Marathon Monday

My training for the week was a bust as far as running goes. I ran a whopping 4.1 miles. Overall it was a good week though, with a family bike ride Monday, two awesome cross training workouts (100 burpees on Tuesday and my first CrossFit workout on Friday), and an hour of yoga Saturday morning!! Next week is a clean slate and I still have 9 weeks until my marathon. One off week wont hurt.

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 30, Actual: 4.1
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 117.9

Marathon Monday

Here's my recap of this past week's (much better) training. . .

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 3
                What I did (WID): Nothing. I've been fighting a sinus infection and apparently I needed sleep.

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)              
                 WID: I ran 3.1 miles – yesterday's miles since I rested yesterday.

Wednesday – OTS: 7                
                      WID: Nothing. I'm sure the extra sleep was necessary. Again. I really need to start getting these midweek long runs in.

Thursday – OTS: 2   
                  WID: I did yesterday's 7 today. At least I sort of got a midweek long run in!

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
              WID: Rest. Not exactly planned, but I'm finally feeling a lot better and can breathe. Extra sleep must have helped.

Saturday – OTS: 17  
                 WID: I got 13.5 in because I had left a note saying I'd be home by a certain time. I cut my run a little short so I made it home in time, only to find everyone (including Thomas – at nearly 9:00) still asleep. I should have just gone back out for a few more miles, but I chose to be done. This is still my longest run since March 2010 which is when my last marathon was!

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
               WID: Rest – planned, since I had a hilly long run yesterday.

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 29, Actual: 23.7 – yay for finally getting over 20 again!!
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 113.8

Overall, this was a pretty good week. I only missed my 2 miler and a few miles off my long run. I recovered well from my long run – tried out compression sleeves for the first time. I wore them all day Saturday after my run and come bedtime, my legs felt great!! Now to just figure out my fueling during long runs. I can't do Gu anymore – just can't handle the consistency. I used Gen UCAN every 40 minutes during my run, but I need more calories than that. I'll be doing some experimenting over the next few weeks to see what works and what doesn't.

Marathon Monday

Here's my recap of this past week's training. . .

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 4
                What I did (WID): 4.1 – Yay for a great start for the week!!

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)               
                 WID: Rest. Unplanned. I had wanted to do 30-Day Shred.

Wednesday – OTS: 6
                      WID: Nothing. I'm sure the extra sleep was necessary. Again. I really need to start getting these midweek long runs in.

Thursday – OTS: 3
                   WID:2.7 – I didn't get up in the morning (and it was pouring rain). I waited until afternoon, but I left work later than I had hoped to and did a quick run in the little time I had. As a bonus, it had stopped raining and the sun was out!

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
              WID: Rest. This one was planned since I had a half marathon the next morning.

Saturday – OTS: 16               
                  WID: I ran the SACF Half Marathon here in Dothan. My plan was to use this as a 13 mile training run, but I ended up getting a new PR! I had a super relaxed run for the first 10 miles, and that was a real confidence booster! Read my complete RACE REPORT if you want.

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
               WID: Rest – planned, since I had the half yesterday. I was going to run an easy 2-3 miles depending on how I was feeling from the race, but my body told me it would rather have the rest.

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 28, Actual: 19.9
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 90.1

Overall I'm really happy with how this week went. I was a little upset at myself for not getting my Wednesday run in again, but it all worked out with the accidental PR at the half marathon. Let's see if I can actually hit 26.2 miles next week!!

SACF Half Marathon Race Report

Let me start by saying it was really nice running a local half marathon! I was able to sleep in my own bed last night after a dinner of homemade spaghetti. I didn't leave for the race until a little over an hour before the start time – I did have a 35 minute drive, but that's nothing compared to all the other half marathons I've done. By the time I got to the start, I was a Lani-cicle. Why? Because I had to ride my motorcycle to get to the race since Ryan needed the van to get the boys to Robert's Cub Scout Blue & Gold which started before I'd be back. It was 37 with a windchill of 32 this morning, so it made for a CHILLY ride. But I survived and got changed from my riding clothes into my running clothes. I chatted with a few other ladies as they were arriving and we headed to the start. I hit the port-a-potties less with about 6 minutes to start time and then we were off. There were maybe 200-300 runners in the half and then more for the 5K.

I wish I had sucked it up and left my long sleeved shirt at my motorcycle since I took it off less than a mile in and then I ran the rest of the way with it tied around my waist. Not really a big deal. It was a beautiful course, mostly through residential areas in Dothan, and I saw some beautiful houses along the way. There were quite a few hills throughout, but nothing really major, and not really that difficult for me. Some of them, I saw them coming up and then all of a sudden I was at the top. All my hill training around post paid off. Near the end of the course we took a lap around the Westgate Park – it's about 3 miles around. That was nice since it's a packed dirt trail most of the way, so a nice change from the pavement and sidewalks.

