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Training Week 7 – such as it was….

26 Jul

I’m off my off-schedule schedule! And already in the middle of Week 8. But here we go!

It’s a quickie ya’ll ..and not because there were fewer days in the week!!!

The plan for the week was

Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 5 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Saturday: 6 Miles

What actually happened was….

Tuesday: 3.5 miles
Wednesday: Um…no miles
Thursday: Walked 6 miles in NYC
Friday: 2 random miles after driving to PA
Saturday: 6.5 miles in Harrisburg along the river

As of last Sunday I have:
112 Days
413.95 Miles (This should be 406.2 so I’m 7.75 miles off of plan)
before crossing the finish line at the Iwo Jima monument!

 

I Had a Real Weekend and Did Stuff!!

25 Jul

Finally!! A real day out!!

A couple of weekends ago, I ran the Hartford Marathon Foundation Red Dress 5K – I’ve done this one several times and it’s always a fun day. It’s a women’s only event but husbands and dads and sons all show up to support women’s health.

Lots of the women wear a lot of red. I don’t really have much red so I wear what I want and that’s okay!

But let me back up!

Kathy came down on Friday and, after my delayed Thursday run, we headed to the Riverfront in Hartford for the Riverfront Recapture Food Truck Festival. Generally we’d go Saturday after the 5K but Kathy had other plans (and I had 5 more miles to run!) Tons of great food – Kathy had something from the Jamaican truck and I had some Poutine because…fries. We even brought Phred with us since it was all outside and he hasn’t had an adventure in awhile!  After we grabbed our food and beers we sat and did a TON of people watching! This even seems to always coincide with ConnectiCon – which means lots and lots of costumes (some of which I even recognized from famous movies like Star Wars!) Also, Jesus was there….???

This stuff is right up my alley, but I skipped for some poutine

We went home and got into jammies pretty early for a night of “scary” movies (quality questionable as always!) – though I think I chose pretty well this time! (The Forest and Shut In – check them out!)

Got up early on Saturday to head to West Hartford for the run/race! At packet pickup there are several tables of various healthcare type booths giving away grocery bags and First Aid kits. The race is held in and around Elizabeth Park which has an amazing rose garden!

 

The course seems to have changed the last few years, probably due to road work in the area but it’s always a nice one.  I kept with my 45:30 intervals for most of the time and managed to keep my pace under 14 so I was happy.  The post race treat is a yogurt parfait. Back when I first started doing this 5K the post race treat was strawberry shortcake and, of course, that was my main motivation for doing it in the first place. And sometimes there are extra treats…..I’m looking at you NoRa Cupcakes! Sadly, though, this year there was no NoRa :/ But we did get a rose from some of the event people!

And, even though I didn’t get a #FlatAnne picture before the race – since I didn’t know what I was going to wear! – I did manage one after 3 miles!

Training Week 6

17 Jul

Or, I really do need to get my ish together for sure!!

Also, I also really do need to get these Sunday night updates out on an actual Sunday, right?!!

Week 6 was not a great one.

My Tuesday run happened on Wednesday and I got the whole big 3 done. So yay me! Pace was around 14:30. I’ve started moving up my run interval and went up to 45 keeping my walk at 30. And the weather was bit cooler.

Then I didn’t run again until Friday and I did 4.75 – which was either .25 short for Wednesday’s 5 or .75 long for Thursday’s 4…I made that decision on Sunday!  Again with the 45:30’s and a bit slower pace…I decided that maybe any running mojo I have left doesn’t show up until after lunch!

Friday evening Kathy came over since we were running the Hartford Marathon Foundation Red Dress 5K on Saturday. We also went into Hartford Friday afternoon for the Riverfront Recapture Food Truck Festival and then home for some scary/suspenseful movies and wine. Recap of 5K and Truck Fest coming later this week! Really.

At Saturday’s 5K I actually did pretty good – for me 🙂 Managed to keep my pace around 13:30 so yay me! And this was after a 1.25-ish mile walk from the car! Then a 1.25-ish walk back to the car. So, in my ‘cheating’ way, I called Saturday’s total mileage 5.75 ( map my run clocked the 5K at 3.24 as it usually does!). And then decided to call this Wednesday’s 5  and use Fridays 4.75 as a long Thursday. Got it?!! Good.

But…I still had 8 miles to run which was going to mean Sunday.

And I didn’t do it #whompwhomp.

How I felt about my running week But look at that cute skirt! #FlatAnne

So, my training by the numbers as of Sunday evening:
105 Days until Marine Corps Marathon
425.95 Miles to cross the finish line
I should be at 418.20 (short 7.75) so will hopefully find a way to make things up soon!!

Next week – an update *with* more pictures and possibly a non-running blog post or two (or more!)

Training Week 5!

11 Jul

Another late post but it’s fairly good news!!

I decided to use the wear blue:run to remember training plan for Marine Corps Marathon – I was still starting late, but the long runs aren’t unmanageable yet so there is a good chance of sticking to it!

So of course, the week I’m getting back at it is the week a major heat wave hit New England. I’m talking mid-day temps in the upper 90’s with ‘feels like’ of 100+ As you might guess, this *did* have an impact on my week, but it wasn’t awful!

Tuesday’s plan was 3 miles – I got a later start than I wanted (this is a trend for the week!) and managed to get 2.5 in at a decent pace. I was expecting anywhere near 16mm and would have been pleased with that

Wednesday had 4 miles on the plan. And I did 4.25 even after a later start -and again was figuring I’d be near 16. Stopped in the restaurant around the corner from my house for an ice water refill and finished stronger than I expected to.

Thursday was another 4 miles and I did 3. And I barely did those 3! I was worn out and hot and a little dehydrated. I did a little “trail” running and ran into my friends in the field!

