Run!, Training

Week 44 Training Recap

Training for-

  • Paso Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

So I started titling my weekly recaps like this back in January but took a little break during marathon training.  The weekly numbers are starting to drag on me.  I need figure out another way to do this.  Good thing it’s almost 2017!   Ouch, did I just say that?

This week saw me back on the dreadmill and it almost broke me.   I don’t know if I can do that 2 nights a week until spring.   I may have to get over my mountain lion fear.  Well, and the fear of what’s hiding in the dark when you run at night.    To that end, I bought a new pair of reflective leggings this week and I am hunting down all my blinking lights.   I think I have them stashed in odd places.  My flashlight also needs new batteries.  Who said running was a cheap sport? ๐Ÿ˜›


Monday-2.3 miles  The plan called for an easy 30 minute recovery run.  Oh man, my calves were stiff.   I walked more than I would have liked which meant I barely hit 3 miles in 30 minutes.  Ouch.   At least I was able to enjoy the view.


Tuesday- Rest I spent some time with my foam roller but probably not enough.   I can’t remember if I did anything else. ๐Ÿ˜›


Wednesday- 4 miles  Son of a treadmill.  The plan was for a 7 mile run- some warm up and cool down with mile repeats at half marathon pace.  Ha!   I hate treadmills but I was trying to be optimistic.   I couldn’t even pull off one mile at pace.  My calves were tight and would not loosen up. I paused the treadmill so many times to try and stretch them out.   At one point, I stretched so long the damn treadmill reset itself.  I finally decided that I was doing more harm than good and called it.  I was still pissed though so I cranked the incline to 7 and power walked it out.  Things finally loosened up.   So what, all my treadmill dates this winter will power walking at an incline?

Thursday- Rest  I was still feeling sore from the day before so not much happened.  I planned on jumping on the bike for a few miles but I didn’t.  Oops.

Friday- Rest


Saturday- Rest  Oops.   I was supposed to do a 20-30 minute shakeout run.  This also would have worked great with the Alzheimer’s Walk that I was supposed to participate in and yet neither happened.  I took my car in for some tire work and planned on doing the shakeout run then except they moved at lightning pace and I did not have time.    After a few errands, I headed to pick up my packet for the Harvest Half.   I was nervous.  This is the first time in 4 years that I haven’t volunteered to work it and it was the first time in 6 years that I was running it again.   I ran the 5k years ago.   This was also my first race with BibRave so I a little anxious.

They moved the expo into town this year and livened it up with a few vendor booths, some live music and a dinner in the park.   I have to give them points for effort.  There were only 2 vendors- Costco and a local gym.   The tri tip smelled amazing though.  I headed home to eat dinner and try to get a decent night’s sleep.

Sunday- Harvest Half  To be continued…but ouch.

How was your week?

Any tips on making the treadmill less miserable?

 

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Taking Directions

Disclaimer: I received a session with Ekiden Coaching to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve said numerous times that I tend to have knee jerk reactions to training plans.   I turn into a 5 year old and say ” I don’t wanna”.   Or a rebellious teenager- “you can’t make me!’.  I’ve posted pictures of my training plans before and they are usually full of color and corrections and look like a 5 year old used them as a coloring book.

That said I’ve always wondered how I would respond to a coach.  Would reporting to an actual person hold me accountable?  Would I get out of my own way and actually commit to a program that could make me a better runner?  I was curious but I figured the odds of me finding out were slim to none as most options I saw could break the bank.   And my bank is pretty broken as it is.  ๐Ÿ˜›

Enter Ekiden Coaching.

ekiden

When I was given the opportunity to try their coaching services, I jumped at it.  What better chance to see how I would do?   Ekiden is fairly new to the scene and founded by Peter Duyan with Head Coach Mario Fraioli.   I checked out the website, looked at their backgrounds and read some articles in Competitor by Mario.  I was excited to get started.

The process started with a very in depth questionnaire that asked about your running habits, preferences and quirks.  It also asked about your nutrition level and if you had any injuries.   Once it was submitted, I waited to be matched with my coach.   Once I learned that I had Coach Jenny, we set up a time for a phone conversation to go more in depth about my running level and upcoming race plans.   This was also when I had the realization that I had a lot of races in the coming weeks.  Oops.   Jenny also let me know I may have bit off a bigger bite than I should have.  Yes, Coach.   This was also proved true when I had to bail on the Run The Runways 5K. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Blue good, red bad๐Ÿ˜›

From there the coaching plan is uploaded to the Ekiden site on a weekly basis.  The site links to Strava and for every completed workout, you get a blue dot.  Missed workouts show a red dot.    You are sent a weekly text on Sundays with a link to the week’s workouts.  A daily text at 5PM told you the next days workout.  You can communicate with your coach via text message or on the Ekiden site.    Text messages are my jam, sweet!


