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.
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.
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.
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?