13.1, 5, 10k, 10k, 10 miles, and 10k

Whoops, I seemed to have missed the last couple of weekend’s long runs. Here’s a brief recap:

1/23/16 – I did the Run Free virtual half-marathon in the PureConnect 4s.

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1/24 was a 5-mile recovery run, in the Kinvara 5.

1/25 – 1/29/16 I did another virtual challenge – 5 5ks in 5 days.

1/30/16 – 10k in Kinvara 5

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1/31/16 – 10k in Newton Distance IV

2/6/16 – 10 miles in PureFlow 1

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2/7/16 – 10k in Newton Fate

I haven’t had any foot or shoe issues lately!

And in other news, I’ve been selected as an Ambassador Captain for SkirtSports! I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon (with a nice little discount code), so stay tuned :)

Week 4 Ultra Training

Here’s how last week’s training went:

Run Summary 7-13 to 7-19-15

  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: Speed Intervals – 1:2 x 10
  • Wednesday: Easy
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: Hills!
  • Saturday: 18-mile Long Run
  • Sunday: 10k Recovery Run at Race pace

I wore the new Newton Distance IV for my long run and they felt pretty good. I noticed that I’m still grabbing for my PureFlow 2s as a first choice though.  They can’t possibly have much life left – at last check they had almost 500 miles!  Oh, what to do, what to do…

I Ran 24 Miles Today!

I had 15 miles on the schedule for today, but the weather was fantastic (70F, cloudy and light rain) and I didn’t have any tummy issues, so… I ran my longest run ever (so far) – 24 miles!

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I woke up about 8:30am which, by the way, is WAY too early for a Saturday morning ;) I had a cup of coffee and a vitamin, put on my running outfit, and then I took Lucy for a quick 1-mile walk around the neighborhood. Came back home, took a Gu (Espresso Love), and headed right back out for my long run. I opted for :40/:30 intervals today which worked out great. I usually go out too fast and burn out too early. Not today! I stayed between 11:30 and 12:00 minute miles the entire time, and never got fatigued.

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Still smiling at mile 19!

After 1 loop (1 mile) around my subdivision I had to stop back at home to change bras. I took a sip of water and went right back out. And I even ventured out of the subdivision this time (a rarity for me because of my stomach issues). I had to make another stop at home (around 10 miles) to change shirts, and I probably should have changed either my shoes or socks at this point because my right foot was a little sore. I didn’t realize it was THIS bad (keep scrolling if you don’t want to see this nasty blood blister). What’s weird though is my left foot looks fine. Maybe it’s the way my right foot pronates/supinates?

WARNING

WARNING – NASTY BLISTER PIC

WARNING

WARNING

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

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Ewwwwww! I know!

Anyways, at 15 miles I came across these really pretty orange flowers and had to take a pic.

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Stop and smell the flowers :)

I actually took quite a few pictures today, which is something I really need to do more often. It’s nice to have photo memories of my long runs!

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Oh, hi! I think he startled me as much as I did him!

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I have to tell you – I’ve really enjoyed my long runs so much more since I decided to slow down and use short run/walk intervals. Give them a try sometime!

Have a great weekend!!

Marathon Training – Weeks 14 and 15

I can honestly say that I’m ready for the marathon!! Especially after Saturday’s 22(.81) mile long run!

Did you hear that?! I ran almost 23 miles!!! And it didn’t suck!!

Switching my long runs to Saturday, and using :30/:30 run/walk intervals have made all the difference. And I also bought a(nother) new pair of shoes just for long runs – the Brooks Launch 2. They have just enough forefoot cushion, and the arch support is perfect! I bought them on Friday and wore them Saturday. No break-in period needed. No blisters. They are awesome! So that means I have the shoe choice narrowed down to either the Launch or the Newton Fates.

Brooks Launch 2

Brooks Launch 2

Newton Fate

Newton Fate

My husband bought me the Camelbak marathon vest as an early birthday present because I was worried about how to carry fuel/water, etc…  I’ve tried different fuel belts but none of them have worked out (I have no hips). The vest was wonderful! No chafing, plenty of storage pockets, adjustable. I only filled it halfway because I was worried about carrying an extra 6-7 pounds (it holds 70 ounces), so there was some sloshing that took a little while to get used to, but overall it was comfortable and I highly recommend it!

Still smiling at mile 22 :)

Still smiling at mile 22 :)

Another early birthday present I received was a Gymboss timer (thanks Natalie!!!) and it worked out perfect also. It was very easy to set up, and when the timer ran out I only had to push 2 buttons to restart it. I clipped it onto the shoulder of the vest so that I could hear it over my music, and it was plenty loud enough.

And here’s how the last 2 weeks of training went:

Week 16. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!

Week 15. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!

Week 14

I really don’t mean to go 2 weeks between postings. I think time just gets away from me. I will try to do better :) Have a great week everyone!

Marathon Training Begins (again)

I’m supposed to be running the Philadelphia marathon next weekend. Supposed to means I’m registered. I’ve been registered since the day registration opened because that was my goal for this year – to complete a full marathon. Training went really well up until 6 weeks ago. I barely made it through my 16 mile long run before I completely psyched myself out. After battling a sinus infection for about 4 months I came to the decision that I just wasn’t ready to do this.

That’s not completely true though. I’ve ran through sickness, fevers, lost toenails, pain, etc… You get the picture, right? The problem is anxiety. The thought of being around THAT many people just terrifies me. So much so that I decided to stop training and not run the marathon.

So that’s that, right? WRONG! I still want to run a marathon. I just don’t want to deal with all the anxiety of running a “popular” marathon with tens of thousands of people. So I’m not going to. I’m restarting my training tomorrow and I will run a marathon on March 1st, 2014. There will be no medal (well maybe a medal if I sign up for a “Virtual” race), no t-shirt, no swag. Just me and the road. And the feeling of accomplishment from doing it. And that’s really all that matters anyways.

I created this blog to keep track of my training and all it entails, in one place. And if anyone wants to follow along, that’d be great too :)