Grandma’s Marathon – Week 15

Monday – Strava link here

Its the last hard week before taper and I got my easy run in the AM so I wouldn’t have to struggle in the afternoon. Turns out it’s almost as bad, but at least I got it out of the way. I ended up heading onto a local golf course for about a mile, which ended up being a little hilly, but it was a nice break up.

5 miles, 8:50 pace, 139 avg HR + 10min strength

Tuesday – Strava link here

Cumulative Fatigue continues and the heat shot up today making this run pretty brutal. With my legs feeling like lead and the heat getting up there, I surprisingly did well on this run. Ran most of it with Dennis which was  good way to keep it going. I pushed a bit harder effort than I should have, but the heat will do that to you.

Was thankful to have my Simple Hydration bottle with me, as I don’t think I would have done so hot(GET IT?!) without it.

10 miles, 8:22 pace, 155 avg HR, 561 feet of elevation

Wednesday – Strava link here

Decided to get my run in the morning again and with an added bonus of planning to meet Cory for it. I took it a little harder than I should have with it being recovery, but I usually don’t get as fast as I do on Wednesdays. Glad to have a good training partner to keep me accountable. Plus – This HEAT!

5 miles, 8:16 pace, 148 avg HR

Thursday Strava link here

Know whats terrible? Waking up at at 4:40am to get your run in to only get your warm up in because a storm blows through.

Was happy to try and knock this workout in the morning with the heat, but there were other plans to be had. Ended up having to the workout at night time and boy, the heat was a scorcher. I knew I was going to be paying for the consistency and pushing the Yasso’s tonight, but got them in.

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Friday – Completely off!

Saturday – Strava link here

Well, I was completely right about paying for my 800’s on this run. I actually felt pretty decent on the first 5~ miles of this pace run but then really died after that. Between the heat, allergies and not being topped off from Thursdays run, I ran into BonkVille. Having this happen for the second time in a row on a pace run, its a little discouraging, but I’m trying to see the better light of it(although its hard).

Last big workout in until the marathon though, so I have that going for me 🙂

10 at MP – 7:05~

Sunday – Strava link here

Woke up to a great surprise before my last long run of this cycle. I was chosen as the Runners Community Runner of the Week!

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This was such a great thing to have in the morning, especially with how my run occurred.

Turns out BonkVille was holding on to my keys to my new house in Taper Town, so I had to go back and get them.

Off the bat, I felt pretty decent, didn’t feel like I was going to struggle to much, but 20 miles is 20 miles and you can change from feeling good to completely awful within a mile(Really mile 10 -> 11).

I kept well until about mile 15 and then I started struggling as we put more hills in and I was getting more dehydrated and heating up. By mile 16 I was almost out of water and took my last Honey Stinger for the run and almost lost it immediately as it didn’t sit well.

I struggled through the last 4 miles and soon lost sight of Dennis and Cory, as I told them early on to just head off without me. Sometimes in the mental battle, you need to have the road to yourself to curse like a sailor. I ended up having to stop for a bit to wait for the light at 18.5 miles in and it helped partially, but there was one more hill to tackle.

When I crested the last hill I decided to stop and gave myself a good pep talk for a minute or two before heading off to finish. This was not necessarily how I wanted to cap off my last long run, but the mental struggle actually will help in the end.

I finally got those keys to Taper Town and I am going to take as much relaxation as I can from here on out!

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Grandma’s Marathon – Week 15

Grandma’s 2016 – Week 14

Monday – Strava link here

Legs felt surprisingly well today considering the weekend I just had. I did have some issues with what I would think are my allergies, a little rough breathing and it was a little warm. But otherwise it was not so bad!

5 miles, 8:42 pace, 142 avg HR + 10min strength

Tuesday – Strava link here

Today marked the 4 year anniversary since the 1st DRC group run so we ended up getting everyone together for a picnic to celebrate. I ended up doing 6.5 miles at a relatively easy effort(still felt dead) and enjoyed a lot of food after!

We have come a long way and plan to keep pushing forward in the future!

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6.5 miles, 8:11 pace, 148 avg HR

Wednesday – Strava link here

Had 5 on the schedule and was only going to do 3 but Runners Guilt got the best of me so I met it half way and did 4. I felt labored breathing and was completely shot. I think the weekend finally caught up with me!

4 miles, 8:41 pace, 140 avg HR

Thursday Strava link here

Well – After yesterdays run I thought this one was going to be asbolutely awful, but I surprised myself. I had a 30 minute tempo pace run today and felt really great.

I paced Dennis and Cory out for the first 25~ minutes or so and then they pushed on. I was feeling really sluggish on the last 5 minutes and figured out after why…They ended up pulling close to a 6:10 pace on the last .6 of the tempo!

I did forget my HRM so I am bummed I can’t mine the data, especially with how good the workout turned out!

