Here is my running log from last week, December 12th.

Do you like the way the beach is decorated this year?

I’m really happy I signed up for another marathon. It’s great to have a fitness goal and the plan, even during this busy Holiday Season. Sticking to a strict training schedule during the busiest time of the year, really tests your dedication and motivation skills. I literally had every excuse in the world this week to skip a few runs, but I managed to stay on course. I have learned in the last few years that if I give my fitness priority I’m able to function so much better in my everyday life.

Running actually helps me to tackle my to-do lists and all other obligations along with it. Breaking a good sweat clears my head and puts everything back into perspective. As a matter of fact, sometimes when my to-do list gets too overwhelming I just leave it and go for a run. For whatever reason, after running, everything falls into place so much better and I get things done faster, easier and more organized. Can any of you runners relate?

Anyways,

For this upcoming Marathon on March 5th I have decided to follow the Intermediate Marathon Training Plan by Phil Davies from Sports Fitness Advisor.com. The reason why I chose this plan was it really breaks down a marathon  training schedule in a very simplified way. It focuses on  strength training as well as low impact cardio days, such as walking and running. It’s an easy no-fuss plan and since I like to experiment with different plans to see which ones work best I chose this one. I think this plan is less intense mileage-wise than the Hal Higdon plans I ran before, but therefore it emphasizes a bit more on cross training. Something I usually tend to neglect when training for a marathon.

Treasure Coast Marathon Training - My Running Log

Here is how my week went:

By the way, the heat and humidity is back here in South Florida, just when I thought last week that we are about to get a much-needed cooler break, we’re back in the mid 80s!!

Monday: 3 Mile walk around my neighborhood. According to the plan this was a recovery day, but not a total rest day. Just a recovery day from running. I love how this plan follows a long run with low impact exercises the next day, not total rest. According to the plan the muscle fiber recover better the day after a long run with low impact movement rather than total rest, which leads to muscle stiffness and eventual injuries. Makes total sense to me.

Tuesday: 3 mile run  and strength training. It was super humid and hot outside, so I opted for the treadmill inside. I know, everybody is freezing cold in the rest of the country and here we are in South Florida sweating it out again. Just after last week’s cooler temps…what a teaser that was!!

Wednesday: 5x 800 m. I haven’t done intervals in so long. I was absolutely finished  after this workout! Running fast in heat and humidity is seriously no fun.

Thursday: 3miles at race pace 8:50 and strength training, push ups, mountain climbers , wall sits, lunges and squats and weights – all the good stuff!

Friday: 6 miles outside. I wasn’t really into this running. Pace 9:50

Saturday: It was supposed to be my rest day but I ended up walking 5 miles with Jim and the boys, the boys walked 3 miles. I love days like this!

Sunday: 12 miles. This run was something else. I planned all morning to go out for a run, but it took me until 9:30 until I finally  laced up my running shoes and made it it out the door.. I struggled the first 3 miles quite a bit. I had no idea how to find any spunk for running. I just decided to put myself on co-pilot and just follow my feet. Mind over matter. Sometimes that’s the only choice you have as a runner. It must have been towards the end of Mile 4 when all of a sudden I saw this huge snake in front of me that didn’t move. It just laid still and rattled. It clearly sensed I was there.

Treasure Coast Marathon Training - My Running Log

 

Treasure Coast Marathon Training - My Running Log

I saw many snakes on my runs here in Florida but this guy was different. Usually when I see a snake like this, a glass window is separating us.

It was absolutely terrifying!

Needless to mention but I’m mentioning it anyway, I put on my brakes. Also worth mentioning was the fact that the snake so wasn’t afraid of me. I didn’t move and remained absolutely still. The snake decided to sloooowly move into the nearby grass. It had a huge rattle in the back and I believe it was The Diamondback Rattlesnake.

Yeah … usually I only see these guys in the Zoo.

When the snake moved into the grass, I don’t know what came over me, but I pulled out my phone to take a pic… hey, after all I have a running blog…:)

I called Jim right away. I stuttered and cried and told him I wanted to move back to NYC!! Running in Florida is just soo hard!

I eventually calmed down and yes, we’re not moving, but this is something I will never get used to while living here.

So after this phone call I decided to put my big girl pants on and finish my long run somehow.

If there was any good in this incidence than it was the fact that I was more awake now.

A few minutes later it started down pouring hard, for about 5 minutes. I was drenched to the bones. Luckily my phone was okay. I just had another excuse not to finish this 12 Miler, but there was no way I would want to live with the guilt of not finishing my run. So I kept on running.  I was so happy when my 12 miles were done, and I was really happy with my 8:52 pace. Obviously the fear of the snake and the cool down of the rain helped my pace.

After my 12 mile run I went home and got ready for 2 birthday parties my kids were invited to. I hit the mattress face-down last night.

Total Mileage this week: 28 miles plus 8 miles of walking and strength training

 

How was your training week?

 

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