Sunday, December 25, 2016

Cowtown Marathon Training Week 2

Week 2 is in the bag! My success this week is due to my very supportive mother who thoroughly enjoyed breakfast with Joanna every morning that I stepped out her door to run. I love that woman and I love that she is so supportive of my crazy hobbies and lifestyle. She has always encouraged me to focus, do the hard stuff and REST when its time to REST.


We arrived in Florida on Saturday night. Jo and I spent a total of 10 days between the Saravias and the Ganeys. Here is how the week shook out...


Monday
After doing my long run in Lake Mary on Sunday, on Monday we headed to Disney. We walked about 22k steps from 10am when we arrived until 9pm when we left. My legs were definitely tired and I fell asleep in the car ride while my mom drove us all home... just like we used to do when we were kids.

"Wita" (grandma), Joanna and I at Disney

Tuesday
Miles: 4
Time: 43:19
Pace: 10:50 avg

This was supposed to be a nice and easy shake out run. Although I didn't push it hard, I did have to remind myself to take it slower. I need to take advantage of the "easy" runs and just enjoy the scenery! Easy on the easy days; hard only on the hard days.

Wednesday
Miles: 6
Time: 1:04:54
Pace: 10:48 avg

My brother's huskey (Mila) is staying in Lake Mary with his wife and my parents while he is deployed. That girl (the husky) has a lot of energy to burn off and this day was my turn to take her for a stroll around the neighborhood. If I was at home on my treadmill, this would have been 6miles of hills. But because I was in Lake Mary, this was a humid, 6 miles trying to keep the dog at a steady pace - overall this felt good.

Mila and I after a solid 6 miles

Friday
Miles: 5.74
Time: 1:00:22
Pace: 10:31 avg   

By the time this run came around, Brad had arrived from Texas and we drove over to his grandma's house, South of Lakeland. Joanna was down for a nap and I was out the door in the middle of the Florida afternoon. The temp wasn't awful but it did catch up to me a little near the end. Here was the workout my coach gave me:

1 mile warm up
5 x 800 @ Marathon Goal Pace w/400 recovery jog
1 mile cool down


My marathon goal pace is 4hr 45min so I should have run my half miles (800s) in 4 min and 45 seconds (abt 9:30 pace) but I ran these close to 9:50 pace. I probably should have asked my coach to clarify what a Yasso was BEFORE I did the workout. But this gives me a good excuse to run a little slower in that mid-afternoon Florida heat :)

Saturday
Miles:8.25
Time: 1:28:41
Pace: 10:45

This run was originally scheduled for Sunday but on Saturday night I had a bachelorette party to attend back in Orlando. There was NO WAY that I was going to drive back on minimal sleep and expect to run 10 miles so I went ahead and did this on Saturday morning. Running on tired legs was a good reminder of my biggest challenge during this training cycle. I couldn't find my gu in my suitcase and I cut this run short at mile 8.25 as I could feel the fatigue in my legs and I didn't have the mental strength to make a 4th loop around the same small-town circle at grandma's house. I should have dug deep and finished this out. Oh well :(


Overall this week went well. I didn't have the normal work/life/kid struggle that I'm sure will come up in the next coming weeks as I try to balance training and my normal life. But dang, that Florida humidity is no joke!

xo
Running Mama 

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