Monday, November 17, 2014

Base Building: 2 weeks of logs

I have been starting to work on building up my mileage and my speed again, in preparation for the official start of marathon training season, which begins on January 4 for a 16 week plan culminating in the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. And hopefully my BQ as well! At least that is the plan and the goal.

So since I am just base-building, I am keeping updates to a bi-weekly place, since I am not needing to focus QUITE so much on the mileage just yet. But it will be good to keep track of where I am as I continue to ramp things back up as I start to roll into my new training plan and get ready to start really focusing my efforts toward a single goal.

So, let's look at the beginning of November and see how things are rolling out so far for the month.

Week of November 3
Monday: 4 miles progressive - 7:46 avg pace
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 4 miles easy, 0.7 miles walked
Friday: OFF
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 5 miles

Week of November 10
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 4.5 miles, 6x400m @ 6:35
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 4 miles easy
Saturday 6.15 miles @ 7:55 pace
Sunday: OFF (well, pushups when the Chiefs scored)

First week - 17.7 miles
Second week: 18.65 miles

Not bad, not bad. I am enjoying the 6-ish mile long runs, but that will not work for too much longer. Pretty soon I am going to have to start ramping it up again, and while I am semi-ready for that, I am not sure that it is going to be super fun. I am tired right now just thinking about it, but that is more likely exhaustion from all of the work. Hopefully things relax a little bit and then I can get back to my real life - running.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Busier than I bargained for

October was not a great month, in any way. I had a rough go, and even though Columbus ended up being everything that I had hoped for (and even more, I honestly am not sure that I ever expected to come that close to my BIG goal), the rest of the month left me defeated as far as goals go. As a result, I am not sure that I even want to review my goals that I set for the month.

I did accomplish a few things this month, and I have made some big strides, but overall, there is nothing to report.

I am officially back on the training wagon, doing speed work this week for the first time since before the marathon. I have a lot of work to do to start feeling like my old self while running, but I know that with patience all of it will come back quickly. After all, I am just in the post training cycle/pre training cycle flux, which is leading to less overall miles as well as slower miles.

I said I made progress though, right? I now set my treadmill to 7.0 for all easy runs. I have come a long way since my first marathon when I set it at 6.2 and sometimes struggled to keep that up.

Ugh, is that what I have to write about these days? The speed that I set my treadmill on during non-speedwork runs? That feels a little bit sad. But this is a log of my life, right? So I suppose I need to put it out there... That is how things are going these days. I am exhausted from working a lot of hours trying to get things done, I am not logging the workouts that I want to, no matter how hard I am trying for the same reason. Work.

But honestly, work has been good lately, it has even been fun! Things have been hectic, stressful, and overall overwhelming, but I am enjoying it. There is a small part of me that missed the late hours and the crazy schedule that comes with working on public accounting, which was what I did before I came to this company. So the last few weeks have kind of been a throw back to those times, simpler times when I could actually work late, skip meals, etc without anyone else being dependent on me. But now, I do have those people who need me. Addie, J, everyone.

Addie is the only thing that gets me out of the office at a semi-reasonable time. I need to pick her up by six, so most days, that gets me out of the office.

Things are ok though. I am trying to push forward and figure everything out.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Starting to base build

So after taking a week off (well, a week of running) and just walking for a few days, this past week seemed like as good a time as any to get my legs rolling again and start working on the base building that I will need rolling into spring marathon training. My goal for the weeks leading up to the beginning of a 16 week training plan are gong to include getting up to a 15 mile long run and making sure to run fast at least once every week. And by fast, I mean really fast. We are talking sub-7 mile repeats. In my mind, that scares the pee out of me, but I MUST be capable of them, right?

Yesterday I was up early to drink my coffee and feed Addie breakfast and waiting for 9 am to watch the NYC marathon. I wish they spent more time following the races instead of telling me the history of the Verrazano bridge right now. I mean, hello, these runners are solid but slight. With 25 mph winds, they could blow right off, so let's keep the camera on them. Regardless, that definitely upped the motivation to really work hard this spring and try to get that BQ that I was so close (yet so far...) from in Columbus a few weeks ago.

So this past week, let's look at the running.

Monday: 2 mile run, half mile walk. 8:27 pace
Tuesday: 3 mile run @ 8:24, 1.12 mile walk
Wednesday: 3.1 mile run @ 7:52
Thursday: 3 mile run @ 7:50
Friday: 5 mile run @ 7:24, tempo effort
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6 miles, treadmill, 8:34 pace

22.1 miles run. 1.62 miles walked.

Overall, I had a good week. I am not mentally feeling ready to tackle double digit running yet. I am just tired of the long run still, and since I don't need to run "long" yet, I am enjoying a break from running for multiple hours. Soon enough that will be back. But for now, I am enjoying the freedom and flexibility.