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 May

For the months of May and June I’ve challenged myself to run over 100 miles each month. I’ve currently got 115 miles on my schedule including a surprise half marathon on May 31st! I wrote down a schedule on a blank calendar, which I haven’t done in a long time and didn’t do for my last race. But I need to start again because I looooove checking things off – I mean I make a list for every grocery store trip. 

I wanted to do this 100+ for several reasons: 

1) I’ve never run more than 75 miles in a month according to my Nike+ stats and I would love to increase my mileage for 2014 to 750+ miles for the year. My goal for 2015 is 1000 miles. 

2) I won’t have access to the gym after next Tuesday until I get home at the end of May so I need some motivation to keep me running. 

3) I think that if I crank up my frequency I can improve my speed. (my 2 short days are always 3 miles and I want to focus on speed those days) 

4) It will help me stay in race training shape consistently. I think that if I can maintain higher mileage all summer that training for my 2nd and 3rd marathons this coming fall will be easier. 

I work out and run a decent amount. But other than training for my marathon I’ve never really had 25 mile weeks frequently. I’d love to eventually get to 30 mile weeks. I also love how my legs look when I run 6 days a week. My legs are pretty muscular naturally (I love them no matter how they look btw) so when I was doing CrossFit and not running as frequently my legs bulked up a bit. When I was running constantly my legs leaned out a bit and I really liked the definition that I had. 

In addition to the running I will be doing yoga 3 days a week, with one of those days being a rest day, and on my 2 short run days I’ll be doing Nike Training Club workouts (mostly upper body and abs). 

Mileage – 3 miles, arm workout 

QOD – The best way to predict your future is to create it.

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Wind Running

I was woken up by the wind several times last night and I heard it all morning while I was reading, so I decided to wait until midday for my run today. Ben joined me and he wasn’t joking when he came in my apartment and said it was pretty windy. The run was ROUGH when we were running against the wind, it made my mouth and throat really dry and there was a lot of pressure against my ribcage. 

After we ran I decided to check the weather and we were running in 27 MPH winds!!!!! 

I know wind resistance training is really good for training, but I wasn’t sure what exactly it did for runners. So I decided to do a little research and found THIS article on Runner’s World. I guess we made a good choice to mix up the run both with and against the wind! It gets pretty windy in Texas in the spring months in general and preparing for a race here in a week and a half made running in the wind a good choice.

I run in the elements but not quite as frequently as I should. I do enjoy running in the cold and will often find myself the only person out running on the trail when it is “cold” by Texas standards – however I’m still pretty bad at running in the heat and am hoping to get more consistent this spring and summer running outside. When I ran last summer, I was frequently at the beach getting great breezes off the water, contrasting the very stagnant air and beating sun here in Texas. So hopefully after the half marathon, when the temps creep back up I can focus on shorter, faster runs in warmer weather!
Have you ever run in crazy winds or weather before?
 

Mileage – 3.75 miles, Yoga for Runners 

QOD – There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. 

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Knee Pain

The knee pain in my left knee that I mentioned the other day is mostly gone. I’ve been icing, foam rolling, and generally taking it easy. I’ve avoided taking an anti-inflammatory because I feel like I tend to do too much when I can’t feel the pain. Plus, I want to know when it feels better unadulterated by medication.

My long run today obviously didn’t happen because of my knee but I think I’m going to try for my recovery run tomorrow and knock back my long run mileage 1 or 2 miles next week.

This injury isn’t the end of the world though, especially since I’m probably switching fall half marathons. I had to plan on giving my recital the same weekend as the Houston half, so unfortunately I had to find another race. I THINK I’m going to do the Dallas running club half the following weekend, worked out a little too perfectly! However I’m still determined to finally go to Houston this fall to see a bunch of friends and check out the city.

Today is JMU’s and Baylor’s first GAMEDAYS of the season!!!! So excited to be tailgating and going to the game tonight – but also really sad I’m missing every JMU game this season! GO DUKES! SIC ‘EM BEARS!

QOD – “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.”

Training is no different than Practicing.

Today I started my official training for the Houston Half-Marathon! While it wasn’t much different from a usual Monday morning run, it was nice to get back to my training schedule and cross something off. I’ve created my own training schedule for the first time for this race, but I’m probably not going to post the exact schedule until the race is over and I’ll know I won’t be leading anyone astray! 

But I was thinking about music today when I went on my run – specifically the music for my first Master’s recital and my upcoming audition for Baylor orchestra seating. I’ve talked about how getting fit and eating well has affected my playing abilities, as well as how the running has improved my dedication to practicing, my work ethic, and my stamina. However I’ve neglected to talk about how, when I really gets down to the root of things, practicing and training for an event are almost identical.

I am a music performance Master’s student – not only does that imply that I practice a large amount, but I actually do practice a large amount, I could never survive in the music world without it. I put blocks of practice time in my schedule along with my classes, rehearsals, concerts, and work-outs. If something is in my calendar, it must be done. Running, on the contrary, is my sanity, it isn’t a course, a grade, or a requirement of my degree, but it is necessary for my mental health (and physical of course). And today while running I thought about how my little 3 mile run may not seem huge in the scheme of my race season, but it is.  The average runner can’t just jump out on the course and run a half or full marathon without training. I can’t just jump into a performance or audition without practicing. 

These two concepts may seem obvious, but it’s seen so frequently. Someone only goes on 1 long run and their usual midweek, mid-length speed run each week thinking this will prepare them for their first long distance race and by mile 16, their chances of reaching that sub 4 hour marathon are shot. Or the musician that decides that 1 mega practice session a week on their orchestral repertoire over a few weeks will prepare them for the audition. Then the nerves take over in the room and the lack of repetition causes them to fall apart because the muscle memory just isn’t there. (And yes I’ve done that back in the day)

Today my run was 3 miles of building muscle memory at 9:03 per mile – just below my goal pace for my next half. Today my practice session was repeating the same 10 measures over and over again under tempo so I will never get the notes wrong, no matter how nervous I am. And I like seeing this symmetry in the two most important activities in my life. 

Mileage – 3 miles, stretching

QOD – To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. 

 

P.S. – Go check out some of the amazing music I’m working on! 
Bach – Cello Suite no. 1 
Strauss – Ein Heldenleben
Mozart – Symphony No. 40
Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major

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