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Training: 2 Workouts and No Races

Training: 2 Workouts and No Races

I didn’t race last week but got two high-quality workouts in.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying workouts more than racing.  Partly with my stomach, and partly with the weather.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12X400s with 400 jog recovery
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 90 minutes
Saturday: 2X3 mile with 1 mile jog in between
Sunday: 10ish mile Hike

Thoughts:

Easy runs were just that, easy.   They were boring and uneventful but that is also how I like them.  On Sunday, my husband and I went for a cold, and snowy hike in Ramapo State Forest. It wasn’t the most evelation we have climbed, but due to conditions: wet, cold, icy…it was not the easiest.

Wednesday: 12X400s (with 400 jog in between)

6x400s at 6 min pace
4x400s at 5:56
2x400s at 5:53

Saturday: 2X3 miles

I have always been intimidated to do workouts on the treadmill.  I’m worried I’ll pull, hurt, or break something because the treadmill makes you run faster than sometimes your body wants or needs.  I was happy the workout went well and much better than anticipated.

In all, I’m proud of how the week went.  I do feel like I’m progressing with my fitness and I am excited to race when I’m tapered to see where I’m at.  I believe with rest and on a good day, I could run about 18:30 in a 5k right now.  The stars have to align for that.

 

Posts from the Week:
Hiking through Wharton State Forest
November Training
Cpt Gregory T Dalessio Memorial 5k (19:02)

Questions for you:
What is your favorite workout?
Where do you like to do your workouts: road, track, trail, treadmill?

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November Training

To get it out of the way, November was not really the month I wanted or hoped.  After getting home from one of the best trips of my life, I got food poisoning.  For the entire month, it’s taken a toll on me both physically and mentally.  The doctor said it could last up to 70 days and while I’m staying positive it won’t, I don’t feel 100% 30 days later.  I’m not violently sick, but I am tired, and my body has struggled to digest certain foods including dairy (something it never has).

me running sunrise

Thinking out loud, my workouts and racing in November were slower than anticipated, but you have to run for the current fitness you’re in.  Something that can be much easier said than done.

Mileage: 212
Range of Pace: 6:00-10:31-untimed
Workouts: 3
2X(6.5 tempo runs)
12X400s

Races:
11/11 Haddonfield Road Race  (19:59)
11/12 Blueberry Challenge 5k (20:01)
11/18 Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.57)
11/24 Medford Turkey Trot (19:02)

Thoughts:
I didn’t have a favorite race but did have a favorite workout. None of my races felt especially good.  To be honest, my slowest race, the Blueberry Challenge 5k) was probably the best.

My workouts felt better though. The minute I finished 12×400 at 6:00 min pace, I felt strong.  I haven’t felt that in charge of my running in a while.  Food poisoning has made longer runs a struggle (with the constant of the feeling of vomiting and using the bathroom), but speed and track workouts have been fine because I’m never too far from anything.

December:

The first half of December will be busy for me.  Ironically, tcloser to the Holidays will be less crazy.  I won’t race as much, but that is only due to the limited amount of races in NJ/Philadelphia during the next two months.  I’ll hopefully do more track workouts.

I mentioned on Instagram but my 2018 is to break 18 minutes in the 5k.  I have been in that fitness before but never been able to run the race.  I’ll do more track workouts and see where it takes me.  I’ll definitely do some half marathons in the spring as well, but I do hope 2018 brings a 5k PR.

 

Posts from the month:
Training without a Coach
How to Build Back Mental Confidence

Posts from Vacation:
Hiking: 
Hiking Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon
Visiting the Grand Canyon

Running: 
Haunted Half Marathon 5k (19:40)
Two Weeks of Training: Easy Miles Out West

Diners: 
Sams 3 Diner (Denver)
New Castle Diner (Colorado)
King Chefs Diner (Colorado Springs)
Snooze (Denver)

Shoe Reviews:
Nike Zoom Fly Review
Brooks Levitate Shoe Review

Questions for you:
What are your goals for the last month of the year?
How was your November?

Workouts: First Track Session in Months

As many people know from Instagram, I’ve decided to begin training for 5ks.  While I’ll still run longer distances including half marathons, my main goal of 2018 is to break 18 minutes in the 5k.  I’ve been in that fitness before but have never run the race and never produced the results.

me running

Anyway, this week I went back to the track.  I haven’t done track workouts in over 6 months and probably closer to the year.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12X400 at 6:00 min pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Local 5k: 19:02
Sunday: Tempo

Thoughts:

Easy runs, more than ever, are done extremely easy.  Sometimes I run above a 9 min mile or even higher.  For the most part, I don’t wear a watch or care about pace.

