One of my goals for this marathon is to celebrate and enjoy the small victories during the training journey and not just focus on the marathon itself. It’s like that stupid Miley Cyrus song, “Ain’t about how fast I get there/ Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side/ It’s the climb, yeah!” Focusing not just on the destination but also the “climb” is hard because I’m so unbelievably excited to run this marathon. I’m more excited for this run than I am for Christmas, my birthday, vacation (well, maybe not vacation…), etc. In the spirit of celebrating the climb, today I am celebrating that I logged 100 miles this month, which is the most I’ve run in one month in my entire life. Yay for a new milestone!
Monday – Light 40 minute cross training
Tuesday – 6.2 miles (59:40)
As I mentioned in last week’s post, I am so sick of running on the treadmill, but I don’t like running outside in the dark by myself. As a solution, I have decided to informally join the Seattle Anti Freeze Running Group. One of the runs that the group does is every Tuesday at 6:30 and is a loop around Lake Union. My friend, Katie, runs with this group on a fairly regular basis, so we planned to run it together. Katie was running a bit late Tuesday evening, so I told the running group to start without us (it was cold and rainy, and I felt bad making them wait). Katie arrived a couple minutes after they left and we did the run together. I had never run with Katie before, so I was a bit worried when we started the run because I felt like she was sprinting. All I could think was, oh crap, how am I going to keep up? Luckily we slowed down after about five minutes (once we realized we couldn’t catch up with the group) and ran the rest of it at a more reasonable pace.
Wednesday – Spin Class 1 Hour
Thursday – REST/networking event
Friday – Speed Session on Treadmill
I was a little nervous for this run because I’ve been having issues with a toe on my right foot. It has become swollen, which has caused it to rub on my shoes/toes and caused blisters. On Friday morning, I woke up with a big blister on the bottom of my toe and it hurt to walk. But once I changed out of my work shoes and into my running shoes (which have a lot more room for my toes), I felt OK. After a mile or two on the treadmill, I couldn’t even feel it. I felt really strong during this speed session, so I’m glad I didn’t skip it!
1 mile (10/mile)
6 x 800 (8:30/mile with 2 minute rest between each set)
1 x 1600 (8:30/mile)
1 mile (9:20/mile)
Saturday – REST
Sunday – 11 miles (1:42)
Despite adding the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believing to my running play list, this was not a fun run. The weather was terrible – rainy and really windy. The rain didn’t bother me, but the wind was brutal. It didn’t matter which way I was facing, the wind was always blowing against me. I also chose to run a course that had a few hills, which were OK for the most part, except for the hill going from U Village to Ravenna. I felt like a sissy as I ran/walked my way up the hill. .
Cross Training: 2 hours