Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log – Happy New Year!

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody!!

This has been the week of Christmas and New Year’s and to be honest, running was only secondary this week. I got all my training in as planned, and as a matter of fact, going out for a run helped me clearing my mind between all the stress of the festivities.

Christmas was magical, fun and beautiful as always but as soon as it was over my energy was totally drained. All the emotional built-up to the big day is a lot and afterwards I just kind of crashed.

Running therefore felt especially good and soothing this week. The only thing I missed was Yoga. My kids got me a new Yoga mat this year as a gift, which was super sweet. They chose a pink mat because according to my sons, pink is a “girl’s favorite color”. Jim told me later that they were both very particular at the store about a pink Yoga mat, along with a pink Running Shirt for their Running Mommy. I just melted when I opened the package. Of course they want me to wear the shirt every day…:)

In other news, the Treasure Coast marathon is approaching fast. I have only 8 more weeks to shape myself up. Speed work has still been the hardest part of the training, as always. My pace is all over the place and pretty inconsistent.  Scheduling morning runs, when the temperatures are cooler is still pretty hard due to our schedules. Since this is not going to change I have to work around it, and run later in the day. 

The perfect running conditions are pretty hard to get in Florida anyway. I just hope that the marathon will not be a super muggy run.

The hardest thing this week has been fueling right. I have been so busy with the kids that I barely had time to prepare the right carbs for myself. I made sure everything was going as planned during the holidays, but totally forgot that I’m actually training for a marathon. The results from that I especially felt during my 20 Miler on Sunday. I almost hit the wall in Mile 10. Luckily, I had 3 gels on me which somehow kept me going. I went down in pace so I was able to finish but I felt weak to the core. I literally felt the lack of sugar and carbs in my system and knew it would take a miracle to finish. This is also a reason why I need to get my meal prepping on. It’s so much better and convenient to have the food you need for your training already prepared inside the fridge.

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

Anyway, here is how I fit my running in this week:

Monday: 7 miles around my community. I never really plan on running so many 7 Milers, but the large loop around my community is 3.5 Miles. So it always leads to lots of 7 Milers.

Tuesday: My older son John has been off school for the holidays and every morning I take him to the Pelican Lake at Juno Beach. The loop around the lake is 1 mile. He circled it with me 2 times today, with 4 10 sec walking breaks. I was so proud him. He ran one mile yesterday morning but wanted to go for another round today. Afterwards we hop over to the beach to cool-down. Juno Beach is only a few feet away.  This has been the first time in years that John had a lot of one on one time with me, because his little brother is in school now. I can totally see how much he enjoys it. 

He’s also so much into Yoga, as you can see in the pic below.

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

 

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

 

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

 

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

At night I went for a 6 mile run on my own. It’s actually nice to get 2 runs in one day.

Wednesday: I went running for 2 miles with John in the morning but didn’t run for the rest of the day. Total rest day, no weights or anything.

Thursday: 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool-down with 4 x 800 in between. It was so tough. I really wanted to run at 80%capacity but I felt like my system wasn’t having it. I pushed anyway. I was so exhausted when I was done. My least favorite part of training.

Friday: 1 mile run with John in the morning and 7 miles in the late afternoon. Pace 9:15

Saturday: Rest day. Not really. The kids kept me active all day long and I was more exhausted than after a long run. I hit the sac at 8:30 pm. I really didn’t care about New Year’s, I honestly never did. It’s the one holiday I don’t go crazy over. I was looking forward to my long run in the morning. The only problem was that i knew I didn’t eat enough of the right running fuel.

Sunday: My alarm clock rang at 4am. For about one minute I debated whether I can run 20 Miles this early or not, but the feeling of not getting it done, was just too troublesome. So I hopped out of bed and got ready. I had 3 glasses of water, no coffee and 3 gluten-free biscuits. I wanted to eat more, but my stomach wasn’t having it. I just couldn’t make myself eat anything else this early.

