wind at my back - 8:24. Miles 6 and 7 were the same as 2 and 3, in that I just kept clicking the miles off - 8:21 for both of those. Mile 8, I felt like i had more left in the tank so halfway through i turned it all the way up, clocking in the last mile at 8:10 for an average of 8:27.

This workout felt great and gave me a ton of confidence for the marathon!

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Nutrition:  This week wasn’t great. We ate out a lot and I definitely over ate a bit but I didn’t want to miss out on all my comfort foods.

  • water intake: There has been better weeks and there has been worse weeks. Need to get this back up!

  • Core work: still no. I was conscious of how much time running was taking and how that was time I wasn’t getting to spend with my family. I’m not sure core workouts would have happened even if I was going strong on this one.

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I figured I ran about 130 miles during my time in Iowa - and I couldn’t get over the blueness or openness of the sky. It’s been there my whole life but I took it for granted. My very favorite color is Iowa Sky.

I figured I ran about 130 miles during my time in Iowa - and I couldn’t get over the blueness or openness of the sky. It’s been there my whole life but I took it for granted. My very favorite color is Iowa Sky.

This was the trail I ran 18 miles on & tempo miles 2 weeks later. This was taken 2 weeks later. the 18 miler was hard because this trail was COVERED in snow and ice!

This was the trail I ran 18 miles on & tempo miles 2 weeks later. This was taken 2 weeks later. the 18 miler was hard because this trail was COVERED in snow and ice!

William loves his water bottles - and that squishy faced smile, that’s my favorite.

William loves his water bottles - and that squishy faced smile, that’s my favorite.

Sunrise miles over my little town.

Sunrise miles over my little town.

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