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Weekly Marathon Training Log 7/13 – 7/19

This has been a pretty good running week. One thing I have realized lately is the fact that the more I run the the better I feel. Like this week, I didn’t take the day off after my Long Run, which was 14 miles, instead I ran the next day, as well. I experience much less stiffness that way. So I try to take off only one day a week off running. Stretching makes a big difference in my recovery as well, something I used to neglect but after reading a ton of running books I actually gave it a try and the results are great. I highly recommend it. Even if it only for a few minutes after your run.

So. Here is my work for this week:

Monday: 6 miles on Treadmill. It was storming outside.

Tuesday: 5 Miles. Swimming in the morning, 30 minutes. I didn’t count the laps. I felt so tired afterwards, because I’m not used to cross-training that much. But I thought I needed some. Bridge repeats with my running group in Jupiter later that night. Mileage we got in after running that bridge up and down was about 5 miles. Tough workout, especially after swimming. My core felt so weak. It was cloudy and humid that day. Hard to breath (What else is new? Did I mention it was hot?). Work done, that’s all that matters. One more thing: I ran these bridge repeats with Cupcakes and Fish and Chips in my tummy because it happened to be my Birthday and we had a little Party before this workout. Big mistake! Needless to say I was one of the slower ones…

Wednesday: Day off running

Thursday: Long Run, 14 miles. Wednesday night Jim told me that he will be off in the morning. Yippee! That meant I can run in the morning! Even better: I can get my Long Run out of the way, since Long Runs in the morning feel much better than at night. I planned for 13 miles. It didn’t leave me with much preparation though. I should have hydrated better the entire day. I was planning on waking up at 5 am. That didn’t happned. Since I’m not running early mornings anymore it’s hard to wake up at the crack of dawn. So I woke up at about 6:20 am. Only because my neighbor’s dog is barking non-stop all the time, sometimes throughout the entire night. He barks so much I feel strange when he doesn’t bark. I know. Sometimes you do want to complain, but then when he also serves as such a reliable alarm clock, you kind of feel thankful. I had about 20 minutes to get ready to head out the door, while the temps were still manageable. When I hit the road my entire body felt heavy. Every step felt hard. I kind of sensed that I didn’t drink enough fluids, and the air was already humid. Usually the first 2 miles are always hard before it gets easier but then by mile 3 and 4 I still felt the same. By the time I reached the Ocean I started feeling better and miles 6-8 felt great. Now, I actually thought that this 13 miler will be a piece of cake. Well, it didn’t. Right after mile 8 I felt thirsty and crampy and even more crampy. There was no store anywhere near this path were I was able to buy something to drink and I wasn’t wearing a running belt. My pace became slower and slower. I even had to walk for a few minutes. Usually I never give in to walking because once I walk it’s much harder for me to start running again. When I got back home my app read 14 miles. Pace 10:12. My slowest long run yet. It left me a bit sad. These runs happen. The most important thing is not to let it stop you. Then you actually learn form those not-so-good runs. As down as I feel after a bad run in the past, I have to admit that I learned the most from those bad runs. It’s the fact that you go back out again and run the next day anyway. That’s what made me fall in love with running 🙂

Friday: 8 miles. My best run of the week. I planned a 5 Miler for that day. During the run Jim called me and told me that he and the kids are waiting for me at Carlin Park. So I had to add 3 more miles to this run to make it to Carlin Park. 8 miles for that day, pace 9:01.

Saturday: Easy 4 miles around my neighborhood

Sunday: 6 miles. Another easy run around my neighborhood. It was humid and the mosquitos were out of control, I got bitten countless times during this run. Meanies!

Total mileage for this week: 43 miles My favorite quote of the week: ” Mommy, can we go to Australia tomorrow?”

My Birthday Cupcakes

My Birthday Cupcakes

Me & David

Me & David

 

Mommy and her Boys

Mommy and her Boys