Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cowtown Marathon Training Week 4-6

Please excuse my condensed training recap for the last several weeks. I needed a way to "catch up" without spending hours writing separate posts. That's about how unorganized my life has been these last several weeks and my training is barely hanging on to put it best.

The last several weeks have been a circle of "who is sick now?". Between heading back to work full time (and throw in some travel) and Joanna catching icky germs at daycare... we haven't been ourselves around here. I've been praying hard that this last round of RSV was it because I'm beginning to question my sanity for signing up for a marathon (with a small child during cold & flu season). I hope the rest of you are staying healthy!

Week 4
This is where it started going downhill. Joanna was sick for 2 days straight and Brad was working overnight. So it was all mama handling the sniffles, the coughing and the no sleeping. Needless to say, I missed a run during the week because my mama duties come first. Running on little rest doesn't do my body any favors! By Friday, Brad was back home in the evenings and I was able to get my runs in.

I dropped off Jo at daycare and called the doctor's office at 8am sharp. The previous night she barely slept but she seemed much better after breakfast. After the doctor's office said I could bring her in for a 9:30am apt, I knew that I had a very short window to get a run in before I needed to get back and pick her up. Brad worked an extra shift Thursday night (have I mentioned that we are trying to build a house in Austin?) so he also needed his rest. Come to find out, she was diagnosed with her first ear infection and pink eye :(

What was supposed to be 6 miles was cut short. But oh were they glorious miles after the week I had! And yes I showed up to daycare in my running pants... but at least I changed my smelly sports bra and shirt!

Miles: 5.25
Pace: 10:39 avg
Time: 55:56 

I ran 3 warm up miles on the treadmill (it was 49 and windy out) before heading out the door for 10 more. This is the first time in this training cycle that I could do double-digit mileage in one stretch. I've been breaking up my mileage to try to make this training cycle work but I felt very proud of this run!

Treadmill Miles: 3
Pace: 10:50
Time: 32:31

Outdoor Miles: 10
Pace: 10:53
Time: 1:48:53

Week 5
This was right after the New Years weekend of all 3 of us together for 4 days! (and Jo taking lots of antibiotics). Monday was the "observed holiday" so it was pretty laid back and easy to get in my running. Come Tuesday, I flew out to Austin at 6:05am and worked until about 11pm. Wednesday I flew home around 3pm and made it to daycare pickup! (barely). I had a pretty bad head cold while I was gone so I took the extra rest day. Friday I got back on the 'mill and finished up my weekend mileage. Recap: this week my mileage tanked to 22 instead of increasing to 31.

Who runs on a Friday night? This girl does! Brad was back to work so it was just Jo and I in the house. It was very hard to convince myself to get out of my PJs (I change into my PJs immediately after I get home, ha) and get on to the treadmill. But, like they always say... you never regret a workout after its been completed.

Treadmill miles:7
Pace 10:53
Time: 1:16:13

After a shower and protein shake on Friday night, I jumped in bed for 5 hours and woke up to run again. It actually wasn't too bad. I imagined getting in a nap when Jo napped... I don't recall that nap ever happening and by 9pm when I had my next opportunity to do the second-half of my long run, I was exhausted. So I pushed the stroller run to Sunday.

Treadmill miles: 6 
Pace: 10:50
Time: 1:05:04

Almost 7 hours of sleep on Saturday night! Jo and I went out for 5miles with the stroller and this run felt pretty effortless. 10ish pace with a stroller? I think I'm getting my speed and strength back!

Stroller miles: 5.22
Pace: 10:06
Time: 52:42

Week 6
We made it to week 6! It was hard to believe that I barely survived the last two weeks. It reminded me of the newborn stage all over again... very little sleep (side note: Joanna didn't become a "good sleeper" until about 10 months; isn't it obvious why it took so long for my running to come back?). This was my highest mileage week and although we got more sleep... it wasn't much easier to get through. Why did I think that marathon training was going to be easy?

Monday Yasso's - nailed it!
Tuesday STRENGTH - non-existent and you'll see where this catches up to me next week
Wednesday Mid-long 7mi - nailed it! Well, I cut it short at 6.5 because Joanna woke up
Thursday 5mi over/under - nailed it! Went even faster than my coach put in my plan.
Friday REST - psssh, I got rest days down :)

Saturday - these runs "tested" how bad I actually want to run a marathon. It was super cold and wet outside and I'm not sure why I had hope that it was going to clear up. So this is the best way I could stitch together an 18 mile long run while still spending time with my family.

