Sunday, September 9, 2012

Marathon Training: Week 8

Sunday: 6 miles + 30 day shred
Monday: 4 miles + 40 day shred
Tuesday: 30 day shred
Wednesday: 4 miles + 30 day shred
Thursday: 30 day shred
Friday: 14 miles
Saturday: rest day

Total miles: 28 miles

*long run went great this week! I wore my husbands knee band and it helped tremendously. My knee didn't start hurting until afterwards, but icing & aleve seemed to take ease the pain. My feet however, they were killings by mile 9. I was wearing new shoes (I'd worn them all week, but this was my first long run in them) and they aren't nearly as padded as my old shoes. I love them though and I'm sure once I'm used to them, it won't bother me anymore.

*i broke my 30 day streak for 30 day shred. I'm not throwing in the towel- in just doing to double up on my non-run days this week so that I can make up for the 2 misses workouts

*no loss this week. I actually gained .08. I'm not stressing- this always happens during marathon training. If I can maintain my current wait until the marathon and not gain anything, I'll be happy. However I'm REALLY trying to get rid of these last 30 pounds. I will not give up :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Maybe I spoke too soon yesterday when I said my knee pain was under control. I thought that the combo of glucosamine, icing, stretching and rest was the magic ticket but today I've been proven wrong. It hurts. Its sore and tender and even when I'm not walking- it hurts.

Since I'm also doing The 30 Day Shred along with my marathon training, its hard to pinpoint just how I hurt it. I have a very good feeling its from Jillian though. Just one more reason not to like her (I kid). There is a lot of jumping in Level 2 and its very likely I landed wrong. So today when I did the Shred, I did just the upper body and ab workouts. I did the cardio but I modified it so that I had to use my knee/legs as little as possible. It was still a tough workout, maybe even tougher because I focused all my attention on my arms, shoulders, abs and back (which tend to be my weakest points). I'm hoping that if I do that for the next few days, the pain in my knee will lessen or go away. Hoping-Hoping-Hoping.

I only have one training run left this week (a 4 miler) besides my long run (14 miler) on Friday. Im planning on going out for a nice, easy 4 miles tonight after dinner so that I'll have Wednesday and Thursday to rest my legs before my long run. I've been barefoot or in flip flops all day, which always makes my knee feel worse. Usually the second I put on my running shoes (or other similar, supportive shoes) the pain lessens immediately when I walk. If I start running and the pain is just to much- I'll stop. I'm not willing to risk a long-term injury on a short training run. I'm going to wear my husbands knee band  and see if it helps any. And then my plans for the rest of the night include icing, elevating and pinteresting (you know that last one had to be thrown in there).

Monday, September 3, 2012

Marathon Monday: Week 7

Week 7 is complete! Heres a recap of last weeks workouts:

Monday- 6 miles + 30 Day Shred
Tuesday- 30 min elliptical + 30 Day Shred
Wednesday- 4 miles + 30 Day Shred + 2.25 mile walk
Thursday- 30 Day Shred
Friday- 12 miles + 30 Day Shred
Saturday- REST
Sunday- 4 miles + 30 Day Shred

Total Miles: 28.25

I think its safe to say that this was probably my best week of training yet. My runs all went pretty well (thanks in large part to the slightly cooler weather) and I was able to fit them all in without rearranging my entire life.

I did have to split my long run into 2 separate parts on Friday because of time constraints. I had a funeral to go to that day and knew I didn't have enough time to drop the kids off at school, run 12 miles, get ready and make it to Fresno in time for the funeral. So instead, I got up at 5:00am, did 30 Day Shred and ran 4 miles before coming home to get the kids up and ready for school. After I dropped them off 45 minutes later, I ran the remaining 8 miles. I felt like I was "cheating" since I obviously wont be able to do that during the marathon but it was really my only choice. It was either that or cut it short so I'm happy with the choice I made.

I need to focus on not being so hard on myself. If I don't finish right at or under my target pace, I feel discouraged for the rest of the day. There is more to life than overall times and paces, I  need to remember that :) If I don't finish under my what? Its not the end of the world. I will still have completed a marathon and thats way more than I ever, ever thought I'd be able to say. So what if I'm slow, or slower than I want to be...I'm still running the same 26.2 miles as the 1st place winner. We are still crossing the same finish line...right?

I have been religiously taking my multivitamin and Glucosamine in the hopes that it will help my knees and joints. It might just be in my head, but I feel like its made a difference. My knee has held up pretty good all week, as long as I stretch really good and ice it for awhile after I run.

30 Day Shred is going well. I did end up taking Saturday off (I challenged myself to doing it 30 days straight) but I'm making up for it by doing it twice today. Again, not ideally what I planned when I made the challenge for myself but I have to be flexible. I just started Level 2 and WOW! It is NOT easy. Level 1 was becoming too easy, I  mean I broke a sweat and got my heart pumping each time, but it was definitely not as hard as Day 1. I'm hoping the same will be true for Level 2. All I know is that I felt like Jillian Michaels was torturing me for 30 minutes.

Weight loss to date:
-1.8 this week
-76.6 to date