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So You Want to Run a Marathon?

27 Dec

Or, a Half Marathon. Or even a 10K or 5K. Or….there are crazy people who run hundred miles and fifty miles at a time but that’s a whole ‘nother nother.

I’ve mentioned my favorite full is Marine Corps Marathon a few times but a LOT of people – and I mean A. LOT. – think that the Walt Disney World Marathon is a great first time marathon. And it is definitely fun!! RunDisney also offers shorter distances from 5K all the way up to the Marathon in this one weekend!

But whatever event you choose – Cigna, presenting sponsor of the above mentioned WDW Marathon Weekend – has pulled together this cool infographic with some important tips for working through your training plan!

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So, choose your distance and find a plan. Then, the sky’s the limit!!

In Like a Lion??

2 Mar

hello-marchWelcome to March!

So, in February I made a fairly decent attempt to get back on track with running and training. This weekend I’m running my first half marathon of  the year and while I don’t expect to break any records, I’ve heard it’s  ‘flat and fast’ course so I’m hoping that running the hills in my neighborhood have given me a little extra oomph!

Note: When googling for clip art for “Oomph” I got a ton of results for a band of some sort…not exactly what I was hoping for!!

Anyway…

My biggest goal for March is to stick to my training schedule as close as possible – yep, a new training cycle starts the day I get back from this weekend’s run. (Up next, the Marine Corps Historic Half)goalsIt’s also Lent — I try to give up at least one bad thing I do and adopt some more positive actions and thoughts.

So I’ll be giving up bad excuses for not running and I’ll be tracking here much more closely!

And, as usual, I will try to be less road-ragey for the next 40 days. This is actually the number 1 toughest thing for me – I has no patience.

My total mileage goal for March is 90 Miles.

I also have a goal (still) to drop some lbs. In fact, since January, I have sworn off of wine (except for special occasions. And Scandal) and NO peanut butter until I drop the first 5! And, not the one I’ve been losing 5 times but 5 actual separate and distinct pounds!!

And, I’m getting back to batch cooking my lunches on Sunday – it’s easy and I never wonder what to have. Lunch also tends to be mostly plant-based (I use cow milk and yogurt. And sometimes chicken broth). I’m not giving up meat any time soon but it’s a nice change. My challenge is picking things that aren’t too carb heavy.

To recap – 90 miles, 5 pounds, a half marathon, limited wine, no peanut butter and no swearing….I think that covers it!

And I have a pretty full race schedule in March as well — the annual Trinity of O’Races put on my the Hartford Marathon Foundation (with a fourth added this year so …not really a Trinity eh?!) These are really a ton of fun and generally a good start to the season!!

March Race Schedule:
Myrtle Beach Half Marathon – March 4
O’Shenanigans 5K – March 11
O’Putnam 5K – March 12
O’Niantic 5K – March 18
O’Hartford 5K – March 19

I’m actually not going to post this week’s training schedule because it’s already Thursday and I’ve done none of it! I hope to get out this evening to do a few miles though. Let’s just say, I’m already 6 miles behind my goal..whomp whomp.

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But, onward and upward right?! It’s a fresh new month and Spring (and outdoor running!) is so close you can almost touch it!

Have a great first March weekend – go out and get it all done!!!

One Step Forward, Two Back

20 Feb

stitched with intentionsAs ya’ll have figured out by now, I am chock-full of good intentions. I wake up on Monday pretty motivated and ready to really tackle my training plan for the week!

Well….

For whatever reason, I am finding it REALLY difficult to get my Tuesday runs in on Tuesday …. I could understand if it was Monday since I’m pretty wiped out when I get home from work on Monday. But. Tuesday??

Anyway. Wrap up time!

