Monday, April 25, 2016

*tap tap* is this thing on?

Radio science over here. 

Whoops, sorry about that. I think it's been a couple of weeks since I updated on my training. 

Well. It's probably because I'm not really training anymore  Right now, that is. After week 10, I was pretty spent mentally and physically. I had felt good about my running during this training cycle, but I didn't actually feel good. My digestion was out of whack and I was always feeling uncomfortable and bloated after the every meal. Even with all of the running and cross training, I was feeling more terrible and out of shape than every before. 'Scuse me... Oh no you did'n..
*three snaps in a z formation*

I guess I had just gotten used to this feeling, and thought it was something i would just have to live with forever. It was frustrating, depressing, and was straight up starting to piss me off. 

So, I decided to opt out of the Tacoma City Half (decision made easy considering i never did get around to registering for the race) and take care of the situation before I start my full marathon training...  Which starts next month holy sweet jeepus

I don't have much to update on the fitness front (other than my mileage went down considerably since we've last talked) but I'll fill ya in soon. Sorry for being lame. 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 9, feelin fine.

Shut up, I'm running out of clever post titles. 

This last week was my highest mileage week of the training plan. Also, I ran my longest distance ever! Like a prelude to marathon training. But srsly, what half marathon plan makes you run 15 miles a four weeks before the race?

Oh yeah, the one I chose from the great internets. 

I've been moving around my rest days this training cycle, trying to figure out what works for me, and I think what works most is being flexible in what those days end up being. Every week is different, with the kids, and J's weekend work schedule and our social plans. 

This week I only had one rest day, which I realize for me is a big mistake. I always think (foolishly) that it's ok to push myself as far as i can go but I don't think my body is responding the way I would hope. My guess is that I have high cortisol levels due to all the stress I'm putting on my body. My body is responding accordingly (read; I feel bloated and achy) after this weeks 15 miler (yes, 15 miles. All in a row), I really should have taken a rest day this weekend but again; the lure of weekend availability tempted me to squeeze in a strength workout. I don't think my body likes running everyday, sadly. It'll be a good way to get in some strength training though. I'll look on the brighter side of things for now. 

Consistently moderately slow splits for the win. So many miles that they don't all fit on the screenshot. For the record, my buddy made me run 3 miles of hills to warm up. I kind of did not like her for those first miles. But overall I love her to death. She stayed with me for all the miles and did not push me on a ditch not even once! #truefriend

Like a gymnast. Spliiiiits.

Week 9

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6 miles

Wednesday: 7 miles
2 min WU 
6x 3min/2min
.5 cd
1 mile progressive finish 

Thursday: 2 miles, weights 

Friday: 15 miles

Saturday: 1 mile, weights

Sunday: 4 miles W D

Total: 35 miles