Trying to catch up!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!

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Just kidding I love bagpipes. I’m also not Irish, but I’m feeling a little more festive about this holiday than usual following Baltimore’s big St. Paddy’s Day 5K last weekend which I will have a recap of tomorrow. Today I’m just trying to get my wits about me. Work has been IN-SANE (in a very busy, but good way) and outside of work I’ve been working even more. I got a new computer so my freelance game has been pretty strong lately. And of course my newly minted 4 YEAR OLD. And then I had a birthday too and turned 30-again. And in the midst of all that….

I’m Still Training!

Even though I haven’t written about it in the past couple weeks, things are still moving along. Most of it has been good with a little bit of terrible sprinkled in. One of the two plans that I had been working off of has been ….how should I put this nicely…overzealous and due to going too hard lately I think I might have caught myself a slight case of plantar fasciitis. So if anyone has any recommendations on how to deal with that, I’m all ears.

Seriously though, I’m astounded that any half marathon training plan that claims to be geared toward beginners includes more than one speed training day per week and multiple middle-of-the-week runs of 8+ miles.

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I digress. Aside from the heel pain, my workouts have been going pretty well. I’m about 50/50 treadmill and outside running now thanks to the return of 60-70 degree temps. (And SNOW again on Sunday just in time for me to run 12 miles! AWESOME!) I’ve also been working in stroller runs which are considerably harder now that Betty is practically driving and my new and most favorite way to work out…ORANGETHEORY!

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WE FINALLY HAVE ONE HERE and I totally see what all the hype is about. More on my experience in an upcoming post because I could go on and on about it for a week, but I’m in love after just two times and will be signing up for some kind of membership. Not only is it such a fantastic workout, but it totally caters to my competitive side as well.

Oh and I booked my room for the race next month. Can you believe it’s almost April?

How has your training been going? Are you wearing green today? (I AM!) Drinking any green better later? (I’M NOT! Green beer weirds me out.)

xo,

Salt

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I guess Half Marathon Thursday is a thing now.

This past week I brought myself a long overdue present: a shiny new MacBook Pro! At home I had been writing and designing on the same ancient iMac since 2008 which in human years would be comparable to…

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…and it was to the point where that thing made a better paperweight than a computer. It literally would have cost me more money to update it than buy a new one.

I’m thinking that the fact that I can blog from the comfort of my bed at night now will lead to me actually keeping up better with all this. Does that sound really lazy? I don’t care. I’m really lazy right now.

Anyway….

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After the debacle that was week 2/day 6, week 3 started off in a VERY sore fashion, especially after piling a long run on top of that on Sunday.

Monday, February 22: I had it mapped out that Mondays would always be 3 mile days, but I think those days are already over. I’ve never done my long runs on Sunday before and yeah…I’m going to need a break. This particular day I did run an easy mile, but then jumped on the Arc trainer for awhile at the gym instead. It was good I guess. Something different.

Tuesday, February 23:  Combo workout – 7 miles. This was the most fun I’ve had on a treadmill in a VERY long time: 1 mile w/u, 3 miles at half marathon pace, 3 minutes of rest (walk/slow jog), 4 x 2 minutes at 5K pace with 90 second recovery, 1 mile c/d. Usually when I run intervals on the treadmill I do them by distance and not time. I think I might prefer them this new way.

Wednesday, February 24: Easy 3 + strength. I was going to go to yoga down in the city, but the weather was crazy; pouring and with some gnarly thunderstorms. It was also February-warm and I wanted to run outside, but the desire to do that was not greater than my fear of being struck by lightning. So I went to the gym and after my run I went to BodyPump class to cover the strength part.

Thursday, February 25: 5 miles, easy hills. The treadmill hill setting has become my new BFF lately.

Friday, February 26: According to my Vivofit I only got like 3K steps in. So yeah…TOTAL rest day. I even got a pedicure to maximize my sloth-ness.

Saturday, February 27: 6 miles. 1 mile w/u, 4 at marathon pace, 1 mile c/d. Then I went to a warm vinyasa class that was FANTASTIC.