Wednesday: 12X400s at 6:00 min pace

For my first track workout in a while, it went well.  I know 6 min pace won’t get me below 18 minutes in a 5k.  However, my fastest 5k since coming back from my break is 18:41.  6 min miles would run an 18:35 which is still an improvement from where I am.  It would be unwise to start at a pace my body hasn’t run in over a year.  Slowly I will progress towards the fitness I want.

Saturday: Cpt Gregory T Dalessio Memorial 5k (19:02)

This race had a lot of other things going on, including messing up the race start time.  I only had time for a 1-mile warmup, had to race in things found in my car, and my stomach was a mess.  Yes, I blog about running and I like to run…no I am rarely “put together”.  Anyway, after my food poisoning reared it’s ugly head,  I sat in my car and decided what I should do.  Not that I wanted to be a hero and “finish any race”, but I hoped my stomach could hold out for 20 minutes…which it did.  My splits were 6:08, 6:03, and 6:06 so I was pleased.

Plus it finished on a field with 3 hairpin turns.  I don’t miss cross country that much.

Sunday: Long Run 14 miles (6.5 at 7:18):

On Sunday, I was feeling less than motivated but the exciting races at the CIM marathon, as well as RnR San Antonio, got me out there.  Once I got started, I felt good.

In all, I’m happy with the week.  It was awesome to watch so many people reach their goals, PRs, and dreams on Sunday at local races.  The next two weeks will be busy with things outside of running.

Posts of the Week:

Hiking Grey Back Peak Trail in Colorado Springs

Training without a Coach

Nike Zoom Fly Review

Questions for you:

How was your training last week?

Do you prefer track workouts or tempo runs?  Or races?

 

Medford Lakes Turkey Trot (19:02)

On Thanksgiving, I ran a local turkey trot.  It’s one of my favorite races, and despite not feeling great, I still wanted to run.  This year my calves were extremely tight, and my food poisoning was not making my motivation any better.  During my warm-up, I had to stop 3 times for 3 miles to use the bathroom.

At the start, I just hoped I could make it from the start to the finish without stopping.  Not something I had much success with it at the Philadelphia half.

My local running club was wearing turkey tutus, so I decided to join in too. We all lined up, and by the time we knew it, we were off.  My friend, Erin and I had planned to run together and see how it went.

Medford Lakes Colony Turkey Trot 5K

The first mile is crowded, and we were surrounded by a ton of people including many high schoolers.  One high schooler elbowed me around a turn, and when I didn’t take it, he cursed me out.  I laughed out loud and just passed him and never looks back.  We hit the first mile in 6:07.  I can’t say I was overly thrilled with it, but you have to race where you are.

The second mile began to spread out and Erin and I were passing a bunch of people feeling decent.  She had also raced the Philadelphia half so wasn’t feeling the best either.  We could see the first and second woman just 10 seconds ahead.  We crossed a few roads and hit the second mile in 6:17.

The third mile became gritty.  Both Erin and I were struggling but just pushed forward.  We passed two younger kids.  The last mile takes several turns and goes around the school.  We both kicked as hard as possible.

Medford Lakes Colony Turkey Trot 5K

Not my most glamourous angle but that’s the pain of a 5k

I crossed the finish line in 19:02 and as third woman overall and Erin crossed in 19:03.  It’s great to have someone to run with.  Erin has beaten me in several races, and we are in about the same fitness.

Medford Lakes Colony Turkey Trot 5K

The awards are always handcrafted from the area which is fun

It’s not my fastest time on the course (last year I ran 18:30), but it’s important not to compare yourself to anyone, including yourself.  I know once my food poisoning passes out and the fatigue runs it’s course I’ll be back to feeling good and racing where I was in October.

Photos via Matthew Renk Photography 

Questions for you:
Do you have someone to race with?
Did you run on Thanksgiving?

Training: Recovery and Turkey Trot

Last weeks training was spent relaxing after the Philadelphia Half Marathon and preparing for the yearly Turkey Trot.

me running

Since I didn’t run at 100% at Philadelphia, I felt as though physically I recovered decently to race last Thursday.  Mentally, not as much, but from a physical standpoint, I felt decent for the turkey trot on Thanksgiving.

