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

NCR Marathon Training Week 9: HALFWAY THERE!

Between the more relaxed approach I’m taking this time and the fact that I jumped in a few weeks late, this  training cycle is FLYING. Because I’ve already done this twice, it’s kind of nice to not feel crushing dread when looking forward to my bigger long runs. I will say that I have 16 miles scheduled for this weekend and I’m NOT looking forward to that because

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Hashtag OHHELLNO. Even without the hurricane hitting yet, the forecast for Saturday morning is sideways rain and 30 MPH winds. I always said I’d never run that long on a treadmill again, but I think I’m going to have to make an exception.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is a recap of what happened last week even though I am already well into week 10:

Monday, September 21: I had a very bad day and sometimes when I have a very bad day, I don’t exercise which is counter-intuitive because exercise always makes me feel better. Hal Higdon would have told me to rest anyway, so I did.

Tuesday, September 22: 5 miles in the rain in the early morning washed away some of my anxiety. Then later in the evening I went to spin class and after that I felt about a billion times better about life in general.

Wednesday, September 23: 7 miles on the treadmill at marathon pace and then in the evening I went on an easy 10 mile bike ride with the Dude and his friend.

Thursday, September 24: With the NCR Half marathon coming up and two days where I had done doubles behind me, I decided to take two rest days beforehand to give my legs a break. Does 20K+ steps count as a rest day? Probably not.

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The Dude and I spent the day in NYC visiting the 9/11 Memorial and being a couple of tourists. I hadn’t been up to visit the city for a decade. It was really the best day.

Friday, September 25: I actually rested. It’s amazing how tired your legs can feel just from walking around all day!

Saturday, September 26: NCR HALF! Recap here. It’s nearly a week later and I’m still on cloud 9.

Sunday, September 27: My legs didn’t feel nearly as bad as I expected them to post-race and the weather was absolutely gorgeous so I headed to the trail with my bike for a 25 mile ride.

One of my favorite parts of this day was that the NCR 20 Miler was happening on the trail and headed south as I was going north. I love being a cheerleader and I was able to encourage the runners as I passed them. I kind of wish I would have volunteered at a water stop or something.

Total Miles: 25+
Grade: A

I guess my biggest focus for the rest of this week should be staying dry? Ugh this weather stinks!

How is your training going? Any good runs in the rain lately?

xo,

Salt