Mountains 2 Beach Marathon: Week 11


Last big week & it was wonderful. Motivation was back & easy miles felt easy. The weather has been a bit windy, but better than rainy and cold so I can’t complain about that. I’ve been asked ‘are you ready?’, to which I responded ‘I feel less ready than last time, I’m not sure my goals are attainable.’ I had a lot going on the last month, and that all plays in to how training unfolded. After doing a little reflecting I realized I ran less miles BUT I ran faster miles. I took more rest days BUT ran more long runs. My training can only loosely be compared to the previous cycle, a point my coach made sure of. Ready or not the race is next week and I’ll be toeing the line, prepared to give it my all!

Spicy Long Run: 14 miles

Rachel Schilkowsky (a pro runner for rabbit) refers to her long run/workouts as spicy long runs & after playing spicy uno with my sister & friends, the name has stuck with me. I really like having a workout component in my long runs because it allows me to break them up into sections and they seem to fly by.

This week my long run was 2 miles warm up, 3 x 3 miles with half mile jog between sets. My goal was to run 8:40’s first set, 8:30’s second set & progress down through the 3rd set. I look forward to workouts that include ‘test yourself’ or ‘FAST’ in the coaches comment. I like to push myself to see what I am capable of. Before the run I thought, if I could run a sub 25, 5k that would really neat.

I knew I would need fuel and I wanted to try gu because I realized at the marathon I won’t be able to see Colton halfway to switch off water bottles like we did in Carlsbad, so I needed a plan that would allow me to carry all my fuel the whole time. Not ideal, but that’s the circumstances. Since I didn’t want to carry the gu with me for the workout I decided to do the workout with loops back to my house. I have a very solid 3 mile route so I decided that would be my best option.

I settled into my warm up and felt really good. I downed a gu (lemonade flavor), didn’t like the flavor so chased it with some water. I started the first set, 8:22, 8:19, 8:17. The pace felt easy, I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself so when I saw I was going faster than I needed to be, I was surprised. I remembered feeling like this the first 10 miles of the marathon and reminded myself I didn’t want that to happen again. I grabbed a quick swig of Nuun and held onto another gu packed to take during the next set. The next set came in at 8:24, 8:21, 8:10. The paces were similar to the first set and I was good with that. I took the gu during mile 3 of the set and was a big fan of the blueberry pomegranate flavor. The texture isn’t is my favorite, but I didn’t die at the end of the workout, so the gu was doing it’s job. I took another quick drink of Nuun and set off for my final set. I could tell the mileage was wearing on me just a little, but I still felt pretty good so I pushed myself a bit. Running an 8:04, 8:06, and 8:03. I was pretty thrilled that my 12th mile of the day was my fastest. I ran a 25:02 5k, just a couple seconds shy of my sub 25 goal. This was my first solid workout in a couple days so I was pretty pleased with it, and I had 14 spicy miles in the bank.

Workout: miles

This workout was one of the workouts I had missed because of travel/babysitter cancelling. I was really looking forward to it the first time it was on the schedule and was bummed I missed it, so when I saw it on the schedule this week I was pretty excited I would get the chance to do it!

The goal was: 2 miles warm up, 1 mile at 7:40/3 min rest, 2 miles at 8:10-8:20/3 min rest, 2 miles at 8:00-8:10/3 min rest,1 mile FAST, 2 miles cool down.

My actual times: 2 miles at 10:41, 1 mile at 7:24, 2 miles at 16:30 (8:15/8:15), 2 miles at 16:02 (7:47, 8:15), 1 mile at 7:29.

The first mile felt really good. I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself too hard, despite the fast pace. The second part, I could tell my legs had worked hard and they were a little tired, but not too bad. I ran two consistent miles and felt pretty good. the third set was a little harder, the first mile I had a tailwind and that was wonderful, but the second mile was hard and straight into the wind. I tried hard to get into the range but fell a couple seconds short. The average was within the range so I was still happy with it. I turned around for the last mile, thinking I would have a tailwind the entire mile. I started off really strong at a 6:30 pace but died over the course of the mile and with .1 left I turn the corner to run right into the wind again, and gave it everything I had to pull out that last little bit.

The workout felt really good and i’m pretty sure it was the first time i’ve run 3 sub 8 miles in one run, so that was really cool!


  • Reading: I finished Where the Crawdads Sing and put away Misery loves Cabernet. I really enjoyed Crawdads, one of my best friends had recommended I read it. She had just finished it so I was able to share the story with her which was nice. (She read Educated while I read crawdads so we joked that we just really love a book about an abandoned girl).

  • I’m trying to soak up the last of my time in CA. We’ve had some issues with William’s doctor, which has been a headache and puts one more tally mark in the ‘ready to leave’ column. We’ve been spending any and all time outside, at parks, running around in the backyard, stealing the neighbors toys and walking down the street with them… you name it, anything and everything outside. Also the number of lists and plans I have laying around the house is at an all time high - packing lists, traveling lists, to do lists, to buy lists… lists OF lists.. oye.

Jessica Kennelly