I felt really relaxed for the first 10 miles and around that point I did some math and realized I was on pace for a new PR (personal record)! I had just planned on this being a long training run for my marathon training, and I was just hoping to finish between 2:20 and 2:30. Yeah, that didn't happen. I finished in 2:13:18 (a 10:14 pace) and got a new PR by 3 minutes!! What a nice little surprise when I wasn't really trying! The course was .08 short, but it's still close enough.

Once I was done running, I got my medal, some food (a part of a banana – not much selection for post-race fare), a small bottle of Gatorade, and a small bottle of water and headed back to my bike to get changed back into riding clothes and I headed back to post. It was still cold, but not as cold as it had been. I got to where the Blue and Gold was being held and got there just before they started, so I didn't miss anything – especially Robert getting his Bear rank and some more belt loops.

Four Things Friday

I had Monday off for Super Bowl recovery and since the boys were at school/daycare, Ryan and I headed to Ozark to get our bikes registered here in Alabama. We were only able to register my bike as we needed one more thing from USAA because of the loan. It was nice to be out riding again. It’s been way too long. (We did manage to get Ryan’s bike registered on Wednesday.)


I got a lot of work done in my Admin office this week. It’s always nice having a productive week at work.


Robert is definitely growing. He put on a pair of jeans for school Thursday and they were about 2 inches too short. I think it’s going to be time to go to Kohl’s for new pants for him.


Ryan and I rode our Harleys to Dothan this afternoon and it was a nice ride. I had to pick up my race packet for tomorrow’s half marathon and then we went to the Harley shop to schedule service for bike.

Marathon Monday

Here's my recap of this past week's training. . .

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 6
                What I did (WID): 4.6 – Didn't get up in the morning so I had to run after work and that's all the time I had.

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)
                 WID: We had a Battalion Fun "Run" day, but instead of running, we played Ultimate Frisbee. I played about 25 minutes during the 3 games and ran about 1.5 miles (yes, I turned my Garmin on while I was playing)

Wednesday – OTS: 6
                      WID: Nothing. I'm sure the extra sleep was necessary.

Thursday – OTS: 5
                   WID:2.9 – I had to cut my run short due to some tummy issues again, but some is better than none!

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
              WID: I actually managed to get up and workout with Jillian Michaels. 30-Day Shred sure kicks my butt – awesome workout!

Saturday – OTS: 8       
                 WID: 7.2 miles which was a combination of racing the Black History Month 5K (and getting a new 5K PR and 3rd in my age group! Check out my race report if you missed it!) and another 4 miles in the afternoon.

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
                WID: Rest – again, the extra sleep was nice! (Although I had planned on doing Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior DVD.)

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 25, Actual: 14.6
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 70.2

I'm not super happy about the lack of miles for the week, but it is what it is, and I think I've figured out my tummy problems! Tea is a diuretic. I had been drinking tea in the evenings instead of my usual dish of ice cream. I have now switched back to ice cream, and the problems are gone!

Black History Month 5K Race Report

I hadn't planned on running this 5K, but the Fit Mother Ruckers team had a team member have something come up last minute and I said I'd fill in. The team captain was able to get the team members switched out, so I was able to run as myself.

It was in the upper 30s this morning when we headed to the race start area by the smaller of the two gyms here on post, but by the race start time it had warmed up to the low 40s. I was quite comfy in my long sleeve shirt and running tights and gloves, although the gloves came off about 1/2 mile from the finish. I knew that it was a hilly course, but since I've been training on hills, I wasn't concerned. The first mile was mostly downhill and was my fastest split. Then there was a big climb, turn onto another street and continue climbing, loop around post headquarters, and then back along the way we came so we got a little bit of a downhill before mostly uphill to the finish. I kept a pretty good pace on the uphills and used the down hills to catch my breath and cruise a little. I made the final turn onto the home stretch and gave it what I had left – which wasn't much. There was one lady that I tried to catch for the last about 1/2 mile, but I wasn't able to. She ended up being the female masters winner! My goal (despite not having trained for a 5K and not having planned on doing this one) was a sub-28 and I was able to attain that goal!! I ran a 27:30 which was a new PR (personal record) by 37 seconds!!!

Robert ran the 1 mile fun run in about 11:30 and then we hung out for the awards. The preliminary posting of the finish times had me at 4th in my age group. Again. Every time I get faster so does everyone else. Oh well. Imagine my surprise when they announced me as the 3rd place finisher in the female 35-39 age group!!! That was a great way to cap off the morning – and added another medal to my collection.

Here's a picture of Robert and I with our medals (all the 1 mile kid finishers got medals) after the race:
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