Monday: Easy 45 minutes
Tuesday: Short hike in North Jersey
Wednesday: Easy 60 minutes
Thursday: Turkey Trot 5k (19:02)
Friday: Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday 14 miles/6.5 7:23 pace

Thoughts:

In all, I feel good about the week.  My food poisoning still has me feeling more tired, but on Sunday I was able to finish 14 miles and not be sick (unlike Philadelphia haha).  I’m now 21 days (out of a possible 70) from initially coming down with the disease.

While I am starting to feel better and I don’t feel like I’m going to be sick as frequently, but I do feel more tired all of the time.  After the half marathon, I did increase the dosage to the recommended amount of antibiotics (I was taking a half dose).

Turkey Trot: (19:02)

I’ll have a full recap tomorrow, but I was thankful to run with a good friend of mine who pushed me along the way.  We also ran part of Philadelphia together.  I didn’t feel great, but I was happy with how I ran for the day.  I’ve had a hard time not comparing myself to times I was running in October, but I know once I feel better I’ll be back down to where I was.  I had a great time as always at the Turkey Trot, and it’s one of my favorite races of the year.

Posts from the week:
Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap
Hiking 7 Bridges (Colorado Springs)
Visiting the Grand Canyon

Questions for you;
Did you race on Thanksgiving?
How do you recover from races?

Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.57)

I wrote about 1000 words recapping the Philadelphia Half Marathon.  Then I forgot to save it…not the first time this has happened.

Most people know, but food poisoning prevented me from having the “race of my life”.   I raced with how I felt for the day, and that is all I can ask from myself.  I’m not disappointed, in fact, I’m thankful I finished injury free.

I should rewind.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been suffering from food poisoning.  I’m not violently vomiting, however, I’m often tired and I never feel “great” or like myself.  Occasionally at night, I’ll feel extremely sick.

I contracted it coming home from vacation.  The first night home, I spent violently getting sick.  It was bad enough, we thought maybe my appendix had burst.  After getting some tests done, I found out I had food poisoning.  As I mentioned, it isn’t the typical “24-hour bug” but can stay in your system for about 70 days.  Not violently vomiting for 70 days but more tired, just not feeling great.

The doctor told me I could run, but I might feel sick.  From that day until the Philadelphia half marathon, I had 13 days.  During that time period, I ran 2 5ks and a few runs.  I never puked during any runs, but I did feel like I was in a “funk.”

The problem was, I ran most of my mileage untimed and easy.  That’s not necessarily a problem, except running easy miles is very different than running a fast half marathon.  My stomach showed me that very quickly.

I didn’t have a goal at Philadelphia.  I’ve never run particularly well, in fact, my fastest time was from the only other time I’ve had food poisoning (a completely different strain). Then last year I felt like garbage.  I live about 10 miles from Center City, and while I can’t say I even “love” the race, I seem to just keep signing up.

And so here we are year 3 of running the Philadelphia half.

Like many race days, I slept in later than anticipated.  It wasn’t an issue, and my husband and I arrived to Philadelphia, parked, and stood in line at security around 6:30.  The security to get into the race is lengthy, and we waited about 40 minutes.  It left us with 20 minutes to drop off bags and use the bathroom.  It was probably not enough time, and we made into the corral at 7:28.  My good friend, Erin, thought I decided to DNS considering we basically had to beg security to reopen the corral.

The race went off, and Erin, my husband, and I started together.  Erin and I ran the Atlantic City half, and we had discussed possibly running Philly together.  The first mile went out fast. I chatted with Erin and my husband, and we hit the first mile around 6:45.  I felt decent, but I also wasn’t sure how I would feel later on.

The first few miles of the race are the fastest and easiest.  We ran mile 2 in 6:17 and 3 in 6:27.  The pace didn’t feel uncomfortable, and I was able to mumble a few words.

Around the 5k, I noticed my husband getting a bit antsy.  I knew he was going to drop me.  I also knew we would still be married either way at the finish line and I was happy he was feeling good.  He hasn’t raced a lot of half marathons since his 1:20 PR, so it was motivating to see him pick it up.  I had no energy to keep up though.