So how did training go?  I really liked it!   Every workout was something that I could or should be able to physically do and it was very easy to understand.  I didn’t have to do any math or fancy equations to know what I was supposed to do.  I’ve had a good mix of easy running and speed work.  The speed work was great (remember Float?).  It pushed me out of my comfort zone just enough.  I never would have planned a long run with a fast finish end of 6 miles but I came close to pulling it off!  My left leg has been giving me fits but being honest, it hasn’t been happy since halfway through marathon training.   That said, Coach Jenny has been a great resource with that- I can text her when it hurts and we can adjust the plan.  It helps to talk it out with someone so I don’t just panic on my own.  The accountability portion of having a coach is kind of awesome.  I call myself Slacker for a reason so having someone check in with you is a great way to stay on track.   Even a day when I was feeling super crappy and knew I couldn’t handle a run, I went home and did a few miles on the bike.  I can say without a doubt that I would not have done that had I not had a coach and a training plan.

So would I do it all over again?  I actually have a week or 2 left on my plan right now but I think I would do it again.  Personal plans can be as low $49 a month and I think a 3 month plan would be a great fit for me next year- I may finally buckle down to train for a sub 2 half… or maybe a second marathon.  ๐Ÿ˜›

I also have a discount for you- use code BibRave16  and get 1 month of free training when you purchase 3 months.  Dang it, I could use that next year!

Looking for more information?  Check out the Ekiden website or read these Pro’s reviews-

Christine
Angie

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Week 43 Training Recap

Training for-

  • Paso Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

It’s the final countdown!  Come on, sing it with me!    Sorry, I think the lack of sleep is making me slap happy.  ๐Ÿ˜›     I’m still not sleeping but I’m also tired of whining about it.   It is what it is so I am trying to just find the shiny and keep moving on.

I actually ran all the miles planned this week and almost pulled off some of the paces.  Who am I?!?     I started off the week by taking some rest days.  It’s how being told to rest by someone else takes some of guilt away.  I think my brain needed that after the last few weeks.

Monday- Yoga  What?!?  I used an app on my phone and did a beginners workout just to try to loosen up and relax a little.   I only got 3 hours of sleep the night before so I was dragging.

Tuesday- Rest  This day was a Monday Redux.  Seriously, it was rough at work.  I was so glad I didn’t have to run.


Wednesday- 4 miles After a few days off, I was feeling nervous like I forgot how to run.  As you can read here– the run was freakin’ awesome!


Thursday-3.5 miles  Interval ouch.  The workout called for 6×400 with warm up and cool down.  Normally I love 400’s but I was so damn tired and I knew I would be chasing the sunset.    I had an option of rest or a light jog between the 400’s and I chose the rest.  Even with that, the intervals kicked my ass.  My paces were 7:58, 7:53, 8:41, 8:25, 7:56, 8:33.  Not sure what happened with that third one.     I was whipped at the end.  I could not have run another one if I tried.   I was proud that I finished the work out but damn that was hard.

Friday- Rest  Oh crap, I think I broke myself.  I was limping all day and my left knee and shin were pissed.  I was kind of freaking out.  I had 12 miles on the plan the next day, what do I do?!?!    Does it really hurt or am I just being a baby?  I have a mental block with 12 mile runs.  Give me 11 or 13 or 15 and I look forward to them after marathon training, but 12?  I hate them for some reason.   Was I just whining?  I texted Coach Jenny for her opinion and she agreed I should push my run back to Sunday and rest.

Saturday- Rest I attempted to catch up on sleep.  Did I mention Thursday night was another 4 hours if I was lucky?  Then I ran a few errands and read a book-Run!.  I love reading Dean Karnazes’ books.  Even if they make me think crazy thoughts.   I signed up for my first marathon 2 months after reading Ultramarathon Man.  What now?

Sunday- 12 miles  Of course, when my alarm went off I was in the most comfortable moment of sleep that I had had all week.   I hit snooze for 40 minutes before dragging myself out of bed for my run.  My plan called for 6 miles @ 12:00, 5@ 9:30 and the last @ 9:00.   My leg felt a little better but I was planning on taking it easy and keeping an eye on how it felt.  I even had my mom on alert in case I needed a pick up.


I kept it nice and easy in the beginning and just focused on my leg.   Mile 1 was super slow and I managed to keep the bridge mile at 10:00 which is fairly calm considering I usually bolt across it.   At the halfway point I was actually right on pace and I felt ok so I tried to pick up the pace a bit.   I couldn’t get to 9:30 though.  Miles 7, 8, and 9 clocked in at 10:00.  I was still pretty stoked about that though so I was hoping I could keep it up.  Then I slammed right into a wall.  Miles 10 and 11 were 11:18 and 10:57.  Oops.  I didn’t necessarily feel tired but I could not move any faster.  I took so many walk breaks.  I had already run more miles than I thought I was going to pull off so I decided not to stress about the pace.    That said, I was so glad to see my watch hit 12.   Success!