5am - 8miles on the treadmill
Pace: 10:53
Time: 1:27:03

Followed by breakfast, swim class, lunch with friends, struggled nap for the toddler (and I took a 30min cat nap too) and dinner at home.

8pm - 6miles on the treadmill 
Pace: 10:53
Time: 1:05:20

9ish pm - 4miles outside (45 degrees and foggy)
Pace: 10:20
Time: 41:52

After 18miles strung together on a long Saturday!

...And somehow I am still alive (and thanking God for giving me the strong will to keep pushing towards my goal!). It wasn't pretty, I used a lot of dry shampoo and there were some days that I was drinking two cups of Spark (my version of coffee). 6 more weeks until race day! 4 more weeks until taper! After re-reading all of that... I feel somewhere between crazy and committed to toe the line at race day...

Running Mama Steph

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cowtown Marathon Training Week 3

Greetings from Austin, friends! While the rest of the world is reflecting on 2016, I'm traveling to Austin for work this week and reflecting on week 3 of marathon training. No doubt, 2016 requires some dedicated time for reflection as it was a year full of challenges and lots of blessings... but that will come in due time (because we all know that I dance to the beat of my own song :)

On to week 3... this week was hard. We (Brad, Joanna and I) were wrapping up our Florida vacation and headed back to reality. The lack of much needed post-vacation-rest combined with Brad's overnight schedule had me tired (to say the least) by the time weekend rolled around. Let's see how we shook out..

Miles: 4
Time: 43;14
Pace: 10:48

We drove back to my parent's house on Sunday night and I ran this first thing in the morning (5am wake up). This felt nice and easy like it should.

We traveled back to Dallas on Tuesday so the day was filled with airport lines, a pretty smooth plane ride and then picking up the dogs on our way home. We were tired and I'm pretty sure we all went to bed super early this night.

Miles: 8
Time: 1:23:38
Pace: 10:27

Progression Run:
Mile 1 - 11:00
Mile 2 - 10:45
Mile 3 - 10:40
Mile 4 - 10:35
Mile 5 - 10:30
Mile 6 - 10:15
Mile 7 - 10:15
Mile 8 - 10:00

I nailed this run! It felt SO great getting back to the cooler weather and running out of my own front door. Luckily, Brad was still off of work so I was able to get out the door feeling relaxed. I was headed back to a 3-day week at the office so I also wasn't in a hurry to get ready for work (although I did have a lot of catching up to do). I savored my last vacation run and totally enjoyed this while hitting each mile almost on the head. Although my fingers were pretty darn cold at the end.

Time: 59:55
Pace: 10:54

I cut this short by half mile because I just didn't have the mental strength to stay on the treadmill. Joanna didn't sleep so well the night before and I was pretty tired from the previous day run and lack of sleep myself. Looking back, I should have held on for another 5-6 minutes but at the time I just couldn't convince myself.

REST DAY and I soaked it all up! I'm pretty sure on Thursday night I went to bed around 8pm and slept until 6am (with lots of interruptions). Point being, I thoroughly enjoyed not rushing out of my bed because I was SO tired. Vacations do something to toddler sleep habits and by Thursday night it had all caught up to me. I should have focused on some strength this day but I needed all the rest I could get.

(4 treadmill and 4 outside stroller)

Miles: 4
Time: 40:36
Pace: 10:09

I got these faster miles in before Jo woke up for the day. It was rainy out so I wasn't sure if I was going to be treadmill bound again after she went to bed or we'd be able to get out on the stroller later in the afternoon.

Miles: 4
Time: 40:29

By the time nap rolled around, Joanna was over tired and fighting every bit of her nap. I was pretty frustrated and the rain had cleared up too. I pushed the stroller faster than normal and Joanna fell asleep. This was a win, win for all of us! I was so happy that I could push that stroller just as fast as running on the treadmill hours earlier. I can always tell how much stronger I am getting by the improvement of my stroller time. It was humid, I was sweaty and I left most of it out on the neighborhood hills.

"Finally sleeping! And now I'm sweating bullets..."

REST DAY! Well, active recovery. I pulled the wagon to the park and we played on the swings and slide. Then I pulled the wagon home. I probably walked a mile total at a very easy pace.