This week the plan wanted me to run a total of 34 Miles. I did not run 34 Miles…

Tuesday – 5 Miles – As mentioned above…Tuesdays are hard for me. So I did not run on Tuesday
Wednesday – 8 Miles – Today I did yesterday’s 5 Miles on a treamill…
Thursday – 5 Miles –
Yesterday’s 8. Also on a treadmill.
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!) –
Thursday’s 5. Outside – it was a gorgeous weekend! 
Sunday – 5 Miles –
Pretty much sat on my butt watching  a Showtime and HBO free preview weekend…All. Day. (Who knew there were so many movies I *had* to see?!!)

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Me on Sunday. Only no beer and chips. But all me!!

Only 2 weeks now until my first Half Marathon of the year – Myrtle Beach Half Marathon. And here’s what we’ve got planned.

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 6 Miles
Thursday – 4 Miles
Saturday – 12 Miles (I really need to do at least something long this month!)
Sunday – 3 Miles (this must be what they mean by ‘taper’!)

Pretty reasonable numbers, right? We’ll see what happens!!

And some exciting news coming up REAL soon from Skirt Sports (affiliate link)!

Progress, Not Perfection…

14 Feb

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!

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It’s Tuesday morning — and I didn’t wrap up yesterday. Instead I went to an actual Valentine’s event. Granted it was at a cupcake shop so cupcakes were purchased (and all but one put in the freezer cause…well, they aren’t what I need right now but I will need them one day!)

But I digress…..Let’s get to it

The plan this week said:

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

What happened was:

Tuesday – Did not run 5 miles….did not run at all
Wednesday – Also, did not run (What on earth is WRONG with me!?!?!)
Thursday – Ran 5 miles. On a treadmill. EARLY in the morning!  
Snow storm was coming and I knew if I didn’t get to the gym nothing would happen for days!
Friday – Friday is usually a rest day. I went for a massage…
Saturday – Another 5 at the gym. Things are looking up!
Sunday – 8 on the ‘mill. Watching the lady Ghostbusters (is that appropriate?) Again, getting it in before snow flies

So I got it all in except a 10K race  which, let’s be honest. We know me. If I don’t have a race on my calendar I’m not making up my own Amiright?

Coming up this week….

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!)
Sunday – 5 Miles

Hoping for good weather this weekend but if not I’m hopping on the treadmill again – if nothing else I get to watch movies I might not pick for myself!

Myrtle Beach Countdown – about 18 days away!

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Stepping Things Up!!

14 Aug

Since I last wrote, I’ve still been working on my motivation, but I have been able to step up my training game a bit – you know, actually doing the running part of it!

I missed a few runs, but figure I made up for it with my week at Walt Disney World.

That’s right – a week at Disney. With nary a half marathon or 10K insight! I took my nephews (14 and 17) and now I’m pretty sure they won’t fall for that again – there’s no sleeping in at Disney!

I’ve also joined a Step Bet – something like Diet Bet (which I’ve posted about in the past) but, ya know, with Steps 🙂 It’s an app that you download and connect to your FitBit (or other device) and then you walk. And walk. And walk.  The SB app uses past data from your device to determine your goals and each week if you can’t meet them, you get ELIMINATED! Kicked off the island. Voted out of the house. Which makes it different than DietBet.

My goals are pretty big – to me anyway. But, other than the warm-up week I’ve made it. Of course, I have only made it through 2 full weeks so far!

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And, I know I promise every single time I post to get better at posting, so I won’t promise that anymore – I’ll just have to show you! And I’ve actually done ‘stuff’ so there’s actually lots to tell you!

Plus, I actually will be more accountable with all of my training and other health efforts (which have been kind of lacking as I’m sure my doctor will tell me this week!)

So if you’re a parent ready for Back-to-School or …ya know, a non-human parent I hope you had a relaxing weekend and plans for a great week ahead!

See you soon.

Really.

Soon.

Yes 🙂

 

Training Update and Corral Woes

19 Dec

So, last night while I was out doing leg 1 of the Hal Higdon Mini-Dopey weekend (2.5 miles), I realized that in THREE WEEKS I will be in the midst of the real thing.

And…man oh man… let me tell you!