19.5 miles- an improvement over the last few weeks!  Woo hoo!   And now it’s on to race week #1!  Eeek!

How was your week?

I whined a little didn’t I? Oops.

What are you reading?

 

 

 

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Ear to Ear

You know how some runs leave you feeling run ragged and whiny but others can leave grinning maniacally as you run up the street scaring people?  Yeah I had one of those.

My blog is called Slacker Runner for a reason.  In fact it was almost called Part Time Runner.  I know I don’t run as often or as many miles as other people.   I love rest days, they just speak to me.  But what I don’t say is that as much as they speak words of comfort to me, those words also come with guilt.   I feel guilty every time I don’t run and it stresses me out.  The cycle continues on and on and on.


So when Coach Jenny told me to take 2 days off early this week, a part of me freaked out.  Monday and Tuesday as mental health days?!?! Life and work has been stressing me out and I feel like I haven’t slept properly in weeks.  Sunday night saw maybe 3 hours of sleep, maybe.  Had she not told me not to run, I would have tried to run after work on Monday.  That probably would have been a horrible idea.    So instead I followed directions and rested.  A tiny amount of yoga on Monday and nothing on Tuesday.  Turns out having a coach tell me to take the rest days took away most of the guilt.  Who knew?!


When it came time to run on Wednesday I was nervous.  I am not sure why, it’s not like I could have forgotten how.  A 45 minute easy run was on the schedule so I ran in work town to enjoy as much daylight as possible.


Holy crap, people.  It was awesome.  That’s not to say it was easy because I know damn well I ran parts of it too fast.  I ran without music and enjoyed the views.   The weather seemed perfect for a run and I think I would have kept running if I hadn’t run out of daylight.    Well, I also didn’t have water.   People!  I only took 3 walk breaks!!!!  That is unreal for me these days.  Post marathon, walk breaks have been my friend and my crutch.    And the first walk break was only because I can’t run up the hill in the eucalyptus grove without face planting.   However, I was so excited on Wednesday that I tried it.    The slick ground put a pin in that real quick.  ๐Ÿ˜›  The second one was due to a phone call that I couldn’t ignore.  The third was because damn that hill is long.


Seriously, it was awesome.  It was a run I needed mentally as I have 2 races looming on the horizon.  I’m normally cussing running up that last hill instead I was smiling ear to ear.  ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Have you had an ear to ear run?

How are you with rest days?

Happy Friday!!!!

Run!, Training

1/4 Mile At a Time

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Or in my case I die 1/4 mile at a time.   ๐Ÿ˜›

In my phone call with Coach Jenny with Ekiden last week we discussed the partial training schedule she had for me.   She had intervals scheduled for this Wednesday.  Sweet!  I love intervals even though I know I do them wrong.  Run like hell than slow jog (walk) for a bit?  I’m all over that.  Except I noticed the plan doesn’t say recovery.  It said float.

Wait a second- what the hell is FLOAT?!

So I asked.  Float is less of a recovery and more of a push.  Instead of a recovery pace, you run closer to tempo pace.   The logic behind it is two fold.  One is that you get used to running the intervals on tired legs without a full recovery.  Second is that your tempo pace should feel a little more comfortable post speedy interval.   Ok, makes sense.  Sounds intense but makes sense.

But could I do it?

Well, kind of.  I headed to the lake path on Wednesday since I knew I would need flat and easy for this.    My legs have been achy so I even had compression socks on for a shorter run.   I had programmed 5 intervals into my phone but had a feeling I would only be completing 4.   Yep.  ๐Ÿ˜›

After a 1.25 mile warmup, I hit the first 400.  8:03 pace, yes!  First float? 9:08 pace.  Sweet!  But I felt like was going to lose my cookies.  Could I keep doing this?

Pace
Set 2-  7:50     9:16
Set 3-  7:48     10:49
Set 4-  7:50     10:37


So my speed intervals sped up but my float intervals slowed down.   That crap was hard!  There were a few times I came to a complete stop just panting.  Granted those times were also to avoid being hit by a car or a kid on a motorized mini motorcycle thing but I milked them for all they were worth!

I cooled down with another mile but man I was toast.   I felt pretty good but out of shape at the same time.   It’s frustrating but it is what it is right now.  It gives me something to work on, right?  Or whine about.  ๐Ÿ˜›

Do you like speed work?

Ever heard of a float interval?

Happy Friday!!!! What are you doing this weekend?