At mile 4, I ran into Alana who is gearing up for the CIM.  We ultimately ran a good portion of the race together with Erin.  I ran mile 5 in 6:37 and 6 in 6:43.  Around the halfway point, my stomach started to hurt.  Not like use the bathroom hurt, but like I might puke hurt.  I thought it might have been not interacting well the Gatorade (I’ve never had an issue before) but realized the doctor was right.

I began scanning the course for a restroom to vomit.  Then, of course, I saw no less than 5 of my good friends or people who have come into work.  I gave a wincing smile, while also not trying to puke on them.

Somewhere between mile 9-10, I found a bathroom and vomited.  It wasn’t a huge vomit, but breakfast and Gatorade came up.  For about 10 seconds I thought, should I just stop?  I stood straight and didn’t feel awful, so I quickly exited the bathroom.  I think the situation lasted all of 30 seconds to a minute.  I still saw Alana and everyone else ahead, so I knew I had not gotten that far.

I told myself if you need to stop…you need to stop.  No one cares if you cross the finish line.  No one cares about your pace, time, or speed.  We climbed a few hills and I didn’t feel as bad.  As weird as it sounds, after that stop I felt as though I was finding my groove.

Around mile 11, I saw Philadelphia in the distance.  I told myself 2 miles.  20 minutes and you’ll be chillin’ (a real thought I had).  Due to delusion and downhill, I crushed mile 11 in 6:25.  Somehow I found myself running entirely alone for the final mile.  I saw both Alana and Erin within the minute ahead, and I was just…alone.  I seem to always find the pocket of running by myself in big races.

I crossed the finish in 1:27.57 and I was shocked.  A week ago, I wasn’t sure I would run.  In the early parts of the race, I believed a 1:30 might be doable.  (I told Erin it was my goal).  While I know I’m in much better fitness than a 1:28, you must race for how you feel for the day.  Whether that is good or bad.  I’m happy I finished and even finished strong, though I know it was probably not my smartest move.

tim and I philadelphia half

That was my last planned half marathon for the year.  I’m looking forward to shorter things while my food poisoning clears up.  As I mentioned in my training log, it could last up to 70 days (I’m on 17 now?).

Questions for you:
Have you had food poisoning before?
Have you stopped during a race before?
Postive Question: How was your Thanksgiving?

Training: Taper and Philly Half

Training: Taper and Philly Half

Last week was spent tapering and getting ready for the Philadelphia half marathon.  Most people know how that went from Instagram, but I’ll write a race recap later this week.

Monday: Easy 30 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: Easy 30 minutes
Thursday: OFF
Friday: Easy 30 minutes
Saturday: Philadelphia Half (1:27.57)
Sunday: OFF

 

Training Runs:

During the week, runs felt harder than they should.  By Wednesday, I knew my body was not recovering as fast I hoped.

I mentioned two weeks that I got food poisoning but I didn’t go into much detail.  To be honest, I thought it would go away within 24 hours, but it hasn’t and can take up to 70 days to fully vacate the body.

14 days ago, I was violently puking and couldn’t leave the couch (minus to get looked at). While I’m allowed to run, longer runs might irritate my stomach.  So far, I’ve found longer, faster, runs (IE: the half) have not been pleasant.  Everything else has been ok, I just find myself more tired all of the time.  Luckily, I don’t have any more half marathons on the radar until 2018.

Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.57):

I have so much reflective stuff to say about this race.  I started the race running with my husband (who ran a 1:24.59), my good friend Erin, and runner Alana.  Around mile 4, I knew my stomach and my legs didn’t have it.  It’s hard to let people you know you “you should be able to hang with” go, but sometimes that is how it works.

Around mile 6, I felt as though I was going to puke, and started scanning for porta potties.  Then, I saw no less than 10 of my friends cheering, people who come into the store, and just people I knew. Somehow, I held off until between mile 9-10.  I dashed into a bathroom.  It’s one of two races I’ve stopped and the only race I’ve puked.  To be honest, I don’t think I lost that much time, maybe a minute at most.

I powered to the finish in 1:27.57.  Not my slowest or fastest half marathon but I’m proud to finish.  I know I’m in better shape, but you must race for how you feel that day.

I’m looking forward to doing shorter races until my body heals which haven’t irritated my stomach as much.

Posts of the week:
Exploring Bryce Canyon
Brooks Levitate Show Review
Blueberry Challenge XC 5k (20:01)
Haddonfield Road Race (19:59)

Questions for you:
Have you ever had food poisoning?
What does a taper week for you look like?

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