On Saturday I really procrastinated just about as long as I could before setting out for my 7! It was another hot one but I got the miles in and actually didn’t do too horribly. I had some slow miles after I hit mile 3 or so but I didn’t cut things short and I didn’t just give up and walk. Too much.

All things considered I’m happy with the way the week went. Now I just need to keep it up (though week 6 isn’t looking great – I’m a day behind!) This week there is a total of 20 miles on the plan. I have a 5K on Saturday so will have a split run to make up my 8 miles.

As of Saturday, July 7 I have 113  days until Marine Corps Marathon and 439.45 miles to run to cross the finish line.

It’s Like New Year’s Eve Up in Here!!!

2 Jul

Welcome to July!

The end of the first half of 2018 – and it’s almost like getting to make New Year’s Resolutions again! At least, that’s what I’m doing! There’s also an awesome sale going on at my favorite clothing site!!

First things first

In my last post I mentioned that my training for Marine Corps has not been going so great. I was tying out the Galloway plan which was really a limited running plan (in my opinion) and it wasn’t enough for me to get any kind of momentum going.

Running for wear blue:run to remember in 2015

Since I am running with wear blue:run to remember this year, I have switched over to the plan provided by that group. It has more of a Hal Higdon feel to me and will let me build up my long run mileage. Fingers crossed this one works for me and that I can stick to it!! (Encouragement accepted on a daily basis!!)

In other news – Skirt Sports is having it’s annual (semi-annual?) end of season sale and let me tell ya’ll….there’s some great deals! The usual caveats (no codes, certain patterns and styles excluded and Free Shipping if you spend $150)  apply.  So head on over (affiliate link) to the Skirt Sports Sale page and get shoppin’!!

Also another great July ‘tradition’ over on Instagram is #31daysofskirtsports – a chance to show off your expanding collection of skirts (and tanks, and visors and…!!) Make sure you tag #31daysofskirtsports and #SkirtSports in your post cause ya know that Nicole loves to give away prizes!! Below is a suggested list of topics but it’s not written in stone! Do what works for you!

Play along!!! And don’t forget your tags!!

Hopefully everyone is managing in this heat wave that seems to have hit the entire country!! Even Phred has given up on sitting on the porch!!

Have a great first week of July!!! And let me know how you plan to celebrate the Fourth!!

MCM Training – Weeks 2-4

28 Jun

So. About this training thing…. Obviously (or maybe not so obviously) things haven’t been going well on that front!

Week 2 was not great :/ I mean…it was okay. At least I ran three times.

I’m starting to think that three runs a week isn’t going to cut it for me – I know I thought I’d be okay adding a Wednesday run to the Galloway plan but I think we know by now that if it isn’t on the plan it isn’t happening. Heck.The plan often doesn’t happen so….

It likely didn’t help that I was jumping in about 8 weeks late so my first long run was going to be 10 miles with no real build up. (Spoiler – I didn’t do that 10 that was on the plan)

I did manage to do my Tuesday and Thursday runs – they weren’t bad. Decent pace for early days but not great distance.

Sunday was just like another mid-week 2-ish-miler. I just wasn’t feeling it!

Week 3 was….well. I did my Tuesday run! And I actually felt good doing it so that’s a bonus, right?!

Tuesday evening Jen came over from Pennsylvania to volunteer at the Travelers Championship. I’ve been on the volunteer Executive Committee for the last few years so I was going to be there the rest of the week. So even though I didn’t run for the rest of the week I *did* manage to get in a LOT of steps on a lot of hills so I didn’t feel *too* bad about not running.

And then there was/is week 4. I am almost at the end of week 4 and have done FA as far as running this week – I’ve not done much of anything really, but spend time with the Phredders and continue my job search!

 

I’ve also decided I need a new plan and luckily it’s early enough that I can find a new one and build up my long run miles instead of jumping in at 10!  So stay tuned on Sunday for my NEW plan and my NEW commitment to it!

 

Sunday Night WrapUp – and Look Ahead!

11 Jun

So last weekend I *finally* settled on a training plan for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I think. I mean, I’m pretty sure but….we’re going with this because I needs a plan!! And I’m going with 100% full disclosure on my updates, slow times and all!

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This week’s Galloway plan called for:
Monday:  Day Off
Tuesday: 30 Minutes (this is constant all the way through the plan)
Wednesday: Day Off
Thursday: 30 MInutes (another constant!)
Friday: Easy Walk
Saturday: Day Off (third day off this week so you can see what I REALLY like about this plan!!)
Sunday:  4 Miles

I used 40:30 intervals – my plan is to work up to 60:30 by October which according to Jeff’s chart should give me an 11:00 minute mile. Of course this means my walk can’t be my usual stroll 😀 And since I need to be at a steady 14 to avoid being diverted or swept I think this will work well since I know there will be slowing along the way, especially if it is as hot as it was the last time I ran this!

I was really good at the Days Off this week!! Seriously though, I did Tuesday’s 30 minutes actually ON Tuesday! Then I did Thursday’s on Friday.

Tuesday went fairly well, for a starting run. I decided to run up Long Hill to set a baseline time –

Time up the inclining street behind my house – this is my time to beat as training goes on!

 

Run Recap (mapmyrun)

Thursday/Friday was not so great. I was slower and my legs felt heavier. But I went out (finally!) and did it!

Thursdays run on Friday

Sunday I planned to actually haul myself out of bed early enough so that I wouldn’t boil. Plus, I had things to do so had some motivation! I didn’t start as early as I hoped but…I did start!! And finish!

Sunday – 4-miler.

Next week’s schedule is almost exactly the same as this but Sunday calls for 10.5!! Yikes!! I may attack it in bites but I have 10.5 miles to run next week!!

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