So I packed Gatorade, 3 Gels, a clementine, organic gummies from my kids’ lunch boxes and headed outside. I hit my survival package by our door outside and every so often I stopped to fuel. I ran the first 12 miles on our community parking lot. Yes, I did a lot of crazy runs in my life…

As soon as the sun broke I headed outside on the pavement. While I was running, many people were just returning from their parties. I could  literally still smell the fireworks in the air. I was so happy that I was running and that I put my fitness first that morning. In Mile 10 though I hit some turbulences from not eating enough carbs for the last 2 days. I managed to finish with the gels and the gummies but it was hard. I was pretty happy when this run was done.

Afterwards when I got home, we headed to West Palm and it was a fun family afternoon. So rewarding.

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

 

 

Treasure Coast Marathon Training Log - Happy New Year!

Street Art in West Palm Beach

 

Total Mileage for this week: 41 Miles. Stretching after every run helped me tons, and I included pus-ups, wall sits, squats and lounges whenever I could, most of the time right after my runs.

 

How was your week?

How did you spend New Year’s?

 

xoxo,

Ilka

 

As always I’m linking up with Tricia and HoHo for The Weekly Wrap

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Marcia for Tuesdays On the Run

 

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  1. You ran 12 miles in your parking lot??? Wow!!! The pics of your son are great!

  2. Great work! I can’t believe 12 miles in a parking lot! These peak weeks truly show us how good / bad our day-to-day nutrition is for our running goals. Good luck!

    • Happy New Year Lauren! My nutritional fueling could have been better before this 20 Miler, but I got it done. That’s all that mattered:)

  3. Great job this week. It’s hard to stay in a routine during the holidays. My energy was so low after everything was over too and I know exactly what you mean about forgetting you’re training for a marathon! How fun to be able to run with your son. That is certainly a special time for the both of you. It’s hard to believe you ran 12 miles in a parking lot. It must be pretty big. Thanks for linking, Ilka! Happy New Year!

    • Happy New Year HoHo! Yes, the parking lot is quite big. As long as I get my running done I pretty much don’t care where I run… Congrats on your awesome Marathon this weekend and new PR!!

  4. It looks like you had a great week of training! I love that you ran with your son for the very easy miles, that seems like a good way to get in a short recovery run and extra miles anywhere in training can be a big help. Plus, you get to spend some quality time together. Glad you made it through the long run even if it was weird running around your community so much to hit the mileage. You got it done and that will help mentally on race day!

    • Thanks Amy. Yes, the runs with my little sons are great for bonding. The long run around my community was hard, but it sure does help to for the race. Race courses are sometimes not very exciting you need to keep going anywhere. Happy New Year Amy!

  5. GREAT job! and 12 miles in a parking lot? #mentalstrength. Period. End of story!

  6. Even though my kids are older, I was happy to get everyone back to school and work and have the house back to myself. It feels good to get back on track. Have a great weekend

  7. I’m so jealous of the weather there!!! I signed up for a 10k this spring but it’s been so cold I haven’t been motivated to run!

  8. Wow – you killed it this week! And I absolutely love that your son was able to run with you!

  9. Way to get that 20 miler done, girl!! The long ones are ALWAYS tough, but you were prepared and you killed it! Nice job.

  10. For new years I was in California this year!! I love it there, it’s been a nice get away!!!

  11. I just love your determination and strength! Love mind clearing runs and way to go getting in 2 runs in a day!

  12. That is so sweet of your kiddos! Raising them right 🙂

    Way to keep up with your runs! Amazing how the holidays can throw things off!

    I am with you, I went to be early NYE, I value my sleep too much! Haha

  13. Wow! That’s a lot of miles logged.great week!!

  14. Your training looks spot on! And it looks so gloriously warm there. Sorry. I know that’s hard to train in, but it’s been so cold here….

    • I totally get it Wendy. That’s the way I feel when I see all the pics from other bloggers running in cold and snow … while I’m sweating it out here in Palm Beach:)

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