Over Thanksgiving, I – as well as many other people across the country – did a Turkey Trot. 10K of holiday goodness, for a good cause (short recap coming! really!!). Around mile 4 my left calf tightened up. Like, painful, felt like if I kept running I’d rip my hamstring right out of my leg, tight. But I found that if I adjusted my ‘style’ a bit, I could run on it and finished. But the next day (and a few of the next ones) my leg would not loosen up. And at this point in the process, I’m more concerned with staying relatively injury-free than anything else.

Which leads me to this: I haven’t done a whole lot of running since Thanksgiving. Or, really, a whole lot of anything…

Then the corrals came out. I had figured, based on calculators all over the internet, with my 3:04 half marathon POT, that they’d put me in with the 6-6:30 finishers. Um…no. I’m in the next to the last corral. Apparently there is a “Special”, one might even say “Magical” formula used by the runDisney placers …I have learned that it’s also very “SECRET”.

But back to my lack of training in the last month….yeah….this was not terribly encouraging news given that I’ve trained more for this event than anything I’ve ever done and now I’m gonna have to fight past walkers and, from what I’ve read, a lot of other people who have been mis-corralled. (Be advised: I have *nothing* against walkers! I am, myself, at times, a walker!)

I need(ed) to make a decision – just give up and figure I’d raise the biggest stink EVER if they tried to deny me my #DopeyChallenge medal or keep going and hope for the best.

Well, I need to keep going and hope for the best! Yeah, I’m at the back of the pack – not unusual for me. I do just hope I have time for a few very important photo stops – I need to get the Genie, Buzz and Woody and hopefully Jessie, and Sully and Mike W.  Anything else I will consider gravy.

If you’ve followed to this point now you know 🙂 1. Not a lot of training 2. Bad corral placement 3. Less than three weeks to wrap up training 4. More determined than ever

The training plan for this weekend is:
Thursday: 2.5 miles  (done!)
Friday: 5 miles (currently finishing coffee and hoping the rain dies down)
Saturday: 10 miles (supposed to be a bright sunny day – had to go buy a short sleeved shirt to run in!)
Sunday: 20 miles (another bright sunny day – bribing myself with a Shipley donut and Mexican food)

And my Dopey plan is to print out some of the online calculators along with my POT and talk to runners relations at the Expo and hopefully get a little more photo op cushion (even one corral would be nice!).

No matter what though, I plan to have an absolutely AMAZINGLY fun time!!!

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Sunday Means Weekly Wrap Up!!

2 Nov

And, yeah, I’ve missed a few of these!! Let’s just call this the October wrap-up.

And I can get it covered pretty quick — October would be more appropriately named Slacktober…

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Pretty much how I spent October…

I mean, sure, there were a couple of half marathons and the fantastically awesome Marine Corps Marathon but…all that in between, training stuff that is so important…a lot of that didn’t get done.

A LOT.

New leaf being turned over this week.

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But in the interest of full disclosure – I did a 4 miler (which was on the plan) and a 7.5 miler.

Yeah.

That 7.5’er was supposed to be a 10. But. I had to pee. REALLY. REALLY bad. Starting at about mile 4. So I immediately started figuring out where to cut my route to get home faster…

So, with runDisney Wine and Dine on the horizon there’s a busy week ahead. And let’s get back to that accountability thing I love so much.

Hal Higdon’s Plan for the week is:
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday:  7 Miles
Thursday: Rest (What??!! Rest?!)
Friday: 2 Miles (which I will try to fit in before I head to the airport or before I head to the parks once I get there!)
Saturday:  7 Miles
Sunday: 17 Miles
Now, figuring out the mileage for the weekend on top of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon shouldn’t be so hard…but I bet I make it really difficult!! 😉

I hope that everyone had a great race weekend – especially those who did the New York City Marathon! And if you didn’t race, I hope you had a great weekend doing whatever you did!

And, remember, next week starts tomorrow!!

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