10min UP – 30min at 6:29 pace(4.6Miles) – Down

Today was also our Altra Pub run for the DRC thanks to the Shoe Shack. I ended up throwing on some Altra Instincts, which weren’t too bad, but I don’t think they would be my shoe of choice. Nice and easy 2 miles to try them out, legs felt it a bit from this morning. The Vendor was kind enough to go in and buy 10 pitchers for the crew!

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Friday

I’ve been slacking on strength on the last couple weeks and this was no different…down week it was all around

Saturday – Strava link here

Big ol’ ball of allergies this week! Woke up in the morning with a tight chest and some good phlegm. Was thankful that it was an easy 6 on the schedule! Met up with some of the DRC and took it nice, easy(well easier) and flat.

6 miles, 7:57 pace, 152 avg HR

Sunday – Strava link here

Ended up doing a whole lot of yard work and spent a lot of the rest of Saturday outdoors so the allergies were even worse for this run. Met up with Cory, Dennis and Jamie and set out as I didn’t map out anything.

Had 12 on the schedule so winging it and cutting here and there, was surprised we hit 13 back at the car. Sometimes my internal GPS is in good working order, this was one of those cases.

Heartrate monitor was wonky the second half of the run and my chest was making it pretty hard to hit the hills, but glad to end this down week on a good note.

13 miles, 8:15 pace, 700 feet of elevation, (HR Most likely around 146~)

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Grandma’s 2016 – Week 14

Grandma’s 2016 – Week 13

Monday – Strava link here

I could not get moving today at all! This is the first time in a long time I saw my HR at 126 during a run. Felt good to get it out in the AM but it was a struggle!

4 miles, 9:01 pace, 136 avg HR + 10min strength

Tuesday – Strava link here

Went for a strava segment early on(been eyeing it for weeks) and crushed it…but also crushed the rest of my run because of it. Pushed a bit too hard, but felt good more or less.

10.1 miles, 8:03 pace, 154 avg HR, 664 feet of elevation

Wednesday – Strava link here

Another day of not being able to move too fast. Recovery is key and when you can’t push your body to go any faster, it means you’re doing it right…I think.

5 miles, 8:55 pace, 135 avg HR

Thursday Strava link here

I was completely sure I wasn’t going to run my hill repeats tonight for lack of motivation, but I decided to knock them out anyway. Had 7 on the schedule that are .25 long that has about 60~ feet of gain on it. Slowed down a bit just so I would do them, but felt stronger(and not at the same time) as I went through. Glad I didn’t skip the workout!

WU – 7x Hill repeats – CD

Friday

10min Strength. Rested up for the weekend!

Saturday – Strava link here

Talk about a junk terrible horrible awful run. I had 1 up, 10 at marathon pace, 1 down. Even starting the warm up I knew I wasn’t feeling the best, but once I started the pace I knew I was in trouble.

After three miles in I was hoping it would just fade out and become an easier effort, but when I started going on a decline and was still having issues maintaining pace, I knew it wasn’t going to last long.

I ended up hitting around pace for 5 miles and then just completely bombed. The last 3 miles were around a 7:20 pace. Completely felt defeated. The cool down was even terrible!

1 up – 10 @ “marathon pace”(second 5 bombed!) – 1 down

Sunday – Strava link here

After the terrible run on Saturday I was making a good joke that I’m happy to be running 22 miles today because it was going to be an easy effort.

I felt a little labored in the first couple miles but snapped out of it and started feeling good. There were times that I kept fading in and out but a honeystinger and some water topped that off and made me feel well.

The route I created had us mostly running on flat, where I was pushing around 8:05+- around a 145 heart rate, which I felt was pretty good. Around mile right at mile 18 was when we started hitting the hills. Admittedly I like putting hills in that late to kind of push me over the edge, but I kept it nice and relaxed with Cory as Dennis pushed ahead on the first hill(280 feet over 1.8 miles).

Once we coasted over that we had one more of a challenge hill to do and that is when I started having goosebumps…but the better kind. I do not get runner’s high very often and usually its fleeting and it can die out within .25, but today that wasn’t the case.

The last hill started right around the end of mile 21 and I went for it. There is actually a strava segment there that I ended up PRing on! The high kept charging, as did I. I ended up hitting a 6:47 for mile 22 and around a 6:10 for the last .2 back to our car.

It’s amazing how on extra day can change everything. I felt better at mile 22 running a 6:47 than I did my entire 10 miles for Saturdays pace run.

And better yet, I hit my first 60 mile week topping off at 60.9(if only I knew I was that .1 short!)

22.22 miles, 7:54 pace, 152 avg HR(HRM was running hig), 600 feet of elevation

1 down week, 1 bigger week and then taper!

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Grandma’s 2016 – Week 13

Update!

Howdy All!

I’ve been so busy with everything I’ve had a heck of a time keeping up with the blog but I will try and start back up weekly for my progress.

I’ve ran a couple races, including a “test” half(New PR!) and my favorite 5k of the year(19:40 on dead legs!).

Below is my training so far and its going well. I do have some shin pain right now but I’ve been nursing it back to health and hope it isn’t anything more than shin splints.

How is everyone doing?!

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