Things I’d forgotten about Marathon Training.

I’m 2 months into training for my 2nd marathon – Whoooo – but I’m remembering all the things I forgot about the first time I trained. Certainly many things are different since my first marathon was actually the first race … Continue reading

100 mile month check in!

I posted at the beginning of May that my goal was to run 100 miles this month, currently if I stay right on track from here on out I’ll hit about 98 miles. I’m probably going to tack on a few extra miles towards the end of this week to make sure I get to 100 but I don’t want to burn myself out before my half marathon next Saturday! 

I originally scheduled 120 miles for this month, knowing that things would happen and that number would give me wiggle room. Sure enough, I got that nasty cold and instantly lost 13 miles that weekend. A few late nights and super early mornings this weekend put me back another 4 miles, and there is another day that I scratched off at the very beginning of May but I don’t remember why. All totaled I lost 22 miles to life and I think it taught me a valuable lesson. 

When I under schedule my running or don’t write down a plan at all and life gets in the way, I’m really not running as much as I should be/want to be running. I really need to make sure to push myself to have the highest mileage goals. I finally feel like my body has forgotten my marathon enough to sign up for #2 and I feel confident I’m much better prepared this time around.

Since the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011 I have run 3 half marathons (and my 4th is in 10 days!), a 10 miler, a Tough Mudder, a 10k, and quite a few 5k or shorter races. I had only run one 5k before my marathon, and while I trained for 7 months, my body still wasn’t quite ready. Now I think I am. So my 5th half and 2nd full will be coming up in the fall/winter and I’m hoping that upping my mileage and adding a variety of training will help me with distance speed.

I’ve already planned on getting in about 70 miles in June before I leave for Europe and hopefully getting in at least 15-20 miles while I am in Paris for the remainder of June. I want to keep the consistency up as I head into marathon training at the end of July. 

Mileage – 3.25 miles, yoga, foam roll 

QOD -The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

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Workout Wednesday!

For some reason I decided running outside after work at 10am was a great idea – then again my alternative was the treadmill. So I braved the heat and survived 4 miles, then ran sprints for an extra mile+ on the treadmill. I don’t mind the treadmill as much for sprints because it gives me a better idea of the sprint paces I’m capable of and still need to work towards. But I prefer longer runs in general and I think if I’m going to run out in the heat I need to return to running with my water belt because it really helps me battle through the hot runs. 

After running I did planks and abs, and then arms. I worked on my push-press and kettlebells, which I upped my weight on! 

This week has been tough getting in the amount of workout and practice time I’ve wanted too by working both jobs. It’s left almost NO time for relaxing, which I’d really like after a rough semester. This is why I am SUPER excited to go to the beach/Eastern shore this weekend with my family – we’re going to have a crab feast, a cookout, and watch ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT!!! Plus it is going to be pretty cool in Bethany this weekend so hopefully I’ll be able to get some longer runs in, no bikini this weekend that’s for sure. 

I’ve set a new goal on Nike+ to run 144miles in the next six weeks, which equates to 24 miles a week, which should increase the average mileage I run every time I hit the pavement. I’d love to not only reach my goal but surpass it! Hopefully this increased distance and frequency will help me reach my other fitness goals that I listed out a couple of weeks ago! 

I’m going to get in my squats later by doing them during my practice breaks, helps me stay focused so I don’t get distracted by the internet in the middle of practicing! 

Anybody else get in a great workout today?! I’d love to hear! 

Don’t forget about the dress giveaway! There is still time to enter!!! HERE!!! 

Mileage – 5.01 miles, P&S, abs, arms 

QOD – Running is a mental sport, more than anything else. You’re only as good as your training, and your training is only as good as your thinking.Image

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