Sunday, February 28: Long run – 10 miles OUTSIDE because it was nearly 70 degrees that day although I seemed to be the only person on the trail who got the memo because everyone else I saw had on heavy coats. (Or I was just underdressed.) This run was not my favorite; in fact I feel like a lot of the runs that I’ve done on the trail in recent months have been really tough for me and I’ve concluded that it might be totally mental.

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Yeah. That’s pretty much how I feel when I think about running on the trail. I have biked and marathon-trained and marathon-ed all over that trail. I think I’ve seen all the trail that I ever need to see. It’s nice because it’s flat, but I think from now on I’ll stick to the roads around my house.

Total Mileage: 32

How has your week been going? Have you ever found yourself SO OVER a certain running route? How did that affect your performance (if at all)?

xo,

Salt

It’s Half Marathon….Thursday! #procrastination

Better late than never right? This week has been totally kicking my ass in all sorts of ways. Big deadlines at work + trying to get my workouts in = when I get home the last thing I want to do is sit in front of my computer. So this is the recap of week 2 just in time for week 3 to be almost over.

Let’s see if I can remember everything without having to look at my journal for reference. This should be fun. My brain is fried and I barely know what day it is today.

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Monday, February 15: Ummmmmm….3 miles. That’s what my plan told me to do anyway. My other option for Mondays is going to be cross training or rest and I think coming up here pretty soon I’m going to be taking advantage of that, especially now that my long runs are on Sundays.

Tuesday, February 16: Seriously it seems like these days were a year ago. This was an interval day – 6 miles total. 1 mile warm up + 4x1600s with 400m recovery. This was my first time EVER doing 1600s on the treadmill and to be honest I was totally dreading this workout. Like I almost skipped it in favor of 400s instead. I’m so glad I pushed myself though because it went great.

And then after all that I went to Bikram class, which was also great even though I still feel stiff as a board sometimes.

Wednesday, February 17: 3 miles easy. Normally I would strength train on Wednesdays also, but I had just been at Bikram the day before. So I went out to dinner instead.

Thursday, February 18: 4 miles with some hill repeats. Warmed up for 2, 8×30 second hill repeats at 5K pace and then cooled down for a mile. This is also new to me in training…I’ve never done specific hill workouts before. My house is surrounded by hills so like every run I do around here is sort of like it’s own hill workout. Now because it’s still winter and I am a huge wuss in the cold, I’ve been utilizing the hill feature on the treadmill more than ever before. Once it warms up outside, I have a couple local hills picked that I can run up and down on days like this.

Friday, February 19: 

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That about sums it up.

Saturday, February 20: This was a fun and interesting day! Plan said 4 easy and I don’t know how “easy” 4 miles is while pushing 75 lbs of kid and stroller, but Betty and I joined a crew out of Charm City for a fun run around the neighborhoods over there.

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She was so sassy and fun out there…I have such a cool kid!

Then later on in the day THIS HAPPENED. Almost a week later and I’m still feeling it, especially in my right elbow area. Despite that wipe out, it felt great to get back out on my bike only if it was just for a few miles.

Sunday, February 21: Long run day – 9 miles. My longest outside run since the marathon in November!

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This run was GREAT except for one part. I was on my way back home, in the midst of mile 6. Up ahead I could see an old red truck coming and I could hear it way before it got to me…it was a total piece of junk. Anyway, the moment that the truck got next to me the kind and considerate driver hit the accelerator so that a blast of exhaust shot out and into my face. And of course I just had to take a big gulp of air just at that moment, breathing it all in.

Apparently this is called “rolling coal”. Did you know that was a thing!? I have never had someone do something so rude to me while out on a run in my life. I would have rather been catcalled at 100x over.

I was super angry after that so I plowed through the rest of it without even really thinking about my pace. I guess I can thank that redneck piece of garbage for the rage-fuel.

Total Mileage: 29

Whew! I can’t believe I remembered all that. Especially after inhaling all those noxious fumes.

I hope everyone else has had a great week of training! How is it going for you?

xo,

Salt